First, thanks to all who played in, volunteered at and just came to watch the Roundup! And especially, thanks to Jeff and Lynda Skaggs and Donna Holick for putting it on, and to Kevin Pates for the great write up on our webpage.
Registration is still open for the Women’s League, which will play Wednesdays at noon, and the Men’s League, which will play Fridays at noon. A mandatory organizational meeting for all participants will take place Monday at 1 in Marinette Auditorium. If you are unable to make this meeting, you must contact Jeff or Lynda Skaggs immediately to make arrangements.
The first Ratings Clinic of the season will take place November 9 at noon at Marinette. Participants must be a member of SCPC, have been playing PB at least 2 months and not have an existing SCPC or USAPA rating. The Club will not override anyone’s USAPA rating and, at least for this session, will not be adjusting existing Club Ratings.
Courts 1-12 will be closed Tuesday thru Thursday next week for repairs to the expansion joints. All scheduled Club activities on those days will be cancelled. This certainly is not great timing for this project, but it could have been worse! Please plan your play accordingly!
The Color Tournament will take place November 11 at 2. Food will be available after play. More info on our website. Registration is still open.
The Volunteer Luncheon is scheduled for November 16 at noon on the Marinette patios. Lunch will be catered by Sardellas. If you have volunteered in any capacity in 2019 you are eligible to attend this event. Come on out and let us thank you! Registration closes November 10th.
The Christmas party will be here before we know it. Tickets go on sale Monday. They are $10 per person for members and one escorted guest. The party will feature a catered meal, terrific doorprizes and music by “Street Player”, a local band which plays regularly throughout the valley!
SCPC Proposed Meeting Agenda October 21, 2019 Introduction of Officers Secretary’s Report Treasurer’s Report Committee Reports Reciprocal Play Clinics, Lessons Ladders Leagues Volunteers In House Tournaments Open Tournaments Christmas Party Scheduling Committee Capital Improvements Old Business Lighting Name Tags Guests Curtains at North end/ Budget Request for gates Website help New Business Umbrellas for MV Laptop for Treasurer Gift Cards for Marinette and MV employees Bylaw Changes Absentee Ballots Officers Nomination of Officers Upcoming events 11/11 – Color Tournament 11/16 – Volunteer Luncheon 12/6 – Membership Meeting @ 1 @ Marinette 12/7 – Christmas Party
The Marinette lighting project is in full swing and appears to be on schedule. As of 11 this morning, all the old lights were down and nearly half the new ones were up. There may be unseen details involved prior to completion, but the goal of the courts’ being ready for play Saturday seems within reach.
The court wash schedule for Marinette has changed! ALL outside courts will be washed Saturday, October 26. Work will begin at 4AM, so they should be dry and ready for play shortly after 8. The covered courts will be washed Sunday, October 27. Without the sun to dry them, their availability will be later. Please plan your play accordingly.
Sign up is now available for Mens’ League. Play will be Fridays at noon. More info is available on the Club website, or contact Jeff Skaggs for more details.
Sign up will be available soon for the Color Tournament taking place November 11th. This is a fun event where 4 teams of up to 20 players compete against each other wearing their team “Colors”. Play will be against players of comparable skill levels. Lunch/light dinner will follow. More info will be posted with the sign up. Thank you Rich Heywood for stepping up to run this for us!
There are still a few slots open for our Line Judging Clinic and Referee’s Clinic coming up later this week. Thanks to Tom Jeffers for organizing both of these! Sign up on our website.
Line Judge Clinic Attendees- Due to the Pavilion light replacement program, lets meet instead on the patio between the fitness center and the Pavilion at 10:00 am this Friday. We do have just a few slots remaining, so if you think this is a clinic for you, please sign up by the end of the day tomorrow. Follow the link on the Club website to Sign Up Genius.
Referee Orientation Clinic- The last day to sign up is tomorrow, Wednesday, October 15 for this Saturday’s clinic. For our members who cannot attend this all day clinic, you are welcome to join us for the morning classroom orientation. We will be joined by residents from other Sun City communities who also look forward to learning more about the game, the rules, and the role of the referee. Please go the club website and follow the link to Sign Up Genius.
A major revenue source for our club is the three tournaments that we host every year at the Marinette courts. For our members who have participated or observed tournament play, you know that successful tournaments depend heavily on our club volunteers. One of the most exciting and dynamic volunteer positions is serving as a line judge.
Our tournaments are USAPA sanctioned events, which require line judges for all gold medal matches. A pickleball line judge, much like a tennis line judge, is part of the team that supports the referee by observing the travel of the ball and signaling to the referee if the ball has touched the ground or other object outside the court boundaries.
Line judges have the opportunity to see the gold medal match competition and the best players compete at all the skill levels.
We’ll spend about an hour discussing the role of line judge, then we’ll apply that knowledge on the courts to practice the new skills. Paddle and court attire are required.
Thanks to all who participated in our first, hopefully annual, Member/Member & Member/Guest Tournament last week! Everyone seemed to have a great time, and the weather cooperated. Special thanks to Jeff Skaggs for doing the announcing, Jan Booth for keeping track of the matches and Jane Sinclair for taking care of the food table. Hopefully we’ll have a computer program available to organize the matches next time. Then again, sometimes those programs have not done too well for us!
Pat Klepadlo has been busy arranging dates for a series of Classes with Dee Davison. These are 2 hour sessions and cost $50 per person for a four person group. Dee will do 3 classes per day on whatever dates we can fill. The dates are October 16 and 23 and December 11 and 17. Please get to PK immediately if interested as some of Dee’s dates may close and our slots will fill quickly. Email PK or (719) 649-0138.
There have been several requests for a paddle rack at Marinette similar to that at Mountain View. One will be installed near the gates accessing courts 17-20 by the end of October. A second rack for MV is also in the works.
