Congratulations to the HPC members who qualified for the 2019 Senior Olympics in Albuquerque. Here is a photo of some who qualified. Additional HPC members qualified but were not present for the group photo.
Because of increased participation at the Optimist Park facility, a court reserved for women only play will no longer be available.
New players sometimes have difficulty determining if the ball is in bounds or out of bounds, especially players who have played tennis for many years. The rules for tennis are different than the rules for pickleball. Here is the verbiage and an image from the 2018 official rulebook.
6.C. A ball contacting the playing surface outside of the
baseline or sideline, even though the edge of the ball
overlaps the line, is considered out of bounds (see the
Hopefully this guideline will clarify the rules.
Click Here to view a video about line calls.
A Pickleball Fact Sheet has been added to our website under the Information tab.
Thanks to all who assisted, played and participated as spectators in the Pickleball Charity tournament. Also thanks to all who made donations to Rock Steady Boxing.
Happy New Year,
HPC Executive Committee
The following article was published in the SSIPA (Super Senior International Pickleball Association) newsletter.
Huntsville Pickleball Club – Rock Steady Boxing
Kudos to Our Members: Sherry Barnes, Patricia McInnis, Alice Tym & Bart Brannon. The Huntsville (AL) Pickleball Club, consisting of 300 members, sponsored a very successful one-day tournament to benefit the local Rock Steady Boxing program. The Rock Steady program is a nationally recognized, scientifically based boxing/exercise program that slows the progression of Parkinson’s disease. The program is based on three concepts: connection, consistency, and compassion. Our chapter has over 200 Parkinson’s participants that workout daily with certified Rock Steady boxing coaches. Huntsville Pickleball Club, with the help of SSIPA members, Alice Tym and Bart Brannon, raised $2,340.00 for our local chapter of Rock Steady Boxing. Not only did our tournament entrants play in a round robin age/skill competition, but they also had an opportunity to win points (for a 5.00 donation) against Alice and Bart. Participants also made donations by trying to “out dink” our Chattanooga elves-Dianne and Mike Pendergrass. Because of the eye/hand co-ordination benefits of pickleball, plans are in the works to add a “pickleball skills corner” to the daily exercise regimen at our local Rock Steady gym.
Tournament Directors – SSIPA members – Cheryl (Sherry) Barnes and Patricia McInnis
I want to thank Selkirk and PickleballCentral for allowing me to experience and keep this paddle at no cost. I have played using this paddle for about four hours and also shared the use of this paddle with two female and one male club members in a combined additional three hours of use. The following is an overall evaluation of this paddle:
This paddle is great for players who wish to have the extra length and prefer a lighter paddle. If you’re looking for a paddle to help with your control rather than power, this is the one. You can put your serves across court with the control to land the ball deep or short. You are able to control your third shot drop into the kitchen to get a volley going. While involved in the volley, you have the extra length of the paddle to reach those close ones that might otherwise slip through the middle. If you are a player who likes to put spin on your serves or drop shots, this paddle will work for you. What I liked the most about this paddle is the comfortable grip and a balanced feeling when swiping the ball.
Both women who tried the paddle liked the grip and the fact that they could reach lobs that seemed out of reach with their current paddles. Both felt challenged at first by the paddles slimmer shape but admitted it helped them to concentrate more on watching the ball make contact with the paddle allowing for better control of their hits and placements of the ball.
The other male player stated he could play fine with the elongated style paddle and liked the feel of this one. He and the two women thanked me for letting them try this type of paddle and would consider the switch once they are ready to purchase another paddle.
What: Pickleball Drills
Where: Optimist Recreation Center
When: Every Tuesday
No games played during this time.
There will be no instructor.
If possible, Please bring a drilling partner.