Monday, January 31, 2011

Resident Tournament



2011 Tuscon Senior Olympic Medal Winners

Steve Arthur
Colin Caldwell
Lynn Carlson
Vance Christiansen
Mary Duncan
Connie Emerson
Tom Earley
Sandi Feller         
Roger Fellows
AJ Fraties
Irene Fraties
John Grasso
Sherry Gusse
Al Hager
John Jetelina
Olga Jetelina
Doug Kant
Wayne Kennedy
Pat Lively
Bonita Morgan
Theresa Orcutt
Donna Robins
Morgan Robins
Andy Schmaltz
Barbara Schmidt
LeRoy Schmidt
Joyce Staffen
Sandy Stephens
Lance Thiede
Mary Whitfield
Jerry Winter
Rhoda Zaph


Sunday, January 30, 2011

2011 Happy Trails Classic Medal Winners

  Lance Thiede - Doug Kant - LeRoy Schmidt
 Barb Schmidt - Sherry Gusse - Mary Whitfield - Joyce Staffen
Not shown:  Al Hager


Saturday, January 29, 2011

"The Crew" working on Saturday

Rodger Fellows had  "The Crew" out working doing court repairs, can't say these fellows are retired

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Tournament Updates and Photo Op

Palm Creek Pickleball players went to the Tucson Senior Olympics and "They showed up"
The following was compiled by our club member Lance Thiede:
Of the 40 Palm Creek Participants, 32of these participants won a total of 47 medals - which equates to 31% of available medals!
  WOW !

Currently we have club members competing in the Happy Trails Tournament - We are cheering for you!

Medal winners from The Tuscon Senior Olympics and The Happy Trails Tournament
Sunday 1PM at the courts
 Please wear your medals

Friendly Reminder - Our Resident Tournament Registration closes this Tuesday  2/1/11

January Monthly Meeting

                                                                   Photo Courtesy of Verna Moore

Monthly Club Meeting  1/19/2011
Our meeting competed with the Performing Artist performance of "The Duttons".
We still had a good turn out with a fun happy hour that followed.  If you missed the meeting, the minutes have been posted, they will bring you up to date.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Happy Hour is Back - Don't miss the fun

 Wednesday, January 26th, 4 p.m.
at the Court Pavillion

B.Y.O.B and a nibble to share
We will  have a free raffle for everyone attending

 The Prize  (courtesy of Ann Earley)
A wine basket including an extremely mediocre bottle of wine, hand-embroidered wine towel, and almond biscotti - mmm!

 You can also register to win the Ground Hog Day Raffle the following Wednesday

The prize: throw a cream pie at A.J. Fraties
 (our Club President)
$1 per Raffle Ticket

Proceeds will benefit Rob & Judy Moerman, our PickleBall friends who lost their German Shorthair Pointer Kennel on December 6th. A fire not only destroyed their new, wonderful kennel but it killed six of their ten adult show dogs and two newborn litters of puppies. We miss Rob riding his bike with Abby every day at Palm Creek and we missboth of them on the Pickleball court. Hopefully we will see them again in the Fall/Winter 2011.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Time to Join an Asscociation

If your name is on the Club Roster you are officially a club member.  It is that simple. 
As a "USAPA" club that holds an Annual USAPA Sanctioned Tournament,we would like you to join your fellow club members (currently 132) and become a member of the USAPA. 
Membership Cost - 1 year $20 - 3 year $54  - 5 year $80
Membership Benefits :
  •  Official USAPA T-Shirt
  •  Official Membership Card
  • Ranking points for USAPA Sanctioned Tournaments
  • Some tournaments - such as our Annual Tournament - provide a discount to members
  • Pickleball Static - Cling Window Sticker
  • e-pickleball news Monthly Newsletter - Edited by our very own Irene Fraties
  • 3+5 year memberships also receive a rule book
Ready to Join?  E-mail me at and I will get you started with a Membership Application

Already a USAPA Member?  There is another organization you may want to join  - " Pickleball Canada"
Their Mission Statement:
"The mission of the Canada Pickleball Association is to assist and promote the growth of Pickleball as a game for all ages and to establish rules, policies and standards for the good governance of the game in Canada."
Donna Robins sits on the board of "Canada Pickleball" and would like to share information with you about this organization.  You can contact Donna at :  or call #7040

Club Roster

Our Club Roster has now been added to the menu
The Board hopes that you find this an added convenience for locating someone that you would like to invite to play.

