Bermudan pickleball is poised for a remarkable surge in popularity next year, all thanks to the success of the groundbreaking inaugural Commercial League, which has laid down the framework for a sparkling future.
With 14 teams comprising a total of 123 players, the competition was executed as a pilot initiative, paving the way for a grand-scale launch in May next year.
The Royal Gazette reported how Sarah Fox, co-organizer of the league, celebrated the program’s triumph and expressed her excitement about the dynamic growth that lies ahead.
“The league achieved resounding success, not only fostering sportsmanship but also nurturing team cohesion and camaraderie,” she exclaimed. “Our sights are firmly set on May 2024, promising an even grander and more spectacular event.”
Start Me Up: “The Rallying Stones” Dominate
First place went to the Rallying Stones, who amassed a stellar 86 points, with Conduit Re close behind at 67 points, followed by Chubb with an admirable 57 points.
In Division Two, the title was claimed by Fidelis Wiffle Wanderers, accumulating an impressive 71 points. Bacardi’s squad, aptly named “Do What Moves You,” secured a commendable second place with 56 points, while Chubb closely trailed in third place with 55 points.
Dedication and Skill Elevate the League’s Status
Danny Fox of the Pickleball Association of Bermuda board recognized the teams’ commitment, talent, and fighting qualities.
“Each of these teams showcased unwavering dedication, skill, and a true competitive spirit, making the league a thrilling spectacle for all involved,” he acclaimed.
Where To Play Pickleball On The Island
Bermuda is all caught up in the global pickleball craze. Whether you’re a seasoned player or a vacationer looking to try the trending sport, they’ve got you covered. Enjoy outdoor court matches with stunning ocean views.
Many resorts offer onsite pickleball and tennis courts. Some provide lessons; others allow free play. Advance booking is often unnecessary.
Here is a selection of what’s available:
Pomander Gate Tennis And Pickleball Club
Pomander Gate is a private club whose primary focus is to provide an excellent facility for its members to play tennis and pickleball.
They are hosting a tournament in early September:
Coral Beach And Tennis Club
A members club, Coral Beach offers 4 pickleball courts, bookable or join weekly lessons. Shop for gear onsite.
The Reefs And Resort Club
The Reefs has four pickleball courts with free rental and optional pro lessons. Court reservations are only needed if you wish to organize lessons.
Pompano Beach Club
Pompano features three ocean-view pickleball courts with free paddles. Court rules are posted for beginners.
Guests access free equipment for Cambridge Beaches courts.
Hamilton Princess And Beach Club
Book pickleball via Exhale Spa at the Beach Club. The hotel “jitney” (bus) will whisk you to their stunning signature pink court.
You can rent public courts at the W.E.R. Joell Tennis Stadium.
Their courts are brand new, only having opened in June 2023, and they charge $12/hour, less for seniors/juniors. Gear rental is available.
They advise booking up to three days ahead due to the sport’s rising popularity.
The Pickleball Bermuda Bash
Don’t miss the second annual Pickleball Bermuda Bash from December 30, 2023 – January 7, 2024.
Professional Pickleball Association player Allyce Jones will be joining the event, giving daily workshops and clinics for registered players.
For more information on Allyce, click here.
You can even book the special Pickleball Bermuda Bash Package, which includes accommodation, meals, workshops, and clinics.
You can find out all about pickleball in Bermuda by clicking here.
What Does Google Say?
Bermuda is a British island territory in the North Atlantic Ocean known for its pink-sand beaches, such as Elbow Beach and Horseshoe Bay. Its massive Royal Naval Dockyard complex combines modern attractions like the interactive Dolphin Quest with maritime history at the National Museum of Bermuda.
The island has a distinctive blend of British and American culture, especially in the capital, Hamilton.
Bermuda sits about 880 miles east of Charleston, South Carolina.
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