Submitted by Jeff Skaggs
Pickleball fans everywhere will have front row access this Sunday to the 2018 Margaritaville USA Pickleball National Championships. A one-hour special, hosted by tennis legends Luke and Murphy Jensen, the must-see dynamic 1993 French Open Doubles Champions, will air at 3 p.m. EST / 12 p.m. PST this Sunday, November 25 on ESPNEWS. The program will re-air on the same network at 1 p.m. EST / 10 a.m. PST on Saturday, December 22. 16 hours of on-demand replays of the tournament are also available on ESPN3. Click here for details.
Exciting news about Pickleball Machine, Video, Partners Tournament, Reciprocal Play, Scheduling Committee, Holiday Party, Member Meeting, etc.
Partners Tournament: this Tuesday, Nov. 20th at 9am start, Marinette. If you haven’t signed up, come watch the fun anyway. Those that haven’t paid, please bring your $5 per person in an envelope with your name on the outside to give to Phil Arinno or a board member. Also, note that Marinette’s west parking lot will be under repair on Monday, Nov. 19th and Nov. 20th. This will limit our parking, particularly for the tournament. Please consider using the residential parking area in back of the Clay Corner or north of the Marinette facility.
New Lobster Pickleball Machine: Edit 12/3/18: The Lobster Pickleball Machine acquisition/use procedure is under review.
Paddle Play: There will be no Paddle Play this Tuesday or Thursday, November 20 and 22. Tuesday is the Partners Club Championship and Thursday is Thanksgiving. Beginners and 2.5’s may come on Monday, November 19.
Beginning the week of November 26, there will be no Paddle Play on Fridays. 3.5-4.5 players are welcome to come on Thursdays.
Reciprocal Play: There is the Westbrook (social) reciprocal event next Sunday, 11-25 @ 1:00 at Westbrook. We still need two more men to sign up. Link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090b4fadaa28a3fd0-westbrook
Mens League: Hey gents, the women have multiple leagues going on, what about us? Jeff Skaggs is willing to set this league up, but we need to gauge interest. In other words, we need a few more guys to say they would participate when it is set up. Here is the link to indicate your interest. https://suncitypickleballclub.org/2018/11/03/mens-league-2-5-3-5/
Scheduling Committee: Met this week and finalized winter schedule that runs until April. Please check the website (will be updated soon) for updated calendar and court schedule (shows which courts to be used for what purpose).
Highlights: Tuesday and Wednesday round robin begins at 8 am at Marinette; Thursday round robins for both Marinette and Mt. View begin at 9 am. Tuesday ladder returns to 2 pm.
New schedules will be printed and added to bulletin boards later this week.
Holiday Party: Dec. 1st at 5 pm in the Social Halls of Bell Recreation Center. This is going be the best party yet. Live rock and roll/country music by Street Player, a local band that performs in many venues in AZ. Raffle items will be provided. The Italian dinner provided by Sardella’s (let Frank Spina know if you want gluten free) is expected to be a savory, filling dinner with dessert. Tea and Lemonade will be provided. You are welcome to bring your own preferred beverage. Tickets remain available for the rest of this week only. Please contact Frank Spina, Pat Klepadlo, Kevin Pates or Clarisse Oaks asap for tickets. Members get a screaming deal at only $10 and guests are still getting a deal at only $20. Let’s bring in the winter season with dancing, socializing and good food.
Member Meeting: Please join us for an end of year review. December 18th, Tuesday, 1pm at Marinette Auditorium.
Lots going on… Welcome back snowbirds. Be safe and enjoy our wonderful facilities and events.
2018 Board of Directors
Sun City traveled to Sun City West for Reciprocal Play today! We all had a great time. After 108 games were played, Sun City West beat Sun City with a score of 58 to 50. Thanks to all who played today. Now taking signups for 12/18 @ Marinette with Sun City West.
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