Thoughts…Analysis…Action…A Call for the Pickleball Community to Wake Up to Reality! (Part 2)

By Sill Lyra.

I would like to thank all fellow athletes that came to me to compliment my original article. One of them placed his arms around my neck and told me, “I read your article two times, then put it away. Then the next day, I read it again, trying to find something wrong with it. Nothing…I couldn’t find anything wrong and I would like to congratulate you. You are my hero! Someone needed to do something to find out how things were going.” Well, by that time, I thought that he would kiss me– nothing wrong with that, as
the Russians and Eastern Europeans do this all the time– but I’m glad that he didn’t arrive at that extreme. Thank you very much guys. There are no heroes here, just a fellow player showing his views about the reality and the actual needs of the sport in our day. A healthy, open discussion.

It is wonderful that Boise Parks and Recreation sent all the information about the project. I wouldn’t expect less from this great organization.

Now we have an official announcement about how the project is going, with the real numbers and not the ones that were inaccurately given to me before the article (my apologies for that).

So…now that the reality is on the table…any thoughts?

If you have any comments or ideas, please email me at SILLINTERCOACH@YAHOO.COM.

I will be glad to see what this pickle ball community is thinking and wishing for the immediate or long-term future. We all are in the same boat. No worries about speaking to me, as I don’t reveal my sources unless the person wants me to do that.

Please tell me what do you think, your suggestions, as this is the best way to engage in the goal to place Idaho on the map of the National events.

Congratulations to Dick Johnson and Glenn Spivey for their medals at Nationals this year.

Dick Johnson with

 Silver: 75 3.5 Men’s Singles
 Silver: 75 4.5-4.0 Mixed Doubles
 Bronze: 75 5.0-4.5 Men’s Doubles

And Glenn Spivey with the gold in singles 50 4.5.

Can you guys imagine having a Nationals here in our State?

We live in a free country, and I believe that to express our opinions and present them on the table for discussion is not only a right, but an obligation as a citizen.

My very best regards to all…paddles up…and a wonderful THANKSGIVING!


Thanksgiving Tournament – Tuesday’s Competition

The recent Thanksgiving Tournament held for 2.5 and 3.0 players was well attended, and a good time was had by all.

(A special thank you to Terry Wallace for the photos!)

Here are the 3.0 medal winners:


Gold: Don Wilson + Kelly Myers
Silver: Stan Sluder + John McNicholl
Bronze: Kurt Marostica + Carol Kerr

Here are the 2.5 medal winners:

20171114_113650Gold: Leah McNicholl + Wally Reisbeck
Silver: Leslie Muir + Connie Bohn
Bronze: Christine Whittaker + Jane Tanikuni (not pictured)

Individual medal winners photos..

20171114_1136292.5 Gold: Leah McNicholl + Wally Reisbeck

20171114_1135492.5 Silver: Leslie Muir + Connie Bohn


2.5 Bronze: Christine Whittaker + Jane Tanikuni (not pictured)

20171114_1208393.0 Gold: Don Wilson + Kelly Myers

20171114_1209253.0 Silver: Stan Sluder + John McNicholl

20171114_1207433.0 Bronze: Carol Kerr + Kurt Marostica

Big Dill Pickleball Tournament of Champions

Received from John Sweeting, USAPA Regional Director:

BigDillREGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for the USAPA sanctioned 4th annual Big Dill Pickleball Tournament of Champions sponsored by the Best Western ClockTower Inn on April 13-15, 2018. This tournament will be run using software.

Early registration fee is only $30 until January 21, 2018. Please sign up early to take advantage of this. Click here for more information and to register.

You must be a USAPA member to play in the tournament. This is a 3 day event. Please make sure you get yourself signed up for the USAPA membership at if you are not already a member.

Singles is on Friday, Saturday is doubles and Sunday is mixed doubles.

*Side note, not all of the player lists will show up on Pickleball tournaments as we have players that are signing up on our Billings YMCA Website.

If you have any questions on any of this please call or email me.


Chris Watts
Sports Director
Billings Family YMCA
Phone: (406)-294-1630
Fax: (406) 248-3450

Highlights from 2017 USAPA Nationals

From Pickleball Channel

USAPA Nationals is always an exciting tournament, but this year the excitement reached new levels! With more participants than ever before, this tournament had it all. With a broad range of ages and skill levels, the 2017 USAPA Nationals gave out a total of 711 medals! Watch this high energy video of the great play and fantastic skills including breathtaking aerial footage of the courts and super slow motion pickleball action.

Kuna’s First Christmas Pickleball Tournament

Glenn Spivey and Zack Pancheri are sponsoring a pickleball tournament in December.

Here are the details:

KunaTournamentWHO: All 3.0, 3.5, and 4.0 picklball players

WHAT: Men’s, Mixed, and Women’s Doubles

WHERE: Kuna High School  at 637 E. Deer Flat Road in the old gymnasium featuring four indoor courts.

WHEN: Saturday, December 16 (Men’s + Women’s Doubles)
Sunday, December 17 (Mixed Doubles)

WHY: To hold Kuna’s First Pickleball Tournament!

Cost is $30 for the first event and $10 for a second event.

To enter the tournament call or email Glenn Spivey at 208.284.2510 or with the following information:

Your name, email address, phone number, event, skill level, and your partner’s name.

Download the event flyer.

Download the registration form.