Hello Pickleballers. It’s been awhile since I’ve contacted the group. I have been back in Illinois and extremely busy this summer. Not much time for Pickleball in Illinois so I definitely miss my Arizona friends and Pickleball at our facility in Sun City. I’ve heard that we continue to have several members playing even with the extreme heat in Arizona.
I need to thank Dave Breault, our current Vice-President, for keeping things running smoothly and keeping in touch with our other officers and members that play at Marinette and MountainView during the summer. A big concern right now is selecting a new ball to use at the next tourney and for the daily use by our members. Thanks to all of you that have provided your input to Dave and Barry Woods, the Shootout Director.
Fall Shootout .. The Shootout is scheduled for October 31 – November 2, 2017. It’s that time where the club needs to provide chairpersons for several committees to make this tournament run well. After we have 5 or 6 committees established, then we’ll need about 100 volunteers to fill 2 hr time slots for each committee. The committees are listed below. Think about each and please step up and take on a task for our club. Our officers and the tourney director will help answer any questions. Continue reading →
The weather in Sun City has remained in the 90’s. It is important in the heat to make sure we remove all of the pickleballs from the outside courts at Marinette and MountainView after play. At MountainView, they have a cooler to hold the pickleballs and protect them from the heat. At Marinette, please put the pickleballs into the white bucket and take the bucket back into the Pavilion. The Onix 2 pickleballs don’t seem to break but they do get soft and then aren’t much fun to play with on the courts. So please help the club avoid spending extra money to purchase more before it really should be necessary. A box of Onix Pure 2 pickleballs will cost us almost $200. Thanks for your consideration in this matter.
Our club has been asked if our 3.0 men would be interested in a weekly reciprocal pickleball event. Sun City Grand as well as Sun City West are also starting a 3.5 men’s and a 4.0 men’s weekly event. I am going to submit the forms to RCSC to start these activities. Our club will need players at each level to handle the sign-in of other clubs when Marinette hosts the reciprocal event for each specific level. So the club will need volunteers from each level to meet the players at the reception desk and check the visitors into our facility prior to play. If you’re interested in coordinating this effort for your specific men’s level (3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5), please let Marcia Gregory or Dave Breault know as soon as possible. These events will start around October 1, 2017.
See you at the courts,
Dink Tourney: On behalf of our Pickleball club, here’s a BIG THANK YOU to the dink tourney committee: Julie Kimball, Lynn Mysel, Michelle Orton, and Pat Sterba. These ladies organized the brackets for both flights and planned the food for our 2nd annual event. It proved to be a wonderful day … long, but a great time had by all. Special thanks to Ann Clark for the cutest awards ever … so very creative!! Flight 1 winners were: Mark Larson – Alan Kramer, Gold; Barb and Jim Blaser, Silver; Paula Beaty – Dave Breault, Bronze. Flight 2 winners were: Joe Gilfillan – Mike Kapp, Gold; Jane Powell – Kim Trew, Silver; Penny and Jim Janecky, Bronze. Allen Gilson and Ed Everson took several pictures of this event and the album with flight winners and action shots will be posted on our website in the next few weeks. Continue reading →
Reminder: We have a general membership meeting at Marinette on Tuesday, March 21 at 4pm.
Slam Success, Dink Tourney, General Meeting
Spring Slam: The Spring Slam held March 10-12th at our Marinette Center went pretty well. Thank you to our tournament director, Glenn Jones, for a job well done and thank you to all of our club volunteers. Many planning hours go into making a tournament successful; this can’t be accomplished without a dedicated director and club volunteers who step up to work our tournaments. If anyone has comments to help our club improve the tournament process, please do not hesitate to send any board member your comments.
Club members who medaled at the Spring Slam are:
4.0 50-59 Scott Sutherland, Gold
4.5 70+ Richard Juarez, Gold
4.0 70+ Dave Sinclair – Ed Millett, Gold
4.5 60+ Malcolm Derr, Bronze
3.0 60-69 Debbie Still – Larry McWain, Silver and Evy Widhalm, Bronze
3.5 50-59 Karen McAdam – Frank Groce, Silver
3.5 60-69 Jerry Raisanen, Bronze
3.0 70+ Michelle Orton – Dale Kremer, Gold
3.5 70+ Simonne and Richard McGowan, Gold
4.5 60-69 Sylvia Csabon, Gold
3.0 60+ Barb Heywood – Jane Powell, Silver
3.5 50-59 Karen McAdam – Marcia Gregory, Silver
4.5 60+ Ann Peterson – Sylvia Csabon, Gold
Hopefully next year we’ll have more of our 2.5 and 3.0 players register to play in our Spring Slam.
