Happy National Concussion Awareness Day! 🤕 This lesser known holiday celebrated on September 15 has growing ties to pickleball. One neurologist recommends you prevent injury and maximize your fun on the court by getting enough sleep, staying hydrated, warming up, and "most importantly, don't be a hero" by diving for points.
Now, let's dive straight into your pickleball tips, strategies, stories, news, and more... 👏
#1. HOW TO HIT THE MOST DIFFICULT SHOT IN PICKLEBALL: THE HIGH BACKHAND
The high backhand shot in pickleball is often considered one of the most difficult shots because it requires a combination of skill, technique, and timing to execute properly. Learn how to make the most of this challenging shot when you are forced to hit a high backhand on the court. 💪
#2. TOUGH BREAKS IN THE LIFE OF A PICKLEBALL
With an estimated five million Americans picking up the sport, and that number growing every year, there’s an accelerating demand for pickleballs themselves. The outdoor version of these balls degrade quickly with use and present a special challenge in recycling. ♻️ Some pickleballers are doing their own recycling of broken pickleballs.
#3. MURMURS FROM THE LOSERS’ BRACKET: WE BEAT GO FISH!
We all know that pickleball is the most popular game for Americans to learn and data reveals that pickleball is the most searched sport for rules across America. But, as the only sport making the list, does this reveal something different about the sport? 🤔
Selkirk Sport, the leading name in Pickleball, and Legends, the athlete-favorite apparel brand, have come together to create the Selkirk x Legends Capsule Collection. 🙌This special collection is designed for the modern pickleball player. Born out of a mutual appreciation for the game and a shared commitment to providing athletes with game-changing performance gear, the Selkirk x Legends Capsule Collection features an industry leading paddle along with shorts and a crew that are designed to perform. 💪
#4. WHAT IS THE “TWEENER” IN PICKLEBALL & WHEN TO USE IT
A “tweener” is a slang term used to describe a creative and often flashy shot 😎 that is hit between your legs. Learn some key points about the tweener shot, including some tips on when to try this show on the court.
#5. HOW TO HIT A "TWEENER" IN PICKLEBALL
Hitting a “tweener” shot in pickleball can be an exciting and effective way to surprise your opponents, but it requires proper technique and timing. Learn the basic steps to execute a tweener shot successfully on the pickleball court.
#6. QUICK TIP – PADDLE WAIST DOWN IN TRANSITION
The transition zone—the area between the Kitchen and the baseline—is the most difficult area to play on the court, as your opponents are able to target your feet. 🎯 With that in mind, when moving through the transition zone, stay compressed with your knees bent (i.e., do not stand up tall) and keep your paddle around your waist or even a little lower (as opposed to keeping your paddle up around your chest), which will make it easier—and take less time—to react to those likely low shots from your opponents.
Have a laugh and learn some great tips to take to the pickleball court with longtime humor writer Frank Cerabino's book I Dink, Therefore I Am: Coming to Grips with My Pickleball Addiction! Plus, this book makes a great gift for your favorite player or partner! 📚
#7. RULES REFRESH Q&A – OUT OF BOUNDS
By Mark Peifer, USA Pickleball Certified Referee; Past Chairman, USA Pickleball Rules Committee
QUESTION: I'm wondering what the rule is regarding hitting a ball that has bounced out?
For example, team A hits ball to team B's court. The ball bounces out of bounds, but team B player hits ball back to team A's court, not realizing it bounced out. Team A now doesn't know whether or not to hit it back because they have these questions:
- Would the play continue? Would team A get the fault for hitting it out of bounds?
- Would team B get the fault for not realizing it was out, and hitting an out of bounds ball?
ANSWER: Once the ball hits on Team B's court, Team B is responsible for determining if the ball is 'in' or 'out'. If Team B does not make an 'out' call (which appears to be the case in the scenario you presented) then the ball is presumed 'in' and play continues. If, however, Team A thinks their ball was, in fact, 'out', then Team A may call their own ball 'out' to their own disadvantage and stop play. 🛑
Team A would only get the fault for hitting the ball out of bounds if Team B called the ball 'out' after the ball bounced on the B side of the net or if Team A called their own ball out (the ultimate in sportsmanship).
There is no circumstance under which Team B would get the fault for hitting an out of bounds ball from Team A.
#8. 7 TIPS FOR WHEN YOU ARE LOSING ON THE PICKLEBALL COURT
While we try to avoid losing on the pickleball court, we cannot always win and come out on top. Eventually, we all do it… we all lose on the pickleball court. What do you do if you are losing on the pickleball court? Is there anything that you can do during the game to help salvage a win? If you find yourself on the verge of losing a pickleball game, try these 7 tips to help turn the game around and grab a win. 🙌
#9. HEADLINES FROM THE COURT
Check out the latest headlines to stay in the know on all things pickleball 📢
- We all know that the pickleball craze has spread rapidly throughout America, but one city stands out above the rest. Overland Park, Kansas has won the title of “Nation’s Most Pickleball-Obsessed City.” 🏆
- You may find yourself on the pickleball court more than you do off of it, but could you play for 24 hours straight? 😲A club in Middletown, Ohio recently held a pickleball marathon to raise money for a worthy cause.
- Put your money where your paddle is… 💰 With the continued growth of the sport, is now the time for you to invest in stocks set to benefit from pickleball’s popularity?
- For some, pickleball has the potential to change lives. One passionate player is putting that theory to the test by teaching the game in prisons and gyms.
- Major League Pickleball is going down under. MLP has partnered with the Pacific Pickleball League to expand into Australia. 🇦🇺
Pickleballers have jumped at the chance to play next to the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool at the inaugural “National Mall of Pickleball.” While court and clinic reservations filled in less than 15 minutes, you can still join walk-on play.
#10. COMPETING PRO PICKLEBALL TOURS "AGREE TO MERGE"
As quickly as the tentative merger between two major entities in professional pickleball fell apart, is as quickly as the two entities have come back together. In just a few weeks since the massive news of a fractured deal, MLP and the PPA Tour have announced an “agreement to merge” under a pickleball holding company. 🤝
#11. ON THE TOUR – GROUNDBREAKING ACHIEVEMENTS
Professional pickleball had some fun in the sun at the 2023 APP New Jersey Open. 🏖️ Mixed doubles and women’s doubles saw some new pairings in Avalon, New Jersey, as both Parris Todd and Megan Fudge faced injuries during women’s singles. Newcomers Jayden Broderick & Vinicius Da Silva won six straight games after an initial loss to earn their first professional medal, a bronze in men’s doubles. 🥉
The PPA Cincinnati Open, which took place Thursday, September 7, through Sunday, September 10, coincided with the APP New Jersey Open. The men’s singles bracket had some unexpected twists and turns with Ben Johns losing the gold medal to Federico Staksrud. Despite his loss in men’s singles, Ben Johns had a groundbreaking accomplishment to celebrate, as did Anna Leigh Waters. Johns won his 100th career title 💯 while Waters earned her 18th career triple crown. 🥳
For a full recap on these events, check out the following:
- Harris Impresses And Daescu Dominates At The Association Of Pickleball Players New Jersey Open
- Stats-Wrap: Baird Wealth Management Cincinnati Open Championship Sunday
Don't forget to mark your calendars for more pro pickleball action in September! 🗓
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