Pickleball News – 20220801– Archived Version

Latest N. Phoenix Pickleball News – August 1, 2022


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Latest N. Phoenix Pickleball News – August 1, 2022

Hello N. Phoenix Pickleball Players and Friends:

I just received the latest City of Phoenix Pickleball Schedule which you can download at the link below!



***** City of Phoenix Fall Schedule *****
August – December 20222


Download the Fall Schedule HERE


********** Two Excellent PB Points **********



Pickleball – What a point – Ladies

 

 

Pickleball – What a point – Men

 

 



Why Your Grip In Pickleball
********** Might Be Holding You Back **********

 

Strategic Retreating to
********** Get Back into the Point **********

 


Notes:

  • Get Low and Keep your paddle low
  • If the ball is chest-high when you are in the back quarter of the court, it is likely to go out
  • Why backhand may be better
  • Two-handed block provides more stability
  • Watch the height of your return shot


********** Pickleball Odds ‘N Ends **********

Can Pickleball Save America? – From the New Yorker

July Issue of Pickleball Fire Magazine

 


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

 

Stay Well and Play Safely!


Regards,

Jeff Ross
N. Phoenix Pickleball Enthusiast

Pickleball News – 20220513– Archived Version

Latest N. Phoenix Pickleball News – May 13, 2022


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Hello N. Phoenix Pickleball Players:

Just a few things to share with members of our group.

 



***** City of Scottsdale *****
2 UPCOMING MEETINGS of PARKS & RECREATION DEPARTMENT

See the flyer linked below for the Scottsdale Dept. of Parks and Recreation. The meeting of May 24th “will be more specific to pickleball” according to the notice.


Download the Flyer HERE

This would be a good opportunity to mention the temporary courts at Thompson Peak 1) to have lines painted with a more visible color and perhaps 2) resurface a couple of the courts that have flaws in the concrete.



***** Pickleball Fire Magazine *****

For those who can’t seem to get enough of pickleball, I have recently come across Pickleball Fire Magazine. You can read it online and there is currently a free subscription.

There appears to be less adds than other similar publications.

NOTE – I like the downloaded version best for ease of reading!

Here is the link if you are interested – https://pickleballfire.com/may-2022-pickleball-fire-magazine/



***** Watching Tournaments on YouTube *****

Due to COVID restrictions and being extra careful, many players have scaled back on the amount of pickleball they are playing. I have been able to take advantage of some of that time by watching pickleball on YouTube. There seems to be a good number of tournaments being streamed/recorded.

One of my recent favorites was the Apr 14, 2022 match between Catherine Parenteau and Riley Newman against Anna Leigh Waters and Ben Johns.

The players in this match are all outstanding and there are a number of points that are jaw-dropping.

 




***** A Dark Side of Pickleball *****
Midnite Match Glow In The Dark Pickleball

If you think it might be difficult to see the ball and call shots near the lines “in” or “out,” try playing pickleball in the dark with balls and court lines that glow. Some may find it easier!

I think this would be a “walk” on the wild side.

 




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

NOTE – I will try to track down the City of Phoenix Indoor Schedule for the summer and pass that along as soon as I can.

 


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

 


Stay Well and Play Safely!

Regards,

Jeff Ross
North Phoenix
Pickleball Enthusiast

Pickleball News – 20211012– Archived Version

Latest N. Phoenix Pickleball News – October 12, 2021


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Latest N. Phoenix Pickleball News – October 12, 2021

Hello N. Phoenix Pickleball Players and Friends:

Just a quick note about several pickleball-related news items in our area:

Time Sensitive Item – A new Ashler Hills Park is being planned at Ashler Hills Drive and 74th Way. Details can be found at this link: https://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/construction/project-list/ashler-hills-park

Pickleball Courts are part of the plan!

I received an email from Chris Cummings of Sonoran Pickleball and Recreation Centers, Inc. (SPARC) about the Community Park proposed for Ashler Hills. They are suggesting that PUBLIC COMMENT IS URGENTLY NEEDED!! The public comment period is open until OCTOBER 21, 2021.

I like to encourage everyone to help expand pickleball opportunities whenever/wherever possible so more people can enjoy and benefit from our wonderful sport. If you play in-and-around the Ashler Hills area and would like to express your ideas, please read the attached PDF by clicking THIS LINK.

