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Pickleball Stretches!
ABQ Pickleball Club Strategy Training
Manzano Mesa Pickleball Courts (MMPC) Pickleball Training
Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center (MMMC) Pickleball Training
Doubles Pickleball Strategy 101 and 102
Online Tips and Training
USAPA REFEREE CERTIFICATION
The Importance of Practice

Reposted by permission: Prem Carnot Training Blogs and Resources
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Afflicted By Bad Karma From Being a Pickleball Snob
Ratings & Goals Guide
#1 Tip for Picking Your Next Paddle
Top Pickleball Players: Why They Can Break The “Rules” & You Shouldn’t
Smart Pickleball: The 5 Rules for Playing Smarter (Not Harder!)
“Now, what makes for a good serve?”
Avoiding Pickleball Injuries: Top 3 Tips
The First Commandment of the Third Shot (And It’s Not “Hit a Dropshot”)
Do THIS When Your Opponents Won’t Hit You the Ball
The Great “Too Windy to Play” Hoax (And How It’s Costing You Points if Not Games & Matches)
How to improve playing performance with your tournament partner
3 secrets for figuring out the score and which side you’re serving from
3 reasons to play in tournaments
5-biggest-pickleball-mistakes you could be making every time you play
7 “hit to the middle” secrets
Carnot Online Pickleball Training

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Pickleball Stretches!

Here is a graphic showing a variety of stretches that can be very helpful to pickleball players who want to keep fit and injury-free. Thank you to Joyce for bringing this information to us from a pickleball boot camp.

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ABQ Pickleball Club Strategy Training

If you wish to receive tips,strategies and training while playing at your customary venue, please contact your venue coordinator or email Ruthergary@aol.com expressing your interest. If you wish to help the training committee, please let us know. As with all of our ABQ Pickleball Club functions, there is no charge for any of these offerings.
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Manzano Mesa Pickleball Courts (MMPC) Pickleball Training

On Saturday mornings from 10 to Noon (until the weather just won’t permit it), experienced pickleball players will be on hand at the new Manzano Mesa Pickleball Courts to introduce new players to the game and provide training for all skill levels. come on out and get in the game!

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The Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center (MMMC) Pickleball Training schedule is:

Pickleball Training is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:15-11 AM, and Saturdays 12:30-2:50 PM.

If you are in doubt whether Pickleball Training is on, call MMMC 275-8731 the day of the scheduled training.

*** If you have an interest in providing Pickleball to others in one of our projects/programs and/or a completely new program and/or have contacts, please let us know. We welcome new programs and we can always use the help.

We also want to THANK you that have spread the word about Pickleball and Pickleball Training, brought out others and especially those for bringing out their kids and grandkids.
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Doubles Pickleball Strategy 101 and 102

Here are a couple of videos giving some tips and strategies for playing doubles pickleball:


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Online Tips and Training
Here are a few websites that give some tips and pointers for improving your pickleball game. Some have videos to show strategies and techniques, some offer you subscriptions for continuing information, some present pointers from accomplished players. Try them out and see if you find anything helpful.

http://pickleballcoach.com/forums/index.php?page=Extra_Pickleball_Strategies

http://www.pickleballpaddlesplus.com/Pickleball_Training_Center_s/1874.htm

http://training.usapa.org/

www.PickleballHelp.com
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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.

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Ratings & Goals Guide From Prem Carnot,

Check out my highly-acclaimed Ratings & Goals Guide, which gives you simple “yes or no” criteria to identify your current skill level, and tells you EXACTLY what to practice next in order to improve your game.

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Click here to download your copy, and if you want to print it out, make sure to use this printer-friendly version.
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#1 Tip for Picking Your Next Paddle

March 1, 2017 by Prem Carnot

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Top Pickleball Players: Why They Can Break The “Rules” & You Shouldn’t

January 30, 2017 By Prem Carnot

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Smart Pickleball: The 5 Rules for Playing Smarter (Not Harder!)

February 7, 2017 By Prem Carnot

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“Now, what makes for a good serve?”

Think about it.

What would you answer?

At a clinic, voices will usually call out one after another, “Fast.”

“Hard.”

“Lots of spin.

“Over the net.” (Always good.)

“In the court.” (Also important.)

“Deep.”

I’ll listen, inviting more and more answers until nobody’s got anything left to add.

And then I’ll ask another question.

“So, if you are playing against an opponent who is able to return a hard, fast, or spin-y serve, then what’s the advantage of hitting hard, fast, or spin-y?”

People are usually a little stumped at this point.

What IS the advantage of that kind of serve, if you know your opponent is capable of returning it?

