The popularity of pickleball is soaring!

Being a part of the birth of something and the early years of its growth has been part of our lives!  Having been female physical education teachers and coaches, we were both “athletes” when the word wasn’t deemed respectable when applied to females.  Even though it has taken many years since the passing of Title IX in 1972 for that attitude to change, it has!  Women’s competitive sports are here to stay!  We have also been fortunate to have been part of the growth of pickleball.  Our first experience in competitive pickleball was in St. George with maybe 250 competitors and the Arizona Senior Olympics.  That was 9 years ago!  There were very few tournaments held anywhere in the country and the USAPA was a small organization struggling to establish an identity.  Look at what we have now!!  The website of the USAPA has links to about any information that a new or experienced pickleball player could ever need and the membership is growing in leaps and bounds!  Yea!  It’s such a great sport for all of us!  Let’s hear a loud cheer for it’s growth and popularity!

For those of you who have inquired about our latest book, “Pickleball - A Guide for Teaching”, we have had more books printed and are “in business again”!  Just send an email to and we’ll send you book.  For the sake of making the book available to everyone, we’re lowering the price to $17.50.  If you have any questions, feel free to email me.

In the spirit of pickleball, Mary Littlewood and Sandy Stultz



2 Responses to “The popularity of pickleball is soaring!”

  1. lanond mcnair on 27 Apr 2011 at 3:08 am #

    hey i just coomented you and my email was wrong it is

  2. lanond mcnair on 27 Apr 2011 at 3:11 am #

    hey my name is landon and i play in texas at the perry ymca and you are absloutly right i play with a bunch of guy that is all bout power but also knows the soft game. i am 25 and i play with alot af people that are odler but are really good. i was wondering if you know of any tournaments for those who are young you can email me when ever you want at thanks

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