Monday, March 27, 2023. (Court Day #587)
This morning, René invited me to come play at Skypark tonight. She said she would be bringing a friend from San Jose who is learning how to play pickleball. She also said there would be a match for our league team tonight with Matt Babb and Evan playing against Nolan and Jim (father of SCALPEL league organizer Conner).
When I arrived all the parking spots in the lot were full, so I parked off the pavement between a rock in a tree. All the permanent courts were full and a temporary net was set up also.
René called me over and she and Avery were sitting on the bench watching the league match featuring two players from our team. I stood next to René and also watched. René told me that our team and won the first game but they now were down in the second game. We watched Matt and Evan play their way back into the game and win the second game and therefore also the match, given it’s “best of three”.
I rotated into some games playing with Evan and Jim and René as partners. After a few games, Nolan and Evan left for the night and René’s friend Sam came over and played with her against Jim and me. I played that game left-handed, it was good practice for me.
I gathered all my things and was heading out when Mike asked if I wanted to join him, his son, Colin, and Nicole in a game. That’s pickleball for you. Always one more game!
Colin and I teamed up against Mike and Nicole. They won the first game, Colin and I won the second game And then we played in one final game., it was easy to tell that Colin was not into the game. We lost that final game and it was time to call it a night at 9:20 p.m.
Level of Play
I need help. I don’t know what’s going on. I don’t know if it’s the wrist brace, or something else, but I’m not playing all that well. It’s frustrating. I guess I just keep plowing ahead in and hope for improvement. It’s so frustrating. No doubt, part of it is simply not being able to play and drill as much as I need to with nursing a bum knee and bum hand/wrist.
Wednesday, March 29, 2023 (No Play)
I stumbled across this amusing Instagram reel (some adult language):
It’s not a surprise that even a couple of pro soccers players would have very hard time against two dedicated senior citizen pickleball players!
Number of days on a court: 587
Number of total hours: 2,596.5
Number of paid coaching hours: 2
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