ORACLE February 2020



The ORPS Pickleball Club is thrilled to welcome the Monarch ball for use on the courts between the hours of 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM. The soft ball can still be used any time the courts are open.

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THE ‘LEGAL’ SERVE The server’s arm must be moving in an upward arc at the time the ball is struck and may be made with either a forehand or backhand motion. The paddle head must be below the server’s wrist when it strikes the ball. The highest point of the paddle head cannot be above the highest part of the wrist (where the wrist joint bends). Sarah Ansboury notes that an effective strategy against “bangers” is to force them to come up to the net. When the opponent drives the ball, the receiver can loosen their grip and hit a soft volley into the kitchen. This puts the opponent at the net, where they often feel less comfortable. “Dinkers” may have an advantage in the rally. With the Monarch ball now at ORPS, players have been so much more dinking!!! A big thank you to the OPRS Board of Directors for approving its use on December 16, 2019. It is a huge step forward for pickleball in our community and everyone has huge gratitude for the support shown by the Board. The Monarch ball is USAPA approved, has a weight of 28 grams and a diameter of 74 mm. The Monarch balls will be supplied by the pickleball committee and CANNOT be used before 8AM or after 4PM. NO other balls can be brought onto the courts. BANGERS AND SMASHERS

February 26-28 Can-AM Tournament February 29, 2020 Pickleball Annual Dinner/Dance

Way to go to all the ORPS participants who played in the Southwest Regional Tournament in Phoenix Arizona January 11-12, 2020 . Congratulations to Barrie Hill & his partner Terry for their gold medal; to John Boudin & Dean Tarabochia for their silver medal; & to Katie Retherford-Tarabochia & Dean Tarabochia for their bronze medal.

Contact with the ball is made below waist level (waist is defined as the navel level).

Submitted by Lynn Barry


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