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Arick Lane

1305 SE Sea Oat Lane

Joined In Nov 2021

About Me

I am addicted to Pickleball and the Pickleball Community!!!! I travel the US with my wife (Jackie Lane) with our Airstream playing different tournaments and providing reviews on how the tournament was run and if the feedback from the participants was worth the cost of entry fee, travel and other miscellaneous expenses to attend the Pickleball Event.

772-475-6410

1305 SE Sea Oat Lane

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Arick Lane 2 Reviews
APP World Pickleball Review
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4.0.0

APP World Pickleball Tournament Review: 4 out of 5 Stars 750 Participants….I would definitely attend this tournament next year. The feedback from players, referees, spectators, and viewers where positive for the most part. Let’s jump into the Positives and Negatives: POSITIVES: 1. Choice of Venue selected by Ivan Baron (Player’s International Management, Inc) and the APP at PGA Verano located on the East Coast of Florida in the City Limits of Port Saint Lucie, FL was a nice selection. 2. All 27 Courts were permanent Pickleball courts located inside a private housing community. 3. Hydration Station and Snack Station were provided for all. 4. Portable Restrooms were the sophisticated variety with A/C and a full-time attendant for everyday of the tournament. I received very positive feedback from players and spectators. 5. Referees enjoyed the layout of the facility for ease of walking and access to the courts. Referees did a great job according to all the players….they do have a thankless job but always have a great attitude!!!! 6. Amateur, Pro, and Senior Pros said the Hospitality by all the Directors, Staff, Volunteers, and Vendors was 2nd to none. 7. Food Vendors onsite charged a reasonable price and the food was good according to all I spoke with. 8. Plenty of shaded area provided by the facilty or tents erected by the Tournament Director to allow for recovery from play or for spectators to watch with protection from the Sun. 9. Access to the courts from multiple gate opening allow for minor interruption of play while players where arriving or leaving the courts. 10. Partial dividers on the courts helped with blocking balls from other courts from continually rolling onto the court of play. Did not eliminate fully but did help. NOTE: Some venues in the past have little or no dividers and balls come at you from everywhere!!!!! 11. Weather!!!! December in Florida is great for Pickleball. Weather cooperated throughout the entire event….it did get humid with the high of about 85 degrees but I did not receive much feedback from the folks North of Florida…LOL!!! 12. Strong support from the local community coming out to cheer on their favorite players. 13. Two Airports for access to the venue….West Palm Beach Intl. Airport or Orlando Intl. Airport. Note: If you are a Baller you flew private into Stuart, FL Airport. 14. Communication via email to the players before the tournament was very good. NEGATIVES: 1. Access to the venue was challenging: The guard gate entrance was extremely backed-up at times. Based on feedback and personal experience. Email before the tournament stated to show up early to allow enough time to arrive at the venue to park and check-in as a player. The line at the guard gate was 20-30 deep sometimes. However, they did adapt, improvise, and overcome with an on-the -fly solution by sending out a person from the guard gate with a hand radio to walk down vehicles with a Paper Pass to allow them to access through the residential gate so they would not be DQ’ed for arriving late to their match. 2. Parking: Because this was a private community parking spaces where limited. A lady with the best attitude drove the one shuttle bus back and forth all day long. She was a trooper….so polite and even joked around with me and my son. Based on feedback from players and spectators one Shuttle Bus was not enough for the amount of people playing and attending the event. If you were behind in time because of the bottle neck at the Guard Gate Entrance you either had to run from your vehicle to the facility or have a friend drop you off and go park your vehicle. I am not sure how the nice lady had time for a bathroom break or food break. On the last day of tournament (Sunday) I did notice they provided a back-up driver to allow her a break without interruption of shuttle service. 3. Lighting: This is partially out of the control of the Tournament Director’s hands. Not all the courts had permanent lighting for play that went into the evening. Unfortunately, the play that went into the evening were medal round matches and the temporary lights where better than the alternative. The feedback received from players consisted of the temporary lighting layout due to court configuration so temporary lights could not be placed in the middle of the back to back courts allow for a lot of shadows. Players committed on how it was hard to pick-up the ball coming out of the shadows into the brighter light. On the positive side….I was told more permanent lighting may be added to these courts. 4. Pace of play on Sunday: Pro Mens Singles had 53 players in the draw!!!! That may be a record!!!! Two brackets had to be drawn!!! That is great news but bad news for the pace of play for Men’s Pro Singles, Women’s Pro Singles, Senior Pros, and Amateurs on Sunday. The wait time between matches was extensive. Courts where available but the lack of referees to officiate those open courts were not available. Sunday is typically the slowest day of the entire tournament because of singles play. However, due to the increase in the Pro Mens Singles Draw there were not enough referees to handle the overflow on what is typically a slower day. Many players that spoke with me….Pro and Amateur were growing frustrated with the wait time for their next match to be called. The Men’s Senior Pro Singles started at 9am but did not get on court until 10am and did not finish until 7pm with only 14 players in the draw. The feedback overall was a very positive event put on by Ivan Baron with permission to use the APP Name. The venue of all permanent courts carries a lot of weight with all the players. The City of Port Saint Lucie has a lot to offer in terms of Entertainment, Dinning, and the Atlantic Ocean at your doorstep. Perfect scheduling for a December Event in Florida. Everyone I spoke with said they would most likely return for this event next year. Please kindly provide your feedback as a player, referee, and spectator. Give the good, bad, and ugly….this is how your voice can be heard to provide feedback to Tournaments Directors that are already planning for next years events. HAVE A MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!

