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Bob Atherton, Courier Columnist

Courier Columnist Bob Atherton is a pickleball coach and the Northern Arizona District Ambassador for the United States Pickleball Association. He can be reached at bobca39@gmail.com or 928-499-2498.

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Atherton: Local pickleball players gather to play Silver Fox tourney in Prescott

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The Silver Fox and Foxie tournament was held at Willow Hills Baptist church in Prescott on Aug. 25 and sponsored by the Willow Hills Pickleball Club, a ministry of the Church. The players were required to be 80-plus years old to play and the motto was, “You gotta be old enough to play to the game.”

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Atherton: Is it pickleball or banger ball?

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I get a strange not all that familiar look when I refer to pickleball as banger ball sometimes.

Atherton: How a simple idea turned pickleball into a different game

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Coming to grips of how kids and adults could quickly learn and have fun to play a game together in 1965 was the challenge Joel Pritchard, Bill Bell and his friend Barney McCallum.

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Atherton: How muscle memory makes a difference in pickleball

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Unlike many sports, people come to pickleball with very little sports background; and a lot of background, particularly in tennis.

Atherton: Youth pickleball tournament in July

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The first-ever Free Prescott Youth Pickleball clinic and tournament for ages 10-17 will be held Mondays, July 9, 16, 23, and Wednesdays, July 11, 18, and 25 — weather permitting. This will include a free Round Robin Tournament from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 28. 

Atherton: Pickleball celebrates 53rd year of existence this April

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April is National Pickleball Month. This marks the 53rd year since it was invented in 1965 on Bainbridge Island a short ferry ride from Seattle by Joel Pritchard and his friends, Bill Bell and Barney McCallum, the latter I had the pleasure to meet several years ago.

Atherton: A pickleball partner with nothing to do? Listen up

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In doubles pickleball, the server in the game must serve the ball over the net crosscourt to the receiver and not the person’s partner or it is a fault by the rules. It looks a lot like tennis.

Column: Rules of pickleball can often confuse new players

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A pickleball in the air after it is hit is always good until it hits something or somebody. What matters is  how it is stuck and where it goes and what it strikes.

Column: Add pickleball to your list of New Year’s resolutions in 2018

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Since many people make a New Year’s resolution to lose some kind of weight, or at least begin exercising, pickleball may be a great way to jump start your year.

Column: Getting your legs out of first gear

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When I was a kid I had a 1936 Ford with a manual transmission. It had a really low first gear.

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