I received some great feedback about our Drop Shot Domination course from Anna Desrocher recently that made me smile. She said:
I have viewed the two videos. I have taken notes from them. I love Daniel as a coach/teacher in the sport of Pickleball. He is simple, honest, and true with all of his instructions. I love the games and drills at the end of each video as well. This purchase was an investment for me to improve my game of pickleball.
Dinking will now increase my net’s worth!”
Gotta love the play on words!
Feedback like this is not unusual since we’ve launched. It’s been a great start for us because the Pickleball community is so welcoming and growing so quickly.
Look at the number of Pickleball groups on Facebook. Pickleball Forum is at over 16,000 members. It was only about 10 months ago that they were at 10,000 members. Sure, we’re not tennis, our tournaments aren’t on TV all the time…yet.
Even though the sport is just over 50 years old, we’re experiencing exponential growth.
New tournaments are popping up every day. PickleballTournaments is planning on supporting over 550 tournaments with over 60,000 players in 2018. Our tournaments don’t charge admission and we’re allowed to bring our own food and drink. How many other sporting events can offer that?
Speaking of PickleballTournaments...they were acquired by Pickleball Central recently, you can read about it here.
Pickleball’s first ever Battle of the Sexes took place last year at the Bobby Riggs Tennis & Pickleball Club.
Andre Agassi & Andy Roddick played in the Paddle Battle on Saturday
The USAPA National Championships for the next 5 years will be held at Indian Wells Tennis Garden near Palm Springs. It’s one of the most prestigious Tennis and soon to be Pickleball venues in the world.
Quick Pickle is excited to be a part of this growth. Can you imagine what we’ll be talking about in a year from now?
As my friend Anna said, “Pickle like you mean it!”
Any other exciting Pickleball news to share???
© Quick Pickle 2018
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