If you wish to receive a “Palm Creek
Certificate of Referee Training” then you must ref 12 games between now and
January 26, 2012.Save your score sheets
and turn them in to either Neal or Mary Whitfield or Tom or Jeanne Gearhart.
You can do this at any time.We will
really need qualified refs for our tournaments.
The more games you ref the easier it becomes for you and the more you
will enjoy it.
Thanks a lot for your help in this.
Tom Gearhart #389 Referee Coordinator
Next beginner seminar for new
refs: January 7th from 3 to 5 p.m. Court Pavilion
If you missed our monthly meeting or have not arrived yet, we do not want you to miss these important updates
The club now has a computerized Reservation System. You will be able to reserve a court on line or by telephone. For details click on the following link
We are also approaching that time of year and the courts begin to get very busy. As a club it is very important that every member have an equal opportunity to play, for details on the the "Open Play Policy" click on the following link
Ken Reese designed and built the new Windsock setup. Sandy Stephens did the necessary sewing to secure the Arizona Flag. Lee Moore is always right there on the spot assisting with court projects. Al Hager (on the ladder) is pretty trusting !
Update on new courts - Draft of
layout available for viewing!
Information on new computerized
court reservation system!
At this meeting you will be able
Buy tickets for club
50/50 raffle 3/$5.00 or 10/$10.00 ( bring your
Renew your membership or
join the USAPA - $20 - 1 year, $54 - 3 years, $80 - 5 years
bring your wallet/check book and glasses
Bring items that you would
like to donate to club for our Club Patio Sale
in January, it is requested that you price your items. Items that are not sold
will be donated to St. Vincent de Paul, all funds raised will be used for club
The first referee clinic for the season was held on Saturday, with 38 soon to be top rated referees attending. Referees are an important part of a well run tournament. An insufficient number of trained referees available, can cause critical delays in a tournament. We are fortunate that we have had members attend these clinics throughout the years, creating a strong nucleus. As our tournament continues to grow so does our need for additional referees. For the first time our clinic was attended by members of the Mission Royale and Robson Ranch communities. This community training will provide a good pool of referees for all future tournaments in the Casa Grande area. Participants in this clinic will attend a follow up clinic this upcoming Saturday. Are you interested in joining this group of referees? The Next Beginner Referee clinic is scheduled on January 7th from 3-5 PM at the court pavilion. You do not need to be a "great" player to be a "great" referee. All you need is an understanding of the game and be willing to participate. Training and practice time will be provided for you develop the skills to be a good referee.
Rain Days are not fun at Palm Creek, although they can be productive! This is the perfect time to organize and make room for your soon to be new Holiday presents. Thursday, at our monthly meeting we will be collecting the resale items that you would like to donate to the clubs "First Patio Sale," which will be held in January. It is requested that you put a price on your item, See you at the meeting Thursday 3 PM Sonora N+S
***Please register for this
tournament online at www.pickleballtournaments.com instead
of using the Senior Olympic’s paper or EZEEreg registration. A registration form for pickleball events only and the
waiver for the Senior Olympic Festival will print out at the end of the
registration process. Each partner will need to do their own registration
online. If you sign up online with this system, partners do not need to sign up
together, on one form, as they have in the past. The form and the fees must be
mailed to 900 S. Randolph Way, Tucson, AZ 85716 to finalize your
If you have already
registered with the Tucson Senior Olympics, please enter your information online
at the website listed below and then discard the printed registration
The tournament will run from Tuesday – Saturday, a week
earlier than prior years. A Meet & Greet will be at the venue on Monday,
Jan 16 at 6:00 pm. Once you register you will get more
There are both age-based and
skill level events. Mixed doubles has been changed to SKILL LEVEL ONLY for
2012. Singles will be age-based only.
Tue, Jan 17 – Men’s singles /
Women’s doubles (age-based)
Wed, Jan 18 – Women’s singles /
Men’s doubles (age-based)
Thu, Jan 19 – Mixed doubles
Fri, Jan 20 – Women’s
doubles (skill level)
Sat, Jan 21 – Men’s doubles
(postmark date) is December 31, or January 9 with a $3 late fee per
Your age is based on
your age as ofDecember 31,
If you have tournament or
online registration questions please contact Priscilla Scott, 520-574-1203 or
The plans for the new court are still on track. A landscape architect is currently drawing plans showing the layout of the courts and associated facilities. The plans should be to Palm Creek management some time the week of December 5th. As soon as they have the plans the pickleball club will be given a copy for our viewing. If everything goes as planned I will have our copy of the plans at the club meeting on December 15th. Everyone at the meeting will have a chance to look over the plan and give their input. We still do not have an official count of how many courts will be built. If there are any changes to this information I will post it here.
It looks like Lee is lifting the net, he actually was just keeping busy while he was waiting for his prayers to be answered - " Please send help to clean the Round Robin boards and Please help improve my game".
Lee had one his prayers answered ...
Lynda Tebo, Judi White, Lorne Bjornson,
Noel White and Suzanne Scott
Once again we are reminded as to how lucky we are to be a part of this club with such giving members. This team did an amazing job of cleaning the boards...
