Thursday, February 28, 2013

Notice to all Refs




TOM GEARHART  tele: # 6389

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Updates on Scheduled Play + More

Effective immediately:

Rated 3.5 players are encouraged to also sign up for Unrated 4.0 + play.  
This is for "rated" 3.5 players "only".  This will not change your rating. You will remain a rated 3.5 player, until such time you request a new rating or your rating is changed as a result of tournament play.
Playing with 4.0 players will provide you with another opportunity to improve your skills.
The policy has not changed for "unrated players".  
"Unrated" players may self rate and move up at any time, they can only play in one skill level for a full week, the week beginning on Sunday.  If after playing for one week at a higher skill level you decide to stay at that level, you will than continue to play at that level only.

We are going to busy this upcoming week. Be advised that courts will be cleaned on Saturday and Sunday from  3 - 5 PM.
Plan accordingly, if you intend to play on these days

All schedule play is canceled on Monday, March 4th
We will be holding the "Mark Friedenberg Clinic"
There is a fee of $ 5.00, to attend this clinic.  
Please do not "hang out" around the perimeter to "audit" the clinic.  Registrants will be given a wrist band so that they can leave and return.
In addition to the Clinic the club will be busy setting up the courts for the tournament

Tuesday - Thursday - All play is canceled for the tournament.

Friday - March 8th we will resume our scheduled play.
There will be schedule changes starting Sunday, March 10th
You will be updated in advance.

One last item - Cash was found on courts 1-8 early Tuesday morning.  It may have been lost on Monday.  If you can identify how much you lost, it will be returned to you.  Please contact either Mark Nelson or me.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Grand Canyon Game Medal Winners

Barb Schmidt - Theresa Orcutt - Donna Robins- Sally Dobson
LeRoy Schmidt, Vance Christiansen, Lynn Carlson, Randy Bourne, Wayne Kennedy

Monday, February 25, 2013

We Are Really Busy!

2013 Club Photo
The last club training clinic is scheduled for Thursday at 2:15 - for 3.0 players, "Intermediate Dinking". Sign up sheet is on Big Blue
Final Clinic of the Season:
This is been the most aggressive schedule so for, we opened the season with Steve Wong, we were so very fortunate to have Dennis Forbes and for the finale, Mark Friedenberg..
This is what AJ Fraties, our training coordinator has to say:
Looking for a way to sharpen your skills before our tournament? Just want to bring your game to the next level? No matter what your goals, this is for you! Yoda Friedenberg is famous as a clinician, coach, as a National Champion, as a strategist and author of the best-selling “Official Handbook of Pickleball.” Yoda has all the chops…he was president of the USAPA, was founder and president of Pro-Lite Sports (one of the premier manufacturers of paddles), and is currently writing the third edition of the “Official Handbook”, adding in new secrets that he will now share with us!  For any skill level, this clinic and Yoda will teach you something new  
Save the Date  Monday - March 4th - 10 AM - 3PM - Admission $5.00
I will let you know when you will be able to pre-register
Organized play is cancelled for March 4th - March 7th the courts will be busy with the clinic and our 10th Annual Tournament.
Kudos to Colin Caldwell, our tournament director, for applying to the USAPA and making our tournament a level Tier 2!  We are the first club in Arizona to receive this Tier, the only tournament rated higher is "The Nationals".
You will also find sign up sheets on "Big Blue" for volunteers to bake cookies for our tournament, with 418 players, we will need a lot, each volunteer is asked to bake - 2 dozen!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

General Meeting and Pizza Party

3 PM in the Ballroom
General Meeting
Followed by
Pizza Party
Bring your own beverage

This is NOT   the meeting to miss, we have important items on the agenda

  • Vote on Proposed By Laws
  • Special Election - Treasurer
  • Discuss additional court improvements
  • Open nominations for March Election
    • Positions open for nomination are:
      • President
      • Secretary
      • If By-laws are approved - 3 Directors at Large
Prior to the meeting:
  • 2 PM - Please be at the courts for club photo followed by volunteer photos
  • Last chance to order club shirts - Susan and Laurel will be in the ballroom to take your order, cash or checks in US funds accepted (payment required at time of order)

After the meeting:
  • Club pins will be available for sale - $ 3 each or 2/$5
  • USAPA Memberships - Perfect time to join the USAPA or to renew your membership
If you did not receive an e-mail about this meeting, please e-mail me with your name and site and site # at

Medals for "Bg Blue"
We are going to order the brass name plates, for members who have donated medals that have been placed on "Big Blue"
If you have a medal or medals from different tournaments from around the country, that you would like to have placed on the board, please bring them to the meeting, in a bag with your name on it (duplicates will be returned)
We are also still looking for medals from Palm Creeks first 2 tournaments: 2004 and 2005 as well as a gold and silver medal from 2008

Monday, February 18, 2013

Photo Shoot

Thursday - February 21st
at the courts 2 PM
Club photo will be taken of
ALL Pickleball Players
Followed by
Volunteer Photos
Look for your coordinator
These photos are in addition to Photos Scheduled for Monday and Tuesday!


