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Times Change – For Better, or Worse?

  For a very long time, since its first days in the ’60s, pickleball didn’t take itself too seriously, and neither did we players. Other than following the USAPA rules as created in 1984 , few players insisted we do any one thing the “right” way. There was lots of room for experimentation and adaption, […]

Tournament Problem, good etiquette, good friends

Another Tournament Problem Solved? Or not?

The biggest little problem in running a tournament, solved! (Or….is it?) When you think about running a pickleball tournament, there are, of course, many positives. Camraderie? Competition? Raising money for yer club? Working with friends towards a common goal? Big fun-n-the-sun? Check, check, and more check. Your thinking is correct – all good! Unfortunately, if […]

pickleball tour

Big News about A Tiny Pickleball Tour!

A few years ago it seemed people outside of Washington, Arizona or Florida couldn’t spell Pikclbhal, (couldn’t resist…sorry!), and now Pickleball is everywhere, and supporting it is this altogether amazing growth industry. Proof? You know for a fact that your sport has arrived when folks start doing tours and promoting tourism around it, right? And […]

USAPA

We Need the USAPA

Last we checked, the USAPA is one of the only major-sport associations to be run essentially by an all-volunteer staff. While this has changed slightly over the last couple of years with the addition of a paid Executive Director (Justin Maloof), everyone from the President (David Jordan) down is a virtually full-time volunteer working tirelessly […]

Round Robins

Best Organized Play? Round Robins! – Best Opportunity

We believe that Round Robins offer the best opportunity for any pickleball group or club to provide competitive and yet still social play to the largest number of people. They are fair, easy to organize and run, and encourage folks to continuously play with and against new people. If you don’t know what a Round […]

Pickleball Club, pickle court

The Perfect Pickleball Club? – Pickleball Court?

While perfection is largely unattainable in just about anything, you can, at least, create a perfect model for what you want to accomplish. Each pickleball club’s “perfect model” depends on the needs of its membership – a club without enough courts focuses there first, a larger, city-wide club uses different tools to communication effectively with […]

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