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The Keys to Effective Partner Communication — 8 Comments

  1. As another tennis person, I tried to teach the benefit of positive communication…not the “feel good” kind; but to communicate more pro-active messages rather than re-active ones. Calling “MINE” as you take charge not only lets the partner ‘off the hook’ for that shot, it may serve as a substitute “Geronimo!” for you to get the adrenaline pumping. In tennis, we had a little more time to hear the partner yield the shot by yelling “YOURS” on a lob…maybe long enough to actually hear it and process the message. In Pickleball, things often require quicker action…like saying “MINE” and taking control!

    IMO, it doesn’t hurt to minimize the number of times you shout ‘commands’, rather than saying something nearly every time the ball comes across the net. After a while, constant chatter just becomes white noise and might not be as effective as limiting your conversation to instances when communication is actually needed.

    Thanks for the tips on communication! Now, I just need to convince my partner to listen!!! 🙂

  2. Thank you! I hadn’t thought about calling “you” or “me” before the ball comes over the net. Will practice this today.

  3. I’ll always remember playing with Linh, hearing her behind me quietly saying “I’m here”.

  4. I am desperate to find the rules of stacking WRITTEN down. Where can I find them?

  5. Sarah,

    My partner and I “stacked” at a recent tournament in Sonoma and found it to be very helpful. Yes, we did have our problems of being at the right location at the right time but both teams helped each other. Unfortunately, in the top tournaments I would assume we would be on our own. Please direct me to any site that will describe in depth the art of stacking so I may practice this for future tournaments. Thanks Sarah.

    • First, in a sanctioned tournament (with a referee) you can always ask the referee if you are the correct server, correct receiver, or if you are in the correct position. In this post, we discussed how your score can tell you your correct position and our guidelines for asking for advice. Also, please see our post called Stacking 101.