An early morning thunderstorm on Saturday Sept. 20, 2014, could not stop ladder play at the Kiwanis Park Courts in Bettendorf, Iowa, but it took an army of players with squeegees and blowers in hand to first dry the courts. Play on nine of the 10 courts was delayed from an 8 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. start. Players used both the six dedicate pickleball courts plus three additional courts chalked on the adjoining tennis courts with use of portable pickleball nets.
The 36 players signed up drew a close to the competitive ladder play. More than 70 different players competed in the play during the six week program.