Choosing a Doubles Partner in Pickleball

If your intent is to play in USAPA age-group tournaments, then the first factor to consider  when choosing a doubles partner is age.  You and your partner should be in the same age group unless one of you is willing to “play down” to the partner’s age group.  Another factor to consider, and perhaps the most important, is compatibility.  Are you compatibile on the court?  Do you communicate well with each other?  Are you both “on the same page” in terms of competitiveness?  Do your strengths compensate for your partner’s weaknesses and vice versa?  The bottom line is: do you blend well on the court and do you ENJOY playing together?!

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