Monday, February 28, 2011

Ref's Meeting - Change of Venue

Please note that the meeting on Thursday at 4PM will be held at the Referee Tent on the Tennis Court

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Notice for Tournament Referees

IF YOU ARE REFEREEING AT OUR “ANNUAL” TOURNAMENT, STARTING ON FRIDAY, PLEASE ATTEND A SHORT MEETING ON THURSDAY, MARCH 3RD AT 4:00 P.M. AT THE COURT PAVILION.


IF YOU CANNOT ATTEND BUT WILL STILL BE ABLE TO “REF” PLEASE CALL:
TOM GEARHART- tele: # 6389

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Training Sessions Canceled - Saturday - Feb 26th

Due to today's weather forecast of "A 50 percent chance of rain showers late in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 60s. South winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph increasing to 25 to 35 mph in the
afternoon.", both the 2pm 3.5 Drop Shot class and 4pm 2.5 Basic Dinking class have been canceled.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

USAPA Membership and Other News

I am very happy to announce that our club now has 176 USAPA members, thanks to our new members (list is posted under menu and at the courts) and great renewals this season. We are waiting on only 3 players to renew that are due in February and a handful that are due in March. I am also hoping that a few more of you will join this year.
I asked  Earl Hill (he started the USAPA program)  a question, which concerned some of our club members; Why aren't the Grand Canyon Games Sanctioned?  The e-mail was responded to quickly and circulated to some of the top USAPA volunteers.
The predominate reason for the games not being sanctioned, was discussed in relationship to the insurance
requirement. to give you an idea as to insurance cost, for our Tier 3 tournament this year, we paid $75 as a club to have our tournament sanctioned and to receive this additional insurance. This will equal, 25 cents per player which is part of the Registration Fee. The following letter is from Bill Booth, current President of the USAPA 

Hi Rosemary,

Your email has raised the question of the value of sanctioning tournaments.
More and more venues are requiring million-dollar liability policies for tournaments. If a tournament had to buy that insurance for a single tournament, it would cost about $600 or more for a single event. That requirement would be prohibitive for tournaments in many areas.
The USAPA pays about $6400 per year for Liability and Participant Accident Insurance for sanctioned tournaments. We only get about half of that back in sanctioning fees. We subsidize the rest. It is one of the many things that the USAPA does to promote pickleball and make tournaments possible in many areas of the country.
In addition, all U.S. and Canadian USAPA members receive secondary accident insurance up to $25,000 for medical expenses, with a $1,000 deductible, for injuries incurred while playing in a sanctioned tournament. When tournaments are not sanctioned, players are denied that benefit.
Even though we are fortunate that our venues in the Phoenix area have not required liability insurance, the sanctioning fee would go toward promoting tournaments on a nationwide basis. It would also provide the players an insurance benefit.
Some have said that tournament points are worthless. Many players don't feel that way. We know that because players complain loudly when we fail to apply points to a player. If the players value it, then it is not worthless. You could just as easily say that winning a match in a tournament is worthless. It doesn't have monetary value, it doesn't cure the sick, and it doesn't feed the hungry. And yet, players care about all of that. Winning, medals, and tournament points is what competition is all about. That is why players enter tournaments. Players are more likely to enter a sanctioned tournament than one that is not sanctioned.
Thanks for everything that you do to promote pickleball in Casa Grande. We have noticed that many memberships are "referred by Rosemary Reese." Your support helps us to subsidize insurance, provide training grants to introduce pickleball to new places and new players, and buy services that enable us to enhance media coverage. Those are some of the major things that the USAPA does to promote pickleball throughout North America.
The enthusiastic support of you and hundreds of other ambassadors is a major reason why pickleball is growing so fast. It is no accident that we are adding many new places to play, many new members, and many new players every month. The USAPA is pleased to provide the leadership and financial support that makes all of that happen.

Bill

I hope that the information above is giving you at least one more reason to join or renew your membership Today!
For your convenience, I have attached a link for the form, you can return it to me at the courts, or through intra park mail Site # 1310 - be sure to hand it in at the counter, not the slot or mailboxes

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Bylaw Revisions - 30 Day Notice

The following will be the first order of business at the General Monthly Meeting, March 23, 2011

Article Three, Section C
Original Language:
Term of Office: All Officers are elected for two-year terms and are limited to two consecutive terms in office. (Etc…all other language remains.)
Proposed Language:
For the election held on March 23, 2011, the term of President and Secretary will be for two years and the term of Vice President and Treasurer will be for one year. Thereafter all terms will be for two years and limited to two consecutive terms in office. (Etc….all other language remains.)
Intentions of this Change:
To permit the Club to move to a staggered term for officers so that not all terms expire at the same time. This could add continuity to the working business of the Club.

