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Welcome to the Connestee Falls, NC Mountain Picklers Website

Paddle 6We call ourselves the Mountain Picklers and we are, without a doubt, the fastest growing sport here in Connestee Falls. PICKLEBALL is the fastest growing sport in the US, but people always look at us with that quizzical expression and ask, “What is pickleball?  I’ve never heard of it..”  Well, the game is a dwarf version of tennis, or an over-grown version of ping pong (table tennis).  Fast paced, but not pounding on your joints like tennis, and "Pickles", well,  that was the dog who chased the ball for the developers of the game.

It is played with a paddle, rather than a strung racket and a lighter ball. We could TRY to explain the game, but why not come down to the new courts by the pool and try it out.  We play there almost every day and you can rent balls and paddles to tryout the game supported by a group of incredible people to help you with rules and skills. If you would like lessons, we have sessions for beginners or those who want to dust off their experienced paddles after a long winter's nap. Contact the pickleball committee for more information.

Join us at the seventh annual Connestee Falls fundraiser pickleball tournament on September 21, 22 and 23, 2017 in Brevard, NC.  Our first six tournaments provided competitive play for players from NC, SC, GA, FL, IL, CO, AL, and SD. This year we hope to continue our trend of raising more funds to support scholarships for Transylvania County students and to get players  from  a wider universe of states to participate.

This three day tournament will be a Round Robin, Four Level tournament - 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 and 4.5 & Above, so all teams will get to play all of the other teams at their levels. We will have Men’s, Women’s, and Mixed Doubles for players aged 45 and over  governed by USAPA rules and regulations. Depending on the number of entrants for each level, we may make some format and/or bracket modifications to ensure that everyone gets a good amount of playing time. Keep an eye out for more information as we get closer to the date.

Come join us for this fun and exciting tournament and enjoy some time in the cool, beautiful mountains of western North Carolina. Click here for a flyer and registration form.

Click here for photos from last year's tournament.

Get excited, Head Paddles are available at PickleballCentral.  For the past two weeks, thanks to PickleballCentral’s new demo program, I’ve had the opportunity to use one of the new Head Radical Pro paddles.  I am a 4.0 woman and I love the soft game.  I have tried many different paddles and most recently, have been playing with an Engage paddle.  This Head paddle has a great new shock absorbing handle and grip that was very comfortable, solid, and a full 4 1/4 inch girth for those with bigger hands.  I found the paddle weighted nicely, some weight in the tip for a snappy shot but most of the weight was deeper in the paddle for consistent shots and less swing. Dinks and blocks at the net were solid, the sweet spot was sufficient for me, and the surface allowed me to impart spin with less effort than many paddles.

I felt very confident using the Radical Pro when I wanted to impart spin and at the net for a firm block or penetrating dink.  This is a great paddle for the player who has control and wants to add firm, consistent power to their game.  Thanks again, PickleballCentral for the chance to demo this paddle and for the second paddle to be given as a prize at our upcoming tournament!  

Check it out at http://www.pickleballcentral.com/HEAD_Pickleball_Paddles_s/292.htm

The committee is looking for helpers for beginner lessons/sessions. We will train you so you won’t be on your own. Please reply to the newsletter, let us know you’re available to help!! THANKS!!!! Also, the committee has decided to charge a small fee ($5) for beginner lessons. The $$ will go into the Mountain Pickler Funds. Just a way to justify the time spent on the courts by our trainers.

We are also going to create a phone list of Mountain Picklers. Have you ever wanted to call someone for a pickup game, but did not have any contact info? Reply to the newsletter letting us know you want to be on our phone list with the number best to reach you. We’ll do the rest.

A quick reminder of how we operate

We have LOTS of new members, and are very thankful for every smiling face on the courts, BUT, every once in a while we need to refresh everyone on the rules. Generally, we allow winners to stay on the court, split, and two new people join them. If we have lots of people waiting, once you’ve won 2 games in a row, you also should rotate out and let a new group play.

And then there is the new Ball Machine, THE TUTOR!!

Check out facebook for some ideas of how to use this great tool. It's a public group. "Pickleball Tutor owners" There are also several YouTube videos available for ideas! Get out there and try it out!!

The 2017 pickleball season officially opened with a potluck supper and planning meeting at Atagahi Park. The get together was organized by our pickleball committee and Deb Richter. The excellent turnout was a reflection of the keen interest generated by pickleball here in Connestee Falls.

After a delicious smorgasbord of food provided by attendees, the planning meeting began with a discussion of the 2017 Connestee Falls Scholarship Tournament tournament tentatively scheduled for September 21-23. The tournament Director, Deb Richter, emphasized the need for volunteers to support the event. A minimum of 20 volunteers will be required and they will have to make a commitment now to preclude a cancellation of the tournament. Sign up sheets for specific volunteer tasks were provided by Deb. Players who didn't attend the meeting can contact Deb at 828-877-2543 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to offer their help.

After Deb, members of the pickleball committee - Kathy Cordier, Liz Fleming, Doug Balne, Tom McMurray, and Bill Buchler - spoke briefly about a number of items including plans to add two new courts in 2018, the status of our funds and items that will be added to the 2018 budget, and some important rules and regulations related to court use. If you want to learn more about what the pickleball committee is doing, then call or email any member using the contact information under the Members Only tab on our homepage.