Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Doubles Pickleball Strategy 101-How to Play Smart

I've been asked to do an intro to Pickle ball Port Townsend. Guess they want a newbie's perspective.
A little about me, I'm fairly new to the game and am completely addicted.
Here's a video I found that is very helpful especially for someone new to the game.
Hope it helps.
Also if you have questions, but don't want to ask the advanced players - I'll ask for you.

This video provides strategy and tips for playing smart pickleball. It discusses shot selection, court positioning, etc. The focus is on pickleball strategy.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Pickleball 10-Week Program Begins December 6


Pickleball 10-Week Program Begins December 6
Community Open Pickleball Play November 22 11:30am At Mt. View Gym

PORT TOWNSEND, WA (November 16, 2016) - The Port Townsend Pickleball group will be involved with a 10-week Program that begins December 6 that will be held at the Mountain View gymnasium.

All ages and skill levels are welcome to join the open game play Tuesday/Thursday 11:30am-2pm. The cost is $25 for 1 day-a-week or $40 for 2 days-a-week.  

Two or four people play on a badminton court, 20 feet wide by 44 feet long. Portable nets a little lower than a tennis net are easily set-up in a couple of minutes. The Mt. View gym has two badminton courts. Players use a light paddle and a specially designed wiffle ball for inside play. The fast-pace game can also be played on tennis courts. This summer the Court House tennis court and one of the Port Townsend High School tennis courts had taped pickleball lines on them.
“Wet winter pickleball play outside is risky,” explains Jack Olmsted, Port Townsend Pickleball member, “your footwear can slide on the slick courts at anytime for whatever reason. I’m looking forward to competitive game play with the Jefferson County talent pool in a safe, warm, wind free environment in the months ahead.”

“So happy we will be able to continue playing pickleball all winter, “ says Anne Clark, Pickleball member,  “by moving indoors where we will be safe, dry, and warm.”

"I am hoping the program will be used by people all over the Port Townsend area," Mary Critchlow, retired PE teacher.

In the summer of 1965, on Bainbridge Island, Wash., three dads invented pickleball for their bored children. As legend has it, the name of the game comes from one of the inventor’s dog, “Pickles”, who liked to chase the lost balls.

The USA Pickleball Association claims that pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in the country.

On November 22 at 11:30am, the public and the press are invited to tour the Mt. View gym courts and meet and play with members of the Port Townsend Pickleball Group. Instruction for beginners is available.
Currently, the Port Townsend Pickleball Group has open play Wednesday (10-1pm) and Sunday (10-1pm) outside on the Mt. View basketball courts weather permitting. White pickleball lines were painted on two courts this summer.  

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Saturday, October 29, 2016

USAPA Nationals VIII

USAPA Nationals VIII Facebook Event Page - Tournament Updates

USA Pickleball Association Nationals VIII requires a valid USAPA Membership through 11/14/16.

The USAPA is offering two 2 hour clinics on Thursday, November 10

The first is for Intermediate players at 9:00AM. The second is for advanced players at 2:00PM.

The clinics are open to Nationals VIII registrants and non-tournament players. The cost is $5 for those registered for the tournament and $20 for those who are not registered for the tournament. Each clinic is limited to 100 people and will be filled on a first come first serve basis with no preference to tournament players.

Event Schedule/FAQ

Hashtag: #NationalsVIII
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On Friday, November 4 from 4:00-7:00pm, players and guests are encouraged to attend the Nationals VIII Player Social at the Palm Creek courts. The courts will be open for practice that day starting at 10:00am and will continue through the player social at 7:00pm. Enjoy all-you-can-eat salad & pizza and a beverages at the courts (tables/chairs provided) for $10.00 (players). Entertainment will also be presented during the social.


Washington State Players

Ansboury,Sarah Columbia River Pickleball Club OR/WA
Brennan,James(Jim) Olympia,WA
Hancock,Heidi Washington
Haney,Julie Sequim, Washington
Hastings,Kendall Sequim WA
Hastings,McKenna Sequim WA
Hastings,Allison Sequim WA
Hastings,Douglas Sequim WA
Hoffman,Beverly Sequim, WA
Lee,Miok Gig Harbor, WA
Lee,Yim Washington
Middleton,Gilman(Gil) Washington
Rippel,Jay 24-hour Fitness Washington
Schoff,Skip Yakima YMCA
Taylor,Chuck Washington
Thompson,Tony Edmonds,WA
Walker,Elliott Snoqualmie,WA

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Traveling pickleball player Bob Hamilton from...

