It was January of my junior year of high school when he passed away from leukemia. They had visited the summer before and I could tell something wasn’t right. My parents hadn’t told me too much and being a teenager, I didn’t stop and ask him how he was doing. Not “How’s it going?”, but “Really, how are you?”
My grandfather, Jack, loved tennis and would have loved Pickleball. He lived most of his life in Michigan and eventually retired to a golf course community that had a few tennis courts.
When he passed away, my grandmother, Jean, bequeathed me his golf clubs and tennis racquet. I still have the tennis racquet; the golf clubs were donated to someone else along the way. A tennis racquet isn’t much to hold on to, but I remember opening the can of tennis balls it came with a couple years ago, and picturing him on one of those courts. If he was still alive, he would have had a few of those tennis courts converted to Pickleball.
Something else that’s special about Pickleball- there’s not many sports you can play with your grandparents. Wait…Is poker considered a sport?
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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