Starting The New Pickleball Year Fit, Healthy and Strong

Every year it seems we set our new goals to include some form of “getting into better shape”.

We do it with good intentions, but what generally happens?  The good intentions quickly exit stage left as we go about our daily routines.   So why do we even include that goal in our list each and every year????

We do it because we know it is important.  Not only is it important that we do the things necessary to get and stay fit, healthy and strong every year, it is vital to our living our lives the way we want to; HEALTHY!

We all want to be healthy and feel great, so why don’t we???  I saw a quote recently that said “wanting a healthy body without exercise is kinda like buying a new car but choosing to not put any gas in it. The car is just going to sit there and rust.”

So what holds us back?  Well, about 9 months ago, I had my epiphany.  And as with most epiphanies, it was initiated by an event or a person.  In my case it was both.   The event was the Mid South Regional pickleball tournament in Denton, Texas and the person was none other than national senior pickleball champion, Scott Moore.

I played men’s doubles in the tournament and I still remember how tired I was after only 2 or 3 matches. I remember my game taking a serious dip in the third match, and how I hated it because I knew it was from not being in very good physical shape.   And I also remember Scott specifically asking me the very next day, “what do you do for exercise besides just pickleball?”  The interesting part of the story is that Scott had no knowledge of how I had “hit the wall” the day before.   He was just making conversation and willing to share what he had been doing to be in the top shape that he is. It was a fascinating talk indeed as Scott introduced me to something called Blood Flow Restriction training.  I had never heard of it, so I left that conversation intrigued, but the big thing that came out of it was that the conversation really got me thinking about what I was doing to try to stay in shape.

I flew home after that weekend and I proceeded to take a good long look at my own daily and weekly routines.
And quickly two things popped out to me.

Number 1: I’m just really busy so I justifed my skipping the exercise with “I don’t have the time.”  It takes time to drive to the gym and then spend 60-90 minutes on the machines.  Then there is the post workout shower and drive home.  So I was using the time excuse often.

Then I also found Number 2:  And I never thought I’d say this, but my age is starting to make it harder and harder to lift the heavy weights or workout on the machines for extended periods of time.  So I just couldn’t or didn’t want to lift the heavier weights anymore.

So after some thought, I gave Scott a call to learn more about his new training regime. I still remember him saying one line that really helped me decide to give it a test drive.  Scott said, “Rodney this has changed my life because I now can exercise with half the weights I used to use, and be done in half the time.”  So the magic phrase for me was “lift half the weights and work half the time”.  That essentially took away both my excuses for not getting in shape.

So I decided to give Blood Flow Retriction training a test drive.  And boy am I glad I did.

Not only is my fitness level and strength better than it has been in several years, the big thing I noticed on the pickleball courts is my balance. I’m now able to stretch out and get to balls that previously I wasn’t able to.  So my balance on the courts has greatly improved and so obviously my game has improved.   Didn’t think about that aspect when I started my blood flow restriction workout bands, but so happy to be able to move confidently around the courts again.

Blood flow resistance training has been used by high level athletes for decades, but only recently has the technology been available to “regular” people like us.

So I’m telling the world, if you want to look at a new way of getting or staying in shape and spend half the time doing it, I wholeheartedly recommend taking a test drive like I did.

Simply pick your fitness goal below and CLICK TO LEARN MORE.

You’ll be soooo glad you did.

Have a happy, healthy 2020,

Your friend in pickleball,

Rocket

When you take the 30 Day Test Drive you will get to try and experience all the benefits of using Blood Flow Resistance Training.

Here is what you get while on the 30 day Test Drive:

A B3 Bands Exercise System
  • Comes with 2 Arm Bands + 2 Leg Bands + Pump + Case (Choose Sizes below)
A Home Exercise System
  • Exercising Tubing with 5 different resistance levels to match your personal resistance needs and an Exercise Poster to show you easy exercises to follow
A Gym in a Bag B3 Back Pack
  • To carry your B3 Exercise System everywhere you go
A B3 Shaker cup
  • Mix up your favorite Nutrition product from anywhere
Choose a 30 Day Fitness Program that fits your personal goals:

  • This program is perfect for people looking to lose weight fast and tone up.

  • This program is for people who have not currently been exercising and are ready to resume exercising with the B3 System.

  • This is the program for people who have been lifting weights regularly, and want to build more muscle with the B3 System.

  • This is for current athletes participating in sports, at any level, that want to improve their athletic performance.
And on the 30 day Test Drive you get a 30 day supply of one of the four Fitness Nutrition products listed below.  You choose which one you’d like to try that fits with your personal goals.

