Here’s an interesting observation I had at the US Open Pickleball Championships a few weeks ago. Over the week span of tournament play, I had over 20 WOMEN say to me, “hey, did you hear your name called?” when the announcer says you’re up on a particular court. This is always very helpful, because whether you’re a tournament veteran or new to tournament play, you only have a few minutes (usually ten minutes) to get to the court and start play. With little time to spare once you’re called, sprawling venues, and many areas where you may be out of distance from the announcer’s speakers … like in the bathroom (no speakers in there), the notice is appreciated. Interestingly, only one male let me know, so I guess you men are off the hook. Or maybe it was just that the women are quicker … to talk! LOL
Maybe, even though we’re opponents, this “help each other out” is just the motherly instincts women have. I don’t think the same can be said for other sports. Although the difference from being “notified” by females outweighed males, I find the part of helping each other out really no surprise in this sport; pickleball players are the best (both male and female). One of the best parts of pickleball is that when it comes to socializing we all belong to the same team—pickleball lovers—something not usually found in other sports. Even at the pro level (as sponsored players), the majority of players hang out together and genuinely cheer each other on. We compete against each other during the day, and share laughs, dinner and drinks that evening.
In any event, I appreciate the heads up that my name was called!
Hey, did you hear your name called?