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USA Pickleball - Pickleball has a very interesting name, especially since no pickles are used. Accounts of how the name originated differ. (1) According to Joel Pritchard’s wife (Joan), she started calling the game pickleball because “the combination of different sports reminded me of the pickle boat in crew where oarsmen were chosen from the leftovers of other boats”. (2) However, according to Barney McCallum, the game was officially named after the Pritchard’s’ dog Pickles who would chase the ball and run off with it. According to McCallum, “The Pritchard’s had a dog named Pickles, and you're having fun at a party, right? So anyways, what the hell, let's just call it pickleball.”
Others claim both accounts may actually be true. In the early years, no official name was assigned to the game. However, a year or two after the game was invented, the Pritchard’s purchased a cocker spaniel and named it Pickles. As the game progressed, an official name was needed and “pickleball” was it.
The Official Tournament Rulebook contains every rule set forth for the game of pickleball by the International Federation of Pickleball and the United States of America Pickleball.
Level 1 – Basic Pickleball Skills. Each session consists of 4, 2-hour classes.
This class is typically offered by the Loveland Parks and Recreation Department and is led by coaches who are members of the LPC. There is a cost to take this class and is paid through the Parks Department. Participants do not need to be members of the LPC.
The Basic Skills class is offered at various times throughout the year. During the summer, classes will typically be held outdoors and indoor classes are held in the Chilson Center during the rest of the year.
The purpose of this class is to introduce new players to the game of pickleball. Players will learn the basic rules of the game, the basic strokes involved in playing and how to keep score. All with a focus on playing safely.
Level 2 – Mentored Play. Each session consists of 4 classes, 1-1/2 to 2 hours per class.
Mentored classes are held outdoors during the summer and are offered through the Loveland Pickleball Club. Level 1 – Basic Skills class (or its equivalent) is a prerequisite to take the class. Participants must be members of the LPC and there is no cost to take the class.
Mentored play provides new players with an opportunity to work in small groups with a coach. Coaching is focused on giving players more experience in actually playing the game at a comfortable level and preparing them to participate in regular group play sessions.PickleSkills Wednesday evenings from May through August.
PickleSkills sessions are an LPC sponsored event for club members to help improve skills and understand the underlying strategies. Players will train with others of a similar skill level, in 90-minute sessions, and rotate through stations for skill appropriate drills. The SimonX ball machine will be featured as part of the drills. Signup will occur weekly; an entire summer commitment is not necessary.
We’ll be having the Dink Challenge and the PickleSkills Challenge once again in 2021. The PickleSkills sessions leading up to the Challenges will be focused on preparing players for these two great events!
The Loveland Pickleball Club attempts to schedule 1-2 professional pickleball clinics each summer. These clinics feature well-known professional pickleball player / coaches. There is a fee for these clinics and are skill-level specific.
Here are the top 10 etiquette rules for playing pickleball – rules that you won’t find in any official pickleball tournament handbook or rulebook:
Note: Above the 2.0 level, all levels should be able to demonstrate most of the skills for their level plus most of the skills from preceding levels. Thus a 2.5 level player, for example, demonstrates most skills in the 2.5 level list as well as most skills in the 2.0 level list, and so on.
As players self-determine their rating, keep in mind that you are welcome to use .25 and .75 rating numbers also. For instance, if you feel that you are better than a 2.5 but not quite to the 3.0 level, you can rate yourself as a 2.75.
2.0 Skill Level
2.5 Skill Level
3.0 Skill level. Also possesses all 2.5 Skills
3.5 Skill level Also possesses all 3.0 Skills
4.0 Skill Level. Also possesses all 3.5 Skills.
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