Please check your contact information and send e-mail if your name is not spelled correctly, your site # is incorrect or if you are not listed on the Roster.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Palm Creek Pickleball in the News

Less than 2 months ago, Palm Creek Pickleball made front page news. Once again we gained notoriety in the Casa Grand Dispatch thanks to our Club President AJ and his wife Irene (who sits on the board of the USAPA).  
Click on the link and enjoy the article

Thursday, January 20, 2011

First ever Pickleball Club Chili Cook-Off



Chili vendors, sponsors needed


after the Mixed Doubles brackets are completed

Approximate 5:00pm...

At the North Pavilion

Potluck and crock-pot style chili cook-off

Prizes to be awarded

Sign up sheet will be posted at the courts
Volunteers needed for set-up and clean-up

Contact Karen Fellows for information at #7097

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Pickleball Club receives a "Thank You" from Palm Creek

I just want to convey to you and the members of your club who helped with the clean-up Sunday how greatly appreciated your help was. My team said it made a big difference in what they could accomplish in less time - as you can imagine, this is a tough 2 days for us.
We had a record turn-out Sunday! Over 2,300 hot dogs provided, a ton of ice cream and lots of chips and sodas.
Again, thanks to all of you for lending a hand!

Diane Gaines
Special Events Director/Pro Shop Manager
Palm Creek Golf and RV Resort

Monday, January 17, 2011

General Monthly Meeting

Wednesday, January 19th
3 PM
Sonora N+S
A full agenda and the perfect time to ask questions

Last chance to order and pay for club shirts
Colors are Red or White $20 each

50/50 Raffle - Tickets will be sold only at meeting
$1 each or 6 for $5
proceeds to benefit Rob and Judy Moerman

All USAPA renewal forms have been sent out,
please bring your renewal to the meeting (thanks to all of you, who have renewed)

Recruiting new USAPA members
Goal is to sign up 30 new members at this meeting
We will than have an article printed about our club in the National Newsletter
1 year Membership $20, includes a shirt

Club Pins for sale $3 each or 2/$5

Happy Hour to Follow
Bring a snack to share and
something to drink


Great Turn Out for Monday Afternoon Lesson

                                                       photo courtesy of Verna Moore

Instructors Barb and Le Roy Schmidt along with Sue Buerkens and Tom Gearhart had quite a workout, all 8 courts were filled for this training session.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Club Shirts Order Now

Last chance to order club shirts this year
 Available in Red or  White

$20 each and the fabric is self wicking

Call Connie Emerson to order # 6030
To pay Site # 30

Orders and Payment Due No Later than
January 19th at the
Monthly General Meeting

Do it now so you don't miss out

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Change will be here on Saturday 1/15/2011

The new Court Play Schedule has been linked under Menu, this schedule becomes effective on 1/15/2010

Who are you now?
Novice   2.5
"C"         3.0
"B"         3.5 
"A"         4.0

Do you want more details on these ratings?
The Link under menu that says "Skill Level Definitions", is really helpful

So what has changed?
Couples on Sunday will now sign up for the round robin that best suits their schedule, not by skill level
Evening Round Robins because of the great turn out have been increased from 19 to 27 players
All the other previously scheduled events remain the same, except the time and day may have changed

So what is new?
4 Rated Round Robins have been added to the schedule.  You can only play in these events if you are a "USAPA member" in good standing and have a USAPA rating of 3.5, 4.0 or higher.

