Let’s Put Boise on the Map — Sill Lyra

This is the first in a series of monthly articles by Sill Lyra. 

Continuing our discussion about participation in tournaments as a way to improve your game, get out of your comfort zone, and, of course, increase social interaction, I took a look at the number of competitions listed at this moment on the calendar of some states around the country.


Last weekend, in Utah there are 8 tournaments listed, Florida has 15, Oregon has 6, Washington has 10…Nevada has 8…Idaho has NONE!… as you can see at: PickleballTournaments.com

This month and the next we are having some local events organized by the two clubs in Boise. The Boise club events with just a social goal and the BAPA event, with its competitive edge, will record the results for the first rounds of round robin play.

Throughout this post I have included some pictures of 3.0 ranked players from the events on both 9/28 and 9/29.

DSC_0006 (1)These events were wonderfully sunny, a perfect setting for great pickle ball games.

The Boise club, as I said, didn’t record the scores and just had players change partners and play. This is fun, but this is what we always do in our daily play days. I bet the majority who signed up wanted their scores to be recorded, the percentages calculated, and maybe have finals for the top winners. But I can say that just for the organization of such event, the club should receive our congratulations. It is a great start to shaking the boat.

I also participated in an independent event as a 3.0 player. Under the leadership of Kathy Getto, it followed a format that recorded the results of each game and at some point, showed to all participants the percentage of success in points for each athlete.

In my opinion, we should have continued until a final was held between the athletes with the highest percentages. Maybe a 2 out 3 games of 15 points. I think that this is what competition is about. We should not be afraid to face our reality and work hard to improve it.

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If any individual faces another in a sport event, is a competition! The results should be recorded and compared with previous events and from there, the individual will have an idea about what they will need to work to improve.

I know that as a former Olympic coach, that there are a lot of fear in athletic competition…I call it “ego fear”…to participate in “official events” where there will be a record of what he or she is accomplishing. We don’t want to feel bad or weak in our game. So, we play for “fun” with no registration of our results. In doing this, at the end, the “ego” will not be hurt.


I think that is fine. It is a personal choice and needs to be respected. However, playing any sport is competition! It is one individual against another…period! Or a team against another team…period! For the ones who want to improve their game, the competition is the opportunity that will tell them what they need to do to improve.

At these two recent local events, it was a pleasure to see friends improve their games about 100%; like Pat Roark or Lannin Compton, who I witness their first days at indoors plays at Fort Boise. Congratulations…you guys are doing great!


Of course we are having these local events that I congratulate both clubs for holding it.

As a matter of fact, I have no idea why there are two clubs. I know, I’m sorry, I’m new and totally don’t know the internal politics, but I keep wondering why two clubs?

The sport is growing without control and we need to be united by the only goal that matters…PLAYING PICKLE BALL!…Well, I think it is wonderful that we have all the people who make up these clubs, playing the sport in one way or another.

We do need these kind of local events, but also we need to appear at the national level of pickle ball. Our state is part of the Pacific Northwest Region of Pickle ball. Alaska (if I’m not mistaken), Washington, Oregon and Idaho are the states that form this region.

To travel to those states means hundreds of miles driving or flying, hotels and general travel expenses. Not everybody can afford that. I’m one of them.


What if we, who live in the capitol of this state, have events that will bring athletes from these areas to participate here in our city? What a great experience to have a stop in Boise for the Pros!

What do we need? We already have summer facilities at Manitou Park and Settlers Park (for our 2017 Senior Games this facility was a success). For the Winter, we have Home Court YMCA and Fort Boise (with only 3 courts). Fort Boise is part of Boise city’s Parks and Recreation. Their interest is to serve the community, and, to a great extent, contribute to the growth of the sport. Their social goal to bring people to the sport is evident, independent of who is who or how many clubs we have or not.

Hobble Creek is a dream that is a little far away; it depends on our city officials waking up to understand the growing and importance of this sport and take the initiative to build state-of-the-art facilities, like what I witnessed in Bend, with only 17,000 residents, and Brigham City with just 18,000, Meanwhile, Boise, with an estimated population of 223,145 has just little islands of places to play. They need to understand that events will bring money to the city. Hotels, restaurants etc. will benefit, and, of course, our beautiful City of Trees will be on the map for another sports activity.

What’s missing? What about if both local clubs unite for the purpose to create competitive events? What if we form a “Competitions Committee” that will create a calendar of events, with members working on the calendar, sponsorships, locations, logistics, volunteers etc.?

How many of you can donate some of your time and social connections to help accomplish this goal?

We CAN do anything in life that we put our minds to!

Let’s place Boise on the circuit of great pickle ball events. We have great players, emerging facilities and the will to improve.

As Emerson said…”Without enthusiasm nothing can be done.”

For any of you who are willing to join forces for this goal …my name is Silvino Lyra (Sill)…my email is SILLINTERCOACH@YAHOO.COM and I’m willing to help place BOISE ID, on the map of the Pickle ball world.

Email me if you want to volunteer to this goal. Tell me in what way you can help and what your suggestions are and we can start from there…

For every 1,000-mile-walk, we just need one step to start and then one step at a time…as in pickle ball…you only need to make one point at a time…

Email me and let’s get to work!



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