Tuesday Tips – Drop Drill

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?

  1. Allows transition time for you and your partner to advance to the no volley zone.
  2. Varying your shots is funner for you and your partner and your opponents.
  3. Slow the game down and reset the point.

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.”

Tuesday’s Tips – Respect the X

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!

Reno-Tahoe Senior Games – Let’s Play!

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!

Reno Senior Games Registration is now open!

Recreational Division – Neil Road Rec Center – Tuesday August 20 – Friday August 23

Competitive Division – Boys & Girls Club – Wednesday August 21 – Saturday August 24

You may register online through this link (see on line registration tips below) or you may print out the registration packet here and register in person or mail in your registration form to:

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

Let’s once again make pickleball the sport with the most athletes!

Registered? Please email: TruckeeMeadowsPickleballClub with your name so I can post it below! 


Carol Amos

Getting to Know TMPC Members – Phil Hanna




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 OTHER HOBBIES AND INTERESTS INCLUDE  – I am a member of the Historical Society of Dayton Valley and LBL Equine Rescue.


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.

Thanks for sharing a bit of yourself with us, Phil!

We would love to learn a bit more about more members. Please share your info below:
 Getting to Know TMPC Members Form

Hot Pickleball Days!

Things are heating up for hot pickleball days this summer!


Getting to Know TMPC Members

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

Have you renewed your membership yet?

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



Community Color Craze

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!

Reno Senior Games Registration is now open!

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.


2019 Tahoe Peak Pickleball Challenge

Great opportunity for great play up at Truckee Northstar this September.

Check out all the info here: https://tahoepickleball.com/tahoe-peak-pickleball-challenge/

Community Color Craze Registration Now Open

Let’s play community color coded pickleball!

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.

This is going to be a really fun event!

What color will you be wearing? Click the link below to find out what color your community will be wearing on Saturday August 3rd!

Please sign up ASAP through:

Community Color Craze

This is a fundraiser towards dedicated pickleball courts in Carson City. Special thanks to the MAC for donating court time!



Clinics, Event, and Tournaments

Clinics in Reno and Tahoe with National Champion Matthew Blom and special guest Mexican National Champion Emanuel Pickleball

  • Who – Matthew Blom and Emanuel Pickleball
  • Where & When in RenoRegency Courts – Monday July 8th – Beginner/Intermediate (9 AM to 12 PM)  – Intermediate/Advanced (1 PM to 4 PM)
  • Where & When Tahoe CityKilner Park – Tuesday July 9th and Wednesday July 10th (see site for times offered at Kilner Park)
  • Semi-Private lessons are also available at each venue.

For more information and to register, please click here: Matthew Blom and Emanual Pickleball Clinic

If you are registering for the Reno clinic at Regency Courts, please be sure to select Monday July 8th in your “Select A Date“!


Date is set for Community Color Clash!

  • When – Saturday August 3rd TimeTBD
  • Where – Carson City MAC
  • Who – All players – members and non members from all over the area
  • What – Round robin play with players from all over northern Nevada playing with random players from different communities in skill levels.
  • Points – Individual player scores will be tabulated as well as each community’s points! Community points will be proportioned to how many players from each community participate.
  • Colors? – Players from each community are suggested to wear shirts of the same color!
          • Arrowcreek – Lime Green
          • Carson City – Black
          • Del Webb/Somersett – Yellow
          • Fallon – Green
          • Incline Village – Purple
          • Minden/Gardnerville – White
          • Regency – Red
          • Reno – Blue
          • Sparks – Orange

Sign ups are not ready at this time but will be soon!



Reno Senior Games Registration is now open!



2019 Tahoe Peak Pickleball Challenge

Great opportunity for great play up at Truckee Northstar this September. Be sure to sign up to play &/or volunteer. Truckee will be gorgeous in September!

Check out all the info here: https://tahoepickleball.com/tahoe-peak-pickleball-challenge/


Meet your new board! Guess what’s coming?

