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Pickleball In Paradise with Pickleball Charlotte at Sandals, South Coast, Jamaica with PB Pro, Jim Dobran

September 24 @ 8:00 am October 1 @ 5:00 pm

Jim Dobran

Pickleball Bio

Current World Pickleball Rankings

Men’s Pro Doubles:    #67

Mixed Pro Doubles:    #47

Past Achievements:

Notable Pro Wins:

October 2021    Beat Rob Cassidy in Men’s Doubles    APP Hilton Head Open

August 2021    Beat Altaf Merchant in Mixed Doubles    APP New Jersey Open

August 2021    Beat John Cincola/KaSandra Gehrke in Mixed Doubles     APP New Jersey Open

5.0 Gold Medals:

October 2021    5.0 19+ Mixed Doubles    APP Hilton Head Open

September 2021    Mixed Open Doubles    North Carolina Pickleball Championships

June 2021    5.0 19+ Men’s Doubles    BODYARMOR State Games

May 2021    5.0 19+,35+ Men’s Doubles    Virginia Pickleball Classic

December 2020    Men’s Open Doubles    2nd Annual Winchester CC Pickleball Tournament

September 2020    5.0 19+ Men’s Doubles    USA Pickleball Mid-Atlantic Regional

September 2020    5.0 19+ Mixed Doubles    PPA Georgia Open – Grand Slam Qualifier

5.0 Silver Medals:

October 2021    Men’s Open Doubles    Carolina Open 

September 2021    Men’s Open Doubles    North Carolina Pickleball Championships

5.0 Bronze Medals:

September 2021    5.0 19+ Mixed Doubles    APP Atlanta Metro Open

May 2021    5.0 19+ Men’s Doubles    Atlanta Georgia Open PPA

September 2020    5.0 19+ Men’s Doubles    PPA Georgia Open – Grand Slam Qualifier

August 2020    Men’s Open Doubles    Troy Pickleball Open

August 2020    Mixed Open Doubles    Troy Pickleball Open

June 2020    5.0 Mixed Doubles    Virginia Pickleball Classic

Pickleball Teaching/Clinics History:

  • High School Math/Physical Education Teacher for 7 years
  • USA Pickleball Ambassador since 2020
  • IPTPA Level II Certified Instructor since 2020 – Teach many Private Lessons and Clinics
  • LevelUp Camp Pro – was an Assistant Pro with Riley Newman in May 2021

Sports Connection/Pickleball Charlotte:

  • Work full-time at Pickleball Charlotte* which allows me to:
    • Sell paddles/gear in our Pro Shop (only one in the Greater Charlotte Area)
  • Teach weekly clinics and lessons, where I would wear and promote company products

* Pickleball Charlotte is a subset of Sports Connection, a multi-sport facility that offers both indoor and outdoor pickleball courts at one location, and indoor only at a second. It has open-play, leagues, and offers weekly clinics/lessons as well as larger Pro clinics throughout the year.

2022 Pro Tournament Schedule:

  • Will additionally be playing in other Tournaments, and local “Moneyball” Tournaments.

Jan. 21-23    APP Masters    Boca Raton, FL

Feb. 25-26    APP Punta Gorda    Punta Gorda, FL

Mar. 11-12    APP Orlando Open    Orlando, FL

Mar. 25-26    APP Delray Beach Pickleball Open    Delray Beach, FL

Apr. 6-10    APP Phoenix Open (check on date)    Phoenix, AZ

Apr. 23-30    US Open    Naples, FL 

May 6-7    PPA North Carolina Open    Charlotte, NC

May 20-21    PPA Acrytech Atlanta Open    Atlanta, GA

June 3-4    APP Indianapolis Open    Indianapolis, IN

July 22-23    APP Beer City Open    Grand Rapids, MI

Aug. 15-20    USA Pickleball Tournament of Champions    Brigham City, UT 

Sep. 9-10    APP Atlanta Metro Open    Griffin, GA

Oct. 21-22    PPA Championship    Las Vegas, NV

Oct. 28-29     APP Hilton Head Open    Hilton Head, SC

Nov. 5-12    USA Pickleball National Championships    Palm Springs, CA

Come join us from Sept 24 through October 1 2022 for a 7 nights stay at the Sandals Resort, South Coast in Jamaica playing pickleball, relaxing on a gorgeous island, and meeting new players… Reach out for more information soon as these openings will fill up very fast.

