New Place to Play – Perrysburg Tennis Center

Hi Everyone,

Toledo Pickleball is excited to announce that the owners of the Perrysburg Tennis Center are interested in providing another indoor venue for Pickleball in our local area.

They are adding four Pickleball courts to their large indoor facility located at 1750 Progress Drive in Perrysburg, Ohio. To get things started they will be offering free play from Monday, Dec 14 through Friday, Dec 18 between 1:00-3:00pm.

If you are interested in playing, please send an email to Bob at

In your email please let them know which day you would like to attend and also and one backup date.  They will only assign you to your backup date if your primary date is full.  They will be limiting participation to 24 players per day.

If any dates don’t fill up, they will allow some players to play on their backup dates as well.  After playing we will ask you to fill out a brief questionnaire.

For more information on the Perrysburg Tennis Center visit their website by clicking this link Perrysburg Tennis Center

Please forward this post to others who may be interested in indoor Pickleball at PTC!

See you on the courts!


Courts in Sylvania – We Need Your Support!

Toledo Pickleball Club members  or non members who live in Sylvania are asked to attend the Sylvania Area Recreation District board meeting on Tuesday November 24 at 7:30am to support building pickleball courts in Sylvania.  The Rec board is interested in knowing how many residents of Sylvania are actively playing pickleball in other communities.  Lets show them with a large turnout of players!  Be at the West Entrance to Tamoshanter (Sylvania Ave, behind the Sylvania Senior Center) by 7:15am.  Email Betsy Kenniston at if you have any questions.

Thanks for your support!!

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Toledo Pickleball – 2014 Outdoor Court Opener, Sunday April 27th @1pm

Today is the perfect spring day to announce the 2014 Toledo Pickleball Court Opener.  It has been one long winterRossford Courts Post Conversion 6 courts- Courts are full! here in Ohio and I am sure you are all as excited as I am to be thinking of outdoor pickleball.

We will be hosting our 2014 Season Court Opener, Sunday April 27, 2014 at 1 pm at the Rossford Outdoor Pickleball Complex ( 313 Glenwood Road, Rossford OH). Of course this will be “weather permitting” and if needed a back up date will be announced.

Toledo Pickleball will be providing the hot dogs, paper plates/forks and napkins for the event. We ask that each person in attendance please bring a non-alcoholic beverage of their choice and a dish to pass.  If you are on the active Toledo Pickleball Roster you will be receiving an email, sometime prior to the opener, with all the details of the 2 membership options and ladder league options that will be available this year. If you are not on the active roster and would like to be or your contact information has changed, please email me so we can get this up to date.

We will be discussing our goals, exciting new ladder leagues, clinics and membership options for the 2014 season.  After all the food and formalities, we will be playing some fun outdoor pickleball so bring your paddle and a friend!

Please email me at with any questions that you might have or if you need be added to or update your roster information.

See you on the courts!


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Winning Pickleball Strategies – by Charlie McKnight

For those of you serious pickler’s out there, I thought I would send you a few “winning strategies” to consider. This “top 12” list was put together by Charlie McKnight and I know he would love to chat about them the next time you see him on the court. Thanks for sharing your strategic mind Charlie!


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Twelve Ways to WIN More Pickleball Games

  1. SERVE –  Get your serve in (always and deep). (You only score points when you serve, so don’t waste the opportunity build your score. The more points won, more games won and more matches won.)
  2. RETURN – Get your return of serve in & deep. (NEVER hit the ROS into the net or wide. A long shot is the only GOOD error here (because you want a deep return to keep your opponents back and they have to let it bounce). Move to the No Volley Zone line as (or right after) you return serve.)
  3. CONTROL – Hit the ball at a pace for good placement, and give yourself enough leeway for error. (Aim 1-3 feet over the net for shots from the baseline, 6-12 inches for shots from the NVZ and most of your shots to the middle of the court. As your skills and control improve, you can adjust this.)
  4. HOLE –  Hit high percentage shots down the middle of the court that bounces in the hole between your opponents. (Save sharp angle and down the line shots for sure put always from the NVZ.)
  5. LOW –  Keep the ball low to your opponents’ feet, as much as possible. (Low shots will cause more errors, allow fewer winners and set you up with more high shots to put-away.)
  6. NET –   Get to and play from the NVZ line as much as possible. (90% of points are won at the net.)
  7. FIGHT –   Fight to get the ball back ONE more time when your opponents are on the offense. (Good defense wins points that your opponents expect you to lose and can break their concentration, confidence and momentum.)
  8. PATIENT –  Be mentally tough when neither team has the advantage or when you are serving or receiving. Play a safe, well-placed shot to your opponent’s backhand and wait for them to make the mistake or mental error. (Making less unforced errors wins more games than outright winners.)
  9. ATTACK – Be aggressive when you have the chance with a high ball at the NVZ. Hit the ball sharply down the middle at your opponent’s feet and be ready for a weak return. Think of a put away as a 1-2 shot: (1st shot sets up the 2nd shot for less errors and more winners, like a 1-2 punch in boxing.)
  10. + vs. –  Strengths vs. Weaknesses: Play your strengths to your opponents’ weaknesses. (What shots are your opponents winning points with, what shots are they missing or losing points with?)
  11. CONDITIONS –  Be aware of the surrounding conditions that affect the flight and/or the bounce of the ball, your footing, your visibility and your comfort. Adjust your game and equipment as necessary.
  12. CHANGE  – You need to change (vary) the pace, spin and placement of your shots so you don’t become too predictable. However, don’t change the shots or strategies that are winning you points. Do change your strategy when what you are doing is not working. (Hit to weaker opponent, hit ball softer or harder, hit lobs, play to the strongest player, etc. are a few ways to change things up.)






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Memorial Day Weekend – Kalamazoo Tourney “Pickleball Fever in the Zoo”

Hello Toledo PicklersKzoo Tourney

Happy & Healthy New Year wishes to you all!

As the new year starts, I am sure many of you are thinking and preparing for this year’s many Pickleball tournaments.  Each year it seems like there are more and more tournaments and thankfully for us, there are many in the local MI/OH area.

I wanted to send out a note on one that I think is going to be top-notch. “Pickleball Fever in the Zoo” will be held in Kalamazoo MI over the Memorial Day weekend. This tournament is a memorial tournament to honor the late Bob Northrop who was instrumental in growing the sport in the Kalamazoo area and who was also responsible for introducing Jim and Yvonne Hackenberg to the game. Jim and Yvonne will be the directors for this tournament and are really putting a lot of effort into making this an outstanding tournament and one that you won’t want to miss.

Here are two links with all the information as well as registration

This is a double elimination skill level tournament with events for Mixed Doubles, Men’s Doubles and Women’s Doubles.  There will be limited space so please consider registering early.  The trip over to Kzoo is an easy two-hour drive from the Toledo area.

Looking forward to seeing you all on the courts soon!


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Sunday Play – Today, October 20, 2013

Starting today, we will move all Rossford Sunday play indoors to the Rossford Recreation Center.  Our open play time is from 2-5 with four courts available. We will no longer have outdoor play on Sunday’s at the Rossford Outdoor complex.

Also, just a reminder that indoor play options start at Tam-O-Shanter tonight at 5pm.  Here is a link to the post I sent out with all of the indoor play options that are available for the fall/winter months

See you on the courts,