Monday, December 21, 2009

Happy Holidays!



Saturday, December 19, 2009

General Meeting Highlights 12/2/09 continued

Cancer Awareness:
Diane Gaines talked about the upcoming Cancer Awareness Feb 5-6. We will not be able to put on an event because of the conflict with our in house tournament. Our club will make a donation of approximately $1,000. The money will come from our tournaments and also our club will be receiving $1,000 for picking up tables and chairs on Monday night, after Bingo, starting January 25, 2010. Volunteers are needed.

Irene Fraties is the editor of the monthly newsletter and a Board Member. Irene told the group that the USAPA will be giving our club $100 as a thank you for volunteering at the nationals. Tom Gearhart is on the rules committee, a new issued being discussed is rally scoring for tournaments. On the right under Menu is a link that will take you directly to the USAPA web site, here you will find up to date information “ on the fastest growing sport in America”

Blog Spot:
Donna Christiansen spoke about checking out this blog site, since you are reading this, it must have worked! Don't forget to check the calendar and photo album on right.

Fun Day for A-C Women Players:
Joyce Staffen will run this event again this year whereby A and C players will team up to play against B players, this is a great day of competition and fellowship.

Seminars with Alan Christiansen:
AJ spoke about these seminars. Alan is rated as a 5.0 player. He provides instruction for individuals and couples for $ 40 - $50 per hour. Group seminars are $ 10 per person and require at least 20 players to attend with payment in advance. Be sure to ask AJ about the status of these seminars.

LeRoy and Barb Schmidt are our tournament directors this year. LeRoy spoke about our upcoming tournaments:
In House Tournament - February 10-12, 2010
Out House Tournament – March 4-6, 2010

Tom Gearhart will be scheduling seminars for referees right after the first of the year. Tom has asked both men and women to sign up.

The Raffle:
Ann Arthur will be the Raffle Coordinator for our upcoming out house tournament this year. Ann requested that those who participate in different crafts donate items

Food Services:
Edie Preis came forward to be our Food Services manager for the upcoming out house tournament this year. She will need plenty of volunteers.

Next meeting is scheduled for January 22, 2010 3:00 PM Sonora North and South

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

New Blog Feature

Have you ever wished that you could e-mail a story on the Blog to a friend or family member?

Now you can - at the bottom of each story you will see on the right hand side an envelope with an arrow

Click on the envelope and follow the directions and you will be able to e-mail the link to the story quite easily

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Sun City Grand Skill Level Tournament Winners

Fantastic Job!!

Joyce Staffen & Doug Kant
Mixed Doubles 3.5 - Bronze

AJ Fraties & LeRoy Schmidt
Men's Doubles 3.5 - Gold

Audrey & Micheal Hill
Mixed Doubles 3.0 - Silver
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Voyager Holiday Medal Winners

Great Job!!

Pat & John Lively - Mixed Doubles 3.0 - Gold
Vance Christiansen & Ken Reese - Men's Doubles 4.5 - Bronze
Tom Gearhart & LeRoy Schmidt - Men's Doubles 4.0 - Silver
AJ Fraties - Men's Doubles 4.0 - Bronze
Barb & LeRoy Schmidt - Mixed Doubles 3.5 - Gold
Audrey & Micheal Hill - Mixed Doubles 3.0 - Bronze
Rhoda Zaph - Women's Singles 3.5 - Silver
LeRoy Schmidt - Men's Singles 3.5 - Silver

Not pictured - Lance Thiede -Men's Doubles 4.0 - Bronze
Bob Sester - Men's Doubles 4.0 - Gold
Susan Buerkens - Women's Doubles 4.0 - Gold

More Photos from Voyager tournament are in the Pickleball Photo Album on the right
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USAPA National Pickleball Tournament Medal Winners

