Candidates: If you will be seeking office in tomorrow’s election, and have opposition, you will be given a 2 minute (max!) time slot to tell everyone why you are the best candidate . Those running unopposed will have a chance to introduce themselves while we await the election results.
Tickets: Party ticket sales ended Monday, as announced over 2 weeks ago. At that time, we needed to give the caterer an accurate count. A few members have since expressed interest in tickets, and there are always a few people who can’t use their tickets at the last minute. If you fit either description please contact Frank Spina and we will try to pair sellers with buyers.
Following is the Proposed Agenda for Friday’s Meeting.
SCPC Proposed Meeting Agenda December 6, 2019
Introduction of Officers
Player Development — Lis Smoot
Ladders — Kevin Pates
Leagues, Reciprocal Play, Open Tournaments – Jeff Skaggs
Facilities – Rich Petersen
Lobster – Tom Jeffers
Donation for RCSC
SCW “Play for Charity” Party on January 25
Election of Officers
Ballots will be tallied as we continue and probably after adjournment. Winners will be announced at the hall as soon as available, and will be posted via email and on the Website ASAP.
Lobster Lessons: TBA
Dec 28 RTTY Party – Club table:
Jan 1: Open House/Fun Day – MV – Noon-4
13: Fun Day – M – 4-7
20: Membership Meeting – M – 4-5:30
25: Desert Frogs/Snowbirds Tournament – M – 3-8
Please wear your name tags! You must sign in to receive a ballot, so be sure to do so!
Registration for our SPRING SLAM begins Sunday. Please see our website for information, provided to us by Donna Holick, about the new registration process. In a nutshell, registration times are staggered by skill level, and your USAPA profile must show SCPC as your home club in order for you to qualify for the Club discount. Again, see the website for more complete details. And thanks to Donna for getting this info to us!
IMPORTANT NOTICE to all players signing up Sunday December 8th for the Sun City Spring Slam Presented by Aetna Medicare Solutions to be held at the Sun City Pickleball Marinette Center March 6-8, 2020.
Your Pickleball Tournament profile must list Sun City Pickleball Club and you must click on the drop down box to receive $10 off your registration.
This tournament will use Staggered Registration Times as follows:
Staggered Registration Times
4:00 pm – 5.0 Skill Level
5:00 pm – 4.5 Skill Level
6:00 pm – 4.0 Skill Level
7:00 pm – 3.5 Skill Level
8:00 pm – 3.0/2.5 Skill Level
Important Information to Note:
- Registration start time is based on your men’s or women’s skill level rating
- You will be allowed to register for both events at the time designated by your men’s or women’s skill level rating
- If your partner is a different level than you, the higher skill level will register first (based on their men’s or women’s skill level NOT mixed skill rating)
- Make sure your USAPA membership is valid through 3/9/2020 or you will not be allowed to register
- If you wish to play up and not sure if the selection was made during registration. AFTER you have registered for the event, send a detailed email to email@example.com and the registration person will handle your request.
Please spread the word.
Some may ask the reason for the change. We are building off the successful registration opening of the PebbleCreek tournament and how they were able to handle lots of registrations in a short time, efficiently handle player email questions, communicate real-time information to the tournament team to make decisions and send email confirmations to all players within hours not weeks. This change is being made to help everyone plan better to provide the best tournament.
The Pickleball Pastor
I live and play pickleball in Sun City Arizona, but my pickleball journey started in Grand Junction Colorado. After playing racquetball for 20 years I had to give it up after back surgery. While I was recovering, I was invited to play pickleball. After my first trip to the courts in Grand Junction, I was hooked on the game.
I don’t have a long resume of wins at big tournaments, but I love to compete. I have picked up 15 medals in local tournaments in Colorado and Arizona at the 3.5 and 4.0 levels because I have been pretty good at picking partners. I am also a founding member of SSIPA.
Pickleball has opened up a whole new world for me. It has even brought opportunities for ministry into my life. I have performed 2 weddings for friends that I have made playing pickleball.
I was born and raised in Tennessee and you will often see me on the courts wearing Tennessee Orange and ready to talk about the Tennessee Volunteers. I also love to talk about hunting deer, elk and bear. I served as a guide in Colorado for 13 years, but now at age 67 I would rather talk about climbing the mountains than actually having to climb them again.
As much as I love pickleball and hunting, my first love is preaching the gospel and serving as a pastor of a local church.
