Summarizing a few of the 2018 pickleball rule changes.
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… Continue reading 2017 Bainbridge Cup and Spanish Open Pickleball Championships
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?
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……
It doesn’t seem possible that August is just a day away! Time does fly when you’re having fun…..and I sure am having fun! Some of you might be thinking about last minute summer vacations before school starts, while others, particularly those who are snowbirds, might be starting to anticipate their winter destinations. No matter where… Continue reading Never leave your paddle at home!
In just one week we will be flying to Naples to participate in the 2nd US Open Pickleball Championships. I am looking forward to this for so many reasons. Reason #1 of course, is to be able to experience the excitement of this event, where there are 1,200 other pickleball players! Claire and I will… Continue reading On the road……to the US Open Pickleball Championships!
We all know that the key to improvement in anything you do is practice, practice, practice. It’s no different in pickleball. We all want to get better, yet how many of us actually take time to practice? Practice our serving. Practice our service returns. Practice our third shots. Practice our dinking Practice anything! Look around… Continue reading How do you improve when all you do is play?
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!