Senior Games Opening Ceremony Tonight!
- Free for competitors and one guest!
- Wednesday August 14th starting at 6:00 pm
- Baldini’s Casino corner of Rock and Glendale in Sparks
- Showcase PICKLEBALL!
FOOD – T SHIRTS – GOOD TIMES
First in a series from https://www.pickleballportal.com/guides/paddle-positioning/
Proper paddle position is a key skill in pickleball. Having your paddle in a good “Ready Position” can reduce the time it takes you to perform your return shot and reduce your percentage of errors.
Whether we get tired or lazy, it’s easy to let your paddle drop to your side especially later in the game when you are starting to feel fatigued. While a simple reminder to keep your paddle can help kick the bad habit a bit, there are some much better strategies that you can implement to go beyond the simple advice of keeping the paddle up and ready.
Many times, beginner pickleball players are told to keep the paddle at the 12:00 position (imagine a clock) straight at the net and then transition to 9:00 for backhand shots. Although this works for many players, it can create some weakness that opponents can easily take advantage of. Many players get into trouble when the ball comes over their weak side shoulder (left side for right-handed players) and they flip or turn the paddle into weird positions rather than hitting a solid backhand.
Another problem on the 9:00 position is the elbow comes out from their torso and up (“chicken wing”). Simone recommends adjusting the ready position to 10 and 2 o’clock with elbows tucked, hands in and belly button high. This body positioning enables Simone to cover 75% of her shots and easily transition from forehand to backhand shots and eliminates the awkward “chicken wing”.
Great video and great advice Simone! Watch the full video here:
Pack the Gym Night – Tuesday August 13th from 6 to 9 pm- Open Pickleball. Four courts, no bugs, no wind, air conditioning. What more can you ask for? All four courts open!
End the summer with friends – new and old. Well, that didn’t come out too well….. Be sure to sign up for the Reno Senior Games. Grab your best pickleball pal and have a blast. All the info here!
Also, the Opening & Closing Ceremonies for the Senior Games are always good times. Opening Ceremony will be held at Baldini’s Casino on Wednesday August 14th from 6-9 pm. Closing Ceremony will be held Closing Ceremony at McKinley Arts Center on Saturday August 31st from 11 am-1 pm.
Following the Senior Games, Tuesday, August 27 will be the first day of “Open Gym” play at the Boys & Girls Club. The schedule will be the same as past seasons….Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 until 2 except days when school is not in session.
Nick Sharp and Netto Montoya are taking pickleball to the kids of Truckee Meadows. Do you have some extra paddles that you are not using that you would like to donate to the cause? Please contact a board member or Nick Sharp to donate. Thank you very much!
Thanks again to all the players at the Community Color Craze. Here is a great follow up article by USAPA Ambassador Dave Whitefield. https://carsonnow.org/reader-content/08/07/2019/pickleball-community-color-craze-huge-success
Seventy two players from all around northern Nevada gathered at the Carson City MAC for good play, new friendships and to raise money towards building dedicated outdoor pickleball courts in the Carson City area.
Big thanks to all the players, staff at the MAC, USAPA area ambassadors and many volunteers who made this event great!
Points were taken from all the games and proportioned to average the score of each player from that community. The two players from Minden/Gardnerville averaged 9.375 points per game. Way to go Robin Nolte and William Harris!
Skill Division Results – Click on link for all division results.
2.5 & 3.0 Division – Wes Mattice, Karen Wallis, Robin Nolte, Don Unruh
3.5 Division – Beth Reese, Paula Tlachac, Mike Amos, Steve McClung
4.0 Division – Becky Privitt, Dave Stultz, Dave Burke, Karen Bruner
Very special thanks to Dave Whitefield and Juana Beguelin for the delicious food spread donated by Costco and setting up this fabulous event! Dave also took photos and videos to share. You can access them here: CCC Photos and Videos
Carol Amos took some photos and they can be accessed here: More CCC Photos
Dave and Juana and Scott from the MAC had a special presentation for Paula Tlachac, Frank Boudreau, Karin and Bob Pitcock who started pickleball at the MAC.
If you have played pickleball more than once, you have likely heard of the legendary”Third Shot Drop”. Jordan Briones of Prime Time Pickleball, has a great and simple drill that can and should be used in your warm ups to make your third shots as easy as cherry pie.