Congratulations to

Lynn Calson & Jerry Winter - Legends - Bronze

AJ Fraties - Senior Men's Singles - Bronze

Al Hager - Senior Men's Doubles - Bronze

Not pictured - Susan Buerkens - Adult Women's Doubles -Gold
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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

2009 Voyager Holiday Tournament Photos

Tournament Photos taken by Barb Schmidt click on link:

Tournament photos taken by Sue Buerkens are posted in photo album - see menu on right

Sunday, December 6, 2009

General Meeting Highlights 12-2-09

New Board of Directors:
AJ Fraties President
Steve Arthur Vice President
Audrey Hill Secretary
Donna Christiansen Treasurer
LeRoy and Barb Schmidt Tournament Director
Tom Gearhart Past President (non-voting)

Supporting Positions:
Jeanne Gearhart Round Robin Coordinator
Donna Robins Skills Training Coordinator
Sherry and Neil Renga Social Secretary
Michael Hill Court Maintenance
Rosemary Reese Blog Spot and USAPA Ambassador for PC
Irene Fraties USAPA Board Member and Newsletter Editor

General Items of Note:

Club Roster:
Audrey Hill will be updating the club roster, please verify with Audrey that your information is correct or update site number, e-mail address, skill level as maybe required

Court Etiquette:
Tom Gearhart provided friendly reminders:
Be nice and kind to each other and most of all have fun
Do not get angry
Do not whack the ball back at your opponent
When entering a court, wait for current play is dead and move quickly to your court
Also if Tennis court is vacant, you may want to use it to access back courts

Social Play:
Is on the schedule 4 days a week between 7:30 – 10:00 AM, if you want to play, it is simple, all you have to say is: “ I want to challenge the winners”, a gentle reminder, everyone will have the most fun if you join a game close to your skill level.

Court Maintenance:
Michael Hill thanked Noel White, John Lively and Chuck Wood for their help in washing the courts. Court cleaning is scheduled again for late December.
He also requested help when lifting newly filled water coolers, if you’re available your assistance would be greatly appreciated.
The club has gone through more than 115 new balls since November 1st, please retrieve balls, you send over the fence when you are done playing.
Volunteers will be needed soon for putting up wind screens
See a maintenance items that needs attention tell Michael when you see him or phone 6675.

New Shed:
Steve Arthur is hoping to have the new shed by the end of the month. We will inherit the old Shuffleboard and Horseshoe clubs room. New shelving will be installed.

Skills Training:
Donna Robins and her comittee will meet January 2010. Players asked to sit on this comitee are: Lynn Carlson, Bob Sester, Wayne Kennedy, Joyce Staffen, Edie Preis and Morgan Robins.

Check back soon: to be continued....

Saturday, November 28, 2009

First Meeting of the Season

Notice to ALL PICKLEBALLERS and friends

The year's FIRST General Meeting will be held this coming Wednesday, December 2, from 3-5 PM and will be in the Sonora North and South conference rooms. Please come and give input and hear what's going on with your club.

ALSO....since it's on Wednesday, and that's the regular Pickleball Club Social afternoon, feel free to bring something to drink and a snack to share and we'll PAR-TEE!

AJ Fraties
Club President

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Happy Hour - New Location

Palm Creek Pickleball Happy Hour
All Players and Spouses are Invited
BYOB and a snack to share
Enjoy some conversation and a few laughs

Day: Every Wednesday

Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Place: North Pavillion (next to small pool)

Friday, November 13, 2009

Huntsman 2009 Medal Winners

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Susan Buerkens - Women's Doubles - Silver; Women's Singles - Gold
Al Hager and Mike Jennings - Men's Doubles - Gold
Lynn Carlson and Jerry Winter - Men's Doubles - Silver
Jerry Winter - Mixed Doubles - Silver
Additional Photos posted in Album on right

Monday, November 9, 2009

2009 USAPA National Medal Winners


Adult Women's Doubles 35-99 Susan Buerkens Gold

Senior Men's Doubles 55-59 Al Hager Bronze

Senior Men's Legends 65-99 Lynn Carlson and Jerry Winter Bronze

Senior Men's Singles 60-64 AJ Fraties Bronze

For Tournament photos click on link:

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Referees needed for Nationals

Attention National Pickleball Championship Attendees! Referees needed!

