Thank you to the early registrants for our Member/Member & Member/Guest Tournament coming up September 20 & 21! We’re off to a great start, but need lots more! There is plenty of time, but we all know how time flies, so don’t procrastinate too long! This is a great opportunity for those who haven’t played a major tournament to try it out on a smaller, much more relaxed, scale. It’s also a chance for those of you who have quit playing tournaments, for whatever reason, to get out and enjoy the experience again!
We have two Fun Days coming up in October, followed by our Pickleball Roundup at the end of the month. There’s also a Club meeting on October 21st. Looking beyond that, there is a Color/Team Tournament November 11, followed by our Volunteer Luncheon on November 16. Our last Membership Meeting of the year is December 6th, followed by our Christmas Party on the 7th.
Have you volunteered this year? Sign ups will be out soon for the Roundup, but we also need volunteers for all our Club events. These vols are no less important than those who work the major tournaments, and will also be honored at the Volunteer Luncheon.
The lights for Marinette have been approved and it is reasonable to expect them to be installed before the Roundup at the end of October. There is no guarantee, however. The exhaust fans we requested are not being considered at this time, partly due to the solar panels covering half the Pavilion roof, but mostly to see how the existing “natural” ventilation system works once the light are up and some of the screens are down. The Lobster for Mountain View has been ordered and will be in place by te time play resumes there in September or October.
We mentioned being careful to stay hydrated in the last email. We also want to make sure we are under control at all times as we run (such as that is) around the courts. We’ve been told to not run backwards, but any lunge, reach or stretch that pulls us off balance is an invitation to disaster! I have a picture of one of our members, who says it’s ok to share, with an ugly gash, missing hair and 5 staples in the top of his head, when the trip after a cross court volley ended up leading to a crash into a fence post and a trip to the ER. Bad as it was, it could have been worse! Be careful! Know your limits!
Lessons are a great way to learn – when the recipient is ready and willing to absorb one. Please refrain from giving your unsolicited advice to those with whom you are playing! Many of us are glad to have it; many of us are not! No one, BTW, is currently authorized to charge for lessons given on our courts. Violation will have consequences.
Thanks everyone! Next one will be much shorter!