Saturday, February 16, 2013

Training Clinic Update

Previously cancelled because of rain

3.0.2 - Intermediate Dinking - has been rescheduled :
Tuesday - February 19th   2-4 PM

3.05 - Intermediate Lob and Return of Lob

Friday - February 22nd   2-4 PM

Sign up sheets are on Big Blue

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Championship Play



Many thanks to all the volunteers who made this event possible!

Venture Out Medal Winners


Theresa Orcutt - Pete Mattson - Lynn Carlson - Donna Robins
not shown Randy Bourne- Al Hager-Lance Thiede

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

A Second Chance

Did you miss ordering your club shirt the first time?

You now have a second chance
Friday, 2/22, from 12:30 to 3:00 in Senora South.

                                                                XS – XL              2XL & 3XL
Ladies poly short sleeve                       $15                      $17
Men's poly short sleeve                       $15                      $17
Unisex poly long sleeve                       $18                       $20
Unisex cotton                                        $10                       $12
We will have sample shirts available, and payment must be made when you order, so bring cash or an American bank check.
Sharon Hearn and Laurel Wineinger - Coordinators


 We are still having the "Critique" meeting for all referees regarding the "In House" Tournament on Wednesday, February 13th at 3:00 p.m......BUT! Please come to the tennis pavilion instead! We will have an hour meeting and then go right into our Wednesday social hour at 4:00.   
Thank you!
Tom and Jeanne

Sunday, February 10, 2013

ALL Referees!

A message from Tom and Jeanne Gearhart

All Referees! Please come to a "REFEREE CRITIQUE" meeting 
Wednesday, February 13th, at 3:00 up at the Pickleball courts 
This will give us all a chance to "Critique" what went on in our "In House" tournament and maybe better prepare us for our annual tournament.

Please Attend 

Friday, February 8, 2013

Resident Tournament

We are all looking forward to three days of fun and competition. We have a record breaking number of players this year (220+) competing. Volunteers have put in countless hours in preparing for this event. This will be the first time we will be using the latest software for the brackets!  By the end of the tournament 138 Medals will be awarded!.
All the players will be bringing their "A" game and sportsmanship to the courts.  It is really difficult to cheer for a team when everyone playing is part of the "home team".  It is always correct to applaud a great rally or a great shot. For new comers to the game, it is never correct to applaud a bad shot or an error.
The Sports Grill will be preparing lunch for a fixed cost of $5.00 for Sandwich, chips and Drink!
USAPA Table will be set up to register new members and for renewals
Club Pins will also be available $3 each or 2 for $5 (think Valentines Day)

Monday, February 4, 2013

Medal Winners

Congratulations to our Medal Winners!

Voyager Holiday Tournament
Connie Emerson, Al Hager, Sandi Feller, Sandy Stephens, Barb Schmidt
Mario Najera, Lynn Carlson, Les Scott, Lance Thiede

Mesa Regal Tournament
Al Hager, Sandi Feller, Lance Thiede

Surprise Tournament
 Mario Najera,Geri Grodinsky,Craig McGarraugh, Lance Thiede

Tucson Senior Olympics
Al Hager, Connie Emerson, Joyce Staffen, Wayne Kennedy,Randy Bourne, Marg Wilderman
Tom Gearhart, Lynn Carlson, John Jetelina, Lance Thiede Dan and Brenda Jmaeff

Happy Trails Tournament
Sandi Feller, Geri Gradinsky, Al Hager, Lance Thiede

Mission Royal Tournament
Joyce Staffen, Donna Robins, Teresa Orcutt,Al Hager, Wayne Kennedy, Vera Loskot,Sandy Stephens,
Morgan Robins, Pete Mattson, MikeDobson, Lynn Carlson, Lance Thiede, Dan and Brenda Jmaeff
                                              All Photos courtesy of Pat Lively

For a complete list of this seasons medal winners, click on this link

This Seasons Medal Winners


Resident Tournament Update

This link will gives you the Resident Tournament Schedule and Brackets

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Special Election

Vern Jacobsen has resigned as Treasurer.  Pursuant to the Bylaws, the Executive Board has appointed  Roger Fellows to fill this position, until we hold a special election.
As previously announced, we will hold a special election at this month's general meeting.
The newly elected Treasurer's term will  end March 31, 2014
If you are interested in running for this position, please send your biography to Mark Nelson, club president.

 Roger Fellows has stepped forward to run for this office, click on the link below for his biography.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Referee Meeting

To All referees (both new and old):
Referee meeting for our upcoming "IN House" Tournament will be held 4:00 Friday afternoon at the pickleball courts. It will be short. We need to find out who will be able to referee right off the bat at 7:30 a.m. each one of the mornings of that tournament and we'll need at least 24! Please make every effort to attend. You are definitely needed!
Tom and Jeanne Gearhart