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Remember to be considerate

I've written previously about courteous play and things to remember in order to keep the game moving. Being considerate to your partner, your opponents, and those playing around you makes for a friendly and fun environment. Here's just a refresher. When a ball from another game rolls into your court, pick it up, look for… Continue reading Remember to be considerate

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If you won’t hit the ball to me, why should I play with you?

Once again, I want to welcome a guest blogger - Kevin Douglas from Sylvania, Ohio.  Kevin is a member of several pickleball clubs in the Toledo area.  He is often seen playing in high level games, but also with beginners and intermediate players, always helping them as they learn the game.  Am I the only… Continue reading If you won’t hit the ball to me, why should I play with you?

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Reflections during a rain storm

What better time to write than while a thunder storm is passing through. The wind is whipping our hanging plants and the rain is pelting down on the burned lawn, desperate for water.  There’s a peacefulness to the chaos happening outside my back patio door.  It’s been a long time since we have had a… Continue reading Reflections during a rain storm

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Does “friendly play” mean bending the rules?

We all know that when we play in a tournament, playing by the rules is required.  But, in recreational or "friendly play" is it necessary to stick to every, single rule? Boy, that's a question that could spark quite a debate, and actually recently did on another pickleball blog.  It also brings up a series… Continue reading Does “friendly play” mean bending the rules?

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Part 2 – Does “friendly play” mean bending the rules?

You might remember, a while back, I wrote a short post entitled "Does 'friendly play' mean bending the rules."  In that post, I asked a few questions to provoke some thought into the idea of whether or not friendly play means always playing by the rules.  I got a little sidetracked with other posts, but… Continue reading Part 2 – Does “friendly play” mean bending the rules?

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Rules question from the courts……

Often, players will ask rules questions of me.  Here's a good one.  This question was posed as a result of circumstances that sometimes occur in recreational play due to the friendliness of a game. “Is there a rule, or is it just player courtesy for the server to wait for the receiving team to be… Continue reading Rules question from the courts……

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Quick tip – warming up

Warm ups are for warming up! When you warm up, the goal is to get your legs moving and to feel the ball on the paddle.  Start slow by hitting dinks back and forth.  They should be easy to return to the forehand and backhand, allowing you and your partner to bend at the hips… Continue reading Quick tip – warming up

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Feeling like a winner!

Playing in tournaments is both challenging and humbling.  The level of play and the intensity of every player’s game is elevated from what you usually find at home in open play.  The rush of adrenaline can make you sail a shot six feet past the baseline, smash an easy overhead directly into the net, or… Continue reading Feeling like a winner!