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Murmurs from the Losers’ Bracket: Top 10 Signs It’s Too Hot to Play Pickleball Outside

Murmurs from the Losers' Bracket Frank Cerabino 08-07-2023

If you live in many parts of the country, playing pickleball outdoors is a grueling exercise this time of year, especially in the middle of the day.

Even so, you see pickleball addicts out there, no matter how hot it is, playing the game they love.

It can be dangerous. It pays to heed the signs to know when enough is enough.

So, as a public service, we here at Murmurs from the Losers’ Bracket offer you our Top-10 Signs that it’s Too Hot to Play Pickleball Outside

Number 10: Your willingness to chase lobs depends on the cloud cover.

Number 9: You’re less interested in whether your partner will share the middle than whether he or she will share the Gatorade.

Number 8: You start intentionally fanning overhead smashes in an attempt to cool off.

Murmurs from the Losers' Bracket: Top 10 Signs It’s Too Hot to Play Pickleball Outside

Number 7: It’s hard to hear the score over the noise of the paramedics on the next court.

Number 6: You start shouting “yours” to your partner before the other team hits the ball toward your court.

Number 5: Your heart rate is too accelerated to verbally demonstrate your knowledge of the rule book to the other players.

Number 4: It’s hard to make accurate line calls due to the little black dots popping up in your vision.

Number 3: You think you may have sprained an ankle, but you’re too afraid of getting second-degree burns on your rear end by sitting down on the court.

Number 2: The only other living things on the other courts are iguanas.

And the Number 1 Sign That’s It’s Too Hot to Play Pickleball Outside is …

You briefly consider playing indoors.


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Frank Cerabino is a long-time columnist for the Palm Beach Post in Florida, a pickleball addict like the rest of us, and a newly published author. Check out Frank’s newly released book, I Dink, Therefore I Am: Coming to Grips with My Pickleball Addiction (available on Amazon and a great read (or gift!) for any pickleball player), for pickleball tips and laughs!

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