Pickleball News – 20201005 – Archived Version


Latest N. Phoenix Pickleball News – October 5, 2020

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Hello N. Phoenix Pickleball Players:

Before I begin with the “news,” I want to encourage everyone to read the USA Pickleball’s Statement on the Coronavirus.

The following items are for your information only and they are not intended to negate, overide or contradict any of the information set forth in the USA Pickleball’s Statement on the Coronavirus or of that offered by our national health advisors including the CDC. In the age of Covid, everyone needs to make their own healthcare and recreation decisions. I am just presenting ideas for your consideration.



Moderating Weather Opens
********** Opportunities for Outside Play **********

Here is one opportunity being offered by one of our colleagues, Al D’Appollonio…

To all PB players who would like to return to PB in a safer manner – I would like to see if there is enough interest with players who would be willing to play PB outside and wear a face mask during play. Being outdoors is good, but I think adding the extra layer of wearing a mask would increase the overall safety of resuming play.

If you are interested in forming this group please email me at aldappt80@gmail.com, text or call me at 602-826-1448. Playing time and location to be determined based on response of players ready to play. Al D’Appollonio – Thank You.

Thanks to Al for his willingness to organize this type of experience for those who feel comfortable with the protocols.

 


Making Voices Heard for More
********** Outdoor Courts *********

The City of Phoenix has provided a new budget tool for citizens to make a request for the use of the city’s money. As you may know, Paradise Valley Park was scheduled to be renovated a couple of years ago with the inclusion of at least 8 pickleball courts. That project was put on hold while other similar projects were completed instead.

The pandemic has shown that we need more outdoor opportunities. You can use this link phoenix.gov/FundPhx to encourage the city to begin the construction of pickleball courts as planned for Paradise Valley Park. [ I emailed a newsletter on Mar 31, 2020 with more details. If you are interested contact me and I will forward a copy.]

Line Outdoor Tennis Courts: Contact the Department of Parks and Recreation

Another request that can be made, and that I have made a number of times, is the painting of pickleball lines on existing tennis courts. There are tennis courts that are not used as much as they would be if pickleball play was easier to set up. This has been done in numerous places throughout the United States.

Blended lines make it easy to use existing courts for both sports. Read the section Blended Pickleball Lines On A Tennis Court and click on the pictures below the subtitle to view several options.

Blended Pickleball Lines On A Tennis Court

City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation

Telephone: 602-262-6011
Web Page Email Form: https://www.phoenix.gov/contactus



Maintaining Some Pickleball Skills In the Age of Covid

********** Think Differently *********


Pickleball-like Play

As stated above, I am not recommending or suggesting this, it is just an idea to consider…

You may know that there are a number of dual-use tennis courts in Phoenix. These have been underutilized (in my experience). There may be an opportunity for pickleball-like play on these courts.

Do you know a player (perhaps a spouse, good friend, etc.) with whom you have maintained close contact and with whom you feel secure being in close proximity during Covid-19? Why not develop your own pickleball-like game that can be played on a tennis court. Sure, the net won’t be at regulation height and the court will be a little larger, but you can still play “a game” that will keep some pickleball skills sharpened.

Get some masking tape and mark off the kitchen on both sides of the tennis net (7 feet from the net on each side)

If you feel really energetic, you can use masking tape to mark off the baselines to shorten the courts to pickleball length (22 feet from the net on each side). Here’s a link with all the measurements you would need – PB Court Dimensions

Make up whatever rules you want and have some fun.

NOTE: If you have a large family and you want to include more than two people, improvise. Using three people on each side of the net on a regulation tennis court (two by the net and one in back) might be an interesting experiment.

The idea is to have fun and use your pickleball skills.


FOR THOSE WHO HAVE READ THIS FAR

Is the Third Shot Drop Shot
********** an Offensive or Defensive Tool *********

Mark Renneson, Third Shot Sports, discusses offensive and defensive shots/tactics in the video below. He then continues to examine whether the third shot drop shot is an offensive or defensive play. If you haven’t thought about this before, I think you will find this interesting.

 

 

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Support your Sport
********** Join the USAPA $20 for 1 Year **********

 

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Join the USA Pickleball Association – Click HERE for More Information!

 

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********** That’s All for Now **********

 

Stay Well and Play Safely!


Regards,

Jeff Ross



Pickleball News – 20200811– – Archived Version

Pickleball News – 20200811– – Archived Version


Latest N. Phoenix Pickleball News – August 11, 2020

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Latest N. Phoenix Pickleball News – August 11, 2020

Hello N. Phoenix Pickleball Players:

For many of our players pickleball has been relatively quiet if not non-existent. I know a group has been playing outside with modified protocols to remain as safe as possible. This is the time of year when normally, the indoor pickleball season begins in Phoenix so I wanted to touch base about a few items that may be of interest.



Parks and Recreation Services Update
********** (Via the web link below) **********


I contacted the Phoenix Department of Parks and Recreation to see if they had any news other than what is posted on their website, but there was no additional or more current information.

 

The city’s public pools and splashpads​ are closed for summer 2020​​​​​. Read a statement about the summer 2020 pool season. ​

The city’s indoor recreation facilities are temporarily closed.​​

The city’s outdoor recreation facilities are open normal hours of operation. That includes parks, trails and golf courses​. Some park amenities are temporarily closed. Encanto and Rose Mofford sports complexes are temporarily closed. Sports fields are closed for organized activities. #allpks​

All large gatherings and events on city park property have been canceled or postponed until further notice. This includes groups and organizations that have a sports field reservation or special activity request. #Homepage #phxaquatics​

Registration​ for in-person classes, programs and activities is postponed until further notice. Learn about the FREE PHXPlays at Home and FitPHX Virtual recreation programs being offered this summer. #CommunityCenters

Learn more about Parks and Recreation impacted services

Review physical distancing guidelines for public parks and trails ​​

Information from – https://www.phoenix.gov/Parks

 
Stay Safe Phoenix



USAPA New Logo and
********** Updated Website *********


New USAPA Logo

Check out the newly revised USAPA Website as well!



