Pickleball Holiday Gift Guide (2018)

Pickleball Holiday Gift Guide (2018)

December 04, 2018 0 Comments

Whichever holiday you celebrate, it’s that time of year!

We’ve put together the pickleball holiday gift guide whether you need a present or you have a pickleball addict in your life.

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4 Reasons You Need a Pickleball Coach PLUS Black Friday Sales Are Coming!

4 Reasons You Need a Pickleball Coach PLUS Black Friday Sales Are Coming!

November 13, 2018 0 Comments

How do you get better at anything?  By doing. 

Want to shorten the learning curve?  Learn from the best.

Invest in your pickleball game by partnering with a coach that will give you the correct instruction and confidence to compete at your highest level.

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Here's your chance to ask all your pickleball questions of a top player

Here's your chance to ask all your pickleball questions of a top player

October 09, 2018 0 Comments

Ever wanted to ask a Gold Medal winner about how they go to that level?

Have a pickleball question for one of the top players in the game?

We’re putting together a webinar with Daniel Moore and would love to know what questions you want the answers to.  We’ll create slides with questions for him to answer and could include yours.

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How to win in pickleball using stacking (or what the pros are doing)

How to win in pickleball using stacking (or what the pros are doing)

September 14, 2018 0 Comments

Whether you're new to pickleball or been playing for a while, stacking is a strategy you can add to your game.  Typically reserved for advanced players, you can try this with your partner on your next game to help you win more points.  Keep your opponents guessing with your new skills.

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What's my rating now?  USAPA changes pickleball player rating system

What's my rating now? USAPA changes pickleball player rating system

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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