COURT COURTESY: PLAY UP, PLAY DOWN OR PLAY EVEN?

By: Dennis Gallaher
SW Metro Pickleball Club President

Courtesy: the showing of politeness in one’s attitude and behavior toward others.

Many players want to always play against players of a higher skill level, however, think about it: if every player insisted on playing up every game, there would never be another game played. Sport over!

I think all players should be sensitive to other players who want good competition. None of us should expect higher level players to always play with them and they should appreciate it when they do. Sometimes, a higher level group wants to stay together, and this is acceptable as long as they rotate with others when courts are full.

I also feel it’s important for higher level players to be sensitive to other players’ desire to improve their skills and be willing to play down sometimes to help them improve. Many of our club members do a very good job of this, and many are also teaching and leading drill sessions. We can all be thankful for them.

Ideally, it is best to find games where all four players are at about the same skill level as this is the best competition for everyone and the best way for all players on the court to be challenged and improve. As your skills improve, you move up to tougher competition.

Above all, we all need to be courteous, respectful and supportive of each other. We’re a tight-knit group. Let’s all have a great time playing together.

Bottom line: relax, don’t stress, just have FUN!

Cheers,
Dennis

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CHAMPIONS HALL NOW OPEN FOR ALL SKILL LEVELS, TUES THRU FRIDAY BEGINNERS WELCOME!

Whether you are a beginner or a national champion, you are invited to play Champions Hall, Tuesdays thru Fridays, 1 PM to 4 PM!  Come and play with others at your same skill level. Designated courts for beginners.
Who: EVERYONE: beginner, 2.0, 2.5, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, 5.0 skill levels
When: Tuesdays thru Fridays, 1 PM to 4 PM
Cost: $6.00/session with a 10-time punch card (ok to put multiple admissions on the same punch card); otherwise $8.00/session.

COURT SAFETY – FREE CPR, FIRST AID AND AED CLASS

Learn how to minimize risk and increase safety on the court and in our community taught by the Eden Prairie’s firefighters. Please register before November 13th.

Class will be from 9:30-11:00am on Wednesday, November 15th, at the Eden Prairie SENIOR Center.

Course code: 479209-02

Register in person at the Eden Prairie COMMUNITY Center, by calling the Community Center, or online.

SWM Pickleball Club Holiday Party

Please join us for pickleball, socializing, food and a chance to win prizes and bragging rights on the courts!! Also, you’ll get to meet Santa!!

When: Friday December 1st from 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, Dinner starts at 7:00
Where: Chanhassen Rec Center
2300 Coulter Blvd.
Chanhassen, MN 55317
(952) 227-1400
Why: Why not?!! A chance to meet and interact with some of the other 483 members of our club! Oh, and of course play pickleball!! We will have three courts dedicated to our exclusive use!
When: Friday December 1st from 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, Dinner starts at 7:00
What: This is a potluck dinner…bring your favorite dish to share!
Suggestions only:

  • A to H: Entrees
  • I to P: Salads
  • Q to Z: Desserts

Chips, soda, water and coffee will be provided.

Who: No charge for club members and their guest!!
BTW: We will be collecting for <color=”red”>TOYS FOR TOTS that night!!
BBTW: Feel free to bring cards and games to play with others!

BEGINNER PICKLEBALL FUNDAMENTALS CLASS

“Pickleball in no time”

Learn the fundamentals of Pickleball, fast!
Coach: Dean Rudrud

  • Proper grip is critical
  • Fundamentals of good strokes, get ready, the turn
  • A consistent serve leads to good strokes
  • How to volley for success
  • How to hit your overhead and effective lobs
  • Everyone can move better, we will show you how
  • Understanding the scoring, rules and culture of pickleball

Each 90-minute class is $20, or register for the entire three-week series for $50.

Session #1 – Monday, October 23rd, October 30th, November 6th, 10:00am-11:30am

Session #2 – Wednesday, October 25th, November 1st, November 8th, 10:00am-11:30am

Week 1: Stroke correctly, from the beginning. Learn to serve well. “High hands” are the key to good volleys. Play practice games.
Week 2: Review strokes, volleys and serve. Introduce the overhead and lobs.
Week 3: Review strokes, volley, serve and overhead. Practice games, scoring, and learning the rules.

This teaching series will get you off to a great start, to playing better pickleball. If you have been playing a while, and you are not satisfied with your skills, this fundamental series will help you to become the player you know you can be.

To register, contact Paul Olson at [email protected]