Pickleball – You Make the Call – 20170323 – Take It for a Spin!

Team X and Team Y are engaged in a back-and-forth rally when at one point, a player from team Y hits a ball with much backspin over the net onto team X’s side of the court. A player from team X runs toward the ball, which is close to the net, but cannot quite get to it before the ball bounces back over the net onto team Y’s side.

Recap of essential points: – A player from team Y originally hit the ball with backspin and it was not touched by any player on team X before the ball bounced back over the net.

According to the official pickleball rules, what happens in the above scenario? Is there a fault? Is it a do-over? Does any team score a point?

Leave your answer in the comment section! The answer will be presented next week (+/-) in a follow-up post.

 

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Lembert Dome Trail Beauty- Year of Yosemite (YOY) – Day 251

Lembert Dome Trail's beauty

Another stream in the woods

As we continued our hike back to the parking area, we came across a number of scenes like that above. There appears to be so much beauty to enjoy that even this rather common Yosemite sight of a meandering stream, reveals wonderful colors of green, brown and gray amid the bubbling waters.

Who could encounter such a place with dappled sunlight, gurgling water and not be happy to be among the mountains?

 
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STATUS QUOtes — 20170323

Today’s STATUS QUOtes

 

“If you wish your merit to be known, acknowledge that of other people.” — Oriental Proverb

“In a way, we are magicians. We are alchemists, sorcerers and wizards. We are a very strange bunch. But there is great fun in being a wizard.” — Billy Joel

“On the pinnacle of success man does not stand firm long.” — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Miami Beach is where neon goes to die.” — Lenny Bruce

 

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Lembert Dome – Last Look Back – Year of Yosemite (YOY) – Day 250

Last look back at the dome

One last look back at Lembert Dome

While we were working our way back down the mountain and basically retracing our steps, we took one last look back at Lembert Dome through the wooded mountainside.

I know that not all domes are created equal, but there seems to be a family resemblance. Lembert Dome does a look a bit like Half Dome if you look quickly!

 
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STATUS QUOtes — 20170322

Today’s STATUS QUOtes

 

“Wisdom comes with winters.” — Oscar Wilde

“Doing more things faster is no substitute for doing the right things.” — Stephen Covey

“Inspiration is a guest that does not willingly visit the lazy.” — Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

“Whoever put the letter ‘b’ in the word ‘subtle’ deserves a pat on the back.” — Unknown

 

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Pickleball – A Ball Well Served

A recurring discussion in several of my pickleball groups is wether the serve of certain players is legal or not legal. Of course nobody is lifting up shirts to see where waistlines, belly buttons, etc. are located and some players toss the ball and hit it so quickly that it is hard to see if the paddle is below the required mark prior to the ball being hit. Short of getting a high speed camera, most of us just watch and conjecture.

In a clubhouse, i.e. non-tournament, setting not too many of us worry about this particular aspect of the game. We generally have a play and let-play attitude. It is the same philosophy that we adopt when we don’t question a line call on the opponent’s side of the court. They are generally closer to the ball and players almost always let the call stand.

It is nice to know, however if a serve is legal or not. Especially if there is any expectation that one day you might want to head to tournament land!

Mark Renneson of Third Shot Sports has provided us with a video quiz to see if we can determine which serves are legal and which serves are not.

As a refresher, here are the rules according to the the International Federation of Pickleball (USAPA):

“Serve Motion. The serve must be made with an underhand stroke so that contact with the ball is made below waist level (waist is defined as the navel level). (revised Feb. 1, 2013)

4.A.1. Underhand Defined. The arm must be moving in an upward arc and the paddle head shall be below the wrist when it strikes the ball (paddle head is that part of the paddle excluding handle. The highest point of the paddle head cannot be above any part of line formed where the wrist joint bends). (revised Feb. 1, 2013)”

To me, this is the tricky part for some of the questionable serves: “The highest point of the paddle head cannot be above any part of line formed where the wrist joint bends)”

Here’s the video; see what you think:

Lembert Dome to Dog Lake – Year of Yosemite (YOY) – Day 249

A view of Dog Lake

Dog Lake

As we were making our way to the top of Lembert Dome, several hikers approached us and inquired as to the location of Dog Lake. They were not native English speakers so we did the best we could in communicating that they were on the right trail, but had to veer to the west at some point to reach Dog Lake.

As we returned from the dome, we decided to head to Dog Lake ourselves. The lake was very pretty with the snow covered mountains in the distance. The picture above was taken from the southwestern shore which was quite soggy.

 
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STATUS QUOtes — 20170321

Today’s STATUS QUOtes

 

“It is a true saying that ‘One falsehood leads easily to another.'” — Cicero

“Boredom, after all, is a form of criticism.” — William Phillips

“The road to mastery is not a consistent incline, but rather a path with peaks and valleys.” — Sarah Ansboury

“I’m not very domestic… for years my children thought mold was a frosting.” — Martha Bolton

 

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Lembert Dome: The Trail Down – Year of Yosemite (YOY) – Day 248

The trek back down from Lembert Dome

On the trail down from Lembert Dome, more streams

Experienced hikers understand that the trail “back down” can be almost as hard as the ascent to the top of a mountain. Trekkers are more tired on the way down and the body’s momentum can force errant steps. If there is scree on the path, this can have severe consequences for those who are not prepared.

We carefully retraced our steps with the idea that, if we had enough energy left, we would take the companion trail to Dog Lake which is a spur off of the Lembert Dome Trail. We were faced with more stream crossings as the snow melt continued to swell the waterways.

In the picture above you can notice logs that were placed next to boulders in the stream to help with finding dry footing. One can’t assume that these are stable so tread lightly, making sure that where your foot will go is relatively steady. I always try to keep one foot firmly planted during the step forward and only when the previously lifted foot is secure, do I then lift the trailing leg.

 
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