Be considerate…..put in some effort when there’s work to be done

I may have written about this before, but it never hurts to remind people to be considerate on the courts! Yesterday, I played for the first time at the Punta Gorda Pickleplex! There are 16 outdoor courts, and will grow as more phases are planned!  It was a great place to play!  But, that's not …

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Follow up……out of my comfort zone

Well, I made it through my first official day of officiating at the Hartland (MI) Tournament, but not without some bumps! I started with a 3.0 men's doubles match, followed by a 3.5 men's match, a 3.0 women's match, a 3.5 women's match, and a 3.0 men's singles match.  Singles are the best, because you …

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Are you a good player or a good partner?

Which is more important in the world of team/partner sports? Being a good player OR Being a good partner There's been a lot written on this topic.  And while there are many who put winning ahead of everything, most pickleball players just want to play well, and with a partner who will lift them up …

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Quick tip: Be aware of where your partner is hitting!

We talk about court position when we teach beginner pickleball.  Where you should be when your partner is serving.  Where you should be when you or your partner is receiving the serve.  Where we should be for the most offensive opportunity.   But, what about court awareness, and for that matter, PARTNER AWARENESS? Lets focus …

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The Non-Volley Zone rules in detail

Often, ideas to write about pop into my head when I see or experience something while playing or watching pickleball.  I usually think, "maybe they just don't know that," or maybe it's something I think would help a problem I see someone having. Pickleball and golf have something in common that many sports do not …

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Teaching pickleball to a tennis player

Yesterday, I was teamed up in a golf tournament with someone I never played with before.  She was a young woman, probably in her 30's, who played a great golf game.  The weather was perfect and along with two others, we won the tournament.  At the luncheon after play, I heard her mention that she …

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