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TIPS FROM OUR WRAC PROS
TO HELP YOU WITH YOUR "AT HOME" ACTIVITIES.
The Third Shot Drop:
This is probably one of the most important shots in all of pickleball. This shot sets up the serving team to, hopefully working their way to the kitchen line. This is where you should try to end up to score points for your team.
For your third shot drop you have 3 choices. A drop, lob, or drive.
The Drop is your most conventional choice, in terms of safety a good third shot drop will prevent your opponents from attacking you and will allow you time to get to the kitchen.
The Drive is the beginners favorite. hitting the ball fast can be surprising and catch your opponent off guard. Make sure you keep your drives low over the net and pick targets like hips to make it awkward to hit.
Lastly, we have my personal favorite, the Lob. This can be an excellent 3rd shot drop as your opponents are rushing to the kitchen line after the return. Lobbing over your opponents when successfully done can put then immediately on the defense and allow ample time for you and your partner to get to the kitchen line. lobbing can be dangerous, for a short lob can end in disaster.
What separates the good from the best is being able to use all 3 different types of shots. Practice them all and pick your drives and lobs carefully. Being unpredictable can be your biggest asset of a Pickleball Player
- Coach Clint
Head Tennis/Pickleball Pro
We may be looking for outdoor alternatives to racquetball for a while. I was having a great time playing outdoor pickleball before the club had to close and look forward to getting back on those courts when they can be made available. This sport is a great alternative until we can play again.
See you soon!
- Tony Sauceda
Tennis is one of the best forms of exercise. When we are allowed to resume playing, tennis providers should be ready to clearly explain why the U.S. population should begin—or continue—to play tennis.
* Social distancing. Tennis is the perfect sport to maintain social distancing—with players across the net on a court that’s 78 feet long. Compare that to group exercise classes or a basketball court, where it’s difficult to maintain a minimum 6-foot buffer.
* Cognitive development. Tennis keeps the mind sharp. Developing and mastering a new skill is great for self-esteem and mental acuity. In tennis, hundreds of decisions must be made in the complex execution of multiple movements, and players must figure out and determine strategies.
* Stress relief. Played with the correct attitude toward competition, tennis can have a pronounced impact on relieving stress, both mentally and physically—and an activity that provides stress relief can be particularly important in today’s world.
* Social. Seeing friends, making new friends, developing business contacts, seeing your children make new friends—the list of the social benefits that tennis provides is endless.
* Fitness improvement. Walking is better than being sedentary, but walking itself can’t substantially improve your fitness level. Because of its elevated workload, tennis:
So make sure you develop a sales and marketing campaign that will educate prospective players and reinvigorate your existing players by explaining the many positive benefits that tennis brings to their lives.
Greg Lappin is a developer, general manager and minority owner of some of the largest tennis and multipurpose athletic clubs in North America.
Posture and Ergonomic Considerations for "Work From Home":
Most of us have experienced many lifestyle changes the past month, with many of us now working from home and homeschooling. Did you know that working at a computer for prolonged periods can lead to pain and repetitive strain injuries involving the neck, back, shoulders and arms? Here are a few tips to improve your computer ergonomics and stay healthy and happy while you work!
1. Take frequent, short breaks: Aim to get out of your seat or switch between a seated and standing position multiple times per day. Research shows that spending 20% of your work day in a non-seated position can significantly reduce low back pain.
2. Practice good posture: You might find it helpful to set an alarm on your computer or phone to remind you to check in with your posture frequently during the day.
3. Evaluate the ergonomics of your work space. A few basic rules to follow at your work station include:
a) eyes level with top aspect of computer screen
b) adjust chair height to sit with hips slightly higher than your knees
c) sit all the way back in your chair and use extra lumbar support as needed so that the backrest supports your lower back region
d) keep feet flat on the floor or use a footrest
e) consider wrist supports at keyboard and mouse pad to maintain a neutral wrist alignment.
4. Keeping Moving! Take an exercise class at home during your lunch hour, get outside for a walk around the neighborhood, or take a 15 minute break to play with your children. Use whatever kind of activity motivates you to get up and move. You will feel better physically and mentally afterwards.
5. If your pain is interfering with your tolerance for daily activities or you have questions about how to set up a good work station at home; consider a consult with a specialist such as a physical therapist. You may benefit from a virtual consult to adjust your work station set-up or begin a treatment plan to address your area of concern.
- Mallory Berschauer, Mission Peak PT
Mallory Berschauer...In addition to instructing dance fitness class of "OULA Fitness", normally on Thursday evening, is also a Physical Therapist and Owner of Mission Peak Physical Therapy in Wenatchee. Look for her Facebook LIVE Oula classes during the club closure.
For Runners or Runners to be, I’d say, stay consistent and to your training routine. You may have to modify (due to lack of gym), but time on your feet is still time on your feet, whether you’re indoors or running/walking loops around your neighborhood! If you’re feeling unmotivated, create a virtual training group with your friends where you have to text updates on your daily workouts and keep each other accountable!
For Massage Clients, use other means to find relaxation! The mind probably needs it more than ever right now. Make a goal to spend 15-30 min a day doing yoga, finding stillness, foam rolling...or even soaking in the bathtub with some Epsom salts!
- Anja Petterson, Certified Running Coach and Licensed Massage Therapists