When You Hit a Perfect Winner
********** And the Other Team Calls it Out! *********

Sad-faced Puppy

Picture via Third Shot Sports newsletter




********** Video: Ernie on the Court *********

An Amazing Ernie

I am not sure how many of our group would be capable, but it is entertaining to see. The pros often try for this shot during top notch competition.

 

Read more about how to execute an Ernie HERE



********** Pickleball and the NBA *********

For NBA refs in the bubble pickleball is an obsession, and its ringleader is a ‘wild child’

Read the Story HERE

NOTE
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********** Legacy Sports Arena *********


The project has been put on hold for a couple of months and they anticipate starting construction again in early to mid-fall. As I understand it they are going to have twelve pickleball courts and organized leagues/groups.

Anticipated opening is late spring/summer of 2021. I know we all hope that the plan comes to fruition as more pickleball opportunities are good for all of our members.

For those not aware of the Legacy Sports Arena, you can read bout it HERE:



Video: Do you Avoid
********** These Common Strategy Mistakes? *********

Stay ready and aware for your next pickleball game or match!

You may be making any one of these top 9 basic pickleball mistakes and not even know it. They’re easy to fix and will make a HUGE difference in your game.

 

 

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********** Support your Sport – Join the USAPA $20 for 1 Year **********

 

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********** That’s All for Now **********

 

Stay Well and Play Safely!


Regards,

Jeff Ross



Pickleball News – 20200609– – Archived Version


Pickleball News – 20200609 – Archived Version

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Latest N. Phoenix Pickleball News – June 9, 2020

Hello North Phoenix Pickleball Players:

I can’t send out a newsletter without mentioning the Coronavirus in Phoenix and it’s impact on our sport. My main concern is the health and well-being of all pickleball players and especially my colleague-players who share the game with me on a regular basis at Paradise Valley Community Center, Beuf Community Center and the FLC. Any information contained in this newsletter is not meant to scare or steer anyone in a certain direction regarding the continuation or resumption of play. I simply want to raise awareness so when the crisis has subsided, ALL of us can once again share the joy of our sport with each other.


********** THE CORONAVIRUS IN THE PHOENIX AREA **********

I am sure most of you are following the COVID-19 situation as it pertains to Maricopa County and especially Phoenix. In case you didn’t hear or understand all the recent facts…

This is what the news has reported as of 6/8/2020

1 – State Hospitals have been told to “fully activate” emergency plans

2 – Banner Health said it had reached capacity for its nine ECMO machines (machines that take over the breathing function for those who can’t breath even with a respirator)

3 – Maricopa County has the 26th highest number of confirmed cases of any county in the U.S., according to Johns Hopkins University.

Source: AZ CENTRAL

**********

I am not a health expert and none of what I am about to say is definitive regarding COVID-19 safety and pickleball so use your own best judgment. These are just a few things I have considered regarding pickleball play in our current environment.

    According to most medical experts, masks do not protect you. They protect those around you from you! [I don’t know if people are wearing masks during play, but certainly after play while waiting that might be a solid choice.]

    If you bring a towel to the playing field/court, be sure to use only one side to wipe your face and do not touch that side with your hands.

    Make sure only you touch your water bottle and other belongings.

    If possible wash your hands frequently or use sanitizer especially after a game. Once your hands are sanitized, don’t pick up the paddle until you get your next turn to play.

    Socially distance while sitting and waiting for the next game.

    Try not to touch your face and/or eyes.

    The kitchen line (NVZ) is seven feet from the net. If all players stay behind the kitchen line at the end of the game, they are a minimum of 14 feet apart. This exceeds the space suggested by many health officials. You can stand there and have a virtual paddle tap and say “good game!”


AND NOW FOR SOME LIGHTER NEWS
AND INFORMATION


DON’T BE NONCHALANT WHEN SERVING OR
********** RETURNING THE SERVE *********

Sarah Ansboury points to the best practices for serving and returning the serve. As she suggests: “It is one of the times during a match when you have 100% control of the outcome. Take time to think about what you want to do. Being focused at the beginning of the point is a great start to being purposeful throughout the point.”

Read the rest of the post HERE


GETTING OUT OF TROUBLE
********** BY RESETTING THE POINT *********

Mark Renneson of Third Shot Sports explains the importance of getting out of “trouble” by resetting the point.

If you are more or less sheltering in place and you don’t get the Third Shot Sports Newsletter with much information, videos, podcasts about pickleball, perhaps you should subscribe or take a look at the Third Shot Sports website!



******************** THE FLC ********************

In a recent communication, the Family Life Center (FLC) shared plans for resuming the summer pickleball schedule. As far as I understand it, these are the most current plans.**

“You will have to reserve court time in two hour increments. This is the only way we can keep you from coming to the FLC only to find out that we are at max occupancy and you are not able to play. We will have a sign up system on line. We will give you instructions on how to sing up to play soon. We will reopen Pickleball with a max occupancy of 32 people in a two hour time slot. This will make it so you rarely have to wait to play and we have a safe amount of people in one place. If the next time slot is not full when you finish you can sign up at the desk and keep playing. You will still sign on the white board to play games during your two hour time frame. There will be a sanitation procedures in place. As always we will be looking to you to lead in keeping everyone safe so we can allow the Pickleball program to run. This will include spreading out in the bleachers when you are not playing, wearing a mask when you are not playing, and following the basic Covid prevention procedures.”

** Please understand that because of the specific situation in our area, plans may change with very short notice.


DID YOU SEE THE NYT ARTICLE
***** ABOUT PICKLEBALL? *****

Is Pickleball the Perfect Pandemic Pastime?

