Pickleball News – 20210301 – Archived Version

Latest N. Phoenix Pickleball News – March 1, 2021


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Hello North Phoenix Pickleball Players:

This has been a quiet year for pickleball in the valley and quite a year in general. Now that the COVID vaccines are rolling out in a more steady fashion (with J&J’s one dose vaccine most likely to be distributed very soon), I am sure outdoor play will be picking up. For your safety and that of the other players, please keep the appropriate COVID mitigation techniques in mind if you venture back onto the courts!

I just wanted to bring some information to the attention of our group…

 



Desert Ridge (Phoenix) pickleball tournament
********** has highest purse in history **********
*For those who may have missed this!

“The Professional Pickleball Association (PPA) announced today a new partnership with the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa as the award-winning resort will host the top 100 pickleball players in North America during the PPA’s Foot Solutions Grand Slam (previously the Mesa Grand Slam) Feb. 16-21. With an exciting winning purse of $70,000, the tournament features the largest prize money payout in Arizona history and promises to be an unforgettable experience for pickleball enthusiasts.”

Read the rest of the article on the web at this link:

VIDEO – 9+ hours of championship pickleball play from the Desert Ridge Tournament. I am still working my way through the video below.

NOTE: The video starts with about twenty seconds of a dark screen, but it does begin soon thereafter.

 


New PB Serve Offers
********** New Opportunities **********

Jordan Briones of Prime Time Pickleball provides some clarifications and variations associated with the new drop serve. For those who are seeking new approaches to their serve, this might provide some interesting ideas.

 


 
Changes Regarding
********** USA Pickleball Tournament Player Ratings **********


If you are involved in tournament play, there have been some recent changes to the way UTPR (USA Pickleball Tournament Player Ratings) points are earned. You can check out the details via this PDF at the USA Pickleball site:

UTPR DETAILS

To read about the sanctioning of tournaments in depth and the differences between Standard and Medal Match Plus (MMP), visit this link at the USA Pickleball website:

Tournament Sanctioning

 



********* Legacy Sports Complex and the Victorium **********


Regular readers of this newsletter are aware of the Legacy Sports Arena that I wrote about several times. I am sorry to report that the project has been put on hold as lenders are pulling back during the pandemic to limit their risks.

According Bob Eaton, managing general partner, the project is fifty percent completed with approximately seven months more of work. It is hopeful that the new businesses moving into the area will be seeking hotel accommodations which the complex can potentially provide and perhaps this will encourage a new group of lenders to come forward.

The Victorium sports arena continues to offer pickleball activities. To check out the schedule of tournaments, clinics, classes, etc. visit their website:

VICTORIUM Pickleball Spring Happenings

Scroll down to read their health and safety guidelines.

 

 

********** 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 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 – 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.

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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 – 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!

 

 

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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 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 – 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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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 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.

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********** 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

**********

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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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 **********

 

 
Join the USAPA – Click HERE for More Information

 

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Picture Courtesy of Pickleball Magazine and the USAPA

 


********** 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.
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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

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

 

I hope to see you on the courts!


Regards,

Jeff Ross



Pickleball News – 20200210 – Archived Version

Archived Version of a Previous Newsletter

 

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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. ***

 

 
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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

 

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

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

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

 

I hope to see you on the courts!


Regards,

Jeff Ross