WOW! What a great SSIPA tournament! Everyone seemed to have a great time – in fact, many visitors took the time to tell us that – the weather was perfect and many of our Club Members participated and won medals. Please go to Picklebaltournaments.com to see results. Go to the Tournament dropdown, then Tournaments this Week.
Our tournament didn’t run as smoothly as it did by accident. Thank yous and Congratulations are in order to Donna Holick and the entire crew of volunteers who made it all happen! Thank You all!
The Marinette Court Wash is scheduled for this Sunday, and the Mountain View one, which was scheduled last Thursday, will take place Thursday, Feb 7.
The Rodeo Skills/Drills fun event will take place Friday, February 8. Sign up is available on line, and will close Feb 6.
There will be a Fun Day at Mountain View from 4 – 7 February 11. No sign up is required. Just show up with your paddle and a smile – and perhaps a snack to share and a beverage of your choosing.
The Club Tournament will take place on February 22. Registration and payment thru PayPal is now open on the Club website.
Our SSIPA at Marinette Tournament begins tomorrow and will run through Thursday. Play will begin at 8 each morning and run well into the evenings. Come out and watch some great play and cheer for our Club Members who are participating!
Those playing in SSIPA, re-check your start times! Some of them have changed over the last few days!
The Snowbirds vs Desert Frogs tournament Saturday was a great success! The Frogs won by a slim margin (62-58) and will have bragging rights for the next year. Big thanks to Phil and Carol Arinno and their group of volunteers for putting this on for us!
Next social events are the Rodeo Skills/Drills event on Feb 8 and a Fun Day at Mountain View Feb 11. Sign up is available on the website for the Rodeo.
The Mountain View courts will be available for open play all week. The court wash scheduled for Thursday has been rescheduled for next Thursday, Feb 7.
Limited Mobility Pickleball continues in the Marinette Pavilion Fridays at 10. If you, or someone you know, can’t move at full speed anymore, you need to check this out. Perhaps you’ve had surgery recently or have some aches and pains and hope to get back to regular PB soon. This will work for you. Or perhaps you just can’t move as well as you’d like for whatever reason. This will be a great fit. Rules are adjusted to compensate for whatever limitations there may be, and people with similar limitations are grouped together. Must be a RCSC card holder to participate, and your friends will be asked to join the Club after 3 visits to try out LMP.
Rodeo Skills/Drills information and sign up is now available on the Club website. This is a fun social event where you will participate in 5 or 6 drill stations to test your skills in each. At day’s end you’ll have a much better idea of what your strong points are and where improvement is most needed.
Name badges must be worn at all times at Club functions and while playing. It’s getting better, but we still see many people not wearing theirs. Beginning February 1 we will be checking at all lessons, clinics, round robins , ladders, etc to make sure all participants are members. The easiest way to do this is check for name tags with a 2019.sticker. Please be wearing yours!
Tom Jeffers will be running a clinic for line judges Monday, Jan 26, @ 3 at Marinette. If you will be line judging at our SSIPA tournament next week, or plan to do so sometime in the future, this is for you. No sign up necessary.
Jane Powell and Partner won a Silver medal at 3.5/60+ at Happy Trails last week. Congratulations Jane! If we missed anyone else, please let us know. For future tournaments we will be referring you to Pickleball Tournaments.com to check the results.
Join us tonight for Couples Nite/Social Nite at Marinette around 5 PM.
Not only was it a perfect day to play pickleball, but it was a perfect day to win! Sun City Pickleball Club beat Sun City West 64 to 44 games, or breaking it down further, we beat them 956 to 834 points!! Thanks to all who participated and special thanks to Terri Smiley & Lynda Skaggs for helping with score keeping. Next competition will be at Marinette on February 24th.
As some have now discovered, the keys to the storage closet and Lobster Machine are NOT at the desk. The issue is still being discussed and we hope for a solution shortly. This past Saturday a Club member returned the keys to the drawer and convinced the FA on duty that was a good thing to do. After confirming that info with the FA, I wrote an erroneous report without waiting for confirmation from higher up. My apologies for the confusion.
Since some of these dates have changed a couple of times, they will be listed here again.
Frogs/Birds Tournament: Saturday, January 26 @ 2 @ Marinette. There are still 4 slots open for the Desert Frogs. Sign up on line.
Rodeo/Skills Drills: Friday, February 8 @ 10 @ Marinette. There will be a nice lunch after play. More info and sign up coming soon on line.
Club Tournament: Friday, February 22 @ 9 @ Marinette. Again, there will be a nice lunch after play. More info and sign up coming soon on line.
Access to our storage areas, including the Lobster training machine, has been restored to the way it has been for the past several years. You will stop at the desk and politely ask the Facilities Attendant for the key to the PB room. The attendant will give you the key in exchange for your keys or RCSC card. “May I”, “Please” and “Thank you” should be considered mandatory in this exchange! After you’ve done whatever you need to do in the room, return the key to the desk and get your items back.
The Southwest Regionals continue through tomorrow at the SPA courts. The SSIPA section concluded Thursday, but some of our younger members are still competing. Medal winners yesterday were:Cheryl Alsagoff/Patti Sutherland-Bronze-4.0/55-59 and Sue Bryant/Penny Janecky-Bronze-3.0/55-59. Congratulations! Again, please let us know if we have not recognized a medalist. [Update: 1/16/19 Bob Keesecker and Glenn Jones won bronze medals in the 3.0, 50-59 age bracket.]
The Sun City Pickleball Club is looking for fans of the game who want to participate despite physical limitations. The game will be modified to address the individual abilities to allow players to take part and enjoy this fun court-and-paddle sport.