Dave Jordan has asked us at Palm Creek to act as referees at the Nationals if possible. Are you going to the Nationals, either as a spectator or as a player, and do you have some experience refereeing, (even if you aren't "medal-round-ready?" in your own opinion)? If you can answer "yes" to those questions you can help! Please let me know via email if you are available to referee, and on what days. I will organize the Palm Creek list for Dave's convenience....he will provide lists of "openings" and we can choose our slots. Remember, you don't have to be a great referee to contribute, and you don't have to have hours and hours available either...a couple of hours and a couple of matches will help a lot! I thank you in advance for what I know will be a strong Palm Creek response!

You can contact me directly at or by phone at 916 257 2097. Again, all I need right now is to know you're interested and that you're willing to try!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009


The USAPA has a new editor for their newsletter
Irene Fraties
The newsletter is published nationally on a monthly basis

Thursday, September 3, 2009


San Diego Senior Olympics

Bob Sester - Bronze - Men's Doubles

2009 Olympic Peninsula Senior Games

Jerry Winter - Gold - Men's Doubles

Bob Sester - Bronze - Mixed Doubles

Colorado Senior Games

Larry Pazier - Gold - Men's Doubles

Monday, August 31, 2009

USA Today Cover Story 8/28/09

In a story called " Lessons in Life, from one Bill Gates to Another"

" In a rare father -son interview with USA Today both Bills take a break from the family's last-of -summer bonding over golf and pickleball to discuss everything from raising kids to eradicating disease"

Nice to know that the very rich and very famous play pickleball and even nicer of USA today for putting it on the front page

Not to worry, I already contacted "our" Bob Sester who is the Regional Ambassador for the USAPA Seattle area to recruit Gates for USAPA membership

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

USAPA National Tournament

Early registration postmark deadline of 9/10 is approaching
After this date registration fee will increase from $ 20 to $35
For Registration form and additional information go to:

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Hello From AJ

It’s past spring, nearing the end of summer, in fact, and a no-longer-young man’s thoughts turn to pickleball. We have been traveling since April 1, have covered the country from one end to the other, and have played some, but not enough, pickleball. We have played in California, Alabama, Georgia, Maine, Ohio, Minnesota, and soon will play in Montana and then in Utah at the St. George Senior Olympics, which will start our “serious” play for the new PB year. We have heard from many of you during the summer and we’re impressed with the amount that you are doing to keep your own play going but also to act as ambassadors to the sport. Palm Creek-ers have started new courts in several places in Canada, have begun a new club in Northern Georgia, and have played in many tournaments during the off-time. It’s impressive how well we have done in tournament play during the off-year, and while we don’t consider ourselves at Palm Creek primarily a “tournament club”, we certainly have done ourselves proud.

This is at it should be; tournaments are a great way to inspire ourselves to get and stay in shape to play this game we love. Tournament-wise, my own intentions currently are to play in several tournaments this coming year; besides St. George, I want to play in Alan Christiensen’s Johnson Ranch tournament Roseville, CA., then the Nationals in Phoenix, Dave and Nancy Jordan’s Christmas tournament in Tucson, the Senior Olympics in Tucson, the Venture Out and Happy Trails tournaments, and of course our own two tournaments, which we have come to call the “In-House” and (I guess to properly distinguish the two from each other) the “Out-House”, our ever-growing open tournament. It seems like a busy pickleball year when I think about it that way, but it’s all fun, and while I’m not sure who my partners will be in most of these, I’m looking forward to the camaraderie and the competition.

