Spring Forward into a Season of Excitement – Sign Up Today!

Spring Forward into a Season of Excitement – Sign Up Today!
Dinkville Members from 2023 Flex Leagues at Municipal Park in Gallatin, TN

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Dear Dinkville Community,

As we embrace the warmth of spring and bid farewell to winter, it's time to spring forward into a season filled with thrilling opportunities for growth and competition! We are thrilled to announce the opening of registrations for our upcoming clinics, tournaments, and leagues.

🌺Why Spring Forward with Us? 🌺

1. 🌝 Better Weather, Better Games:🌝 Say goodbye to chilly days and welcome the sun as we gear up for outdoor activities in the most pleasant weather. Join other Members for Open Play at Dinkville Meet Ups. For our weekly schedule, Sign Up HERE!

2. 📝Skill-Boosting Clinics:📝 Sharpen your skills with our expert-led clinics designed to elevate your game to new heights. Whether you're a seasoned player or just starting, there's something for everyone.

Saturday March 9th Pickleball Clinic with Top 5 Male Pro James Ignatowich Sign Up HERE (6 Spots Left as of 3.7.34)

3. 🏆Thrilling Tournaments:🏆 Get ready for adrenaline-pumping action in our upcoming Dinkville tournaments. Compete against fellow enthusiasts, showcase your prowess, and experience the joy of friendly competition.

April 6th Dinkville Madness Charity Pickleball Tournament Sign Up HERE

April 27th Dinkville's Spring Dink Pickleball Tournament Sign Up HERE

4. 🤼‍♂️Join a Spring Flex League:🤼‍♂️ Our leagues are back, offering a structured and engaging platform for players of all levels. Make lasting memories, form new connections, and enjoy the camaraderie of being part of a vibrant community.

Dinkville Nashville Spring League- March 25th-April 28th- 4 Matchups in 5 Weeks. Sign Up HERE

Dinkville Gallatin Spring League- March 25th-April 28th- 4 Matchups in 5 Weeks. Sign Up HERE

Why Wait? Secure Your Spot Today!

Don't miss out on the chance to be part of an exciting season. Register today to secure your spot in our clinics, tournaments, and leagues. The time to spring forward into a world of opportunities is now!

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Upcoming Tournaments in Middle Tennessee

C2 St. Patty's Invitational- March 16th, Men's Women's, and Mixed. $500 cash prize to 4.5+ Division Winners. Limited space Available so sign up today HERE

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

3 Drills You Can’t Live Without

The Johns Bros are the kings of pickleball drilling. You’ll rarely catch them in a rec game as they spend most of their time on the court doing drills.

On the PicklePod, we asked Collin Johns what three drills he couldn’t live without.

1. Skinny Singles - at the kitchen
Ben and Collin stack. Ben is always on the left and Collin on the right. So they can spend a lot of time in this drill on one side of the court without a need to change positions.

A dink starts the rally and then the ball is live with each person trying to win the point. The drill works on “speedups, counters, blocks, different types of dinks, trying to get each other off balance.”

Johns explains that at his level this drill is preferred over cross-court dinking, “Because a lot of pickleball is attacking straight ahead and countering attacks that are hit from straight ahead.”

2. Skinny Singles - one up and one back
This is commonly played as a 7-11 game. The person back tries to get to 7 points before the person up can get to 11 points.

Johns says he prefers this over skinny singles because of the number of reps. Specifically the number of reps on important shots, the thirds, fourths and fifths.

Find Collin’s third drill and see the Johns bros practicing here.

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A Matter of Etiquette

Credit: Weston Pickleball Club

Stepping out on the courts for the first time can be intimidating. Pickleball open play is a unique beast that makes the game special in parks throughout the country.

Even if you’re a veteran of the game, you might be a fish out of water when playing at a new set of courts with different rules.

Our Johnny Barth (aka Johnny 5.0) broke down some of the most common practices in his latest piece for The Dink. Here are a few of his Do’s and Don’ts surrounding open play.

Courtside Manner

  • Observe the local waiting system (Paddle Bins, Names on a Board, etc.) - This is for when courts are full. If you’re unsure about the protocol, simply ask a local (until you find a helpful one). 
  • When players are waiting, be prepared to play one side-out game to 11 (win by 2) - It’s just the way it is.
  • Don’t hold your place in line and then disappear - It messes up the flow. Go to the car/friends/bathroom after the next game, or hold off on joining the line.

In Game

  • Greet your group, especially unfamiliar players - Exchanging names and a paddle tap/high five for good measure. Eases any unnecessary tension.
  • Be flexible with  your partner/opponents
  • On windy days, or if lighting isn’t the best,  offer to "change sides" after the first team reaches six points ... otherwise this is basically unnecessary to do.
  • Don’t take every ball - Give your partner a fair chance to get in the game with balls that are clearly playable for them.
  • Don’t walk away with someone else’s ball by mistake - have you seen the prices lately?!

You can find a more extensive list of etiquette tips and advice from Johnny at thedinkpickleball.com. If you’ve got a rule that was left off the list, then reply to this email and let us know.

Eye Protection on the Rise

Sneakers and a paddle used to be the only requirements for pickleball players. But these days more and more players are adding eye protection to their on-court attire.

We asked the Dink Fam last week if eye protection is a must-have. A surprising majority of our readers answered that eye protection is mandatory for them.

Some might wear glasses to channel their inner Mary Brascia. Others know that eye injuries are one of the biggest risks associated with playing the game.

Collin Johns explained on the PicklePod that he made the switch to wearing eye protection last month.

There’s no denying that the game is getting faster. If eye protection wasn’t on your mind before, it should be now, and there's one brand that has emerged as the frontrunner for pickleball eyewear.

Predictions for APP Sacramento

The APP Tour returns to action this weekend in Sacramento. Along for the ride are a couple of familiar faces. JW and Jorja Johnson will team up in mixed doubles and be the heavy favorite going into the weekend.

Andrei Daescu and Gabe Tardio are paired up again this weekend. They will look to carry the momentum from a silver medal at the PPA Arizona Cup into a gold in Sacramento.

APP Punta Gorda gold medalist Will Howells has a great chance to make it two in a row. His performance last month landed him a spot with JW in men’s doubles.

  • Howells will also be a threat in men’s singles. But the favorite in that division is the top seed Chris Haworth, who will look to start the year with back-to-back titles.
  • In women’s doubles, keep an eye out for the team of Jorja Johnson and Jill Braverman. The uncommon duo has a great chance to run away with gold.
  • Judit Castillo and Megan Fudge are poised for another finals rematch, but Johnson will look to play spoiler here, as she will be on triple crown watch this weekend.

The event will stream on ESPN+ Friday through Sunday with a special window on ESPN2 Sunday from 10am - 12pm ET.

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