The National Tournament is now underway in Buckeye, AZ Athletes range this year from ages 10 - 89 years old We have 10 Women and 15 Men competing from our club. They have registered to play in multiple events, affording us the opportunity to win a total of 68 medals! Spend some this week, cheering on our club members and watch amazing Pickleball by players who come from all over the country Carpool and have some fun For more information, go to: http://usapa.org/nationals/
PALM CREEK PICKLEBALL CLUB PRESENTS A TRAINING CLINIC
BY GUEST EXPERT INSTRUCTORS
AND BEV YOUNGREN
15 AND 16, 2011
for a way to sharpen your skills? To bring your game to the next
level? This is for you! Both
Bob and Bev are excellent players and extraordinary instructors with
many years of knowledge and experience. Both have an excellent
ability to communicate and transfer their knowledge to their students
in a detailed, good-natured way.
1: Basic and Intermediate Strategies and Techniques
12:00pm Instruction (group)
3:00pm On-court Play (instructors will give feedback)
2: Advanced Strategies
12:00pm Instruction (group)
3:00pm On-court Play (instructors will give feedback)
CLINIC: $8 You are welcome to attend either or both days.
Rosemary Reese will be at the courts on Saturday November 5th from 10
AM - 12 Noon to accept your payment and complete your registration, will
also accept payment from you, if you at the Nationals.
Barb updates the Tournament Boards at the courts, she provides an updated list of upcoming tournaments, registration forms, updated list of medal winners and photos of medal winners. Barb also updates the Blog, she updates the Blog photo album with pictures of recent tournaments and medal winners and updates the link of medal winners (update coming soon)
Verna is the roving photographer for the Blog. In addition to taking candid photos at the courts, she also take photos at our general meetings and special events, smile as you may be on "candid camera"
Under each Blog you can check a box and let us know what you think
This year's training coordinator - AJ Fraties is currently organizing our first 2 day clinic of the season Bob and Bev Youngren are coming to Palm Creek and will be giving a training clinic Day 1: Beginner and Intermediate Clinic Day 2: Advanced Clinic Additional information will be posted, when it becomes available
Note: The Blog calendar has been updated , check meeting dates, tournament information, social hours etc...
AJ Fraties, Neal Whitfield and myself met with Palm Creek management to discuss the new courts for Palm Creek. This was our first chance to look at the plans Palm Creek has drawn up for their expansion. Of course the expansion has new RV sites. It also has pickleball courts, softball field, restrooms, food facility, doggie run, recycling area, parking, and picnic area. There is not unlimited area. To fit the ball field and pickleball courts the layout is not ideal but very workable. The current drawing has room for 26 pickleball courts. We most likely will not get 26 courts now. The final number of courts will be decided by costs of the courts and available financing. It will be awhile before we know those numbers.
We did emphasize our club’s consensus that we did not want to split the courts up. We do not want new courts in the expansion area and still have our current courts to use. It is very important to us that we have our all our courts in one place. We like the single court area for the cohesion it brings the group and how much easier it is to put on tournaments with only one venue. We will continue to work with Palm Creek on the details of the plan. I will be supplying them with the list of amenities that we would like to see. We will meet again next week to continue working on the details. As more details become available I will post them.
Mesquite held a brand new Pre-Huntsman tournament as a fund raiser for charity. From all accounts it was a fun and well run tournament.
3.5 Gold Medal Winners - Steve Arthur and Lee Moore
3.5 Bronze Medal Winner - Ellen Mattson
5.0 Men's Doubles was quite the event for our Club Member Al Hager. It is unprecedented for medal winners from other clubs to appear on our blog. In this rare instance listing the other medal winners highlights the level of competition!
The medal winners are: Gold - Al Hager and Mark Friedenberg Silver - Dennis Makinen and Mark Clark Bronze - Pat Kane and Chile Chilelli
John Ramirez this year's tournament director, advised that he will be holding the tournament again next year, on the same weekend, mark your calendars!
This get together was enjoyed by all, the tables were set, there was more food than we could eat; although unusual we even had too much desert! With music in the background everyone had fun circulating from table to table. Summer play once again has been a lot of fun for all!
Many of you may think that the only Pickleball Season at Palm Creek is when you are here for the Winter months. During the Summer months, Pickleball is very active. No one is deterred by the heat or having to bring their own water or their own balls. On average 4-8 courts have been busy all season, with always a few players sitting out. Early morning play is enjoyed, with no chattering teeth or ice on the balls. A few fans are set up for when sitting around between games. Last week the players were enjoying fresh fruit and cookies! Palm Creek, Mission Royale and Robson Ranch united and rotated venues for playing. A great job was done with organizing the Summer League. The occasional evening pool parties with water volleyball were an extra bonus for a good time. In addition to good play, this summer league afforded everyone the opportunity to make new and lasting friendships; this is the key element that makes Palm Creek and Pickleball the game of choice.
As the season is coming to an end it is time for one more fun Summer get together. If you are a pickler and your here do come...
Flyer prepared by Sandi Feller
As a reminder the new season starts Sunday, October 16th, balls will be supplied on the courts at that time.