If you haven’t yet played in a tournament, I can only recommend that you do…I’m no great shakes yet as a pickleball player but I always have fun in tournaments, and am learning a lot, and hey, as I said before, it’s just an additional incentive to get into some kind of shape and get out and do it, and at our ages we need all the incentives we can get, right? But even if tournaments are not your thing, you can look forward to a lot of opportunities to play at your home club in Palm Creek. We on the board are committed to providing an increased series of training and learning opportunities this year. Besides the fine training provided by our resident experts (currently five of whom have agreed to provide regular beginning and intermediate skills and strategy training thus far), we intend to recruit other folks, some at our park, some from elsewhere, to come and help us learn. These additional opportunities will take the form of clinics, exhibition matches, and coaching sessions. We should have a full schedule of these available for you to see soon after the majority of us arrive at Palm Creek, which in most of our cases will be around November 1. We look forward to seeing all of you, both on the courts and at our first general meeting, which we will schedule for November as well. We’re hoping you continue to enjoy what’s left of the summer, and that you continue to play every chance you get!

AJ Fraties
Club President

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Palm Creekers will not take a Summer Break

This has been one heck of a competitive summer and our home team just keeps winning medals

Wyoming Senior Olympics:
Barb and LeRoy Schmidt - Gold Medal - Mixed Doubles
LeRoy - Gold Medal - Singles - Once again it is LeRoy's story to tell

24th Annual Oregon State Games
Bob Sester took 1st Place in 2 Men's Doubles Events and 2nd place in Mixed Doubles

Washington State Games
Bob Sester - Silver Medal - Men's Doubles
Jerry Winter - Bronze Medal - Men's Doubles
Bob Sester - Silver Medal - Mixed Doubles

2nd Annual Middletown Pickleball Tournament
Lynn Carlson and Al Hager - Silver Medal - Men's Doubles
Al Hager - Silver Medals - Men's Singles and Mixed Doubles (consolation)

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Minnesota Senior Olympics

Congrats! Congrats!

Jeanne Gearhart - Women's Doubles - Gold Medal and a Bronze in Over-all

Tom Gearhart - Men's Doubles - Gold Medal and a Silver in Over-all

Jeanne + Tom - Mixed Doubles - Gold Medal and a Bronze in Over-all

Monday, July 6, 2009

Medals - Medals and More Medals

Our very own Palm Creekers are winning medals all over the country this summer
Northwest Senior Games
Bob Sester won the Gold in Men's Doubles and the Bronze in Mixed Doubles
Rocky Mountain Senior Games
LeRoy Schmidt took the gold - ask LeRoy to tell you the story
Troy Strawberry Festival
Barb Hager - First place - Women's Doubles
Al Hager - Third place - Men's Doubles
Barb + Al Hager - 1st place - Mixed Doubles
Indiana Senior Games
Lynn Carlson + Al Hager - Gold Men's Doubles and Gold Men's Overall
Al Hager - Gold Mixed Doubles and Gold Mixed Overall
Michigan Senior Olympics
Doug Kant + Morgan Robins - Gold - Medal Men's Doubles
Donna + Morgan Robins - Bronze - Mixed Doubles
Joyce Staffen + Doug Kant - Bronze - Mixed Doubles

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Pickleball "Know it All"

You think you know all there is to know about the game?
Here is your chance to see if your right

Click on this link and take the quiz

If you really do know it all - please let me know

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Jamboree Update

The Palm Creek Pickleball Jamboree, set for November of 2009, is generating quite a bit of excitement from people interested in attending both as participants and as coaches, instructors, and vendors. However, the timing of the event has not worked well for all these folks, and, even though we thought we were offering quite a long lead-time, it was not long enough because of their competing commitments. Additionally, the board believes that we need more time together to organize this event properly so that it's everything we all want it to be. As a result, we have made the hard decision to postpone the first Jamboree for a year, this giving us more time to secure commitments from other people who would like to attend and to think through its organization, as well. We will continue to keep you informed during the year as to how the event is shaping up, of course...but in the meantime, please move the Jamboree just a little in your calendars...from 2009 to 2010!