NOTE – I am sending this to our group so that everyone on the list can reman informed about relevant pickleball happenings in the area. I am not associated with SPARC or the city of Scottsdale.


********** Electric Pickle **********
Entertainment Complex

Pickleball-themed Electric Pickle entertainment complex to debut in south Tempe. Projected Tempe opening: Late 2022.

Read More About it HERE!



********** For Those Who Have Read This Far **********
Jordan Briones Pickleball

Jordan Briones has moved from California to the Phoenix area. You may remember him from some the videos that I have shared through this website. For those looking for instruction, free advice or YouTube videos, here is the latest from Jordan…

New Website – Briones Pickleball

Jordan’s New Pickleball YouTube Channel – – – Jordan has more than 4,000 subscribers already. Perhaps you would like to add your name to that list!



********** For Beginners (+/-) **********
Keep Your Eye On the Ball!

One comment I hear repeatedly when working with new players to show them the mechanics of the sport is that they have difficulty keeping their eye on the ball. Vic Braden, well-respected tennis coach, once said (and I paraphrase here): “Keep your eye on the ball until you hit it. If you miss the ball, the point is over.”

Here is a video with some routines to help you develop the skill/habit of keeping your eye on the ball.





********** Want to Get More Practice **********
and More Shots? -> Skinny Singles

There are a variety of ways to play skinny singles. In this particular variation note that the serving player’s score determines which side of the court is the “in bounds” or the playing side.

Not every point is cross court. Some are straight ahead.

Here is the link – https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=980457382523378

Turn up the sound by clicking the little speaker on the right-hand.


********** Join USA Pickleball $35 for 1 Year **********

 


Support your Sport

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

 

Stay Well and Play Safely!


Regards,

Jeff Ross


Pickleball News – 20210803 – Archived Version

Latest N. Phoenix Pickleball News – August 3, 2021


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Latest N. Phoenix Pickleball News – August 3, 2021

Hello Everyone:

Here is some pickleball information which I hope you find informative!



UPDATE – August 4, 2021

I received an email from one of our member-players explaining that there may be an error on the schedule below. The information indicated that pickleball at Washington Activity Center is ONLY Wed. evenings from 6 to 8:30 and Sat mornings.


For those playing at WAC, I would suggest calling to verify times and dates to check.

Sorry for any inconvenience!


August – December 2021
Phoenix City Pickleball Schedule
********** Indoor and Outdoor Courts **********

The latest City of Phoenix pickleball schedule is linked below. This includes the indoor opportunities for the City of Phoenix Community Centers.

IMPORTANT NOTE – Masks are required at all times, in all city of phoenix buildings (masks are required even when on the court playing).

City of Phoenix Pickleball Schedule June-July 2021

Download the PDF version of the flyer HERE


National Championships
********** Vaccination Statement **********

The item below came to me when I was on the road and it is obviously late in getting to you. I think the important point is that the requirements mentioned below are likely to be in effect for quite some time as the coronavirus is once again on the increase.

If you are intending to play pickleball anywhere, bring a mask and be prepared to observe all safety precautions requested at the facilities of play. Pickleball players are generally a very courteous and friendly group. I know everyone respects the concerns of all those who want to remain safe and provide a safe environment for us to enjoy our sport.

Dated July 8, 2021

“Not surprisingly, we have been receiving a great deal of feedback, both positive and negative, about the requirement that all participants in this year’s National Championships be vaccinated to enter the Indian Wells Tennis Garden (IWTG). While many people have applauded the decision, others are troubled by it because they are not and will not get vaccinated. Accordingly, I would like to give you some background on the situation and respond to the statements, questions and suggestions we have seen on social media and received via email over the past 3 days.”

https://usapickleball.org/news/national-championships-vaccination-statement


The Best Cities to
********** Play Pickleball in the U.S. **********

On a lighter note, several of our pickleball colleagues forwarded this item to me. You might find some of the data surprising. [ HINT – If you just want the nitty-gritty, scroll down to the map! ]

https://www.coventrydirect.com/blog/best-pickleball-locations/


Interesting Pickleball Statistics
********** From USA Pickleball **********

According to usapickleball.org, more than 4 million Americans enjoy playing our sport. Here are some additional noteworthy numbers:*

  • 45,000 players are members of USA Pickleball
  • 2,000 Ambassadors are sponsored by the national organization
  • There are 8,000 known “Places2Play” throughout the country
  • Even during the Pandemic (or perhaps because of it) the number of players grew by 21 percent.