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Arick Lane 2 Reviews
APP vs PPA
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3.0.0

Happy New Year Everyone!!!! It is time for my first APP vs PPA Pickleball Review of the Year. APP Masters in Boca Raton, FL. Tournament held at the “Patch Reef Tennis & Pickleball Center. *************REVIEW SCORE 3 out of 5 STARS********************** Reviews are based on feedback of Pros, Senior Pros, Amateurs, Referees, and Vendors. All names will remain anonymous for truthful and open feedback. This was a Sanctioned Golden Ticket Tourney. POSITIVES: 1. New Come-Around Format: Medal Matches Played on Sunday…..APP still allows for backdraw to play their way back to Gold Medal Match and Higher Payout to the Player. 2. New Pro Split Doubles Division: Pros Play with Senior Pros. Nice warmup matches and an opportunity to earn more money for both. 3. Every court had a referee because of Golden Ticket Qualification. 4. Food was good and reasonable priced. Chick-Fil-A had a food truck among others. 5. Plenty of parking space…no need to take a shuttle to site. 6. Signage was good. 7. All staff, referees, and volunteers well trained, worked hard, and great attitude!!!! 8. Easy access to bathroom/locker facilities located indoors. 9. The Regular Yellow Dura Balls back in play! 10. Communication and Updates during rain delays where good. 11. Vendors loved the new layout when players and spectators entered the venue, potential customers walked in and around the vendor tents to arrive inside the facility. NEGATIVES: 1. Choice of Venue for 1000 plus Pickleball Players. The top of everyone’s list, from Pros to Amateurs are Permanent Pickleball Courts. This facility was very short of Permanent Courts for the amount of players considering this was a Golden Ticket Event for Nationals Qualification. 2. Play stoppage due to rain and no alternative facilities to play at. This was huge for Pros and Amateurs that were playing for Money/Rankings/Sponsors and Amateurs Playing for the Coveted Golden Ticket!!! These first two items dominated most of the feedback!! NOTE: The APP can not control the weather but they can choose what facility to host the Masters/Golden Ticket Tournament along with options to continue playing at other indoor facilities even if not ideal set-up. Many players in all divisions said they would rather play on Carpeted/Wood/Rubber Floors somewhere rather than stop play and forgo Prize Money or a Shot at a Golden Ticket. 3. Temporary Courts where way to close to each other. Many players viewed as a distraction/interrupted by balls and unsafe. 4. Many Pros opposed to singles play on Thursday during the week due to majority of Pros having to take time off from Full-Time Job. IN CONCLUSION: Last year the APP set the standard for choosing many facilities that had predominantly Permanent Pickleball Courts and according to all the feedback that is what differentiated their business model compared to the PPA which modified many Tennis Facilities into Pickleball Courts. Feedback received from Pros and Amateurs in this category was a huge positive for the APP. The APP also took advantage of good public relations in the towns the tour played in to set-up alternative places to play in-case of rain so not to cancel play. The APP set a high standard in this area and according to the feedback, did not live up to that standard at this Venue considering this tournament had Pros playing for Prize Money and everyone playing for the Golden Ticket. Please kindly open discussion on your thoughts, good or bad. We are the paying customer and your voices have influenced the APP and PPA to improve the product and overall experience as the tours have grown. I receive a lot of feedback privately from Pros/Senior Pros/Amateurs/Venors in-person, Facebook Messenger, Text and Good ”ol”Fashion Phone Call. Please reach out and provide your feedback….you will always remain anonymous. Arick Lane

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