Sunday, December 28, 2014



Tuesday January 6, 2015  
2:00 to 4:00 P.M.

Sports Pavilion

Tuesday January 13, 2015 
2:00 to 4:00 P.M.

Pickleball Courts

Come and learn how to be a referee. If you have not refereed before, we ask that you attend both sessions. 

Palm Creek Pickleball Club offers a certification program which qualifies you to referee in  all sanctioned tournaments. Our club needs good referees for our two Palm Creek tournaments.

Come and learn another aspect of this wonderful game and have fun doing it. You do not have to be a good player to be a good referee.

The requirements for certification are: 1. Attend both sessions. 2. Get a USAPA Rule Book and know the rules. 3. Referee 12 games before our in-house tournament, three of which must be with a “Referee Mentor” assigned to you. 4.Take the USAPA Referee Test and get no more than 3 wrong. It is an open book test, so you can look up the answers. You will receive a certificate of completion and a Palm Creek Referee Badge.

Palm Creek Pickleball Club needs you.

Clinic put on by Tom & Jeanne Gearhart.  Site 389  Phone #6389

(Sign up on the Referee Sign Up Sheet on the Round Robin Board.)

(Tom Gearhart and Irene Fraties serve on a USAPA Referee Committee.  Our mission is to come up with a USAPA Referee Certification Program. I can tell you that if this program is adopted before Jan. 6th then we will teach that program and you will become USAPA Certified. The program we are teaching now will be very close to the one being discussed by our committee.)

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Need A Stocking Stuffer

Time is running out on last minute shopping, 
Every pickleball player can  use a USAPA membership or renewal,
(renewals start at end of current membership period)
Stop by Site # 1310 and we will get this done in a jiffy

Rosemary Reese - USAPA Ambassador

Thursday, December 18, 2014

December Meeting

 Members attended the monthly meeting and had a good 
time socializing after meeting

Stephanie Royo showing the club shirt to Sandy

Time To Be Creative

Help Us Rename the Annual Tournament
                                    Submitted By:  Bob VanderLinden

- Submit a Catchy, Exciting, Unique name that represents our premier senior tournament and our premier resort.

The Annual Tournament is not only our Club's premier pickleball tournament it is one of the largest in the country and the only Tier 2 sanctioned tournament run by a club.  But the name boring and mundane! 

The Board and the Tournament Committee would like to spice it up and find an identifiable name that can represent our tournament out into the future.   We would like your help coming up with a memorable, distinctive name that exemplifies our premier tournament.  We need to move ahead quickly, so will have a deadline of 2 weeks.  

Deadline for Submittals:  Midnight Dec 31st.  The Board will make a final decision shortly after Jan 1. 
Email to:     
Subject Line:  New Name

Please put on your imagination hats and submit as many names as you want by the end of 2014!  Any and all submittals are encouraged.

There will be a fantabulous prize!   

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Medal Winners!!


Mesa Regal
 Brenda + Dan Jmaeff - Donna Robins
Not in picture - Don Simmons

Southwest Regional
Lance Thiede
Not in picture - Marsha + Byron Freso - Don Simmons

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Time To Look for a Partner

Yes, it is that time already. 
Never played in a tournament before? The time is Now!
You can play in 4 local tournaments:
  • Our Resident Tournament
  • Our Annual Tournament
  • Mission Royale Tournament
  • Robson Ranch Tournament
The Resident Tournament is for YOU!
You play with same people you play with every day!
Volunteers put as much work into this tournament as they do the Annual Tournament
This tournament is for ALL club members, click on the Resident Tournament Link for the details

2015 Resident Tournament Form

Once you get the fever you are going to want to play in more tournaments,
Our Annual Tournament is in  March -  20 teams playing at the 3.0 level, 36 teams at the 3.5 level, 46 teams at the 4.5 level and 8 teams at the 5.0 (not including mixed doubles) have already registered!
What do all these teams know that you don't?  Sign up and Find Out!

