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Dinkville Charity Pickleball Tournament at Peay Park October 7th-8th
Rachel's Garden Charity Pickleball Tournament is scheduled for October 7th-8th at Peay Park in Goodlettsville, TN. This is Peay Park's first Pickleball Tournament and is welcome to all skill levels from Beginners-Advanced. Find yourself a partner and sign up today here. More Information about Rachel's Garden Foundation click here.
Early Bird Gets the Worm (Courts)!
Dinkville Members all over Middle Tennessee are getting out to the courts early to beat the heat. Richland Park in Nashville, TN had 8 full courts with 40+ players playing and in Gallatin, TN at Municipal Park there were 50+ players playing on 10 courts all before 8am. Everyone is engaging with one another and organizing matches by skill level. That way all skill levels are welcome from Beginners to Advanced to make sure everyone is playing their respected opponents and having a good time! If you aren't in the Community Discord yet, sign up now here.
65 New Players Attend Beginners Clinic at Lipscomb Racquet Club in Nashville, TN
Dinkville put on a Beginners Clinic at Lipscomb Racquet Club on Tuesday August 8th and that helped teach 65 new players the basics of Pickleball. With so many sign ups, we had 4 "Dink Courts" in the Parking Garage teaching the fundamentals of Dinking while the 4 outside courts taught Serves and Returns. At the halfway point we switched both groups. This rotation allowed all players on the court at the same time playing and learning from our Dinkville Instructors. I want to thank our Dinkville Volunteer Instructors Chris Taylor, Larry Morgan, Brannon Penrod, Nick Albert, Tim Smith, Kevin Mulder, Michelle Casady, and Bob Eisenberger. More clinics coming soon so be on the look out and invite your friends/family to sign up here.
Get To Know Dinkville Members Cody Boehnlein and Margaret Gorzny
Who Are you? We are Margaret Gorzny and Cody Boehnlein. We live in Bellevue, TN. Marg works as an Accountant for the State of TN, and Cody works as a club builder for Seemore Putter Company.
When Did you start Pickleball? We were first introduced to pickleball during the Summer of 2021 while visiting family in San Diego, but we did not start playing until the Spring of 2022 when we decided to join a beginners league here in Nashville.
How Did you hear about Dinkville? We heard about Dinkville through our friends. Once we joined, we met a lot of amazing new people who also enjoy pickleball as much as we do!
Why Do you Love Pickleball? We love pickleball because it is a great way to meet new people!
What's your favorite shot? Marg’s favorite shot is the lob. It’s a great way to shake up the point when you feel stuck dinking at the kitchen line. Cody’s favorite shot is the backspin return. It is a fun and challenging shot to hit every now and then.
What are your goals this year? Our goal this year is to continue meeting new players and to help pickleball grow in Nashville!
What's your advice to new players? The best way to improve your game is to branch out and play with more people, especially people who are better than you!
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Offense vs Defense vs Neutral
Knowing who controls the point dictates how you should prepare for your next shot. A transition from defense to offense can happen in a split second. John Cincola breaks down the three states of pickleball in a new video.
Below are the examples he gives to identify if you’re on offense, defense, or in a neutral state.
- Court position - Your opponents are closer to the kitchen line
- Off Balance - A lunge, stretch, or reach for the ball that puts you off balance
- Contact point - Contact behind your body or getting jammed are two examples
- Half volley - It's ill-advised to attack a low ball, you're likely playing defense on a half volley
- High ball - When you give your opponent a high ball to hit out of the air
- Dead dink - When you hit a high bouncing dink, your opponent can attack
The opposite of scenarios 1-6. The returning team usually starts on 'offense' because they get to the kitchen line first.
All four players have reached the kitchen line and none of the above scenarios are in play. It is typically seen after a successful third or fifth shot drop.
Clearly defining when you’re on offense vs defense will help you predict what happens next on the court. It tells you where to stand, how tight to grip your paddle, and where to look for the next ball.
We will cover more detail on how to react in each scenario on Friday.
Today In Pickleball
National Pickleball Day in Review
In case you weren’t aware, yesterday was National Pickleball Day, and what a momentous day it was: the sport was featured on Good Morning America for the third time.
Actually, that’s old news. It was much more entertaining to see how the community responded online. Here are some highlights:
Our favorite comment regarding pickle’s national holiday came from a single commenter on a Facebook post within the Pickleball Forum group.
It read: National Pickleball Day? That’s like National Breathe Air Day.
Our sentiments exactly.
Big Alcohol Invests in PB
Teetotalers, look away. Boozy experiences are tying themselves to pickleball so fast, it’s dizzying.
According to Forbes, these are just a few of the venues pairing pickleball and bespoke hooch:
Carneros Resort and Spa in Napa Valley’s après-play experience: “Veuve Clicquot Champagne Bar & Lounge is directly next to the courts for post-game unwinding that includes bottle service.”
At the Del Mar Wine & Food Festival in San Diego this September, rosé brand Whispering Angel is sponsoring a celebrity pickleball tournament.
Kimpton La Peer in West Hollywood provides guests with a full Grey Goose vodka menu, including a “Pickleball Punch” served in a glass wrapped in a reusable wristband koozie you can use on the court.
The M Social Hotel Times Square hosts a court seven floors above city streets. Booking a slot there includes a complimentary Honey Deuce cocktail, the “official drink of the U.S. Open.”
On Cape Cod, the Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club provides guests access to their six courts, complete with a pop-up pickleball bar with a full pickleball-inspired menu with drinks like the Two Bounce Rule (featuring bourbon, maple syrup, lime, and OJ).
Pickleball Under the Arch
The APP Tour returns this week to St. Louis, MO the site of one of the most exciting events on their 2022 calendar.
This year's event will look a little different, held at a new venue, the Dwight Davis Tennis Center.
Most signs point to Andrei Daescu doubling up on gold again this weekend. He's paired with Rob Nunnery and Susannah Barr.
Salome Devidze is the heavy favorite in the women's singles field, but expect to see some new names with her on the podium.
Pickleball vets Frank Anthony Davis and John Cincola will look to infiltrate the Johnson twins' stronghold on APP singles gold. Jhonnatan Medina Alvarez is also primed to make a run in St. Louis.
Newcomer Tina Pisnik continues to gain ground in the doubles game. Look for her to podium alongside Alix Truong in women’s doubles.
Coverage for the event will begin Saturday on APPTV.
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