Smart doubles - safety first!

Recently a player was hit in the head while playing pickleball, resulting in an injury that required stitches. It is the fourth such incident that has occurred in the past few years at Odell Weeks. While we understand that accidents do happen while playing any sport, some can be prevented by using a little court/common sense. So how do we accomplish this?

* The most important thing is communicating with your partner. Calling out “mine” or “yours” is an excellent way of eliminating confusion and avoiding injury. This is especially true of overheads and shots down the middle. Remember, shots down the middle are usually the forehand player’s responsibility.

* Move in tandem with your partner. This allows you not only to play better PB, but lets you know where your partner is before striking the ball, thus avoiding accidentally hitting him or her instead of the ball.

* DON’T crowd your partner. Unfortunately, since men are usually the aggressors, they are the ones usually at fault. Let your partner hit his/her shot. If the aggressor doesn’t achieve a winning shot, you are both out of position and will probably lose the point anyway.

* Both of you should get to the kitchen line as quickly as possible. This allows you to know where your partner is and gives you a better chance of winning the point.

LET’S START THINKING OUT THERE AND NOT JUST REACTING. Have fun, win the point, and save your partner for another game. Thanks.

Warren, Paul, & Tony