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    Six Ways To Play Pickleball

    Six Ways To Play Pickleball


    Most people assume there are two ways to play Pickleball – Singles and Doubles (Duh) – but they would be wrong. Creative players have devised some other ways including the following:

    Diagonal Singles: Sometimes 2 players would rather not have to cover the entire court without a partner. Something that works quite well is to play “diagonally” meaning that after serving to the opponent to the side of the court diagonally across form the side of the court where the serve is initiated, which is always the case, the players must return balls thereafter only to the side where each player starts off on any given point. If not, the ball is considered out of bounds and the point is lost. (“Skinny Singles”).   Sound confusing? The only issue is keeping your wits about you to adjust to the constantly changing boundaries.

    Three Players: When there are only 3 players at the court, they sometimes get tired of waiting for a fourth in hopes of playing doubles. There are at least 3 ways that 3 players can play together.

    • One against two with one player taking on two opponents and covering the entire court on his or her side This works best where the one player is at a higher ability level than the two others.
    • One against two where the two players have to hit only diagonally to the side occupied by the solo player at the beginning of each point, otherwise the ball is considered out of bounds and the point is lost.
    • Rotation system (“Australian Doubles”). : Each time a point is scored the players rotate so that each player gets a turn at facing the other two. In this scenario the 3 players keep their score individually. The player serving announce the score at each point reciting his score first followed by the other two.(“Australian Doubles”)

    We are sure there are yet other ways to play limited only by the imagination of the players involved – all adding to the opportunities and fun of the sport.





    Pickleball Therapy

    Pickleball Therapy


    Feeling anxious? Feeling stressed? Play Pickleball!

    Pickleball provides welcome relief from the day to day grind most of us experience. It is an extremely convivial and friendly activity. When you set foot on a Pickleball  court the other players are enjoying the sport and the good feelings are contagious.

    Sure – it can get competitive and you can become upset with that unforced error or failure to score on what should be an easy shot, but any bad feelings disappear quickly as you move on the  next rally. You will find that your fellow players are a friendly lot. Pickleball “snobbery” is virtually unknown.

    In an era  of constantly being “connected” the sport provides a temporary respite from the daily barrage of phone calls and emails. Besides the joyfulness of the sport it provides many health benefits to both mind and body as a part of a regular exercise regime. Pickleball is a relatively low impact sport and is thus easy on the joints and less like to cause injuries than many other activities.

    So – get off that couch, get away from that computer and TV, get off the phone and play Pickleball. We promise you’ll love it.

    Indoor Pickleball

    Indoor Pickleball

    With so much rain and snow throughout many parts of the country this is a good time to remind everyone of the many available indoor Pickleball facilities. Although most people prefer the fresh air and sunshine of outdoor play a little rain or snow should not stop you from playing.

    The good news is that there are some advantages to indoor play besides the obvious factor of avoiding rain, snow, wind and cold. They include the fact that indoor play is usually on wood flooring which is easier on the knees and joints than concrete or other hard surfaces. Also because of their relatively small size Pickleball courts can be readily installed in gyms, YMCA’s and other indoor venues (See Article on setting up a court). There are many dedicated indoor courts throughout the country.  They are often available only during certain days and times. Most community websites will list both available facilities and Pickleball schedules. Be aware that a different type of ball is used indoors to accommodate the different conditions of play and will usually be available at indoor facilities.

    So – Happy Pickleball – rain or shine!

    Setting Up Your Own Pickleball Court

    Setting Up Your Own Pickleball Court

    Although new Pickleball courts are springing up everywhere there are still situations where players would like to set up their own temporary courts. The good news is that setting up your own court is easy, quick and relatively inexpensive.

    Courts can be set up on almost any type of indoor or outdoor hard surface. Typical places would include existing tennis, basketball or volleyball courts either at private homes or perhaps you can convince your local HOA to allow them at existing recreational areas.

    The first thing you will need is a portable net. The cost of nets range from a low of $70 to a high of about $150. Nets come in a canvas bag and are very portable. With some practice a portable net can be set up in less than 10 minutes and once you get good at it in about 5 minutes. You can purchase portable nets at many sporting goods stores and of course on-line.

    Next comes the tape. Orange painter’s tape is the standard because of its high visibility and low cost. You can buy painter’s tape at very affordable prices at most home improvement or hardware stores. Your fellow players never mind chipping in towards the cost of needed supplies.

    The next step is to take measurements and mark off all of the corners of the various boxes. Once this is complete you just lay down the straight line of tape from corner to corner. (See the diagram below for of the precise measurements).

    If you set up your own court, please send us a picture as we would enjoying seeing all of the creative environments where people play and remember  - the first Pickleball court ever was improvised in 1965  in a backyard on Bainbridge Island!