I guess this earlier message got caught up in the holiday traffic. We need to know your availability for the two January matches mentioned below. Please reply below if you haven’t already.
The schedule out for the Inter-Club Pickleball League’s second season, with fifteen teams competing. In January, Indian Ridge has two matches to play. The first is scheduled with the Trilogy Club of La Quinta at Indian Ridge on Saturday, January 14, at 10am.The second is with the Trilogy Polo Club (TPC) of Indio on a date/time yet to be determined; we had invited them for the Saturday morning of January 21. Unfortunately, we didn’t realize there’s a tennis inter-club that day at the Club, so we tried other dates with the TPC captain, but none worked. So, please let us know in a “Reply” below if you are available for the Saturday, January 14, match and also if you would be available if we have to schedule the TPC match here on Saturday, January 21.
How about some pickleball this weekend, now that it appears it’ll be clear Sunday morning. Oh yeah, that’s New Years Day, but it’s important for your health and happiness to get out and do some “pickle.” The courts will be ready at 10am each day, so no excuses (we know a number members are coming, so there’ll be action). Today, New Year’s Eve, we had several courts going.
If you need some encouragement, check this video of youngsters playing at the Nationals last fall. They move so well with their happy feet and seemingly carefree play. Ah, to be young again!
I’ve a brother who runs the Del Rey Beach (Florida) Pickleball Forum. Much of its content is of local interest only. But now and then, he posts something that rings true for pickleballers, wherever they play. Here’s one:
“ANY OF THIS SOUND FAMILIAR?
Rather than Letterman’s Top 10, here are Pickleball’s Top 10 Reasons you will LOSE more Pickleball games than you win.
10. Take TOO MANY sharp angle shots rather than high percentage shots down the middle of the court that bounces between your opponents.
9. Hit the ball TOO FAST for good placement, and do NOT give yourself enough leeway for error.
8. Do NOT play up to the No Volley Zone line.
7. Do NOT keep the ball at your opponents feet as much as possible.
6. Get upset with your Excellent Pickleball partner who has SUCCESSFULLY jumped in front of you to win the point!
5. Take away your PARTNER’S easy forehand shots, with your weaker backhand shots.
4. When your opponent hits a very difficult FAST shot at you, try and hit a low percentage sharp angled shot for a winner rather than a DEFENSIVE shot.
3. HELP your opponents by keeping their OUT balls in play.
2. FREQUENTLY miss your return of serve.
AND THE NUMBER ONE REASON YOU WILL LOSE MORE PICKLEBALL GAMES THAN YOU WIN……… FREQUENTLY miss your serve!!!!!!”
Now for something positive, like a survey. We’re thinking of having a “Grand Opening” party, some time in January or early February, on the four newly-finished premier courts. We’ve been in communication with our former Tennis Pro, Marcin Rozpedski, about the possibility of a clinic and/or exhibition (he’s now the ranking national gold medalist in the pro pickleball ranks and Sports Director at The Lakes CC, next door). So, what do you think of this idea and would you want to contribute, say, $30 or $50 to participate in a clinic led by the country’s best pickleballer? Also, what do you think about having this on a Saturday or Sunday morning, when he’s available and the new courts are at their best for play? Finally, what do you think of having Morgan Evans, another national champ join Marcin in an exhibition, before or after the clinic? PLEASE GIVE US YOUR THOUGHTS IN THE “Reply” BOX BELOW.
Lastly, come on down to the courts for some play this Wednesday or Friday from 2-4pm, and Saturday or Sunday from 10am-noon.
We’ve learned about dealing with the hard hitters. It involves developing a “soft hands” capability. Here’s a really good Quick Tip video on the subject. After watching it, you’ll want to try it out ASAP. They’ll be a chance at Organized Play times this Saturday and Sunday at 10am*. See you there.
Hey, We all suspected that our former Club pro Marcin Rozpedski, now at The Lakes and a top national pickleball champ, would soon get more competition as younger (sorry Marcin) tennis pros take up the game. Well, here’s some evidence in the video below that its beginning to happen. Have a look.
Caught in “no man’s land” and struggling to get to the net, and you’re getting blasted by some hard hitter, sooo what do you do (besides ducking)? Well, here’s a video by a top player, Scott Moore, about taking the speed off the incoming ball and getting to the net without bruises.
And after viewing, think about coming to the new courts this weekend (Saturday and/or Sunday morning at 10-12pm) and trying this new technique out. The new courts are playing very well in the morning, with nice sun and wind protection. See you there.
Oh, and let us know below if/when you’ll be there this weekend. Thanks.