Pickleball News – 20190116 – Archived Version


January 16, 2019

 

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This is an archived version of a previously issued pickleball newsletter.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


January 16, 2019

 
Hello Phoenix Area Players:

I just want to touch base with those on the email list about a few items.

**Community Centers Closed on 1/21/19 – Martin Luther King Day **

Normal schedule will resume on Tuesday, 1/22!

 

********** Meeting w/USAPA SW Regional Director **********

Larry Lite, USAPA Southwest Regional Director, will be meeting with the North Central Arizona Ambassadors on February 1, 2019, to provide an update on the various programs being offered by the USAPA. He will go over his goals for the region, an update on the Ambassador program and a discussion about issues and concerns amongst our ambassadors. There will be opportunities for ambassadors to share their questions and ideas as well.

I will keep you posted regarding pertinent information!

 

********** Calling the Ball In or Out **********

Over the last several weeks I have heard some players make line calls by saying: “I think the ball was out!” We can probably all agree that on some courts the lines are difficult to read and calling balls correctly may be a bit tricky at times, but let’s examine the sentence above.

It seems to imply that there is some doubt as to whether the ball was “in” or “out!” In such an instance, we can look to the official rulebook to learn how to deal with this situation.

Here is what the rulebook states:

“6.D.3. The opponent gets the benefit of the doubt on line calls made. Any ball that cannot be called “out” will be considered “in.” A player cannot claim a “let” because the ball was not seen or there is uncertainty. A player may appeal to the referee to make the call if he or she did not clearly see the ball land. If the referee is unable to make the call, the ball is “in.” [ USAPA & IFP Official Tournament Rulebook, p. 31 ]

The remedy to “thinking” the ball was out, in my opinion, lies in the first sentence, i.e. the benefit of the doubt goes to the opponent. Secondly, “Any ball that cannot be called ‘out’ will be considered ‘in’.” Careful reading of that sentence seems to imply that if the ball cannot definitively be called “out” it is considered to be “in.”

When playing recreational pickleball, we should always be in a position to give the opponents the benefit of the doubt. After all, isn’t that what sportsmanship is?

 

********** Balls Coming on the Court **********

In a recent post on my website, Pickleball – Let’s Talk Etiquette, I included the above section and I also addressed the issue of pickleballs from other games coming on to the court. This can be dangerous at worst and often frustrating at best! If you are interested in that subject, you can read the post [if you read the item above, skip to the second part at the link below]:

Let’s Talk Etiquette

 

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

So, you think you have had some long rallies? How about a 68 shot rally at the Las Vegas Pickleball Open.

 

 

********** 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


********** Winter Session Pickleball Lessons at PVCC **********

 

The next round of Introductory and Beginner Pickleball Lessons at Paradise Valley Community Center are now online and they are filling up fast. If you know someone who would like to learn about our sport, they can check out the offerings HERE.


********** 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 – 20181227– Archived Version


December 27, 2018

 

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!

Hello Phoenix Area Players:

I hope everyone had a joyous holiday celebration and that you are looking forward to more of the same to begin the new year. I didn’t want our players to miss out on an opportunity so I am passing along this interesting information. I just received this information so if it is a bit late, I apologize!




********** 2019 World Team Pickleball Championships **********

You may remember that a while back I wrote about the World Team Championships coming to our general area. Well, it is happening. They are hosting three days of tournament play in Surprise, AZ at the Surprise Pickleball Courts, W. Tierra Buena Lane, Surprise, AZ 85374.

According to the information I received, “NO TEAM IS EVER ELIMINATED! Teams will accumulate court wins, game wins, and total points to determine the overall winner!”

Here are the Details

Event & Divisions:

Mixed Team Event: 2 Men & 2 Women

Skill Levels: 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, 5.0

*Players must all play at the level of the highest skilled player on the team.

Age Brackets: 18+, 50+, 60+, 70+

*Brackets may be combined to complete the division.

Tournament Ball: Dura Fast 40


TEAM FORMAT:

Each team will consist of 4 players (2 men and 2 women).

