Aim Carefully – you hit what you aim for so be
careful where you point your paddle… and your life.
Know the Rules and Obey – no matter what
the game, no one likes a cheat.
Ignore the rules and you’ll
run out of partners to play with.
Assume the best – in line calls and
life, be generous of spirit and give others the benefit of
Help others – remember where you came from.
you see a less experienced player, offer to play them.
all start at the same level and get better with the help of
those around us.
Be a good sport – it’s not whether you win or lose
but how you play the game.
Shake hands, say good game, and
hope for better luck next time.
Practice, practice, practice. Repeat. It’s the only
way you get better at anything.
Play the hand you’re given – if you’re paired with
someone with less skill, take it as an opportunity to teach,
practice, and learn.
If you’re paired with someone who can
clobber you, take the lesson in humility.
The only way you
won’t learn something is if you don’t play cuz’ you don’t
like the cards.
Slow and steady wins the race – until you’re
proficient enough to have a 90% success rate with trick
shots or spin stick to basics, keep it simple, keep it
Basics are hard enough to master, and 75% of
points are won through other players’ errors.
Announce the score loud and clear – in pickleball,
and life, it’s always good to make sure everyone’s on the
Poach at your own risk – unless you have a good
reason and your partner’s permission,
it’s easier on
everyone (including you) if you just worry about yourself.
Be ready – always assume the ball (or insert life
event here) is going to come to you next.
Communicate – as in relationships, doubles players
can’t win without communication.
Give 100% effort 100% of the time – if you’re
trying your best, you don’t need to apologize.
Smile and laugh often – humor
makes life, and pickleball, a lot more fun.
Arrive on time.
Remember to breathe.