Well it was another fine day for Sun City Pickleball Club! All our players came out to win today and win we did! We beat Sun City West 63 games to 45 games and in points it was a blowout – 941 points to 791 points! Congratulations to all the players today. Fun was had by all.
The Wednesday Round Robin had very few participants this past week, perhaps because there was no publicity and no pre-registration. This event goes on at 10:00 and is usually run by Pat Sterba. In Pat’s absence, however, any participant can take the Round Robin sheets and get started.
The Mens League did not have enough participants to get started. For the time being there is a Mens Round Robin taking place on Fridays at noon. Once there are enough players, the League will start up as originally planned.
As of now, we have sold approximately 175 tickets for the Christmas party. It’s still 3 weeks away, but there is a limit to the number of tickets we can sell, so don’t procrastinate on this!
Today is your last opportunity to register for our Volunteer Luncheon, which will take place Saturday at Marinette. Lunch will be served around noon; setup will be completed for 11:00. You need to have volunteered for any Club event to be eligible. Register on our website via Signup Genius.
The following is from Allen Gilson, who, along with Becky Pfeiler and Sue Bryant, is organizing this program this season. Perhaps you have friends or neighbors who aren’t quite ready for regular Pickleball but might enjoy the game when played at a slower pace, with others with various limitations. This might be for them.
“Modified Pickleball is for those with physical limitations, and those wanting a low-intensity/less-competitive game.
This event is for those who want to play for fun, or perhaps you’ve had surgery recently or have some aches and pains and would like to become physically active again. Rules of the game will be modified to compensate for whatever limitations there may be. If you can stand you can play.
Courts № 5&6 are reserved at the Marinette Recreation Center on Tuesdays from 10-11a.m. and Wednesdays from 2-3p.m. Check the calendar for exceptions for holidays and tournaments.”
The Colors Tournament yesterday at Marinette went well, and everyone seemed to have a great time. Thanks to all our Volunteers and especially to Richard and Barbara Heywood for taking this over for us this year, and to Marcia Gregory, who organized the first one several years ago, for her guidance.
Marinette Courts 1-12 will remain closed til noon Saturday. Apparently the extra time is needed because of the weather this week. Please pay attention to the signage regarding this: the fact that there is no barbed wire and armed guards does not mean the courts are available!
Murray and Terry Griffen are back to welcome us to Couples Night/Social Night at Marinette on Fridays from 5 til whenever. While the weather holds, dinner will probably be a picnic on the patio. Bring a lunch and your drink of choice, play a little PB and enjoy some great conversation.
Play resumes November 12th, 2019
Modified Pickleball is for those with physical limitations and those wanting a low-intensity/less-competitive game.
The Sun City Pickleball Club is looking for fans of the game who want to play just for fun, and those with temporary or permanent physical limitations. Players with physical limitations will be given an opportunity to play by modifying the rules to meet their needs.
If you can stand, you can play Modified Pickleball. A Monitor will help the players decide which rules to modify. For example: maybe 2 bounces of the ball are allowed rather than one; or a Server has 2 tries to land the ball in the opposite quadrant.
The Sun City Pickleball Club hopes such an experience will be less intimidating and provide an opportunity to get involved in a wonderful sport and meet a new group of friends.
Courts for Modified Pickleball are reserved at the Marinette Recreation Center in the pickleball pavilion on Tuesdays from 10 – 11:00 a.m. and Wednesdays from 2:00-3:00 p.m. Check the calendar for exceptions for holidays and tournaments. The Marinette Recreation Center is located at 9860 W Union Hills Drive in Sun City.
This activity is open to all current Recreation Centers of Sun City cardholders. If players aren’t members of the Sun City Pickleball Club, they must join the club after three Modified Pickleball sessions. Paddles, if needed, can be checked out at the Marinette front desk. Tennis shoes or court shoes are required on the courts.
It was a great turnout for the 1st reciprocal of the season with Sun City West!
After the women’s and men’s doubles, we were tied with Sun City West, each having 27 games won, but Sun City was ahead 230 points to 223 points.
After the mixed doubles round, Sun City ended up beating Sun City West
with following total scores:
Sun City 58 games, 727 game points
Sun City West 50 games, with 637 game points
Thanks again for participating! Special thanks to Cindy Golden and Bob Thacker for score keeping.
The Pavilion will be COMPLETELY CLOSED this week for the new lighting to be installed. This is not what we were told a few days ago, but is the latest as of 10:00 or so this morning. Courts 1 – 4 will be accessible through the gate at the far end of the patio area. It appears this project will take all week, so the Friday ladder probably will be cancelled.
Our next Club MEMBERSHIP MEETING will be next Monday, October 21st, at 4 at Marinette. There will be a lot of information about the season ahead, voting on a couple of possible Bylaw changes, and Nomination of Officers. Please try to be there!
