Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The Nationals 2013


This years USAPA  National Medal Winners

            Brenda Jmaeff and Sally Dobson (not in picture)  Bronze Medal Women's Age
                                           Al Hager  Silver Medal Mixed Doubles Age
                                         Lynn Carlson  Gold Medal Men's Doubles Age

Each year the competition becomes more challenging, the USAPA promoted this years tournament as the  largest to date:  640 registered players, from 39 states and 5 countries!

Pickleball Co-Founder Barney McCallum

Pickleball Ambassadors and players had a special treat this year.  Barney (now 87 years old). Sponsored this year's Ambassador dinner. Barney talked to us about the origin of the games, the processes involved in making the rules for a brand new game .  As with any enterprise, he also shared some of the start up pains.  Barney spent a lot of time at the courts watching many of the matches.  It appeared that he truly enjoyed long days at the court, appreciating the growth of the sport and the joy the sport has given to so many.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Mike Salas Memorial

As many of you have heard, Mike Salas a pickleball player from Mission Royale died on November 11th
Chris McKibbon asked that our club members be notified of the Memorial Service
Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. Monday, at J. Warren Funeral Services, The Gardens Chapel.  A scripture service will follow at 2 p.m.
Chris has invited all to Mike's home in Mission Royale after the service, address - 2521 Fiesta Drive

Friday, November 15, 2013

DAVID LEROY LUCHI (1937 - 2013)

Dave attending our very first clinic
For every member that shared a court with Dave, there is a different memory.  The one memory that we all share is that Dave Loved pickleball.

David LeRoy Luchi, 76, of Mount Vernon passed away Saturday, November 9, 2013.He was born on March 9, 1937 in Cut Bank, Montana and graduated from Cut Bank High School with the Class of 1955. A long time Skagit County resident, David worked 35 years for Olympic Pipeline.
 In 1979 he married Eleanor Gabrielsen and they enjoyed hunting and outdoor activities together, and attended Viewcrest Assembly of God Church. David loved playing pickleball, basketball, tennis and card games. He also enjoyed hiking, shooting and hunting. In their retirement years, he and Eleanor loved to travel, especially to Arizona and Montana.
David is survived by his wife, Eleanor of the family home; two sons, Dave (and wife, Rose) and Mike; one daughter, Sheri (and husband, Steve); three grandsons, Bryan, Alex and Jon; four granddaughters, Jeny, Angela, Amanda and Madi; 5 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Lovell and Delbert; and one sister, Elaine. He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Mae; grandparents, Eugene and Dora; one son, Ron; two brothers, Larry and Ronnie; and one sister, Darlene.

Condolences may be sent to:
Mrs. Eleanor Luchi
PO Box 744
Mt. Vernon, WA 98273

Thursday, November 14, 2013


November 19-24
For Palm Creek Residents Only
You will want to Register Early as  the number of participants is limited!

Pickleball Guru Academy 2-Day Clinic - Beginner-3.5 Level
Unlike most larger-group clinics, you won’t be sitting around long. With a little time for explanation, this clinic is mostly on the-court practice & drills to help you master the fundamental shots.

Level 1 - How to Win a Point in the First 3 Shots
• The Deceptively Simple Serve
• The Deep Service Return
• The Drop Shot & the Approach!

Level 2 - How to Force the Other Team to Give you the Point or Hit a Great Shot
• Dunk the Dink
• Vigorous Volleys
• Pound the Put-Aways

Minimum registration of 24 required. Maximum capacity 48. Can offer repeat session if there is interest.

Open Forum Q & A’s - Advanced/4.5+ players
This will be a facilitated, open-forum discussion for players to ask questions & discuss advanced strategy, tactics & techniques.
Minimum registration of 16. Maximum capacity of 50. Can offer repeat session if there is interest.

Individual, Pair & Foursome Lessons - For All Levels
Private lessons last 1½ hours. Scheduling is on a first-come, first-served basis & limited to 4 sessions a day as outlined in
the schedule. Pair lessons MAY include 2 players of somewhat different skill levels. Foursome lessons may NOT include
players of different skill levels -- all four players should be of approximately the SAME skill level.
Limited availability: 3 individual lessons, 5 pair lessons & 8 foursome lessons available.

Clinic Information and Registration
Click on link

Expert Pickleball Analysis, Coaching & Drills


The Blog has an updated look this season
The Calendar will continually provide dates of interest, the monthly board meetings are already listed

A few updated links to check:

  • Resident and Annual Registration Forms
  • Club Contact Information

Monday, November 11, 2013

For all Palm Creek Pickleball Players

Please fill out this form completely,the information collected assists the board in making informed decisions.
Think of this as a 2 part process
Part 1 - Submitting the completed form, will automatically make you a club member, you will receive updates from the club, you will be added the club roster. A new form must be completed each season, your skill level, site #, e-mail etc. may have changed. Each player is to complete their own form.
Part 2 - Pay to play.  There are several choices on the attached form.  
The seasonal fees remained the same as last year. Players who pay the seasonal fee, will be given a sticker for their badge, indicating that they have paid for the season, this is also updated on the roster. Paying the seasonal fee has made it better for all!
Players over the course of the season save money, check in for organized play is quicker, you no longer have to think about taking money to the courts.  If you are only at the courts for open play, it is requested that you pay the seasonal fee.
With these fees, the club supplies the balls for the courts, training paddles, pays for all the ink, paper and signage to keep the club organized and the annual pizza party!
( Balls etc. are not supplied by Palm Creek for the courts.) If you choose not to participate as a club member, pickleball's are available in the pro shop for purchase.

On November 18th, organized play will start, forms and fees will be collected at the courts by Board Members, Round Robin Captains and the Welcome table.

click on link

Questions: Can readily be answered at the courts

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Save the Dates

The Club Calendar has been updated
  • First Round Robin Captain's meeting, Sunday 11/17,  2 PM at the Courts
  • Monthly Club Meetings, the 3rd Thursday of each month 4 PM San Tan Room
  • Organized Play will begin on Sunday 11/17
Stay informed by checking the Blog and the Blog Calendar a couple of times a week
Many more updates will be posted on the calendar in the days ahead!

Friday, November 8, 2013

USAPA Nationals

Tournament begins on Monday 11/11 at Sun City Festival, Buckeye, AZ.

If you are not competing, form a car pool and take a day trip to spectate. This tournament is like no other.

Age of athletes participating - 9 years old to 89 years old.
Open Mixed Doubles  has 95 teams competing; 60 of those teams have a 5.0 Player.
Mixed Doubles by age has 196 teams!

135 Men are competing in singles, including our LeRoy Schmidt
and 57 women including our Barb Schmidt and Connie Emerson

More club members to cheer: Sally Dobson, Brenda Jmaeff, Thersa Orcutt, Vance Christiansen, Al Hager, Dan Jmaeff, Dennis Runyan, Lance Thiede and Dave Touchet. (apology to anyone I may have missed)

USAPA National Tournament
click on link for more details

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Filling Up Fast

Prem Carnot clinic is just 2 weeks away, now is the time to sign up

Reminder: Clinic is for Palm Creek Residents Only

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Plan ahead....

Resident Tournament Registration is Now Open
You can register on line
or you can print a form, from the Club Information section to the right
This tournament is all inclusive
Skill levels start at 2.5
Everyone can sign up and join the fun
(as long as you meet the residency requirements)