I am Dotti Berry, aka Coach B, from Birch Bay, WA (2 hours north of Seattle and just five minutes from the Canadian border).
My wife, Robynne, and I have been together almost 20 years. We have two girls, Baylee Joy and Willow Joy, two red standard poodles.
Outside of pickleball, I love gardening. I call it yard “play” vs. yard work. It is very centering for me, much like pickleball. When I am doing both, I am “in the moment” and joy oozes from my pores.
Roby and I enjoy reading books…together. She reads out loud to me. We call them “hot tub” readings as we get our cup of coffee and begin the day. We have enjoyed book after book for 20 years. This also leads to great discussions.
I love the engagement and sense of community in pickleball equally as much as I love playing. When I discovered pickleball, I realized what was missing from my life. I quickly became enamored with our wonderful sport and passionate about spreading the word. Sound familiar?
That lead me to become an Ambassador.
Prior to that, however, I can only describe my journey as “synchronistic.” I was returning from Hawaii after two weeks. Sitting by a gentleman and his wife on the plane, he asked me what I had done while in Hawaii. I said “I played pickleball every day. I just started playing back home and love it!” He replied, “Well, my friend, Tyson McGuffin just won the US Open.” I said “Sir, I’m sorry. I don’t know who he is. I really am very new.” He told me to google “Tyson McGuffin” when I got home. One thing you have to understand about me. I am a very curious person. So I googled him and discovered that he lived (at the time) in Spokane, WA and that he was conducting a boot camp in June. I immediately signed up. And the rest is history. Tyson asked me to stay after each day and watch Matt Goebel and him practice. He wanted me to meet Matt because Matt is from my area (Bellingham, WA, just 18 miles south of me).
Meeting Tyson and Matt led me to create a big community event the following February where I got the mayor of Bellingham, WA, to issue a proclamation for “Whatcom County Pickleball Week.” I also had Tyson conduct a 3-day boot camp and Matt conduct a 2-day boot camp.
Recently, I decided that during our “stay at home” time, it would be perfect to put together a summit about the mental game. Having coached women’s basketball at the University of Kentucky, I recognize how key this is to elevating my game and thought it might be a topic of interest to others. That is an understatement! It exceeded our expectations with the ongoing level of interest, from Pros and Coaches to participants.
I felt that whatever we could learn in this moment about the mental game could be used now, as well as applied to when we return to the courts. If you didn’t get an opportunity to attend the EPIC Pickleball MindShift Summit, where we talked about how one letter (meaning the little things) can turning the MindShit in your head into a MindShift, you can still register for free and listen to the recordings. I was honored to have Coach Dayne Gingrich as my co-host and we had amazing guests such as Morgan Evans, Sarah Ansboury, Wes Gabrielsen, Helle Sparre, CJ Johnson, Laura Fenton, Lauren Stratman, and Peter Popovich!
To top it off, Astronaut Anne McClain launched our two-day summit. Talk about someone who offered great gold nuggets about being in isolation (204 in space) as well as how to have a dream without it having you.
I hope you can see that I am passionate about pickleball in all ways!