Our next FUN DAY will be tomorrow, Tuesday, at 5 at Mountain View. Come play a little pickleball and visit with old and new friends. Bring a snack to share if you wish, and your drink of choice. Please, NO GLASS! After one of these events, including last week’s, there are always questions about when we will do this again. In this case, there is this one tomorrow night, but there also is play 5 evenings a week at Marinette and evening play will begin again soon at Mountain View.
There will eventually be RAIN in Sun City, and it will once again lead to questions about court use. Ladders, leagues and Round Robins will run, or not, at each Captain’s discretion. If they run, they will do so on 6 courts or less, with 2 courts left available for all RCSC cardholders to use on a rotating basis. Guests, since they cannot displace a cardholder, should not be brought during the rain as they may very well not be allowed to play at all! Please bear in mind that cancellation of one event does not necessarily mean the whole day will be a washout – cancellation decisions will be made on an event by event basis.
The following Bylaw changes will be voted on at our October 21 Membership Meeting:Elections:
Following “paper ballot will be required”
An absentee ballot may be submitted by mailing the candidates’ names and offices sought on a plain piece of paper to the Club Membership Chair. The outside of the envelope will have the voting member’s name and the last 3 digits of his or her RCSC Member or Privilege card. The Membership Chair will verify the voter’s membership and pass only the ballot to the Club Secretary to be recorded.
Officers – Executive Board:
Following “have voting rights”
A candidate must not reside with or be related by marriage or birth to any other officer or candidate.
A photographer from the Wall Street Journal will be at the courts Thursday around 9. This would be a great day to show up in your brightest PB attire!
Volunteers are needed to help Lis Smoot with our Paddle Play program. This is a tremendous learning opportunity, but it is also a tremendous amount of work. You can help by working with players of a slightly lower skill level – 2.5s can mentor 2.0s, 3.0s can help 2.5s and so on. You will learn while you teach – and fulfill your volunteering responsibility while on the courts! Contact Lis
Lessons for pay are not allowed on our courts except by Independent Contractors approved by the Club Board and RCSC. That is currently only Dee Davison, a teaching professional from Surprise. Violation of this RCSC rule will be dealt with harshly, both for the students and the teacher.
Scotch tape, or generic equivalent, applied over the magnet on your magnetic name tag will greatly reduce the chance of rust and corrosion.
NAME TAGS MUST BE WORN AT ALL TIMES AT ALL CLUB FUNCTIONS – INCLUDING DROP IN. Our Bylaws require this and wearing one makes it much easier for us to identify one another.
Our first FUN DAY of the season will be Wednesday from 5 to 7 at Marinette! Come out and play a little pickleball, visit with some old friends and meet some new ones! Many of our Snowbirds are returning, so this may be your first opportunity to see some folks you haven’t seen for several months! Bring a snack to share and your drink of choice (no glass bottles, please). The Club will provide tableware.
The Marinette lighting project will take place next week. The following from the Clubs Office: “The projected installation dates are 10/14/19 – 10/18/2019. The installation will be on one court at a time with an entire quadrant marked out of use to create a safety zone during installation. Walkways and connected entries to the quadrants being worked on will also be closed off as a safety precaution. Once the order of the quadrant installations are defined, I will give you a further update. As always, we will appreciate the Pickleball player’s cooperation and flexibility during these installations.” The walkway closures may require 4 courts at a time being closed. We have been waiting either several months or 4 years for this to happen, depending on to whom you talk, so losing 4 courts for a week seems a small price to pay. If the work runs into Friday the ladder would need to be cancelled.
Club Membership for those 80 years and older, per a vote at last October’s Membership Meeting, is free. You must still fill out a Membership form each year.
The “Tutor” pickleball teaching machine is now at Marinette for our use. It does, however, require an extension cord to operate, so it is currently functional on a very limited number of courts.
Mountain View updates: No, nothing exciting, but we have purchased a roller/squeegee for those courts and have RCSC approval to purchase 10 foot umbrellas to replace the 8 footers currently in place. The latter will require approval at the Membership Meeting on October 21 at 4PM at Marinette before we can make the purchase. The larger umbrellas will increase the shade in the seating area by over 50 percent.
Our first Reciprocal Play of the season with Sun City West will be October 20 at Marinette. Players are needed at all skill levels. Full information and sign up are available on our Club website. These events are always fun and are a great opportunity for competitive play in a low key atmosphere.
Sign ups are also available on line for the Women’s League and Men’s League. The organizational meeting is scheduled for November 4, and you need to have registered before then.
Sign ups for ladders should be available next week, and those for many of our upcoming lessons and clinics should be available the week following.
Just a reminder: when you purchase a Punch Card to bring guests onto our courts, that punch card is yours and is to remain with you. Your guest is not to have the card to check himself/herself in. If the wrong person happens to be around when a guest tries this, the penalty can be severe.
Enjoy this great PB weather!