Dick Johnson Travels and Plays the USA!

Our very own Dick Johnson and his wife Lawana will be traveling the USA over the next few weeks where Dick will compete in some elite events.

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NSGFirst off, they will travel to Minneapolis for the National Senior Olympic Games.

The NSG Association exists today as a non-profit organization dedicated to motivating active adults to lead a healthy lifestyle through the senior games movement.
The Games, a 19-sport, biennial competition for men and women 50 and over, is the largest multi-sport event in the world for seniors.

Dick qualified in three sports, but he will only be competing in pickleball at the NSGs.

sgaFrom Minneapolis, they will be traveling to the State Games of America in Nebraska.

During the ten-day event, over 14,000 athletes of all ages will compete in over 67 sports!

The athletes at the SGoA are all ages and will participate in the Opening Ceremonies. Dick will march in the ceremony as Idaho’s flag bearer.

Good luck at the games, Dick!

 

 

Pickleball Machine Demonstration

There’s a new tutor in town! A Pickleball Tutor! 

On Tuesday, July the 7th there will be a promo-demonstration of the Pickleball Tutor at Sawtooth Middle School on Linder (just north of Ustick) in Meridian, ID from 8:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m.

A Pickleball Tutor is the PERFECT PRACTICE MACHINE!

The Pickleball Tutor is specifically designed for Pickleball. The Pickleball Tutor is a great Pickleball Launcher and Pickleball practice machine. By simply placing the Pickleball Tutor on various areas of the court, players can practice varying shots, including; Ground Strokes, Volleys, Drop Shots, Lobs, Return of Serve Shots (3rd Shot), Deep Return Shots, Lobs. Practicing players can practice almost any type of return shot with the Pickleball Tutor / Pickleball Launcher.

Simply Pickleball (a local Pickleball equipment supply company owned by Nick & Tami Leach) has recently purchased a Pickleball Tutor and will use it to enhance the Skills and Drills Session services they provide to the pickleball community.

Come see the machine at work on Tuesday, July the 7th from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at Sawtooth Middle School on Linder (just north of Ustick) in Meridian, ID.

Nick and Tami will be demonstrating a variety of drills for the first 20-30 minutes.

They they will have an “open court” time for people to try out the machine.

This is, what some say, ”The #1 Pickleball Practice Machine” specifically designed for Pickleball. You can drill on a specific shots such as; Ground Strokes, Net Volleys, Drop Shots (3rd Shot), Lobs, Return of Serve Cross Court Dinks Shots to name a few. So for those of you who are interested in raising your game through practice drills come check it out.

For more information or questions regarding scheduling sessions, rates or other services or products you can contact Nick and Tami by phone at 208-0965-5409 or by email at simplypickleball@gmail.com.

Most Wanted: Three Serves and Why You Need Them

From PickleballChannel.com

In this episode of Pickleball 411, our host, Rusty Howes, is joined by Jennifer Lucore, Alex Hamner and Bob Youngren who demonstrate the different serves they use and explain when and why they use them.

Not only do you get to see these serves demonstrated by top players, you get the detailed strategy of why you need to know different serves.

We hope this detailed episode will help all of you take your pickleball game to the next level! Watch now and find out!;

New Serving Rule

PB-ServeYour BPC Rules Committee has a Rule Revision to pass on to you from the USAPA.

March 1st, 2015
4.1. Readiness. Serves shall not be made until the receiver is ready and the score has been called.
       Serving before the score is called shall result in a fault and loss of serve.
       The referee shall call the score when he or she determines that the players
        should be in position to resume play.
14.d.4.b. Instruct the players on the need to wait for the referee to call out the score before serving, or a fault will incur.

BPC Members Do Well in Bend Tourney

A group of club members traveled to Bend last week for the Oregon Sr. Games at the impressive 16 court complex of the Bend Pickleball Club.  It sits in a beautiful grass and forested park, with the peaks of the snow-covered Sisters mountain range in the background.

They also enjoyed a delicious steak BBQ awards party and entertainment beneath the breathtaking cliffside canyon and rushing waters of the Deschutes River.

The 3-day tourney was large and tough with players from 10 states and Canada.

Medals were won by the “old Boise High School buddies” duo: Dick Johnson & Tim Gleason. 

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Gold 70 Men’s Doubles —  Dick & Tim fought their way back up through the losers’ bracket to successfully defend this title which they had also won last year.

Gold 70 Men’s Singles —  Tim improved from last year’s Silver to Gold this year.

Silver 75 Men’s Singles —  Dick played well in the final against Bob Robillard, the 2014 Nationals Silver medalist and Dick’s partner in the doubles team who won Gold in this year’s Arizona State Games.

Gold 70 Mixed Doubles —  Dick and Betty Silver played down against younger players to win this large and tough bracket.  Both 75, they were among the oldest players in the tourney.

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