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 …

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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 …

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Stress is Success!

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 …

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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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