A.J. Fraties
Club President

Monday, June 1, 2009

Terre Haute

This year we had several players from Terre Haute, Indiana participate in our annual tournament. We very much enjoyed having them play here. Our Palm Creekers - Lynn Carlson and Al Hager decided to reciprocate and attend their tournament. As you know these players; the out come was not a surprise.


Lynn Carlson and Al Hager - Men's A Division - Gold Medal winners
Al Hager - Mixed Doubles - Silver Medal winner

Sunday, May 31, 2009


Who knew
Pickleball in Kalamazoo?

Leave it to our very own Palm Creekers Rob and Judy Moerman - Joyce Staffen and Doug Kant to play in the Kalamazoo Tournament


Joyce Staffen and Doug Kant - First Place Mixed Doubles
Doug Kant - First Place Men's Doubles
Judy Moerman and Joyce Staffen - Third Place Women's Doubles

Saturday, April 25, 2009

More Medals

Sandi Feller played in the Catalina Spa Pickleball Tournament and took home to Palm Creek 2 Bronze Medals

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Palm Creek Players Keep on Winning


Joyce Staffen and Doug Kant won the Gold at the Hearltand Senior Tournament in Michigan

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

APIKE Paddle - Update from USAPA

April 7, 2009. The USAPA has received many comments from players regarding the Apike paddle. The USAPA board of directors has reviewed all of those comments and studied the paddle for compliance with paragraph 2.E of the official rules. At its meeting on April 5, it spoke with the owner of the Apike and asked him many questions. After the discussion with the owner, the board discussed the issues raised by the owner and considered each of them. Upon deliberation, the board found that the Apike does not comply with the part of paragraph 2.E.2 that states, "The paddle playing surface shall not contain . . . features that allow a player to impart additional or increased spin on the ball." The combination of a flexible surface and a spongy foam core causes the paddle surface to compress on impact with the ball. The compression creates a slightly concave pocket that causes a greater amount of surface area to contact the ball compared to the rigid surfaces of wood and composite paddles. The increased surface area in contact with the ball that creates the increased spin was found to constitute a feature under the rules that allows for additional or increased spin. Members of the board and spouses of members who either manufacture or sell paddles did not vote in this decision in order for the board to arrive at a fair and unbiased decision.Although the board made no finding regarding safety, it has asked the USAPA Rules Committee to review and possibly amend the rules by adding clarifications or quantifiable measurements in order to address the concerns that players have about claims of increased speed of the ball caused by new paddles and those that may be introduced in the future and claims that these paddles may change the character of the game. For the general safety and protection of all players, the board recommends that they consider wearing protective eyewear regardless of the types of paddles being used. Comments received through April 4, 2009 are summarized here. Additional comments are not solicited at this time.

Although the USAPA has asked for no addtional comments, we welcome your comments

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Hello from AJ

It's April, which means your new Board is in place and rolling. On behalf of my fellow board members .., Steve Arthur - VP, Audrey Hill - Secretary, Donna Christiansen - Treasurer, LeRoy and Barb Schmidt - Co-Tournament Directors and of course Irene and I, we thank you for giving us the opportunity to be of service to all of you.

"All of you" that is the operative phrase for us. The former board made decisions to benefit everybody. Your new board is going to make decisions using this same philosophy. Each club has it's own personality and I think Palm Creek's club's personality is about training and development of players from beginners through the more accomplished ranks. While we may not have the high percentage of "open- level" players that may exist in a few other clubs, our players are the equal of any across the board and the excellence in our training and development programs thus far has helped with that. I believe it is the new Board's responsibility to continue and even enhance that emphasis during our two year term. If your interest is "only" social play, you will find that level of social play here, with the opportunity to advance your skills if you wish.