Each team may carry 2 more players for substitutions* each round of play.

6 players maximum for each team.

Day 1 = Mixed Doubles (2 courts of mixed doubles played at the same time/Round)

Day 2 = Men’s Doubles and Women’s Doubles (played at the same time/Round)

Day 3 = Mixed Doubles (2 courts of mixed doubles played at the same time/Round)

FORMAT OF PLAY:

Round Robin or Pool Play will be determined by the number of teams entered in your division.

Every team is guaranteed a minimum of 9 matches over the weekend!

*Player Substitutions: Each Round a Team Captain may substitute 1 player during a match.

For example: Kimi and Peter are playing Mixed Doubles against Orlie and Ashley. Kimi is not playing well or gets a cramp (yikes). Team Captain Carol can substitute Donna in for Kimi, but no other substitutions can be made for any of Carol’s players during that remainder of that Round.

WTP Championship Registration:

The 2019 World Team Pickleball Championships is scheduled for February 1-3, 2019 in Surprise, Arizona on the Surprise Pickleball Courts.

Registration Fee: $85.00 per player for all 3 days

No refunds after December 31, 2018

Every player will receive a WTP Swag Bag at registration!

Registration Process: All players will register on R2Sports.

Click the registration button at the top of this page.*** [ See link below! – Jeff]

Team Captains should register first, as the rest of the team will select the captain or team name to register under.

Registration closes January 25, 2019

Last date to cancel is December 31, 2018

QUESTIONS? Contact Kim Waddell at WorldTeamPickleball@gmail.com

Register at this link: https://www.worldteampickleball.com/register-wtp-events/2019/1/4/wtp-sectional-tournament-arizona-tbd

NOTE – I am still in need of a couple of previously owned, but still usable paddles for beginner classes at the community centers. Kindly keep that in mind as well! – Jeff

 

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

 

This is related to the idea I mentioned in a previous newsletter, i.e. having a plan. When you return the ball, do you try to return it to a particular spot. Better players are able to hit a target spot whether it be the opponent’s forehand or down the middle.

The video below gives some good pointers, especially about the return of serve. This one tip may help you improve your game even if you need to make adjustments in the course of a game.

Improve Your Accuracy – Something Most Players Don’t Do<>/strong>

 

********** 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


********** Winter Session Pickleball Lessons at PVCC **********

 

The next round of Introductory and Beginner Pickleball Lessons at Paradise Valley Community Center are now online and they are filling up fast. If you know someone who would like to learn about our sport, they can check out the offerings HERE.


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

 
Stay well and I hope to see you on the courts!


Regards,

Jeff Ross



Pickleball News – 20181203– Archived Version


Archived Phoenix Pickleball News
December 3, 2018

 

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!

Hello Phoenix Area Players:

********** Battle of the Paddle IV At Pecos Park **********

If you would like to see how a pickleball tournament is conducted or just have fun watching the competition, here is your chance. The following message was sent by Steve Manolis via the Phoenix Area Pickleball mailing list.

This Thursday through Saturday come on out to Pecos Park as we start our first full scale local tournament. All levels are signed up to play. We will have a food truck, vendors, raffle items and practice courts open.

We are also accepting paddle donations for schools and students.

Sunday, December 9th is kids day, we will have prizes, coaching, contest and games for kids and adults…free to attend, no registration to play on Sunday.

Try paddles from various vendors.

All registration fees and donations go back to the schools and community.

To see more please come or visit us at PhoenixPickleball.com

Pecos Park is located at 17010 S 48th Street, just west of I-10 and south of Chandler Blvd.

See you there.

Steve Manolis, Pickleball Teaching Pro

www.PhoenixPickleball.com

NOTE – I am still in need of a couple of previously owned, but still useable paddles for beginner classes at the community centers. Kindly keep that in mind as well! – Jeff

 

********** Avoid Long Waits Between Games **********

 

The indoor pickleball venues are crowded this time of the year. One way to avoid long waiting times between games is to arrive a bit later during the scheduled day. I understand that this is not possible for everyone, but you may have noticed that towards the end of the session, the crowds thin out. Last week a group was playing almost nonstop during the last hour at one of the community centers.


