Thursday, November 29, 2012

Taking home the Gold!



Wayne Kennedy and Lynn Carlson
Gold Medal Winners
West Valley Senior Games

Gary Baker
Gold Medal Winner
Utah Pickleball Championship

Tuesday, November 27, 2012


Join Us
Wednesday 4:00 PM
Court Pavilion
(by old courts)
Social Hour
Bring a Beverage and a Snack
Friday 6:30 PM
at the old courts
All players are requested to turn out to support and cheer our Pickleball Float
Our Club members have done a "Great Job"
This Float will be entered in the Casa Grande Light Parade competing for "most original"
All night play has been suspended until we have lit courts, pickleball addicts, let us know if you want to play earlier, we will see if we can fit in the schedule.
Monitors for 2.0
The last I heard we still need monitors
Monitor training will be provided.
Please contact Pat Kelly at X 7097 or

Monday, November 26, 2012

Check The Menu

When checking the Blog, be sure to check for new or updated items:
 Recently Added:
Court Captain schedule
Member Information Form - (each and everyone of you need to complete this form)
Registration forms for our Resident and Annual Tournaments
A description of the Shoot-out format
Pickleball Canada (was added this summer)
Court schedule was updated today
More updates are on the way  


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Monthly Meeting

We have an informative agenda and we are also seeking your suggestions. 
Bring a snack to socialize after the meeting
You will also have the opportunity
1. Purchase a club pin - $3 ea. of 2/$5
2. Complete the club information sheet and pay seasonal fees or elect to pay as you play
3. Join the USAPA, or renew your membership

New Organized Play Events

A  women's 3.0+ Shootout has been added to the schedule on Wednesday mornings. This is a new event for this level of play. For more information click on this link

A Mixed 4.5+ Rated Round Robin has been added to the schedule, to provide competitive play at this level
The Larry Peterson 70+ Mixed Round Robin, is already starting to fill up - A great event for players in this age group to have fun, social play, regardless of skill level.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

In The News

The Crew

The Club "Muscle"  moved the old "sign up board" to the new courts, the new boards are a work in progress

Lance Thiede

Lance is painting the lumber for our new sign up boards
"US Open Blue"


Mary Whitfield - Lance Thiede - Vance Christiansen - Lynn Carlson

Huntsman World Senior Game Medal Winners
Al Hager - Sandy Stephens - Gerry Winter - Lance Thiede - Mary Whitfield
Not in picture - Morgan Robins

Wine Raffle

Our resident club wine connesieur, Roger Fellows selected 12 bottles of wine to raffle at this months craft fair.  Thanks to Phil and Cathy Paramore, Audrey Hill, Brenda Jmaeff and Roger Fellows for volunteering run this raffle.
Congratulations to this months winners: Joyce and Larry Staffen
Be sure to buy tickets for the next raffle December 10th, you may be the next lucky winner!!!!!! 


Monitors Needed

Volunteers Needed to Monitor 2.0 Round Robins

Looking for a way to help promote Pickleball and have fun in the process? The Club is looking for monitors to assist new players during 2.0 Round Robins. To qualify, you must play at the 3.0 level or higher, have a thorough understanding of the rules, have a positive attitude, and a desire to help new players grow their skills and play safely.
 Monitor training will be provided.
  Please contact Pat Kelly at X 7097 or

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Thank You

Gigi LeMaster  - Cookie Drake  - Steve Wong

Annually, A.J. Fraties, our training coordinator sets up a clinic to kick off the season.  This year 133 club members participated in the 2 day clinic and 68 members signed up for a class!  Everyone enjoyed the clinic and some thought it was the best one to date !
This was a great event to hold on the opening day of our new courts!!
The Sports Grill served lunch on Friday - The chicken salad wrap, received rave reviews!


Friday, November 16, 2012

Opening Day

Opening Play on our New Courts!
Thank You Palm Creek!

Day One of Steve Wong Clinic

Our club had a "great" first day on the new courts!  Friday will be another "great" day!
The Steve Wong Clinic - Part 2
All Spectators must check in at the registration table
If you are pre-registered we will check you in and give you your wrist band
Need to register - not a problem - Fee $5.00 register when you arrive
Registration will open at 8:30 AM
Signed up for a class with Steve Wong - check the list(s) that are posted at both the old and new courts
Lunch will be available at the new courts - 11:00 AM  - $ 5.00
Chicken Salad Wrap, with chips and a drink
Or you can purchase any of these items separately!
For your convenience:
Pickelball Paddles will be sold - Al Hager will tell you the advantages of each paddle, stop by his table
For those of you have not completed a club information sheet or paid seasonal fees, these forms are available at the check in desk
USAPA Membership forms will also be available for new members and renewals at the registration table

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Courts Being Prepped

Final preparation of our new courts
We can always count on our club members to volunteer!
We look forward to seeing you at the court opening!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

New Court Opening and More!!!!!!!!!!!

