The Desert Frogs vs Snowbirds was a great club event. Lots of fun and laughter and just a little competitive juice thrown in. A huge thanks to Marcia Gregory for being the tournament director. Marcia also had some great helpers. Thanks to Winston, Shirley, Ros, Jane and Jeff. The Snowbirds “won” the event, but getting our club together was the important thing.
Thanks to Deb Lantzy and her helpers for setting up and organizing the food for the Farewell Dinner. Again, a fun time was had by one and all.
Thanks to Evelyn Larson for organizing a round robin at the Mountain View to accommodate our club members who were not able to get signed up for the Frogs vs Snowbirds.
Ilja Gregor would like to thank all who donated paddles to his son’s PE class. Ilja was able to send off 30 paddles to his son due to your generosity
I got an interesting email from an Ernesto Velazquez a founder and tournament director of a pickleball club and tournament in Spain. He is having two PB tournaments in Spain, One in June and one July. He is to be sending me more information about promotional packs to go to Spain for these events. If you want to go to Spain to play some PB let me know and I’ll pass on info as I get it.
With the warmer weather approaching, please if you are the last players on the courts at the Marinette or Mt. View pick up the balls and put them into a cooler. Thanks.
Membership meeting on Tuesday, March 15th, at 5 pm at Mt. View auditorium.
All for now, I’m sure someone will remind me tomorrow of something I left out of the email.
A BIG “Thank You” to our volunteers for the recent Sun City Spring Slam – it couldn’t happen without all of you! A special thanks to the chairpersons for the largest committees: Mo and Steve McClean, Karen Madison, Deb Lantzy, Donna Holick and Charlotte Peters. President Dan Haberman sweated a bit before receiving our Pickleball allotment but his finger-crossing worked, and we got the balls one day before the tournament started. Jeff Skaggs suffered an injury, also the day prior to play, but his bad luck to not be able to play was good luck for us as he and Lynda were there every day doing much of the work they’ve done previously when serving as Tournament Directors. Lynda was instrumental in re-working our club logo to fit on the medals, which were very well received by the players. Donna Holick was equally called upon often for advice and direction. Treasurer Patty Evans was there every day to pay the referees and other incidental bills. The award for being the greatest helper for set-up and take-down goes to Frank Concotelli – this year, and every year as he is always there to help the process.
So another very successful tournament is in the books for the Sun City Pickleball Club. Mark your calendars, loosely, for a date in October for the Roundup, and prepare to volunteer once more as tournaments cannot happen without your help!
The Spring Slam begins this Friday the 4th, Good luck to all Sun City players who will be participating in the tournament. Parking: During the tournament Sun City Pickleball Club players and volunteers are asked to park on the street just to the north of the Marinette and courts 1-4. Please be courteous to the people living in the houses on that block and avoid things such as parking in front of driveways. Still in need of some first aid volunteers.
Thanks to Tom Jeffers for conducting a line judge clinic on Tuesday. A total of 21 club members participated in the clinic. Also, a thank you to Kevin Pates, Steve McClean for helping Tom with the clinic and Elaine Guest, a certified referee who spoke to the clinic participants from a referee perspective to line judging.
Snowbirds. Remember you are to bring a side dish to share at the Farewell Dinner on March 12th. Dinner is from 6-8 at Bell Center.
Lastly, some of our members have had various forms of media hacked recently. Especially with emails, if you receive an email from one of our club members asking you to send them gift cards and/or cash, it’s probably a SCAM. Not only don’t fall for it, don’t even open such emails because that causes problems also.
The Spring Slam is quickly approaching. The Slam begins on this Friday the 4th and runs through Sunday the 6th. All Marinette courts will be used for this tournament. The Mt. View courts will be the only available courts for open play on the tournament days. The tournament is still in need of a few volunteers! There are openings to help out at the food table, door monitor and first aid. You can sign-up to volunteer on our web page. If available on any of the tournament days, just show up and ask if there is some way you can help out.
Shirts and hats with club logo are still available to purchase on the club web page.
Desert Frogs vs Snowbirds tournament is on March 12th. Farewell dinner to follow at Bell Center. All slots for tournament are full, but still spaces available for dinner.
WOW! I think the Desert Frogs vs Snowbird tournament set a record for the quickest sign-up for a club event ever? Still spots open for the Farewell Dinner.
