The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) is working hard to get all available doses of the vaccine to Arizonans at state sites, county sites, medical facilities, and long-term care facilities.
Whether you’re just getting started, or gearing up for your second shot, here are a few things to help you navigate the process.
Schedule your appointment: Find locations and make an appointment at azdhs.gov/findvaccine, or you can call the ADHS vaccine hotline at 480-573-0332 TTY: 711; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Make sure you wait for a representative to help you schedule an appointment.
Download this guide for scheduling your vaccine appointment from ADHS for step-by-step instructions on how to create an account and schedule a vaccine appointment.
Cost: You will be able to get the vaccine for $0.
Appointments are required to be vaccinated at any POD (point of dispensing) site.
Good Monday Afternoon Sun City Pickleball Club Members:
Yes, indeed, another beautiful day for playing this wonderful sport we so enjoy! Some sun, very little wind, and temps with lows in the 50’s and high in the 70″s . . . how good can it be!!!! All outside courts at Marinette were busy this morning and several inside courts as well! Play at the Mountain View courts also remain busy. This is such a great time of year with so many members coming in for our “winter season”!
Each month that passes in this year of 2021, there seems to be more and more optimism about getting to the other side of this pandemic . . . lots of vaccines are being administered . . . and many people have already (or soon will have) their second shots!
Although there are no SCPB events/activities, there are a few tournaments succeeding during this time – here are some of the results from those tournaments:
Up in Wickenburg – AAU Junior Olympic Games:
Bob Thacker/Bob Keeseker – Silver – Mens Doubles 3.5 70+
Jean Ward/Bob Thacker – Silver – Mixed Doubles 3.5 70+
In Phoenix – Grand Slam Qualifier:
Jan Hodgson – Gold – Mixed Doubles – 4.0 70+
Jan Hodgson/Karen Madison – Gold – Womens Doubles 4.0 70+
Grant Boulay – Gold – Mens Doubles – 4.0 50+
In Tucson – Tucson Winter Games:
Grant Boulay – Gold – Mens Doubles – 4.5 60+
As results come in, I may miss some so please let me know if I do. Congrats to all!!!
The new gates on courts 13 and 14 at Marinette are being used more frequently as we get used to entering from the south patio – it may take some time to coordinate and work out all the advantages of using those gates . . . still working, too, on getting a gate to go out from the pavilion to the north courts ( 1- 4).
A reminder . . . please take care of those pickleballs (still provided by our Club for everyday use) – we still need to remember to pick them up after play and put them in the Club coolers. Thank you . . . I heard a “rumor” – “the better a pickleball is kept, the better your game will be”! Truth!!? Certainly worth a try!!!?
So, for now, stay safe, have fun on the courts, enjoy all the wonderful social aspects of this sport, and all this great weather!
by Rick Masters
The following link has information about the vaccine and the appointment procedure. Signups begin on that website at 6 a.m. Monday, January 11.
There is also a phone number for further information: 602-506-6767.
Diane Snyder will be providing support to Seniors with on-line/phone registration as well as part of the Medical Crew at the Point of Dispensing at Sun City West.
A few important announcements:
The SUN CITY PICKLEBALL CLUB VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR has been awarded to JEFF SKAGGS! Jeff’s continued contributions toward the success of our Club goes on and on. A glimpse of his volunteerism – he serves on our Tournament Committee, was a Tournament Director for the Spring Slam, was the coordinator of our reciprocal events with Sun City West and had served on our Club Board as the Member at Large in 2019 . . . Jeff continued his work in 2020 as the one of the lead contacts in the purchase of the bleachers at Marinette that started in 2019 when he was a Member of that Club Board. If you need the PA system set up – ask Jeff, if you need the computer set up for a Membership meeting – ask Jeff! Cleaning out/organizing the Club shed or interior storage closet . . . yep, there is Jeff! And much more! Thank you, Jeff Skaggs . . . there is so very much appreciation for all you do, and, no doubt, will continue to do! BRAVO!
Tomorrow, Thursday, January 7, (beginning 9 – 10 a.m. or so?) 2 gates – one for court 13 and one for court 14 at Marinette will be put in!! New, additional entrances to those courts will then be available for direct access from the south patio! They have asked us to vacate those courts on this morning so they can begin construction as soon as they can get started. Great news! Of course, in addition to providing easy access to those courts, the use of the south patio will also help us maintain better “social distancing”! Got to keep our courts areas safe and courts open!! More thanks to each of you for following the safety guidelines . . .
