Pickleball (3/15/2019)

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By: Doc Savarese

Obsessive Compulsive Pickleballer

Illustration by: Peter Copen

The American Psychiatric Association is considering a proposal for a new psychological condition called Obsessive Compulsive Pickleballer, otherwise known as OCP. The condition is characterized by continual thoughts of pickleball, urges and behaviors which are beyond control. OCP can become so magnified that it will interfere with everyday routines, jobs, and relationships. Symptoms can include one or more of the following behavioral manifestations:

* Playing with an injured or broken limb

* Purchase of numerous paddles

* Sweeping leaves off the court during play

* Waking up in the middle of the night to watch pickleball channel

* Playing in bad weather conditions

* Playing in excess of 10 games in one day

* Aimless wandering around practicing swing with no paddle in one’s hand

* Using in/out hand gestures off the playing court

Currently, only a few people in the Oakmont Pickleball Club have been diagnosed with this abnormal condition; however, due to professional confidentiality, their names can’t be revealed.

Unfortunately there is no cure for OCP. It effects men and women equally and doesn’t go away by itself, but with proper treatment, symptoms can be controlled. There are four basic recommendations which can help reduce this condition:

* Healthy diet

* Get essential amount of sleep

* Exercise

* Avoid noxious stimulation

OAKMONT PICKLEBALL

PLAY INFORMATION

WHERE: East Rec. Center lower courts, Courts #1 and #4.

WHEN: New players (strictly beginners) Introduction to Pickleball and Coached Play (for beginners & novices), Tuesday from 10 – 11 a.m. These classes are combined during the winter schedule and are taught separately during spring, summer and fall.

ATTIRE: Court shoes with non-marking soles.

EQUIPMENT: Balls are provided. Loaner paddles are available for introduction and coached play. These balls and paddles are for use only on the Oakmont Pickleball Courts. WEBSITE: https://oakmontpickleball.shutterfly.com

NEW PLAYER CONTACT: Pauly Uhr, richuhr@gmail.com, 707-984-4186, and/or Nancy Lande, Nancy_lande@comcast.net, 707-978-299

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