Latest word on the Marinette lighting is that it will be done for the Roundup. There has been no commitment beyond that. The crews will work on two courts at a time, so the whole pavilion will not be closed.
Our Club Tournament date has finally arrived, and the event will take place from 0700 – 1100 Friday and Saturday. We will be using court #8 and #10-20 on Friday, and #13-20 on Saturday. All other courts are available for Drop in, INCLUDING all 7 courts at Mountain View! PLAYERS PLEASE NOTE: Registration will begin at 0700. Please be on time! Play will start promptly at 0730! All games will be “Win by ONE”. The number of games and the score to which you will play has been determined by the size of each group. We expect to be done by 1030. Temps are not supposed to be excessively high, but be sure to hydrate!
As yesterday’s email noted, the date for the Referee Training Clinic has been established as October 19. You must sign up on Sign up Genius in order to attend. The Line Judging Clinic mentioned last week will be October 25 from 1000-1200 at Marinette. Both are available to Club Members only. Tom has done a lot of work getting these lined up for us prior to the Roundup.
Sign up for the Men’s League and Women’s League are both available on our Website. The Meeting date for those playing in the leagues has been changed to November 4 at 1300 at Marinette. Please change that if you already had it on your calendar.
Simon as been sold. Thanks to those who offered to give him a good home!
For our club members who have asked about becoming a pickleball referee, this clinic is for you!
We are fortunate to have two west valley residents, Paula Handrup and Bill Plesha, who have offered to lead this training clinic. Both Paula and Bill are USAPA certified referee trainers for the Southwest region. They have offered to lead a one day training session that also helps tournament directors, instructors, and players understand the role of referee and the application of the rules in tournament play.
Date: Saturday, October 19 Classroom: Bell Recreation Center Lawn bowling meeting room (west end of Bell Center) Registration at 8:00 am Class is from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm
Pickleball Courts: Marinette Pickleball Pavilion Class is from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
This class is an introduction to referee best practices. It is NOT a rules class. You should have a good working knowledge of the pickleball rules prior to attending this clinic. It will consist of approximately 3 – 4 hours of classroom instruction with time at the end for a Q & A session. Upon completion of the classroom session we will take a lunch break. This will be followed by a three to four-hour actual on-court practice session where you will have an opportunity to practice the skills you learned in the classroom (be sure to wear your pickleball attire and bring your paddle). In order to receive the full benefit of this clinic we recommend you attend both sessions.
We will provide the following supplies – clipboards, clothespins, scoresheets, stopwatches, first server bands and pencils.
We strongly recommend that you bring a copy of the referee handbook to the clinic. This can be downloaded from the USAPA website at this link https://www.usapa.org/. Once there, click on the Rules and Referees tab. From the drop-down window click on Referee Training Tools. In there you can download the 2019 pickleball rules, 2019 Referee Handbook and the 2019 Line Judge Guide (you will need to be a USAPA member to download some of these items). In addition, there is an 18-minute quick start referee guide video that is well worth watching prior to attending the class. While on the website we also suggest that you take the referee test, pickleball rules test and the line judge test if possible. For those of you who are interested in pursuing your certification, this clinic will fulfill the first requirement in your efforts to become a USAPA certified referee!
This clinic is limited to 20 attendees and offered at no cost to Sun City Pickleball Club members.
First, I need to take a few lines to thank Tom Jeffers for all his work on our behalf. All our emails for the past two months were Tom’s work. He also brought the Lobster to and from the factory in CA for repairs, and is now working on a couple of clinics for us in October. So, THANK YOU TOM, for these and many other things!
Cut off date for entries in our Member/Member & Member/Guest Tournament is this Sunday, September 15. We’ve had a very encouraging response, but could use a few more teams. Other Club activities on September 20 and 21 will be cancelled. There will be plenty of room for Open Play.
RCSC has mentioned several times, from several places within, that there is a limited number of times a Guest may be signed into an RCSC facility in a calendar year. That number is 14. How, or if, this will be addressed is still open. Just be aware the regulation is there – and is not new.
We have a lot of things coming up following next week’s tournament: 10/09 Fun Day at Marinette – 5:00 10/15 Fun Day at Mountain View – 5:00 10/?? Mid month Line Judging Clinic 10/?? ” ” Referee Clinic 10/21 Membership Meeting – 4:00, Marinette 10/29-31 Roundup Tournament 11/11 Color Team Tournament – 2:00, Marinette 11/18 Meeting for Men’s League and Women’s League – 1:00, Marinette 11/16 Volunteer Luncheon – 11:00, Marinette Patio Have you volunteered yet? 12/06 Membership Meeting – 1:00, Marinette 12/07 Christmas Party – 4:30, Bell Center There will be more events, and more info will be forthcoming. Dates for the October clinics will be sent as soon as they are confirmed.
Simon, our original Pickleball Training machine, has outlived its usefulness to the Club. It still works, but can be finicky and therefore no longer meets our needs. He will be sold to a Club Member for $100. If there’s no interest, we’ll advertise elsewhere.
This past Friday and Saturday your Club conducted over 20 pickleball skill evaluations and assigned club ratings to the participants. Our thanks to Phil Arinno, Dave Sinclair, and Kenny Long for donating their time and assisting in this process. All newly rated members will find their club ratings posted next to their names on the Pickleball Club roster page of the Club website (e.g. 2.5C). Look for another Club skills evaluation during the Spring.
As the Club approaches its busy season, look to the website for opportunities to improve your game. Round robins and ladders will start up, again. Skills clinics for every level of play will also be available. This coming Thursday, Sept. 12, is the first beginners pickleball class. Knowing the fundamentals of the game is so helpful in improving not just your skill level, but enjoyment of the game too.