“Ellen DeGeneres recently declared herself among the intergenerational sport’s ardent enthusiasts.”

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USA PICKLEBALL STATEMENT ON THE CORONAVIRUS
**********


It is my understanding that this information will be updated as new pertinent information for the Pickleball community becomes available.


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********** Support your Sport – Join the USAPA $20 for 1 Year **********

 

 
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********** That’s All for Now **********

 

Stay Well and Play Safely!


Regards,

Jeff Ross



Pickleball News – 20200109– – Archived Version


Pickleball News – 20200109 – Archived Version

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Latest N. Phoenix Pickleball News – January 9, 2020



City of Phoenix Parks & Recreation
********** Updated Schedule **********

GR Herberger Park (G.R. Herberger Park, 5802 E. Indian School, Phoenix, AZ 85018) has been officially added to the pickleball schedule. I have been asked to circulate this revision for those who want the latest version of the schedule – the link to download a PDF of the new schedule is below.

Updated Version



Desert Ridge Marriott
********** Pickle Palooza **********

NOTE: There is time-sensitive information related to this event.

Desert Ridge Mafriott Pickle Palooza

More Pickle Palooza, Desert Ridge Information HERE

 


********** Pickleball Etiquette **********

NOTE – This pertains only to a small group of our pickleball colleagues and it is not a widespread problem, but it has happened to several people recently.

Apparently some players who had signed up to play with a certain group of players had their name moved to another position without their consent.

Kindly do not take it upon yourself to remove a player from one position and place them in another position on the sign up form/white board. DO NOT do this without asking the person if they would like to be moved.

Some may make the assumption that a player would better “enjoy” a match with another group. That is not their call.

If you want to match up with a group of players and there is no place for you, ask one of the players in the group if they would mind being moved to another match. Please do not assume that it is OK with them to be moved.

Thank you!



For Those Who Have Read This Far

Analysis of a Professional Pickleball Point
********** by Mark Renneson **********

From the YouTube Page:

Mark Renneson of @Third Shot Sportsbreaks down this pro pickleball point between Morgan Evans and Jessie Irvine at the 2019 Margaritaville USA Pickleball National Championships in Indian Wells, CA.

Some important points:

  • The team of Morgan Evans and Jessie Irvine is stacking (both players on the same side of the court during serve, etc.)
  • Professional serve with pace!
  • Note why Jessie Irvine does not rush to the net and lingers in “no man’s land” for a while.
  • Both players approach the net together to avoid leaving a gap in their coverage.
  • Notice that when they hit the ball, they area watching the ball hit the paddle.
  • Some Pros, men and women, use a two-handed backhand.

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Join the USAPA

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********** That’s All for Now **********

 

I hope to see you on the courts!


Regards,

Jeff Ross



Pickleball News – 20200305 – Archived Version


Pickleball News – 20200305 – Archived Version

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Latest N. Phoenix Pickleball News – March 5, 2020

 
Hello North Phoenix Pickleball Players:

Here is some timely N. Phoenix news and other items related to pickleball.



******************** School Recess Community Center ********************
Schedule Changes

UPDATE – All City of Phoenix Community Centers are closed to Group Activities including Pickleball UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE!

Deer Valley Community Center – – 602-495-3735 – – Pickleball is cancelled from 3/16-3/20

Paradise Valley Community Center – – 602-495-3777 – – Pickleball is cancelled for two weeks, 3/9 – 3/20 (Pickleball will resume on 3/23/2020)

Washington Activity Center – – 602-262-6971 – – Pickleball is cancelled from 3/16-3/20

**It is my understanding that all other City of Phoenix Community Centers will be maintaining their regular pickleball schedules.

 


******************** Getting A Grip ********************


To paraphrase Cyndi Lauper, it has been my experience that most recreational pickleball players just want to have fun. Having said that, however, I know from my conversations that there is a core of those players who long to improve their game. Most of us have not had formal training and we have just “picked up” how to play. In my opinion, pickleball is addictive because it is simple in concept, but challenging in execution.

Let’s talk about one aspect of the sport that is sometimes taken for granted… Every time we step on to the court, we grip the paddle in a way that we were taught or one with which, over time, we have become comfortable. I am willing to conjecture that most of us don’t often think about how we are gripping the paddle. The grip is the grip and we have used it for a long time and we just continue to “do it that way!”

How often do you check your grip? Most advanced players check it quite often and perhaps between every point. Has your hand slipped a bit? Has your Continental Grip now become something else? Are you gripping your paddle as though it is a life preserver and you are holding it tight so it doesn’t slip away? Maybe it is time to reexamine the way in which we are holding our paddles.

Truth be told, I am working on revising my grip because I find that I am not “relaxed” enough at the NVZ and my grip is more tense than it needs to be. Sometimes this results in a shot going too long; “Out!”!

Professional pickleballer and coach Sarah Ansboury has two interesting articles about the pickleball grip. If you haven’t thought about how your are holding your paddle in a while, perhaps these will be helpful

Get a Pickleball Grip

Get a Grip: My Three Keys

 


******************** High Visibility Red Pickleballs ********************

The life of a pickleball is a difficult one. After all, how would you like to be whacked on a serve, pounded with an overhead and dinked over and over again before being smashed? In an effort to find other USAPA approved pickleball options for use on our indoor pickleball courts, I contacted Head/Penn and they sent sample pickleballs to try at a couple of our venues.

Just above the white underline are the words USAPA Approved. They are lightly embossed, but not printed as they are on pickleballs from other manufacturers. The picture doesn’t exactly match the color red of the actual ball which tends a bit more to the vibrant, pinkish side.

