The opening day of the 2023 USA Pickleball Atlantic Diamond Regional was held at NYA Sports and Fitness Center, Newtown, CT, welcoming players from 17 states who had registered for the three-day event. The competition began on March 31 and culminated on April 2 in New Haven. According to J.P. Favretto, who was part of the team coordinating the tournament, Newtown hosted the men’s singles matches, plus “well over 120 matches”.
The weekend regional had a total of 514 registered players, with the women’s matches beginning mid-afternoon on Friday and continuing until 11 pm. Matches continued in New Haven on Saturday and Sunday, including men’s doubles, women’s doubles, and mixed doubles play.
“New Haven hosted the 2023 USA Pickleball Atlantic Diamond Regional Tournament from Friday, March 31 through Sunday, April 2…”— The Erne newsletter (@ErneNewsletter) April 7, 2023
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The tournament was the second in a series of 12 Diamond Amateur Championships scheduled across the country this year. These regional tournaments will culminate at the 2023 Diamond Amateur Championship taking place in December in Holly Hill, Florida.
For more information about the pickleball program at NYA, coordinated by Favretto, you can call 203-426-0088 or visit NYAsportsfitness.com.
The NYA is offering a series of Pickleball Bootcamps, specifically catering to beginner-level players wanting to learn the fundamentals of the sport. Managed by IPTPA or Professional Pickleball Registry (PPR) Certified PB Instructors, these clinics will provide new players with the necessary skills and knowledge to begin their pickleball journey.
The Tuesday evening five-week session includes 10 hours of instructional court time spread across five two-hour on-court training sessions. The program begins with an evaluation and assessment of new players, covering the FUNdamentals and rules regarding match play.
Players will learn all about the 3-Ds of Pickleball, including how to serve (legal vs. illegal serves), how to return serves, transitioning to the “kitchen” (no-volley zone), dinking, and scoring.
The sessions run on Tuesday evenings from 5:30pm to 7:30pm until May 2, 2023 (excluding April 18, 2023). Why not go along, especially as USA Pickleball has declared April “National Pickleball Month?”
The price for the entire program is $250 per session. Whether you’re new to pickleball or looking to improve your skills, the NYA Fitness and Fitness Center Pickleball Bootcamps are an excellent opportunity to learn and grow as a player.
NYA runs other pickleball bootcamps for level 2 players and will also be featuring a King/Queen Ladder League held every Thursday evening from 6.30 to 8.30pm. This competitive league is designed for Intermediate/Advanced players with skill levels ranging from 2.5 to 3.5+. The league spans a period of six weeks, and participants will have the opportunity to move up and down the “ladder” based on their performance.
NYA Sports & Fitness is an ideal location for learning, practicing, playing, and competing. Located on the picturesque Fairfield Hills Campus, their facility boasts a state-of-the-art fitness club, instructional programs, and sports leagues for youth and adult participants. They also offer various dedicated spaces that can accommodate all your special events.
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