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Monday, September 30, 2013

Pickleball In Canada and Mexico

Our Paso Robles Pickleball Club Website:  www.pickleballpasorobles.shutterfly.com  Join us whenever you are visiting the Central Coast.

As our sport continues to grow across the country, we are also finding that our neighbors in both Canada and Mexico are seriously taking up the sport.  Canada has a very strong Pickleball organization www.pickleballcanada.org

Many new locations in Mexico are showing venues for Pickleball.  They include:

http://www.mazatlanpickleball.com

http://www.eldoradoranch.com/resort/Recreation_Desert_Strings_PickleBall.html

In addition, the USAPA.org Places to Play link has several other listings for Mexico, including El Sargento, Puerto Vallarta and San Carlos.

In your travels to Canada or Mexico, think about packing your paddles.

We had 22 players this morning, including three new players.  In the past two weeks, we have had 10 new players come out and try the game.  Why not, the weather this time of year is perfect.  So is this game!!!!

Some recent observations about play at our Centennial Courts:

1. Remember, anytime the ball bounces anywhere on your side of the court, the No Volley Zone is not an issue.  You cannot violate the NVZ on your return shot.

2. Knowing the score helps you know positioning when serving.  Starting server for each team is always on the right when his/her team's score is even; always on the left when his/her team's score is odd.

3. Whenever possible, do not let balls force you to retreat.  It is better to take the ball in the air (lobs included).

4. Work your way to the 7' line by dinking.  If your first (or your partner's first) dink is not good enough, gain some ground, but wait for another dink opportunity to get to the line.  Don't be in a rush to get the ball slammed back at you.

5.  Stay in points as long as you can if you are on the defensive.  Opponents do make mistakes (unforced errors)....but, do not prolong or give your opponents extra chances by hitting OUT balls.

BTW, how did the ball come off your paddle today?


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