This modified version of pickleball may be just the thing to get you involved in a new activity and meet a new group of friends and athletes.
If you can stand, you can play Limited Mobility Pickleball. The coordinator will help players determine which rule modifications to address. For example: maybe 2 bounces of the ball are allowed rather than one; or a serve is allowed to land anywhere on the opposite side rather than a specific quadrant; or a scorekeeper is on the court to monitor the score.
The Sun City Pickleball Club hopes such an experience will be less intimidating and provide an opportunity to get involved in a wonderful sport.
Courts for Limited Mobility Pickleball are reserved at the Marinette Recreation Center in the pickleball pavilion on Fridays from 10 – 11:30 a.m. 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 Limited Mobility Pickleball sessions. Tennis shoes or court shoes are required on the courts.
The following from Lis Smoot regarding Paddle Play and Clinics:
Paddle Play will begin again on Monday, January 14, from 10-11:30. You don’t need to sign up for this, just attend. Monday is for Beginners and 2.0 players, Tuesday is for 2.5 Players, Wednesday is for 3.0 Players, and Thursday is for 3.5 – 4.5 Players. Mentors are badly needed to help with each day. Please volunteer to help for a day that is below your Rating. If you are able to volunteer, PLEASE email Lis Smoot. Skill Clinics are beginning again with Lesson 1, Serve and Return, on Tuesday, 1/8 at 3pm and Thursday, 1/10 at 6 pm. Sign ups online are required.
Lis has also agreed to run our Rodeo Skills/Drills coming up Feb 8. This is a week after the SSIPA Tournament concludes, and we will need 12 to 15 volunteers to make this event run smoothly. Please consider stepping up to help make this fun filled event a success. Sign up and more details coming soon on our Website.
Our Club was well represented this week at the SouthWest Regional games in Surprise. This was the largest regional tournament in the USA this year, with 850 participants. The following from SCPC won medals: Lynda Skaggs/Cindy Golden-Gold-3.0/60-64; Ann Clark/Michelle Orton-Gold-3.0/70-74;Terri Smilie/Margie Cole-Silver-3.0/70-74; Lis Smoot/Nancy Sonnenburg-Bronze-4.5/65-69; Larry Streuby/Kim Trew-Silver – 3.5/65-69; Dave Sinclair/Ed Millett-Silver-4.0/70-74;Lis Smoot/Singles-Gold-4.5/65-69; Lis Smoot/Singles -Bronze-4.5 Overall 64-69 &70-74; Malcom Derr/Partner-Bronze-5.0/70-74; Michele Orton/Doug White-Gold -3.0/70-74; Terri Smilie/Al Bisogne-Silver-3.0/70-74; Ann Clark/Coolhand Luke-Bronze-3.0/70-74; Michelle/Doug-Silver-Overall 3.0/70-74, 75-79 & 80+ and Terry/Al-Bronze-Overall 3.0/70-74, 75-79 &80+. If you know someone who medaled and is not listed please let us know via Club email. [Update: Penny Janecky & Sue Bryant won bronze in 55-59 3.0 division.] [Update: 1/16/19 Bob Keesecker and Glenn Jones won bronze medals in the 3.0, 50-59 age bracket.]
Next weeks local tournament is at Happy Trails Resort and a few of us are headed to Bullhead City for their Senior Games.
TODAY @ 4 at Marinette there is another FUN DAY! Bring your paddle, a snack to share and a beverage of your choice. Meet some new friends and find some of your long-time pals again! Come on out, relax, and have a great time!
Saturday, January 26, from 2 – 7 at Marinette is our Desert Frogs and Snowbirds Tournament and Dinner! This is a team play tournament, and you will be matched with players of as near equal ability as possible. A trophy presentation is planned to the winning team, and the Bragging rights will be one group’s prize to enjoy for the year. The Club will be helping supply a really nice dinner. Registration is now available on the Club web page. Payment will be through PayPal if at all possible. See this page for more information, a link to the signup, and payment information.
Thanks to all who came out and enjoyed the play and socializing at our New Years Day Social! Everyone seemed to have a great time and we all saw a lot of new faces. We have a few additions and corrections to our January schedule of events.
January 7 – Monday – FUN DAY at Marinette – 4-7. Bring a snack to share, and hope for warmer weather. Hope to see some of our Mountain View players so we can all get to know each other a little better.
January 15 – Tuesday – FUN DAY at Mountain View – 4-7 – Same as above, except we hope to see some Marinette players travel to Mountain View!
January 16 – Wednesday – DISCOVERY DAYS at Sundial – 9-11 and 6-8. The Club will have a table indoors and a net set up in the patio area. Come visit and encourage some of the “lookers” to join our Club!
January 20 – Sunday – Sun City West RECIPROCAL PLAY at Sun City West – 1PM. Players still needed at 4.0 and above level.
January 21 – Monday – MEMBERSHIP MEETING at Marinette Auditorium – 4PM – Board Meeting prior. Come and hear about events for the rest of 2019.
January 26 – Saturday – DESERT FROGS vs SNOWBIRDS TOURNAMENT and DINNER at Marinette – 2-7 Dinner will be in the Auditorium. NOTE CHANGE OF DATE. $5 entry fee, 3 levels of play, players matched at their level. More details to follow. Pay Pal will be available for sign up thru the Website. Thanks to Phil Arinno for arranging this. Phil will be our Tournament Director for in-house tournaments for the coming year.
January 29-31 – Tuesday – Thursday – SSIPA Tournament at MARINETTE – 8-? – Volunteers still needed. Sign up online on the Club website.