Good afternoon Sun City Pickleball Club Members,
As anticipated, all our Club Events/Activities have been CANCELED for the remainder of 2020. We were being hopeful and kept all our scheduled events/activities “on hold” until recently….now we are certain, however, our Club Calendar of Events/Activities are now CANCELED. Bummer!!! Of course, this presents some difficulty in how to finish the “business end” of the year as well. This includes the Election of Officers for our Club Board. The RCSC has given all Clubs in Sun City a few acceptable options on how to proceed with the election of Officers. There will be more information on that in October as we approach the usual time for those elections.
As a note, here, our current Club Board has volunteered to continue for the year 2021, if approved, by the Club Membership. The current Club Board of Officers are Dan Haberman – Member At Large, Lynda Skaggs – Publicity, Evelyn Larsen – Membership, Ann Clark – Secretary, Jan Booth – Treasurer, Tom Jeffers – Vice President, Dave Breault – President.
Yes, even as this most difficult year of 2020 comes toward its end, the 2021 calendar has already been set . . . and, with much positive anticipation, will be more, pleasantly, “normal”!?
And, more, we just confirmed that Street Player will, again, play at our Christmas Party in 2021 . . . well, that’s a good “note”!
Keep up the good, safe play on our courts. Who knows how this year will unfold from here . . . stay tuned for any/all updates as they come about . . . .
“as the world turns” – words, so appropriately “ringing” in my head!?
Good Afternoon this Labor Day Weekend,
It has been so fantastic to get back playing doubles on our home courts! Judging from all the Members playing each day at Marinette, there is a lot of agreement here!! In fact, I understand the Mountain View Courts are busy too!!! So very glad to see so many Members back on the courts!
Everyone has been following the guidelines sent out by the RCSC for safe play . . . these guidelines can be found on our Club Website at suncitypickleballclub.org. As I stated in the last email, our Club is NOT officially back in session, yet, but, a lot of how well we follow these guidelines, will have a direct influence in moving toward our Club reopening! No guests are allowed at this time and your check in is monitored by swiping your RCSC identification tag. I know the personnel at our Rec Centers are just as glad we are back as we are!!
As you know, our Round Up Tournament has been CANCELED, however, other events/activities remain in the ON HOLD position. Some of those events/activities are the Club Membership Meeting, Thursday, October 22 . . . . the In House Club Tournament, Monday, Nov 9 . . . . the Volunteer Luncheon, Thursday, Nov 12 . . . . SC/SCW Reciprocal, Sunday, Nov 12 . . . . Club Membership Meeting, Thursday, Dec 3 . . . . the Club Christmas Party, Saturday, Dec 5, and the SC/SCW Reciprocal, Sunday, Dec 15 HAVE NOT BEEN, OFFICIALLY, CANCELED! Yes, they are in certain jeopardy, however, each calendar event/activity will be addressed as their date approaches . . . . STAY TUNED! We can be hopeful!
Once again, we have a CLUB MEMBER – KAREN MCADAM – running for a position on the RCSC BOARD in the upcoming RCSC BOARD elections. Please sign her petition to qualify her for getting her name on the ballot. Karen has, previously, been a great spokesperson representing our Club at RCSC Meetings! She would be a very welcomed member of the RCSC BOARD.
Some GREAT NEWS . . . well, in lieu of such a year as we have had . . . our Club Executive Board has recently, unanimously, decided that NO DUES will be due for the year 2021. This is applicable for every “paid up” Club Member for the 2020 year! BRAVO! Keep in mind, however, that each Club Member must still fill out a membership application for 2021. This is required! The form can be found (and easily completed) by going to our Club Website at suncitypickleballclub.org. The form for filling out the membership information can be found under the link OUR CLUB….JOIN OR RENEW! There will be some “paper” membership forms still available on the kiosk at Marinette also. For new Club Members there will still be a fee of $15 due when joining….new members will receive a name tag. Related to this, anyone who lost or needs another name tag, the fee remains at $7. A reminder, too, that name tags are to be worn at all Club Events/Activities once we get going again. If you need to reorder, this would be an opportune time to get that done! 2021 stickers for your name badge will be given out after your membership form is received.
That is a lot of info . . . for now,
Good Monday afternoon Sun City Pickleball Club Members,
Such GREAT NEWS in case you haven’t heard yet!!! The PICKLEBALL COURTS here in SUN CITY WILL BE OPEN for DOUBLES PLAY starting TOMORROW, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1….And, we are all so happy!.
