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 By Jim Lavrakas    Columns    November 1, 2022 

Improving your recreational pickleball play

We can all get stuck in a comfort zone. Trying new things and changing old habits can be a challenge at any age, but as we get older our attitude can become inflexible. Like continuing to try to hit...


Pickleball insights: 'It's all about your head'

A friend of mine recently sent me an excerpt from "Open: An Autobiography," by Andre Agassi, the retired tennis professional. In it he talks about the mental battle he learned to fight after finding...

 By Jim Lavrakas    Local    July 1, 2022

A unique pickleball opportunity in Fairbanks

The Alaska International Senior Games (AISG) is the official Alaska state qualifier for pickleball for the National Senior Games Assoc. (NSGA), which is a national organization of athletes age 50 and...

 By Jim Lavrakas    Columns    May 1, 2022

Move smart to avoid pickleball injuries

I've hurt myself a couple of times playing pickleball, and each time it could have been avoided. Moving too quickly – lunging, twisting and throwing myself on the ground - caused lower back pain,...

 By Jim Lavrakas    Travel    March 1, 2022

Add pickleball to your Hawaii itinerary

Playing Pickleball in Hawaii is just what you'd think: Pleasant weather, tropical breezes, and usually a wonderful, welcoming group of people to play with. It can also be a place where you take the...


See for yourself why pickleball is so popular

When I turned 65-years-old, I stopped playing pickup basketball at the local high school here in Homer. I was just getting too beaten up. Not by the 20 and 30-something youngsters I was playing with,...


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