Wednesday, December 29, 2010

New Sun Screens

Thanks to our volunteers the new Sun Screens were installed
The screens were provided by Palm Creek

Tom Gearhart, Jim Meyers, Roger Fellows, AJ Fraties, Don McKinnon, Michael Hill, Mike Harris, Mark Nelson and LeRoy Schmidt

Photo courtesy of Verna Moore

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Referee Seminar

Do you want to learn how to referee a pickleball game?

WHEN: Wednesday, January 5, 2011,  2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.
WHERE: Pickleball Courts

If you do, we as a club need you.
Sign up at the courts and plan on attending

Before the seminar click on the link below, print, read and understand the rules.  Understanding the rules is imperative to being a good referee

Note:  If you have a spouse or friend who no longer plays and still enjoys the game; they may want to be a referee. This is a great way to stay active in the club

Monday, December 27, 2010

Menu Additions

New Links have been added to the menu. 
As discussed at the December General Meeting, there are two links, "Skill Rating Summary" and "Skill Rating Definitions".

For your convenience Registration Forms for our "Resident Tournament" and our "8th Annual Tournament" have been added. (Reminder, in addition to completing the registration form, it requested that you register on line)

On January 15, 2011, the court schedule will be modified to add  four additional round robins for 3.5 and 4.0 USAPA rated players.

The Pickleball Club Bylaws have also been linked for quick reference

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Holiday Cheer

It is 45 degrees and warm at the courts. Edie Preis with the always helpful Michael Hill set up coffee, tea and hot chocolate, accompanied by Holiday cupcakes. There will be a repeat performance on Christmas Eve morning to help insure that everyone has a great start to having a wonderful Christmas.

Photo courtesy of Verna Moore

Monday, December 20, 2010

Christmas Cheer

Provided by Santa's Elves

Hot Beverages and Treats will be served at the courts
Thursday and Friday Mornings

 Pickleball players will be "caroling"
 around the park Thursday evening
Join them when they kick off from the court pavilion at 6:30 PM
Caravan to include golf carts and cars

No Scheduled Play Christmas Day


Friday, December 17, 2010

December 2010 General Meeting

" The Smiling Faces - Attest to a Great Meeting"

There were a lot of items to cover this month -  the minutes have been posted - click on the link at right
If you missed the meeting, reading the minutes will give you "the actual" content of the meeting

Pickleball on "The Early Show"

As the sport continues to grow it receives national coverage, in case you missed it, here is the link

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Tuscon Senior Olympic Festival

The following was written by Priscilla Scott, Tournament Director for Voyager RV Resort.
The tournament team worked diligently with the Senior Olympics, to schedule events for players, so that they could also play at Happy Trails. 

Tucson Senior Olympic Festival, Jan 21-25
New for 2011:

The tournament will run from Friday - Tuesday. Meet & Greet will be on Thursday, Jan 20 at 6:00 pm.
Men's and Women's Skill Level events are on Monday and Tuesday. These replace the Masters and Legends events that were held in the past. Note: There are no mixed doubles or men's/women's singles in skill level, only age-based.

You get two t-shirts with each Doubles Entry Form submitted this year, so remember to include the sizes on your entry form(s). If you enter multiple events on one Doubles Entry Form you will still only get two t-shirts. You can send in multiple entry forms, using one for each event, if desired.
We are asking everyone to also enter their events on the USAPA website. This is in addition to the Senior Olympics Festival paper entry form. It will help us get the registration information more quickly and completely. Click on this link or paste it into your browser to get to the USAPA software: .

The information on the website, , is correct. You can get to the Pickleball information by selecting Event Briefs on the left side of the home page or clicking on this link: .

