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 bob_fastnacht@yahoo.com

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!

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2015 Toledo Pickleball Glass City Invitational Results

The 2015 Toledo Pickleball Glass City Invitational was hosted once again by the Toledo Pickleball Club near the end of July. Our event expanded from last year’s inaugural size of sixty players over two days to almost 90 players for this Friday through Sunday competition. Unlike last year, we had to battle the elements of a steady rain to start, high heat, two surprise thunderstorms (one w/high late night winds) and oppressive humidity. Despite the challenges, the matches finished all outdoors and all on time, save for the one mixed doubles finals that was rain interrupted on Saturday and finished up on Sunday morning.

2015 Toledo Pickleball Glass City Invitational

2015 Toledo Pickleball Glass City Invitational

Jessica LeMire, USAPA National bronze medalist for the last two years, was our top ladies player as she captured the first place blue glass mug in both the 5.0 Mixed Doubles (with partner Dave Kovanda) and the 5.0 Ladies Doubles (with partner Bobbi Little). Bobbi also took home a second place rock glass award with Duane Hill in the 5.0 Mixed Doubles. Nancy Meyer captured three awards by winning the Ladies Singles and finishing third in the 5.0 Ladies Doubles (with partner Shannon Gallup) and third again in the 5.0 Mixed Doubles (with partner Charlie McKnight). Shannon also captured awards for second in the Ladies Singles and third in the 4.0 Mixed Doubles (with partner Tim Hacker). Anita Epperly finished second in both the 5.0 Ladies Doubles (with partner Mollie Miller) and the 4.0 Mixed Doubles (with partner Brian Yunker), in our only rain interrupted match. Sue Hickey took second in the 4.0 Ladies Doubles (with partner Vicki McGrath) and won the big blue first place glass mug (along with hubby, Bill Hickey) in the 4.0 Mixed Doubles. Pat Galvin captured several awards, including third place in the 3.5 Ladies Doubles (with partner Sandy Tiell and second place in the 3.0 division), second place in the 3.5 Mixed Doubles (with partner Dan Horvath) and third place in the Ladies Singles. Tournament Director, Connie Mierzejewski took third in the 3.0 Ladies Doubles (with partner Robyn Blosh) and second in the 3.0 Mixed Doubles (with partner Steve Poseler). Other local women who fared well in the tourney included: Liz Sepeda & Judy Lambert, who took third place in the 4.0 Ladies Doubles, Ac Miller who won the 3.0 Mixed Doubles (with partner Jerry Groce) and Lisa Yunker, who came in third in this same division (with partner Pete Maxwell). Also, Pat Pastorek took third place honors in the 3.5 Mixed Doubles (with partner Bob Lineen).

On the men’s side, Charlie McKnight won the 4.5 Men’s Doubles (with partner Gary Ball) and also the Men’s Singles. Tim Hacker & Jeff Chantiny won all of their matches on their way to capturing the 4.0 Men’s Doubles honors, with the father-son team of Mike and Brian Yunker coming in third in this same division. Jerry Groce & Rick Potter won the 3.0 Men’s Doubles, while locals David Hamilton & Dan Horvath finished third in the same division. There are several other medalists not mentioned above that are listed in the results below. To see the individual match scores for each division, go to www.PickleBallTournaments.Com and look for our tourney results under “Tournaments”, then “Past Tournaments” and then click on the division you wish to see.

We were very fortunate to have our four tournament shirt sponsors for this year’s event, which included the Rossford Convention and Visitors Bureau, Billy V’s, Richard L. DeVaul Tax Service, Attorneys Heban, Sommer & Murphree. Several businesses and individuals donated prizes for our raffles, including the Boilermakers Local 85. The players also enjoyed a sample of the “Sweet Hots” from our local, famous Tony Packo’s.

Tournament director Connie Mierzejewski and her assistant Charlie McKnight worked hard to prepare for this second annual event. USAPA Tournament Schedule, Results & Points liaison, Marilyn Holiday, handled the court assignments and tourney results desk for the entire three day weekend. BCSN recorded a few of our matches on Sunday morning and Connie provided the color commentary. Many others contributed their time and efforts to make this event a success and we certainly appreciate it very much.

All in all, it was an excellent second time event and it will only get better in the years to come. We look forward to next year’s event, with perhaps even more players from our local area and from out of town.

