Pickleball friend helping fight the Australia bush fires

The devastating bush fires in Australia will have lasting effects on the ecology and economy of that country.  One of my pickleball friends, originally from the UK, now living in Australia is doing her part to help. Charlotte Appleby, also known as the English Tailoress, has traveled the world teaching couture beading, but has recently …

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What paddle do I use? A paddle review

More and more often, I’ve been asked about the paddle I use.  What is it?  Why do I use it?  With that in mind, I thought I would talk about my paddle choice, what it does for me and my game, and a little about the brand. The paddle I have used for the past …

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2020 USAPA Rulebook revisions

The 2020 USAPA Rulebook is now available on the USAPA website.  Also available is a rather long pdf document which details each of the changes for 2020.  Most of these are not actually new rules, but rather language changes to better clarify existing rules. You will find the 2020 Rule book at https://www.usapa.org/ifp-official-rules/  OR by …

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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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