What's my rating now?

What's my rating now?

July 17, 2018 0 Comments

Last week, the USAPA rolled out their new player rating system.  The UTPR (USAPA Tournament Player Ratings) was established to have a more accurate assessment of all players. 

With the previous or legacy system, the ratings were based on tournament directors and each player’s own ratings.  (Surely no one would play down a level, would they?)   

With tournaments getting bigger and more players entering the sport, it became difficult to track everyone correctly.

The UTPR is comprised using up to 3 years of tournament history from pickleballtournaments.com.  It’s based on past performance and will help in seeding future tournaments.

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Are you a Banger or a Power Player?

Are you a Banger or a Power Player?

June 19, 2018 0 Comments

I was playing doubles recently and had a match against a couple former tennis players new to Pickleball.  I’ve shared some stats about the Tennis to Pickleball migration on our Instagram account and how great it is to see firsthand.

Our opponents as former tennis players were used to driving the ball but didn’t have much experience with the soft game.

“Dinking?  What is that?”

Not being one to give unsolicited advice, I let them play using their banger or slammer techniques.

What do you do when playing against a banger?

  1. Get to the kitchen line, keep your knees bent
  2. Have your paddle up, flat and still
  3. Keep your paddle head above your wrist and elbow down
  4. Use your paddle to block their shot or punch it back to their side

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Is Pickleball ready for Rally Scoring?

Is Pickleball ready for Rally Scoring?

June 05, 2018 0 Comments

There’s a debate going on in Pickleball whether we should change from Side Out scoring to Rally Scoring.  Not sure what the difference is?

Rally Scoring is a scoring method where points can be won by the serving or receiving team

Side Out Scoring is a format of scoring where points can be won only by the serving team

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Never played sports, now a Pickleball Ambassador

Never played sports, now a Pickleball Ambassador

May 29, 2018 0 Comments

How does someone that didn’t play sports growing up become a USAPA Ambassador at age 67?  A woman of course.  Gary’s wife, Pippa, played tennis for years and about 4 years ago received a flyer in the mail from the Parks & Rec department about a new sport being played at their rec center.  The flyer said Pickleball is open to any residents age 50 or older.  (Really?)

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10 Pickleball Terms & Slang to make you sound like an expert

10 Pickleball Terms & Slang to make you sound like an expert

May 08, 2018 0 Comments

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Why is Pickleball the fastest growing sport in America?

Why is Pickleball the fastest growing sport in America?

April 18, 2018 0 Comments

Happy National Pickleball Month!  How are you going to celebrate? 

When I step out of the Pickleball bubble and talk to people that don’t play, I’m surprised how many of them know about the sport.  Pickleball is only about 50 years old, it’s not on TV very often and it’s played mainly in North America. 

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How to win a Dink rally

How to win a Dink rally

April 10, 2018 0 Comments

Merriam-Webster defines dink as “a couple with two incomes and no children”

Wait, let me keep scrolling.  Ok, here it is…

“Dink is to hit with a drop shot, probably of imitative origin”

That sounds better.

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9 people and companies you should be following in Pickleball

9 people and companies you should be following in Pickleball

April 03, 2018 0 Comments

As Pickleball grows, so does the options for Pickleball info.  We thought we’d put together a list of the must-see options on where to go.  Here is our first annual list of the 9 people or companies you should be following in Pickleball.

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Behind the scenes at Paddle Battle

Behind the scenes at Paddle Battle

March 27, 2018 0 Comments

I was able to watch some behind the scenes footage from the Paddle Battle held in Austin, TX during the SXSW festival in February.  For those who didn’t hear about it, it was Team (Andre) Agassi v. Team (Andy) Roddick playing Pickleball to raise money for their foundations.

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Pickle like you mean it!

Pickle like you mean it!

March 12, 2018 0 Comments

I received some great feedback about our Drop Shot Domination course from Anna Desrocher recently that made me smile.  She said:

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Where to Hit a Third Shot Drop

Where to Hit a Third Shot Drop

March 12, 2018 0 Comments

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What is a dink shot (and why do I need it)?

What is a dink shot (and why do I need it)?

March 05, 2018 0 Comments

The dink is a shot drops that drops into your opponents Non-Volley Zone (NVZ) or Kitchen.  It is hit from your Non-Volley line and meant to land near your opponent’s feet.  They must let the ball bounce before they can hit it, making them hit the ball upward over the net.

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