Special Events and Activities
The Solivita Smashers Pickleball Club takes great pride in providing our members with many options for playing and enjoying the great game of Pickleball. In addition to teaching players from Newbees to advanced, the basics and "finer" points of the game, we enthusiastically organize and conduct a variety of activities. We promote an environment of "Fun, Fitness and Friends". 

Regularly, members participate in scheduled play, leagues and open play. Additionally, "special events" are held for recreational play: Sadie Hawkins, Halloween Games and other Round Robin events. For higher competition, the club conducts the Polk Senior Games as well as Club Tournaments. We encourage and acknowledge players who play (and win) in outside tournaments. The club also supports opportunities for socializing like the Game Day Picnic and the year end Holiday Party. 

All of these activites are fun and benefit our members, but would not happen without the leaders of the club and the many volunteers who help and support these events.  Many "Thanks" to all who contribute their time and talents. 

The Board of Directors

  1. Halloween Games
    Halloween Games
    "Gulls" just want to have Fu-un! At the annual Halloween Games (last weekend in October) More pictures in "Gallery"
  2. Polk Senior Games (March)
    Polk Senior Games (March)
    Solivita hosts the Polk Senior Games. The 2 day event of great competition includes many Smashers members who earn medals and go on to compete in the Florida Senior Games.
  3. Solivita Olympics (January)
    Solivita Olympics (January)
    The Solivita community conducts an Olympic style competition for residents only. Pickleball is included and the Smashers compete and earn medals annually.
This "Fun" event is held in April. Details are published and sent by email. Registration is required whether competin' or spectatin'. This is Round Robin play in the "DogPatch" spirit. "Daisy Maes" invite "L'il Abners to be their "pahdner." The women do the choosin' for this event. Partners cannot be a spouse or regular partner. The goal is to play with someone new. 

Players dress is their finest "Duds" but patches are OK. Play is "sort of" grouped by skill level and men are discouraged from aggressive play toward women...unless "Daisy" takes the lead. Everyone is a winner and "vittles" are served to players and registered spectators.

​Y'all come back, Ya hear!

Sadie Hawkins Games 

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    Sadie Hawkins Games

Halloween Games

More pictures in "Gallery"

  
Celebrating Halloween, members compete in this social and recreational event on Saturday and Sunday near Halloween. Participants play in Round Robin format by skill level. On Saturday Men teams and Women teams, most in costume, play. Lunch is served to players and registered spectators.

On Sunday, Mixed Doubles teams play, also in costume. This is a fun event for all. Spectators cheer and laugh. Many pictures are taken of these creative costumes. 

A video of the event is posted on YouTube. Photos are posted to the Smashers Shutterfly account. This is a great way to welcome back many of our seasonal members. .

Game Day Picnic
Another Successful Picnic
Food - Fun - Friends  
Individual Games: Bocce, Corn Hole, Shuffleboard, Horseshoes
TEAM Competitions (10 person teams):
  • Raw Egg Toss
  • Water Balloon 
  • Blanket Toss

 New Pie-Eating Champion! Ed Groess

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    Champion Pie-Eater
  2. New Dimensions High School
    New Dimensions High School
  3. Merchandise Sales
    Merchandise Sales
  4. Serving Lunch
    Serving Lunch
  5. Enjoying Lunch
    Enjoying Lunch
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    Enjoying Lunch
  7. Cornhole
    Cornhole
  8. Water Balloon Toss
    Water Balloon Toss
  9. Raw Egg Toss
    Raw Egg Toss
  10. And Catch
    And Catch
  11. Friends Together
    Friends Together
  12. Blanket Volleyball
    Blanket Volleyball
  13. Bocce
    Bocce
  14. Bocce
    Bocce
  15. Bocce
    Bocce
  16. Volunteers
    Volunteers

Game Day Picnic - Food, Fun and Friends

The Smashers Game Day Picnic is for all members, held at Freedom Park Pavilions, in February. Details will be published sent by email at least a month in advance. A picnic lunch with beverages and dessert is provided to all members who register by the deadline.

Members socialize with friends, and can play games: bocce, shuffleboard, horseshoes, and new in 2016, corn hole. Entertainment for 2016 picnic included a caricature artist who drew faces throughout the picnic. There were contests culminating with the signature "Pie-Eating contest. This year's pies weren't even frozen and 2 women competed. Angel came to defend his title but Keith Wells finished first. Fun for all!
  

Year-End Holiday Party

In December, the Club has a party to look back at the year (in a photo montage) and program. This celebrates another successful year for Smashers members. The ballroom is decorated for the holidays adding to the atmosphere.  Music entertainment is provided and many enjoy dancing. The party reinforces our basic theme...Food, Fun and Friends!

It is also an opportunity to thank the retiring board members and introduce the new Smashers Board of Directors. Members purchase tickets for the event at the November General Meeting.

Polk Senior Games Tournament

The Smashers conduct the Pickleball tournament for the Polk Senior Games (Solivita is the site host). This annual 2 day competition, held in early March, is the largest event of the Polk Senior Games. Players from Central Florida and beyond, compete in this Florida Senior Games qualifier.
In 2016, the event had 256 players, 128 teams.

In 2017, the Polk Senior Games Pickleball tournament will be held on March 7 & 8 (Tue & Wed). Details will be available in January.

More Competition:

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  • Solivita Olympics

  • "Good Guys" Tournament

  • Women's Tournament

  • Traveling to competition at other venues
EVENT REGISTRATION for MEMBERS
Event Registration
Go to Event Registration page (click on button)

Complete the form and SUBMIT on-line form to specific Smashers Event.
Any fees required, must be paid to the treasurer to complete registration.
Confirmation will be sent. If there is a fee, the confirmation will be sent after for and fee are received.
IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE A CONFIRMATION, YOU ARE NOT REGISTERED!

​VOLUNTEERS

No organization can function well without the contribution of its volunteers. There are many ways members can help, from the smallest job to managing or coordinating an event, ALL are needed. 

Every member should look at how they can help:
  • Set-up and take-down
  • Hospitality
  • Check-in
  • Organizing or coordinating 
  • Scheduling
  • Maintenance and repair
  • Computer skills
  • Communications
  • Promotion
  • and more...

VOLUNTEER TODAY - Contact any Board Member