We will be spending a week at Sandals South Coast in Jamaica. This will included a week of pickleball play, instruction, white sandy beach, cocktail, cocktails, and 5 star global gourmet dining. The schedule is currently tentative until the pro as been selected (which will be very soon)

Straight Away Travel will help you with every step of the way from COVID testing, flights, to selection of cuisines and excursions etc. You’re receive a brochure that will your detailed schedule after the final payment as been made. Attached is a simple of one of our brochures from a previous trip- http://simplebooklet.com/october2021pickleballparadise

Our schedule could change some, but here is a sample itinerary. Every event/clinic is optional but take advantage of the time with the pro! Remember: Each day there will be clinics that will improve your game.

Saturday September 24, 2022 (Itinerary subject to change)

Arrive to Montego Bay airport and be transported by Sandals to the resort check in, enjoy the pool, beach, restaurants, and and water activities

6:30- private dinner on the beach to meet other pickleball players and the pro

Night entertainment- Ultimate Silent Headphones Party (this is SO much fun!)

Sunday September 25, 2022 (Itinerary subject to change)

8:30 am – 12:30pm  – 4 hours of playing and training (come and go as you’d like)

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm  Enjoy the resort, sign up for PRIVATE LESSONS *(optional– two 1-hour slots available) or use the courts.

Dinner on own at any of the 9 restaurants (Straight Away Travel will get a list of your favorite cuisine and entrees and will help you with reservations.

8:00 pm – Private Cocktail Party

Night Entertainment- Reggae Night, dance the night away to the most loved Reggae songs performed

Monday September 26, 2022 (Itinerary subject to change)

8:30 am – 10:00 am 4 hours of playing and training (come and go as you’d like)

10:15 am – 12:15pm Tournament schedule will be posted by the morning. You can choose to relax on the beach or watch if you don’t want to take part. 

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm  Enjoy the resort, sign up for PRIVATE LESSONS *(optional– two 1-hour slots available) or use the courts.

5:30 pm – Happy Hour and Tournament Awards , followed by a group photo.

Night Entertainment- Classic Piano Bar Fun!

Tuesday September 27, 2022  (Itinerary subject to change, more details to follow at a later date).

Wednesday September 28, 2022  (Itinerary subject to change, more details to follow at a later date).

Thursday September 29, 2022  (Itinerary subject to change, more details to follow at a later date).

Friday September 30, 2022  (Itinerary subject to change, more details to follow at a later date).

Saturday October 1, 2022  

Check out is 11am. If you are lucky enough to have a later flight, Sandals will hold your bags and there is even a locker room so you can play until your heart is content and then shower. Or you enjoy the white sand beach and any other resort amenities. Sandals will transport you back to the Montego Bay Airport in time for your flight home.

Privates & Upgrades

* Private lessons are around $150.00/hour. We will only schedule 2 hours of private lessons each day,  so we encourage you to book in advance, just let Barb at Straight Away Travel know so she can schedule.

*There are many options to upgrade for (club level, a room with a butler, or a suite at the brand new Rondoval Village pictured below with the gorgeous and delicious dishes from Sandals) (pictured below with the gorgeous and delicious dishes from Sandals). If you are looking to upgrade please e-mail barb@straightawaytravel.com for more pricing.

DON’T WAIT, BOOK TODAY to hold your spot at Pickleball in Paradise. Here is what’s required when booking?

  • A $400.00 Deposit is required and is fully refundable up until the final payment is due .
  • Travel Insurance can be purchased as well!
  • Only a certain amount of rooms are held to sure that everyone gets the time they want with the pros and on the court!
  • You honestly can’t beat this experience, cost and fun. DON’T WAIT TO BOOK, as we anticipate this to sell out quickly.

    $1900 per person (based on double occupancy)

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