Check back next week for my first blog about our upcoming First Annual Jamboree ...

AJ Fraties
Club President

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

The Changing of the Guard

The Club offers a sincere "Thank You" to our retiring club officers:

Tom and Jeanne Gearhart (President and First Lady)
Duane Miller (Vice President)
Donna Christiansen (Secretary)
Joyce Staffen (Treasurer)
Ken and Rosemary Reese (Tournament Directors)

Their hard work and dedication on a daily basis has guided the growth of the club and made pickleball and enjoyable activity for all.

With every ending there is a new beginning - The Club "Warmly Welcomes" our new officers and looks forward to the success and growth of club under their leadership:

AJ and Irene Fraties ( President and First Lady)
Steve Arthur (Vice President)
Audrey Hill (Secretary)
Donna Christiansen (Treasurer)
LeRoy and Barb Schmidt (Tournament Directors)

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Annual Tournament Medal Winners

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Palm Creek 6th Annual Tournament
Our Players faced tough competition and did a great job of winning!

Steve Arthur - Nancy Brentano - Lynn Carlson - Vance Christiansen
Mark Costello - Mary Duncan - Tom Earley
AJ Fraties - Irene Fraties - Jeanne Gearhart - Tom Gearhart
Avis Gray - Larry Gray - Al Hager - Mike Jennings - Doug Kant
Wayne Kennedy - Bonnie Kruegel - Lyle Kruegel - Vera Loskot
Ed Obermeyer - Barb Schmidt - Le Roy Schmidt
Orla Wanless - Jerry Winter

Meeting - Location Change

Wednesday - March 18th 3:00 PM
At the Tennis/ Pickleball Pavilion
Election of Officers

Pot luck to follow

Friday, March 13, 2009

Tournament Pictures

1969 Pictures

Our photographers did one incredible job
Take a look - click on Pickleball Photo Album on right
There are 4 tournament albums

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Last Meeting of the Season

It is requested that all Palm Creek Pickleball Players attend the final meeting of the season

We will elect our new club officers for a 2 year term
Wednesday - March 18th
Sonoran Room North and South
3:00 PM

Pot luck to follow

Monday, March 9, 2009

Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

"You" have made the Palm Creek Pickleball Club proud. Each and everyone of you who volunteered, contributed to the success of this tournament. Your time and energy before and during the tournament played a significant part in making the Palm Creek Annual Tournament, a success. Because of you, everyone in our pickleball club can be proud to say they play at Palm Creek

Wednesday, March 4, 2009


You may register at 10:30 AM
You are welcome to arrive earlier

Friday, February 27, 2009


Our registrations for the upcoming tournament are way ahead of last year and as such EVERY referee is important to insure that matches run on time. PLEASE, if you can, make yourself available for the maximum time during next week's tournament. When you arrive in the morning or afternoon, please report to the referee cooordinator's tent, advise that you are available and for how long, you will be available to referee. We anticipate having a greater need for referees in the afternoons, so if you would like to sign up specifically for afternoons that would be great, too. Just let us know when you arrive !
Also, remember THESE two dates ( and times):
1. Monday, March 2 at 11:45 AM - Our last referee training session before the tournament and a great chance to brush up if didn't do much refereeing in the last tournament. We will meet at the courts.
2. Wednesday March 4 - 3:00 - 4:00 PM - Meeting for ALL referees. Cover last minute details, changes in how we're going to handle the process, and answer any of your remaining questions.
We will meet at the pavillion.
A.J. and Irene Fraties
Referee Coordinators

Wednesday, February 25, 2009


Please Join Us
You won't want to miss this opportunity
This Saturday - February 28
Santan Room
11:00 AM - 1PM
Dr. David Tallman will be here, at the request of Keith and Laura Darrow, to further educate our athletes and family members about the benefits of Prolotherapy. Dr. Tallman who practices in Scottsdale, maybe just what the doctor ordered. Keith had an MRI that showed a torn Rotator Cuff, instead of expensive surgery, Keith went to Dr. Tallman for Prolotherapy, this was so successful Keith is now fine and avoided surgery.
It dosen't get better than this, no travel time and seminar is FREE
This is just one link that tells you about Dr. Tallman, a google search will provide you with many other links.
Look forward to seeing you there!