After using these balls for two days, I can say that they provide a very good, consistent bounce and play very well. If you have ever “lost” a ball because it blended in with the surroundings or the lighting was poor or the ball was somewhat hidden when crossing close to the top of the net, don’t worry when using these. You won’t easily lose sight of them. After all, the are highly visible.

The Penn/Head balls are not as hard as some of the Onix balls we have purchased and seem to play as well as or better than those. My concern with the orange Onix balls is that they seem to crack quite readily. We generally start with five balls at PVCC and almost every day, at least one needs to be replaced.

The “trial” balls mentioned above are what I would call “high visiblility” red. The balls are easily seen on the darker floors at the FLC and the lighter floors at PVCC. I plan on putting them out for players to try at PVCC when pickleball resumes there in two weeks. I will also carry a couple with me so if you see me at the FLC and you would like to try one, let me know. I would appreciate your feedback if you do try the new balls! [ Did you like the color? Were they easy to see? Did you like the way they played? ]

 


Video
******************** For Those Who Have Read This Far ********************


There are some shots in pickleball that are just a little more important than others. The serve, for example, may stand supreme in its importance because if you don’t get it “in,” you can’t score a point.

The return of serve is noteworthy because you want to keep the other team far back in the court for the longest period of time.

The third shot is very important because a good one can enable the serving team to get to the NVZ.

What happens after that? Well, I’m glad you asked because Prime Time Pickleball gives us their take on another important shot in the video below.


#1 Most Overlooked Pickleball Shot That Is Killing Your Pickleball Game

 

NOTES:

Notice how Jordan Briones hits the ball when he is at the net. It is somewhat subtle, but he flicks his paddle in an upward motion giving topspin to the ball. This helps keep the ball low and in the court.

Another point to keep in mind is, that if you are approaching the net and the opposing player is getting ready to hit the ball, stop and prepare to return a shot if it comes your way. After your team returns the ball, continue to the net. It is very difficult to hit a good shot on the move.

Don’t worry about “no man’s land” at this juncture. If you are moving with the intent to get to the net, this is really just a transition zone

 

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********** Support your Sport – Join the USAPA $20 for 1 Year **********

 

 
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********** That’s All for Now **********

 
I hope to see you on the courts!


Regards,

Jeff Ross



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********** That’s All for Now **********

 
I am sending my best wishes to all my pickleball friends and acquaintances for a Happy, Healthy and Fulfilling Holiday Season!

I hope to see you on the courts!


Regards,

Jeff Ross



********** Archived Versions of Previous Newsletters **********

 

Previous newsletters that may have pickleball hints, videos, rules changes, etc. are now archived at the following link. You can check out previous newsletters there.
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********** Support your Sport – Join the USAPA $20 for 1 Year **********

 

 
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Join the USAPA

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********** That’s All for Now **********

 

I hope to see you on the courts!


Regards,

Jeff Ross



Pickleball News – 20200210 – Archived Version

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Latest N. Phoenix Pickleball News – February 10, 2020

Hello North Phoenix Pickleball Players:


********** Community Centers Closed Monday 2/17 **********
President’s Day


********** Goelet A Beuf Community Center **********

Renovations for the gymnasium floor are still ongoing.


********** Professional Pickleball Association **********

If you didn’t know there was a Professional Pickleball Association, here is a pickleball-thumping video showcasing their upcoming tournaments including some nearby.


For those who want to watch higher-level competition…

Mesa Grand Slam Qualifier – February 13 (Thursday) – 16 (Sunday)


From the website:

The Mesa Grand Slam Qualifier is one of the largest tournaments in the Western United States. We have an event for everyone, don’t miss out on joining all the fun! There will be raffles, games prizes and lots of Pickleball.

Come and watch top professional players from across the country battle for major prize money and to automatically qualify for Major Grand Slams.


Spectators are welcome!

Mesa Tennis Center
4125 E McKellips Rd

For those who might be interested, HERE is the link to schedule:


**********

Pickleball is becoming a MAJOR sport… Mark Your Calendars!

The Masters is a Grand Slam Event, JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa – May 12 (Wednesday) – 17 (Sunday)


 

JW Marriott
5350 E Marriott Dr, Phoenix, AZ

Spectators are welcome. There is an $8 parking fee for 6 hours.

All the information you may want to know about this event, click HERE and visit top buttons for details.

NOTE – For those who have never been to a tournament, all I can say is: If you love pickleball, a tournament can be very exciting to watch!



********************
For Those Who Have Read This Far

5 Ways to Improve Your Pickleball Game
********** by Glen Petersonn **********


Take notice of the second point about the transition to the kitchen that Glenn Peterson makes. Beginners find this very hard, but most coaches believe this is an essential skill for those looking to improve their game!

From the YouTube Page:

Pickleball 5.0 Pro and National Champion, Glen Peterson introduces 5 tips to make you a better pickleball player. Follow these tips and you will have more fun playing pickleball. These tips will get you to longer pickleball rallys and more wins. Some of the tips may surprise you with their simplicity.

Glen made this video because he’s a student of the game and wants to share what he’s learned over the years of observing elite player succeed at matches.

Get into the Pickleball Zone with these helpful tips from Glen.



For the More Advanced Players
********** by Coach Phil and Simone Jardim **********
Developing Quick Hands

Take special note of the drill that starts with Simone’s explanation at about the 5:10 mark in the video.

PS – You can do the first two drills without the wristband; it’s hard enough for most of us!



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***. Support your Sport – Join the USAPA $20 for 1 Year. ***

 

 
Join the USAPA – Click HERE for More Information

 

Join the USAPA

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********** That’s All for Now **********

 

I hope to see you on the courts!


Regards,

Jeff Ross



Pickleball News – 20191223 – Archived Version


Pickleball News – 20191223– Archived Version

 

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December 23, 2019

Hello N. Phoenix Area Pickleball Players:

We are nearing the heart of the winter holiday season and I hope you have plans to share time with family and friends and perhaps some pickleball!



Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department
********** 2020 Winter/Spring Pickleball Schedule **********

The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department has published the winter/spring pickleball schedule for the Community Center and Parks.

To download a color PDF copy of the Winter/Spring 2020, Phoenix Community Center Pickleball Schedule, click HERE!

NOTE – The gymnasium floor at the Goelet A. C. Beuf Community Center is still being repaired and thus it is not open for pickleball at this time. The target completion date is sometime in January and at that time, a revised schedule will probably be issued.

 


********** USAPA 2020 Rulebook & Revisions **********

USPA Pickleball Rulebook Revisions – Thanks to Mark Renneson and Third Shot Sports, a digital copy of the 2020 USAPA Pickleball 2020 Official Rulebook can be downloaded.

Perhaps more valuable to many players, Third Shot Sports has also published a list of revisions to the old rules. You can download a copy HERE -> Major USAPA Pickleball rule Changes for 2020.

 


********** Pickleball Ornaments **********

Yes, you can make Christmas Ornaments with pickleballs and related materials.

picture Via

 


********** Holiday Pickleball Closings **********

Check previous newsletter HERE for information about indoor PB venues holiday hours and closings!

 



Weather have you down?
********** Watch a Pickleball Video **********

If you can’t get out and play, but want some entertaining pickleball, you can check out this match on Pickleball Central!

PRO Men’s Doubles Play-In Match from the 2019 Franklin Pickleball Masters!

From the video website:

Today we are bringing you one of those matches. On one side is the team of Jeff Warnick and Riley Newman, and across the net, their opponents Dave Weinbach and Steve Deakin. Both teams want their shot at the Gold, but only one can walk away the winner. Who will it be? Watch the match to find out.

http://www.pickleballchannel.com/2019/12/2019-fpm-mens-playin/

 



Start the New Year
********** as a USAPA Member **********
Support your Sport – Join the USAPA $20 for 1 Year


Join the USAPA – Click HERE for More Information

 

Join the USAPA

Picture Courtesy of Pickleball Magazine and the USAPA

 


********** That’s All for Now **********

 

I hope to see you on the courts!


Regards,

Jeff Ross



Pickleball News – 20191206 – Archived Version


Pickleball News – 20191206– Archived Version

 

Archived Version of a Previous Newsletter

This is an archived version of a previously issued pickleball newsletter. The most current N. Phoenix Newsletter is available by clicking HERE!

Latest N. Phoenix Pickleball News – December 6, 2019

Hello North Phoenix Pickleball Players:



City of Phoenix Community Centers
********** Gyms Closing for December **********

As I stated in my previous post, December is an “awkward” month for indoor pickleball in the Valley because of holiday events, maintenance schedules and other location-based activities.

The Community Centers often have staff events, meetings, etc. during this time of the year. In addition special events are often provided for students that have a winter recess from their schools.

Paradise Valley Community Center

  • Monday, December 9th – THERE WILL BE PICKLEBALL as usual. The center has a special event in the evening; sorry for any confusion.
  •  
    Closed for Pickleball as Follows:

  • Wednesday, December 11th – NE Division Holiday Party
  • December 23, 2019 through January 3, 2020

NOTE: We can probably surmise that this will be similar for all City of Phoenix Community Centers, however

My best advice is to check with your preferred indoor venue during the upcoming weeks to avoid disappointment. This may be an opportunity for outside play for those of use who generally play at our indoor courts!

You can check “More Places to Play” for some aoutdoor courts in and around North Phoenix!

 



Family Life Center 2019-2020 Holiday Hours
********** Gym Closing for December **********

Family Life Center 2019-2020 Holiday Hours

NOTE – I was told that there WILL BE PICKLEBALL on Tuesday, December 24th, but the hours will be shortened to accommodate the schedule above.

 



G.R. Herberger Park
********** Open for Pickleball **********

Pickleball Courts at G.R. Herberger Park
5802 E. Indian School, Phoenix, AZ 85018

G.R. Herberger Park
Picture Courtesy of Mary Travis – The court on the right-hand side is a tennis court.

From the USAPA Paces to Play Website:

“The City of Phoenix opened 4 permanent outdoor pickleball courts at this location on 11/27/19. The park is open 5:30am – 10pm, 365 days a year and is free to the public. Two tennis courts were converted to 4 fully painted pickleball courts with permanent nets and lights. There are restrooms in the park as well as 2 remaining lighted tennis courts, lighted sand volleyball, and a play field. The park is located on the north side of Indian School Rd. next to the canal and multi-use bicycle path. The viewpoint for The Arizona Falls is accessed from the west end of the parking lot.”

 


For Those Who Have Read This Far

PRO Mixed Doubles GOLD Medal Match
********** 2019 Franklin Pickleball Masters **********

If the weather and holidays are keeping you from pickleball, why not try the next best thing? Watch pickleball tournament videos!

The match below is between the team of Matt Wright and Lucy Kovalova and Ben Johns and Simone Jardim. These are four of the perennial finalists in professional pickleball and are among the “stars” in today’s pickleball world. I think you will find the match entertaining and a wonderful showcase for our sport.

BTW – The name of the facility hosting this match is called Chicken ‘N Pickle in Wichita, KS. Pickleball is becoming so popular that even restaurants are now hosting courts. You can check out their website – Chicken ‘N Pickle – Wichita, KS

********** Archived Versions of Previous Newsletters **********

 

Previous newsletters that may have pickleball hints, videos, rules changes, etc. are now archived at the following link. You can check out previous newsletters there.
Archived N. Phoenix PB Previous Newsletters


*** Support your Sport – Join the USAPA $20 for 1 Year ****

 

 
Join the USAPA – Click HERE for More Information

 

Join the USAPA

Picture Courtesy of Pickleball Magazine and the USAPA

 


********** That’s All for Now **********

 

I hope to see you on the courts!


