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In This Issue:
👀 Visualizing court positioning
🤑 Money for pickleball-based suffering
📺 Pickleball takes TV
Court Position Visualization
For those of us who are visual learners, Coach Mark Price created a series of graphics to visualize optimal court coverage.
You’ve heard it a million times: “Partners should move like they’re connected with a string.” Well, here you can see why that is important.
When the ball is in zone one, you (player 1) are responsible for protecting your sideline. Your partner (player 2) slides over to protect the middle of the court.
When the ball is in zone two, you and your partner return to a more neutral position, evenly spaced to equally guard against attacks down the middle or dinks out wide.
When the ball is in zone three, you and your partner are in the opposite arrangement from zone one. Now, they’re in charge of the sideline and it’s up to you to protect the middle.
These visuals are great for seeing the perspective from both sides of the court.
The white cones are the viable angles for an attack. The red portions represent low-percentage attack zones or angles where a slower dink would need to be played.
Check out Mark on Instagram for more helpful tips.
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$300K Pickle Lawsuit
“I would get these splitting headaches…my blood pressure started going up, and this was the only consistent irritation in my life.”
Pickleball’s biggest opponent yet
That’s right, pickleballers: you should really consider the blood pressure of those around you the next time you think about engaging in such a reckless activity.
Otherwise, you might inspire a $300,000 lawsuit.
That’s how much Jaye Gleyzal, Carlsbad resident, says her case is worth, anyway.
Gleyzal is seeking such 300K in damages for the distress she’s experienced.
But she’s not stopping there; she wants pickleball banned from her gated community’s tennis courts, according to the latest anti-pickle roundup piece from none other than – you guessed it – The New York Post (again).
At this point, we should just challenge the editors of the New York Post to a pickleball tournament. Losers have to stop writing forever.
Like all of these sensationalized pickleball headlines, there’s never any resolution. Just the endless recycling of the same structure: "Pickleball is popular. Pickleball is noisy. People don’t like noise.” The end.
As far as we can tell, the litigation is ongoing between Gleyzal & her condo association.
Ahhh, to be a person for whom pickleball is the “only consistent irritation” in their life…
Pickle Takes the Screen
…Now that we’ve got that story off our chest, let’s review some more positive examples of pickleball in the media:
You may have heard about pickleball on The Golden Bachelor. This spinoff of The Bachelor helps 72-year-old Gerry Turner find love. But the courtiers will have to compete against his preexisting condition: being a major pickle fan.
Gerry plays several times per week, but he insists he won’t disqualify someone from his considerations based on their pickleball prowess.
Still, in last week’s episode, the contestants were split into four teams of two to battle for their bachelor’s affection, gladiator style. In the end, only one of the contestants plays pickleball four times a week, so…we’re rooting for you, Ellen.
Pickleball got the smarmy Simpsons treatment in a quick nod during last night’s episode.
In S35 E3, “McMansion & Wife,” a wealthy sports car dealership owner moves into Springfield. After Homer’s handshake grip impresses him, the new neighbor asks Homer, “Do you play pickleball?”
To which Homer replies: “Is that the game like tennis where you don’t have to run?”
Flash forward to a post-game ice cream stop…
…”I started to suspect [you’ve never played before] when you tried to eat the pickleball.”
Homer: “Nothing should be named food that isn’t food.”
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The Battle for First Place
There has been a pro pickleball drought for over two weeks. The pros tours took a much-needed breather in preparation for a busy November. But we’ve got just what you need to fill the void.
Tomorrow night the Gilbert Gladiators (1-0) and the Peoria Pythons (2-0) face-off in a battle for first place. The winner will sit alone atop the league standings of the Arizona Pickleball League.
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