My personal favorite is B3 Meal.

  • For morning energy, to rejuvenate your joints, skin, hair, and nails. Also for joint pain or joint issues
  • Start your day with Natural Energy, two sources of Collagen, Essential Fats, Fiber and Vitamins

  • For people who want to lose weight, build muscle, and a clean quick on the go meal that can be made anywhere
  • Delicious mocha flavored meal shake with Plant Based Protein, Fruits, Veggies, Essential Fats, Aloe Vera and Fiber

  • For people who drink coffee, energy drinks, sodas, and pre-workout products
  • Delicious Black Cherry drink that will increase Energy, Focus and a feeling of Alertness for hours

  • For people who want to lose weight or tone up fast
  • A Delicious Blueberry Pomegranate drink, to reduce Hunger and increase Fat Burn mid-morning and mid-afternoon

Last year, Scott Moore encouraged me to take a 30 Day Test Drive to see what blood flow restriction training was all about.   I am so glad I did, and I encourage you to try it too.

 

Get your daily exercise in half the time using half the weights and getting full results.

Take a 30 Day Test Drive Today
CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE TEST DRIVE

2019 Pickleball Rocks Player of the Year Announced

During the year, people throughout Pickleball Nation email us or use our NominateAPlayer.com website to tell us about their favorite players. They tell us about players who have dominated in tournament play, but many times they also tell us about players who have had tremendous impacts on their communities or towns or even the game of pickleball overall.  (We really like those.)

Throughout the year we may recognize a player, club or community of the month, or we may give a simple Facebook shout out. They are all deserving.  But once a year, we pull together all the nominations and feedback, to finally determine who is most deserving to be called the Pickleball Rocks Player of the Year.     It’s certainly not an easy task.

Past winners include:
Enrique Ruiz, Jim and Yvonne Hackenberg, Jennifer Lucore and Alex Hamner, Daniel Moore and Scott Moore, Kyle Yates, Aspen Kern and Simone Jardim as well as Lucy Kovalova and the fabulous Dick Johnson.
You’ll notice all our past winners are definitely great players, but you will also immediately recognize they all are very giving of their time and talents to “help pickleball grow”, which of course is the foundation of our Pickleball Rocks mission.

This year we are recognizing a team and an individual as Pickleball Rocks Player(s) of the Year. 

As everyone knows, this was a changing year for pickleball. 15-20 tournaments now occurring every week and we cleared 3 million players in the continued player growth explosion.  So you would think it would be tougher and tougher to choose the Players Of The Year, but this year it was quite the opposite.  The voting and responses were so overwhelming for these two selections that this was the easiest choices we’ve ever made.

Our first award winner this year exemplifies all the good things that have helped pickleball become such a fun and growing sport. This team has a 12 year old who has not only caught the competitive attention of players at every level, but also endeared herself to everyone with her great attitude and example on and off the courts. Her hashtag #EatswithAL is quickly becoming legendary and she has also helped everyone easily understand how to move up the ratings ladder.  She simply started out the year at the 4.5 level and, with her mom as her partner, proceeded to beat such iconic pickleball teams as Kovalova/Tereschinko and Jardim/Carr and Parenteau/Irvine.  The UTPR computer took notice and elevated her rating in a hurry.  Nine times this year her ladies partner happened to be her mom and from all the responses we received, the pickleball world is in love with this partnership.  People loved watching the obvious positive connection and the way they worked perfectly together to win tournament after tournament, including the world’s biggest pickleball stage, the USA Nationals at Indian Wells. Besides all the people who cast their votes for Team Waters, what caught our attention, was the wonderful mother/daughter and family connection that was present every time we personally saw them on the tournament trail.  The perfect example for future family pickleball teams.

This pair entered 9 Open Women Doubles events, playing against the strongest women’s teams in the world
and came home with 9 medals:         4 Golds, 4 Silvers and 1 Bronze.

We want to personally thank Leigh and Anna Leigh for helping us all grow pickleball in the most positive ways.

Congratulations to 2019 Player of the Year: Team Waters: Leigh and Anna Leigh Waters

TEAM WATERS:  Anna Leigh and Leigh Waters

The 2019 Men’s Pickleball Rocks Player of the Year was another no-brainer.  The people who voted at www.NominateAPlayer.com simply overwhelmed the process with one name.  Ben Johns!

It is hard to believe Ben is only 20 years old because it seems like he has been around our great sport a long time.  But believe it or not, he is just hitting his stride.

