What Is Pickleball

December 7, 2017

Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in the United States.  What started off as a game to keep families from becoming bored in the summer has become a game that is highly addictive and is played by people of all ages. So what os pickleball anyway?

Pickleball is a game that combines various elements from tennis, badminton and ping pong.  The games are played with a paddle and a plastic ball with holes.  It is played on a badminton-sized court, but the net is only 36 inches high.  The game is really like table tennis played with a wiffle ball on a smaller court.

While the pickleball craze is relatively new, the game has been around since 1965.  The story goes that during the summer of 1965 Joel Pritchard, Bill Bell and Barney McCallum families were bored with the usual summer activities. There was an old badminton court on the property, and when they win to find badminton equipment there wasn’t enough equipment for 4, but there were enough ping pong paddles.  And that is how pickleball game to be.  The game evolved and rules were created over the next few years.  The game now has official rules and a formal pickleball association.

So all of that doesn’t explain the games name, how did it become to be called pickleball.  There are two stories.  One is that Joel Pritchard’s wife as a reference to the pickle boat, which was made up of different oarsmen that were leftover from other boats.  The other story is that the Pritchards dog whose name was Pickles like to chase the ball during the game and even run off with the ball.   The name is most likely a result of a combination of both stories which are both very charming.

The main takeaway is that this game was created so that a whole family could play at once and have fun doing something together, and that remains today.  This is a game that has physical activity, but you also hear lots of laughing and people having fun while they play this game.  You don’t have to have a ton of skill to play, and because the court is smaller, you won’t be running as much as you would in a traditional tennis match.

This is a game that allows all skill level to play together.  If you just want to have fun and get some exercise pickleball can be your game.  If you have a competitive nature, pickleball is still your game as there are many national tournaments around the country.  You can find your local pickleball court on a map on the USA Pickleball Associations website. https://www.places2play.org/

Another good thing about this sport is that the cost of entry is low.  You can find two paddles and a couple of balls for as little as 9.99, and you can buy sets that include a net as low as 40.99. Once you have played the game and you’re hooked, and by all accounts, those who try, do get addicted, then you can purchase more expansive equipment if you chose.

Of course, we carry a large selection of tennis eyewear which will work very well for your pickleball games. We offer both prescription and non-prescription sports eyewear.

We do have one warning about his sports, every interview that we have seen indicates that this game is fun and as stated earlier, addictive.  The reporter below stated that she played for 5 hours the first time and she only left because she had to catch a plane.

Here are some other resources that you might find helpful.  Take a look there is even a pickleball YouTube Channel.



March Madness–Enter to win!

March 19, 2013

March Madness


Win a $100 Gift Card!

We wanted to be part of the March Madness so we created a promotion this year!  Create a bracket in our Yahoo groups and the winner will receive a $100 gift card to A Sight for Sport Eyes!  You can enter here:  http://y.ahoo.it/PZbARJyT .

If you already have a bracket, you can join our group.  Yahoo group ID is 146818

Must enter by 3/21!

Good Luck!


Don’t forget our other promotion this month!

Take $20 off anti-fog coating with heavy duty scratch coating when adding it to Transitions Lenses!  Use coupon code ANTIFOG.

February Newsletter

February 18, 2013

Along with the launch of our new site we have also added a few new brands to our collection. Check out Uvex, Vuarnet, and spy!

A Sight for Sport Eyes Announces the Launch of their Redesigned Website

A Sight for Sport Eyes, a longtime veteran of the sports eye wear market and one of the most reputable retailers online, recently announced the launch of their newly redesigned website that aims to streamline the shopping experience by providing more convenience and an easier, more logical layout that makes researching and purchasing a snap.

The new A Sight for Sport Eyes site launched Friday February 1st and the company hopes that new customers will enjoy the ease of use, wealth of information, and large selection of product choices available with and without a prescription while returning customers will appreciate the same level of reliability and expertise they have long enjoyed.

Founded in 1996 by Shannen Knight, A Sight for Sport Eyes is a leading sports eyewear company known for its extensive product knowledge and high level of customer service.   A Sight for Sport Eyes is also leading the charge in spreading information about the risk many sports and activities pose for serious eye injuries.  Many of these injuries can be avoided with the proper eyewear and A Sight for Sport Eyes seeks to educate its customers on how to avoid these potentially damaging injuries.