Regards,

Jeff Ross



Archived versions of North Phoenix Pickleball news and information about a variety of topics related to pickleball, tipes, local schedule changes, etc.

Pickleball News – 20191119 – Archived Version


Pickleball News – 20191119– Archived Version

 

Archived Version of a Previous Newsletter

This is an archived version of a previously issued pickleball newsletter. The most current N. Phoenix Newsletter is available by clicking HERE!

Latest N. Phoenix Pickleball News – November 19, 2019

Hello North Phoenix Pickleball Players:



City of Phoenix Community Centers
********** Gyms Closing for Maintenance **********

Here is the tentative schedule of the CC closings for floor maintenance as per my telephone conversations yesterday.*


Deer Valley CC
— First week in January


Beuf CC

The gymnasium floor is still undergoing repair and will most likely be out of service until mid-January


Pecos CC
— Gym closed 11/25 – 11/29


Sunnyslope CC
— Closed the week of December 30th!


Paradise Valley CC
— Gym closed 11/25 – 11/29


Washington Activities Center
— Gym closed 11/25 – 11/30

*NOTE – The Community Centers do what they can to alert our pickleball community when there will be closures. Kindly understand that “things happen” and schedules may need to be changed!

ALSO…For those who are relatively new to our pickleball community, check with the centers you attend to learn their holiday schedule. Community centers and other indoor facilities often have programs (which use the gymnasiums) for children during the winter holidays. This is a good time to play outside; weather permitting!


Washington Activities Center
********** Open for PB on Saturdays through 12/19 **********

10AM – 1PM



********** Pickleball Coaching **********


The International Pickleball Teaching Professional Association (IPTPA) is a certification organization for advanced players who want to coach others in the finer elements of the sport. Some of the coaches do work with our Community Centers and the Phoenix Department of Parks and Recreation to provide group lessons.

Many of the coaches would welcome the opportunity to help those who are serious about improving their pickleball skills. If you want small group or individualized instruction beyond the basics, you might be able to find just the right instructor among those who are members of the IPTPA.

The link* for the Arizona IPTPA Level II Certified Pickleball Teaching Professionals listing is below. If you are interested, you can contact those listed. Use the telephone area codes as a guide for those who may be local to your area.

https://iptpa.com/certified-coaches/

*The link can be a bit “finicky” so you may have to click more than once.


 
********** Intro & other Basic Classes at the PHX Community Centers **********

I will be sending in the dates for Winter 2020 Intro to Pickleball Classes that I conduct at Paradise Valley Community Center in December. You can check all the City of PHX offerings at the link below (Look for the Community Center You Would Like to Attend). Additional classes will be added in December:

https://apm.activecommunities.com/phoenix/Activity_Search?txtActivitySearch=pickleball&applyFiltersDefaultValue=true&cat=Activities



********** Pickleball Competitions **********


NOTE – I have no affiliation with the following organizations. I am passing this information along as a courtesy to those who may be interested. Your mileage may vary!

If you are interested in the information, I recommend you subscribe to the newsletters for the Victorium and World Team Pickleball.


2020 World Team Pickleball Championships – Surprise, AZ


The following was sent to my attention over the weekend and I am copying it below for those who may interested.
SAVE THE DATE – 2020 World Team Pickleball Championships




2020 WORLD TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS

February 7-9, 2020

Surprise City Courts in
Surprise, Arizona

PRO and AMATEUR TEAMS WELCOME!

$36,000 PRO PURSE: PRO, SENIOR PRO, & SUPER SENIOR PRO (Prize money pro-rated if minimum number of teams is not met.)

Compete with teams from the United States,
Canada, and other countries

3-Day TEAM pickleball event

Grab your friends and register today!!!
Registration Deadline – January 6, 2020

No team? No problem!
Register as “Need Team” and we will find or create a team for you!

The 2020 WTP Championship Format:

  • Friday February 7 – Men’s Team Doubles

  • Saturday February 8 – Mixed Team Doubles

  • Sunday February 9 – Women’s Team Doubles

Play one day or play both days. For example, women can choose to play Mixed on Saturday AND Women’s on Sunday or chose to play only Mixed OR only Women’s.

  • Skill Divisions: 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, and 5.0

  • Age Brackets: 18+, 50+, 60+, 70+ (3 teams or less in an age bracket, skill division will be used)

  • 4-Player Teams

  • Teams may have 2 additional players for substitution and rotations

  • Awards given to 1st and 2nd place teams

Registration opens Sunday December 1st.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

QUESTIONS? Email us at: WTPDirector@gmail.com or visit WorldTeamPickleball.com for more information.

 

From the Victorium

I received the message below a couple of days ago. These events have limited openings and may be closed at this time, but you can check if you are interested. As noted elsewhere, if this type of event is of interest to you, contact the Victorium and request to be placed on their email list.

December 2019 Pickleball Happenings

Hi Pickleballers,

It’s holiday season and “the weather outside is NOT frightful”… In fact, it’s perfect for pickleball! So get out there, play, meet others and HAVE FUN! We’ve been quite busy the past few months, trying to bring in a variety of instructors and Pros. We are happy to announce that Vicki Foster, a fantastic local pro and highly respected instructor, will be offering a special clinic this month. If you haven’t been able to attend the specialized clinics and bootcamps offered by our local instructors, we highly recommend them. In addition, don’t miss our VISITING PRO clinics. Not only will you gain extremely valuable pickleball skills, you will undoubtedly be left with lasting impressions and fun memories.

EXPANDING LEAGUES in 2020 – Yes! We are thrilled that our Winter Leagues will be expanding to four courts due to such high demand and popularity. More information including dates, times and a link to sign up below.

