OK - now what's that saying "The family who Plays Pickleball together............. Bill and Judy have only been back in Florida for a couple of weeks, returning snow birds for NY State. Misty is Judy's daughter - and you would never know it's been nine or ten month's since she's been out playing!! That's her significant other - Al.
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
I found this very good article out on racquetnetwork.com and thought you might enjoy it.
I seldom see articles there about pickleball - but found this one to be very intereting. Click on the title below to read the entire article.
Singles Pickleball Burns Calories
Written by Brent Johner
on December 1, 2009 – 1:59 pm
When two athletic players face each other on a pickleball court, they both get a good cardio workout. Like squash, pickleball played at a high level requires a lot of lunging, a lot of volleying and a lot of fancy footwork. Therefore it is not uncommon to see player heart rates rise into the 150 to 175 range.
.............The quality of the workout depends a great deal on the ability of the players to keep the rallies going, of course. But two skilled players can easily sustain rallies of 15 to 20 strokes each or more.....
Saturday, November 14, 2009
One thing that was kind of exciting is that "Coach Mo" had a banner at the tournement advertising his website: www.pickleballcoach.com. On the banner were five of the clubs/blogs or sites, that promote his website. MEADOWPOINTE WAS ONE OF THE FEATURED CLUBS. HOW COOL....................MEADOWPOINTE PICKLEBALL ADVERTISED IN BUKEYE, AZ!
Sunday, November 8, 2009
A boxer always jabs with his left hand waiting patiently for an opening to connect with a K.O. swinging right hand.
A pickleball player should jab at his volleys [extension at the elbow joint] waiting patiently for the ball to be the proper height [12 inches or higher above the net] and proper speed [not to fast] before hitting a K.O. swinging
If a boxer used his powerful right hand too often he would probably be knocked out cold.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Don and John with Penny and Ken - Must be a questionable call?
Don and Marilyn - and that's Rich in the back trying to convince that tennis player to graduate to a bigger ball!
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
By CAROLINE KLAPPER, DAILY SUN
Tuesday, October 27, 2009 12:13 AM EDT
THE VILLAGES — Retirement is the time when people finally have the chance to do the things they love, which for many, includes playing sports.
And while playing a sport can be a fun, healthy way for people to enjoy themselves, it also can lead to painful injuries if people forget to take things slowly and listen to their bodies.
Read the Entire Article.......Common Sports Injuries
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Pat and Suzi are back from Washington - where they continued to practice up on the pickleball skills with their group in Bellingham. We're glad to have their smiling faces and competitive spirits back with our Meadow Pointe Picklers. WELCOME HOME Pat and Suzi.
The Pagliaro's, ( or Piscatelli's, or Pagianos?) - anyway - Rich and Dee made it back from Main before Pat and Suzi - but..................off they went again? Where did they go? Well we found them just south of here at the Peace River Campground in Wauchulla, where Rich and Donna are. Here they are on a chilly Monday morning playing their favorite game. As you can see the courts here don't begin to compare with our courts at home - but we still have a great time. They played for about three hours that morning and then made it back to the courts around four in the afternoon for a couple more hours of play. And here they are, enjoying Happy Hour at Rich and Donna's site with some of the other Pickleball players.
Now, we're waiting for Bill and Judy to return from Red Hook, New York. We hope to see them back with our group sometime in November..........Hurry Back Guys!!!!
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Here are pictures of our regular pickleball players here in Bellingham. The
first couple of shots shows us playing on our court in our complex (Sunrise)
and the last one is a steak dinner we had for the group at our place. We
leave Sun morning and home on Oct 15th.
The people are:
Suzi and I with our USAPA shirts
Anne Kauffman - the woman
Jack Kaufman - the shorter, balding guy; not related to Anne
Jim Trowbridge - the taller guy with glasses
Kerry Helm - the other tall guy without glasses.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
NEVER SACRIFICE BEING IN THE READY POSITION FOR A BETTER POSITION ON THE COURT. ALWAYS STOP AND BE IN THE READY POSITION AT THE POINT OF CONTACT OF THE BALL TOUCHING YOUR OPPONENTS PADDLE.