Announcing the 2019 – 2020 TMPC Officers and Board of Directors

President – Joe Burfield

Vice President – Paul Kocher

Secretary – Karen Wallis

Treasurer – Cathie Barbato

Membership – Nicholas St Jon

Community Liaison – Paul Ricciardi

Social – Netto Montoya

Special Events – Sheri Barainca

Webmaster – Carol Amos



Save the tentative date!

Community Color Craze – Carson MAC – August 3rd

This event is going to be a BLAST! All players from all communities are invited. Round robin with a twist. Play will be in skill levels for fun and even play. Open to members and non-members.

Players from each community are asked to wear a color specific to your community. You will be with a different partner  from random communities each game but your points will total both individually and towards your community’s total points.

Details and registration will be coming soon but please spread the word! No partner needed !

What’s your color?

Arrowcreek – Lime Green

Carson City – Black

Del Webb/Somersett – Yellow

Fallon – Green

Incline Village – Purple

Minden/Gardnerville – White

Regency – Red

Reno – Blue

Sparks – Orange


Elections, Pack the Gym Tuesday Night PB Date, & Senior Games

Thank you to all the members who came, played and voted Tuesday night at the TMPC General Meeting. Five new board members were elected to replace the five outgoing board members. Board members serve a two year term.

The five new board members elected Tuesday night for the next two membership years are Sheri Barainca, Joe Burfield, Paul Kocher, Nicholas St Jon, and Karen Wallis.

Outgoing board members deserve a big round of applause. Thank you to Liz Brown, Bruce Burkham, Alan Clark, Paula Cobb, and Lyle Mason.


Welcome new board members and thank you for stepping up!


Pack the Gym Night!

How awesome is this?

Neil Road Rec Center will be opening up for pickleball play on Tuesday July 2nd. Four courts will be available.

Let’s fill Neil Road Rec Center Tuesday July 2!

Beginner Pickleball – 4:30 to 6:30 pm

Advanced Pickleball – 6:30 to 8:30 pm


2019 Reno Senior Summer Games Info

Save the dates for Reno Senior Games.

  • Recreational Division – Neil Road – August 20-23
  • Competitive Division – Boys & Girls Club – August 21-24

Did you know that the City of Reno uses numbers of participants in these events to help determine funding and facility allotment for all activities?

To be added to the Senior Games email list, send an email to SeniorServices@reno.gov and put ‘Sign Me Up For The Senior Games’ in the subject line.

Registration is not yet open for the August Senior Games, but we will post a link when it does.

Please play and support pickleball!


Membership Update

To date, we have 131 Memberships signed up for next year. A whopping 25 new members have signed up and 106 members have renewed. Counting all the members from last year and new members for the upcoming year, we have 300 members!

Your membership includes many perks listed on the web page below. You may also sign up or renew your membership through that page. Thank you!



Open Play and General Membership Meeting Tuesday June 25th

Please come and play and then vote for 5 new board members for the 2019 – 2020 membership year at Neil Road Recreation Center on Tuesday June 25th from 3 to 6 pm.  All members welcome. Come play and then vote!


  • Annual Meeting Tuesday June 25th.
  • Neil Road Rec Center – Play PB from 3:00 to 5:00 pm.
  • Meeting & new board member election scheduled from 5:00 to 6:00 pm.
  • Do not worry about coming and being nominated! A number of current TMPC members have already volunteered for election to the board! However, late applications from current members are welcome!
  • All members – 2018-2019 & 2019-2020 membership years – are welcome and eligible to vote!



A post with all the info and pictures will be posted later this week, but huge thanks to all who came, blew courts off, played, ate, and donated for the Mira Loma Courts at Saturdays Picklefest.

Money raised at Picklefest = $1653.10

Current donations towards Mira Loma Courts ~ $11,600!


Membership runs from July 1st to June 30th.  Please renew your membership now!

Just a courtesy notice, the password for the online TMPC Membership Directory will be changed on Monday July 1st. Only current 2019 – 202o TMPC Members will be emailed the new password.

Thanks to the 22 NEW members and 87 RENEWING members who have completed their applications and paid already.