2015 Toledo Pickleball Glass City Invitational Results

Men’s Doubles

3.5/3.0

Gold Medal – Jerry Groce – Rick Potter def. Ron Fortman – Joel Wood (10-12, 11-4, 13-11)

Silver Medal – Ron Fortman – Joel Wood def. David Hamilton – Dan Horvath (11-9, 5-11, 11-7)

Bronze Medal – David Hamilton – Dan Horvath def. Ron Emch – Steve Dobbins (15-13)

4.0

Gold Medal – Tim Hacker – Jeff Chantiny def. Todd Marvin – Johnny “P” Schrader (11-9, 11-2)

Silver Medal – Todd Marvin – Johnny “P” Schrader def. Mike Yunker – Brian Yunker (4-11, 11-4, 13-11)

Bronze Medal – Mike Yunker – Brian Yunker (Todd Marvin – Johnny “P” Schrader def. Dan Kerr – Gordon Statz (15-9))

4.5 – (Round Robin)

Gold Medal – Charlie McKnight-Gary Ball (2 Wins, 92 points)

Silver Medal – Dave Kovanda-Duane Hill (2 Wins, 86 points)

Bronze Medal – Thomas Fischietto-Mike Murphy (2 Wins, 81 points)

Men’s Singles – (Round Robin)

Gold Medal – Charlie McKnight (2 Wins, 66 points)

Silver Medal – Mario Martinez (1 Win, 36 points)

Bronze Medal – Ken Porter (21 points)

Mixed Doubles

3.0 – (Round Robin)

Gold Medal – Ac Miller-Jerry Groce (2 wins, 59 points)

Silver Medal – Connie Mierzejewski-Steve Poseler (1 win, 62 points)

Bronze Medal – Lisa Yunker-Pete Maxwell (27 points)

3.5 – (Round Robin)

Gold Medal – Rachael Moritz-Matt McEwen (4 wins, 121 points)

Silver Medal – Pat Galvin-Dan Horvath (3 wins, 124 points)

Bronze Medal – Pat Pastorek-Bob Lineen (2 wins, 77 points)

4.0

Gold Medal – Sue Hickey-Bill Hickey def. Anita Epperly-Brian Yunker (11-6, 10-12, 11-8)

Silver Medal – Anita Epperly-Brian Yunker def. Shannon Gallup-Tim Hacker (12-10, 11-5)

Bronze Medal – Shannon Gallup-Tim Hacker def. Linda Hill – Denny Vincent (15-9)

5.0/4.5 – (Round Robin)

Gold Medal – Jessica LeMire-Dave Kovanda (2 wins, 66 points)

Silver Medal – Bobbi Little-Duane Hill (1 win, 48 points)

Bronze Medal – Nancy Meyer-Charlie McKnight (33 points)

Women’s Doubles

3.0 – Medals

Gold Medal – Laura Englehart-Claudia Fontana

Silver Medal – Sandy Tiell-Pat Galvin

Bronze Medal – Connie Mierzejewski-Robyn Blosh

3.5,3.0

Gold Medal – Jean Johnson-Mary Massengill def. Laura Englehart-Claudia Fontana (11-3, 11-3, 16-14)

Silver Medal – Laura Englehart-Claudia Fontana (Jean Johnson-Mary Massengill def. Sandy Tiell-Pat Galvin (8-11, 11-6, 11-3))

Bronze Medal – Sandy Tiell-Pat Galvin def. Connie Mierzejewski-Robyn Blosh (11-7, 11-7)

4.0

Gold Medal – Linda Thompson-Laura Lindquist def. Vicki McGrath-Sue Hickey (7-11, 11-2, 11-5)

Silver Medal – Vicki McGrath-Sue Hickey def. Liz Sepeda-Judy Lambert (11-5, 11-4)

Bronze Medal – Liz Sepeda-Judy Lambert def. Linda Hill – Karla Chesser (15-5)

5.0,4.5 – (Round Robin)

Gold Medal – Bobbi Little-Jessica LeMire (2 wins, 66 points)

Silver Medal – Mollie Miller-Anita Epperly (1 win, 42 points)

Bronze Medal – Nancy Meyer-Shannon Gallup (39 points)

Women’s Singles – (Round Robin)

Gold Medal – Nancy Meyer (2 wins, 62 points)

Silver Medal – Shannon Gallup (1 win, 57 points)

Bronze Medal – Pat Galvin (13 points)