Why bother with a third shot drop? And do you know that it’s often used as a 4th, 8th, or any shot of the game?
And here is the drill from Jordan Briones and Nicole Havlicek of Prime Time Pickleball.
“Do you struggle with your 3rd shot drop? If you do or if you’d simply like your 3rd shot to be better then this is the lesson for you. In this video we’ll cover a 3rd shot drill that you can do every time you play to gain consistency and control of your 3rd shot.”
For a long time, many of us have been told, forehand takes the middle. But, is that always a good idea?
In this first video, Tony Roig at In2Pickle explains the “X” .
“We are always looking to gain a strategic edge in pickleball. Understanding the “X” can help you determine which player on the serving team should handle the third shot after the ball has been returned. The “X” is not a one-size-fits-all concept, but rather a concept to be understood and applied as part of a well-rounded approach to the game.”
In the follow up video below, Tony dives in deeper. “Understanding and respecting the “X” is a critical skill to learn if you want to improve your pickleball doubles play. We also look at keeping the ball away from your body as you hit your third shot. These are critical pickleball skills to improve your game.
This is part of our Project 4.0 point breakdown video series where we break down a pickleball point to look at optimal and not as optimal play so that we can improve our games.”
And now onto Part 2. This video shows real game situations that highlight the “X” in action.
See you on the court!
The City of Reno is once again hosting the Reno-Tahoe Senior Games. Recreational and Competitive Divisions will be offered. And it’s inside with wall to wall fun and air conditioning!
Recreational Division – Neil Road Rec Center – Tuesday August 20 – Friday August 23
Competitive Division – Boys & Girls Club – Wednesday August 21 – Saturday August 24
Neil Road Recreation Center, 3925 Neil Rd. , Reno, Nevada
Evelyn Mount Recreation Center, 1301 Valley Rd., Reno, Nevada
Or you may email your completed form to SeniorServices@Reno.Gov
Registered? Please email: TruckeeMeadowsPickleballClub with your name so I can post it below!
HELLO, MY NAME IS Phil Hanna.
I HAVE BEEN A TMPC MEMBER FOR ABOUT three years.
I FIRST HEARD ABOUT PICKLEBALL at Tucson, Arizona.
I LOVE PICKLEBALL BECAUSE I love the social interaction as well as the athletics. Good exercise!
I PLAY PICKLEBALL AT LEAST three times a week.
MY DREAM PICKLEBALL PARTNER IS Amy Adams.
IN MY LIFE AWAY FROM THE PICKLEBALL COURTS includes Navy veteran Vietnam era, Professional painter/ paperhanger (30 years), professional truck driver (CDL) .
MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW THAT Dave Whitefield is my men’s doubles partner.
Remember this feature? Let’s get it started again! Check out past features here.
Let’s get to know all our members! Don’t be shy! Share your info below: Getting to Know TMPC Members Form
Just a friendly reminder that over 100 of you haven’t renewed for this year. Our membership runs from July 1 to June 30 each year. If you haven’t renewed, please consider renewing soon. We have many MEMBER ONLY EVENTS lined up for next year!
Current membership = 180 Members (last year ~ 300)
Renewals = 137 New Members = 43
THANK YOU TO ALL OUR MEMBERS – PAST, CURRENT and FUTURE!
Registrations are HOT with over 70 players registered! We are definitely going to PACK the MAC for this fun colorful event!
HELP! Volunteers needed! Not signed up but want to come? Please email TruckeeMeadowsPickleballClub with your name and number to offer to help during the event. Score runners, photographer, and court monitors needed. Thank you!
Please help the City of Reno fund pickleball programs throughout the year by joining in on the fun of the Reno Senior Games!
Let’s pack the Recreational and Competitive Games and show the City of Reno just how much WE LOVE PICKLEBALL.
Great opportunity for great play up at Truckee Northstar this September.
Check out all the info here: https://tahoepickleball.com/tahoe-peak-pickleball-challenge/
Play with and against other players from around the area. Every player’s points will be added with all the players from their community and proportioned to see which community comes up with the highest percentage.
What color will you be wearing? Click the link below to find out what color your community will be wearing on Saturday August 3rd!
This is a fundraiser towards dedicated pickleball courts in Carson City. Special thanks to the MAC for donating court time!