Sunday, May 21, 2023. (Court Day #596)

I headed out the door to Derby Park under cloudy skies and the temperature at 55°F. My right hand continues to be problematic. I’ve been noticing that even brushing my teeth causes some discomfort in my right wrist.

I texted my brother John yesterday, inviting him to come play pickleball this morning, and he said he would join me sometime after opening time. Also, Jeff, good friend of mine, was invited by a lady friend of his to come play today at Derby—they never did show up though. (Later, I found out that she had played yesterday and decided not to play again today so that canceled their Derby Park visit.)

Generally, my right wrist has been fine for doing forehand shots. However, on Thursday night, there were some forehands that resulted in some pain too. When I have knee surgery in two weeks, my wrist will definitely benefit from that forced break.

When I arrived in Derby early, the nets were all set up by Barbara and Mark G. was blowing off the courts. I helped with the last few things like putting up the court reservation board. A site coordinator like me can’t ask for much more in terms of assistance!

My brother John showed up about 10 a.m. and I was in the middle of the game but once I was done, and I signed us up together. John’s weakest part of the game continues to be serving. But he’s learning.

John (far left) and Ying warming up against a woman and Sarah.

It was a pretty miserable day with regard to getting higher level games. There is definitely a major amount of skill creep happening with lower skill players signing up as intermediates and intermediates signing up as advanced. There was a guy who said he been playing for one month who signed up in advanced! He is far from an advanced player, unfortunately. I was talking to Dan D. after the session and he agreed that we really didn’t get a game together with four truly advanced players. It was a disappointment for me.

Things wrapped up about 1 p.m. and I was on my way home to ice my wrist.

Number of days on a court: 596
Number of total hours: 2,627.5
Number of paid coaching hours: 2

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