I've been thinking recently about the high probability of a Bend pickleball tournament in June out at the Thousand Trails park in Sun River next year. Tournaments are fun, no matter what your level as a pickleball player. They generally aren't very elitist and you can always learn something. There's another SunRiver in the picture as well, and I just got through a learning experience there. Every year in October Irene and I look forward to the Pickleball Tournament at SunRiver in St. George, which you probably know is part of the Huntsman Games, aka the Utah Senior Olympics. But last year when I wrote in the USAPA newsletter after the tournament was over my learning was a bit different. As I pointed out then, I played like a moron last year, and so instead of talking about what a good time I had on the courts I reported instead on what I had learned about restaurants, plays, hikes, museum tours and the myriad other things to do that are all part of beautiful St. George. All good, more or less.
What does this have to do with Bend pickleball? Directly, perhaps not that much, but indirectly and from a learning perspective, there is a connection. The courts at Thousand Trails play differently but the elevation and general high-desert clime make the conditions a bit similar to St. George, especially in terms of glare, dehydration and the like. I am certainly going to make certain that I correct a few of the mistakes I made above when the tournament occurs.
As we get closer to that Bend tournament I will insure that you are all invited, both to play or at least to watch, if you let me know that you may be interested. Thanks.