First time walking up to the Pickleball court was intimidating and joining in a game was an adrenaline rush of excitement and panic. Just because I read the rules at home didn’t mean I'd have a clue once it's time to serve.
I spent 30 minutes warming up by myself on an empty court. It was windy, so any bad shot I hit was blamed on the wind and my drop shot that just cleared the net was planned that way.
I played with some experienced players, but anybody looked experienced compared to me. They were helpful and told me some pointers- "Stay on the baseline when your partner is serving", "No, don't give us the ball, it's still your serve", "Let's switch partners".
Was I ready to call it a day and go sit in a hot tub? No, I wanted to play again and hoping that tomorrow would be nice weather.
I've played a lot of sports growing up and into adulthood. Wow, I've never called myself an adult, unless it was to explain to my children that they can't have a sip of my drink because it's a "parent drink".
Pickleball is different. Players want to help you. "We've all been there before" was the first thing they said when I explained it was my first day. Even though I was the weak link that day I'm hooked. I can't wait to get better so someday I can tell a 40-year whippersnapper "Keep your feet out of the kitchen".
What was your first experience on the Pickleball court like?
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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