December 31, 2010

Bloomfield Hills Lahser HS Fieldhouse Pickleball Update by Jim Luzod

Bloomfield Hills Lahser High School Fieldhouse

Dear Pickleball Players,

Wow! That was some vacation. Now we're ready to get back to the business of Pickleball.

With the students back to school we are able to get back into the fieldhouse to resume our Pickleball activities. Tuesday, January 4, 11:00 AM is our first session. We then continue the week with Wednesday as the next session at the same time. The Thursday session is still 7:30 to 9:30 PM.

No changes in objectives for each of our sessions. All will use the drop in format, still $3 per session unless your have the multiple play punch card, and only the Tuesday and Wednesday sessions will offer orientation and drill/skill sessions for new players and player wishing to improve their skills.

The Thursday night sessions is "skills specific". Play is entirely devoted to players with playing experience. On occasion a person with experience in other racquet sports will be able to join play with a minimum orientation. Enjoyment of play for the experienced players is the goal for this evening session.

Also on Thursday nights half of the courts are devoted to play for players with advanced skill. Players having USAPA ratings of 4.0 +, medal winners in tiered tournaments, and players who have finished on court one or two in advanced ladder play are eligible. Players without these qualifications able to demonstrate parity at this level will qualify.

*** January is the leadup to MSO competition. Play with your partner to get ready, especially the Thursday night session. Play against the competition you will likely play at the MSO. If courts are available arrange a drill and strategy session with your partner.***

New Item: Tuesday and Wednesday morning drill/skill/competitive games for new players and players wishing to learn and practice their skills. It's all about exercise, fun and learning.

Explanation and demonstration of forehands, backhands, volleys, dinks, lobs, serves, court coverage, and probably much more. We then incorporate this information in fun games to practice the skills and move the feet. Interestingly, we are trying to have fun and get some exercise while learning Pickleball skills and knowledge. After our pilot sessions I saw sweat beads on the players foreheads, more confidence, and lots of smiley faces. What a hoot!!!

Wishing you a happy and safe New Year Eve and Day...

James Luzod