Keeping Track to Get Better

By Sill Lyra

ladder-2I recently competed in a a round robin event with a group of other players.

While it wasn’t a competition and our scores were not recorded, I learned a lot from my experience.

I think it is important for athletes who want to get better to monitor their play.

Here are my suggestions:

  1. Every athlete who wants to grow in any sport needs a diary. All Olympians have one.
  2. Every day that they play, they should record all the scores of the games in which he or she participates. Then add the total points that they will have if they won all those games. Then, with simple math, compute the points that he or she had in reality, in comparison with the total possible overall. This percentage will show how he or she is progressing.
  3. I learned that your team is as strong or as weak as your partner. So, if you have a weak partner, that is the time to be humble and help that person. Remember that you also were once a beginner in the sport. This is an opportunity to fine tune your strokes, as the results will not be the best expected. If your partner is better than you, again, be humble and try to learn from him or her. Another great opportunity.
  4. Remember that you are the only person responsible for your growth in the sport.

Here are my scores over some recent days:
– 09.28 = 90%
– 09.29 = 86%
– 10.12 = 93%
– 10.24 = 76%.

So, let’s play our games and smile to life.

My best regards…

Sill Lyra

An Exuberant Sunny Fall Morning in Boise

By Sill Lyra

The sky was blue without a patch of white…the amazing contrast between that “CAVU” and the wonderful colors of the trees made this Tuesday October 24th a perfect day for…

 

 

 

 

 

No…not for the air show. This was a couple weeks ago and was just amazing… after 20 years…

Yes!!! Of course was a perfect day for a round robin pickle ball event at Manitou Park.

Organized by the Boise Pickleball Club, this event had about 16 participants including myself.

There was a great atmosphere of friendly competition, with a good variety of levels of players between 3.0 and 3.5.

A perfect way to say good bye to outdoor plays. A gold key season closure.

Another very positive point was a very constructive and educational conversation that I had with Carson Spencer, Boise Pickleball Club President, in respect of my last posted article WE ARE GOING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION.

Here are my conclusions after speaking with him:

I was wrongly informed that the deal agreement with Boise Parks and Recreation was 50/50% for the construction of Hobble Creek. In reality, the club’s responsibility was about 37% of the total costs. I’m sorry about that.

I understood that he was aware of the liability insurance that I was asked for by Parks and Recreation.

Indeed, all pickle ball players from our area should continue to work together to raise the amount left of about $100,000.00 in order that Boise Parks and Recreation can start the construction.

So, let’s continue to work hard on that direction.

We are Going in the Right Direction–Sill Lyra

First of all congratulations to Dick Johnson and Tim Gleason for their success at the 2017 Nevada Senior Games. Well done! You are our inspiration!

So, at a very good time, I learned that BAPA is organizing some great events for all of us.

  • An in-house tournament following the BAPA format (round-robin preliminary rounds to establish seeding and pairings, followed by bracket play) – planned for November.
  • An indoor, regional, skill-based tournament – planned for February.
  • An outdoor, regional, skill-based tournament – planned for Memorial Day weekend.
  • 2018 Senior Games – an outdoor, age-based tournament – planned for August.

Considering my previous article Let’s Place Boise on the Map, if the two regional events, one in February and the other on the Memorial Day weekend, plus the Senior Games, could have the registration organization done by pickleballtournaments.com, then we will have our Boise on the national map! If the announcement of these events could be posted now, with the limit of registered players, and the date to open the registration, considering our max capacity, we will be definitively moving in the right direction.

I know that pickleballtournaments.com charges a fee for each registered player, but the way they run their business is just amazing. They run basically 100% of the competitions in US and abroad. I don’t care to pay more for the registration for that events if they are part of that system, as I believe this is the best form to advertise our competitions.

Remember that for this year’s Nationals, on the date they opened registration, they had arrived at the limit of players half an hour after the opening time (if I’m not mistaken, around 1,700 athletes)!

So, let’s use these guys. It will be one more step to place Boise on the National map of events.

As I said in the beginning, the news about these events came on the right time, at least for me.

I had been very frustrated. Sometime last week, I decided to promote the sport of pickleball in some way, trying to put into action what I’ve been saying in these series of articles. So I asked Kathy Getto for the binder that she offered to us, showing how to organize a round robin event, and she sent it to me in
few minutes. Great! Thanks Kathy.

At that time, I didn’t know about the BAPA plans, so I consulted with Boise Parks and Recreation to know what would be necessary for me to organize events at Fort Boise. I was told that I would have to pay an hourly rental fee for the gym, which was fair, but also that I would need to have a personal liability policy of $1,000,000.00 (one million dollars!) to rent the place for that event. I was asked if was for personal profit and I answered that after the expenses were paid from the registration fees, the leftover money would go to Hobble Creek project. Even so, the personal liability issue stands, even if the event was raising money for new courts. That was an official requirement from the organization, even considering the normal signing of waivers that happens for all kinds of events.

I have to say that my frustration disappeared as I learned about BAPA’s initiative for their four events.

We are going in the right direction!

However, a question came to my mind. I know that we are placing our hearts on raising half of the necessary amount of money to built Hobble Creek. Hobble Creek will be run by Boise Parks and Recreation. So, will their requirements to use the facilities will be the same as for the Fort Boise gym? Do the clubs have
the necessary liability insurance policy?

I think we need to have this answered and defined, not only verbally but on paper, before expending any more time on this project.

By this time, I can say thanks to God for Home Court and Settlers Park. Meridian indeed has a very good vision for progress.

So, let’s unite and make these coming events the best ever. The organizers can count on me to help!

My best regards to all…Sill

BPC Round Robin Event

Another great initiative from BPC happened last Thursday.

By Sill Lyra

Considering the weather, the time table was moved to 10 AM, a very smart move from the organizers.

We all enjoyed a beautiful sunny day of at least 2 hours of pickleball, with a friendly fierce competition from all participants.

Indeed, there is not another way to improve our game, than participating in events of this nature.

The self-control to face our best competitor…ourselves. That adrenaline-induced desire to -smack the ball, when the right move should be a gentile touch to win the play…this is the real challenge of the game…this wonderful game that is pickle ball.

Paddles up my friends! On October 24th we will have another opportunity for the 3.0 and 3.5 and on the 26th for the 2.0 2.5 players.

If you are interested please sign up with Gail at gailakirkpatrick@gmail.com.

Medals at Nevada Senior Games

From Lawana Johnson:

Tim Gleason & Dick Johnson enjoyed playing in the Nevada Senior Games in Las Vegas two weeks ago.
  
It was an unusual time for us all because the tourney was only two days after the terrible shooting and the whole city was in mourning all week.
  
Nevertheless, the city and people, under their expressed feeling of “Vegas Strong,” continued bravely on with life. So sad, but very admirable!

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