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.
Good Morning! We still need line judges for our “Roundup at Sun City” tournament October 29, 30 and 31st. You need not volunteer for all 3 days, or even all of one day, but we do need your help for a few hours! There will be a Line Judge/Referee Clinic about a week prior – exact time and date TBD. This is a great opportunity to see some great Pickleball up close. Sign up today! Thanks, Dave
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
There is not much going on tournament wise in the west valley during the summer. However, Prescott does host summer tournaments, and this weekend was no exception. The Prescott Lakes Senior Pickleball Tournament just concluded and our Sun City Club players brought home some medals.
In the 60+ 3.5 bracket, Cindy Golden and Lynda Skaggs came home with bronze medals. Also, in the 50+ 3.5 bracket, our own Donna Holick brought home a gold medal in the women’s doubles games, plus a bronze medal in the mixed doubles bracket. You may know Donna as the tournament coordinator for the three tournament events our club hosts each season.
Congratulations to all our club players!
Update:Club member Ilja Gregor teamed with Barry Weiner for a silver medal Aug. 4 in the men's 70-74, 3.5 division of the USA Pickleball Association Middle States Regional in Lakeville, Minn. There were 511 entrants in the tournament.
For those ladies who have, or are considering competitive play at the 3.5 level, this upcoming 2019-2020 league is for you!
This league is an opportunity to experience pickleball play at not only our Sun City courts, but also Sun City West, Pueblo El Mirage, and Sun City Festival. One of our very active club players, Judy Nichols, has offered to both host the games at our club and serve as club team captain for games scheduled at the other communities. This league will require all players to be USAPA members and have a 3.5 rating by game time this fall. Games will be scheduled at 2:00 PM on Wednesdays.
Please contact Judy for questions and provide her with the following information: Player’s Name, Age, Telephone number, Email address, and current UTPR rating.
Judy will prepare an email blast for all interested players with upcoming news and game schedules.
Good news! Our Lobster was released from the veterinary hospital and is healthy, again. It does need to be exercised, so sign it out and put it through some challenging drills (club tournament is only 36 days away!) Our thanks to club member Steve McClean for helping to diagnose its ailments.
Your Board of Directors is putting a preventative maintenance schedule in place. Should the Lobster show signs of injury or illness, please return the Lobster to its home (the closet) and notify a board member at your earliest opportunity.
For our Mountain View players, a second Lobster is in the works and should be available for use this fall.
Since our Club acquired the “Lobster” pickleball machine, we have seen almost daily use by our members for drills and training. With that high utilization comes a certain amount of normal wear on the moving parts. Our thanks to Michele Kiesling for bringing this issue to the Board’s attention and contacting the manufacturer to help determine necessary repairs.
Based on the manufacturer’s information, we have removed the Lobster from service and are sending it to the manufacturer for inspection and repair as needed. We expect to receive some warranty credit for certain parts. Our plan is to have the Lobster repaired and returned to the Club later this month. When the Lobster is back in service at Marinette, we will send out a notification to all members.
Thank you for your patience and see you on the courts!