The Goshen Pickleballers have hosted or been involved in pickleball events. Some of them include Dink and Dine Tournaments, Refereeing Clinics, and Pickleball Demonstrations at the County Fair.
In 2018, we were privileged to offer clinics taught by USAPA certified Referees Jeff and Anita Shank with Byron and Marsha Freso assisting. How we got such qualified instructors is simply amazing! It consisted of two evenings of two hours each with classroom instruction and actual reffing practice with doubles play. It was a great course with 16 participants! Hopefully we will offer it again, especially since the Shanks are moving to Elkhart County in the summers! Cost was free!
Elkhart County Fair Demo Day 2018
A Pickleball Demonstration Event was held at the Elkhart County Fair on July 24, 2018 (Senior Citizen's Day). The purpose was to promote awareness of the game in our community and other communities. We passed out pickleball brochures listing places to play in Elkhart and other counties, and gave contact numbers and costs when possible.
We had two pickleball courts going all the time. One court had great play from our advanced and intermediate players and the other court had our players instructing fair-goers on how to play the game. Fun was had by all. We even had some of the newbies challenge our advanced players to a game! We even got the Fair Queen to play, and she loved it!