Medal Winners at the Margaritaville USA Pickleball Nationals, Indian Wells Tennis Garden, Indian Wells CA
Doug White and Michelle Orton won the Bronze Medal in the 3.0 – 70+ level.
Jane Powell won a Silver Medal in 3.5 65+ women’s doubles.
Congratulations to the medal winners!!
Live Streaming Schedule on ESPN3
Thursday – 11/8/2018 – 4:00 PM-8:00 PM (ET) – Watch Replay
Friday – 11/9/2018 – 4:00 PM-8:00 PM (ET) – Watch Replay
Saturday – 11/10/2018 – 4:00 PM-8:00 PM (ET) – Watch Replay
Sunday – 11/11/2018 – 4:00 PM-8:00 PM (ET) – Watch Replay
The details for how to get the ESPN WATCH app is in the above link along with FAQs for those who need assistance.
ESPN3 will begin livestream coverage of the Event beginning today, November 8 through Sunday, November 11. The free livestream will be 4PM-8PM EST (1PM-5PM PST) each of these days. Tennis legends Luke and Murphy Jensen will host.
While the ESPN3 streaming service is free, you will need to log into your service provider account (DirectTV, Comcast, DISH, Cox, etc… whatever you use for your TV service). Please give yourself time today to get the ESPN WATCH app (if you don’t already have it) and establish your login.
In addition, a one-hour national televised special presentation of the 2018 Margaritaville USA Pickleball National Championships will air on ESPNEWS on Sunday, November 25 at 3PM EST (Noon PST).
Hi Club Members,
Partners Tournament, Nov. 20th morning: Where are you 2.0-2.5 players? Are you playing round robins? How about trying a club internal tournament? We need men and women 2.0-2.5 players to enter to fill this division. Also, tournament director, Phil Arinno, has opened up the 3.0-3.5 to 12 teams each for men and 12 teams for women. So, more room to sign up now. Also, will add a 4.0-4.5 mixed division now. Join in the fun Gather your partner and sign up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090b4fadaa28a3fd0-1stannual
Paddle Play is off and running this week at 10am on courts 1-4 at Marinette. Lis Smoot is providing skill/drill practice with each other in our approx. rating area for the first half hour and then mixing the players up to test the drills during short games to 7 points. It is “fun learning”. Just show up at your rating day.
Needed: Instructors and mentors. Paddle Play mentors are at least a 0.5 higher rating than the day they help coach players. So, if you are a 3.5, then you can help on Monday (2.0) and Tuesday (2.5) and Wednesday (3.0) Paddle Play sessions. Also, Lis needs instructors to help with the Tuesday (3pm) and Thursday (6pm) clinics basic/advanced basic. Remember, we all were getting help at one time from someone that was kind enough to give their time to train us.
To be an instructor, please contact Lis Smoot.
Westbrook Social Play: This again is the 2.0-2.5 level of social play with our neighbors at Westbrook Village. This is about good neighborly reciprocal social play. We will mix up players between clubs to we can meet other players. First session is Nov. 25th at Westbrook. Still some slots open. Sign up at this link:
Sun City West Reciprocal Play: Nov. 18th, Sunday at Sun City West. Some slots still open. Sign up link:
Holiday Party: December 1st. This is the first time we will have a live band, “Street Player”, who has been playing all over Arizona for years. They play rock, country from 60′, 70’s and 80’s music. Includes a saxaphone. This is a chance to put those quick moving Pickleball legs to rhythm or just enjoy music, good local italian food and socializing with other than skorts and shorts.
Note: In order to allow the caterer to prepare the food, we have to end the ticket sales on Nov. 20th. For tickets, please contact one of our party committee members, Frank Spina, Dave Breault, Pat Klepadlo and Clarisse Oaks. Or you can put your check (not cash) in an envelope with names of attendees, an email address and phone number for contact on the outside of envelope in the dues box behind the bulletin board at Marinette.
Scheduling Committee: As our calendar and court schedule activity continue to increase, we realize that it is necessary to get more input regarding member interests for court usage. For this reason and others, we are forming a Scheduling Committee. This is likely to be a long term committee as the schedule of courts usage and events put on by the club changes throughout the year. Therefore, we need to add a few people to a scheduling committee. Please contact Steve Oaks or Clarisse Oaks if you are willing to join this committee.
Have fun out there.
2018 Board of Directors
The “2018 Round Up” tournament album has been added to the “2018 Photo Albums” collection on the photos web page. Photos are by Ed Everson, and Larry Klein. The album was put together by Allen Gilson.
Another fun and exciting public tournament, Round Up, was held at Marinette this past week. Hope you had a chance to enjoy watching some top level players, including some of our own who took home medals.
A Huge Thank You to Barry Woods, Tournament Director, Pat Klepadlo, Volunteer Coordinator and all the wonderful volunteers who made the tournament possible. You Rock! We expect this will provide the club with substantial income and opportunities for future improvements.
Is our Pickleball Club the most active in Sun City? We’re busy…Here is a partial list of activities for Nov.
1st Annual Partners Tournament (Club internal): Hey folks, let’s show some team competitive spirit. This is your chance to sign up for a fun and a competitive day at Marinette. We will play within gender and rating categories for awards.
