About Laura and World Team Pickleball

Laura Fenton Kovanda - president and CEO of World Team Pickleball

Laura is an all-around athlete and holds National titles in basketball, softball, tennis, and racquetball, and exploded on to the pickleball scene.  Over the past 35 years, she has taught college courses in biomechanics, kinesiology, exercise physiology, biophysics, sport psychology, neuroplasticity, nutrition, and athletic training.  Being a professional athlete for 15 years with the U.S. Olympic Racquetball Team and managing her own sports academy, Laura brings a vast amount of knowledge and experience in the sports world.  Laura's passion for the sport, league play, and tournaments helped her realize that pickleball was ready for something new.  Dedicated to the amazing sport of pickleball and its clubs and communities, Laura established World Team Pickleball (WTP) in Columbus, Ohio, in 2015 to offer players of all ages and skill levels inexpensive, competitive, fun and social team events.  

Pickleball has been around for more than 50 years, but it has only become an official sport in the past 12 years.  Now with a governing body—the USAPA (United States of America Pickleball Association)—rules, sponsors, major product manufacturers, tournaments and prize money have become integral to the sport.   Our mission is to attract recreational and amateur pickleball players throughout the United States, as well as other countries, to play pickleball competitively with and against others in organized team tournaments and leagues. 

World Team Pickleball offers an avenue for:  

  • teams to play numerous matches 
  • scheduled match times and courts, playing when you are scheduled
  • creating strategies and comradery within your teams

It’s definitely more fun to play pickleball with your friends when you are part of a team!

 

RaCQUEtball:

  • 5-time World Gold Medalist
  • 3-time Olympics Qualifier
  • 2-time Pan Am Gold Medalist
  • 32 National Titles

 

Other Sports:

National Champion in Basketball, Softball and Tennis.

LAURA'S FUN FACTS

Pickleball:

  • 2016 US Open Championships - 1st Women's Pro Doubles Finalist!
    • Gold - Women's Doubles 40+
    • Gold - Mixed Senior Pro Doubles 50+
    • Silver  - Women's Pro Doubles
  •  2016 Tournament of Champions - Bronze - Open Women's Singles Legends
  • 2016 USAPA Nationals - Bronze - Mixed Senior Open Doubles
  • 2017 PPF Desert Championships - Silver - Senior Women's Pro Doubles
  • 2017 US Open - Gold - Women's Doubles 45+
  • 2017 World Team Pickleball Championships - 1st Place - 5.0 Mixed Team
 

World Team Pickleball Format

World Team Pickleball brings a whole new aspect to the game with its unique concept of scheduled team play.  Players love our format because they know well in advance the time and locations of their matches.  All matches are pre-scheduled with the Team Captains creating their lineups prior to each match ensure teams and players know exactly when and where they will play and keeping the tournament running on time.  Matches are also scheduled back-to-back-to back so your division is done in a 3-4 hour period.  In our tournaments, Round Robins or Pool Play (possible then to straight draw) will be used, and teams are guaranteed several matches throughout the 3-day tournament.

Led by a Team Captain, 6 players compete on 3 courts of doubles against other teams in their same age and skill division in full matches (best of 3 games).  The team winning at least 2 of 3 courts wins the overall match.  In Mixed events, teams are comprised of 3 men and 3 women to form a Mixed Doubles team.  For league play, in Men’s or Women’s events, all 6 players are the same gender.  Teams may carry as many as 8 players on their roster to rotate players as needed.  Players may also register as individuals, as there are always players who need teams and teams who need players.  

The WTP format is offered for league play and tournaments, known as the Sectionals and The World Team Pickleball Championship.  If you would like to start a WTP league or host a tournament in your state or country, please visit the league and tournament pages for more information.

