A few insights from my pickleball trip to Germany that have nothing to do with pickleball

Home sweet home! There’s nothing better than home, and the one you share it with. Traveling is so rewarding, especially meeting many nice people along the way, but nothing beats the peacefulness of being home. There are some things that we as Americans are so accustomed to that I’m glad to have once again. Conversely, …

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My pickleball world

Pickleball has been the focal point of my life for 7 years now.  When I retired from working in 2012, I decided to try this "new" game called pickleball and the rest is history.  Aside from staying physically active playing the game, the most important and satisfying aspect has been traveling and meeting so many …

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Fancy a trip to Australia?

I can't possibly promote every tournament on my blog, but here's one I hadn't hear of before!  The Australia Pickleball Championships!  Australia is one place I've never been and would like to go sometime. So, it's good to see that pickleball is growing there! Here's some information on the upcoming Australian Pickleball Championships tournament in …

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Shhhhh…..listen.

Stop and close your eyes. Listen. What do you hear? The other day between games in open play,  another player suggested I stop and listen.  And here's what I heard.  Bam, bam, bam, bam, give or take one or two bams.  What was I hearing, and what was to be made of it?   We …

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Pickleball Rocks! Uniting the World!

I'm thrilled to announce that Pickleball Rocks has partnered with Crazy Pickleball Lady and is offering my "Uniting the World" theme tee shirts!  As pickleball spreads throughout the world, this theme says it all! Going to the Bainbridge Cup? German Open?           English Open?             Dublin Open?             Spanish Open? Going on a cruise where there's pickleball?  There's …

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The importance of a good warm up

Last summer I traveled to Europe where I played in a tournament in the Netherlands, then visited pickleball friends in South London and Lancashire, England. One of the many highlights of this trip was assisting Elaine Shallcross in a drills and skills session with a club she helped to start in northwest England.  Elaine is …

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The Bainbridge Cup dilemma….. EU vs ROW?

The one advantage of writing your own blog, is that you get to say whatever you want!  Today's post is an example of this. Today I want to talk about the Bainbridge Cup tournament.  Quoting directly from the IFP website, "The “Bainbridge Cup” is a Team Competition featuring “Team North America” versus “Team Europe”. The …

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