There is an error in the dates listed for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday's events in the Senior Olympic Festival booklet. The days of the week are correct, but the dates are wrong. The schedule should read:

Fri, Jan 21 Women's doubles, Men's singles (age-based)
Sat, Jan 22 Mixed doubles (age-based)
Sun, Jan 23 Men's doubles, Women's singles (age-based)
Mon, Jan 24 Men's doubles (skill level)
Tue, Jan 25 Women's doubles (skill level)
Wed, Jan 26 Rain Makeup Day

Entry Form Hints:
Doubles entries must use the Doubles Entry Form. Click this link for the Doubles Entry Form:

Singles entries must use the Individual Entry Form. We recommend that you skip the online registration since it is only available for singles events. Click this link for the Individual Entry Form:

The mixed doubles course codes are listed under "Coed". There are different course codes for the men’s & women’s age-based and skill level events. Click this link for the Course Code Index:

Your age is based on your age as of December 31, 2011. You cannot play down in singles (i.e you must play in your age bracket) but you can play down to your partner’s age bracket in age-based doubles.
You must in the skill level bracket of the highest rated partner.

More than one event can be put on the Doubles Entry Form but you will need to collect waiver signatures from all your partners and submit all the money together. Remember, you only get two t-shirts per entry form, even if you enter multiple events on the one form.
Registration deadline is January 1, or January 11 with a $3 late fee.

If you have questions please contact Priscilla Scott, 520-574-1203 or , or call the Senior Olympic registration office, 520-791-4877. The main Senior Olympic office line is 520-791-3244.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Evening Round Robin

Towards the end of last season; evening Round Robins were added to the court play schedule. Laurel Wineinger is the Captain for this "B" soon to be officially called "3.5 Evening Mixed Round Robin"
With such a great turnout, the players had a lot of fun

photo courtesy of Verna Moore

A Thank You From Voyager to our Palm Creek Referees

... a thank you just doesn't seem enough for all the hours you volunteered by refereeing at the Voyager Tournament last week. We couldn't have had such a smooth running tournament without all your help. You really stepped up to the plate when our plea went out for help. We never had to delay the matches because we didn't have enough refs to cover our courts. I was so stressed that I wouldn't have enough people but David Jordan and Priscilla Scott assured me that all would go well. I was so glad they were right!!!!

I received nothing but compliments from the spectators and the players about a job well done by all of you. Even some of my own refs who were doing this for the first time felt less stressed because of your patience with them....

THANK YOU.......Jane  and Chuck Gilmore

Monday, December 13, 2010


2010 Voyager Holiday Skill Level Tournament Medal Winners

Back row:
Tom Gearhart, AJ Fraties, Mike Hill, Vance Christiansen, Lynn Carlson, LeRoy Schmidt, Colin Caldwell
Front row:
Sue Buerkens, Rhoda Zaph, Jeanne Gearhart, Mary Whitfield, Pat Lively, Sandra Hubbick, Al Hager, Joyce Staffen, Sandy Stephens, Sherry Gusse, Donna Robins
John Lively, John Grasso, Audrey Hill, Barb Schmidt
Not shown in picture:
Mary Duncan, Connie Emerson, Bob Sester, Eleanor Sloane, Jerry Winter


Sunday NOT a day of rest

AJ Fraties - Mark Nelson - Les Scott

Mark Nelson once again was working on the new courts, re-doing the lines with his "Crew"

Thanks to the volunteers who do so much to keep our courts in such good shape

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The Moerman Kennel Fire

Many of you at the courts have heard that our club members Rob and Judy are enduring a great loss

The following link will bring you to the newspaper article on the kennel fire, which are the only facts I have to share at this time

 Rob and Judy Moerman Kennel Fire

If you would like contact information for Rob and Judy please e-mail me at:

Meeting Notice

It is requested that Round Robin Captains  attend a meeting with Joyce Staffen:
          Monday - December 13th
          At the Court Pavilion

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Court Maintenance

Thanks to Mark Nelson and his "Crew"- from left to right
Jim Meyers, Ed Obermeyer, Dean Wineinger, Lee Moore, Wayne Kennedy, Noel White and Mark Nelson.  The arduous task of installing a new cap on our fencing has been completed.  In addition to its nice appearance, this improvement makes playing pickleball safer for all.

Photo courtesy of Verna Moore

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Who to Contact

This link has been created for our club members, if you have a question, a recommendation or a concern, you now know who to contact

Under Menu on right
                   2010-2011 Board and Committee Members

If you are listed incorrectly or have inadvertently not be listed please e-mail me at