Maximize your Pickleball Game!
One of the largest sporting events in the Huntsman World Senior Games is Pickleball, known as one of the fastest growing sports in America. The game is a fun sport that combines many elements of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong. It is played both indoors or outdoors on a badminton-sized court and a slightly modified tennis net. The only equipment needed is a paddle and a plastic ball with holes.
Throw in a few quirky scoring rules and a “kitchen line” and you have the great game of Pickleball. You must be warned, though: Pickleball can be addictive!
In order to prepare and be ready for a tournament, there are some Tips:
Before you step on the pickleball court:
Confirm the time you are playing
Select proper clothing – wicking, not loose, temperature inspired
Warm up your body for at least 10 minutes
Be sure to check in the day of the tournament
Make sure you have:
Visor or hat
Water or hydrating drink
Change of clothes, socks, undergarments
Extra garment for cool weather
Playing the game:
Make a game plan with your partner
Limit your faults
Target your opponents’ weaknesses
Keep your opponent guessing
Communicate with your partner
Trust your partner and support them – you are a team
Take time outs
Ethics and Sportsmanship:
Be a good sport
Call the ball fairly
Don’t make calls that occur on the other side of the net
If you disagree with your partner’s call, correct it
To learn more about Pickleball and/or join the club at SunRiver, click here!