 

Meet the World Team Pickleball Staff

 
 
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Kimberly Waddell - Director of Operations

Kim has an extensive athletic background both on and off the courts and has played multiple sports at the collegiate level and beyond. She has Masters degrees in Education, with an emphasis in Sport Leadership and Kinesiology.  Kim has also taught college courses in kinesiology, sport medicine, fitness & wellness, nutrition, biology, and health science.   She has coached basketball, tennis, and swim.

Kim works hard behind the scenes overseeing the World Team Pickleball operations, making sure that everything is running smoothly.  Her passion for people and pickleball combined with her technical and analytical skills ensures that WTP will continue to grow around the world. 

You may find Kim running your tournament desk, working with the Tournament Hosts, updating our website, sending and responding to emails, posting on our Instagram and Facebook pages, and making sure you are having a good time at any WTP event. 

 
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Steve Waddell - Director of league play

Steve is passionate about grassroots pickleball!  He loves when people come together to be social, have fun and enjoy some friendly competition.  That's why Steve oversees all World Team Pickleball Leagues and our Area Coordinators.  

Whether you are interested in starting a league in your area or becoming an Area Coordinator, Steve will answer all of your questions and make sure that you have everything you need. 

 
 
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Barton Marketing Group

The Barton Marketing Group in Chicago, Illinois works closely with World Team Pickleball in the areas of marketing, promotions, and sponsorship.

 

 

Area Coordinators

Area Coordinators are also an important part of our World Team Pickleball staff.  We have coordinators located throughout the world who assist with everything from running WTP Leagues, to helping us coordinate the Sectional and Championship Tournaments.  If you are interested in becoming an Area Coordinator, please contact us for more information.

United States

Arizona

  • Sue Rocha   Email:  rochask@gmail.com
  • Tuscon
    • Joey Farias   Email: jfariastennis@gmail.com

California

  • Oakland  
    • Thomas McGee    Email: tmcgee@blackhawkcc.org
  • Riverside & San Bernardino Counties
    • Steve Waddell    Email: SteveWWaddell@gmail.com
  • San Diego & Orange Counties
    • Bob Patten    Email: 2bobpatten@gmail.com

COLORADO

  • Northern Colorado
    • Orlie Carpio    Email: orlie.carpio@gmail.com
  • Denver
    • Ken Marquardt    Email: Kenmart@q.com

GEORGIA

  • Atlanta
    • Chad Cromwell   Email: ccromwell@atlpba.org
  • Griffin
    • Peter Phelps    Email: pmp12309@aol.com

HAWAII

  • Oahu/Honolulu 
    • Donna Ching    Email: pickleballpalms@gmail.com

ILLINOIS

  • Chicago
    • TBD

INDIANA

  • South Bend
    • Nick Falletta    Email: nick.falletta@weathervane.com                       
    • Denise Van De Walle    Email: denisev@bgsu.edu

MASSACHUSETTS

  • Boston
    • Yan Burdett    Email: smileyyanyan@gmail.com

NEVADA

  • Carson/Reno/Tahoe/Fallon
    • Carol Amos    Email: carolanneamos@gmail.com
  • Las Vegas
    • Larry Holmes    Email: ljholmes1@gmail.com

New Mexico

  • Eileen Freydberg    Email: leenf68@gmail.com
  • Jackie Holmes Ebner    Email: jholmesebner

New York

  • Rochester   
    • Kathie Smith-Hetterich    Email: ksmithth@rochester.rr.com

North Carolina

  • Eastern North Carolina
    • Gary Odle    Email: pbgary1@gmail.com
  • Western North Carolina
    • Perry Wong    Email: oringepear@yahoo.com

Pennsylvania

  • Philadelphia
    • DeWitt Shipley    Email: dewitt.shipley@gmail.com

Washington

  • Tacoma
    • John Lemma    Email: lemmausa@comcast.net

Wyoming

  • Sheridan
    • Tom "Arlie" Johnson    Email: arliet.johnson@yahoo.com

Canada

Alberta

  • Perry Young    Email: pyoung@tecera.com