Added 4 new pickleball courts to the tennis/pickleball area here at the Reef. We have completed this task and now have 5 pickleball courts and 1 tennis court. Please stop down and take a look.
Thanks Don and Linda Midlikowski
Pickleball grew in 2020 to 4.2 million players in the US, an incredible growth rate of 21.3% from 2019 and is the fastest growing sport in America. It is a sport for all ages, easy to learn, great way to exercise, enjoyable outdoor activity plus a stress reliever and another big plus – is that individuals can form many new friendships,
Our own Reef facility hosted the first Virgin Island Pickleball tournament Aug. 21, 2021. We, as Reef Villa owners, should be very proud of that accomplishment. It was such a hit that Don and I started plans to expand the playing area to 5 pb courts in lieu 2 and keep 1 tennis court. This will ensure that Island PB players will have more court time rather than bench time. We are finding the number of PB participants here on the rock continues to grow as is indicated by the TeamReach pickleball link which has over 100 individuals now using that site. The Reef will benefit financially by an increase in membership numbers, individual daily use fees, tournament income and future league play.
In order to make this project come to fruition, we had to ask for Donations to raise enough money to buy the necessary equipment. Don and I were amazed at how our PB community responded as we received gifts of money from people on and off the Reef. We wish to acknowledge the following who have donated $500 or more: Tom and Amy Etheridge, Judy and Robert Leonardis, Leslie and Carl Maschauer, Jonathan and Genee Alba, Jeffery and Robin Sparks, Ginger & Frank Lucido, Mark and Emily Tomasini, Mayya Kawar and Branden Rausch. Other donations range from $100-$400 were received from: Denise and Ed Rupp, Liz and Tom Luttrell-Wilson, Jackie Bunn, John Haley, Normajean Brent, Jacky Conklin, Raymond Mellin, Ed and Vivian Blair and Rich and Cindy Creighton. Big THANK YOU. Words just do not seem to be enough.
Once we received enough funding it was time to order the 8 Wilson Pickleball Posts, 4 Wilson Pickleball nets and the material needed to actually do the project. (Court Paint, Line Paint, Squeegees to apply paint, Paint rollers, Tape used for applying the court lines, Concrete Mortar for patching, White paint for lines, Green paint for the entire PB court, PVC piping for sleeves, Excise tax for shipping nets and posts plus other miscellaneous tools.) Once all needed material was received it was a green light to go from Jason and Brian.
My new motto: Let’s make this an “Island Pickleball destination.”
Contact Linda Midlikowski via message with any questions or if you are interested in learning pickleball.
340-473-0215 (Message is the best mode to contact me.)
Pickleball is a court sport played on a badminton-sized court with the net set to a height of 34 inches at the center. It is played with a perforated plastic ball and composite or wooden paddles about twice the size of ping-pong paddles. It can be played indoors or outdoors and is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players. In addition, the game has developed a passionate following due to its friendly, social nature, and its multi-generational appeal.
Pickleball can be played as singles or doubles. New players can learn the basic rules quickly in a single session. No special apparel is needed – just something comfortable and appropriate for a court sport. Equipment is inexpensive and easily portable. The game can be played by all ages and is particularly popular in school P.E. programs and in adult living communities.
The sport is governed by the USA Pickleball Association (USAPickleball.org), which maintains the rules, promotes the sport, sanctions tournaments, and provides player ratings. For more information, please visit: usapickleball.org.