Here is a letter from our ABQ Pickleball Club members and friends, Mary and Melody, about their recent trip to Houston to deliver donations and volunteer to assist victims of Hurrican Harvey.
Dear ABQ PB Board Members and ABQ PB Members,
Prior to our trip, we were in contact with the director of a Texas Crisis Center near Houston who called us with a wishlist of specific items in demand that were not being received with the numerous donations from organizations such as Red Cross. Items like toddler pull-ups, adult depends, combs, food cans with easy-open tops, travel sizes of toothpaste and shampoo and non-electric can openers. We stocked up from three stores, loaded everything in our RV and drove a little over 2 days to arrive in Conroe. Luckily, the director met us on a Saturday, and she was overwhelmed with our donations. In Harris and Montgomery counties, most folks have been relocated to temporary housing or motels, but people are still struggling. This shelter, which does its own fund raising also supplies food, toiletries, clothing, along with assisting in placement and FEMA enrollment. The only requirement for receiving items from this shelter is a FEMA number, and they will help any flood victim. While we were there, we met a couple who lost their entire house and contents. The young woman was pregnant and due any day. Although they had a voucher for shelter, when they arrived, they were told the shelter was full and nothing more was available to them. Their church is now helping to house them and rebuild their house. Their car had been sitting in three-feet of water but “miraculously” it started so they were able to push it with flattened tires out of the water. Although they are currently driving the car, the young man is convinced that it will not last very much longer and his only means of transportation will disappear.
After this delivery, we went to the nearby local animal shelter. During the acute phase of the hurricane, lost animals were held at the Montgomery County Fair Grounds or people fostered them. Now most have been reunited with their owners, but some are still awaiting their permanent homes. The current shelter building is modern, clean and was very busy when we were there. The staff was extremely appreciative of the towels, cleaning supplies, treats, dog and cat food we were able to give them after your much-appreciated cash donations.
We are so touched by all of YOU and your giving spirit. With all the horrible disasters happening in our country and island territories, we felt like we should do something positive to impact some of the victims. We greatly appreciate YOUR kind and generous participation in this endeavor.
In Much Gratitude,
Melody Childs and Mary Pruess aka
“M & M” and “The Ms”
Here is a video of the Amazing Final Point of the Women’s Doubles 50+ Gold Medal Match – Grand Canyon State Games 2016, courtesy of the Pickleball Channel.
Jammin’ Jamaica Pickleball
We’d like to invite pickleball players from around the country join us for our “Jammin’ Jamaica Pickleball” vacation trip from December 13 – 20, 2017. This exciting adventure will be held at Sandals South Coast Resort in Whitehouse, Jamaica.
Our trip is designed for pickleball players and non-players alike. The week will include pickleball tournaments, skill clinics and fun events for players at all skill levels. Players as well as non-players will enjoy the all-included luxury amenities only a Sandals Resort can offer.
Current USAPA National Training Chairman, Pat Murphy, will be joining us and he will organize skills clinics as well as overseeing the social events. We are planning to offer Pickleball Referee training for interested participants.
If you would like more information about the Jammin’ Jamaica Pickleball vacation trip, please look over the attached flier or go to our sponsor’s website, http://www.AlfrescoTravel.com and look under the “Upcoming Trips” tab.
See you on the courts,
Mike and Cindy Watty
Afflicted By Bad Karma From Being a Pickleball Snob
Without a doubt, the best way for you to keep improving is to play with better players. It forces you to play at the top of your ability, makes you pay for your mistakes, and puts you on the fast-track to a higher skill level.
But if you attempt to only ever play with players who are better than you, then you are, what I call, a pickleball snob, and I believe it will cost you.
Remember, someone took you under their wing when you first started playing, so pay it forward and make a point to regularly play with players who are weaker than you. Perhaps you regularly play a warmup game with them, or once a week you decide to dedicate the last half of your play to playing with them. Not only does it build community, it also helps raise the general level of play.
If players ask to play with you, and you opt to play a higher-level game, let them know when you WOULD be willing to play, perhaps later in the day, or later in the week.
Don’t be patronizing—or overly aggressive. Instead of focusing on who wins or loses, find a way to make it challenging for yourself. Pick a shot you want to improve upon and focus on hitting that shot. Or, try to reduce your number of unforced errors. Focus on keeping the ball in play rather than slamming every put-away shot.
Consider how YOU’D like to be approached when lower level players ask to play with you and approach the better players that way.
Pickleball is latest racket in town – Here is a Santa Fe New Mexican article about pickleball in New Mexico.