Updated 2019 USAPA/IFP Rulebook

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 …

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Pickleball tournaments around the world

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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2017 Bainbridge Cup and Spanish Open Pickleball Championships

Well, it happened again.  As my plane home pushed back from the gate at the Madrid airport, tears flowed down my cheeks.  Just the same as when I left Helsinki in June, this rush of emotions was sudden and unexpected.  But, it sure is an indicator of how much I love the people I have …

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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 …

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