Article Three, Section E.
Original Language:
A Palm Creek Resort Pickleball Club general meeting will be held during the first week of March to present the slate of candidates and/or take any nominations from the floor, and put to a vote, as required, to appoint an Executive Board for the following term.
Proposed Language:
A Palm Creek Pickleball Club general meeting will be held during March to present the slate of all candidates for outgoing office positions, including those candidates who may have been received from the membership during the 30-day period prior to the meeting, and all qualified candidates will be put to a hand- or secret-ballot- vote, as required, to appoint an Executive Board for the following term. Secret ballots will be used if more than one candidate is proposed for any position; otherwise, a hand-vote will be used.
Intentions of this change:
To permit this meeting to occur later in March. To create a process whereby all club members may present other possible officers during the 30-day period prior to the March general meeting. To eliminate nominations from the floor at the March meeting so that secret ballots can be prepared and used at the March meetings.
                                                           A.J Fraties
                                                           Pickleball Club President

Saturday, February 19, 2011

2011 Annual Resident Tournament

CONGRATULATIONS!
 The best Resident Tournament EVER!
The best competition EVER!

For a complete list of all medal winners and medals won - under Menu - click on:
"2011 Resident Tournament Medal Winners"
All photos have been posted in Pickleball Photo Album " 2011 Resident Tournament"

Some quick facts from our Tournament Director, LeRoy Schmidt
Games Played :  242 Saturday
                         125 Sunday
                         278 Monday
Total:               645 Games
                        368 Matches

                          

Venture Out 11th Annual Phoenix All City Tournament

Congratulations!

Mary Whitfield - Sherry Gusse - Sandy Stephens - Roma and Manfred Sohni - Leroy Schmidt
Not Shown: Vance Christiansen - Al Hager - Ed Neuman -  Donna and Morgan Robins

Friday, February 18, 2011

3rd Annual Women's Competition

MEDAL WINNERS
Congratulations!!!
Natalie Aaron - Sharon Kennedy - Debbie Plummer - Jerri Sedio - Roma Sohni - Darlene Winter

Three years ago Joyce Staffen started this annual event.  4.0 and 3.0 Women are randomly paired as a team and 3.5 women are randomly paired as a team.  The event is comprised of 17 teams, who than compete in a round robin format.  This event is the perfect event for women with various skill levels to play together in both a fun and competitive manner.  Door prizes were raffled during the competition.

Event Coordinators Tom and Jeanne Gearhart

Special thanks to our club volunteers, who make events like this possible
Not Shown:  Referees - Roger Fellows - Doug Kant - Mark Nelson - Jack Sedio - Lance Thiede - Neal Whitfield - Jerry Winter

Additional photos are in photo album " Women's Social Competition" all photos courtesy of Tom and Ann Earley


Referee Follow Up Seminar

REFEREE FOLLOW-UP
SEMINAR
ON THURSDAY FEBRUARY 24, 2011 FROM 4:00 p.m. TO 6:00 p.m. WE WILL HOLD A FOLLOW-UP SEMINAR TO THE FIRST ONE HELD IN JANUARY. PLEASE PLAN ON ATTENDING, BRING YOUR PADDLES AND BE READY TO PLAY. WE WILL DIVIDE UP INTO GROUPS OF 5. FOUR WILL PLAY AND ONE WILL REFEREE. WE WILL BE THERE TO WALK YOU THROUGH THE MATCH.

IT WILL BE A ONE ON ONE APPROACH TO REFEREEING THAT WILL GET YOU STARTED. IF YOU ATTENDED IN JANUARY OR IF YOU WANT TO LEARN HOW TO REFEREE, PLEASE PLAN ON BEING THERE

HAVE FUN WHILE YOU ARE LEARNING.

