Well it was another fine day for Sun City Pickleball Club! All our players came out to win today and win we did! We beat Sun City West 63 games to 45 games and in points it was a blowout – 941 points to 791 points! Congratulations to all the players today. Fun was had by all.
The Wednesday Round Robin had very few participants this past week, perhaps because there was no publicity and no pre-registration. This event goes on at 10:00 and is usually run by Pat Sterba. In Pat’s absence, however, any participant can take the Round Robin sheets and get started.
The Mens League did not have enough participants to get started. For the time being there is a Mens Round Robin taking place on Fridays at noon. Once there are enough players, the League will start up as originally planned.
As of now, we have sold approximately 175 tickets for the Christmas party. It’s still 3 weeks away, but there is a limit to the number of tickets we can sell, so don’t procrastinate on this!
There has been a glitch is Signup Genius, apparently created when we extended the registration date. If you registered, or attempted to, for the Volunteer Luncheon AFTER November 10th, please resubmit your info directly to my email.
Today is your last opportunity to register for our Volunteer Luncheon, which will take place Saturday at Marinette. Lunch will be served around noon; setup will be completed for 11:00. You need to have volunteered for any Club event to be eligible. Register on our website via Signup Genius.
The following is from Allen Gilson, who, along with Becky Pfeiler and Sue Bryant, is organizing this program this season. Perhaps you have friends or neighbors who aren’t quite ready for regular Pickleball but might enjoy the game when played at a slower pace, with others with various limitations. This might be for them.
“Modified Pickleball is for those with physical limitations, and those wanting a low-intensity/less-competitive game.
This event is for those who want to play for fun, or perhaps you’ve had surgery recently or have some aches and pains and would like to become physically active again. Rules of the game will be modified to compensate for whatever limitations there may be. If you can stand you can play.
Courts № 5&6 are reserved at the Marinette Recreation Center on Tuesdays from 10-11a.m. and Wednesdays from 2-3p.m. Check the calendar for exceptions for holidays and tournaments.”
The Colors Tournament yesterday at Marinette went well, and everyone seemed to have a great time. Thanks to all our Volunteers and especially to Richard and Barbara Heywood for taking this over for us this year, and to Marcia Gregory, who organized the first one several years ago, for her guidance.
We apologize to those who came to Marinette this morning looking for Christmas Tickets. We got our signals crossed. Next week Frank or I will be at Marinette Mon, Wed and Fri mornings and Tue evening. Frank will also have tickets available prior to the Colors Tournament Monday afternoon and will be at Mountain View Wednesday morning.
The registration deadline for the Volunteer Luncheon, which will take place next Saturday, has been extended to Tuesday, November 12. Anyone who has volunteered at ANY Club event this year is eligible to attend. More info online, and register with Signup Genius.
You should have received an email from Richard Heywood giving you your color assignment for Monday’s Color Tournament. Please wear a shirt and /or cap in your team colors so your teammates can identify you and cheer you on! There will be a light meal served in the Auditorium after play. Please bring your drink of choice. If you have not heard from Richard by now, contact him.
There is no more expected delay – as of now – in the reopening of courts 1-12, now scheduled for noon tomorrow. Your patience has been appreciated.
Marinette Courts 1-12 will remain closed til noon Saturday. Apparently the extra time is needed because of the weather this week. Please pay attention to the signage regarding this: the fact that there is no barbed wire and armed guards does not mean the courts are available!
Murray and Terry Griffen are back to welcome us to Couples Night/Social Night at Marinette on Fridays from 5 til whenever. While the weather holds, dinner will probably be a picnic on the patio. Bring a lunch and your drink of choice, play a little PB and enjoy some great conversation.
Due to circumstances beyond our control, Christmas Party Tickets will be on sale Monday evening from 5:30-7 at Marinette this week. Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning sales will continue as scheduled, and evening sales will go back to Tuesdays next week.
The Mandatory Meeting for those playing in the Leagues is tomorrow at 1 at Marinette. You should be registered prior to the meeting. See our website for more details.
First, thanks to all who played in, volunteered at and just came to watch the Roundup! And especially, thanks to Jeff and Lynda Skaggs and Donna Holick for putting it on, and to Kevin Pates for the great write up on our webpage.
Registration is still open for the Women’s League, which will play Wednesdays at noon, and the Men’s League, which will play Fridays at noon. A mandatory organizational meeting for all participants will take place Monday at 1 in Marinette Auditorium. If you are unable to make this meeting, you must contact Jeff or Lynda Skaggs immediately to make arrangements.
The first Ratings Clinic of the season will take place November 9 at noon at Marinette. Participants must be a member of SCPC, have been playing PB at least 2 months and not have an existing SCPC or USAPA rating. The Club will not override anyone’s USAPA rating and, at least for this session, will not be adjusting existing Club Ratings.
Courts 1-12 will be closed Tuesday thru Thursday next week for repairs to the expansion joints. All scheduled Club activities on those days will be cancelled. This certainly is not great timing for this project, but it could have been worse! Please plan your play accordingly!
