One of the most often asked questions I get when talking with people about the jamboree is, “What’s it really going to be like?”
After I tell people it’s incredibly fun, almost too much fun to be legal, I start breaking down what a typical day will be like.
The event will start at 8:00 a.m., but not all players will get there by then. Some will go out to breakfast with friends, some sleep in. The die-hards will get there before 8:00 to start playing as soon as possible.
Tables will be marked by either specific skill levels or skill level ranges. Example: 2.0 to 3.0, 4.5+ and so on.
Players will put their paddles on their appropriate tables and once there’s a foursome ready to go, they will be off to play their first game. There will be table monitors to coordinate play.
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 will say, “I need to take a break for a bit.” And then she starts watching others to play with. Once she locates others, she will ask if she can play the next game with them.
After maybe three hours of playing, many players will 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 will take a break to go off and explore the area. (Take a look at 26 things to do in the Boise area…) Others will go back to their motel and take a nap.
Lots of players will 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 will continue on all day. There will be busy times and not so busy times, but play will continue on and on and on.
Even the evening hours will be full of pickleball play. There will be diehards who will play all day against others who will have taken a break for a nap or exploring and will now be 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 will still be 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 will be like…