********** From Intermediate To Advanced **********

How to Move from 3.5-4.0
By Mark Renneson

What does it take to move from being an intermediate player to an advanced one? Well, there isn’t a magic bullet but there are a few things that I’ve noticed have made the difference. Here’s a short list of what I think separates the two levels.

Be More Consistent. Higher level players don’t really hit fundamentally different shots than their less-skilled counterparts. But what they do is hit quality shots more often. While a 3.5 might be able to hit a deep return 5 out of ten times, the 4.0 can do it 7. The difference is often not much more than having a clear intention.

On a related note, if you miss many “easy balls” you’re going to have a tough time advancing a level. Standard volleys, dinks, serves and returns should be near 100% success. Missing them should be a surprise.

Finish Points. Strong players are good at ending points when they have the chance. Whether it is identifying angles, finding a gap or using speed effectively, strong players capitalize on opportunities.

Have a Plan. Intermediate players often look (and feel) like they are just ‘trying to survive’ on the court. Advanced players have clear plans. When you are under fire pinned at the baseline, for example, a good plan would be to calmly play a drop that forces an upward hit from the other team. 4.0s try to do this. Most 3.5s just hit the ball back hard (or lob).

The above article is courtesy of Third Shot Sports

 

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

 

Hitting a Worthy Groundstroke

When I teach pickleball to beginners, I emphasize the ideal groundstroke position, i.e. shoulders perpendicular to the net when possible. Of course if you are running hither and yon trying to get to an angled shot, etc. all bets are off.

Here is a video explaining a technique for the groundstroke.

 

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

 

Mary Travis, USAPA Ambassador at Large, suggested that the “old” or previous newsletters be made available in some form now that they are web-based so that they can be reviewed in the future for pertinent content.

That is a good idea (Thank you Mary!) since there are often pickleball hints, videos, rules changes, etc. From this point on, you can review previous web-based emails at this link:

Archived N. Phoenix PB Previous Newsletters


********** Winter Session Pickleball Lessons at PVCC **********

 

The next round of Introductory and Beginner Pickleball Lessons at Paradise Valley Community Center are now online and they are filling up fast. If you know someone who would like to learn about our sport, they can check out the offerings HERE.


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

 
Stay well and I hope to see you on the courts!


Regards,

Jeff Ross



Pickleball News – 20181103– Archived Version


Catch the latest N. Phoenix Pickleball News
November 3, 2018

 

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!

Hello Phoenix Area Players:


********** City of Phoenix Vendors **********

I have been asked to circulate the message below for those who would like to work in City of Phoenix facilities coaching, selling or teaching. If you don’t have any interest in these opportunities feel free to skip to the next section.

The following information is for becoming a vendor with the City of Phoenix to provide classes or supplies with the Parks and Recreation Department.

Currently the City’s process requires potential vendors to register with the City using a two-step process. Step one, which can be done immediately, enables you to acquire your official City of Phoenix vendor number and be placed on a Qualified Vendor notification list. You will be notified by e-mail when to complete Step two. This process will require you to submit your qualifications with the Parks and Recreation Department to be eligible for the Qualified Vendor List (QVL). This second “QVL” process is only opened twice a year, in late fall and mid spring and again, you will be sent an e-mail notifying you that the list is open. Please click the attached link for further information.

https://www.phoenix.gov/parkssite/Pages/become-a-program-instructor.aspx

Thank you,

John-Mark Shea, Recreation Coordinator II
John.Mark.Shea@phoenix.gov
City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation
Pecos Community Center
Office: 602-534-5252

 

 

********** Sunnyslope Community Center Sign Up **********

NOTE – This effort is not a part of, or endorsed or sponsored by the City of Phoenix/Parks and Recreation Department. This is an independent attempt to facilitate pickleball play at Sunnyslope CC.