2015 Annual Tournament Registration Form

The number of  players at the 3.0 and 3.5 skill level playing in tournaments, has grown quickly
Spend a little time at :

You can look at past, current and future tournaments, you can see player list etc.
 For players who have registered on Tournaments, it would be much appreciated if you would list and or add Palm Creek as your club.  You can have 2 clubs listed by entering Palm Creek/ your other club

 Want to know more?
Check out this years medal winner list under "Club Information", these players can tell you why the compete and why they travel to compete.
Want more information specific to our tournaments:
Our Tournament Committee members are always ready to talk tournaments
Bob VanderLinden, Chuck MacDonald, Les Scott, Karen and Roger Fellows

Monday, December 8, 2014

Voyager Holiday Tournament Winners

Chuck MacDonald - Ross Perkin - Marg Ouimet 
Lance Thiede - Al Hager - Kerry Hawthorne
Not shown: Brenda and Dan Jmaeff

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Sunday Fun

Sunday Couples play is underway and having fun
Be sure to sign up and join them next week

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Welcome Table

New to pickleball or to pickleball at Palm Creek?
Make your first stop, our welcome orientation.
Wednesday, December 3rd and December 10th at  2:30 PM
South entrance of the courts

Saturday, November 29, 2014

The Medal List Grows


4th Annual East Valley Tournaments
Don Simmons - Brenda + Dan Jmaeff
not in picture Sally Dobson

SPA Fundraiser #1
Sally Dobson and Marsha Freso

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thursday, November 20, 2014

First Meeting of the Season

 Diane Weyant - well prepared to sign up members for the season

First meeting of the season well attended, looks like  125 chairs were filled
Minutes will be posted when reviewed and approved by the board

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Tournament Registration is Now Open

Submitted by: Karen Fellows

Grab your partner!! Registration for both the Resident and Annual Pickleball Tournaments opens Saturday, November 15.

The Resident tournament is scheduled for February 7-9, 2015Saturday-Monday. This year we will be offering skill based events for Men's
Doubles, Women's Doubles & Mixed Doubles. In addition, age/skill levels will be offered for Men's Doubles & Women's Doubles.  In these events, your
bracket will be determined by the lowest age and the highest skill level of you or your partner.  Registration closes January 28, so get your
registrations in early. We have some fun things in the planning stages, so stay tuned for future announcements.

The 12th Annual Palm Creek Pickleball Tournament is scheduled for March 6-8, 2015Friday-Sunday.  This year we will be offering skill based events for
Men's Doubles, Women's Doubles & Mixed Doubles. This tournament is a Tier 2 Seniors Skill Level tournament sanctioned by USAPA. Registration closes
February 24, 2015.  Pizza and beer will also be offered one evening during the tournament, along with more fun in the planning stages.   

Online registration is available at You can pay using a credit card through PayPal even if you do not have a PayPal
account. Or, you can register by completing a registration form and pay with cash or checks drawn on US bank accounts. A drop box will be available at
the courts on the north side of Big Blue North to deliver your registrations to the registrars.  

Friday, November 14, 2014

LED Reader Board

Up to the minute updates can now be found on the club's new message board
Steve Mueller is the Coordinator for this project

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Club Membership

Kicking off the new season 
Membership Form and New Stickers  will be available: 
At the courts: 7:30 - 10 AM
11/15 Saturday  
11/18 Tuesday 
11/20  Thursday
Also after out Monthly Club Meeting - on Wednesday 11/19

 Fee: $ 20 per member - it is requested that you bring exact amount

Monday, November 10, 2014


USAPA VI National Tournament Winners

Brenda Jmaeff and Lynn Carlson
Not in picture: Sally Dobson. Byron Freso, Al Hager

Note: Updated Medal List can be found under Club Information

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Inter-community is underway (amended)