 OPENING THURSDAY 11/15/2012  9 AM
Join us at the new courts Thursday at 9 AM, please wear your newest club shirt, Yellow - White - Red.  Bring your paddle!  Play at the old courts will stop at 8:30 AM, for all to attend this opening! 
Thursday -  1 PM -   2:30 PM  - Please arrive to check in at 12:30 PM
Friday -      9 AM - 10:30 PM  - Please arrive to check in at   8:30 AM
Already Registered - Please check in each day to receive a wrist band
Would like to register - Yes you can register the day of the clinic, at the check in desk, you may have to wait a bit, there will be room for all who wish to attend - Fee $ 5.00
Note: Paddles will be sold during the clinic, this is a great opportunity to evaluate the pros and cons of the different paddles available.
Photos will be taken immediately following the official  court opening Thursday morning, please bring your medals

Prior to using our new courts Thursday, we need to get them "perfectly" clean.  We do not want small stones, etc. to scratch our beautiful new courts.  Please come to the new courts today, with heavy duty sweep brooms at 1 PM, the more help the quicker it will go. 
This season it is required to check in 30 minutes prior to the start of your round robin,   don't be disappointed because you arrive too late to check in and play. ( You need to look for the Captain)
Due to all the activity this week, social hour this afternoon is cancelled


Sunday, November 11, 2012

We are Busy!!!

Steve Wong Clinic

If you would like to know more about Steve, here is an update:
This past week Steve Wong was the Tournament Director for the USAPA National Tournament,  which he ran  extremely  well.  Most would be worn out from undertaking this project.  Steve was energized, evidenced by his tournament play.
The bracket this year for Open Men's Doubles consisted of 60 teams starting from age 19+ on up... Steve and his partner took home "The Gold Medal"
The bracket for Open Mixed Doubles was much the same except it had 66 teams, once again Steve took home the "The Gold Medal".  If this were not enough, in Men's Doubles Age 19+  he won the Gold medal and Silver Medal in Mixed Doubles Age!!!!!

Clinic 1 PM - 2:30

Clinic 9 AM - 10:30
Class sessions are almost completely filled 

We will be at the courts Monday 11/12 from 10 AM - Noon to register you
You can attend both clinics for a single fee of $5.00

Class sessions are limited to 24 per session, very few openings remain, the first to pay $5 for the class on Monday will be the ones who have reserved a place. Once they are gone , they are gone!

If you cannot be at the courts on Monday, we will also do registrations for the clinics at the Craft Fair on Tuesday from  9 AM - 1PM

Last chance to pay for the clinic will be just prior to the clinics, you will have to wait, pre-paid attendees will be admitted first and guaranteed a seat!

Seasonal Fees and Information Sheet

Monday, while at the courts we will also be collecting seasonal fees and information sheets, to be clear each club member needs to complete an information sheet.  As to fees, you have a choice: 
Pay a seasonal fee of $ 20 or Pay 50 Cents for each round robin/shoot out that you participate.
There is also a Third option:  If you have a non playing spouse they can sign up as a "Friend" for $ 5 to support our club and to attend social functions.
Going forward someone will be at the courts on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 9 AM - 11AM, to collect these forms. If you are going to pay the seasonal fee, please take advantage of these times, as this is when stickers will be placed on badges. If you are going to pay as you play you can hand in the information sheet at a round robin. 

Craft Fair

Starting this Tuesday our club will have a table at the Craft Fair, we will be raffling a "CASE of WINE" winning ticket will be picked at the close of the Fair.  Please be sure to drop by, say Hello and take a chance on winning the wine! 

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Round Rob in Sign - Up


Please sign-up at the “old courts” for the upcoming round robins that will “Officially” Be starting on Friday November 16th AT THE NEW COURTS!

Due to space restrictions there is not enough room to put all the upcoming round robins in order, but we will do our best.  Please look for your skill level and time on the big board and also on the smaller one to the left of the shed on the Pickleball court fence.
Starting Saturday November 17th we hope to be able to have the sign-up sheets at the NEW COURTS!

Thank You,
Sandi Feller
Round Robin Coordinator

Friday, November 2, 2012

Round Robin Captain Meeting

photos courtesy of Sandy Stephens

Round Robin Coordinator Sandi Feller
As our club has grown and the number of Round Robins will double this season, in the position of coordinator, Sandi has raised the bar.  Each Captain was given a handbook, that clearly defines a Captains duties and responsibilities.  Sandi has also redesigned a Pamphlet for "Player Guidelines."

Captains enjoyed the meeting and are looking forward to the new season !

Court Update

Courtesy of Sue Hepler
The first 12 courts are complete!

We are looking forward to playing on them on 11/15
In the interim - we will be working on sign up boards, etc.