Traveling pickleball player Bob Hamilton from Rancho Mirage, California discusses his pickleball play experiences with the Port Townsend Pickleball Group.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Two New Pickleball Courts At Mt. View

As soon as we can get a crew of volunteers to help paint pickleball court lines, there will be two new pickleball courts in Port Townsend at Mt. View. More information about this project is on the Port Townsend Pickleball Facebook Group Wall

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Port Townsend Farmers Market Pickleball Booth

Pickleball Instruction YouTube Playlist

This morning 9-2pm, the Port Townsend Pickleball Group will have a booth at the Jefferson County Farmers Market in Port Townsend, WA. to reach out to the community.

If you saw us at the Farmers Market today and would like to get involved with individuals in Port Townsend that play Pickleball, tell us about yourself , join us on Facebook  and/or show up on Sunday to play (paddles/balls will be provided)

Sunday July 10 at the Port Townsend High School and Court House Tennis Courts
  • 10am Open Play
  • 1:30pm Open Play

Friday, June 24, 2016

Pickleball players descend on Portland

"The ambassadors of the racket sport called pickleball are like pied pipers. They spread the word about their fun, competitive game with the silly name, and more and more Mainers are stepping in line to pick up the tune."

 “I’ve been an ambassador for about eight months,” said Roland Gagne Jr., 75, of South Portland. “Each ambassador kind of has his own venue, keeps it running and makes sure new people are more than welcome. That’s a big part. No matter how (well) you play, you’re always welcome.
This weekend, Maine welcomes 350 pickleball enthusiasts from around the country for the Atlantic Regional Pickleball Tournament at the Portland Racket and Fitness Center. Competitors are coming from throughout the 13-state Atlantic region, as well as from Texas, Florida, Ohio, Michigan and Canada. Maine will be well represented with about 130 players, said Rocky Clark of Portland, regional director for the USA Pickleball Association, which is hosting the event.

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Pickleball players descend on Portland - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Open Letter to USAPA Board re paddle testing

Open Letter to USAPA Board re paddle testing (USAPA Community Forum)

Directors of USAPA                        

June 23, 2016
Open letter to Board of Directors of USAPA

Reference:  USAPA June 2016 response Pro-Lite Sports Article on the work done by Dennis Dacey to qualify paddles to the USAPA technical specifications.

My name is John Anderson, and I would like to provide some feedback on the outstanding work Dennis Dacey has been doing and add some additional technical details related to the testing of the paddles.

Last fall (2015) I was asked by Dennis Dacey if I could provide some input / review his test methods and procedures used to qualify the paddles – specifically the surface roughness measurement techniques and inspection methods.   Dennis was seeking feedback and technical confirmation that he was able to define a specification, and a repeatable test method to define/measure the relevant performance properties of a pickleball paddle.

My technical qualifications and experience as an engineer are directly related to the work Dennis is doing on behalf of the USAPA and the pickleball community at large.  I am a Registered Professional Mechanical Engineer and have over 35 years of experience in the Testing, Product Development, Design, Qualification, and Certification of aerospace products.  My experience in testing and certification of metallic and composite structures is regulated by the FAA and requires certification of the test methods, as well as the products.  I am currently the Chief Engineer for a large aerospace company and I am responsible for FAA Certification of large commercial aerospace products that we would all recognize and we all fly on.

Dennis has been doing a lot of work to define repeatable methods to characterize / measure the surface roughness of paddles that are being proposed by numerous manufacturers.  Dennis asked for my technical support as a qualified Non-Advocate to review his work.  Dennis and I have had several discussions / reviews of the test methods and equipment. I have also personally seen the test setup and test procedures, and witnessed some of the actual testing.  I consider the work that Dennis has done to be technically acceptable to differentiate the paddles with respect to surface roughness  --  considered to be a key characteristic of paddle performance.   

Dennis has also been working with the pickleball manufacturers to assure that proper procedures are in place to document and control the qualification of a paddle sample, and to assure direct linkage of this qualification to the products that are actually being produced / sold and used in USAPA sanctioned tournaments.  This is a fundamental concept of configuration management – unique part numbers or names are needed to maintain linkage of a product back to the certification.  Having multiple product configurations with distinctly different properties (surfaces) would violate the basis of certification of the original as-tested product.  This basic concept applies to any product that requires certification to technical requirements, and is critical to the aerospace, automotive, pharmaceutical, and many other industries…..Having two products with the same part number (name) would only be acceptable if BOTH configurations were compliant to requirements.

This letter is not intended to provide an in-depth review of the issues, but to assure the pickleball community that Dennis Dacey is absolutely data-driven and his technical expertise is relevant to the qualification of the paddles.  For anyone to question his integrity is absolutely ridiculous….and begins to question the motives of any allegations.

John Anderson  PE

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