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 …

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After thoughts from the Glass City Classic tournament…..

Last weekend, Toledo Pickleball Club hosted their annual fundraising tournament, the Glass City Classic at their courts in Rossford, Ohio.  The tournament offered men's and women's singles, men's and women's doubles, and mixed doubles.  These events were completed over three days with a total of 236 matches played.  Players came from near and far, including …

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Teaching beginners……start at the beginning

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 …

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Quick tip: Playing in the wind

Wind can make a game of pickleball even more challenging, especially the serve and service return!  The server has to gauge the strength of their serve on whether they are hitting into the wind or with it.  Just as importantly, the receiver has to adjust their court position based on the same factors. Here's a …

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Northwest Ohio readers……beginner and novice help available at Toledo Pickleball Club!

Starting May 15, the Toledo Pickleball Club will have two "coaches" available on Monday nights to work with beginners and novice players from 5pm - 6:30pm. There is no charge to Toledo Pickleball Club Members.  Non member drop in fee is $5 per session. Note: A beginner is someone who has never played.  A novice is someone …

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Training the trainers

Last year I became a USAPA Ambassador for Toledo and northwest Ohio.  A large part of an ambassador’s responsibility is to help grow the game of pickleball.  Honestly, this game grows itself.  People are hearing about this great game from their friends, their families, and their co-workers.  And as a result, there is a constant …

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