REINDEER ROUND-UP – This festive combined skill team competition will provide the perfect occasion to mix and mingle and bring in some holiday cheer. Join us for this fun event where you will be able to meet new people, reconnect with old friends, and celebrate another great year of Pickleball. Details below.

THANK YOU! – Pickleball truly has been a special GIFT in our lives and we hope the same is true for you. We look forward to providing more exciting programs next year! Thanks for your continued support. Lester and Amy 😉


_____________________________________________________________________

Classes, Clinics and Lessons for December listed below. To view the monthly schedule in calendar format, click here – https://dinkallday.com/schedule/.

VISITING PRO CLINICS:

Did you see who won GOLD at Nationals in the Senior Men’s Pro Division? The one and only Dave “THE BADGER” Weinbach! Monday, Dec 9th: – We only have 2 spots left in our 8AM-10AM beginner/intermediate clinic and 2 spots left in our 10AM-12PM Advanced clinic. Cost $70

DAVE “THE BADGER” WEINBACH – SIGN UP HERE!

PADDLETEK PICKLEBALL PRO

8 Time USAPA National Champion

10 Time US Open Champion

Winner of 110 Gold Medals in Competition

Two Hour Interactive Skills Clinics

MONDAY, DECEMBER 9th, 2019

$70 per person

Session One: Beginner/Intermediate—8AM-10AM

Session Two: Advanced — 10AM-12PM

NO REFUNDS AFTER NOVEMBER 24th

***VISITING PRO EVENTS ARE CLOSED TO NON-PARTICIPANTS***

How’s this for double the fun? – On Wednesday, January 8th, Helle Sparre and Lindsey Newman will jointly be conducting a 1 hour “Play with the Pros” followed by a 3 hour bootcamp. This bootcamp will encompass Helle’s dynamite doubles program with special focus on the first four shots – serve, return, third and fourth shots. Helle and Lindsey will also cover court positioning and shot selection within the transition zone and at the NVZ. SIGN UP HERE!


**HELLE SPARRE AND LINDSEY NEWMAN**

WEDNESDAY January 8th, 2020

Play with the PRO’s 8AM-9AM

(Each player will play with and against each PRO for the full hour and get personalized tips such as court-positioning, shot selection strategies, and analyzing your opponents for weaknesses.)

($50, limited to 6 spots)

3 Hour Dynamite Doubles (Customized) BOOTCAMP

9AM-12PM

($90, Maximum 16 Spots)

LEVELS: 3.0 and Above

NO REFUNDS

***VISITING PRO EVENTS ARE CLOSED TO NON-PARTICIPANTS***

LEAGUES: SIGN UP HERE!

Please sign up early to secure your spot, these leagues fill up quickly!

ALL Leagues:

$70 per person, 16 Players Maximum

Early Bird Discount $65, must be registered and paid by December 7th.

No refunds after December 15th.

5 Weeks (4-5 games/wk – Games to 11 or 15)

*If you are unable to play a week, a substitute can be used*

Beginner League (2.0-2.5)

WEDNESDAYS 8:15AM-10AM

Dates: 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12

*If you have not done a league yet, this is the place to start.

Knowing how to score and the rules of the game are required.*

Advanced Beginner League (2.75-3.0)

MONDAYS 10:15AM-Noon

Dates: 1/6, 1/13, 1/27, 2/3, 2/10

OR

WEDNESDAYS 10:15AM-Noon

Dates: 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12

3.0 League

MONDAYS 8:15AM-10AM

Dates: 1/6, 1/13, 1/27, 2/3, 2/10

3.5+ League

TUESDAYS 8:15AM-10AM

Dates: 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11

BOOTCAMPS – SIGN UP HERE

With PPR and ITPTA Certified Pickleball Instructor: Vicki Foster

Vicki Foster is a 5.0 pro pickleball player. For the past twenty years, Vicki has been a tennis professional at various facilities in her hometown of Vancouver, B.C., as well as in Chandler and Scottsdale, Arizona. Twelve years ago, her family built a pickleball court at their home and alongside tennis, Vicki started teaching and competing in pickleball. She most recently won Gold in the 2019 USAPA Southern California Western Regionals in the women’s 5.0 singles age division. She also medaled in the 5.0 singles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles events at the 2019 USAPA Southwest Regional Championships and was a 2019 US Open women’s 5.0 doubles finalist. She is a sponsored player with GAMMA Pickleball.

3 Hour Skills and Drills Bootcamp

9AM – 12PM, Min 4/Max 8 players, $75 pp,

Thursday, 12/19/2019. Skill Level: 3.0 and above

For 6-8 players, Lester Tang will co-teach and 2 courts will be reserved.

Elevate your pickleball skills and strategy choices with a fun mix of drills and live-point play designed to improve your consistency and point construction, slow the game down to defend against hard hitters, and take valuable moments away from your opponents to minimize their recovery and decision making time.

With PPR Certified Pickleball Instructor: Jeff Peck

3 Hour Beginner Bootcamp

9AM – 12PM, Min 4/Max 8 players, $75 pp,

Thursday, 12/12/2019. Skill Level: Beginner

For 6-8 players, Lester Tang will co-teach and 2 courts will be reserved.

This intensive bootcamp will help beginners gain consistency and confidence along with a deeper understanding of all aspects of the game. Assessments, Dinking, Dropping, Serves and Returns, along with Partner Movement will be addressed. All the concepts will be integrated through game time at the end.

CLINICS – SIGN UP HERE

With Pickleball Instructor: Cathy Turchan

2 Hour “When to Advance to the NVZ?” Clinic

8AM – 10AM, Min 4/Max 8 players, $50 pp,

Thursday, 12/05/2019.

For 6-8 players, Lester Tang will co-teach and 2 courts will be reserved.