Slowly it dawns on people: There isn’t much of an advantage…

Hmmm…

Read on: “A Good Serve”

October 20, 2016 by Prem Carnot
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Avoiding Pickleball Injuries: Top 3 Tips

August 1, 2016 by Prem Carnot

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The First Commandment of the Third Shot (And It’s Not “Hit a Dropshot”)

July 5, 2016 by Prem Carnot
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Do THIS When Your Opponents Won’t Hit You the Ball

May 8, 2016 by Prem Carnot
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The Great “Too Windy to Play” Hoax (And How It’s Costing You Points if Not Games & Matches)

March 17, 2016 by Prem Carnot
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How to improve playing performance with your tournament partner
February 4, 2015, by Prem Carnot

A few tips on how you can help you and your partner have a better on-court playing relationship:

We all would like to say that we can play our best with everyone, in any given situation. In reality, there are most likely only a handful of players that we really jive with in tournament play. In other cases, the lack of communication or lack of good communication can greatly impact your chance at turning in a good performance.

Here are a few tips I suggest:

1. Identify strengths & weaknesses of your team

One way to avoid conflicts during a game is to clearly understand the limitations of your team. Be honest with your partner about strengths and weaknesses. Don’t commit to too much, trying to overcompensate can often lead to larger problems during a tough match. You need to know what your team can do to play well on the court.

2. Eliminate negative communication

The absolute worse time to try and fix a problem is during a game. If your partner makes a mistake, stay focused on the match; not every point missed. There are always opportunities to win games if you can move past one lost point. When I’m playing I want my partner to keep me focused when I’m struggling, and I want them to know that I have their back when it’s their time as well.

3. Create a supportive environment

When I play with players that might not be playing at a higher skill level, it is important for me to create a supportive on-court environment for them. What does that mean? Well, I want them to know that I am confident that they can make the tough shots; that they can hold their own. Any overcompensating on my part might lead them to believe that they are incapable of executing difficult shots. Then I’m working the whole court and we’ll most likely lose more points.

4. Play your game

This is easy to say, but hard to do; especially when you play a tough team and quickly get down in points. Remember, your goal is to always control the pace of play. In many cases, teams who get down in a game often hit the ball harder, take more low percentage shots and try to match the level of play of their opponents. In reality, you must try and play at your own pace and not get sucked into making poor decisions. You can always take a timeout to regroup.

5. TRUST your partner

For you both to do well in a game, they need to know you are trying your best. There needs to be a mutual respect for the level in which you both play.
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3 secrets for figuring out the score and which side you’re serving from

by Prem Carnot

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3 reasons to play in tournaments

by Prem Carnot
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The 5-biggest-pickleball-mistakes you could be making every time you play.
by Prem Carnot
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7 “hit to the middle”secrets

by Prem Carnot

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USAPA REFEREE CERTIFICATION APPLICATION NOW LIVE ONLINE

Be the first to apply to become a USAPA certified referee. Phase III of the USAPA Referee Certification program is complete and the referee certification application is now live at usapa.org.

Before you apply be sure that you meet the application prerequisites. Applications will be reviewed and processed on a first-to-apply basis, so don’t procrastinate.

Before completing the application form you will be required to indicate that you have read, understand and agree to the Applicant Terms of Understanding and Agreement. Please read these carefully. They contain important information regarding what will be required of you to pass the on-court evaluation. If you cannot demonstrate that you are capable of following and consistently applying the USAPA refereeing standards and procedures contained in the USAPA Referee Handbook you will not pass the on-court evaluation and, therefore, will not be issued certification credentials. If you apply, but are not adequately prepared you will be wasting your money and the evaluator’s time.

The information you provide on the application will be verified and, if accepted into the program you will receive an email containing a payment link where you can pay the $95 application fee via PayPal or credit card. Once the fee is paid you will receive a list of upcoming on-court evaluation venues and dates from which to choose. Space is limited and evaluations will be scheduled on a first-to-reply basis.

Before applying please be certain that you are mentally prepared and that your refereeing skills are consistent with the standards and procedures. We look forward to you becoming a USAPA certified referee.

Click Here to Apply
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The Importance of Practice
(Ken Vandermay)

Most of us play pickleball because we just want to have fun and exercise with good people. That is reason enough. But if you want to improve your game, you will have to practice. You can go to clinics, read. “How To” articles and play lots of games, but you’ll probably be stuck in a rut unless you practice. Our indoor venues don’t allow much opportunity for practice. The outdoor courts at Los Altos are ideal. Get your own net and balls, find people who share your desire to improve, go off by yourself and practice. Most people find practice boring. For them, it’s hit a few dinks and then “game on”. You must bring out your inner kid and find creative little games for your practice sessions. How about saying you can’t quit hitting dinks until you can do 50 in a row and then actually count them off. Talk about pressure! How about a “Kitchen Game” where the kitchen line is the back base line? My favorite is a kitchen game with 5 players. The extra player stands off the court and replaces the person who made the last goof. This can be done with 3 players if a half court is used. An advanced version of this game is to allow slams or “break-outs” if your opponent leaves the dink too high. But you better not goof on your “breakout”. I invite others to contribute if you have a favorite drill or practice game to share.
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