Anyone who teaches pickleball to beginners, probably starts with a few safety tips. These little, seemingly common sense mentions cannot be overlooked or be given too much emphasis. They are probably the most important part of a new player's first lesson. Here's a sampling of what a beginner should be taught, before even picking up… Continue reading NO BALL IS WORTH THE FALL!
Anyone who has played pickleball for a while knows that coming to the non-volley zone line is an important strategy. Being at the NVZ line give you an advantage of not only coverage, but offensive power. More points are scored from this position on the court than any other. We all get into games with… Continue reading They just won’t come to the NVZ line.
I have asked a local physical therapy professional, Daniel McCarthy, to guest write this post. The following is a comprehensive piece with helpful information that you can use to build a personalized fitness program aimed at helping you to safely begin playing pickleball, when play is again allowed. You will find lists of exercises, along… Continue reading Are you PHYSICALLY prepared to play after a long break?
Lets face it. When there's no referee, such as in rec play, rules are sometimes overlooked, ignored or simply unknown. In the spirit of "fun play," players sometimes feel that it's not important to adhere to every single rule, to the letter. The problem is, which rules do you choose to overlook? And what happens… Continue reading Making calls in recreational play, without a referee
If it's winter where you live, you know that it's the time of year when indoor courts and playing times are limited! It's not uncommon to have all courts filled with twenty or more players waiting for games, all hoping to to get good competition in a 2-3 hour window! Paddle stacking is a common… Continue reading Assigning courts by skill level
Stress is success, according to Gabe "The Gladiator" Anderson, and I like what he has to say. I reached out to Gabe today after reading a piece he wrote on Facebook about being patient and creating stress for your opponent. Here is what he has to say, word for word. I have been sharing this… Continue reading Stress is Success!
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… Continue reading Be considerate…..put in some effort when there’s work to be done
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… Continue reading Follow up……out of my comfort zone