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.
Also, we invite all Friday Ladder players who have not yet signed up, to join us for the skills evaluation for your club rating following Ladder play. This is the perfect time as players will be warmed up and on their game!
For our members who have been playing for a few months, or come from a racquet sports background, this event is for you. Our own Phil Arinno, a seasoned pickleball instructor and 4.5 level player, will lead the skills evaluations. Plan on some actual play while Phil and his assistants observe your skills, including serves, returns, dinking, and general play.
At the end of the evaluations, members will be assigned a club rating from 2.0 to 4.0. This rating then can be used for not only tournament play (our Club tournament is September 20-21), but playing with other club members at the same skill level. This rating is also helpful when deciding which advanced clinics to sign up for during our upcoming season.
If it has been a while since your last rating, this is the time to get a fresh evaluation and move up a level!
Mark your calendar for the following dates at the Marinette Pickleball Pavilion:
Friday, September 6, 8:00 am to 10:00 am Saturday, September 7, 8:00 am to 10:00 am