One of the most often asked questions I get when talking with people about the jamboree is, “What’s it really like?”
After I tell people it’s incredibly fun, almost too much fun to be legal, I start breaking down what a typical day is like.
The event starts at 8:00 a.m., but not all players get there by then. Some go out to breakfast with friends, some sleep in. The die-hards get there before 8:00 to start playing as soon as possible.
Tables are marked by either specific skill levels or skill level ranges. Example: 2.0 to 3.0, 4.5+ and so on.
Players put their paddles on their appropriate tables and once there’s a foursome ready to go, they are off to play their first game.
If the foursome are good matches for one another, they might stack their paddles together for the next few games so that they can continue playing.
If a player wants to locate some new players, she says, “I need to take a break for a bit.” And then she starts watching others to play with. Once she locates others, she asks if she can play the next game with them.
After maybe three hours of playing, many players want to take a break, so they will gather up others who want to go out to lunch. (At the Boise Pickle Jam there are dozens of great restaurants within a couple of miles.)
Some players take a break to go off and explore the area. (Take a look at 26 things to do in the Boise area…) Others go back to their motel and take a nap.
Lots of players simply stay and watch while they meet new people. The venue for the Boise Pickle Jam is great for this because there is a mezzanine to watch all the play from.
Pickleball play continues on all day. There are busy times and not so busy times, but play continues on and on and on.
Even the evening hours are full of pickleball play. There are diehards who will play all day against others who took a break for a nap or exploring and are now ready to play their favorite game even more.
All players will have the opportunity to meet players from other states. There’s a chance for networking and asking how pickleball works in their home town.
At this Pickle Jam we will have a group dinner on Friday night, and players can meet and greet others.
As the evening winds down, the diehards are still looking for that one last great game while others head home to catch some sleep to be ready for the next day.
And that’s what a typical day at a jamboree is like…