Metro Parks Issues Program That Drastically Limits 80+ Pickleball Players

Metro Parks Issues Program That Drastically Limits 80+ Pickleball Players
Richland Park in Nashville, TN on Saturday morning with 80+ Pickleball Players from all over Middle Tennessee.

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Richland Park's New Pilot Program Issues 50/50 Split Between Tennis and Pickleball

Richland Park has become the Pickleball Headquarters of Nashville as hundreds of players play their weekly.  Some players travel 50+ miles to play and enjoy the wonderful community as you can have up to 8 pickleball courts going at one time.  Saturday mornings have been packed as there have been 80+ players playing and rotating for hours.  See video below from just a normal Saturday morning at Richland Park.

Metro Parks wants to make sure both Tennis and Pickleball players have the same opportunity to play so they have issued a Pilot Program that gives tennis and pickleball 2 courts each; 50/50 split.  Honestly, it sounds like a pretty fair split and even for both sides.  But Pickleball is an unique sport as it is mainly played in doubles and everyone mixes in together in a rotation. While tennis is mainly played as singles and they don't mix in together.  So in a 50/50 court split, realistically you will have 2 singles tennis groups (4 total players) to 16 active pickleball players (2 tennis courts= 4 Pickleball Courts of 4 players) with multiple players rotating in.  

20+ Pickleball Players to 4 tennis players isn't a recipe for success which is why I have my own thoughts below of a possible solution.

My Proposal- Designate Tennis and Pickleball Week Days and Split Weekends.  Monday-Wednesday-Friday Tennis.  Tuesday-Thursday Pickleball.  Saturday Morning 5am-12pm Pickleball, Saturday Afternoon Tennis 12pm-10pm.  Sunday Morning 5am-12pm Tennis, Sunday Afternoon Pickleball 12pm-10pm.  

Both Sports can play everyday but must give up court to the sport priority that day.

This allows both Tennis and Pickleball Communities to enjoy a fun and exciting experience of likeminded people instead of mixing the two which can cause friction.  

Dinkville is really looking forward to working with the city to try and find a better solution for all.

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The second hand adds power, control, and makes hitting topspin easier. It does come with the drawback of less reach, but that's a small price to pay.

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Let your non-dominant in on the fun and add the two-hander to your game. You'll appreciate it the most on backhand drives, topspin dinks, and counterattacks.

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Foods to Fuel Better Pickleball

The good folks at Food Network recently consulted a sports nutritionist to ascertain what pickleball players should incorporate into their diets to achieve better performance.

They separated the list by what to eat before, during, and after play:

Before: If you have hours before playing, eat a full, balanced meal which balances proteins, vegetables, and whole grains (e.g. vegetable omelet with whole grain toast, or salmon with stir-fried vegetables and brown rice).

If you only have an hour or so, they suggest drinking plenty of fluids and snacking on easily-digestible foods (e.g. a banana, rice cakes with peanut butter, or oatmeal).

During: For play which exceeds an hour or in excessive heat, players need the “fuel, fluid and electrolytes” provided by sports drinks, or quick-digesting calories from applesauce, pretzels, or low-fiber cereal.

After: You burn more calories playing pickleball than expected. The other day, I burned over 1,400 after playing for less than two hours. So it’s important to replenish your system.

Food Network’s nutritionist recommends the following formula:

  • 35% healthy carbohydrates such as bread, rice, or potatoes
  • 25% lean protein from chicken, fish, eggs, or tofu
  • 50% with fruits and/or vegetables for a complete and balanced recovery meal

In Pro League News…

MLP & APP both dropped some sponsorship news yesterday:

Today’s MLP Season 2 draft event in NYC won't just mark a change in team rosters. The league will also announce a new “sponsor” at the event: Pickleball Cares.

The nonprofit is a new philanthropic organization (also started by Steve Kuhn) that will provide resources and opportunities for underserved communities through pickleball. More info here.

Meanwhile, APP’s 50+ & 60+ divisions have new names and a new sponsor.

The divisions are no longer called "senior pros" or "super senior pros,” just Champions and Masters, sponsored by the organization known for helping people age: AARP.

AARP will also sponsor the Champions Cup tournament, showcasing players 50 and older, in 2024. More info here.

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