Week 4 of Mixed Doubles League Play had some outstanding play. Luckily there were no falls and fun was had by all. There were some spectators who wandered in throughout the evening.; thanks for stopping by!
In week 3 we had two falls with one player going after a lob with great gusto and smashing against the back wall before coming to a stop crumpled in the corner. The fall resulted in a new pickleball invention, the lob helmet! What fun.
To date 29 people have played in the league, 20 regular players (10 teams) and 9 subs. Great job everyone!
by Sarah Ansboury
Tennis to Pickleball: Play Pickleball!
The reason I have grown so quickly in pickleball is because of the adjustments I have made to differentiate the two games. When I’m playing tennis I am playing tennis. When I am playing pickleball I am playing pickleball. My mindset and my strategies are very different. When I get to make that big swing to put the ball away on the pickleball court I LOVE IT! But I need to put the work in on my dinks and patience to be able to get that reward.
Tennis to Pickleball: Slow it DownI see a lot of bang-bang, back and forth with tennis converts. And though this may initially be disarming to some pickleball players, bang-bang doesn’t win as you advance to the higher levels. Learning how to slow down the ball and force your opponents to make mistakes is critical to pickleball success. Most tennis players realize that errors, rather than winners, determine the outcome of most tennis matches. This is even more true in pickleball. Patience and strategy is absolutely required when you are transitioning from tennis to pickleball.
I have so many tennis players turned pickleball students saying, “I don’t want to learn to dink.” When this happens, if I can’t dissuade them, we will play a few points and I will dink against them. Suddenly they can’t get the ball back and they realize that this is a new shot that they need to master. If you need to improve your dinking, watch this video.
Tennis to Pickleball: Paddle Position & Footwork While tennis experience with ground strokes and volleys is extremely valuable, there are still adjustments to be made.
About Sarah -A 5.5 tennis player, Sarah exemplifies the new generation of cross-over players that are changing the face of pickleball. Sarah’s prowess as a pickleball player became recognized nationally during 2015, her break out year. After winning Gold and Silver at the September 2015 Tournament of Champions, Sarah became the one to watch. She followed these impressive wins with four medals at the USAPA National Tournament later that fall: Gold, Women’s Doubles Open with Gigi LeMaster Gold, Women’s Doubles Age (19+) with Gigi LeMaster Silver, Women’s Singles Age (19+) Bronze, Women’s Singles
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Hello Fellow Pickleball Players,
Pickleball is growing leaps and bounds in Northern Colorado and that momentum is great. All of our communities are struggling to provide enough play venues and play times, to coordinate programs that allow for players of all ages and abilities and for continued player growth. These challenges are born out across the country and everywhere pickleball players have stepped up to band together to find solutions and help grow pickleball in their own backyards. Our local cities and towns (from Wellington to Estes, Fort Collins to Greeley and all around) want to provide services, but they need a united voice, they need data and the numbers to back up their allocation of resource decisions. Let’s work together and give them what they need to make our local pickleball community thrive. Just as importantly, let’s give each other great support to grow our programs.
Many Front-Range players play in a variety of places and would travel to adjoining towns if resources were adequate and they were welcome. Players from Fort Collins, Eaton, Loveland and Windsor played in a recent Greeley league and held inter-community matches with Estes Park. Players from Cheyenne to Loveland are playing in the current Fort Collins league. Estes Park, Windsor, Greeley and Loveland players play indoors in Fort Collins and players from all over enjoy the wonderful dedicated outdoor courts in Loveland. Players on the Northern Front-Range have proven they are a Pickleball “Community”. Northern Colorado Pickleball Association will be a representative voice across the region with local members spearheading efforts in their own communities and having the numbers, data and support necessary to foster change. Together we can help each other provide welcoming and quality programs across the region. Let’s show our cities and towns our growing numbers and our growing needs.
Please read the attached article from the front page of the Coloradoan, review the Northern Colorado Pickleball Association brochure and join NoCoPickleball today (easy to join online). A member meeting will be scheduled for late May, early June. The process to become a 501c3 non-profit has been started.
Join Northern Colorado Pickleball Association Today!
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Please pass this information along and spread the word. Let's include every pickleball player!