Congrats to our own Christie Borne on her recent pickle ball certification

Congratulations to Christie Borne for her recent International Pickleball Training Professional Association (IPTPA) certification

Along with her certification, Christie has been very active with Pickleball over the last few years as well as with our own HSV PB Club where she has served as President, Past President, held many PB training events, organized many social events, and has been the driver for player rating sessions. Here are a few of her other accomplishments:

  • Currently teaching pickleball in Hot Springs Village, AR
  • 9 years of pickleball teaching experience from grassroots level to experienced tournament players and 15 years teaching tennis
  • Medaled four years in singles in her age group at the USAPA National Tournament and medaled in many other tournaments as a 4.5 player
  • USPTA wheelchair and able-bodied certified
  • Creator of Survive the Heat Pickleball Camps for Kids
  • Founder of Pickleball Sisters (
  • Published in five issues of USPTA’s ADDvantage magazine
  • Author of Pickleball ~ One Court at a Time (Growing Homegrown Programs)

PickleBall Club Open House October 14, 2017

A Microcosm of the Village Attends Open House

Pictures and Narrative submitted by Joyce Betts

We made over 50 new friends at our Open House on Oct. 14.  Attendees ranged in age from 14 to 70+ and their backgrounds were diverse: some were in the Village house hunting, some were visiting for the first time, some had lived in the Village anywhere from three days to 17 years, some were golfers, some were tennis players looking for a sport that would be easier on their joints, one was a hunter, and one was a young, excited Fountain Lake student with her mother.

Twenty of them came to the free clinic for beginners on the following Tuesday.  Watch out for them on the courts and make them welcome!  Some of them appear in the following slideshow of photos.

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Congratulations to HSV Pickleball Club medalists

Congratulations to HSV Pickleball Club medalists at the August Heber Fever Tournament

Silver Medal in Women’s 3.5 Doubles – Betty Wilhite with her partner Pat Jackson.

Gold Medal in Men’s 4.5 Doubles – Ken Unger with his partner Dave Laseter

SIMON arrives in the Village

Meet SIMON – HSV Pickleball Club’s Newest Member!

HSV Pickleball Club’s newest member is a battery operated, remote-controlled, programmable ball machine named “SIMON.”  He has been donated to the Club through the generosity of members Twilla and Ian Tompkins.  Club member BJ Swartout was instrumental in researching and procuring SIMON.

Technically, SIMON is a mean, green, ball-feeding machine with a hopper full of balls.  His patience is infinite and he doesn’t give advice.  He launches balls at the press of a button at whatever velocity, angle, and interval his partner selects.  Players can practice dink, groundstroke, volley, and overhead shots.

HSV Pickleball Club members in good standing may rent SIMON as a hitting partner for $8 per hour, 4-7pm daily (except Wednesday), for practice at the POA Pickleball Courts.  Balls are provided.  Unfortunately, SIMON does not have the capability to pick up after himself so a ball tube and bucket are provided to pick up balls.  All fees go to the HSV Pickleball Club for SIMON’s maintenance and as part of a fundraising effort for new courts.

To make reservations to rent SIMON, Club members should use the website link, complete the form with their name and requested time slot and click on the submit  button at the bottom of the form and it will email request to the Club member listed as Point of Contact for that time slot. (the Contact SIMON Ball link can be found under the Activities tab on the website). The Point of Contact volunteer will confirm the reservation by return email and meet the renter at the HSV courts to help them sign SIMON out and set him up.  It is more efficient if two players rent SIMON at a time, so that players can take turns hitting and picking up balls.

Any pickleball player in the Village is welcome to join the Pickleball Club.  The membership form can be downloaded from the website listed above.  Club members say, “SIMON loves to make new friends!”

Twilla and Ian Tompkins with SIMON