Pickleball Tournament Tip #1: Set Goals
Some people believe you can only set quantitative goals: score 4 points in the first game. Having achieved that, they may raise the bar to 7 points in the second game. If this works for you, fine. But you can also set other, more qualitative goals. This sort of goal might be:
- I want to stay in the point longer, or
- I want to attempt this strategy, or
- I want to maintain my composure and remain positive, no matter what.
By setting goals you are giving yourself something to work on and something you can focus on besides the overall match.
Pickleball Tournament Tip #2: Make a Plan
Whether it be your attitude on the court, your commitment to have fun or a specific strategy you wish to employ; be aware of what you want to accomplish in each and every match. If you loose sight of the purpose of being there, you won’t benefit from the experience. I have witnessed teams without a plan, simply going through the motions and, as a result, the only thing they get out of the event is a crushing loss. Give yourself a chance to have a positive learning experience by creating a plan with your partner before every match.
Pickleball Tournament Tip #3: Enjoy Yourself!
If you are the lower rated player, you have absolutely nothing to lose so you might as well have fun. Frankly, you never know what could happen. If you are out there having fun you most likely will play very well. You will be loose and relaxed and may even surprise yourself at times. I absolutely believe anyone can win a match on any given day.
Focus on these things and set yourself up for quality play. Look at it as a great opportunity to practice. Each experience can provide you new insights to help you in the future.
And permit me to offer a bit of advice for the higher level players entering pickleball tournaments. NO matter who is on the other side: level, age, whether you know them or not…Respect your opponent. Treat them as you would treat any other opponent. Everyone on the court wants to play more and have fun while doing it, so why not have the best experience no matter who you are playing.