Thank you, too, for all of our Club Members for filling out your membership forms for 2021 . . a great response! If, by chance, you are still not up to date in filling out your yearly membership info, please refer to our last Club email for all the instructions on how to do that quickly and successfully!
And, more from the “pig chase” in Wickenburg –
Patty Evans, Bronze – mixed 3.5
Donna Holick/Grant Boulay, Bronze – 4.5 mixed
Patty Evans, Gold – 3.5 womens doubles
Karen Madison, Gold – 4.0 womens doubles
Jan Hodgson, Silver – 4.0 womens doubles
Donna Holick, Silver – 4.5 womens doubles
What beautiful weather for pickleball!!! Stay safe!!!
Good afternoon Sun City Pickleball Club Members,
Yes, here it is . . . another beautiful Sunday in AZ! And here comes 2021! Good bye 2020!! While we are still under the restrictions of Phase 2, we are still playing pickleball on the courts and enjoying all the benefits of exercise, camaraderie, and the freshness of the “winter” air of the great southwest! (A little pollution aside!)
Please read this next reminder if you haven’t sent in your 2021 membership application . . . VERY IMPORTANT!
Membership in the Sun City Pickleball Club is waived if you were a member in good standing during 2020. You DO NEED to complete a membership form. It can be done online at https://suncitypickleballclub.org/membership-form or a paper application can be filled out and put in the box on court 6 at the Marinette Center. Paper application forms can be found in the center kiosk area at Marinette. You can also give your completed application to any Board Member (Board Members wear RED name tags . . . . if you haven’t met them yet, just ask “around”, they can be found!) The forms can be mailed directly to our Treasurer, Jan Booth.
A reminder that if this is not done by January 15th, your name will be taken off the roster and you will no longer get any emails from the Club . . . you know, like this one . . . also, once we start Club activities again, you cannot join in those activities until you have renewed your membership. Please check whether you are “up to date” by checking the Club roster at https:suncitypickleballclub.org/roster/club. The Club password can be found by clicking on “request password” under the roster tab.
Basically, even though we are in this Covid situation, we must still register each Club Member with the RCSC as we do each year. The total number of Club Members is an important factor as we show the great interest in Sun City for this fantastic sport and the continued need for court usage, activities, improvements, etc! Take a few minutes and get your application completed . . . THANK YOU!
Safer Play Reminders/Suggestions during Covid:
We are all aware of the current situation with Covid 19 . . . as we know, the numbers of those affected are spiking in the West Valley. We need to continue following the safety guidelines set forth by our RCSC. Courts are still open and every day the courts are busy . . . “makes my day to play”!
Here is a note that was forwarded to me from one of our Club Members that, I think, says it well:
Update . . .
As we all see the numbers rise we need to increase our awareness of social distancing. . . . our set up is sometimes tight. Please take your time and wait for space. Please wear your mask when coming off the courts and sanitize or wash your hands.
Seems direct and clearly, simply stated . . . thank you for keeping our court areas safer for play as you keep all this in mind!
There are 125 rule changes for 2021. Many of them are just wording changes to increase clarity. There are multiple changes regarding moving timing issues to a consistent point in time before the next serve occurs.
2021 Rules Change Document (pdf)
This document lists all of the rule changes, the reasons for the change, and has scenarios that could occur during a match.
Major Changes for Serves
- Let serves have been eliminated. Serves that hit the net and land good are played.
- The drop serve is added as a provisional rule. Provisional means that USA Pickleball will evaluate the rule for unintended or unexpected outcomes over the next year. Players may also continue to use the current serve. See the video for an explanation and demonstration.
Good Morning Sun City Pickleball Club Members!
Congratulations to Karen McAdam for her election to a three year term on our RCSC Board!! Great work Karen! And thank you to all of our Club Members who helped vote her in! Bravo to everyone of you!
Our Club elections were also successful . . . thank you to all your votes of confidence in reelecting the 2020 Executive Board for the 2021 year! Very much appreciated!! Board Members continuing through 2021: Member at Large – Dan Haberman, Publicity – Lynda Skaggs, Membership – Evelyn Larsen, Secretary – Ann Clark, Treasure – Jan Booth, Vice President – Tom Jeffers, President – Dave Breault. Let’s hope this next year gets us back into the full “Club Mode”! The new vaccine is certainly very promising!
This video is about the Pickleball Is Great tournament in Tucson, Arizona on Sat. 11-14-20. It includes a brief interview with club member Evelyn Larsen and some play by club members Patty Evans and Bob Thacker.