In an effort to support and facilitate pickleball at Sunnyslope as other venues are becoming more crowded, I have created a SignUp Genius page. By using SignUp Genius to indicate that you will be playing at Sunnyslope on a particular day, others will know if there will be enough attendees to have a robust and enjoyable day of pickleball.

If you are interested, please read the description and instructions at this link:

Sunnyslope SignUp Genius

For those interested in playing at Sunnyslope CC, you can get started by scrolling down to the calendar at the link above and click on a date. Enter your information including your email and click Submit and Sign Up. YOU DON’T NEED TO HAVE AN ACCOUNT although it is handy. If you run into difficulty, I will try to assist for the first few weeks until the system becomes familiar to those using it – email me.

PS – Low attendance is good for more court time for beginners, those who want extended practice or teaching!

 


********** Reminder Week of Thanksgiving **********

 
November 21 is a regular day for community centers. City holiday closures for Thanksgiving – 11/22 & 11/23

 

********** End of an Era – Onix Pure 2 Orange Pickleball **********

 
The Bad News

In my effort to purchase replacement Onix Pure 2 Orange Indoor Pickleballs for use at Paradaise Valley CC, I learned that these pickleballs are being discontinued. Many people enjoyed playing with this particular ball because it had a nice bounce, responded well to the paddle and it was very durable.



If you enjoy the Onix Pure 2 and would like to prolong the inevitable you can try to purchase some while supplies last.

There will continue to be a Pure 2 pickleball, but it is designed for outdoor use.

The Good News

Onix is producing a new version of the Orange indoor pickleball which is called the “Fuse.” It is my understanding that the Fuse will also be manufactured in yellow. Communications with other PB ambassadors indicate that the new Fuse does react a bit differently during play, but is very similar. One drawback has been that the ball does not hold up to play as long as the Pure 2 did.

Also on the plus side, the new Onix Fuse Indoor balls have been USAPA Approved for tournaments and I always enjoy playing with sanctioned equipment. [It seemed to me that the Fuse is closer to the color of the original Pure 2 than the pictures indicate.]



Notice that the Fuse does not have a dark imprint of the word ONIX (as of this date) and the FUSE will have USAPA Approved in black ink.

 

********** Halloween Pickles Came to Play **********

 
There were a number of players who were at PVCC on 10/31 and they were in the Halloween Spirit. Can you tell which one of these Pickle-ball-players was the dill pickle and which one was the sweet pickle?



 

********** WORLD TEAM PICKLEBALL LEAGUES COMING SOON **********

 
Interclub pickleball leagues may be starting in our area soon. Please check www.worldteampickleball.com to learn about their activities. I have been contacted by people who are trying to organize local leagues starting during the winter of 2019. I will share details as they become available to me. I just wanted our players to have a “heads up.”

 

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

 
In a recent Internet article Sarah Ansboury, Professional Pickleball Player and Coach makes a very bold statement:

“…today I actually am going to suggest something that will instantly improve your game.”

The issue around which she bases this advice is related to the question – “Does your team have a plan (strategy) for the return of serve and perhaps the third shot?”

She challenges us to do more than just try to get the ball back over the net, and to return it to a player or place on the court to support a strategy. If this is currently beyond your skill level or interest, don’t worry. It is still an interesting read and offers something to which we can all aspire.

You can read MAKE THESE PICKLEBALL DECISIONS BEFORE EVERY POINT by clicking the link/title.

PS – Even during non-competitive club play, it is a positive thing to have a plan before the ball comes at you!

 


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

 
Stay well and I hope to see you on the courts!


Regards,

Jeff Ross



Pickleball News – 20182618 – Archived

Archived Version – N. PHX PB News – October 26, 2018

This is an archived version of a previously issued pickleball newsletter. The most current N. Phoenix Newsletter is available at this link: – Catch the latest N. Phoenix Pickleball News

Hello Phoenix Area Players:

All seems to be going well at our pickleball venues so I just want to check in and bring a couple of items to your attention.


