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A rule of thumb in all sports, including Pickleball, is that you need 100,000 repetitions to perfect a shot.

Our Lewes Parks and Recreation chairperson had admirable intentions. She attempted to assemble a group that would clearly present and discuss the options…and come up with a plan that works for all involved. Obviously, that effort was unsuccessful; it pitted tennis players against pickleball players, unnecessarily. 

Lisa Andersen does not know me, yet she insinuated that I am dishonest. It’s tempting to “dis” her back. Instead, I will agree with her on one thing: to go forward with the status quo – complete now with the ill will she so aptly displayed – is to squander an opportunity to improve. 

Before the town commits to the exact layout, Lewes Parks and Recreation needs to get key stakeholders back to the drawing board. Let’s talk about the rules, and review the pros and cons of large-group (six to eight per court) inclusive pickleball play vs. small groups of two to four players, like on tennis courts.  We all need to make an effort to understand the sports’ cultural differences and identify our shared values and goals. 

We can peacefully coexist in Canalfront Park. 

Pickleball advocates struck out before the Lewes parks commission in their initiative to reconfigure the tennis courts at Canalfront Park.

Though Mayor and Council will have final say, they should not be discouraged. Instead they should think much bigger and listen to suggestions that they look elsewhere for a dedicated pickleball facility.

There is a case to be made here for tennis and pickleball players.  There are simply not enough courts designated for both these sports.

A proposal by Lewes’s Parks and Recreation Commission to reconfigure the tennis courts at Canalfront Park in favor of pickleball isn’t sitting well with tennis players in the area.

LEWES, Del.- Today the City Council and Mayor Ted Becker heard a possible proposal to add four permanent pickle ball courts, one primary tennis court and two secondary pickle ball courts.

Several female readers have requested that I write about the differences in tournament pickleball versus recreational pickleball. It’s a great question, but I have struggled with this article because, although the game is exactly the same, tournaments and recreational play are too different to describe. The best advice I can give is to play in […]

A Note from Beth Kravetz at Sea Colony I am thrilled to announce MORE INDOOR PICKLEBALL at Sea Colony this fall/winter.  Building upon our successful Sunday afternoons this past winter, we are adding two more sessions this year: Monday afternoons and Wednesday evenings.  Our new season starts Sunday, September 7 and will continue through Wednesday, […]

Peninsula pickleball players.  August 17, 2019 The Peninsula on the Indian River Bay recently hosted an amazing and informative Pickleball Camp and Exhibition.  Over 50 club members participated in four hours of non-stop, interactive instruction with US Open Pickleball champions as they played in clinics and watched as the pros competed in several exhibition rounds…

Rehoboth recently added pickleball courts to two of the Deauville Beach tennis courts. CHRIS FLOOD PHOTO Rehoboth Beach has added regulation pickleball lines on two of the tennis courts at Deauville Beach. The courts are open seven days a week. Pickleball is available 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Thursday, and noon to 7 p.m., Friday-Sunday. Tennis is available daily, 7 a.m.-7 […]

Thursday, May 30, 2019 – 10:03am All of that recent activity you see on every pickleball court in the area are our local pickles tweaking their shots in preparation for the Ocean Pines pickleball tournament, in which more than 200 players will compete. Be sure to visit and see some of the matches, and give […]