"Are you kidding me?” is the thought that went through my head when walking through the garage door into the house. The kids and I had just finished a project outside and some paint made its way onto the door. I had done a good job prepping the area, making sure everybody had a paint brush and knew their job.
Apparently, I forgot to mention to clean their hands off before they went inside to the bathroom. I know this because I followed the trail to that room while I cleaned up and prayed they didn’t go anywhere else.
The initial “Are you kidding me?” wore off quickly. Yes, I’ll see that paint on the door each time I go inside. It may annoy me the first few times, but after that it is going to be a memory.
A memory of a family project. We’re not perfect and neither is the door we stained that day. I’ll be proud though and that door is going to be there a long time.
After the kids grow up and move out, I may be tempted to fix it, but I hope not. I’m hoping I’ll smile each time I walk in, wonder what each of them is doing at that moment and looking forward to seeing them again. They could ask for my help on their next project. Or they’ll remember that door and think twice.
No matter our skill level in Pickleball or life, we all make mistakes. Learning from them is the important part. Working on it, so next time I don’t curse myself for hitting it in the net…that would be awesome.
© Quick Pickle 2017
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.
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?
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