Happy Thanksgiving picklers! We hope everyone is enjoying time with family and friends and feasting on a hearty meal. We’re thankful for all the wonderful people in our lives, and we especially appreciate all those who have been willing to share a game or two (or more!) with us over the years.
Today we have an announcement that makes us grateful for pickleball’s ability to bring people together all over the world. Last month on October 28, over 140 people gathered in Singapore at the Clementi Sports Hall to enjoy the Pickleball Fiesta.
This event was organized by Pickleball Club Singapore and supported by Sports Singapore in conjunction with the Women’s Tennis Association finals that took place there.
The goal was to promote sports, and particularly pickleball, among residents. Many newcomers came out in addition to long-time players who were willing to play a game among friends. There were several interesting skill-based games and competitions that took place which might inspire a few contests in your own clubs!
Have a look at the line-up:
Volley The Cones – Players stand at the NVZ and a ball machine shoots a ball over the net, while the player tries to return the volley and hit cones placed at the back of the court.
Drop The Shot – Players get a chance to return a ball from the machine from baseline and drop it into the NVZ.
Lob The Cones – Players get a chance to return the ball from the machine from the baseline and try to lob the ball into the opposite court baseline within the cones.
When players succeeded they would win a prize. There were also two contests which involved player to player interaction instead of man versus machine. They were:
Dink Dink Competition – 16 teams competed with each other on a knock-out basis, dinking against each other within the NVZ.
Jolly Volley – 20 teams volleyed with one another and the team with the highest successful volleys won.
Pickleball Fiesta was organized with fun in mind and encouraged participants to pick up pickleball even after the action was concluded. There was a photo booth present so everyone could commemorate the event.
Do you have any fun yet lower stakes competitions you like to run within your club? After Thanksgiving dinner, somehow we don’t think we’ll be playing our best and fastest with a belly full of food…
Send a congratulations to Pickleball Club Singapore on their successful event and stop by if you’re ever in the area!