I serve as the senior pastor at First Baptist Church in Sun City Arizona and pickleball has allowed me to meet a lot of folks and make many new friends and to do ministry as well. I will often invite folks to come hear me preach so they can say, “I beat that preacher in pickleball”. Being a pastor has allowed me to make friends all around the world. I have been on mission trips to Mexico, Thailand and Nepal. I have been to Zimbabwe twice and 3 times to China.
If you ever need a “Pickleball Pastor” you can find one at First Baptist Church in Sun City or on the courts at the Marinette Center in Sun City AZ. I won’t be able to help you get over your pickleball addiction, but I will be able to sympathize with you.
See the article with more photos at https://www.ssipa-pb.org/ssipa-star…
Surprise Pickleball Association is looking for line judges for its Tommy Wong and Southwest Regional Championships, which run back to back from January 3 through 12. They are paying $5 per match for their “Volunteers”. If interested, contact Marlene Berwald @ 219-688-3022.
We will be selling no Christmas Party tickets after noon Monday (Dec 2). I will be at Marinette Monday from about 8:30 til at least 10:00 with tickets. If you want tickets and that still doesn’t work for you, please contact Frank Spina to make arrangements. If you have dietary restrictions, please contact Frank, also.
Our last Club Meting of 2019 will be Friday (Dec 6) @1;00 @ Marinette. The Men’s Round Robin has been cancelled, and the Beginner Paddle Up, which is moving to Fridays at 2:00, has been delayed until 3:00 for this week only.
If you will be attending the Christmas party and have dietary restrictions, please let Frank Spina know ASAP. The buffet will include gluten free salads, but other options are available by request. They are: Gluten Free Pizza, Garlic Cheesy Bread, Regular Wings, Pasta, Rice Krispy and Brownie.
Our Modified PB program is in full swing, meeting on Marinette courts 5&6 at 10AM Tuesdays and 2PM Wednesdays. Play is modified for those with disabilities, whether temporary or permanent, and the whole program is very low key, making it a great choice for those new to the game and a bit intimidated by the early morning crowds. Please mention this play possibility to your friends who may be a little reluctant to give PB a try. Contact Allen Gilson for more info.
Couples Night/Social Night is also going strong on Fridays at 5 (or so) at Marinette. Come play for awhile, then have dinner with new and old friends. This week is apparently going to be cool and damp, so dinner will likely involve going out to a local restaurant. Contact Terry Griffin to let her know if you plan on attending.
A new supply of orange balls has been added to the Lobster at Marinette. Please do not use other balls in the machine. Also, please PICK UP ALL THE ORANGE BALLS AND RETURN THEM TO THE LOBSTER.
Evelyn Larsen has agreed to take over leadership of the Wednesday (10AM) Round Robin. Courts 9-20 have been set aside for this event. Thanks Evelyn!
The new paddle rack has finally been installed at courts 17-20 at Marinette. One has been in use at Mountain View for several years w great success. Place your paddle in the first available slot – the players represented by those paddles is the next group to play. If you must continue to play as a foursome, your paddles go in the next available slot and you play once the groups before you have been completed and gone.to play. There will almost always be someone around with experience at Mountain View who can guide you.
Our Christmas Party (Dec 7) is 2 weeks from yesterday, but ticket sales will end one week from tomorrow (Dec 2)! Frank Spina will be at Mountain View Tuesday from about 7:45 to 8:45 with tickets, and someone will be at Marinette Tuesday evening from 5:30 til 7:00. We also plan having someone at Marinette M/W/F mornings from 8:30 til 10:00. These plans may be modified if the weather does as forecast!
The Mountain View courts will be open Thanksgiving Day from 8 – 4. The current forecast indicates that may not matter, but experience says these weather people are no more accurate than ours were in New England! Hope to see you there!
Sun City Pickleball Club
December 6, 2019
Discussion of plans for 2020, Committee Reports
ELECTION OF OFFICERS
YOU MUST BE PRESENT TO VOTE
Christmas Party Tickets will be on sale until Monday, December 2nd. The weather this week has impacted when who will be where to sell them. If you have been unable to get tickets, contact me at this email and we’ll arrange to get tickets to you. The Party is December 7 at 4:30 at Bell. The meal will be catered by Sardella’s, entertainment by “Street Player”. Attire is your choice, from casual to semi formal. Beverages are included, but you might want to bring your drink of choice.