Sunday, November 29, 2015

International Pickleball Associations All Over the World

Pickleball France
Pickleball Spain
Pickleball Finland
Pickleball Netherlands
Australia Pickleball Association
UK Pickleball Association
Ukrainian Pickleball Association
All India Pickleball Associaiton

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Pickleball Safety and Court Etiquette:

Last Thursday Mila had a fall playing pickleball at ARC.  She had a complicated triple fracture of her left wrist and had surgery on Friday morning.  The injury had nothing to do with a collision. It was just a fall. However, players should be very careful about running into another court to return a shot for the possibility of crashing into someone  Two months ago Janet also had a fall and injured her wrist and it took two months to heal.

Pickleball Safety and Court Etiquette:

Check the playing area for uneven or wet surfaces, inadequate lighting, poor maintenance that could contribute to an injury.

Running backwards to get a ball should be discouraged. Instead, turning then running forward or arranging for the doubles partner to retrieve those shots is preferable.

Running to return a shot close to a fence, railing, wall etc. should be discouraged to avoid injury.

 A “Ball on Court” call should be standard practice to signal a stop in play so that an errant ball landing in the court can be returned to its respective court and avoid injury.

Running into another court to return a shot should be discouraged to avoid crashing into a player causing injury.

Do not roll or kick a ball out of your way, but walk to the back of your court with ball in hand, find out who's missing their ball and throw or hit it back to a player on the court from where it came.

 Players should be wearing court shoes with ankle support and a sole designed for the particular playing surface (indoor /outdoor).

Safety approved eyewear is recommended to avoid risk of injury and help protect a player’s eyes.

An opponent's skill level should be respected to avoid causing them injury.

Safety and etiquette rules should be communicated to players and form part of regular play.