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Pickleball.biz is an internet-based resource that supports the development and growth of pickleball clubs and the continuous improvement of pickleball players. We pursue these goals by offering reliable information, diverse strategies and techniques, and practical toolsWhy you should trust us in inherent in the credentials of the developers of Pickleball.biz. Please read on. 

The developers of Pickleball.biz, Irene and AJ, found pickleball in 2008 and haven’t been off the courts, figuratively, since. They have lived their pickleball lives in two places. In Bend, Oregon in the Summer (Founding members of the Bend Pickleball Club, 650+ members and most recently host of the 2016 Oregon Senior Games and also the 2016 Pacific Northwest USAPA Nationals, aka the Big Country RV Open). And also in Casa Grande, AZ. in the Winter. (The Palm Creek Pickleball Club, 900+ members and the largest single-location pickleball facility in the world with 32 courts, host of the 2016 USA Pickleball Association Nationals) and the Duel in the Desert, the largest tournament in the world run by a single pickleball club.

They were principals in developing the robust programs in both locations. In Bend, Oregon they were two of eight folks who took pickleball from no players with no courts to 650 paid club members and 16 dedicated courts with an expansive training, development and court-usage machine in five years. In Casa Grande they participated in many ways, as primary board members from helping “sell” the 32-court concept to the park owners to assisting in developing many of its facilities and, later, many of its programs. The Palm Creek Pickleball Club, under their direction, became a leader among pickleball clubs, helping develop full training programs, club-wide rating systems,

Recently they have sold their homes in Bend, Oregon and in Casa Grande, AZ and have moved to St. George, Utah. St. George is another growing community with great pickleball players, many courts and pickleball venues, and home of the exceptional Huntsman Senior Games, which has a pickleball tournament with about 1,000 tournament pickleball players.

More detail on the roles they have held individually follows:

Irene has held the following pickleball-related roles.

Board Member, USA Pickleball Association (USAPA)
Editor, USAPA E-Newsletter
Co-Chair, Pickleball Referee Coordination, Palm CreekReferee Training, Development and Coordination, Bend Pickleball Club
Secretary, Bend Pickleball Club
Training and Development Director, Bend Pickleball Club
Lead Trainer, Beginner thru Advanced, Bend and Palm Creek
Co-Chair, Director of Pickleball Training and Development, Palm Creek Pickleball Club
Referee Certification Committee, USAPA
USAPA Ambassador
USAPA District Ambassador
USAPA Player Rating, 4.5

AJ has held the following pickleball-related roles:

President, Bend Pickleball Club (5 years)Past President, Bend Pickleball Club (a board position)
Bend Pickleball Club laison with Bend Parks and Recreation for pickleball facilities development in Bend
Co-Chair, Referee Coordination, Palm Creek Pickleball Club
Director of Training and Development, Palm Creek Pickleball Club
Pickleball Skills Ratings Chair, Palm Creek Pickleball Club
President, Palm Creek Pickleball Club
Tournament Entertainment Co-Chair, Palm Creek Pickleball club
Member, Pickleball Courts Development Committee, Mountain High Development, Bend
USAPA Ambassador
USAPA District Ambassador
USAPA Player Rating, 4.5

Until 2020, Irene and AJ did all work on Pickleball.Biz on a pro bono basis. In order to continue the practice of not charging readers in the face of escalating costs, in 2020 they have begun to monetize the site and accept small fees on products offered.


  • Richard C.
    April 19, 2019

    I tried to download the fundraising plan from Bend, Oregon but was unsuccessful. Can you provide the link to this and any other pickleball fundraising events, as I don’t want to reinvent the wheel.
    Thank you

  • March 23, 2019

    Hi! I am very interested in pairing your book with a book club event here in Philadelpia. If you will be in the area anytime soon we’d love to meet you, too! Is there a direct way to reach you?

    • Us
      April 11, 2019

      Hi, Audrey. We talked about this. We’d love to partner with any outfit wanting to use our book in their clubs, and we have some that are available for give-aways or prizes at tournaments. Anyone who wants some, let us know for what and how many and we’ll consider your request. No charge for books in this case but you pay postage.

  • Shelley Eckhert
    December 12, 2017

    Hi! I know this might sound a bit crazy but…..We have indoor/out door carpet in our basement for the kids to practice Field Hockey and soccer (which we have a futpong net) I am wondering if the kids could play a version of pickle ball on this turf. It is possible for a ball to bounce and should it be indoor or outdoor balls? Tennis ball better?? any certain kind of racket? Thanks so much for your time!

    • Us
      January 29, 2018

      Huh. Never tried that so I don’t know if it would work at all. I don’t think the ball would make too much difference. You might be better off with a tennis ball as it has more bounce. In that case I would use heavier paddles…something over 8 OZ. Let us know how that works out for you.

  • Daryl WUNROW
    February 21, 2017

    I am interested in the possibility of playing pickleball on artificial surface tennis courts we have in our complex. I have seen some comments that it is possible. What ball and paddle recommendations are consistent with playing on artificial surfaces like our tennis courts. Also address the lines that would need to be added. Thank you,

    Daryl Wunrow
    LaCholla Hills
    Tucson AZ

    • Us
      April 13, 2017

      Hi, Daryl. We are not big fans of this approach, but, yes the artificial tennis court surfaces will generally work for pickleball. We’ve come to believe that co-existence between an active pickleball community and an equally-active tennis community is often tenuous at best, but generally, yes, the surfaces will serve other needs. As to the lines, that one’s easy-peasy. Just go the site and look for configurations of pickleball courts and superimpose them on a tennis court. USAPA.org has a good drawing as well. To lower the nets two inches for pickleball, if you don’t have adjustable nets, take clorox bottles half-filled with water and hang one on each side of the net using S-hooks. It ain’t exact but generally lowers the net about two inches without harming anything. Hope this helps.

  • Laurel Heilman
    October 22, 2015

    Hi Irene and AJ,

    I’m relatively new to the Pickleball scene, although am athletic enough to have picked it up (I would say I’m about a 3.5 level) rather quickly and absolutely love the sport! I was a collegiate women’s basketball coach for the past 23 years and am now trying to find the next “path” of my life and am hoping that I can make Pickleball my life somehow.

    There is a new facility opening up in Western Pennsylvania and I am going to propose some ideas to them (it’s really a basketball facility and the owner never heard of Pickleball before) on how I could help grow the sport in our area. I know that I won’t be able to make a living doing this, but it may at least get me in the door to grow the business for myself as well over time.

    I’m thinking that to help supplement some income that I could possibly be a representative for a Paddle company. Currently, my favorite racquet is the Paddletek Element. I know that there is a Gamma rep here in Pittsburgh, but since I like my Paddletek paddle, maybe that would be a possibility to pursue. Do you know of a way to get in touch with the Paddletek “people”? Or have any other ideas for me on how to make a living being around the sport of Pickleball? I’m 51 years old, and it’s way too early to retire, so I’m up for suggestions!!

    Hope to hear from you with your thoughts. Thanks!

    Laurel H.

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