Go to http://www.sporteyes.com and check out our new layout.


8th Day of Christmas Deals

December 10, 2012
Only one more deal left. Keep a look out!

Happy Holidays!

A Present to Protect

Julbo, Bolle Kids and Ice Cream Shades are 20% off frames for Prescription and non-prescription orders. This is a great gift for the up and coming Holiday! Increased poor eye sight and eye disease can be prevented. Children spend more time out doors than the average adult, and experts say nearly 50 percent (or more) of our lifetime exposure to UV rays may occur by age 18. This high number can be cut down with the simple routine of wearing sunglasses with 100% UV protection when engaged in outdoor activities. Take advantage of this great promotion and get your child some stylish sunglasses that block 100% of UV rays.  You are not only getting them a gift that they will love and enjoy, but also to protecting their eyes from harmful UV radiation and preventing long term damage to the eyes.

Bolle, Julbo & Eyes Cream Shades 20% off Kid Frames!!

*Limited time only. Promotion last only until Dec. 15, don’t wait to order – Purchase today* (cannot be combined with any other offers or coupons)

Promotion Code: CHRISTMAS8


Top-of-the-line lenses for kids sunglasses, just like the grown-ups

  • All Julbo lenses are optical class 1 for optimal clarity and minimal distortion
  • They offer 100% protection against UVA, B and C rays
  • Sunglasses are shock resistant

High-quality frames for children’s sunglasses

  • Wrap-around design provides excellent coverage
  • Shock absorption
  • Curved temples
Eyes Cream Shades

Eyes Cream Shades specializes in providing premium quality sunwear designed specifically for children ages six months and above. Blending fashion with function, they also incorporate in all of their designs “total eye protection” for kids with polycarbonate lenses that block virtually 100% UVA, UVB and UVC rays!


Bolle Kids Sarah Sunglasses fit children 9-12 years old. These Bolle sunglasses feature thermogrip rubber temples and nose pads with moisture-absorbing properties that give you solid yet soft adhesion at all times. Bolle is using the finest grade nylon available for sunglasses frames making the Bolle Sarah Kids extremely strong, lightweight and flexible.

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3rd Day of Christmas Deals

December 8, 2012
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Don’t For get about Stocking Stuffers!!!  20% off All Accessories through Dec. 15th. Coupon Code CHRISTMAS3.  Cannot be combined with any other offers or coupons.

Lens Cleaning

Lens Cleaner is safe for eyeglass use but can also be used on things like camera lenses, computer screens, cell phone screens and more! Makes a great gift combined with a micro fiber cloth to wipe clean.  Or try the Spudz.  This is a micro fiber cloth that is contained in a small pouch with a caribiner attached.  Easily hook it on to your purse, golf bag, camera bag, backpack, etc. for quick access to clean your glasses or other such items.  Or try a Combo Pack, Lens Cleaner and Micro Fiber Cloth in one smartly packaged case!

Eyewear Retainers

Stop losing your glasses and sunglasses. An eyewear retainer will keep them around your neck so you’ll never leave them out in public to get stolen again.  Gorilla Grips fit almost any size of eyeglass temple including hard to fit thick sunglass earpieces. The stretchy rubber expands to fit.  Or use a Float Holder to prevent them from sinking to the bottom of the river, lake, or ocean when on the water.  Or use your regular eyeglass for activities where you need them to stay on better?  Use the Sports Strap. These will keep the glasses on more like a goggle would–tight to the face.  Fits on any pair of eyeglasses or sunglasses. 

Press On Bifocals:

Quickly turn any pair of glasses, prescription or non-prescription, into reading glasses with Press On Bifocals: Little window stickers that have reading power that you stick anywhere on the glasses to help you read.  

Visor Clips

Easily store your your sunglasses in your car’s visor with Visor Clips.  Makes a great stocking stuffer. Also can be clipped to a belt, purse, or more!

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2nd Day for Christmas Gift Ideas

December 8, 2012
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Barracuda swim goggles 10% off

All other Swim goggles &

Dive masks 20% off

No need to think about this promotion. Just take advantage of it and finish your Christmas shopping here. From mom and dad to brother and sister at A Sight For Sport Eyes there is a swim goggle for everyone. From prescription to non-prescription we offer a wide selection of color and style. Do you know someone who wears glasses? This year you can give them the gift of sight for all their water activities. What better way to give Christmas spirit than letting someone actually see where they are going in the pool or see the fish when they snorkel.  We often hear from parents how great it is to actually see their kids while playing in the pool. Now you can offer this gift of sight to your loved ones. 