Men’s Doubles Gold Silver Bronze
3.5/3.0 Jerry Groce – Rick Potter Ron Fortman – Joel Wood David Hamilton – Dan Horvath
4.0 Tim Hacker – Jeff Chantiny Todd Marvin – Johnny “P” Schrader Mike Yunker – Brian Yunker
4.5 Charlie McKnight-Gary Ball Dave Kovanda-Duane Hill Thomas Fischietto-Mike Murphy
Men’s Singles Gold Silver Bronze
Charlie McKnight Mario Martinez Ken Porter
Mixed Doubles Gold Silver Bronze
3.0 Ac Miller-Jerry Groce Connie Mierzejewski-Steve Poseler Lisa Yunker-Pete Maxwell
3.5 Rachael Moritz-Matt McEwen Pat Galvin-Dan Horvath Pat Pastorek-Bob Lineen
4.0 Sue Hickey – Bill Hickey Anita Epperly – Brian Yunker Shannon Gallup – Tim Hacker
5.0/4.5 Jessica LeMire-Dave Kovanda Bobbi Little-Duane Hill Nancy Meyer-Charlie McKnight
Women’s Doubles Gold Silver Bronze
3.5,3.0 3.5-3.0 Laura Englehart-Claudia Fontana Sandy Tiell-Pat Galvin Connie Mierzejewski-Robyn Blosh
3.5,3.0 3.0 Jean Johnson-Mary Massengill Laura Englehart-Claudia Fontana Sandy Tiell-Pat Galvin
4.0 Linda Thompson – Laura Lindquist Vicki McGrath – Sue Hickey Liz Sepeda – Judy Lambert

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Madness in Mentor OH – Pickleball Tournament Saturday & Sunday, September 7 & 8

Mentor Ohio Recreation Department will be hosting its first ever Pickleball Tournament.  Al Hager was instrumental in helping the Mentor leadership with all aspects of their court conversion.  They have 6 fabulous courts that are laid out exactly the same as our Toledo complex, the only thing that added was lights!  I recently played on these courts and they are really nice.

This will be a skill level tournament and I hope that some of our Toledo players might want to support their efforts.  Mentor, OH is an easy 2 hour and 15 minute ride from the Toledo area. The tournament will be held Saturday and Sunday, September 7 & 8.  Here is the link for all the tournament details http://cityofmentor.com/wp-content/uploads/pickle-ball-tournament.pdf

Please note that the way to register for the tournament is to call the City of Mentor at 440-974-5720. Deadline for registration is August 30.

Additionally, if you have any questions, please call the Tournament Director Brian Murphy at 440-221-7487.

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Pickleball Tournament – Howell, MI May 18 & 19, 2013

Anyone interested in participating in a local skill level tournament?  If that is you, then you are in luck.  There will be a nice tournament in Howell, Michigan May 18 & 19, the 2nd annual “Hartland Mix It Up In May”!  This is a skill level tournament for levels 3.0-5.0 and is USAPA sanctioned.  They will host men’s and women’s doubles on Saturday and mixed doubles on Sunday.  Deadline to register is Wednesday, May 8th so you still have time to find a partner and enter!

Several of our players have already signed up, so if you are interested I would encourage you to get on board.  Please email me if you have any questions. Here is a link to the flyer for all of the details http://www.usapa.org/file/mi/2013_0518_hartland_flyer.pdf

See you on the courts and hopefully in Hartland!

Marsha

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Rules/Strategy and Review – Hitting the “Third Shot”

Wow, here we are already in the month of April. I am smiling as I type this because to me this means we will soon be able to play the great game of Pickleball outside!  I don’t know about you, but to me, there is no comparison between the indoor game and the outdoor game.  I personally enjoy the outdoor game much more with all of its different challenges: wind, sun, less forgiving outdoor ball, court surface, etc.  I am also looking forward to outside play this year because of our awesome six-court facility!

This month’s rules and strategy review was requested by Charlie McKnight. Charlie sent me the request to discuss the all important “Third Shot”.

Concentration

Charlie McKnight

Many of you might be asking: “What in the world is the third shot?”  Here is the scenario: The serving team is at a disadvantage because the returning team will be at the net before the return of serve is touched by the receiving team.  The serving team serves the ball with both players on the baseline (this would be the first shot), the receiving team already has half of their team at the net. Ideally the receiver hits a deep return of serve (the second shot) and moves quickly to the kitchen line–thus the receivers have “taken over the net.”  The serving team is pinned on the baseline because they have to wait for the ball to bounce (double bounce rule).  Once the ball bounces, this is the “third shot” and at this point the serving team has several options.  Do they lob it, bang it hard and low, or hit a soft dink shot low over the net that drops in the kitchen?  Let’s break down the three options and I will make my suggestion on what I believe the highest percentage shot is.  Remember the goal of the “third shot” is to safely get your team up to the net and in an offensive position to win the point.

Hitting the Ball Hard

In my opinion this is the new player’s default shot.  Intuitively players think they will just blast the ball so hard that the other team will not be able to handle it and that is how they will win the point.  Remember, most points are won at the net, not on the baseline. In fact, when your team is on the baseline you are in a “defensive” position, not an “offensive” position.  Hitting the ball  hard from the baseline will work sometimes if you are playing against a fairly new or lower level player. If you hit a hard shot from the baseline against a higher level opponent you will give them all kinds of angles to hit a winning shot right back at you.  In fact it will require very little effort on their part to just put their paddle up and block the ball at an angle or at your feet, which will be difficult for you and your partner to handle while you are trying to work your way to the net.  Banging the ball from the baseline is the lowest percentage shot selection to get you and your partner to the net.