Dink Tourney: The Dink tourney is scheduled for Tuesday, March 28th starting at 8:00 a.m. Grab your favorite dink partner and get signed up on our web page. The fee is $5 per team and you must sign up with a partner. This event is open for all ratings … players will be divided into different brackets … for 2.0 to3.0 and 3.5 and up. Please pay your fee to a board member or drop a check in the mailbox at Marinette. Remember, this is a dink only event. No slams. All balls must be in the kitchen, starting with the serve and continuing until a player hits it out of the kitchen, out-of-bounds, or into the net. Seems simple right. Well, come and try this basic skill challenge. This will be a double-elimination event. If you have any questions, just ask a board member or send us an email. Flyers have been posted at each facility.
General Meeting: Our next general meeting will be on Tuesday, March 21 starting at 4:00 p,m. at the Marinette Auditorium.
Court Wash: Next court wash is Sunday, April 2 at Marinette.
Slam Tourney Help Needed:
We need several additional volunteers at the tournament on Saturday and Sunday. Please come and help if you’re available over the weekend.
… Specifically, we need line judges for the Gold Medal matches. On Saturday, these matches should start around 1pm… then again at 3pm and the last ones should occur around 5pm. On Sunday, we’ll need line judges for the women’s matches at about 12:30pm, plus between 1-3pm and then again 3-6pm.
… Food table is in desperate need of someone for setup around 7am. We need coffee and Gatorade made plus oranges and bananas cut up. So if any our lady pickleballers are available, please come and help us get ready early both Saturday and Sunday morning.
… We also need someone to post scores … can do 2 hr shifts. Score posting is a pretty easy job but you must understand brackets and how the winner and loser brackets are handled. Sheets are printed for each match and then we just have to post winners and the scores and then post where the loser goes in the “opportunity” bracket. So please come and help if you’re comfortable posting scores.
Reminder for Checking into Marinette in the next few weeks: Spring break is starting so many residents will have extra visitors during the next few weeks. So please be patient when waiting for the Marinette monitors to check in visitors. Please stay in line and wait your turn. The monitors can only check in one person at a time and the Pickleball Club players do NOT get to cut in line.
T-Shirts: Club t-shirts can be picked up at the club table during the tournament. We still have several that were ordered that need to be paid for or we’ll sell these to other members don’t make arrangements to get them. We also have a few extra shirts to sell. They are $13.50 and $14.50/each depending on the size.
See you at the tourney …
Slam Food Vendor, Dink Tourney, misc.
Spring Slam: The Spring Slam is coming soon … March 10-12th. There will be a food vendor on site during the tournament. He will provide hotdogs, chicken and turkey sandwiches, blueberry muffins, cheese danish, hot chocolate, coffee, water, and soda. We also have several paddle and shirt vendors along with a variety of other things available to purchase. Please support our vendors. Our club has several players entered so come out and cheer them on and watch some good matches at all levels. Thank you to everyone that has volunteered. Please make sure you are at your assignment on Friday thru Sunday to help make this annual tournament another success for our club and Sun City. Continue reading →
CLUB TOURNEY TOMORROW … DINK TOURNEY SIGN-UP IS READY
Just a reminder: The ANNUAL CLUB TOURNEY is tomorrow, Wednesday, March 1st. Please be at the courts early … play will start at 8:00 a.m. and you need to check in prior to play. We will have pizza for all players after the event. Bring your own drinks and any other snacks.
The Dink tourney is scheduled for Tuesday, March 28th starting at 8:00 a.m. Grab your favorite dink partner and get signed up on our web page. The fee is $5 per team and you must sign up with a partner. This event is open for all ratings … ratings will be divided into different brackets … for 2.0 / 2.5 / 3.0 / and 3.5 and up. Please pay your fee to a board member or drop a check in the mailbox at Marinette.
Reminder: For anyone that has not yet picked up the T-shirts they ordered, Daryl Wimer will be at MountainView on Friday morning from 9-10 a.m. and Marcia Gregory will be at Marinette on Monday morning from 8-10 a.m. There are some extra shirts available … mostly women’s and men’s small and medium, and some XXL. The shirts are $13.50 each for S-XL and $14.50 each for XXL.
If anyone can’t make it to the courts, please contact Marcia to make other arrangements.
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.