When choosing a prescription goggle the correction can be made with a custom make lens or with a pre-made goggle, this is all going to depend on the prescription. The two are explained below.

*need assistance choosing the correct power for a prescription goggle?  Go to http://www.sporteyes.biz and click on our chat button or give us a call at 888-223-2669*

Promotion code: CHRISTMAS2 for all swim goggles and dive masks, CHRISTMAS2B for Barracuda
expires: 12/15/12.   Cannot be combined with any other offers or coupons.



Step Diopter (pre-made)

The pre-made goggles are swim goggles that have powers already build into the lens. It is not the exact prescription but close. They usually run in whole or half  powers. These are good options if you little or no astigmatism.   With this option you will take a look at your prescription and match it to the powers offered. If you are unsure how to read a prescription Click Here and our FAQ will explain. If the prescription is really strong or may have a strong astigmatism this may not be the option for you.

Check out:
– View
– Hilco
– Barracuda

Custom Made

With this option we will fit the goggles or mask to your exact prescription. Just as you see out of your day to day glasses, now you have that option with all your water activities from indoors to out doors and from swimming to snorkeling.

Check out:
– Barracuda (call for a quote)
– Rec Spec Shark
– Hilco Dive Mask
– Seavision Dive Mask

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Christmas Deals Day 1

December 4, 2012
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CliC It for Christmas

Buy 2, get 3rd 50% Off.  See details below.
If you are constantly losing, dropping, breaking, scratching and replacing eye wear we have the solutions for you! Get your clic’s for every occasion. The patented magnet that holds them in place at the bridge of your nose keeps your Clics in place during just about any activity.
The glasses were designed by Ron Lando of California originally created for NASA for astronauts requiring glasses that were “anti-gravity.” Ten years later the product has become very
popular and reached world wide success. Along with functionality, convenience and durability that come with every CliC you also get comfort and
style.  And you’ll have a hard time losing them when they are always around your neck. Clic’s are available in reading powers of +1.25, +1.50, +1.75, +2.00, +2.50, and +3.00.  We can also custom make them to your exact prescription if you have a different power or want to use them as your regular everyday glasses.  Red, Black (Long), Clear, Dark Tortoise, Light Tortoise, and Blue frame colors available.

Buy 2, get one 50% Off!
*Note: Order today, Promotion is good for until Dec. 15th.  Cannot be combined with any other coupons or offers.

CliC readers are a new advance in eyewear with substantial improvements over the traditional solution to reading only glasses. The most innovative feature is the patented magnetic closure. This allows CliC readers to use a combined adjustable headband and neck strap which means not only do CliC readers stay in place while you are wearing them but also hang comfortably when not in use. You will never misplace your readers again. Other features include: Rugged, lightweight construction for ergonomic and long durability. Assorted colors. If you want a specific color, call or email for availability


Comfort and convenience. Clic goggles are connected to a molded form-fitting head band rather than an ordinary elastic strap. To wear, snap the goggles together via the high powered neodymium magnet located at the nose bridge. To disconnect, just pull the eye pieces apart and hang them around the neck. Clic goggles have been wind tunnel tested to stay together up to speeds of 130mph. Good for motorcycle riding, biking, skiing, Wind surfing (they float!) or anytime you want to control wind.

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Give the Gift of Sight

October 15, 2012
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With Fall here and winter just around the corner do not wait any longer to get geared up for the mountains. For snow and ski goggles check out Bolle, Smith and Zeal. Prescription available. Please note Zeal and Smith Inventory is not listed on our web page due to our contracts with them but we can make a phone or chat orders with  10% off prodcut price.

World Sight Month!

Optometry Giving Sight is a global fund raising organization that specifically targets the prevention of blindness and impaired vision due to uncorrected refractive error – simply the need for an eye exam and a pair of glasses. This organization was first launched in the UK in 2003, followed by Australia and the Netherlands in 2004, the United States and Canada in 2005, and Italy in 2006. In 2009, Optometry Giving Sight launched in Norway, Singapore and Ireland.
Our eyes are the most valued sense. We see the world though our eyes. We learn with our eyes and communicate with our eyes. A person should not be limited by poor vision because they do not have access to eye examination and the glasses they need. At least 670 million people around the world are blind or vision impaired.

