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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Quick Pickle – helping players get better

There are many sources of information for pickleball on the internet.  Websites, blogs, YouTube videos, and so much more.  Each of these is created and supported by someone who felt they had something worthwhile to offer to the pickleball player and/or community. No matter the platform, each offering is rewarded by the number of people …

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The Origin of Pickleball- video by Pickleball Channel

Enjoy this great video by Pickleball Channel which explains the origin of pickleball, a game that started over 50 years ago on Bainbridge Island by a couple families with bored kids! Click FOLLOW and get an email each time I make a new post!  Provide your email address and click FOLLOW at the top of …

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April is National Pickleball Month!

Every cause has celebration month, or so it seems.  I can't even begin to list all the things that are celebrated with their own "Month."  Add pickleball to that list!  April is National Pickleball Month! So, what is National Pickleball Month, and how will you celebrate? To quote USAPA Executive Director Justin Maloof,  “Creating National …

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Rules update – Feb. 1, 2019

USAPA has been busy again!  An updated rule book, hopefully with rule changes for a better playing experience, was released and put into effect February 1, 2019. I'm going to make this post the easiest and quickest one I've ever written. Here, you will see a picture of the cover of the 2019 rules book.  …

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Remember to be considerate

I've written previously about courteous play and things to remember in order to keep the game moving. Being considerate to your partner, your opponents, and those playing around you makes for a friendly and fun environment. Here's just a refresher. When a ball from another game rolls into your court, pick it up, look for …

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