6th Annual Tournament

Registrations are Closed

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Revised Court Play Schedule

The court play schedule has been updated
The most recent change : Sunday Couples Round Robins are now played at 11AM and 1PM

Click on link below for full schedule

Saturday, February 21, 2009

February Meeting

We had a great turn out - I wonder if the free pizza was a factor?

Meeting Highlights:

Palm Creek's General Manager addressed the club. He assured us that he was well aware of how important Pickleball is for our community.

Joyce Staffen provided the treasure's report

Court Etiquette will always be a topic - reminder to pick up the ball before returning it to another court. It was also requested that you do not practice in an empty court while a round robin is in progress

Reminder - Only courts 5-8 can be reserved. Courts 1-4 are to be available for open play

Tom Gearheart told all club members that they will enjoy the game more if they play within their correct skill level

Vance Christiansen - talked about the shoot-outs - This is "Highly" competitive play, the shoot-outs will stay the same format for the rest of the season. Skill level shoot-outs will be taken under consideration next season.

Everyone agreed that the Resident Tournament was a great success and thanks was given to all who made it possible

We are all looking forward to the upcoming " 6th Annual Tournament"

The meeting was adjourned just as the Pizza arrived

There was plenty of Pizza for all and every conceivable variety of Pizza was available.

Everyone socialized and had a really good time

Next Meeting: Mark your calendar - March 18th - 3:00 PM - Sonora Room - Election of Officers - Pot Luck Dinner to follow (these are always great)

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Resident Tournament

Resident Tournament Medal Winners
Palm Creek Pickleball players turned out in force for 3 days of
"Great Competitive Play "

Our thanks to Donna Christiansen and Barb Schmidt for keeping all the events moving - Andy Schmaltz who once again numbered the matches for us - AJ and Irene Fraties for running the Ref board and all the referee's who volunteered, without them we could not have had this tournament - the ever ready lines people who were steadfast in watching the lines during medal matches - Marion Gavin who started the coffee every morning at 5:30 AM - Larry Staffen and Ann Earley who tirelessly photographed the action

Congratulations to Our Medal Winners

Click on the link below for the Medal Winner List

Click on the photo album on the upper right of this page to see all
The Great Play

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Monthly Club Meeting

Club Meeting
Wednesday - February 18th
You won't want to miss this meeting
Followed by Pizza Party

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Palm Creek Resident Tournament

Registrations are Closed
110 Athletes have registered
Doubles - Masters - Legends
Teams: Women 35 - Men 43 - Mixed 52
130 Teams will be playing
Have Fun and Good Luck!
Check back for weather updates

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Tucson Senior Olympic Medal Winners

Tucson Senior Olympics 2009
Palm Creek Athletes take home 31 medals
Nancy Brentano - Lynn Carlson - Vance Christiansen
Mary Duncan - Tom Earley - Tom Gearhart - Al Hager
Mike Jennings - John Jetelina - Olga Jetelina
Wayne Kennedy - Radek Loskot - Vera Loskot
Pete McGannon - Duane Miller - Larry Peterson
Ken Reese - Lance Theide - Jerry Winter

Thursday, January 29, 2009



Entry forms must be received by Wednesday February 4th


Players needed for
50+ Women's - Men's - Mixed
60+ Women's
Legends - Women's - Men's
Questions: Call Rosemary #7310

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Phoenix All City Tournament 2009