THE TEAM WITH THE LEAST UNFORCED ERRORS USUALLY WINS, NOT THE TEAM WITH THE MOST WINNERS.
A GOOD VOLLIER WILL USUALLY BEAT A GOOD GROUND STROKER. THE GROUND STROKE IS JUST MEANS TO GET TO THE NVZ LINE AND WIN THE POINT.
YOUR BEST POSITION ON THE COURT SHOULD BE EITHER ONE FOOT BEHIND THE BASELINE OR ONE INCH BEHIND NVZ LINE. STAY OUT OF NO MAN’S LAND.
THE TEAM HITTING DOWN INTO THE COURT MOST OF THE TIME WILL WIN MORE POINTS THAN THE TEAM ALWAYS HITTING UP,SO KEEP YOUR HITS LOW TO THE FEET. IT WILL PROBABLY BE THE DIFFERENCE IN A CLOSE GAME.
NEVER EVER MISS YOUR SERVE OR RETURN OF SERVE.
MOST OF YOUR SHOTS SHOULD BE DOWN THE MIDDLE OF THE COURT, OVER THE LOW PART OF THE NET, GIVES YOU A LOT OF LEEWAY RIGHT AND LEFT, AND CAUSES CONFUSION BETWEEN YOUR OPPONENTS.
PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE WHEN DINKING. DO NOT TRY FOR A WINNER UNLESS BALL IS MORE THAN 12’’ ABOVE THE NET.
NEVER TRY AND HIT A WINNER OFF A VERY DIFFICULT SHOT. JUST PLAY DEFENSIVE AND TRY TO RETURN THE BALL LOW INTO THE COURT."
Read Coach Mo's Strategy Guide for more great pickelball tips. Click here for great pickleball information from Coach Mo - The Pickleball Coach.com
Friday, September 18, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Congratulations to Donna Donald for taking on the postion of Regional Ambassador for the Atlantic South Region. Donna replaces Dick, "Greenie", Greenfield in the position.
............................. Donna has worked diligently to produce an excellent monthly ambassadors' letter so that all areas in the Atlantic South have been both recognized and informed. She is individually responsible for the Atlantic South Blog and its content. She is a leader at her home club at Meadow Pointe.
Click here to read the complete article as written by Wayne Roswell on the Tanglewood Blog: Regional Ambassador
Thought we would share a few pictures from the day!
These were the medals that were awarded to the first three place finishers. She gave the pickle ball fever pins to the highest scorers.
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
............at the MP II Courts
Ken and Penny are two of our newest MP Picklers. Residents of Meadow Pointe II, they have one son, still single, who lives in Tampa.
Ken and Penny read our feature article in the St. Pete Times about our Annual Spring Pick-nic and Round Robin Tournament. (How could they resist not joining all those smiling happy faces??)
Pennyis a native Floridian, born in Tampa and then moved to Doylstown PA as a child, then on to Reedsville, PA where she met Ken. She retired from Time Warner/Comcast Cable as a Customer Service Representative - Reedsville PA after several years of working for J C Penny as the Sales Auditor - Lewistown PA. Ken retired first from CNH (Case New Holland) in Belleville PA as Production Manager in 2004 and then again in 2008 from LAMesa RV in Tampa as a driver delivering and buying motor homes all over the country. She and Ken also lived in Washington, DC, (during the tent city affair, for those of you who are old enough to remember what that was) where Ken completed his military service at Walter Reed Army Medical Center after a tour in Viet Nam and in Nebraska for three years after being transferred from Belleville, PA.
When not playing pickleball, some of their favorite past times include: Quilting, Reading, Home Improvement Projects and Traveling. Both of them are former tennis players, and it wasn't hard to tell. They both picked up the game very quickly, purchased their new paddles, and come back most every night for some competive games and good fun with their fellow MP Picklers.
