BPC Interview Questions For Timber Tucker
As the chair of the competition and training committee at the Bloomington Pickleball Club, how did your involvement with IU's Pickleball team begin?
There was a little bit of conflict around public court usage at RCA park. Bloomington and IU have the same problem with lack of court space. On weekends the IU students often come to RCA to play, putting more pressure on the courts. I was asked to work with them to find ways we could all live together
What are your thoughts on the current team's dynamics and their performance so far?
Well we are undefeated in seven matches so it’s hard to complain about our start! We’ve had the good fortune to have a few really good players, but not its about building depth in the program. That work starts in the spring semester with the beginning of our developmental program
Given your experience, how are you contributing to the team's preparation for the National Championship?
They are very nice to me and call me “coach” but that's not really accurate. I’m really contributing by helping with organization. There are lots of moving parts and my job is to help guide them through that. Mostly I make sure they have clean uniforms and stay hydrated
How do you see the future of Pickleball at IU, especially with the establishment of a development team next semester?
We are trying to do something special here and dream big. There are over 600 students in the club right now, the vast majority of them won’t play in the developmental program. They just want to go out and have some fun. Pickleball is mostly about an opportunity to be social. That’s the main reason it has exploded post pandemic. I think it can be a key to helping students manage stress. Getting some exercise and meeting friends is a great combo to help with your mental health!
At the same time the travel teams will bring a lot of attention to our sport on campus. My dream is to be the leader in the Big 10 and beyond in building a winning program and having lots of fun along the way.
What challenges do you foresee in getting pickleball recognized as an official club sport at IU, and how are you planning to overcome them?
IU has been great with helping us navigate the process. It wont be long before we are a full club sport That comes with some nice perks, but really we will just keep doing what we are doing to grow the sport on campus
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