Senior Pickleball Report
ACE PICKLEBALL CLUB TO DEBUT THEIR HIGHLY ANTICIPATED INDOOR PICKLEBALL FRANCHISES IN THE US, IN EARLY 2023
NEW YORK /PRNewswire/ — Ace Pickleball Club, is set to debut their highly anticipated franchise offering of innovative indoor pickleball facilities, featuring between eight to sixteen regulation size courts in a climate controlled environment to provide the optimal player experience including vibrant music, on court technology for live streaming and instant replay, and social and event space, in early 2023.
Pickleball has experienced unprecedented growth in the last few years, most recently reported as 36.5 million people having played the sport in 2022, and all signs point to the industry only heating up in the coming years. Founder and CEO Jay Diederich and Co-Founder and President Joe Sexton of Ace Pickleball Club, leaders in the franchise industry, saw a void in the space and growing demand for high quality indoor facilities that provide year-round access to players of all ages and skill levels across the country. There are approximately 10,000 facilities nationwide currently registered with the USA Pickleball Association, of which, 99% are outdoors and cannot be utilized during the winter season, inclement weather or heat. Further issues have quickly formed with local city halls and planning departments across the country, which have started to limit hours of operations or completely shut down outdoor courts located near housing due to noise complaints.
Jay Diederich, Founder and CEO, began his career in franchise operations in 2007 at GNC, and in 2012 joined Sky Zone to support both corporate and franchise development where he successfully secured 185 big box retail and flex locations – helping make Sky Zone the second fastest growing franchise in the US and one of the largest big box indoor entertainment franchises in the world.
Joe Sexton, Co-Founder and President, also began his career in franchising in 2007 in franchise support and operations, later moving to Mathnasium Learning Centers where he was Executive Director of Franchise Development. In 2015, Joe joined Sky Zone where he led domestic franchise development and since 2019, has helped launch several new franchise programs for up and coming brands, including PetWellClinic, where he led the sales of 130 franchises in less than 24 months from launch.
Together Jay Diederich and Joe Sexton have created Ace Pickleball Club, and will begin offering franchises for development across the US in February of 2023, with Roswell, GA being the first to open.
Investments are pouring into “Eatertainment” concepts featuring pickleball as a way to drive more foot traffic to the primary focus of food and beverage sales, but there is not yet a national brand that is focused on pickleball itself. Ace Pickleball Club’s approach eliminates the bar and restaurant and targets existing big box stores rather than ground-up construction, significantly reducing the investment and increasing the speed of growth. APC is introducing a family-friendly environment, more closely resembling a gym than a restaurant, for members of all ages to learn, play, and compete year-round. Members will have access to unlimited open play in addition to leagues, tournaments, clinics, glow-in-the-dark pickleball and social events.
Beyond the co-founders, the APC executive team combines 70+ years of experience across all departments and has a successful track record of developing big box recreational franchise concepts. Investors include Andy Stenzler (Founder of Rumble Boxing and Lab Capital Advisors), Doug Birer (Multi-unit Developer of Orangetheory, Kidstrong, and PetWellClinic), Eric Simon (VP at the Joint Chiropractic), Nena Mass (SVP at CBRE), Tabish Jesrai and Mohammad “Musto” Omar (Multi-unit Developers of Crumbl Cookies), Workweek Capital (The Wolf of Franchises), and Wendy Selevitch (Founder of Soultenders, Inc) to name a few. They’ve played influential roles in the growth of both startup and blue-chip brands on a global scale and helped earn countless accolades over the last decade. They’ve spent years cultivating strong relationships with the commercial real estate, construction and franchise development world, which will be leveraged to fuel the growth of Ace Pickleball Club.
For more on Ace Pickleball Club, please visit: acepickleballclub.com. Follow along on Instagram at @acepickleballclub.
SOURCE ACE Pickelball Club
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From Softball To Pro Pickleball
Kelly Stroble, a non-traditional racquet sports player, shares her journey to becoming a pro and her experiences at the US Open and with different partnerships.
Pickleball may not have the same level of recognition as traditional racquet sports like tennis or badminton, but it is a rapidly growing sport. And for Kelly Stroble, it’s been a path to pro success.
Stroble didn’t come to pickleball in the typical way. Instead of years playing tennis or racquetball, she came from a softball background. But after being introduced to the sport by a friend, Stroble quickly fell in love with pickleball’s fast-paced, team-oriented gameplay.
Stroble’s commitment to the sport paid off in a big way. After only a few years of playing, she made it to the US Open, an event held annually in Naples, Florida that attracts the best pickleball players from around the world.
Part of what makes pickleball so appealing is the inclusive and supportive nature of its community. Stroble speaks highly of the other pro players, saying “we’re all friends at the end of the day.” And while it’s a relatively new sport, it’s one that’s growing quickly, with more and more players and fans joining the community every year.