Submitted by Tom Gearhart

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Medal Winner Photos

Attention All Medal Winners from
Venture Out Tournament
Palm Creek Resident Tournament
Group Photos Will be Taken

Saturday 2/19/11
11:45 AM
at the Courts

Wear your medal(s) remind your partner and other
medal winners
Please be on Time

Note: All pictures from the Resident Tournament are now posted in photo Album " 2011 Resident Tournament"

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Monthly Meeting and Annual Pizza Party Reminder

Wednesday 2/16/2010
3:00- 5:00 PM
Sonora N+S

This will be a GREAT meeting
Non playing spouses are welcome

Please bring reading glasses and a pen
to complete a special survey

Perfect time to purchase your club pins
and
Become a USAPA Member or Renew
Both Cash and Checks are accepted

Women's Social

The Annual Women's Social Competition will be this Friday 2-18 from 2 PM - 5PM
The 4.0 + 3.0 players will team up to compete against the 3.5 players.
The sign up sheet is limited, if your interested sign up ASAP
To accommodate this special event - the round robin scheduled during this time slot will be limited to 19 players




Friday, February 11, 2011

Reminder - Chili Cook Off

PALM CREEK RESIDENT'S PICKLEBALL TOURNAMENT

CHILI COOK-OFF

All club members and spouses are invited


SUNDAY FEBRUARY 13th
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 is posted at the courts
Volunteers needed for set-up and clean-up
Have a question? Contact Karen Fellows  #7097

Undeniably The Best



 Karen Fellows Raffle Winner - AJ Fraties - "Best Volunteer"
"We are The Best of The Best"
We have the best club members, they participate, they are charitable, they volunteer and they know how to have fun. If you missed this Happy Hour you can see the pictures of the great time we had, go to the Menu on Right and click on  "Pickleball Photos"  than the first album " PB Charity Raffle".
The Raffle raised $335
There are always too many people to Thank for making these events happen
We would be remiss if we did not mention Anne Earley - who organized this and has donated a total of 3 baskets for "free raffle tickets". AJ who so willing volunteered to take a pie in the face to raise money for Rob and Judy Moerman and this weeks photographers Anne Earley, Laurel Wineinger, Irene Fraties and Linda and Ken Gorman





Monday, February 7, 2011

Happy Hour Reminder



Wednesday, February 9th, 4 p.m.
at the Court Pavilion
B.Y.O.B and a nibble to share
There will be a free raffle for everyone attending
Valentine Basket courtesy of Ann Earley

Valentine hearts 

Charity Raffle
$1 per Raffle Ticket
Drawing 4:45 PM
Pie in the face cartoon
Prize: Throw a cream pie at AJ Fraties (our club president)

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.

Pickleball Players attend Training Sessions

Club members take advantage of  Training Sessions

Monday Novice Lessons

Weekly
Instructors-LeRoy and Barb Schmidt, Sue Buerkens


Advanced Dinking & Kill Shots

Class #: 4.0.2

Instructors-Lynn Carlson, Al Hager


 
3.5 Skill Level Strategy Forum
Class #3.5.1
Instructor –Tom Earley


4.0+ Advanced Strategy Forum
Class #: 4.0.1
Instructor – Tom Earley




Serving and Return of Serve
Class #: 2.5.1
Instructor-Neal Whitfield, Noel White, Roger Fellows


Intermediate Serving & Return of Serve
Class #: 3.0.1
Instructor-Neal Whitfield, Noel White, Roger Fellows


                                          Photos Courtesy of Verna Moore and Ann Earley

Saturday, February 5, 2011

REFEREE NOTICE

IF YOU ARE REFEREEING AT OUR “IN HOUSE” TOURNAMENT THIS WEEKEND
PLEASE ATTEND A SHORT MEETING
THIS THURSDAY, FEB. 10TH AT 4:00 P.M.
UNDER THE COURT PAVILION.

THANK YOU

IF YOU CANNOT ATTEND BUT WILL STILL BE ABLE TO “REF” PLEASE LET ME KNOW.

TOM GEARHART tele: # 6389

Thursday, February 3, 2011

7:30 AM - 32 Degrees

                                          photo courtesy of Verna Moore
"The Most Addicted Picklers"
Did these optimist think that the hot coffee and some hard play would warm them up quickly?

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Happy Hour Cancelled

Man Pie in Face



















Today's Happy Hour is Cancelled


Do Come
Wednesday February 9th 4PM
Court Pavilion

THIS IS NOT THE ONE TO MISS
B.Y.O.B and a nibble to share



RAFFLE TICKETS WILL BE SOLD
$1

THE RAFFLE WINNER WILL
THROW A CREME PIE

AT  - AJ (our club president)

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 kennel. it killed six of their ten adult show dogs and two newborn litters of puppies.

Skills Training

Please note the following changes

3.5 Skill Level Strategy Forum
Date:  New Date - Saturday, February 5th
Time:  New Start Time - 4 PM
Location:  New Location Sonora South  

Monday, Feb 7, 4 PM - 5:30 PM
Advanced Dinking & Kill Shots
 Prerequisite: Must be at least a higher 3.5-level player with ability to sustain & direct dink shots and good to excellent net volley and overhead smash skills.