Venture Out Phoenix All City 2009 Tournament

LeRoy Schmidt - Tom Gearhart

Al Hager

Dennis Dahlen - Roger Fellows

Donna Robins

Duane Miller - Willie Repp

Friday, January 16, 2009


Congratulations to our Palm Creek Medal Winners at the Happy Trails Classic
Al Hager
Nancy Brentano - Doug Kant
Vance Christiansen - Ken Reese
Lynn Carlson - Jerry Winter

Wednesday, January 14, 2009



Thanks to Marion Gavin who organized this dinner, 85 Palm Creekers had all the pasta they could eat and exclusive use of the bar and restaurant. The pasta was delicimo! Cooked to perfection with a choice of three differnet sauces. There were plenty of compliments for the great service. If you missed this event, keep checking the blog, Marion is in the process of planning a fish fry, you will want to be there!
Pictures have been added to the Pickleball Photo Alblum on Right

Wednesday, January 7, 2009


Marion has arranged an all you can eat pasta dinner - with several varities of pasta for our club members at Robson Ranch. You must sign up in advance and pay either Marion or Jerry no later than Tuesday.

Robson Ranch Restaurant
Wednesday - January 14th - 5PM
$10.00 includes food and tip
Drinks can be purchased
Marion and Jerry
Site # 1708

January Meeting

Once again we had a great turn out and the food for the pot luck was incredibly good as always

"Pickleball Patti" was there to greet us!

Highlights of the meeting:

The reading of the November minutes was waived and Joyce Staffen provided the treasures report. Both the minutes and the treasures report are available to members for review.

Sherry Renga was introduced as our new Social Director - if you know of a club member that is having a major event going on in his or her life, let Sherry know # 6248 and she will send a card

As we are a not for profit club the board reduced the round robin fee for January to 25 cents

The club members were told some repetitive stuff and we will continue to hear it until we get it right:
1. Court Etiquette - Pick up the ball and return it to the court it came from - do not slam it
2. Skill Level - Monitor yourself - If you have high scores in every game, for a few weeks it is time to move up. If you have low scores in every game, for a few weeks it is time to move down
The point is to make the game fun for everyone
3. Do NOT start playing until 7:30 AM - the park has had some complaints about earlier start times
4. Round Robins - if you sign up - show up - arrive at least 20 minutes early to sign in, anyone arriving later than 10 minutes before the start of the game will not be allowed to play.
If you realize you cannot play, erase your name and fill in the first name on the alternates list
5. Check with Donna Christiansen that your information is correct on the club roster, site #, e-mail address and skill level

The Round Robin schedule will be adjusted as needed - as more players return and new players join, Round Robins will be added

Vance Christiansen discussed the shoot-outs. He informed us that this is "Aggressive" play.
In addition he explained how players are ranked. If you sign up for a shoot-out you must be at the courts to sign in 30 minutes in advance

A.J. and Irene Fraties are in charge of Referee Training for this years tournaments - A.J. asked the club members to consider signing up for training - Monday's at the courts at 11:45 AM
This is a vital component of the tournament - you will be given as much training as you need so that you feel comfortable - sign up now!

Ken Reese talked about this years tournaments - all information is on the Tournament Boards (The ones with the glass doors and the key). It is requested that you check the sign - up board to volunteer to help with our tournaments this year. A sheet will be posted at the courts for players looking for partners for both the in house tournament and the 6th annual tournament. In addition Ken suggested if your looking for a partner for the 6th annual tournament, sign up on the USAPA website

It would be most appreciated if you submit your registration forms early for both our tournaments.

Registration forms for both tournaments can be found on and at the courts

USAPA - we currently have 62 members - 12 of which signed up this year. Please consider joining - without this organization this sport that we enjoy so much would not be the same

Our next meeting is scheduled for February 18th - a huge turnout is expected - this will be the free annual Pizza Party. Sign up sheets will be placed at the courts - be sure to sign up so we have enough pizza!

Sunday, January 4, 2009


We will have membership applications available at our January club meeting
Have questions - this is a great time to ask
One Year membership - $20.00