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Pickler Pickleball Blog | What Is Your Pickleball Elevator Pitch?

What Is Your Pickleball Elevator Pitch?

Although pickleball is the fastest growing sport in the world, I come across more people that have not heard of our great sport than those that have. As soon as I mention pickleball, a puzzled look appears across their face and the next words out of their mouth are: “What is pickleball?”

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Pickler Pickleball Blog | Valerie Malatino-Berla - The Pickleball Teacher

The Pickler I Met: Valerie Malatino-Berla – The Pickleball Teacher

Every Pickler has that one “Ah Ha!” moment where they discover the great sport of pickleball and their life forever changes. Some stumble upon pickleball at their local gym or hear about pickleball through some sort of media outlet, while others may be urged to try pickleball by a friend or family member. In my case, my family friend, Valerie “Val” Malatino-Berla, relentlessly encouraged my family and me to get out on the pickleball court.

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Pickler Pickleball Blog | My Time at the US Open Pickleball Championships

Pickler Recap: My Time at the US Open

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This past week, I was one of the lucky ones that had the opportunity to not only attend the US Open in Naples, Florida, as a pickleball fan, but also participate in the US Open as a competitor. East Naples Community Park, where the US Open is held, was quite a sight to see, as almost 50 pickleball courts were filled with passionate pickleball players and fans from across the United States (and 16 other countries). I had the opportunity to compete in two events—Womens Doubles Age/Skill 4.0: 19-49 and Mixed Doubles Age/Skill 4.0: 19-49. I also had the opportunity to cheer on my friends from across South Florida (and other new friends from across the country), who all put on a real show of talent on the pickleball courts. Here is what I took away from my time at the US Open.

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Pickler Pickleball | 5 Things to Know Before the US Open Pickleball Championships (or Any Other Pickleball Tournament)

Pickle Your Opponent: 5 Things to Know Before the US Open (or Any Other Pickleball Tournament)

Tournaments are becoming increasingly popular among pickleball players. One of the biggest pickleball tournaments of the year, the US Open, begins on Sunday, April 22nd in Naples, Florida. As we enter in the final countdown to the weeklong US Open tournament, we thought we would share 5 things to know for all those Picklers competing next week (these tips also generally apply to any other pickleball tournament you may participate in).

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Pickler Pickleball Blog | 5 Tips to Becoming the Perfect Pickleball Partner

Pickle Your Opponent: 5 Tips to Becoming the Perfect Pickleball Partner

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As we all know, pickleball is popularly played in doubles. As such, mastering the art of being the perfect pickleball partner is important. To help us all become better doubles partners, we have come up with 5 tips to become the perfect pickleball partner.

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Pickler Pickleball Blog - Playing Pickleball with a Lefty

Pickle Your Opponent: Playing Pickleball with a Lefty

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About three points into the pickleball game, I hit what I thought was a decent shot to my opponent’s backhand. However, I was quickly met with a fast-flying return. I glanced back up to my opponent, realizing that she was a lefty. Instead of hitting the pickleball to my opponent’s backhand, I sent the pickleball straight to my opponent’s forehand for an easy kill down the middle of the pickleball court, splitting me and my partner.

This reminded me of an easy habit to adopt before every match:

Identify whether one or both of your opponents are left-handed and where they are on the pickleball court. Share this information with your partner.

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Pickler Pickleball Blog - Pickleball Human Interest Story - John Cioffoletti - The Pickleball Activist

The Pickler I Met: John Cioffoletti - The Pickleball Activist

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Meet Pickler John Cioffoletti. John started playing pickleball upon his retirement in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, after a friend introduced him to the sport around June 2014. However, John had to wait until September 2014 to play because there were no available pickleball courts in the area. The only available pickleball courts were at the community indoor gym, which was out-of-commission due to summer school camps. No outdoor pickleball courts existed in the area at the time. Read more to learn what John, along with his friend, Martha Gilbert, did to change that.

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Pickler Pickleball Blog - Great Pickleball Blogs and Books

Looking to Be in the Pickleball Know?

There is a wealth of knowledge on the Internet, including a wealth of knowledge about pickleball. As we work to continue to grow our pickleball blog here at Pickler, we wanted to give some love to other pickleball bloggers on the Internet that are doing their part to spread pickleball knowledge and grow the sport of pickleball. The pickleball blogs (and book) summarized in this Pickler blog have certainly inspired our work at Pickler to create top quality clothing, accessories and gear to pickle your opponents on and off the pickleball courts.

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Pickler Pickleball Blog - Ready Position

Pickle Your Opponent: The Ready Position

Being ready is key in the game pickleball. This is especially true when playing against the so-called "bangers." By being in the correct position, you can give yourself an advantage, and a few extra tenths of a second, to pickling your opponent.

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Pickler Pickleball Blog - Pickleball Human Interest Story - Anna Leigh Waters - The Future of Pickleball

The Pickler I Met: Anna Leigh Waters - The Future of Pickleball

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By now, I hope you have had a chance to read Our Story here at Pickler, which features the first Pickler I met, 90-year-old Charlie. It is likely no surprise to you that Charlie fits the demographic of the majority of Picklers, as according to the USAPA, over 75% of Picklers in the United States are over the age of 55. Today's blog describes a Pickler in stark contrast to Charlie and the rest of the majority of Picklers. Today's blog is about a prime example of what may be the future of pickleball.

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Have a Pickleball Question? Ask Pickler!

Have a Pickleball Question? Ask Pickler!

Do you have a question about pickleball? What is pickleball? How to play? Where to play? Why to play? Want tips to improve your pickleball game? Need a pickleball rule explanation or breakdown? Want to know how you can get more involved in the pickleball community?

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