March 2023 Newsletter


New Courts Update 

Great news! The INWPC has made significant strides in constructing 6-7 pickleball courts south of the fire station. The club's negotiations with the City of Coeur d'Alene, cooperation with the Parks and Recreation Department, and successful fundraising for over 3 years has resulted in a $35,000 contract with Architects West to conduct land surveys, produce engineered drawings, and provide estimated project costs. This important step will allow the club to pursue grants and other funding sources to make the courts a reality.

The success of this project is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the club's board members, volunteers, and contributors. While there is still work to be done and funds to be raised, this is significant progress towards the project's realization. We'll continue to keep everyone updated on the progress and share the pickleball court drawings as soon as they're available.

Pickleball Growth 

The 2023 Sports & Fitness Industry Association report has come out and for the third straight year, pickleball is named America's fastest-growing sport.  "Pickleball participation almost doubled in 2022, increasing by 85.7 percent year-over-year and by an astonishing 158.6 percent over three years."

CDA Classic Tournament 

INWPC is ready to launch registrations for our annual 2023 Coeur d'Alene Classic Pickleball tournament.  Early registration is from March 1 - March 9 for all active (paid) members.  Active members have a code allowing them to register before it becomes open to the public.  The code and registration details are in the  members only page at: You'll have to login first.  

February Backpack Winner

Congratulations to the winner Jen Smart.  Another Selkirk paddle giveaway this month. See details below.

Pickleball Shoes

Babolat is the preferred shoe brand of the pros.  Next closest is K-Swiss. With only a few exceptions, shoe companies aren't sponsoring pros to wear a specific brand, but this is likely to change so this data might be a good unbiased look into some good choices.  Look for shoes specific for pickleball, or general court shoes, or tennis shoes.

March Giveaway

The club is giving away a Selkirk SLK Halo paddle for March valued at $140 from our Sponsor Selkirk Sports.  Make sure your membership is up to date. Random member picked on 3/31.

Coaching Corner

The best way to get up to the net for the serving team is to hit a drop shot. We need to be careful though after the drop shot is hit.  If it's too high, the opponents will be able to attack the ball.  In this situation you should stay back to defend the attack rather than rushing up.  The key in knowing when to move in is watching the trajectory of the drop shot and see if the opponent is making contact as a volley above net height.  This will be an attackable ball.  If your drop bounces in the NVZ you should be safe to make your way to the net. 


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