We asked them what they liked about Pickleball : "It is easier on the body than Tennis and the people we have met are great."
Monday, August 17, 2009
We have decided to combine our two existing books, “Drilling for Success in Pickleball” and “Teaching for Success in Pickleball”. Our new book, “Pickleball - A Guide for Teachers”, will consist of 110 pages - 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 - and include........................Click the title above for more details on this great training tool
Learn more about the authors: Mary Littlewood and Sandra Stultz as well as more great training tools on their website Picklebll Success.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Judy, along with Bill Wilcox, joined our group in January 2009. A native of Atlanta, Georgia and graduate of West Fulton High in Atlanta, she moved to Florida in 1964 and now spends part of the year in Spring Hill, Florida and the remainder of the year in Red Hook, New York. Judy has one daughter, Mistie (who also is a MP Pickler) and two grandchildren. Derek is 14 and Alyssa is 9. Oh my, how fast they grow up! Just the right age to be introduced to Pickleball!!
An Alumni of the Sun Coast Beauty College, she was formerly the owner of cosmetology salons and has now been retired for 10 years. Her favorite hobbies include gardening and horseback riding. Definitely not a novice at racquet or paddle sports, she enjoys playing tennis, racquetball and paddleball. When not on the courts she enjoyed waterskiing and softball. Judy and Bill have enjoyed a lot of racquet sports together and it was Bill who introduced Judy to the game of Pickleball. Like most of us, she gets a lot of exercise playing the game, and likes meeting new people. She also enjoys the competitive nature of the sport. She had the opportunity to play once at The Villages, Florida and about 10 times in New York. Maybe we’ll see her on the courts, showing that competitive nature, at the next Florida Senior Games………
Bill grew up in Baldwin, LI, NY and moved to New Port Richey, Fl from Copiague, NY in 1970. In 1988 he built a house in Red Hook, NY where he now spends about 7 months of the year. The other 5 months are spent in Spring Hill, Florida. Bill is the father of 2, daughter Diana and Tina and the proud grandfather of 2, Dax who is 20 and Alyssa who is 17. (Now they are prime pickleball candidates Grandpa!) He was a body shop owner, and also worked as a carpet installer and a builder. He’s been retired from all of that for 28 years.
He loves playing sports, and has played softball, racquetball, tennis, squash, paddleball and handball…. and 55 years ago, stickball and stoopball....and now he plays pickleball. But this is what he has to say when asked about his hobbies!! “100+mph 18’ inboard flat bottom V-drive race boats, (I have two of them), 1955, 1956. 1957 Chevys (I have 4 of them, 2 convertibles and 2 Belair 2 door sedans)…”
He and Judy Paul have spent the last 10 years of their retirement together playing all kinds of racquet and paddle sports. He heard about pickleball when he read about it being played at The Villages. So, like Judy, he’s played there once and about 20 times in Red Hook, New York.
Why does he play pickleball? “IT’S FUN!! It's a very competitive game and I like going to different places meeting new people."
WE MISS YOU GUYS! Bill and Juday are up in Red Hook, New York right now for the summer. They travel periodically to the Albany/Scotia area for a little pickleball and they have shared a few pictures and a few of their adventures. Hurry back your two - we've got some new players for you to challenge!!!
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
First off, we need to officially welcome two more of our newest players.
This is Don and Penny (left) with Ken and Renee, ater the game. Nice game!! Great playing tonight.
And, continuing with Friday night tradition, here we are at our favourtite Pizza Parlor - Marcos! Rich and I are joined by Don and Linda. Linda does not play pickleball, but always joins the group for pizza!! Next is our new players Penny and Ken, followed by Renee and Mark . Mark had some recent knee surgery, so pickleball is on the back burner right now. And finally, way back by the wall is Mary and Steve.
Good Friends! Great Pizza.........and PICKLEBALL!!!