********** Paradise Valley CC **********

It has been suggested that perhaps players might want to show their Halloween Spirit by dressing in costume on Wednesday, October 31. No pressure here, but it might be fun if this is in your comfort zone. Keep in mind that you don’t have to play in the costume once everyone has seen you.



The upcoming league

It is my understanding that the Pickleball League – Seniors 55 + is similar to past tournaments and each individual will amass points while playing with other players. There are no set teams.

If you are interested, use the link below to sign up – NOTE: There is a fee! If you have questions please call PVCC – 602-495-3777

https://apm.activecommunities.com/phoenix/Activity_Search/pickleball-league-seniors-55/27167

 
Pickleball Purchase

We are in the process of purchasing additional Onix Pure 2 Orange Pickleballs. If you enjoy playing with this particular pickleball, please consider donating one dollar to help keep these in supply. I will be collecting money over the next week or two. Thank you to those who have already contributed!


********** Sunnyslope Community Center *********

Are you having difficulty getting enough court time? Do you know three other pickleballers who would like to play as much as they can? I understand that Sunnyslope CC has had light attendance to-date, but this is likely to change as our seasonal residents arrive.

If you want to take advantage of having lots of available court time, check out Sunnyslope Community Center for lots of play. You can bring a bucket of balls and practice serves, slams, etc.

The schedule, as always, is published on my website – https://jbrish.com/pickleball/ SCROLL DOWN to see the current, pinkish Phoenix Community Center Schedule.


********** A USAPA NVZ Rules Question *********

Pickleball — You Make the Call — NVZ Partner Grab



The Scenario:

You and your partner are involved in a multi-shot exchange at the non-volley zone with the other team. After a couple of back-and-forths a ball is hit to your partner and they volley it. In the act of the volley your partner begins to "teeter" toward the NVZ and it becomes apparent he/she is going to step into the NVZ.

NOTE: According to USAPA rules, it would be a fault if a player's momentum forces them to step into the NVZ after a successful volley.

The Answer according to USAPA Rules:

It would be "legal" for a player to grab or pull their partner to prevent them from entering the NVZ and avoid causing a fault AS LONG AS the partner doing the grabbing is not themselves in violation of the NVZ rule, i.e. remains outside the NVZ during the maneuver.


********** Tournament Player Ratings Update *********

The USAPA has worked hard to develop an effective ratings system for players. This is an important process that will allow players to have a realistic assessment of their skills in relationship to others who play in tournaments. As expected, this is an ongoing process which seeks to improve the ratings system over time.

If you are interested in learning more about Tournament Player Ratings, you can check out this link: https://youtu.be/feaFMDnj-Rg

 
********** Dear Established Players – Thank You! *********


Thank you to all established pickleball players who play with our beginners. I have taught a number of introduction to PB sessions lately and naturally the participants are hesitant to show up for daily play because they don’t know how it works or they are concerned they lack the necessary skills.

Beginners need to play and learn and everyone who agrees to play a couple of games with them is giving them a gift of time, patience and learning. We were all beginners once so thank you for caring to share your encouragement and talents with others.

PS – I am still collecting non-wooden paddles that are seeking a new home and/or are no longer in use.


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

Easily Add Extra Points to Your Score



Would you like an easy way to gain an advantage during competitive play? Would you enjoy adding an extra point or two to your team’s score with little effort? Learn how to avoid hitting an “out” ball and giving the other team another chance.

This is an easy technique to learn and once you watch this video, it will become much easier. Don’t hit an out ball and give the other team another shot!

Below is the link to one of my recent blog posts with the video by pickleball coach, Joe Baker. He explains the strategy and the physics (don’t worry it is simple) behind his approach.

https://jbrish.com/pickleball-video-avoid-hitting-balls/

Do yourself a favor and spend ten minutes watching this important video!


********** That’s All For Now *********

I hope you are all doing well as we enter the beginning of the holiday season. It is wonderful to see our friends from out of town returning to our courts.

Stay well and I hope to see you on the courts!


Regards,

Jeff Ross



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