The Color Tournament will take place November 11 at 2. Food will be available after play. More info on our website. Registration is still open.
The Volunteer Luncheon is scheduled for November 16 at noon on the Marinette patios. Lunch will be catered by Sardellas. If you have volunteered in any capacity in 2019 you are eligible to attend this event. Come on out and let us thank you! Registration closes November 10th.
The Christmas party will be here before we know it. Tickets go on sale Monday. They are $10 per person for members and one escorted guest. The party will feature a catered meal, terrific doorprizes and music by “Street Player”, a local band which plays regularly throughout the valley!
Play resumes November 12th, 2019
Modified Pickleball is for those with physical limitations and those wanting a low-intensity/less-competitive game.
The Sun City Pickleball Club is looking for fans of the game who want to play just for fun, and those with temporary or permanent physical limitations. Players with physical limitations will be given an opportunity to play by modifying the rules to meet their needs.
If you can stand, you can play Modified Pickleball. A Monitor will help the players decide which rules to modify. For example: maybe 2 bounces of the ball are allowed rather than one; or a Server has 2 tries to land the ball in the opposite quadrant.
The Sun City Pickleball Club hopes such an experience will be less intimidating and provide an opportunity to get involved in a wonderful sport and meet a new group of friends.
Courts for Modified Pickleball are reserved at the Marinette Recreation Center in the pickleball pavilion on Tuesdays from 10 – 11:00 a.m. and Wednesdays from 2:00-3:00 p.m. Check the calendar for exceptions for holidays and tournaments. The Marinette Recreation Center is located at 9860 W Union Hills Drive in Sun City.
This activity is open to all current Recreation Centers of Sun City cardholders. If players aren’t members of the Sun City Pickleball Club, they must join the club after three Modified Pickleball sessions. Paddles, if needed, can be checked out at the Marinette front desk. Tennis shoes or court shoes are required on the courts.
By Kevin Pates
SIX WOMEN’S DOUBLES MEDALS CLAIMED ON HALLOWEEN
The Sun City Pickleball Club accounted for five medals on Halloween Thursday, including two golds, as the Fall Roundup tournament concluded three days at the Marinette Recreation Center in Sun City, presented by Aetna Medicare Solutions.
A perfect weather day — sun, little wind and temperatures in the 60s and 70s — greeted the women’s doubles teams. A field of 410, age 50 and older, competed this week in the club’s first major event of 2019-20, sanctioned by USA Pickleball.
One of the day’s highlights was in the 4.5 skill level, age 50 and older. Sun City member Sylvia Csabon teamed with Traci Willis to win the title in an ultimate tiebreaker, 15-7, against Janet Wilson and Carol O’Brien. Also claiming gold for the host club were Joyce Troyer and Carolyn Pritchett in 3.0, 70 and older.
Taking bronze medals were: Diana Graham and Martha Nause in 3.0, 60 and older; Carole Hutchinson and Jean Ward in 3.5, 70 and older; and Susan Anfinson and Lyla Reibel in 4.5, 60 and older. Lori Killian and CJ Johnson won bronze in 3.0, 50 and older.
The next major tournament is the Sun City Marinette Super Senior International Pickleball event Jan. 28-30, 2020. The Sun City Spring Slam is March 3-8.
CLUB NETS SIX MEDALS IN MIXED DOUBLES
Some strange Arizona weather didn’t deter Sun City Pickleball Club members from netting six medals Wednesday, including three golds.
High-powered morning winds, and temps in the 40s, forced play onto Marinette’s eight covered courts. But by the afternoon, with temperatures warming close to 70 and the winds subsiding, play included the club’s 12 outdoor courts.
Claiming championship titles were Carole Hutchinson and Frank Spina at 3.0 for those 70 and older; Michele Kiesling and Tom Jeffers at 3.0 and 60 and older; and club member Cheryl St. John teamed with Mike Agostinelli at 4.0 and 50 and older.
Silver medals went to Michelle Orton and Doug White, 3.0 and 70 and older; and member Jan Hodgson with Philip Scholl, 3.5 and 70 and older.
A bronze medal was taken by club member Charlotte Peters and Michael Koehlmoos at 3.0 and 70 and older.
MEN’S DOUBLES COMPLETED ON FIRST DAY
Club members earned three silver medals Tuesday (Oct. 29).
Bob Thacker and Norris Bryant combined to place second in men’s 3.0, age 70 and older; Sun City player Glenn Jones teamed with Clarence Lindblom for silver in 3.5 at 50 and older; and Sun City’s Scott Sutherland, with Terry Cullen, were second in 4.0, 60 and older.
In the accompanying photos:
Clarence Lindblom makes a backhand return as partner Glenn Jones looks on in men’s doubles.
Tom Jeffers connects on a shot as Michele Kiesling watches in mixed doubles.
Sylvia Csabon prepares for a return as Traci Willis (with a marvelous Halloween shirt) watches in women’s doubles.