Due to popular demand, Lis Smoot, Club Lead Instructor, has agreed to add another combined Beginner/Advanced Beginner class (up to 18 people allowed to sign up) on Thursday at 6:00-7:30pm. This was made possible because of the generous donation of time from volunteer instructors. Thank you, Lis and all volunteer instructors! Here is the link to sign up for the Thursday evening clinic:
Clinics – Restart
Good News…we are rolling out a new program to help us play better with less injury. Clinic signups available now on our website.
I’m pleased to announce that Lis Smoot, longtime educator and coach in physical fitness, has graciously accepted to be “Lead Instructor” for clinics. Along with Lis, Bud Langford, also a coach of various sports, will be the back up to Lis.
Lis is taking a different approach to lessons for our club, whereby each week will focus on different techniques and skill development for both the beginner and advanced beginner classes.
Supporting this weekly “scheduled lesson plan” program will be a cadre of volunteer instructors of which you may have seen before and some new ones.
I take this opportunity to remind all of us of how fortunate we are to have such great facilities and talented players/instructors giving “generously” of their time to help us further enjoy pickleball. They Rock! Continue reading →
As noted in an earlier email your club is in the process of updating our lessons and clinics.
How to go forward with instruction? Your board considers the training/clinics/lessons aspect of our club a critical component of having a club. So, much so we want to develop a longer-term curriculum that supersedes any of us on the board or current instructors. To do so requires a fresh approach to lessons.
One clear need is to have “many available” instructors so as to cover high season as well as low season. Enough instructors are needed to prevent teacher burnout, allow for injury, tournament play, etc. Anyone willing to volunteer some of their time to help others learn and better enjoy the fast-growing game of Pickleball should go to the sign-up section (upper right side) of our website https://suncitypickleballclub.org/ beginning Sunday, Jan 14th and add their name. Sign up here…
We are planning instructor meetings this week regarding instruction and if your name is on this list, you likely will be contacted to join a meeting.
More details should be available later in the week, as we begin building a new lesson program for our members.
Regrettably, the Monday and Wednesday beginner and advanced beginner clinics in the coming week (January 15th) have been cancelled. We plan to resume these clinics in the next week (Jan. 22nd).
No change to the introductory lessons, thanks to Bill and Jan Booth.
Many of us have benefited (more than the instructors may realize) from the time and patience of the Monday/Wednesday instructors, however it is time for Peter and Jeff to enjoy a well-deserved break after running these clinics for 2 years. A huge thank you to Jeff Ditzik, Peter Miceli, and Lis Smoot (and at time others) for their time and training at these clinics.
Please watch for sign-up options on our website for our new lessons. Thanks for your understanding during this time of change. Enjoy your time on the courts.
An evening introduction to pickleball lesson has been scheduled for 6:00 PM Wednesday, January 10 for prospective players that are unable to attend during the morning. Sign up here.
5 Fridays at 3 pm. First class begins January 19, 2018
New instruction format:
If you sign up you are committing to attend all 5 weeks for 90 minutes. This class is primarily for beginner to advanced beginners but anyone may sign up. All skills and doubles play will be covered, along with lead-up games and appropriate skill focused drills.
Sign up here…
Skill-level clinics for beginner, advanced beginner, and intermediate skill levels will begin again starting Monday, October 23. See the clinics page for details and signup links. Players can sign up 14 days in advance.
Free introductory lessons to pickleball are offered on most Tuesdays at 10:00am beginning September 19th, 2017. Click here for a description of the lessons. Registration is available on Signup Genius up to 21 days in advance of each session.
We would like to thank the Sun City Pickleball Club members who coordinated & taught the introductory, beginner, advanced beginner & intermediate clinics the past few months. We are very fortunate to have such high quality players to generously give their time to further the game of pickleball in Sun City.
The following players time, patience & generosity is greatly appreciated:
Also thanks to Dave Sinclair & Ed Millett who had previously arranged with RCSC to have the courts reserved for the clinic time.
If you are interested in coordinating or teaching one of the clinics beginning again in the fall, please contact Marcia Gregory.
Submitted by Bev Berger and Peter Miceli
Sun City West Match Play: Phil Arinno still needs a few players for the next match against Sun City West. The date is Sunday, March 5th, with play starting at 1:00 p.m.at Sun City West Pickleball courts. This event is open to 2.5 to 5.0 players, both men and women. Please contact Phil if you are interested in participating.
MountainView Lessons: Bob and Judy McLin have offered to teach beginners at our Mountain View Pickleball courts on Tuesday evenings at 7pm. If anyone is interested, they can sign up here.
Rating Clinic: The next Pickleball Club rating clinic is scheduled at the Marinette Center courts on Thursday, February 23 at 11:30 a.m. Rating clinics will take less than one hour. Check for additional dates and sign up for this rating clinic.
Club Hours: Mountain View club hours are Monday-Wednesday-Friday from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. We also have the ladies team play on Wednesday’s from noon – 2:00 p.m. Marinette club hours are more detailed so they are posted on the Marinette bulletin board.
Volunteers Needed for Spring Slam, March 10-12
Several volunteers are needed again for various assignments at Marinette during the tournament. Signup posters are at Marinette. We need everyone to sign up for a 2 hr slot and more if you can. This event is a fund raiser for our club. You can also email Marcia if you can’t get to Marinette and she will add your name on the poster.
Enjoy this great weather and get to the courts.