Stroble has also been fortunate enough to have great partnerships with sponsors like Engage Pickleball and Civil E Apparel. These partnerships have helped her excel in the sport, providing her with the tools and support she needs to be a top player.
Overall, Stroble’s story is a testament to the power of dedication and hard work. Even without a traditional racquet sport background, she was able to become a pro player in a growing and competitive sport. And it’s clear that she’s not done yet – Stroble has already set her sights on even bigger accomplishments in the future.
- Engage Pickleball: https://engagepickleball.com/
- Civil E Apparel: https://www.civileapparel.com/
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pickleball and sports exclusive
Pickleball4America Unveils Details of First Ever Ballpark Series™ with Events at Fenway Park, Oracle Park and Coors Field
Amateur players of all skill levels will have the opportunity to play in three of baseball’s
most storied ballparks
NAPLES, Fla. /PRNewswire/ — Pickleball4America™ (“Pickle4™”), a dynamic and rapidly emerging organization committed to creating new and enhanced experiences for professional and amateur pickleball players, made a series of announcements today around their newly created Ballpark Series™ that will be held this July and August on three weekends at Fenway Park (Boston – 7/13 to 7/16), Oracle Park (San Francisco – 7/20 to 7/23) and Coors Field (Denver – 8/3 to 8/6). Combined with their existing asset – the US Open Pickleball Championships, the sports biggest event – the unveiling of the Ballpark Series establishes Pickleball4America as a leader in hosting major and iconic events at a national level.
“We started Pickleball4America with a vision to build the sport’s best ecosystem centered around operating prestigious events and creating a robust digital community that becomes the go-to destination for all who love the game,” said Mike Dee, Chairman of Pickleball4America. “The Ballpark Series builds on the recent success of the 2023 US Open Pickleball Championships which set new records for both participation and attendance. We are excited to now expand our event portfolio in these cathedrals of baseball providing players and fans with a unique experience to enjoy all that pickleball has to offer. Our goal is to shine a bright light on this great game.”
Players will need to register for the opportunity to purchase court reservations and/or participate in the competition.Tweet
Amateur players can participate in the Ballpark Series two different ways. The first will be to reserve court time for an 80-minute session for up to ten players. In addition, for those amateurs who want to compete for an inaugural Ballpark Series medal, there will be doubles championships at skill levels 3.5 and up. In anticipation of high demand, players will need to register for the opportunity to purchase court reservations and/or participate in the amateur competition. For more details please visit redsox.com/pickleball for Boston, sfgiants.com/pickleball for San Francisco and rockies.com/pickleball for Denver. Registration for Boston and San Francisco opens today, Thursday, June 1. Denver registration will go live in early June.
All sessions will be open for fans to purchase general admission tickets.
For more details, please visit the team web sites highlighted above or Pickle4.com.
Pickleball4America, founded in 2022, is focused on developing an ecosystem around America’s fastest growing sport, including events and digital content, commerce and community. In 2023, Pickleball4America closed its initial round of funding, merged with the US Open Pickleball Championships® and launched the Ballpark Series, which is bringing more playing opportunities to amateurs and professionals in iconic venues across the U.S.
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SOURCE Pickleball for America, Inc.
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Pickle and Chill to Open Second Location in Cleveland Area
CLEVELAND /PRNewswire/ — Pickle and Chill, the highly successful indoor/outdoor pickleball facility in Columbus, Ohio has announced plans to expand to a second location in the Cleveland area opening by October 2023.
The Cleveland operation will be located at the Pavilion Shopping center in the former Stein Mart building (23949 Chagrin Blvd, Beachwood, OH 44122). It is expected to house 12 indoor and 6 outdoor courts. It also includes a stylish bar and lounge as well as multiple event spaces.
Pickle and Chill is a concept that embraces all levels of pickleball and allows for both members and non-members to participate in open play, leagues, clinics, lessons, tournaments and more.
“We’re one of the very few locations in the United States in an all-weather climate to have an indoor/outdoor dedicated pickleball facility, ” owner David Kass said of Pickle and Chill. “We are uniquely situated down I-71 to bring the same knowledge and experience to the Cleveland market who we believe will embrace this concept as much or more than Columbus has.”
Pickle and Chill, which has 9 indoor (opened November 2022) and 10 outdoor courts (opening in 2 weeks) has taught more than 1200 people how to play pickleball since opening. It runs 7 leagues a week and several clinic series; has 6 active instructors; and hosts over 120 hours of open play, special events and other programming each month.
The ownership group also owns the only Ohio-based Major League Pickleball team, the Columbus Pickleball Club. Pickle and Chill hosted the 2nd MLP event in October 2022.
FOR MORE INFO: Ruth Milligan, 614-348-0760
SOURCE Pickle and Chill
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