Throughout the year we always poll Pickleball Nation to see the opinions of the people who play the game.
When we asked “What Pro Player Do You Admire Most?”, the answer came up Ben Johns.
When we asked “What Pro Player Would You Like To Be?”, the answer came back Ben Johns.
When we asked “What Pro Player Gives Referees and Line Judges the Least Amount of Trouble?”, Ok, we didn’t ask that one, but Ben’s demeanor and attitude on and off the court would surely place him at or near the top of that list too.

Players across the country and the world love the way he plays the game and made it clear there was no close number two this year.

Ben’s playing statistics for 2019 were simply amazing:

In 8 Pro Singles Events, only one player was able to beat him (Tyson McGuffin – twice), so Ben came away with 6 titles, including the coveted USA Nationals Gold Medal at Indian Wells.

But as dominant as Ben was in singles in 2019, his domination in men’s doubles was almost unbelievable.
16 Pro Level Mens Doubles Events:  13 Gold Medals.  WOW!!!!!!!!!!!

So we want to thank Ben for being such a great example of what a great pickleball player should be and congratulate him on being overwhelmingly selected as the 2019 Pickleball Rocks Player Of The Year!  You Rock Ben Johns!

Ben Johns

Introducing The SIMON-X Pickleball Machine: The Perfect Pickleball Practice Partner

So what do you want in a practice partner?

We think of things like:

 
1) Able to hit you the ball at any speed.
2) Able to hit any shot with you.
3) Able to hit the ball consistently to the same spot so you can work on your muscle memory that is soooooo important.
4) Willing to practice anytime, anywhere and tirelessly.
 
If that sounds like the partner you’ve been looking for, then
let us introduce you to SIMON-X.

The Biggest, The Fastest, The Slowest,
The Most Versitile Pickleball Machine on the planet!!!

NOW AVAILABLE!!!!
Simply the world’s best pickleball machine for personal or club use, and here’s why.

Simon X, The most powerful and advanced Pickleball Throwing Machine in the World.

  • Military-grade construction. Stainless steel and heavy-duty aluminum. Built like a tank, X is designed to last.
  • With a top speed of 70 mph it is the fastest machine in the world.  Deep penetrating drives and reaction volleys.
  • But with a low speed of 5 mph it is also the slowest throwing machine in the World.  Which means perfectly placed soft feathery dinks.
  • Spin?  X has it all.  Topspin and Underspin but most importantly, the most common shot, FLAT.  Get any spin at the touch of a finger.
  • The BIGGEST MACHINE with 120 ball capacity, more than any comparably priced machine.
  • “Stealth” Oscillation– An absolute game changer in ball machines.  Only X offers this very cool feature where the oscillation occurs inside the machine which is blacked out. You do not know where the ball is going until it shoots out of the front ball exit hole which helps your reflexes and mimics playing a real person. All other machines basically telegraph where they are going to shoot the next ball long before feeding the ball. Not with SIMON-X..
  • Incredible 10-12 hour standard battery plus AC is standard, just plug it in and let it go. Most other machines on the market will charge you extra to have both AC and DC available for you.
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  • True wireless remote. Up to 100+ feet indoor or outdoor.  Again, an option on most other machines.
  • Ability to operate X without using the wireless remote or the wireless remote FOB controller, just press the digital “feed” button.
  • Revolutionary Tri Wheel/Mobile system with step climbing ability that also doubles as instant ball height adjustment. 
  • Patent-pending Super Ramp. Bolted on the machine like a weapon and coupled with the tri-wheel system it allows precision adjustments and infinite ball height variations. Quick and easy to use and the ultimate aid in developing a great soft game and working on your dink shots. Also, it is perfect for different height high forehand or backhand volleys and overhead practice. Simply any shot at any speed and any height is at your finger tips.
  • Dual heavy duty built-in carry handles for lifting and transport.
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  • Large easy to grab pull handle to maneuver X easily around the court.
  • Ball feed speeds of 1.5-10 seconds.
  • Advanced digital control panel.
  • And here is the biggy. A lifetime guarantee on both pitch/throw wheels that shoot the ball out into the court. They are super heavy duty and will never wear out.  These wheels are without argument, the most critical part of any pickleball throwing machine. Check our competitors closely and you’ll likely find they will try selling you an extended warranty.  There is a reason for that.
  • Every thing else on SIMON-X is warranted for a full three years and the battery is warranted for a full year. 
  • And lastly, but equally important…SIMON-X is Made In The USA

So as you consider buying a pickleball machine, we hope this helps you be able to compare apples to applies in both your quality comparisons, but also your price comparisons. 

