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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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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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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Rules question – what if the ball hits the net post? RULE REVISED 2/15/19

POST REVISED (AGAIN) February 18, 2019 - rule change I was recently asked this question.  "If a ball hits one of the net posts, and then bounces in, is it legal?"  The answer is, NO. The IFP Rules book states the following: Rule 11.K.  The Net Posts:   The net posts (including connected wheels, arms, …

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Updated 2019 USAPA/IFP Rulebook

USAPA and the International Federation of Pickleball (IFP) have published a new update to the Official Tournament Rulebook.  It is available for free online at this URL address: https://www.usapa.org/ifp-official-rules/   Look for the book cover "2019 Official Tournament Rulebook."  These rules will go into effect February 15, 2019.The new rule book makes no major changes in …

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Practice makes perfect……..or does it?

After a previous post, I had a text from a friend who liked what I had to say about practicing skills, but said I should consider that practice doesn't always make perfect.  He went on to say, "perfect practice makes perfect!" Good point!   One made by Vince Lombardi once upon a time. Repeating a skill …

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