Rules Questions, Teaching and helping others

Rules question – what if the ball hits the net post? Edited to current wording – 8/27/22

POST REVISED (AGAIN) August 27, 2022 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 USA Pickleball Rules book states the following: Rule 11.K.  The Net Posts:   The net posts (including connected wheels, arms, or other… Continue reading Rules question – what if the ball hits the net post? Edited to current wording – 8/27/22

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Great advice from a funny guy!

I've said it before, some of the best blog topics come from the thoughts of other people. If you are on Facebook and haven't yet joined the group Pickleball Ponderings, you need to. Ron Ponder is the founder of this group. I met him for the first time at a Bainbridge Cup tournament in Spain.… Continue reading Great advice from a funny guy!

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Becoming a better pickleball player requires shot variety and strategy

Making the move from a 3.5 to 4.0 player takes more than just skill. Many times, we see a 3.5 player join in a 4.0 group, and immediately bang away, using only power to win the point.  Why is that?  One reason is that they have probably been playing against players in the 3.5 category… Continue reading Becoming a better pickleball player requires shot variety and strategy

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NO BALL IS WORTH THE FALL!

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!

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They just won’t come to the NVZ line.

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.

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Are you PHYSICALLY prepared to play after a long break?

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?

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Making calls in recreational play, without a referee

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

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Assigning courts by skill level

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