Food and drink will be provided. This should be our pre-Thanksgiving calorie burn opportunity. Time to get your game face on. Sign up link
Training Clinics: Starting Nov. 5th, Bud’s Advanced (3.5 rating or higher) Clinics are already filled, but as of this Saturday morning there were 2 standby positions still available. Next signups open on Monday.
Lis’ Beginner/Advanced Beginner clinic for Tuesday and Thursday are already filled, but be ready to sign up on Tuesday for the following week. See the sign up links on our website.
Paddle Play: Starts on Monday, Nov. 5th. What is Paddle Play? Show up and find out is best, but this is a chance to learn drills and then apply them in game practice. The secondary purpose is to allow longer duration review of skills by instructors to help with giving club ratings. Scheduled for your rating (Monday: 2.0, Tues.: 2.5, Wed. 3.0, Thurs.:3.5, Fri.:4.0) one day a week, 10am at Marinette on courts 1-4. No sign up, just show up and it is first come first served. This should be a great way to improve our skills and have fun. Led by Lis Smoot.
NEW, Westbrook Reciprocal Play: Starting Nov. 25th at Westbrook will begin our nearby neighbors “social” (mixed community teams) play. This is for mostly beginner play (2.0-2.5 level). Thanks to Jeff Skaggs for setting this up. Please sign up at this link
NEW, Men’s League Possible: With multiple women’s leagues, it may be time for some gender equality. How about it men? Sun City Pickleball Club is thinking about starting a Men’s League for men with a USAPA or Club rating of 2.5 – 3.5. This league will be held each Thursday from 12:30 – 2:00, starting January 3rd through April 4th. If this is something you’d be interested in, please sign up on the Sign-Up Genius – Signing up at this time is just to gauge the interest. Sign up link
Women’s League: Begins Nov. 14th. Only one slot left as of this Sat. morning. Sign up link:
Round Robins: Monday and Wednesday Round Robins are moved to Tuesday and Thursday at 8am for Marinette. The Mt. View Round Robin continues at 8am on Thursday also.
Holiday Party: Dec. 1st at 5pm, doors open. Live band music at 6:30. This is the first time the club will provide a live band for music and dancing. Our chance to get into a different spirit of fun… see if we can be recognized in other than pickleball skorts or shorts. Please get your tickets from: Frank Spina, Pat Klepadlo, Dave Breault and Clarisse Oaks. Member tickets are $10 and guests are $20. Last tickets sold will be Nov. 20th.
How is that for a busy schedule?
2018 Board of Directors
Sun City Pickleball Club is thinking about starting a Men’s League for men with a USAPA or Club rating of 2.5 – 3.5. This league will be held each Thursday from 12:30 – 2:00, starting January 3rd through April 4th. If this is something you’d be interested in, please sign up on SignUp Genius – Signing up at this time is just to gauge the interest.
Dear Club Members,
Hope you are enjoying some of the matches (either playing, volunteering or watching) this week at the Round Up Tournament. Maybe this is inspiring and you want to learn to play better? Great.
Thanks to Lis Smoot and Bud Langford, next week begins our new season of club clinics.
Beginner/Advanced Beginner: Lis will lead the beginner/advanced beginner classes on Tuesday and Thursday’s. Tuesday’s will be at 3pm and Thursday’s at 6pm (for those working or preferring evening practice). Each week will allow you to sign up for different fundamental lessons. Please see the website under “sign up” links for details and to sign up. Sign ups open each new week. Here is the link for next week:
Advanced Clinics: Bud will conduct the Monday 1:30pm training helping people at the 3.5 or higher levels with developing tournament level skills. Contact Bud if you are uncertain of your qualification for these classes. Here is the sign up link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090b4fadaa28a3fd0-advanced
Paddle Play: A new program brought to us by Lis is “Paddle Play”. This is where people of similar rating levels will play on courts 1-4 at Marinette at 10am on one day/their rating level per week. Monday is 2.0, Tuesday is 2.5, Wed. is 3.0, Thursday, 3.5 and Friday is 4.0+ Paddle Play days. The first half hour is specifically assigned drill practice and the next hour is application of the drills in game play with mentor assistance. Mentors needed. You may mentor any group that is 0.5 level below yours. Good opportunity to give back to others and improve your own game. If you are interested in being a mentor, please email Lis
This is a show up and learn/play type event, no sign ups needed. First come first served on the courts.
You may notice that between clinics, ladders, round robins and tournaments (see Nov. 20th) we are beginning our busy Pickleball season. Join in… Volunteer, play and encourage others to enjoy. Please check out our calendar and the court schedule under activities drop down menu on our website for details.
Be safe and have fun!
2018 Board of Directors
A reminder to club members that more than 400 players from around the region will be participating in the Sun City Round Up from Tuesday (Oct. 30) through Thursday at the Marinette Recreation Center courts. Come out and see excellent pickleball beginning at 8 a.m. each day. Schedule: Tuesday, Oct. 30, men’s doubles; Wednesday, Oct. 31, mixed doubles; and Thursday, Nov. 1, women’s doubles.
More information at PickleballTournaments.com