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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