Pickleball Fun is Never Having to Say You’re Sorry


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The other day I was on the Pickleball court and the match was going along well for our team when it suddenly took a turn and we lost a large lead. At that point, my partner missed a shot off of a great return. He looked at me and said: “I should have gotten that.”

Well, maybe yes and maybe no. There are times when the opposing team makes a very good or excellent shot and it proves to be a winner. On those occasions, I just admit to myself that they did best and won the point. Should I/we “have gotten that shot?”

Nobody wins all the points in a Pickleball match (at least not often). It is that Michael Jordan quote in action:

I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. - Michael Jordan
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Even someone as great as Michael Jordan doesn’t make every shot or win every point. There are some times when you just can’t “get that shot” because it is too good.

When I play with someone and they miss a shot, I don’t expect them to say “sorry.” I don’t get agitated or upset. There is no sorry. I understand they are doing the best they can and I accept that a missed shot is a missed shot and let’s move on. I miss my share, and some would say more than my share, of shots too.

In our Pickleball group, I would guess that about 10% of the people are out there just to have fun and get exercise; win or lose. Another 80% are very competitive and want to win as many matches as they can and they put a lot of effort into the game. Perhaps the last 10% are ultra competitive and exert the most effort to win every point and take each point very seriously.

Of course we all like to win, but the best athletes in the world no matter what their sport, can’t win all of the time.

For me, and I believe many others, the enjoyment of playing Pickleball is when you never have to say you’re sorry. What do you think?

4 thoughts on “Pickleball Fun is Never Having to Say You’re Sorry

  • April 24, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    I do try to win every point, but at the end of the session I could not tell you how many games I won or loss. The ones I do remember if I won, are the ones that are very close, evenly matched games that last a very long time with long rallies. Also if our team comes back from a big deficit and wins. I have noticed quite often, when a fabulous play and/or a long rally changes the momentum of the game and that team racks up a lot of points.

    • October 16, 2021 at 11:42 am

      Thank you for the notes on “sorry”!
      I do it but try not to but for the newbie players that apologize for every missed shot I just say to them, there is no “sorry” in pickleball!
      The game is too much fun!

      • October 16, 2021 at 4:28 pm


        Thanks for stopping by. I have taught pickleball basics to dozens of people. I am not an expert and probably only a 3.5 player on most days. The most fun I have is showing “newbies” how much FUN the sport can be as long as they are playing with others that are more or less at their same skill level or who are willing to adapt to a “lower” skill level in the name of sportsmanship.

        For non-competitive play, pickleball (in the end) is still just a game. We all make mistakes. That’s the nature of sport, but there is no need to apologize. I don’t think there are many players who WANT to make mistakes. They are mostly all “accidents” or not-well executed.

        Vanessa Williams doesn’t win every point either!

  • April 25, 2015 at 6:03 am

    Yes, those long rallies and close games, especially those my team wins, are most memorable. I still remember a 15-13 victory weeks after it took place!


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