Come in..stay back… what do I do? Are you always questioning whether to advance to the NVZ quickly or wait? Do you continually end up in the middle of the transition zone? Learn how to make decisions quickly and advance to the NVZ with confidence!

With Pickleball Instructor: Cathy Turchan

2 Hour “Please DON’T Pop up the Ball!” Clinic

10AM – Noon, Min 4/Max 8 players, $50 pp,

Thursday, 12/05/2019.

For 6-8 players, Lester Tang will co-teach and 2 courts will be reserved.

Are you continually losing points because you are popping up the ball and waiting for someone to slam it back at you or your partner? I will show you techniques on keeping the ball low so your opponents won’t have that opportunity. Or, if you get the opportunity for hitting a high ball, I’ll show you how, when and where to hit the ball for the winning shot.

REINDEER ROUND-UP – SIGN UP HERE!

What team will you end up on? Are you Team Dasher, Team Dancer, Team Prancer, or Team Vixen? Only Rudolph Knows!

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17th 8AM-NOON

AND/OR

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18th 8AM-NOON

ALL LEVELS WELCOME

12 Player Minimum/24 Player Maximum each day

$20 per person/per day

Games Begin at 9AM (arrive early to warm up)

COOL PRIZES and FUN FESTIVITIES


Friday Round Robins REGISTRATION PROCEDURE FOR RR’s:

Registration is completed in Track-it-Hub. Invitations are sent out approximately 2 weeks in advance. To register for a RR, click on the invitation you receive in email. Once Track-it-Hub launches, you’ll see your name on the list for that specific event. You will receive an automated email confirmation that you are registered. Invitations are sent based on skill level, so it is imperative that your level is correct in Track-it-Hub (newly added TIH players default to 2.5). Please notify me if your rating needs updating so you are in the proper skill group.

Fridays 9AM-11:30AM, Please come early to warm up – The number of players is limited to 20 (with 8 on the waitlist). Players will play in 5 rounds with 1 round as a bye. The entire round robin takes approximately 2 1/2 hours. You do not need a partner. COST: $10 per player, please pay cash at event. You will get an invitation based on your skill level, so it is important that your level is correct in Track it hub (newly added TIH players are defaulted to 2.5).

12/6 3.0 Level Round Robin

12/13 3.5+ Level Round Robin

12/20 2.5 Level Round Robin

PLEASE TAKE CARE – We continue to see several players dealing with injuries. Stretch and warmup before you play. Also, please wear eye protection, those balls come fast and hard at the NVZ. We want to see everyone happy and healthy in the NEW YEAR!
You may view the group at https://www.trackithub.com/index.php?option=com_community&view=groups&task=viewgroup&groupid=768

 

********** Archived Versions of Previous Newsletters **********

 

Previous newsletters that may have pickleball hints, videos, rules changes, etc. are now archived at the following link. You can check out previous newsletters there.
Archived N. Phoenix PB Previous Newsletters


********** Support your Sport – Join the USAPA $20 for 1 Year **********

 

 
Join the USAPA – Click HERE for More Information

 

Join the USAPA

Picture Courtesy of Pickleball Magazine and the USAPA

 


********** That’s All for Now **********

 
I hope to see you on the courts!


Regards,

Jeff Ross



Pickleball News – 20191010 – Archived Version


Pickleball News – 20191010 – Archived Version


October 10, 2019

 
Hello N. Phoenix Pickleball Players:


Phoenix City Community Centers Are Open on Columbus Day
********** Monday, October 14, 2019 **********

 

********** NEW-ish Outdoor Pickleball Courts **********
at Moon Valley Country Club

PB at Moon Valley CC

  • When: Every Monday-Saturday 8:00AM – 11:00AM
  • Where: Moon Valley Country Club Tennis Courts, 151 W. Moon Valley Drive, Phoenix
  • Fee: $5.00 per day

* No Reservations Required!
* Balls will be provided. Please bring your own paddle.
* (Limited paddles available to borrow)

NOTE – It is my understanding that currently there are four courts with more to be added in the future.


—————————–

Coordinated by Bill and Nedra Marshall.
Please email billmarshall1010@yahoo.com with any questions.

 

********** Family Life Center **********
New Fee and Schedule Change

The Family Life Center has recently upgraded their pickleball nets and now all courts have prime nets to assure regulation height for the games.

The new yearly fee for pickleball will be $60. Players can elect to pay $35 for a six-month membership.

ALSO … Friday play from 1:00-3:00PM is now included as part of the pickleball membership.

Thanks to all those who contributed toward the new nets, Stefano for helping to acquire them, and Jackie Switzer who has fostered an excellent pickleball program for N. Phoenix players!

 


********** A Myth Related to the 3rd Shot Drop **********
OR Stop trying to make the third shot drop “too good!”

Many players have been led to believe that a good drop shot is the premiere shot in pickleball and indeed it is a very effective play. A following thought is often that the drop should land as close to the opponent’s side of the net as possible. Mark Renneson of Third Shot Sports (coincidental name vis-à-vis this video) demonstrates how this belief is not accurate and he provides empirical proof.

Perhaps trying to make that drop shot “too good” is causing you to hit the ball into the net more often.

Watch the video to see what makes a drop shot effective.

 

 

********** Archived Versions of Previous Newsletters **********

 

Previous newsletters that may have pickleball hints, videos, rules changes, etc. are now archived at the following link. You can check out previous newsletters there.
Archived N. Phoenix PB Previous Newsletters


********** Support your Sport – Join the USAPA $20 for 1 Year **********

 

 
Join the USAPA – Click HERE for More Information

 

Join the USAPA

Picture Courtesy of Pickleball Magazine and the USAPA

 


********** That’s All for Now **********

 
I hope to see you on the courts!


Regards,

Jeff Ross