Bill Booth put the announcement of the RCSC guidelines for pickleball play on our Club Website…..please read them completely and follow the guidelines as presented. The courts are reopening for doubles play, however, Club schedules and activities DO NOT begin at this time. As we all get back to playing back here on our HOME COURTS, it is very important to follow the safety guidelines and responsibly demonstrate our ability to follow SAFE PLAY as outlined in the RCSC bulletin. The starting of any Club activities/events depends on several factors….one, for certain, is that this Coronavirus situation continues to improve and, another is, that we follow the RCSC guidelines as we begin DOUBLES PLAY! BRAVO!
You will need your RCSC MEMBER CARDS to check in as you enter Marinette…if you play at Mountain View, be prepared to show your RCSC MEMBER CARD at the courts if you are asked!
So, we will see you on OUR HOME COURTS soon! We will proceed as we can….stay tuned for more info as it develops!
For now…..with a BIG SMILE, 🙂
From RCSC email
On August 27, 2020, Maricopa County met Moderate Reopening Status in the following three metrics: 1) Cases per 100,000 individuals, 2) Percent positivity, and 3) Hospital Visits for COVID-like illnesses in the region allowing RCSC Fitness Centers to reopen with limited capacity on Friday, August 28, 2020 and Recreation Centers of Sun City, Inc. to move into Phase Two of its reopening plan. The following is the criteria for use of RCSC facilities:
REQUIREMENTS FOR USE OF ALL RCSC FACILITIES
Prior to entering RCSC facilities, RCSC has implemented COVID-19 symptom screening with signage. Please read and evaluate whether you meet the criteria to enter RCSC facilities. Anyone with potential symptoms may not enter or use RCSC facilities. High-risk individuals should remain at home.
- Hand sanitizer is required upon entry to all RCSC facilities and offices. Users may utilize the sanitizer provided by RCSC.
- A limited number of users may be permitted at one time, once capacity has been reached you may be asked to return later as no congregating is allowed.
- Face masks are always required while indoors except in showers, indoor pools and indoor spas. Outdoors face masks are required in the walking pool. Face masks are required to be cloth, fabric or other permeable material and must be worn over the mouth and nose, affixed either over the ears or tied around the head.
- Strict 6 feet of physical distancing is required while in the fitness centers, indoor walking track, locker rooms and restrooms regardless if in same family. All other RCSC facilities require a minimum of 6 feet of physical distancing, regardless if in same family, excluding an occasional situation when such is not possible.
- Required to sanitize before and after use of every RCSC piece of equipment, including seating, counters and tables, utilizing the sanitation method provided by RCSC.
- No cash accepted for payment.
- Four players per court (effective 9/1/2020). No use of ball machine(s). No guests allowed.
- Always requires a minimum of 6 feet of physical distancing, regardless if in same family, excluding an occasional situation when such is not possible.
- Limited use of seating, benches, tables and chairs with required 6 feet physical distancing regardless if in same family.
- Cardholders are required to sanitize before and after use of every RCSC piece of equipment, including seating, counters and tables, utilizing the sanitation method provided by RCSC.
RCSC Fitness Centers are OPEN!
Read the requirements and protocols that must be followed here! In addition, RCSC will be releasing detailed information very soon as we proceed into Phase Two this coming week. Please stay tuned! Your continued patience and cooperation are much appreciated.
Strict physical distancing, face masks and proper sanitation protocols must be adhered to by all RCSC Cardholders as required. No guests or visitors are allowed on RCSC properties (with the exception of golf courses).
UPDATE! COVID-19 Face Mask Non-compliance Process passed by the RCSC Board of Directors. Read more about it here.
Good Sunday afternoon Sun City Pickleball Club Members,
Well, here we are nearing the end of August, the end of “summer”!? Wow, this heat has been non stop and record breaking as you are aware! Makes you wonder what September will bring!? RELIEF…let’s hope….two fold, if you would, from the HEAT and this COVID ERA!
While we all share in monitoring the daily, weekly, monthly statistics related to the Coronavirus and wanting more “normal play” here in Sun City, the Bylaw Committee that was set up in our January membership meeting, has been continuing to work. The Committee is comprised of Coleen Hoeschen, committee coordinator, Donna Holick, Cindy Golden, Diana Graham, Dave Breault. There will be updates from time to time….certainly would be one at our October Membership meeting….however, all meetings/events are “on hold”! As they say, we are “playing it by ear” on what happens in the near future!