*via July/August issue of Pickleball Magazine (digital version free to all USA Pickleball members)


Status of the 2021
********** The Provisional Drop Serve **********

As the Chairman of the Board of USA Pickleball, Phil Mortenson, points out in the July/August issue of Pickleball Magazine (digital version free to all USA Pickleball members)…

“Throughout the years, the board of directors has maintained that delicate balance and, more importantly, intends to continue preserving pickleball so that it appeals to beginners, professionals, and all those in between. The Official Rules are carefully drafted and monitored so that finesse and strategy can prevail over power and speed.”

I understand that the drop serve provisional rule issued last year has its proponents and detractors. I am attaching an update (via screen capture) on the status of this new option for pickleballers.


status of the drop serve rule


*via July/August issue of Pickleball Magazine (digital version free to all USA Pickleball members)


Video – For Beginners And…

Pickleball Mistakes and
********** How to Avoid Them **********

* Are you using the best grip when holding your paddle?
* Split steps – when to use or not to use – Note how the player “works her way” to the net!
* Control the speed of the ball – short or long stroke
* Keep it simple; don’t try to do too much – Keep the return deep
* Not every ball can be attacked
* The better strategy is work your way to the net; don’t stay on the baseline




Mark Renneson explains a fine point

A return down the middle –
********** who returns that ball? **********

Scenario: The return of serve is hit down the middle of the court and now the serving team gets to decide who gets the third shot. How should this decision be made?



Want access to the entire free Pickleball strategy course? Check out this link!

Pickleball Strategy Course Hosted by Pro Player, Mark Renneson


********** Join the USAPA $35 for 1 Year **********

 


Support your Sport

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

 

Stay Well and Play Safely!


Regards,

Jeff Ross


Pickleball News – 20201218 – Archived Version

Latest N. Phoenix Pickleball News – December 18, 2020

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Hello N. Phoenix Pickleball Players:

Here is the latest news in the pickleball world about some upcoming rule changes!



********** Rule Changes for 2021 **********

The new year brings to our pickleball community a number of significant rule changes. Beyond the usual language clarifications and small tweaks etc., there are two rules which I believe are more significant than others.

  • 1. No more lets. A serve that hits the tape and lands in the correct service box is now live and must be played. I think you will find the reasons for the change interesting.
  •  

  • 2. Drop serves allowed. In addition to the standard serve sequence described in Rules 4.A.1 to 4.A.7, players may opt to use an alternate “drop serve” method.

To read the details and fine points behind these changes (as well as other revisions), download the rule change document and read the following pages:

Service Lets Removal— pp 11 – 14

Drop Serve Release— pp 24 – 26

Rules Change Document

 


Free Downloads Related to Official Pickleball Rules

2021 USA Pickleball/IFP Rulebook


NEW this year is the ALTERNATE RULEBOOK

This is how USA Pickleball explains the Alternate Rulebook:

The Alternate Rulebook, however, is an attempt to simplify how the rules are presented. The Alternate Rulebook can be used in any venue other than tournaments, without restriction. The Alternate Rulebook will enjoy the benefit of a one-year public comment period. User comments should be directed to alternaterulebook@usapickleball.org Here are some of the key features:

Similar/related rules grouped together in three major parts

Part I – Basic information and rules not applying to play
Part II – General rules applying to all play
Part III – Additional rules relating to tournament play

Faults listed with their related rules
Redundancies and duplication eliminated
Headings for every rule to aid navigation
Simpler, clearer language and consistent terminology
Non-volley zone rebranded as no-volley zone
Wheelchair rules integrated into general rules
Expanded index
Internal links for easy navigation online

We look forward to your comments on the Alternate Rulebook.

You can download the 2021 Alternate Rulebook

NOTE: This is the USA Pickleball/IFP Official Rules web page!

 

FOR THOSE WHO HAVE READ THIS FAR

********** Tips for Tournament Players **********

Of course it is usually a good idea to adhere to the official rules when playing pickleball and it is essential when you are thinking about tournaments. One issue some players have when entering their first tournament is that they are not really prepared. Being a contestant in a tournament is much different than recreational play.

