One day in early 2017, my parents invited me to play pickleball with them and their friends. I was paired with this man named Charlie. As I walked on the court with Charlie, whose white hair peaked out from under his ball cap, I apologized for being a beginner. Charlie peered at me as he was preparing to serve and very matter-of-factly stated, “Happy players here!” He quickly broke out into a smile and yelled, “zero, zero, two!”
Charlie shuffled around the court. He probably was a killer athlete in his prime. However, he did not move very quickly anymore. Nevertheless, Charlie was a great partner—first and foremost, he had patience for me—but he also had an ability to spin and place the pickleball in between our opponents. Fortunately for me, I have been an athlete my entire life. I grew up playing fastpitch softball and was lucky enough to play in college, professionally and internationally. I relied on this athletic background to get me through my first pickleball game. Charlie would make the finesse winning shots, and I would run around the court keeping everything out of his reach in play.
Charlie and I won our first game. After tapping paddles, I turned to Charlie, “Great job, Charlie. You had some killer shots!” Charlie smirked back to me, “Not bad for a 90-year-old man, huh?” My teeth about fell out of my mouth, “CHARLIE, YOU’RE 90!”
Charlie was the first Pickler I met (other than my parents). It is people like Charlie that made me fall in love with the game of pickleball. The game of pickleball is fun, social, competitive, provides a sense of community and is an amazing workout with tons of health and wellness benefits. To summarize, pickleball is so much more than a sport, which is exactly why I created Pickler.
Our mission at Pickler is to promote the sport of pickleball and inspire others to not only play pickleball, but also to become part of the pickleball community. Pickler promotes the community of pickleball and its great exercise, family-friendly, high-quality play, meaningful relationships, health and wellness benefits, and fun culture. Pickler also strives to help pickleball players improve their game and play their best pickleball, whether it is (1) through Pickler’s My Pro Pickleball Coach pickleball videos or pickleball e-books that focus on the every aspect of the sport of pickleball; or (2) by helping pickleball players show off their love of pickleball with some Pickler gear.
If you are passionate about pickleball, want to learn more about pickleball, or want to improve your pickleball game, then you have come to the right place! Welcome to Pickler!