Pickleball Fix

by Bev Crane

Starting a new month, it is time to sign up on the Den for your favorite pickleball events. On Wed. evening of each week the following week’s events will be on the Den for sign-up.

Weekly Reminders

--This week’s Cookout on August 6 at 5:30pm at the Pavilion is going Spanish with black beans and rice and Cuban bread for our main entree. Sign up on Den by 5pm, Thurs, Aug. 4 and list in the comments a side, salad, dessert you plan to bring for 6-8 people. We encourage everyone to come and you’re welcome to sign up friends too.

--The next Orientation/Lesson is Monday, Aug 8, 7-9AM on Courts 1,2 for a maximum of 8 players. It is designed for new members and novice players. Sign up on the Den.

Note: After a lesson new players may want to sign up for Next Paddle Up to improve their skills, get some practice, and meet other players.

--The TPPC Board meeting on Monday, August 8 at 3pm at the Country Club has been cancelled. The next BOD meeting will be on the second Monday, September 12.

August Schedule

The Calendar for August is on the TPPC website at https://www.tppickleballclub.org/calendar and on the Courts Bulletin Board. Check it out and sign up on the Den for events of interest.

Special Olympics. The Hernando County Special Olympics training program mentioned in the last Fix started this Monday, August 1 at 4:30pm with trainers Tom Asbel, Dave Dwyer, and Don Rooks introducing pickleball to 8-9 students who signed up for the Special Olympics training session. The training will continue each week until November before the Special Olympics Tournament.

Instruction: Coach’s Corner

“Out-of-Bounds Calls” by Mel Kohlberg

There are many opinions about what constitutes proper line calls. Citations from the 2022 Pickleball Rule Book mention the following:

6.A. A ball that lands on any correct court line is “in.”

6.C. A ball contacting the playing surface outside the court is “out.”

6.D. Under the “Code of Ethics for Line Calling” players must strive for accuracy and respect the principle that all questionable calls must be resolved in favor of the opponent.

Basic elements are…

6.D.1. If a player makes an initial line call and then asks the opponent’s opinion and the opponent can make a clear “in” or “out” call, that clear call will stand. If not, the initial call stands. See 6.D.6.

6.D.3. The opponent gets the benefit of the doubt. Any ball that cannot be called “out” is considered “in.” A player cannot call for a replay because the ball was not seen or there is uncertainty.

6.D.4. Spectators should not be consulted.

6.D.5. A player should not question an opponent’s call.

6.D.6. If in 6.D.1., there is no initial line call and the opponents are asked and there is no definitive opinion, the ball is deemed “in.” The moment the receiving team asks for an opinion, they lose their right to question or change the line call.

6.D.7. Players shall not call a ball “out” unless they can clearly see a space between the line and the ball.

6.D.8. All “out” calls must be made promptly, prior to the ball being hit. Otherwise, the ball is still in play.

6.D.9. If partners can’t agree, then doubt exists, and the ball is “in.”

This information will also be on the TPPC Website at https://tppickleballclub.org/learning/coachs-corner/out-of-bounds

The Club membership is now 1021!! The next Fix will be sent on August 19.

Come on out and let’s keep on picklin’,

TPPC Pickleball Board

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