The USAPA Nationals has just finished up, and we had some windy days in Casa Grande. However, the wind we experienced during the Sin City Showdown, in Las Vegas, was at a whole different level.
Play Called on Account of Wind
I had spent more than a week playing on the rooftop courts in Las Vegas because we held our Ansboury Academies at the location before and after the tournament. In both cases, we had great weather and wind was not an issue.
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However, because of a storm in California, the winds were so strong on Sunday that they actually suspended play to ensure everyone remained safe. I felt so bad for players who had a bad experience.
“This Isn’t Pickleball”
I’ve played a few events where the wind was a big factor. In fact, the first few times I definitely let the elements get the better of me. And I lost. Throughout the day I heard players say, “this isn’t pickleball”.
I had heard this same phrase used when playing against “bangers” on the other side of the court. My partner had gotten frustrated and said, “this isn’t pickleball”! I have to admit, I did agree to a certain extent or understood where she was coming from. But in order to overcome the situation I had to say to myself, “this is pickleball right now”! It won’t always be what I want it to be. Frankly, isn’t that true of everything in life? The fact is, how I choose to manage what’s in front of me is a major part of pickleball (and life).
Sin City Wind
As it turns out, I won the events in Sin City that I played in…so I didn’t have much to complain about. I choose to accept the wind and challenge myself to figure out a way to deal with the problem in front of me. When I was into the wind, and my opponent slammed the ball at me, it was tough. But I prepared for it, and smiled and laughed a lot! I had fun with it. I was on a pickleball court and that should always be fun.
Look for future blog posts offering tips on playing pickleball in the wind.