Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Resident Tournament Photos

Photos have been posted in Blog Photo Album
Pictures are the courtsey of our very own Photographers

Thanks to:
Coordinator Sara Duncan and her assistants-Laurel Wineinger, Reta Nussbaum, Larry Staffen, Jo Hard, Adrienne Nagel, and Sharon Hall.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Change that allows for "Less Change"

Club Vice President, Roger Fellows developed a program that is progressive in moving our club forward by providing additional membership choices.
Please click on the link to read a letter from Roger explaining the details:

Referee Meeting

Referee Meeting
Thursday 3/1
Court Pavilion

It is important that ALL Referees attend

Sunday, February 26, 2012

We have an AMAZING group

This project has taken a long time to come to fruition.
 In 2010 our club dontated pickleball equipment to Ironwood elementary school.  Several volunteers spent time at the school showing the teachers and the children alike how to play the game.

Some very bright youngsters, knew that they would be graduating and in their Thank You notes, they asked if we would be going to Cactus Middle School next!!

In 2011 Mark Freidenberg came to Palm Creek and gave our club a 2 day seminar/clinic.  In return we thanked Mark by assuring him that we would give back to the youngsters in our community.
Le Roy Schmidt, took on the challenge to work with the school and its administration, with patience and persistence he succeeded.  The school has at last, welcomed our willingess to donate equipment and get the youngsters playing the game we love.

The administrators called Le Roy Friday afternoon and said we could mark and paint courts on Saturday!
In response to an e-mail that went out late Friday Night, this group of volunteers met at 8 AM, Satruday Morning to work on measuring and painting 8 courts at Cactus Middle School.

Alex Gendron - Vern Jacobsen -  Ken Kinnear - John McBride -  Chuck McDonald -  Mark Nelson - Jim Nussbaum -  Larry Reid - Barb Schmidt - LeRoy Schmidt - Les Scott - Andy Schmaltz -Bob VanderLinden

Thank you  for your willingness to help with this project and for your help all season long with other club projects.
Additional pictures have been posted by Barb Schmidt in the Blog Photo Album

Wednesday, February 22, 2012


Nominations are Open for March Election:
Nominations are now being taken for Vice President and Treasurer, the elected will serve a 2 year term.
If you, or someone you know would be a interested in running for election, please but your name or their name in Nomination.  Prior to putting a name into nomination, please confirm that if elected that person will serve.
It is requested that the nominee submit a Biography that will be published on the Blog and posted at the courts, for membership review.
Please submit your Nomination to:  Mark Nelson:
Current Nominees for Vice President:
Gary Baker
Irene Fraties
Current Nominee for Treasurer:
Vern Jacobson (running for re-election)

Incident Reports:
An Incident Report should be completed for any injured player that needs professional medical care. Such as a Doctors Visit, Urgent Care or going to the Emergency Room.  The form requires basic information and is located at the courts.  Please give the completed form to Mark Nelson or another board member.

Tournament Volunteers Needed:
Sign up sheets are at the courts to assist coordinators,  with various duties, from court set up to baking cookies!

2.0 Round Robin Monitors Needed:
If you are a strong 3.0 player or higher, with a clear understanding of the rules, you may enjoy helping new players develop their game.  If interested please contact Pat Kelly - #7673

Updated Roster Information on the Blog
Please take a look at the Club Roster - under the menu section of this Blog
USAPA members - Last name is in Blue. Please e-mail me with any corrections or changes

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Who has the best players in ALL of Arizona



Friday, February 17, 2012


to be taken at the courts
Saturday 2/18- 9:45 AM

If you won a medal in the Resident Tournament; Mission Royale or Venture Out Tournaments please bring your medal(s) with your smile to the courts for these pictures. In addition to the Blog, Barb Schmidt will try to have these published in the Palm Creek Monthly Newsletter

The club has purchased a new camcorder for the purpose of videoing interested club members as a training tool.  Steve Mueller is the coordinator for this program. Click on the link below for additional details.

More updates to come.....

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Sonora Room N+S
3 PM

  • Please arrive early - we will be updating the club roster at the door
  • Lots of information and updates
  • Palm Creek's General Manager, Wendell Johnson is scheduled to talk to the club about the new courts
  • After the meeting you will be able to purchase and order club shirts
  • Join or Renew your USAPA membership
  • Purchase club pins $ 3 ea or 2/$5

Bring your own Beverage

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

9th Annual Tournament

Registration Deadline

Sunday 2/19

Click on link at right under menu
for complete information

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Tournament Updates for Monday

Playing on Monday? Check in at the registration table

1. All Men playing Age Doubles - check in at 7:30 (start play at 8 AM)

2. Women 2.5 - 4.0 skill level - check in at 8:30 AM

3. Women 4.5 skill level - check in at 10 AM

Ø Lunch - 11 AM - 1:30 PM 
Tons of grilled onions have been served the past 2 days - These meals have all the fixings
     Hot Dog - Chips - Soft Drink - $4
  Hamburger/ Cheeseburger/ Grilled Chicken - Chips - Soft Drink - $5

Ø Raffle – Tickets 3/$5 or 10/$10 - Drawing will be held at 2 PM  Great prizes!

