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"Level Up, Play Fair: Leave Sandbagging behind!"

Updated: Jun 16, 2023

As a pickleball ambassador, addressing sandbagging

and ensuring fair play in sanctioned tournaments is an important responsibility. "Sandbagging" refers to intentionally playing at a lower skill level in order to gain an advantage in competition.

Here are some Pickleball "Pearls of Wisdom" for playing fair and embracing the challenges of tournament play.

  1. Your Integrity Shines: Playing fair reflects your character and integrity as a player. Let your actions on the court speak volumes about your sportsmanship.

  2. Embrace the Challenge: True growth and improvement come from facing opponents who match your skill level. Embrace the challenge, knowing it will make you a better player.

  3. Respect the Game: Uphold the values of fair play and honor the spirit of competition.

  4. Build Lasting Legacies: Your reputation as a fair player will have a lasting impact on the pickleball community.

  5. Sportsmanship Unites: Treat opponents with respect, regardless of skill differences, fostering a positive environment.

  6. Compete for Growth, Not Gains: Seek personal growth and improvement rather than seeking unfair advantages. The satisfaction of genuine progress is far more rewarding.

  7. Support a Level Playing Field: Advocate for fair competition by reporting sandbagging, upholding the integrity of the sport.

  8. Lead by Example: Be a role model for others by demonstrating fair play in every aspect of the game. Your actions can inspire others to follow suit.

  9. Enjoy the Journey: Pickleball is meant to be enjoyed. Embrace the journey, play fair, and relish the camaraderie and joy that the sport brings.

By adhering to these Pickleball "Pearls of Wisdom", you contribute to a vibrant and fair pickleball community that thrives on the principles of integrity and sportsmanship.

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