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Pickleball Skill Rating Sessions

The Skill Rating Committee of Hot Springs Village is offering rating sessions to the Pickleball players of the HSV Pickleball Club. The committee members are Randy Share, Al Stout, Christie Borne and Jim McPherson.

Rating Clinics For Spring 2017:
Tuesday April 4         4:30-6:30     2.0- 2.5
Tuesday April 6         4:30-6:30     3.0
Tuesday April 11       4:30-6:30     3.5

Minimum of 6 and maximum 12 players per Session 

Note: Each player will be scheduled for a 40-minute rating match. Once you have registered, you will be notified about your specific time slot. Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled time to play and warm-up.

BEFORE you sign-up for a clinic:

  1. Review the skill level descriptions at HSV Pickleball skill-ratings. Based on the description at the top of each page, pick out the level that best describes your playing ability (your self-assessment).
  2. Based on your self-assessment, register to attend the clinic scheduled for that particular skill level with Christie Borne at and the level you wish to achieve.
  3. Each Clinic will consist of 6 to 12 players who have rated themselves at their skill level. Players will play games with and against other players of similar skill levels. You will receive 3 evaluations which will be based upon the level you play as an individual. Your skill level evaluation may be higher or lower than your self-assessment. (Skill levels will not be posted on the USAPA website.)

For more information email Christie Borne

Dink ‘N Sync

Pickleball Mixer for Skill Levels 3.0 – 3.5
Saturday – April 8, 2017

Time: 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM

Where: Desoto Outdoor Courts

For details see flyer

You can sign up by emailing Christie Borne

Arkansas Pickleballers Win At Mid-South Regional Championships




left to right: Roland LaChance, Krystel Hines, Bobby Roling, Winnie Montgomery, Jim McPherson, and Christie Borne

Sixteen Arkansas pickleball players medaled at the six-state Mid-South Regional Championships consisting of Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas and Oklahoma, held May 27-29 in Monroe LA.  Players from Hot Springs Village, Hot Springs, Little Rock, Russellville and Rogers traveled home with four gold, 10 silver, and seven bronze medals in singles, women’s doubles, men’s doubles and mixed doubles.

A few locals, one from Hot Springs and two from Russellville took time out from their pickleball play to pose for a group photo.  Winners, listed by city affiliation, are as follows:

Hot Springs Village; Christie Borne, Jane Riffel, Winnie Montgomery, and Jim McPherson

Hot Springs; Bobby Roling

Little Rock; John Goss, Alphonso Montgomery, Charles Pittman and Obray Nunnley

Russellville; Kristel Hines, Tim Clifford, Jerry Terrell, Roland LaChance and Dan Ellsworth

Rogers; Pat and John Lively

All of the winners are part of the advanced closed group that plays regularly at the Village Church of Christ, by invitation only.  The advanced players represent Arkansas in major tournaments throughout the United States. Many athletes are attracted to Pickleball as an alternative sport because it can be played at a very high and intense level of competition, or it can be a leisurely social affair offering a fun way to exercise.  Horse racing fans may remember John Lively as a very popular and successful jockey at Oaklawn and other horse racing parks in several states.  Bobby Roling is a former Arkansas open tennis champion.

Hot Springs Village boasts of a large player base with many programs and informational services, courtesy of the local HSV Pickleball Club, including clinics and private lessons, and scheduled times of play designed to encourage everyone from beginner to the most accomplished tournament player.

For information regarding Pickleball, scheduled times of play, or how to get started in Pickleball, go to the local web site,  To investigate pickleball throughout the United States and to see instructional videos and watch top players around the US, go to

Jim & Sandy McPherson  

Pickleball ambassador Christie Borne wins Pioneer Award


Pickleball ambassador Christie Borne wins Pioneer Award

Hot Springs Village resident Christie Borne. (Suzanne Sweeten photo)

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Staff Writer – Village Voice – 6/7/2016

Hot Springs Village resident Christie Borne just became a big deal in the sport of pickleball.

Borne recently received the regional Pioneer Award from the United States of America Pickleball Association (USAPA).

The acknowledgement honors Borne’s seven years of involvement in teaching, promoting, and developing the game of pickleball.

Borne traveled to the University of Louisiana in Monroe, La., to accept the award and participate in a regional pickleball tournament running in conjunction with the ceremony.

Borne described her appreciation of the honor, “It was pretty exciting, because I have been working with pickleball and growing the game for a very long time.

“Actually, one of the things I did in my acceptance speech was to say that it was really the first big award that I had received since grade school, other than just a participation certificate award, ‘You’re a good participator,’ to a blue- ribbon award in a diving competition – I got the blue ribbon for doing the best jackknife.”

A twinkle appears in Borne’s eyes. “It touched me – it really did – but I’m not the only one etched on the back of that crystal. It includes all the people who have actually helped me along the way, to be able to input all their gifts and unique talents. It’s not just me.”

Pickleball is one of the fastest-growing interests in the Village. The Monroe tournament involved 225 regional players, with local pickleball competitors bringing home 12 medals.

Borne continues to introduce and teach new members, and is working with Stephanie Heffer on an event scheduled for 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 2 at the courts off DeSoto.

The function, called “Pickleball Sparklers,” offers children of all ages a fun-filled evening learning how to play pickleball. The night’s festivity will be topped off by snacks of pickles and ice cream.

Pickleball is a hybrid sport – part badminton and tennis, using oversized ping-pong type paddles and striking a whiffle ball.

Developed in 1965 in the back yard of Joel and Joan Prichard, today the USAPA boasts 40,000 members. It’s believed the name “pickleball” originated from the fact the Prichard’s dog Pickles would chase the ball and run off with it in his mouth; and as a matter of ownership, it became Pickles’ ball.