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
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
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… Continue reading Be considerate…..put in some effort when there’s work to be done
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… Continue reading Follow up……out of my comfort zone
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… Continue reading Are you a good player or a good partner?
Often, ideas to write about pop into my head when I see or experience something while playing or watching pickleball. I usually think, "maybe they just don't know that," or maybe it's something I think would help a problem I see someone having. Pickleball and golf have something in common that many sports do not… Continue reading The Non-Volley Zone rules in detail
Every cause has celebration month, or so it seems. I can't even begin to list all the things that are celebrated with their own "Month." Add pickleball to that list! April is National Pickleball Month! So, what is National Pickleball Month, and how will you celebrate? To quote USAPA Executive Director Justin Maloof, “Creating National… Continue reading April is National Pickleball Month!
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. … Continue reading Rules update – Feb. 1, 2019