Hello HCPA members. As a Pickleball Instructional Writer for GAMMA I would like to share
these 5 recently published articles, in preparation for the Joola Tournament. Each one focuses on
an important part of the game. Players will learn some game style and implementable mental
and physical parts from the different articles.
5 April- 2021- "Tips on Playing Better as Partners"
Tips on Playing Better as Partners - GAMMA Sports Blog
15 June 2021- "Tips on Improving How Players Practice"
Tips on Improving How Players Practice - GAMMA Sports Blog
25 August 2021- "How to Weaponize Your Serve"
How to Weaponize Your Serve - GAMMA Sports Blog
26 October 2021- "Key Differences in Pickleball and Tennis"
Key Differences in Pickleball and Tennis - GAMMA Sports Blog
Fall 2022- HCPA "Pro Corner" -- "My Favorite Drill"
Newsletter-Fall-2022.pdf (howardcountypickleball.org)
Enjoy and your feedback is always welcome.
Marc F. Austin
Have a great day!!!"

Pickleball enthusiasts-
We have a few slots still open at both locations...please see attached for details on both Columbia, MD (10/24/22) and Annapolis, MD (10/25/22) after the PPA n2grate DC Open tournament!

Hope to see some of you at the tournament as well as the clinic as this will be the 1st time that both Catherine and Athena will be hosting clinics in the area (and certainly not the last!).

Registration on their website is live!

See you on the courts soon!

Sonny Tannan

CA Pickleball League - The Columbia Association is developing a second pickleball league on Wednesday evenings for 5 weeks starting September 28st thru October 26th, 7-9 pm at the Owen Brown courts.  This league would rotate individual partners based on skill levels to make a competitive play. This league is for both CA members and non-members. To register for this league call the Long Reach Club at 410-423-4120.  Submitted by Duane StClair.

Looking for volunteers for the upcoming tournament - It is that time to help out our association and volunteer for this year’s JOOLA Maryland Open that we are hosting at the Owen Brown Tennis Club from October 14-16. So far we have nearly 300 people registered with over a month to go for registrations.

We will need the help of the Howard County Pickleball Association members to put on a successful event. If you are playing, please volunteer for a different day. At this time, you won’t know when your event will start, so it would be better to select a different day to volunteer.

The sooner you sign up, the better chance we will be able to get you a volunteer shirt in your size.


Link also posted to our Home page.

We look forward to seeing you in October.
Ken, Gail, Linda, Kathy

Please consider signing up to volunteer at the JOOLA tournament October 14 through 16 at the Owen Brown Tennis Club. Below is the link to the SignUpGenius. It's a big event and we need everyone's help! I'm hoping each of you can sign up for a slot to support the event. Grab a friend to volunteer with you!

To Volunteer:

I hope you'll participate in the tournament too! There's still time to register!

Thank you and best regards!
Linda O'Neill

Eight Dedicated Pickleball Courts Planned for Western Regional Park - Several of our members came out for the breaking ground ceremony for the 8 new dedicated pickleball courts scheduled for construction adjacent to the tennis courts at Howard County Western Regional Park.  Our president, Joanne Griesser, was one of the presenters.  Several of our members showed up in their association shirts and/or carrying paddles to show their support. After the presentation and the pictures, our members got to ask questions of the Howard Co. Recreation and Parks (HCR&P) leaders to find out more details about the plans.  We heard that these courts will take priority in construction over the six courts scheduled for Blandair Park which will be constructed late 2023 or early 2024. We also learned that construction should start soon with a goal to have the asphalt platform in place and possibly painted by the end of October, weather permitting. The nets will be scheduled to be installed Spring of 2023. If the courts can be partially constructed, the public may be able to play on them with their own nets.  Thanks to all our members for attending and showing our enthusiasm for the sport and excitement for the new facility! Thanks also for Joanne for her leadership and direct involvement with the HCR&P organization and Calvin Ball, our county executive!

The following article provides pictures, a video of the presentation and a description of the plans.

Article for New Pickleball Courts at Western Regional Park