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.
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
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 :firstname.lastname@example.org call #7040
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
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
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 3. USAPA member in good standing, e-mail Leroy Schmidt at Schmidtb@bresnan.net, 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 Schmidtb@bresnan.net 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
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" :)
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