To that “note”, yep, my ear can hear the sound of a pickleball hitting a paddle . . . the pursuit of the “perfect” shot, the fun of the entire game, the comradery within the social atmosphere of play…for those thoughts and more…still very glad we all found this great sport of Pickleball! Surely, look forward to those “normal” days of play . . . it makes a day to play!!!
Hope to see you all soon . . . .
From RCSC email
Yesterday (August 10, 2020), the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) released the Requirements for Indoor Gyms and Fitness Clubs/Centers to re-open. RCSC has been working through the drafted requirements to ensure we meet all necessary requirements to apply for eventual reopening.
In the finalized requirements published yesterday, ADHS added benchmark metrics that will be used to determine phased openings for indoor gyms and fitness centers. These metrics have been provided for all industry leaders and businesses to understand when a general reopening could be considered.
ADHS is allowing reopening to occur based on community transmission rates within the county the facility is located, which for RCSC is Maricopa County. Currently, Maricopa County is in the “substantial transmission phase” which does not allow RCSC to reopen its fitness centers.
Each of the following three benchmark criteria must be met prior to submitting the required ADHS form for reopening and be met for 14 days with a 12-day reporting lag to move from a higher transition phase to a lower one:
- Maricopa County must have fewer than 100 cases per 100,000
- Less than 10% percent positivity
- Hospital visits due to COVID-like illnesses below 10%
You may see some additional activity surrounding RCSC’s safety protocols and mitigation strategies to meet ADHS requirements for an eventual reopening. These include removal of furniture in common areas, sanitization dispensers in locker rooms, and new signage at fitness center entries.
We are continuing to follow guidance from ADHS, the Governor’s Office and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. More information will be provided as the benchmark metrics change and reopening the RCSC fitness centers is possible.
Your help and understanding are important to us!
Staying active helps immune system
Sun City residents used to going to the various fitness centers in the community were left to find alternatives when Recreation Centers of Sun City officials closed them last month.
The Sun City fitness center closure came after Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey issued an executive order closing certain businesses, including gyms and spas. The closure order was supposed to expire July 27, but the governor extended it indefinitely.
Regular exercise is important, especially for senior citizens, in maintaining a string immune system and keeping the body from degenerating. The lack of exercise is signifi- cantly noticeable, according to resident Gail LaLumiere.
“Without continued exercise it is shocking how quickly it starts to affect an aging body,” she stated in an email.
Read more at yourvalley.net
Good (hot) morning Sun City Pickleball Club Members,
ROUND UP TOURNAMENT 2020 A quick note:
As you are aware, there have been many major adjustments in every aspect of our lives due to this Covid 19 situation. With all considerations taken in . . . including the fact that the USAPA NATIONALS have been CANCELLED!
OUR ROUND UP TOURNAMENT in OCTOBER 2020 has been CANCELLED also!
It would seem the best and needed decision to CANCEL our ROUND UP TOURNAMENT for this year and have put in our request dates for 2021 already.
Let’s hope we will all remain safe/healthy and be able to get back “on track” to enjoy other, future, scheduled pickleball events on our calendar . . . soon . . . we are ever ready for that!!
Be well . . . stay well!!!!!
Good afternoon Sun City Pickleball Club Members!!!
Well, here it is . . . . already July 3 . . . I say already, but it seems like a long “trip” from March! Maybe the next 4 months will go more pleasantly! We are hoping!
Several of us were having a conversation this morning about whether the courts are open for pickleball play at Marinette and Mountain View considering the latest “closures” from Gov Ducey. In fact, the COURTS are STILL OPEN for play . . . STILL SINGLES, but, the COURTS ARE OPEN! The work out areas are closed. If you were like me, I read that only the pools and spas would remain open, however, the courts are too! I would check on the Marinette court washing schedule . . . I believe they get washed this Sunday, the 5th.
And, just a real positive note from the RCSC Board meeting last week. A report was presented to the Board about which clubs have been most successful over the last few years . . . PICKLEBALL has grown by some 897% . . . I guess the data they have supports that PICKLEBALL ROCKS in Sun City!!! Of course, we already know this, but it was still great to hear it and see the data as it was presented to the Board and to all Sun City residents! A “bravo” for that research!! Now, if we can “get a handle” on this Coronavirus situation, we can get back to playing this great sport/activity and enjoying the comradery we so much miss!! Let’s all focus on the word “soon”!
For now, keep active as you can, stay safe and hydrate!!