We met with Wendell today to look at the finished plans for the courts. The plans look great! They are building all 24 courts. 4 of the courts will sunken 3 feet below ground level. The sunken courts will give outstanding viewing and be used for medal matches. This is a first in the pickleball world. As we requested, all courts will be individually fenced with 4 ' fencing. The courts will all have 7' from sideline to fence and 10' from baseline to fence. This is a big improvement from our current courts. The west side of our courts are close to the softball field. This fence will be a 10' chain link fence. If foul balls from softball become an issue Palm Creek will look at installing a net to prevent balls from leaving the softball field. There are plenty of water outlets for drinking faucets, misting systems and court cleaning. There are also plenty of electrical outlets for running tournaments, ball machines and other power equipment. Internet access is available at the courts. We will be able to do real time tournament result updates at the court. I also want to install web cameras at the courts. I'd love to be able to go to the web cam page and be able to see who is playing at the courts. It would also be nice to be able to see if weather is impacting play. Is it too windy or too wet. We are also getting 3 areas to for storage. We can use these for bag holders or storage sheds. There is a separate pavilion area just for pickleball. We get our very own spot with tables, chairs and shade. There are bathrooms and a snack shack at the north end of the courts. Plans are being made for shade along the main corridors where we sit between matches.
We discussed court colors and court speed. Many of you that have played on the new courts at Robson have commented how much you like the court surface there. You like the way it plays and you like the way it looks. We asked that our court surface be identical to the Robson courts. Their courts have blue playing field with green kitchens and out-of-bounds. Their court speed is medium. The speed refers to how fast a ball comes off the surface and is controlled by the amount of silica sand that is mixed in with the acrylic surface coating. The same contractor that did Robson is doing our courts. He will be able to duplicate the surface very easily.
There is so much to like about our new courts but there were a couple of things that didn't get in the plan. Only 8 of the courts will have lighting to start. The budget on this project started at $250,000 and is currently at $500,000. There was no more room in the budget for more lighting. The infrastructure for lighting the other 16 courts will be installed when the cement is poured. Wire chases and poles will be in place when we are able to afford to light more courts. We discussed the possibility of doing some club fund raisers to help with the lighting costs. Wendell is very open to that. Some of our gates also became a victim of the budget. The number of entrance gates was reduced so there is some walking thru courts to access back courts. We made suggestions on how to increase the number of gates. I believe we will get more gates than are currently in the plan.
I am very excited about this plan. We will have a one of a kind facility in the pickleball world. Palm Creek is to be commended for the effort and money they are putting into pickleball. They believe that pickleball is a key part of attracting new residents and backed that belief with a great facility. The plan for construction is to pour concrete at the end of May or early June. The concrete will need to cure before the surface coat is applied. The surface will be applied in October and be ready to play November 1st.
I'll furnish more updates whenever we have new information.
Our Round Robin Coordinator, Sandi Feller has advised that it is becoming too warm at 10AM for Round Robin Play. Blank sheets are posted on the board for you to create your own Round Robins at a time that is convenient for you.
Round Robin history - those were the days my friend
The first club Round Robins were played on Saturdays only
Fee: 10 cents - where did the money go - "Winners take all"
You have heard the expression he who laughs first - does not laugh last
When the club was organized, Round Robin fees increased to 25 cents
The policy at the the time was for collected funds to be turned into the Activities Office
The First Club Treasurer, Fred Moor, took the collected funds to the Activities Office - $3.75. The Activities Director at the the time laughed and told Fred to "keep it". The Club has kept it ever since !
Thanks to all of you for cooking burgers at the End of Season Party
Roger Fellows, Karen Fellows, Mike Harris, Michael Hill,
Barry Halloway, Steve Kiesler, Pat + John Lively,
Lee + Verna Moore, Ed Obermeyer, Marg Ouimet,
Marilyn Skees and Neal Renga.
Palm Creek just gave a check to the Pickleball Club for the profits from the burger sales. The check is for $700. They also gave us a check for $195 for participating in the Dunk Tank. That's a total of $895 raised for the club at the party.
Thank you again to all that cooked burgers, threw balls at the Dunk Tank, or ate hamburgers. You were a huge help to the club. A special thanks to Al Hagerfor going under for the club.
Mark Nelson Club President
Editorial Comment: A club Thank You to Mark Nelson for also going under for the club in the Dunk Tank
Nancy has made a significant contribution over the years to both the sport and our club. The number of players who took their first lessons from Nancy are countless. In addition to the mechanics of the game, as a great ambassador, Nancy makes "every" new player know that they are welcome on the courts and the real reason to play is to have "fun".
In 2004, Nancy was one of the first women players from our club to compete at The Huntsman World Senior Games. Throughout the years Nancy has taken home many medals, competing in tournaments from Tucson to Utah!
I've personally taken great pride in the honesty of the pickleball players at Palm Creek. I've seen paddles left at the courts undisturbed for days until their owner remembered where they left it and came back for it. I've seen a few situations where paddles have come up missing only to have an embarrassed player bring the lost paddle back after mistakenly putting it in their bag. I could not imagine that anyone would purposely take a paddle that wasn't theirs. I don't want to change my belief in the honesty of our players but we've had two paddles reported missing that have not turned up in the usual manner of someone having mistakenly taken it. I'm asking everyone to look in their bag and see if there is a paddle that they might've picked up by accident. Please let me know and we can get the paddles back to their rightful owner.
Thursday April 6th the City of Casa Grande approved the zoning change necessary
to make the proposed changes at Palm Creek. One of those changes is our new
pickleball facility of 24 courts. Work can now start on the new addition to Palm
Creek. The road work on Cottonwood Rd will start first. The work on the new
courts is currently scheduled to start in late May. Palm Creek wants the cement
poured no later than early June before it gets too hot. The cement will then be
allowed to cure until September when the surfaces will be applied. If everything
stay on schedule we will have use of the new courts in
Imagine my surprise, reading the April USAPA newsletter, and finding the following article. It is your support that gives our club a voice, I am happy that this is the second item this year, that I raised and had a positive resolution!
No Dumb Questions: How Old Am I and
Reese of Casa Grande, Ariz., writes, “The membership would love to hear from the
board regarding age standardization for sanctioned tournaments. From what I hear
they don't care which way it is done, either age the day of your birthday or age
as of 12/31 of the year of the tournament.” Rosemary just asks that it be the
same for all sanctioned tournaments. Answer
USAPA president Bill Booth
provides a detailed explanation. The practice of using the player’s age as of
the end of the year has been in the tournament points document for several years. This is so
players can accumulate tournament points in their age group for the entire year.
If age was determined as of the date of the tournament, a player’s point totals
could be split into two different age groups on an unequal basis. In that case
tournament points based on age groups would be meaningless.
The date for
age determination should have also been in the sanctioning requirements, but was
not. That oversight has been corrected. The following statement has been added
to the sanctioning requirements document: “A player's age in a
sanctioned tournament will be determined by the player's age on December 31. An
exception will be made if a state senior games organization mandates a different
date in their tournament.” Our policy is in agreement with the rules of the Huntsman World Senior Games and the rules of the national games of the National Senior Games
Association (NSGA). Even though the NSGA policy is to determine age as of
December 31, individual states that sponsor senior games or senior Olympics
under the umbrella of NSGA have inconsistent policies. We have no control over
the policies of the state games because there are many sports involved. We make
an exception for those states because we believe that it is important to
sanction those tournaments. If you are participating in the state games of any
state that is an exception, please urge them to standardize on the policy of the
parent NSGA organization