 

Quite simply, NO OTHER COMPARABLY PRICED MACHINE comes standard with all these features and has the guaranteed durability of SIMON-X.

 

The Bottom Line?

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT and A PERFECT PRACTICE PARTNER IS PRICELESS, EXCEPT IN THIS CASE.

SIMON-X is only $2095.00 with FREE SHIPPING if purchased at

www.PickleballShopping.com

 
OUR PROMISE TO YOU…YOU WILL LOVE SIMON-X!
 
 
Rocket, Josh, Zack, Abby, Stephanie, Wyatt, Jason, Cam, LeEllen and Mindy.
The Pickleball Rocks Team

WATCH SIMON-X IN ACTION:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmw4rfFZ13M

GREAT OVERVIEW OF X

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMI2gN2UQWs

DIAGONAL DINKS. THE SUPER RAMP WILL THROW PERFECT DINKS AT ANY HEIGHT

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2gxiHg7xZ8

PERFECT STRAIGHT ON DINKS AND “STEALTH” OSCILLATION

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUYoCpnCwYk

PERFECT LOBS FOR OVERHEAD PRACTICE

Pickleball Rocks Black Friday Sales Begin NOW

Tis the season…TO THANK YOU, our special friends, with Free shipping, Free gifts and Free Pickleball Rocks Bucks!

We are so thankful for everyone’s constant support of the Pickleball Rocks brand.

As we continue to do our best to help the sport of pickleball grow, we also want to give you a great incentive to get a jump on your Christmas shopping.  And it begins NOW.

We start with giving you absolutely FREE SHIPPING on every order.

And with every order, we throw in our popular Pickleball Rocks car magnet, plus a FREE set of the new Pickleball Rocks Sweatbands.

And then, the more you spend, the more you receive.  For every $25 you spend you will receive $5 in Pickleball Rocks Bucks to use on a future shopping trip at www.PickleballShopping.com .

So spend $25, receive $5 PBR Bucks.  Spend $50 and receive $10 PBR Bucks. Spend $100 and yes, receive a whopping $20 in Pickleball Rocks Bucks.    Those PBR Bucks will be good for any order you make from December 2nd through December 25th.

So shop now, shop early and build your free Pickleball Rocks Bucks for more fun in December.

Have fun and have a truly blessed Christmas season.

The Pickleball Rocks Team
Rocket, Zack, Josh, Abby, Stephanie, LeEllen, Mindy, Cam, Jason and Wyatt

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Pickleball Juniors? UNSTOPPABLE

It’s Coming and It’s UNSTOPPABLE

In case you haven’t noticed, kids love pickleball.  And the number of juniors playing pickleball is growing like crazy.  Yes, the junior pickleball movement is coming…..and it’s UNSTOPPABLE.

The number of clinics is increasing as coaches and players everywhere are teaching young girls and boys to play this great sport.

Likewise the number of tournaments now accepting players under the age of 19 is growing like wild too.

We knew it was only a matter of time before pickleball came full circle. 

And now it has!

A lot of people don’t realize that pickleball was played in phys ed classes in many schools over 30 years ago.  The problem back then was that there were no pickleball courts where kids could play once they graduated.  Consequently, kids went off to start their careers and their families, and didn’t pick up a paddle until many years later.  We are now seeing many of those kids rediscovering the sport they loved in school, and excitedly introducing pickleball to their kids and grandkids.

But the really great news is that schools and YMCA’s across the country are now introducing boys and girls to pickleball in record numbers.  And this time, those kids have places to play.

 

So What Can Everyone Do To Help???

Many of you are already out there teaching and helping the kids everywhere you go.  THANKS and keep up the great work.

Whether you are teaching juniors or playing with juniors, we hope you are part of the youth movement.  As much as we love pickleball now, the juniors are our sport’s future and the more we help them now, the better the sport will be in the coming years.

The more we promote the various junior activities, the better it is for all of us.

So a couple of things we at Pickleball Rocks are doing and we hope you will too.

  1. When you post a junior related pickleball activity online, use the hashtag #unstoppable or #unstoppablejuniors in your post or description. When we see your post, we’ll help share it through our Facebook pages and our other social media platforms.
  2. If you send any of your pictures of junior clinics, tournaments or other activities to playservices@allaboutpickleball.com,  we will post them to our Instagram account, acknowledging you as the submitter and we’ll hashtag it #unstoppable and #unstoppablejuniors
  3. And most importantly, help a kid play pickleball today.

Congratulations to all those communities that already have youth pickleball growing.

