Saturday, November 27, 2021

Mind Your Manners

Coach Wayne’s Corner

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So here we are, beginning to forge our way into the other side of the Coronavirus. We have all been cooped up and quarantined and now we are excited to be getting back out on the courts. 

If you are a regular follower of my column, I—as your teacher—am confident that you have been diligently adhering to doing the homework that I’ve been assigning over the last several weeks. From these homework assignments, you have now become one with your paddle and the ball from practicing your up-zeez’s and down-zeez’s, you have mastered the art of juggling, you have improved your serve from practicing in your front yard, and you now know all of the rules of pickleball.

As you get back out playing, you may find yourself dealing with a situation where rotational play is prohibited, only a limited number of courts are being used, and the amount of time your foursomes are allowed on the court is also limited. 

It’s kind of like having too many kids and not enough swings on the playground. 

So, listen up, kids. As you return to the playground, be fair and share; don’t be a court hog. Wait your turn and let someone else on the court when your turn is over. Obey social distancing guidelines when sitting on the sidelines waiting for your court. Let’s all be good little boys and girls and have fun at recess!

Wayne Clark is a professional tennis instructor with over 25 years’ experience coaching players on all levels of the game. Wayne is also qualified in pickleball instruction and is on staff as an instructor with The Pickleball Academy of Southwest Florida at East Naples Community Park. Contact Coach Wayne by email at, or by or by phone or text at 239-450-6161.

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