Sunday, January 9, 2022 (Court Day #452)

I got to Derby Park a bit later than I’d hoped. I awoke up at 5:30 and was awake for a while, messing up my sleep. I arrived at 8:50. One half of the courts, the shady side, were wet enough that playing would be potentially dangerous. I spent 40 minutes setting up, blowing off the courts and using towels from the bins to try to dry off the wet areas. It was mostly futile. One woman suggested that the wet was from sprinklers for the grass on the other side of the chain link fence. Perhaps. It was certainly weird given that it hadn’t rained for a couple of days.

On a dry court: Tom S. and Mike K. versus Barb B. and Mike.


Me figuring out the logistics for having only dinking games on half the courts initially proved to be problematic. Eventually, I had groups of players starting on the far court of the wet side, then sliding toward the gate as a court shifted, then wrapping around to the side with the dry courts where they could play a full game to 9 points then rotate off. Honestly, it was relatively miserable for everyone. I had to battle a group or two who would occasionally ignore my instructions and play full court games on wet courts or play games to 11 though I had announced playing only to 9. But the 35 or so people got to play and as the players thinned out—exasperated, I suspect—things got better. It was shocking how long it took the courts to dry. There was one still not dry by 1 p.m. when the last of us left.

My Play

I wasn’t thrilled with my play today, but I had my moments. When I drove a shot low over the middle of the net between Charles and Ted for a winner—they both had paddles mere inches away—Renee exclaimed it was “pretty” and she had a “front row seat” to the shot. There was a fair amount of waiting involved today, so maybe that affected my play.

What did I learn?

How to run a group with partially wet courts. But, honestly, I hope I never have to do that again. That was a first since I started as a site coordinator four years ago.

Monday, January 8, 2022 (No Play)

Someone online shares a video of two retired NFL legends playing pickleball—Brett Farve and Jerry Rice—in a commercial for Copper Fit Ice, which apparently makes knee compression sleeves.

I do have to wonder if they really play pickleball, but some shots looked somewhat “legit”. I’m sure they had fun regardless!

Number of days on a court: 452
Number of total hours: 2,190.5

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