Order in the month of October and a A Sight For Sport Eyes will donate 5% of every order to Optometry Giving Sight to help raise the funds needed to deliver sustainable eye care to those in need.

Save on Back to School with Sporteyes.com

August 23, 2012
A Sight for Sport Eyes

Back to School Sale

$20 off Optifog Fog Coating

Free Screwdriver Kit with all Helmet Sport Paks

It is back to school time and kids need to be ready for fall sports.  Right now, take $20 off our popular Optifog fog coating treatment on all sports goggles. Normally $65, from now until Sept 15th take $20 off.  Optifog is a permanent fog treatment for the lenses. It is more “heavy duty” than the sprays, though you still need to “activate” it every few weeks. To read more about it, see Optifog’s website.    To take discount, use coupon code OPTIFOG.

Football is the number one sport for the fall.  To make it easier for customers to order, we’ve created the new “Helmet Pak” versions of popular helmet compatible sports goggles.  The “Helmet Pak” includes the frame, the Helmet Adapter strap and the standard parts (earpieces and velcro straps for non-helmet sports use).  To swap between the temples and the strap, you need a small optical screwdriver kit.  From now until Sept. 15, we are including the screwdriver kit free with all Helmet Pak orders. Just add the screwdriver to your cart and then use coupon code SCREWDRIVER to have charge minused from the cart.  This is one of the few promotions where we are allowing you to use two coupon codes on one order so take advantage of it today! 

Hilco Front Runner Helmet Pak

Unique 6 base design gives the illusion of an 8-base wrap around sports goggle. Meets ASTM F803 standards.  Perfect for basketball, tennis, racquetball, squash, soccer, and most other ball/stick sports. Great for football and other helmet sports only with helmet adapter strap (included with Helmet Pak)

Hilco Metrix

Unique 6 base design gives the illusion of an 8-base wrap around sports goggle. Patented SprinGuard lens retention system outperforms standard “V” safety bevels.  Meets ASTM F803 standards.  Available in two sizes: Youth (larger kids 10+) Sm-Med Size: A: 56, DBL: 15, B: 32.  Large Size (average adult):  A: 60, DBL: 15, B: 34.


Win a free pair of Transitions Prescription Lenses Valued up to $400!

July 6, 2012



Win free RX lenses!

Enter to win Free pair of Transitions lenses with Crizal premium anti-reflective coating prescription lenses. Through the month of July A Sight For Sport Eyes will be accepting entries of why you should win the free lenses.  Email your story into us at admin@sporteyes.biz. We want to know why you deserve to win the free prescription lenses. At the end of July we will pick two winners for the Transitions lenses with Crizal AR coating custom made lenses. The winner will need to provide a frame by either by purchasing a new one or sending in a frame you already have.  Even if you don’t have the winning story, we’ll still send you a coupon for these lenses just for entering!

About the Lens:

Transition lenses are offered in three different levels. We have the Transitions VI, Transition Xtra active, and the Transitions Vantage.

Transitions VI is clear indoors and at night, has moderate tint in low light, and very dark in bright light. The Transitions VI is available in gray or brown tint (while the Xtra active and Vantage are only available in gray).

Transitions Xtra active has a comfortable slight tint indoors and are the fastest and darkest every day lens.

Released this year the new Transitions Vantage offers polarization, virtually clear indoors and darken and become polarized outdoors for crisper and sharper vision.

(prices normally range from $193-315 for these lenses)

Crizal Anti Reflective coating:

Glare reduction: with reflection reduced by up to 30% compared to standard anti-reflective lenses, 99% of light rays successfully pass through the lens, resulting in near-perfect transparency. ($100 normal cost)

Summer is here and just a reminder we have a swim goggle for everyone. From custom make prescription to a pre-made to a non-prescription.

Click here to check out your options.

Need a scuba mask for your up and coming Vacation ?

We offer in prescription as well, give us a call or reach us on our chat accessed through www.sporteyes.biz and get a recommendation based on your prescription.

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