The last blog post you received discussed the request of the Club for sanitizer dispensers at the pickleball courts and had a video explaining the BYO ball idea. We’ve since learned the Club’s position on court-side dispensers is that players should take personal responsibility for their sanitary needs as done with tennis, golf, etc. (so don’t expect dispensers provided at court-side).
Regarding the “BYO ball” idea, which would have each player use their own ball (the same brand for all four players) when it’s their turn to serve, has its challenge: returning the ball to that server when it’s out of play, in such a way that no other player touches the ball. One possible routine for doing this is to flip the ball up between foot and paddle, bounce it , and then hit it back to the server (like we use to do in tennis); upon testing it with a pickleball, it was fun but too difficult to do smoothly. But what should work readily is to merely hit the ball on a roll back to the server’s side. This was easy to do if the net bottom is raised about three inches.
So, starting with the Open Play time today at 4pm, we’ll have a couple of courts with net bottoms raised. And hopefully there will be some players willing to test this anti-Corona-infection practice. See you at the courts.