Knowing that not everyone who wanted to play in the Frogs vs Snowbird tournament was able to get in, here is another option for you on March 12th. Evelyn Larson has offered to run a Round Robin at the Mt. View courts on March 12th starting at 3 pm. No sign-up needed just show up before 3 pm at the Mt. View courts.
Got an unused paddle laying around? Ilja Gregor has a son who going to be teaching Pickleball in his physical education class. His budget does not have sufficient funds to purchase enough paddles for the class. If you have an extra paddle you can spare bring it to the courts and give it to Ilja or myself.
Hearing rumors we are in for a weather change on Wednesday.
What a wonderful time was had this past Friday at our annual Club Tournament. Lots of good play, laughter, camaraderie and pizza eating. A big thanks to Richard and Barbra Heywood for being tournament directors. Also, thanks to those who helped the Heywood’s, Deb Lantzy and crew for setting up for the pizza lunch and all of you who participated in the tournament
Next up? Our annual Desert Frogs vs Snowbirds tournament and the Farewell Dinner that follows. The tournament play is going to take place at the Marinette on Saturday March 12th. Play begins at 2:30 pm and the dinner that follows will be held at the Bell Center starting at 6 pm. The club will be providing Cane’s chicken, dinner rolls and desert. Cups and ice will be available, bring your own drinks. The Snowbirds are being asked to bring a side dish to share. All the information and sign-ups can be found on our Sun City Pickleball web page. Thanks to Bill Booth for putting the information on the web page and setting up the sign-ups for tournament and dinner. Please sign-up soon!
There is still time to purchase club shirts and hats. The information for the purchase of these items can also be found on our club web page.
Desert Frogs vs Snow Birds—Saturday, March 12th, 2:30-5:00 pm, Dinner will follow at the Bell Center 6:00-8:00 pm.
This is our club Super Bowl event for the New Year. We will be playing for your group’s name on the perpetual plaque and bragging rights.
Dinner after the event.
The club will provide Cane’s fried chicken, dinner rolls and desert. Snowbirds are to bring side dishes.
Bring your own drinks. The club will provide cups and ice.
The plaque will be awarded and pictures taken.
The format: A bracket – Advanced – will be 4.0 rating and above. B bracket – Intermediate – will be 3.0 rating to 3.5 rating. C bracket – Beginner – will be 2.5 rating and below. Some players may be moved to a different skill level to fill a bracket.
Rounds will be limited to 13 minutes. Winner is team with highest score. Ties will be permitted.
It is first come in each bracket. If you are late, you will be on the wait list. Total number of players is 72 (36 Desert Frogs and 36 Snowbirds).
The Tournament Committee for the Sun City Spring Slam has been made aware of the fact that the Fire Department is suffering staffing shortages because of Covid, and they might not be able to staff our First Aid tent as they have done in the past.
If anyone qualifies: doctors, nurses, EMTs, physical therapists, or athletic trainers who could possibly fill these spots, please go to the Volunteer for Spring Slam section underneath Sign Up Links on our Sun City Pickleball Club website! Or, let Diana Graham, Donna Holick, or Alice Ritzman know how to contact you. Thank you. Sign up here…
Was kind of a cool, windy day here if Sun City today. For those who played I’m sure the wind made play interesting.
We have SO much enthusiasm from our players to improve and get better at their game! We were offering novice and intermediate lessons on Mondays, but these lessons alternated Mondays. That meant novice was offered twice a month and intermediate was offered twice a month. These lessons had 16 sign up participants each week, a waiting list and numerous complaints from club members who could not get into these lessons. Here’s what’s new. The novice class will now meet every Monday at 1 pm at the Marinette. We will now be offering intermediate lessons every Friday at 2 pm at the Marinette. Novice lessons are for those early-stage beginners who would be considered having a below 2.0 rating. Intermediate lessons are for those players who are 2.5 to 3.0 rated. You can sign up for these lessons on our website.
The rating clinics on 1/29 and 2/5 have all slots filled now. Yea!
Club tournament on 2/18 is filling up quickly’
The Sun City Pickleball board has made the decision to turn the Lobster Machine at the Marinette into a “training tool” Wiil only be available to our instructors. I understand this might not be a popular decision with everyone, but it was the best solution we could arrive at. With the Lobster being made available to any RCSC card holder it was constantly in need of repair which limited it’s use and was costing the club time and money to repair.
Hopefully wind will die down soon, Have fun on the courts, Dan H.