After my last post “Respecting our neighbors – creating a quieter pickleball environment,” I received some feedback from readers seeking more information on how to deal with sound issues at their outdoor pickleball courts. I have asked my friend, Bob Unetich to write a contributing article on the sound of pickleball; how to measure it,… Continue reading The sound of pickleball – a detailed explanation, and what you need to consider before building courts
It's a different world out there these days. For the first time in most of our lifetimes, we are experiencing something we never imagined would happen. Whether you believe the severity of the times or not, it has affected our daily lives. Our routines have been interrupted by closings of about everything we take for… Continue reading USAPA statement on Corona-virus
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
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 and the International Federation of Pickleball (IFP) have published a new update to the Official Tournament Rulebook. It is available for free online at this URL address: https://www.usapa.org/ifp-official-rules/ Look for the book cover "2019 Official Tournament Rulebook." These rules will go into effect February 15, 2019.The new rule book makes no major changes in… Continue reading Updated 2019 USAPA/IFP Rulebook
It's easy to find pickleball tournaments in the USA. Just look up Pickleball Tournaments on the web and you can search for them by date, state, or just scroll through the endless list of tournaments offered every weekend of the year, throughout the country! Now, if you're looking for a tournament to play in on… Continue reading Pickleball tournaments around the world
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?
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