2018Submitted by Sill Lyra

Hi, fellow athletes!

We are at in February 2018–wow! Time flies!

Well, it is time to choose the tournaments to participate in this year. By choosing the events now, we can set our calendar of training and preparation, the budget for the trips with reservations, etc, and, most importantly, our partners for each competition.

In any sport the ideal is to have space between training and competitions. During the training we practice skills and plays. Then the event. After that, the assessment on what to work on next. This suggestion can give the athlete the opportunity to fix current mistakes and be ready for the next competition. Those mistakes could be personal errors or lack of coordination with your partner.

Now considering the subject above, of course we have to place at the table the location of the event, because distance, cost and coordination with other life responsibilities are necessary to consider. In my opinion, another important point is the level of competition. It is an event arranged by age or by skills? What will the format be? All of these facts are important to see if that event will fulfill the aspirations of the athlete or not.

Then we have the partner issue. You see, it is important to have the maximum possible leverage on the moment to choose your partner. The skills and personalities of each individual must align. I think that is harder to find a good pickleball partner than a partner for marriage! Well, in that department Iím already in my forth in 66 years. But that is another storyÖ

So, play some games together and feel the balance between you before make an invitation to compete together.

If you can access the Pickleball Magazine from July/August 2017, you will find a wonderful article from BY ALEX HAMNER & JENNIFER LUCORE about points to consider when choosing your partner. Important details like: Personality; Chemistry; Lefty/Righty; Poaching; How will you and your partner deal with poaching?; What if you both like to poach?; Play Style; Do you want a partner who will take every opportunity to smash the ball, or do you want his/her game to be more dink-oriented?; And  of course–Who is available?!

All these topics are important for your choice of events to participate in.

Last year, I participated in 5 events: two in Meridian, one in Kuna, one in Bend, Oregon and the other in Brigham City, Utah. From that first event till now, I can feel my improvement. I improved from a 3.0 ranking in those competitions to my last event in Kuna, where my partner Sarah Hart and I conquered the gold. From now on, I will participate at the 3.5 level, starting this month in Meridian. This year will be a new frontier for me. I can’t wait for this great challenge!

So, below I will share with you my program of events for 2018.

This way, I hope I can see you guys also participating and creating a bigger Boise presence in regional events.

As I said before and have repeated over and over–participation in competitions is the best way to improve your game and challenge yourself.
Can you imagine this coming indoors event in Meridian, with 107 participants? How many different players we will face, with all different styles and strategies, to show us our reality, and from that, what is necessary to elevate our game?

Let’s participate, learn, play better, have fun and help to make Meridian the Mecca of Pickleball in the North West Region!

Paddles up and if you decided to participate in any event, please go to to learn more about each event and sign up.  Sometimes, we have a trip to a city in a different state. So, just check that region if they are having a competition and sign up if it is suitable with your travel plans…have a trip to a city in different state. So, just check that region if they are having a competition and sign up if is suitable with your travel plans…

Best regards,


Heart of the Treasure Valley Pickleball Tournament 2018
Meridian Homecourt, Meridian, ID, United States
Sat 02/17/18 thru Sun 02/18/18
Registration Starts: 12/12/17 12:00am
Early Registration Deadline: 01/19/18
Final Deadline: Wed 02/07/18
Participation: Mix doubles with Sarah. DONE
Men doubles  ?

This event, as of today, has 107 signed athletes from Boise, Meridian, California, Sun Valley, Wood River, Caldwell, Nampa, Twin Falls, Ketchum, Salmon Valley, Eagle, Bellevue, Hailey and Kuna. THE FINAL DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION IS FEBRUARY 7th.

Twin Falls Father’s Day Bash

Frontier Field, Twin Falls, ID, United States
Thu 06/14/18 thru Sat 06/16/18
Registration Starts: 02/01/18 12:00am
Early Registration Deadline: 05/01/18
Final Deadline: Tue 06/12/18
Participation: Mix Doubles: Saturday 16th: Sarah. DONE!
Men doubles: Friday 15th – ?