I will add one other statement here regarding the hard hit shot from the baseline: At the 5.0 level you will see a very hard hit shot with a load of topspin being hit. This is much different than just smacking the ball.  The topspin keeps the ball low to the net and makes it a very effective shot for the higher level play, especially when it is hit in combination with the slower shot. This keeps the opposing team on their toes and will mix it up a bit. The key here is that it is a low shot and is dropping towards the floor, making it very difficult to return.

Hitting a Lob

The lob shot is a difficult shot to master and becomes even more difficult in outdoor play because you have to judge the wind. A lob hit from the baseline has to be hit so precisely for it to be effective that it is almost not worth trying.  If your opponent has hit you a very difficult, deep return, you might throw up a lob as a sort of “hail Mary” play, but it’s rarely effective against good, physically quick players.  If the lob is perfect–meaning it forces your opponents back to the baseline–you and your partner should race to the kitchen line and thus claim the offensive position on the court.  If it is not a “well-hit” lob, you must ready yourself to play defense.

Obviously, different teams handle lobs more or less effectively depending on their physicality.  Your opponents’ physical strength is a factor as the pace of their overheads will vary accordingly. If you do lob, you should be aiming for one of your opponents’ backhands–ensuring a weaker overhead return if you fall short.

The lob can be highly effective if executed correctly and especially successful if the opposing team doesn’t communicate and move well.  Throwing up lobs can change the momentum of a game and can be used to tire out opponents.  But the likelihood of executing the shot as accurately as it needs to be is low.  Therefore, in my opinion, it is not the best choice for the third shot.

Soft Dink Shot

I believe that the soft dink shot is the best choice for your third shot. What exactly is the soft dink shot from the baseline?  It is a looping, softly hit ball that just makes it over the net and lands midway in the kitchen (non-volley zone).  This is one of the most difficult shots to master in the game and will take some practice to execute.  One of the mistakes that people make when they are first trying to learn this shot is they hit a soft shot and then race to the kitchen.  This is a mistake because when you are just learning to hit this shot, you most often will hit it too high and it will be a kill shot for the other team. Or, you will hit the soft shot into the net.  This is a “good miss” because you are trying to hit the right shot.  I would rather have a partner trying to hit a soft third shot into the net than blasting the third shot and we just eat it.  So what to do when you hit it too high? If you watch some of the higher level players, you will notice that this third shot has very little back swing. It almost looks as if they push the ball over the net.

If it is too high the other team will put it away, however many times when players go to put the ball away they hit directly at you, so in this case get ready to block it back over.  If you hit the soft shot and you can get a couple of steps closer to the net, take those steps and then split step [both feet parallel to each other in your volley ready position]  and get ready to hit another soft approach shot over the net. It is better to stop in no man’s land balanced and ready to move in any direction than a little closer to the net and not balanced or ready.  You will know that your third shot is successful when the only thing the other team can do is hit a soft dink back at you.  This will allow you and your partner to get to the net and then get in a good dink game until a mistake is made. One other way you will know that you hit a great third shot is if the other team pops it up and it becomes a kill for your team.  It is so much fun to set up your partner for the kill!

Practicing and mastering this third shot strategy will also improve your overall game because you will gain control in taking pace off the ball–successful Pickleball players need to reliably execute both soft and hard shots.  At a higher level, pickleball becomes a game of placement to create opportunities to employ power  (put away) shots.

So, when warming up, find a partner to feed you balls and you try to hit the ball into the kitchen at different distances from the net and then you feed your partner.  The person on the baseline is practicing hitting a soft third shot, the person who remains at the kitchen line is working on hitting a low, deep, controlled shot to different spots on the baseline as accurately as possible.

See you on the court!

Marsha

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2013 Central Ohio Pickleball Tournament – May 17 & 18, 2013

For all of you who are 50 years and older this tournament is a nice “in-state” opportunity.  This is an indoor event and will be held May 17 & 18 in Westerville Ohio.  The deadline for registration is May 8, 2013.  The tournament is reasonably priced and you can play one or two events for $25.

Please click this link for all of the details and registration form 2013 Central Ohio Pickleball Senior Games

Please let me know if you are planning on participating in this event so I can track the results on the blog.  I am always confident that Toledo Pickleball members/players will bring home a medal or two!

See you on the courts!

Marsha

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