With our focus on rule changes, I want to point to a post by Sarah Ansboury that provides some basic guidance for those entering a tournament for the first time (or perhaps second or third time as well). If you find this information valuable, you might want to subscribe to her website and/or YouTube channel.

 

Sarah Ansboury’s Blog has many videos and information of interest to pickleballers.

 

********** 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 **********

 

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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 – 20201124 – Archived Version


Latest N. Phoenix Pickleball News – November 24, 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.



So…You Want to Be a
********** Pickleball Referee **********


The Following information comes to us from Lynn & Linda Laymon via Larry “Bud” Lite – Southwest Regional Director.

In our capacity as regional Referee Training Coordinators we are trying to gauge interest for an online referee training course, primarily to support the Southwest Regional tournament, but also to increase the number of trained refs for all future tournaments.

The interactive course would utilize the USA Pickleball PowerPoint presentation in one or two sessions totaling 3 to 4 hours. We ask that, prior to the course, participants watch the Referee Quick Start video and read through the Rulebook and Referee Handbook, located in the Officiating section of the USA Pickleball website (https://usapickleball.org/get-involved/pickleball-officiating/).

In order to access the Zoom platform all that is required is a computer and Internet connection; the access code will be provided. The training would take place in January to encompass the newly revised rules. It will be free, but we would expect to elicit an agreement from participants that they would begin to practice their skills during recreational play and eventually at local tournaments, since we cannot meet in person for on-court training. We will also work with Certified refs in the region to connect participants with opportunities for supervised practice and skill assessment for a rating.

Could you please utilize your regional Ambassador organization to spread the word?

Anyone interested in referee training should contact us at laymonwalden@gmail.com

Once we have an idea of those interested we will set up a time and date.

Thanks,
Stay safe!

Lynn & Linda Laymon
USA Pickleball Southwest Region
Referee Training Coordinators

 


Free Pickleball Strategy Course
********** By Mark Renneson *********

Many of you know Mark Renneson of Third Shot Sports. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Mark, he is a premier pickleball coach and advocate. He also provides on-air commentary for some of our most prestigious tournaments. Mark has partnered with Selkirk Sports to develop a pickleball strategy course.

For some of our advanced PB friends, much of this may be repetitive. Like most sport-related skill development or learning however, we often tend to forget some of the subtle tips, tricks and suggestions discovered if they are not reinforced.

For those who have been away from pickleball for some time because of COVID-19 or other reasons, this may serve as a good refresher.

Here is what you can expect…

Receive a free Pickleball strategy video every day for 14 days:

  • Learn never before revealed strategies
  • Discover what pro players do differently
  • Elevate your technical skills to win more games

If you are interested, here is the link to sign up for the FREE PICKLEBALL STRATEGY COURSE.



PPA Mesa Grand Slam Qualifier
Feb. 18-21, 2021
********** $55K Prize Pool *********


– Grand Slam Filling Fast –

PPA event at Mesa Tennis Center in Mesa, AZ
Pro & Skill/Age events
Over 910 players already registered
Registration ends 2/21/21

Registration Information HERE:

Find other tournaments HERE AND click “Tournaments” on the top menu.

 


FOR THOSE WHO HAVE READ THIS FAR

How To Generate Effortless Power
********** On Your Pickleball Serve *********

Jordon Briones, of PrimeTime Pickleball, provides three tips that will help playaers generate more power on their pickleball serve which he claims has “devastating speed.”

Watch Below!

 

 

********** 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 **********

 

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

 

Stay Well and Play Safely!


Regards,

Jeff Ross



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.

 

 

********** 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 **********

 

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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
– The Washington Post allows a limited number of “free” views a month and then users need to subscribe to see more. If your allotment has been used, you will not be able to read the entire article, although you will get to see the picture and headline briefly before the nag screen shows! ALSO…I have had luck searching for the articles that have been picked up by other websites. As usual, YMMV!



********** 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.

 

 

********** 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 **********

 

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Join the USAPA – Click HERE for More Information!

 

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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

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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.”

NOTE – The NYT allows a limited number of “free” views a month and then users need to subscribe to see more. If your allotment has been used, you will not be able to read the entire article, although ou will get to see the picture and headline briefly before the nag screen shows!



USA PICKLEBALL STATEMENT ON THE CORONAVIRUS
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It is my understanding that this information will be updated as new pertinent information for the Pickleball community becomes available.


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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.

********** 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