Boise Awesome Pickleball Adventure 2018 and Open

Settlers Park, Meridian, ID, United States
Fri 05/25/18 thru Mon 05/28/18
Registration Starts: 03/01/18 12:00am
Early Registration Deadline: 04/27/18
Final Deadline: Wed 05/16/18
Participation: Mix Doubles: Friday 25th Sunday 27th with Sarah (confirmed)
Men Doubles: Saturday 28th Monday 28th with Mark Olmstead (to be confirmed)


Pickleball Zone Bend
USAPA Pacific Northwest Regional Tournament

Pine Nursery Park, Bend, OR, United States
Fri 08/10/18 thru Sun 08/12/18
Registration Starts: 04/06/18 8:00am
Final Deadline: Wed 08/01/18
Note: Restricted to players already registered or as partners
Friday 10th: Men Doubles – ?
Saturday 11th: Mix Doubles – ?
Sunday 12th: Singles. YES.


2018 Inland Northwest Spring Pickleball Classic (Hosted by Tyson McGuffin)

Peak Hayden Tennis Center, Hayden, ID, United States
Sat 03/10/18 thru Sun 03/11/18
Registration Starts: 01/02/18 12:00am
Final Deadline: Mon 03/05/18
Participation: Saturday 10th: Singles. YES.
Tournament of Champions 2018
Brigham City Pickleball Courts Pioneer Park, Brigham City, UT, United States
Fri 08/24/18 thru Sun 08/26/18
Registration Starts: 12/31/17 11:00pm
Final Deadline: Mon 08/20/18†
DONE: Friday 24th: Mix Doubles: Partner: Sarah.
Saturday 25th: Men Doubles: ?


Think “Give Me the Ball!”

From the Pickleball Channel

Think Give Me the Ball!
Pickleball Quick Tip with Jennifer Lucore

Seventeen time national champion, Jennifer Lucore, shares her Pickleball Quick Tip that is simple but brilliant!

How can you be ready for the ball when you’re waiting at the kitchen line?

Watch and listen as this pickleball pro gives all of us some practical advice for being prepared to hit that winning shot! You’ll be amazed what this simple trick can do for your game.

It can make you more aware, engaged and focused, and ultimately, it can set you up for hitting the next winner.

What is this quick and easy tip? Watch the video to find out!

He’s Back!

From Deb Redmond

HeIsBAckHoyt Foster surprised 2C PICKLEBALL in Caldwell this morning with a visit and played a little Pickleball with his left hand.

He looks great for what he’s been through and looking forward to playing more Pickleball.

HoytFoster-2He called to find out if Caldwell had Pickleball on Saturdays and Sundays.

So…….  We all better look out!  He’s Back!

Keep those positive thoughts and lifted prayers for Hoyt; he’s doing great!!


Let’s Play DINGLES!

World renown pickleball pro Simone Jardim (se-MOAN-eh jhar-GEME) has introduced a new competitive drill that can be played as a game.

DINGLES focuses on cross-court dink consistency and transitioning into a full court point.

Watch Simone’s video from PrimeTime Pickleball:

Here are the basics for playing DINGLES:

Two points are available within each DINGLES play:

  • One point for the team that doesn’t make the first error.
  • One point for the team that doesn’t make the second error.

One team can score two points on each DINGLES play or points can be split between the two teams depending on who makes the errors.


  • Play with four players.
  • Players begin at the kitchen.


  • At the start of each DINGLES play, two balls are used at the same time and you must dink the ball cross-court to your opponent.
  • The ball must stay in the kitchen, and you must hit the ball to your cross-court opponent’s half of the kitchen.
  • Continue cross-court dinking to your opponent until one of the four players makes an error and their ball is no longer in play. (Example:  hit wide, too long, or into the net.)
  • If you are the player who makes the error, you shout “DINGLES” and all four players now play with the remaining live ball.
  • If your team committed the error, your opponents score one point.


  • All four players now continue playing with the remaining live ball.
  • Players can hit anywhere on the court and to either opponent. Dinks, drives, lobs, and smashes are all allowed.
  • Play continues until  one of the four players makes an error and the ball is no longer in play.
  • If your team committed the error, your opponents score one point.


  • Be sure to rotate with your partner so that you practice both forehand and backhand cross-court dinking.
  • Be prepared to try DINGLES a few times to get the hang of it.
  • You will find that it improves your cross-court dinking, your transition from dinking to whole court play, and your patience.
  • ENJOY!