First Tournament
 
Notifications
Clear all

First Tournament


Paul Bautista
Posts: 2
Topic starter
(@paul-bautista)
New Member
Joined: 8 months ago

I started playing pickleball last summer and just registered for my first pickleball tournament. I am excited and nervous. Any advice on how to prepare?

3 Replies
Michelle Malkin
Posts: 31
Admin
(@michelle-malkin)
Member
Joined: 10 months ago

Hi, Paul! Congrats! I played in my very first tournament last summer. I read a lot of blog posts and watched YouTube videos to get ready. 

The main thing I was unprepared for was the LENGTH of the entire competition. It was physically and mentally challenging. There were several periods where we had to stand around and wait for our next match. Each time we resumed play, I was kind of like a car that needed to warm up again after being idle, if that makes sense. 

One area where I was definitely prepared was food/drinks. I brought a massive cooler with all sorts of snacks and beverages: protein bars, electrolytes, beef jerky, bananas, nuts. I'm one of those people that needs to be fueled up at all times and not let the gas tank get to empty (I have fainted before on court in rec play when I played on a half-full stomach!).

Get to the venue early and take advantage of the warm-up time. Print out the bracket and familiarize yourself with the court to which you've been assigned. Never hesitate to ASK QUESTIONS when you are uncertain of rules/procedures. 

I love the electricity of tournaments and performing under competitive pressure. It's not for everyone. The most important thing, though, is to enjoy the moment and HAVE FUN.

Reply
Sam
Posts: 13
 Sam
(@sam)
Active Member
Joined: 9 months ago

Michelle makes many good points.

1) I would add bring something to sit on unless you know seating is available. Staying off your feet can be helpful for long days.

2) Assuming you are playing doubles, have an in-depth conversation with your partner about a) what your goals are and b) strategy.  A is important so that you are on the same page whether you are out to win or out to have fun. I think you can be both, but it would be bad to get there and one gets upset if you are congratulating the other team on good shots and your partner is not that type. B to discuss strategy like who takes balls down the middle, do you want to serve first or pick the side of the court, who is going to serve first (I preferred to keep that consistent throughout the day even with the wrist band). Who gets lobs? Moving in unison (as best you can). Are you aggressive or more cautious? 

Playing with that partner a lot can help you learn one another's game and maybe quirks.

 

I am pretty competitive but not at the expense of having fun or being a good sport.

Reply
Oscar Jimenez
Posts: 8
(@colombia)
Active Member
Joined: 9 months ago

korrect

Reply
Share:

Discussion Forum

Important Policies 

|

Relevance

Please do not post about topics that are unrelated to pickleball such as partisan politics or religion.

Respect

Please conduct yourself in a civil manner and be kind to other members.

x

Advertising

Please do not advertise products or services or otherwise solicit business or website traffic.

These rules apply to all members and commenters here on Dinkheads.com.

Dinkheads Policies

01. Introduction

Anyone can read our news articles, forum, and comments, but you must register if you want to post here. By posting on Dinkheads, you agree to observe the following rules. If you have any problems registering or posting, please e-mail us at [email protected]

02. General Etiquette

Conduct yourself in a civil manner. No insults, name calling, profanities, or other offensive remarks. Avoid naked links that do not contain an explanation or description. Avoid the gratuitous use of capital letters or other annoying formatting. Do not advertise products or services or otherwise solicit business or website traffic. Do not post the same comment more than once. Do not post about topics that are unrelated to pickleball such as politics or religion. Do not create an offensive username. Do not post offensive or disturbing images. Limit quotations of external material to the absolute minimum. When quoting external material, provide a citation and, if possible, a link to the original source. When posting a new thread to our forum, select the appropriate subforum and use a meaningful title.

03. Moderation Procedure

Moderators may lock or delete a post, comment, or thread, and may move threads from one subforum to another at their discretion. Members who repeatedly violate our rules will be suspended or banned. If you are unhappy with a moderator’s actions, you may appeal by sending an email to [email protected] This is the only acceptable way to challenge a moderator’s decision. You may not criticize the moderator in our Forums.

04. Copyright Policy

Dinkheads does not own your posts or comments. You do. You can republish your posts and comments anywhere you like. You can edit your posts if you wish, provided you are a member in good standing. You grant Dinkheads the right to display your posts and comments without compensating you. You grant other members permission to quote your posts in whole or part without compensating you. You grant Dinkheads the right to edit or delete your comments and posts if we think you have violated our policies. You grant Dinkheads the right to convert references to products or services into compensated text links such as affiliate links. The terms of our copyright policy may only be changed after 14 days’ notice is given in the Forum Issues and Administration subforum.