Ø Club Pins - $ 3 each or 2/ $5 (at USAPA table)

Ø USAPA Membership - stop by the table to sign up to renew, if you have questions as to why you should join, this is the perfect time to receive information. Join our 228 club members that will be recognized at this meeting as USAPA members

Ø Last Day to sign up at courts for Thursday's Pizza Party, which will immediately follow our monthly meeting

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Tournament - Sunday - Mixed Doubles


 Playing Mixed Doubles on Sunday?
All Players 

Check in at 7:30 AM
Lunch will be available 11:30 - 1:30 invite your friends to join you
We expect it to be as good tomorrow as Saturday!
Hot Dog - Chips - Soft Drink - $4
Hamburger/ Cheeseburger/Grilled Chicken - Chips - Soft Drink - $5
 Raffle – Tickets 3/$5 or 10/$10
Winning tickets will be drawn at 2 PM
All prizes must be picked up by 3 PM
 Club Pins - $ 3 each or 2/ $5 (at USAPA table)
USAPA Membership – Join or Renew 10 AM – 2 PM
The National Organization is a "not for profit" and needs your support
 Signup sheets are at the courts for next week’s General Meeting/ Pizza Party, if you have not signed up, don't delay, Monday will be the last day to sign up

Friday, February 10, 2012



Ø  Playing on Saturday? Check in at the registration table
            1. All Women playing Age Doubles - check in at 7:30
2. Men's 2.5 skill level - check in at 7:30 AM
3. Men’s 3.0 skill level - check in at 8 AM
  4. Men’s 3.5, 4.0 and 4.5 skill level - check in at 10 AM
Ø  Not Playing? - Come to the courts and cheer on our players
Ø  First time ever - lunch will be available 11:30 - 1:30 invite your friends to join you!
    $4 - Hot dog - Chips - Soft Drink
    $5 - Hamburger / Cheeseburger /Grilled Chicken - Chips - Soft Drink      
Ø  Raffle – Tickets  3/$5 or 10/$10
Ø  Club Shirts  will be sold from 10 AM – Noon  - Good Supply of Ladies and Men’s Short Sleeve L and XL, orders will also be taken

Ø  Club Pins - $ 3 each or 2/ $5 (at USAPA table)
Ø  USAPA Membership – Join or Renew “NOW”  10AM – 2PM

Ø  Sign Up Sheets are also at the courts for next week’s General Meeting/ Pizza Party

Pre -Tournament Referee Meeting

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Club Shirts are Here

Ann Earley - Susan Hearn - Shirley Gendron - Laurel Wineinger

Our volunteers will be at the courts on Saturday from 10 AM to Noon selling shirts
There is a surplus of ladies L and XL and men’s short sleeve L and XL

Thank you to the volunteers that have made this program a success

Monday, February 6, 2012

Referee Meeting

Friday 2/10/12
4 PM
Court Pavilion

The meeting will be short, it is important that all Palm Creek Referees attend.
Referee name badges will be given out at this meeting
                                                                   Tom Gearhart

Thursday, February 2, 2012

An Invitation from Robson Ranch Pickleball Club

The Robson Ranch AZ Pickleball Club has invited us to join them on Saturday, February 18, 2012 from 11am - 4pm, for the Grand Opening of their 12 new pickleball courts. They would love for you to bring your paddle and a chair to join them in a few social games on their new courts. There will be live musical entertainment, prize drawings for pickleball paddles, and food specials!  Court times will be assigned by sign in time and level of play. Do join them and other pickleball players for some fun play and story swapping! 

New Court Addition

Ken Reese and his latest Court Contribution

In an effort to relieve the congestion at the sign up boards, during round robins, Ken designed and built this portable board.  The court schedule is easier to read, courts are easily selected for play via magnetic numbers (no more magic marker), the slide tells you which game is being played (no more little pieces of tape) and an easily accessible board to write your scores. When Ken is playing on the courts, we can usually "hear" him and he is very visible. Off the courts he is actually camera shy, Verna Moore had her work cut out for her in getting this picture.