So you think you want to join the 57 current rated players that are in good standing?
Step 1 .Consider this if only after reading the "Skill Level Definitions",  you think that you are currently playing at a minimum level of 3.5

Step 2. If you are not already a member join the USAPA- e-mail

Step 3. USAPA member in good standing, e-mail Leroy Schmidt at, LeRoy will only take written request. LeRoy will  contact you and set up the process.  Once you are given a "final rating" this will become your "USAPA" rating for tournaments

Not ready for an "official rating" but would like to have your skill level evaluated?
Once again contact LeRoy and he will set up a "real" evaluation.  Being told by another player on the court where you should play, is causing a lot of confusion, if you are unsure stop the insanity and be evaluated

There will be a lot more to come - so keep checking the Blog

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

USAPA Membership


 USAPA “was organized to perpetuate the growth and advancement of pickleball on a national level.”

1967 – The first permanent pickleball court was constructed in Joel Pritchard’s backyard in Seattle, Washington during the winter of 1967.

2003 – There are 39 known places to play in North America listed on the Pickleball Stuff website.
2005 – USAPA became a Non-Profit Corporation on July 1.
2008 – The Rules Committee, headed by Dennis Duey, published the USA Pickleball Association Official Tournament Rulebook – Revision: May 1, 2008.

2011 - Today there are 948 Places to play listed on the USAPA website
            Today there are 2,644 USAPA members
2009 - The first USAPA National Tournament for players of all ages was held in Buckeye, Arizona, November 2-8, 2009. The tournament drew almost 400 players from 26 states and several Canadian provinces
The above has been copied from the USAPA website

The USAPA is promoted at every General Monthly Meeting, it is highly unlikely that you would take the time to attend these meetings if you didn't like the game of Pickleball.

There is at least one reason for everyone to join the USAPA
1. You enjoy the game and support the growth of the sport on a national level
2. You appreciate that the USAPA has set the standards for equipment and has a history of reviewing and revising the rules of the game, to keep it competitive and fun for all
3. You appreciate that all except for 1 person working at the USAPA are volunteers
4. You want to make sure that you receive a copy of the monthly newsletter - our very own Irene Fraties is the editor and sits on the board of the USAPA
5. You appreciate that USAPA promotes a sport that can be actively played by both our youth and Seniors
6. You want to take advantage of the discount offered at some USAPA sanctioned tournaments
7. You really would like a USAPA T-Shirt
8. You want to be a "card carrying" member of this great not for profit organization
9. It is with pleasure that you support a sport that your "spouse" enjoys so much
10. You will enjoy the relief of my no longer being on my "non member list" :)

Register this Saturday at the courts from 10 - 1
1 year $ 20   3 years $54   5 years - $80

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Bracelet Found

A woman's bracelet was found on the courts Tuesday, if you or someone you know lost it, call me at 7310

Sunday, January 2, 2011

A Request for Help

Kennel Before and After Fire

Rob and Judy will not be joining us the season at Palm Creek or on the Pickleball courts.  A fire destroyed their Kennel and ultimately took the lives of six of their beloved dogs.  The remaining four dogs have required extensive veterinarian care.

An article was published in the January 2011 edition of the WNW News. The article was written by Tim Lintz.  Upon request, Tim sent the original article, so that you may have the facts and with the hope you would help

Insurance will take care of the physical structure;  it will not cover the medical expenses involved for the surviving four dogs. (To Rob and Judy they are family members)

Please Help

Contributions can be sent directly to:

Abbe Lane Kennels
C/O Ken Weiden,Treasurer MNAVHDA
1765 Kregel Avenue
Muskegon, MI 49442-5332
Abbe Lane Kennels
Rob and Judy Moerman
9222 West F Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49009

No contribution is too small, please help

Pickleball - Palm Creek - Ken Haines - Front Page News

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