For everyone else, have fun growing pickleball at the junior level.  Pickleball rocks now and well into the future because of all of you.

We are just here to help.

The youth movement is coming and it is definitely #UNSTOPPABLE.

Keep up the great work,

Rocket, Josh, Abby, Zack, Stephanie, LeEllen, Cam, Mindy, Jason and Wyatt
THE PICKLEBALL ROCKS TEAM

 

How To Layout The Perfect Pickleball Complex or Venue

The word is out and pickleball courts are popping up everywhere.  Parks departments are building pickleball courts. Towns and cities are building pickleball courts.  County’s are building pickleball courts.   Yes, the word is out that having pickleball courts can be a boost to the local economy, and can do wonders in pulling communities together socially.  But be careful.

Consider this as a PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT.

Let us start by saying that In our opinion, any pickleball court is a good pickleball court.  Give me a piece of chalk and some portable nets and we’ll have some fun. That is what is making pickleball grow so fast.  But many communities are spending the money to build pickleball courts and some do a great job, and some…..not so much. We’ve seen the best and the worst of pickleball court planning.

Happened to recently catch a new court layout (location will remain unnamed here) where they had a nice distance between the courts, but decided to place a light pole between two of the courts, positioned about half way between the non-volley lines and the baselines.  Guess they wanted good lighting, but OUCH when players start running into that misplaced pole. 

Almost as bad is the court layout that leaves so little room between the baseline and the back fence or wall, that you can’t take a good back swing to serve, let alone running down a lob that was carefully placed over your head.  I’m sure many of us have bruises to show from that lack of court planning.

So this PSA is to help you help those who are building the courts and complexes across the country. There are a lot of things to consider when you build pickleball courts.  So the best thing you can do is educate those builders before they build something they will regret later.

So if you are laying out a new pickleball court complex, what kinda things should be considered?

1) Think seriously about the number of courts you’ll need. 
Are you building courts to simply accommodate the number of players who currently play in your area.  This is the most common mistake made by communities.  Keep in mind that the sport of pickleball is without question, the fastest growing sport in the country and on track to continue its growth path for years.  So plan ahead now.  Otherwise you will have a logjam of disgruntled players very soon, and your growth will stop.

2) Plan adequate space for your courts
This is the second biggest mistake made by pickleball court planners.  Everyone of course wants to squeeze in as many courts as they can in their available space.  But if you squeeze too much and leave too little room between your courts or beyond the baselines, you will create permanent problems, including creating injuries from running into fences or even a player from an adjacent court. 
The USAPA provides the following minimal guidelines for each court:
A total playing area 30 feet wide (9.14 m) and 60 feet long (18.28 m) is the minimum size that is recommended. A total size of 34 feet by 64 feet is preferred.

3) Plan proper access to your courts.  
We see so many pickleball venues that have lots of beautiful courts, but no easy way to enter into the courts. This causes continuous interruption of play.  In placing your gate access to the courts, a good rule of thumb is to position your gates in such a way that a player never has to cross more than one court to arrive at the court they are going to play on.

4) Plan your court useage.  It’s one thing to build a pickleball complex for recreation only play.  But quite different if you are planing to hold tournament play at your venue.   The idea behind holding a tournament is to give a very unique feel for your registered players that is quite different from just playing socially on their home courts.  Otherwise they might as well stay home and play. If you intend to hold tournaments at your new complex, then plan ahead for having a designated area for some vendors.  That area should be in the high traffic area where the players will hang out between matches.  You will need an area for a hospitality tent for your players.  You will need an area for your referees and volunteers to hang out and rest between matches or between duties.  And you will need an area for your tournament operations desk.  What else might you use your courts for?  Plan accordingly, otherwise you potentially shut the door on those additional opportunities to utilize your courts.

The video below was shot recently in Griffin, Georgia where Spalding County has built as close to a perfect pickleball complex as we’ve seen.  They have thought of, and covered so many issues which make for a great pickleball venue.  Do you have to incorporate all their ideas?  Of course not.  But our hope is that this video will help stimulate thoughts and ideas for your next pickleball courts.

Watch This Video For Great Pickleball Court Layout Ideas

So there are a lot of things to consider as you plan that next great pickleball facility.  But it is certainly worth the time it takes to figure it out now rather than later.  The results undoubtedly will show up as increased growth.

Put in the planning time now and you’ll be very happy you did.

Keep up the great work everybody.  Pickleball Rocks because of you.

Rocket, Stephanie, Jason, Wyatt, Josh, Zack Cam, LeEllen and Abby
The Pickleball Rocks Team