Longmont Pickleball Club
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USA Pickleball – Pickleball has a very interesting name, especially since no pickles are used. Accounts of how the name originated differ. (1) According to Joel Pritchard’s wife (Joan), she started calling the game pickleball because “the combination of different sports reminded me of the pickle boat in crew where oarsmen were chosen from the leftovers of other boats”. (2) However, according to Barney McCallum, the game was officially named after the Pritchard’s’ dog Pickles who would chase the ball and run off with it. According to McCallum, “The Pritchard’s had a dog named Pickles, and you’re having fun at a party, right? So anyways, what the hell, let’s just call it pickleball.”
Others claim both accounts may actually be true. In the early years, no official name was assigned to the game. However, a year or two after the game was invented, the Pritchard’s purchased a cocker spaniel and named it Pickles. As the game progressed, an official name was needed and “pickleball” was it.
The Official Tournament Rulebook contains every rule set forth for the game of pickleball by the International Federation of Pickleball and the United States of America Pickleball.
Getting started in pickleball
You can buy a paddle in lots of places these days and you should be able to find one for ~ $50 (or less if you shop around). There are nice tennis shops in Boulder that are now carrying a large selection of pickleball paddles in addition to all their usual tennis stuff. And while you are buying your paddle, buy a couple of cheap balls (onyx perhaps).
A pickleball doesn't bounce like a tennis ball and the paddle is shorter than a tennis racket. It will help immensely to find a tennis backboard (or solid wall) and hit balls against it. This will help you get used to actually hitting the ball and significantly reduce frustration on the court with actually being able to hit the ball.
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Note: Above the 2.0 level, all levels should be able to demonstrate most of the skills for their level plus most of the skills from preceding levels. Thus a 2.5 level player, for example, demonstrates most skills in the 2.5 level list as well as most skills in the 2.0 level list, and so on.
As players self-determine their rating, keep in mind that you are welcome to use .25 and .75 rating numbers also. For instance, if you feel that you are better than a 2.5 but not quite to the 3.0 level, you can rate yourself as a 2.75.
2.0 Skill Level
2.5 Skill Level
3.0 Skill level. Also possesses all 2.5 Skills
3.5 Skill level Also possesses all 3.0 Skills
4.0 Skill Level. Also possesses all 3.5 Skills.
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