The world pickleball family grows!

In just two days, I'll be off again to go play in an international tournament!  This time, to the 3rd Amsterdam International Pickleball Tournament which this year is in Almere, Netherlands, a very short train ride from Schiphol Airport.  I'm thrilled to be partnering my good friend Bonita Baker-Robbins (England), and my pickleball husband Leonardo … Continue reading The world pickleball family grows!

I’ll meet you at the 2018 US Open Pickleball Championships

In just two days, I will head south to Naples, Florida to compete in the third US Open Pickleball Championships.  This event is one of the largest pickleball tournament events in the USA, and will host nearly 2,000 players this year!  I didn't research that number.....but read it somewhere.  Sorry if I'm off a little, … Continue reading I’ll meet you at the 2018 US Open Pickleball Championships

Teaching beginners……start at the beginning

As the weather begins to warm up, soon we will be playing outdoors where we will not be as limited with our court times. This will encourage clubs to start teaching more group lessons and new players to seek lessons.

This is a repost of a previous blog post I made detailing the program we use at Toledo Pickleball Club. We had much success with this method and hope you will too!

Crazy Pickleball Lady

There are many different theories and methods for teaching beginners the game of pickleball.  Many clubs offer beginner lessons and skills clinics.  More and more players and professionals are offering their knowledge for a fee, every one sharing a different philosophy.

I too have my own philosophy on how best to teach beginners and I’ve created a simple curriculum to start with the basics.  We are using this plan at Toledo Pickleball Club (Ohio) on Monday nights in our Beginner/Novice Training sessions, and I’d like to share that plan with you.

First, lets define WHO should be attending these sessions.

  • Beginners –  a beginner is someone who has NEVER played pickleball before.  They are a clean slate, waiting to be taught the very basics of the game.
  • Novices – a novice is someone who might have come to open play once or twice, but is not comfortable playing with others…

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Attention Northwest Ohio players! Jennifer Lucore clinics! June 15-17, 2018

June 15-17, 2018!  Northwest Ohio! June 15- Holland, Ohio June 16- Rossford, Ohio June 17- Sylvania, Ohio plus pre-clinic seminars June 14-15 evenings   PLUS!!!  She's bringing her parents, Beverly and Bob Youngren, also ITPTA Certified teachers!  Three great teachers for the price of one!  (Pro:player ratio - 1 to 8) Don't miss out!  Slots … Continue reading Attention Northwest Ohio players! Jennifer Lucore clinics! June 15-17, 2018

Take care of your arm to prevent injury

Occasionally I like to bring in a guest writer to provide another viewpoint or in this case, the expertise of a professional.   Today's guest blogger is Bryon Renwand, PT, DPT, CSCS.  First, allow me to introduce myself.  My name is Bryon Renwand and I am a physical therapist practicing in the Toledo, Ohio area. I … Continue reading Take care of your arm to prevent injury

If you want to play in big tournaments…….

Last March, I wrote this post regarding how quickly the Huntsman Games pickleball brackets filled up. After a tense night of US Open registration last week, I bet there are a few of you who have opinions on some of the thoughts I wrote at the end of the post. Therefore, I’m posting it again, without changes.

Lets talk about it!

Crazy Pickleball Lady

…… better be quick on the court, as well as with your dialing finger!  And, you’ll need to stay up late, or better yet set your alarm to get back up at midnight to register!

I’m not kidding!  The 2017 Huntsman World Senior Games pickleball tournament filled up in 7 minutes!  Yes, you read that right!  SEVEN minutes……..nearly 1,700 players!

The popular tournament, held in St. George, Utah isn’t until October.  The Early Bird deadline to sign up is August 1, but that date is unnecessary now.  On March 1, at exactly midnight, registration opened and thousands of pickleball fanatics flooded the online registration website!  In two minutes, the mixed doubles events were filled up and in another five minutes, all the events were full and players were diverted to wait lists.

Wow!  That’s incredible!

If that isn’t an indication of the growing popularity of pickleball, I don’t know what…

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