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Dinkville is teaming up with Christmas 4 Kids with a Charity Pickleball Tournament on Saturday April 6th at Bluegrass Yacht and Country Club. This will be a fun environment with free Selkirk prize giveaways, free towel, stickers, and a tournament shirt! 66+ players already signed up so Make sure to sign up today to secure your spot!

First 80 Players Signed Up Receive Free Tournament Shirt

April 6th Dinkville Madness Pickleball Tournament Sign Up HERE

Free Beginners Clinic Tuesday April 9th!

Want to learn the basics to Pickleball for FREE? Or have a friend or family member that wants to play? Come on out for a fun and informative beginners pickleball clinic at Municipal Park in Gallatin, TN on Tuesday April 9th from 6:30pm-8pm! Don't worry about paddles or balls, we have you covered so just show up! Sign up today HERE!

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Upcoming Tournament In Nashville

Nashville Young Life Tournament- Register here for the inaugural Nashville Young Life Pickleball Tournament at Lipscomb Racquet Club on Saturday, May 11th! Young Life is an outreach ministry for high schoolers, middle schoolers, parenting teens, and friends with disabilities in Nashville. All proceeds directly benefit ministry in Central and Southeast Nashville, so that Young Life leaders can continue showing up in the lives of our high school friends.

  • Men's, Women's, and Mixed Doubles are available for all skill levels. 
  • $75/player - pool play followed by single elimination (minimum of 4 games)
  • Registration closes on May 8th - get your spot today! 
  • Sign Up HERE

Today In Pickleball Brought To You By The Dink

The Law of the Downward Angle

The height of the ball is everything in pickleball. A ball that is low and at your opponent’s feet is ideal.

It forces them to hit the ball up, which puts you at an advantage. As Collin Johns explains, “The law of the downward angle - thee who angles a volley down first will win the point an enormous percentage of the time.”

Rather than trying to overpower your opponent at waist or chest height, a better option can be taking pace off of the ball and angling it down at their feet.

Change the dynamic so you’re hitting down on the ball and they’re hitting up. This dramatically turns the point in your favor.

Not only is it more difficult to hit a shot from your ankles, but it also lowers the odds of an attack landing in. A ball hit with pace from the knee or below is almost always going to sail out.

Control the height of the ball and the point. Find more of Collin’s 15 pickleball gems for the amateur player here.

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It’s crunch time for MLP teams

Last month it felt like the MLP Draft might never happen. Now the draft is less than a week away. Teams have six days to decide how to spend their allotted capital and construct a winning MLP team.

Luckily, fans will have a chance to watch the action live. The first two hours of the draft will be streamed on Pickleballtv and MLP’s YouTube channel.

Most expect Ben Johns to go first overall, but the bigger question is how much will the first draft pick cost? Teams will each be given $500K of allotted capital — basically “MLP bucks” — and can spend an additional $500K of their own capital that would be paid to MLP.

Teams will need a minimum of $10K for each bid, so that first overall pick could go for $970K. But that’s not all. If two or more teams land on the same amount, they will have a private bidding war outside of the normal draft that will not count against their salary cap.

That means if a team REALLY wants to land the world’s top player, they could be breaking open the piggy bank.

There are plenty of variables to consider. We’ve got some potential MLP Draft strategies here.

Meanwhile in Miami
There is one final chance for some players to improve their draft position before next week. MLP will host a three-day All-Star event this week as part of the ATP/WTA Miami Open.

The matches begin today and will be played on Butch Buchholz court at Hard Rock Stadium. Players participating include Anna Bright, Dylan Frazier, Federico Staksrud, Hurricane Tyra Black and more.

The 15-minute rule for open play

The battle for court time is one of pickleball’s biggest struggles. The paddle rack tradition has helped make pickleball a cultural phenomenon but left newcomers to the sport stymied and intimidated.

In tennis, most public courts are first come, first serve. There might be a time limit of an hour or even two if people are waiting. Basically, if the courts are full when you arrive, you’re out of luck. But in pickleball, that’s not the case.

A newcomer to the game took to Reddit to get a little clarity on court time.

“There is a park near my house with only 2 courts, and sometimes it could get pretty crowded. Me and my friends got there one day and played for about 20 mins. We are beginners and most of the time we just rally. If we do attempt to keep score, the game ends really fast.”

  • The official posted rule was similar to tennis, first come, first served, with an hour limit if people were waiting.
  • “After a while (they) started interrupting us and arguing with us that we needed to take turns when there’s somebody waiting.”
  • “We played for another 15 mins and left with them glaring and making comments at us.”

For any newcomers out there, the one-game and rotate or 15-minute rule are the most common open-play pickleball rules. Quite frankly, courts are too scarce and there are too many people wanting to play.

It’s not great for getting into a groove, having a competitive match or conducting a drill session, but it is great at bringing people together. Until court availability catches up with demand, share the courts or find a place where you can rent by the hour, like with our next partner.

Reply to this email and let us know if your courts follow suit or have local rules of their own.

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