Caroline Anderson of Robson Ranch has organized Women's  Inter-community for 3.0 and 3.5 players this season. Caroline advised, if there is enough interest, Robson will also host Women's at the 2.5 skill level
Play is on the schedule for Wednesday's at Noon
Lise Nolin is on board to Captain Women's 3.5.    
Women 4.0+ play is organized by Robin Wyrick, is played on Wednesday's at Mission Royale at Noon. Barb Schmidt is on board to captain this group
This is a great opportunity to meet players in the community.
Captain position for 3.0 and 2.5 is open. 
Please arrive early and remember to wear your name badge. If you have any questions, please e-mail at:

Thursday, November 6, 2014

November Play

Click on link for organized play schedule, sign up sheets are on Big Blue

New to the game? Beginner lessons start on Monday, November 10th - 2 PM
Sign up sheets can be found on the Big Blue Board

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Membership Fees

In order to simplify the process of collecting membership fees and make it easier for our round robin captains,  the board has approved the following changes to the fee schedule. The fee schedule covers both organized and open play.

If you sign up between November 1st and February 1st.  $20.00 (for the entire season)

If you sign up between February 1st and April 1st.  $15.00

For anyone in the park 10 days or fewer at anytime during the season, no charge.

We will begin selling memberships on November 15th. You may play before that time without paying. We hope everyone had a great summer and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

The Season Begins

As the USAPA National Tournament is underway this week in Buckeye, AZ.  Our members are returning daily and are on the courts ready to play. The Men's and Women's Shootout will start this Wednesday, November 5th. Women's Shootout is coordinated by Donna Christiansen and the Men's Shootout by Vance Christiansen, Sign up sheets are on the South Blue Board.   You will also find Sign Up sheets for Round Robins, which will be organized by players until the end of this month.  Starting December 1st  Round Robins will officially begin per the Court Schedule with Captains.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The New Tournament Season

The Season kicked off this year in Nevada
Nevada Senior Games
Mike and Sally Dobson
Mike won a Gold Medal in Men's Doubles
Sally won a Gold Medal in Mixed Doubles and 
the Bronze Medal in Women's age

LeRoy Schmidt
Bronze Medal - Men's Doubles

Marsha Freso
Gold Medal - Women's Doubles

Fall Brawl
Sally Dobson
Silver Medal - Mixed Doubles
Bronze Medal - Women's Doubles

Huntsman World Senior Games
Randy Bourne
Silver Medal - Men's Doubles
Bronze Medal - Mixed Doubles

Connie Emerson
Silver Medal - Mixed Doubles

Carol Lindow
Gold Medal - Women's Doubles 4.5
Silver Medal - Women's Doubles Age
Bronze Medal - Mixed Doubles

Don Simmons
Silver Medal  - Men's Doubles 4.5
Bronze Medal - Men's Doubles Age

Arizona Senior Olympics
Lance Thiede
Bronze Medal - Men's Doubles


Starting with National Games we will go back to posting a group picture, of medal winners, for each tournament.  Barb Schmidt has volunteered to take these pictures for the season.
You will be notified by e-mail , the day and time for each photo session

Medal list for the new season, is now posted under Club Information

Saturday, October 25, 2014

The Start of a New Season!

This is an exciting time of year.  As members return to Palm Creek, we all look forward to seeing our friends, neighbors and club members.  As the season progresses we will share new experiences and new friendships.

This Blog information is being updated for you!  The easiest way to keep up to date on club events and happenings, is to use the link on the right labeled "FOLLOW BY EMAIL" .  Once you sign up, you will be notified by e-mail when the Blog has been updated.

The Calendar at the top of the Blog is in the process of being updated.  This Calendar will tell you when all club events are scheduled such as Monthly Meetings, Clinics,  when Volunteers are needed, the Tournament schedule and more.

Under  "CLUB INFORMATION"   the schedule for Organized Play has been posted, the New Medal list has been posted, more updates are on the way.  The information listed here, is your "go to place" for information.

Summer Medal Winners - If you do not have a medal on the medal board, please remember to bring a medal with you to be recognized as a "medal winner"

Travel safe and enjoy the sunshine when you arrive! 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A Look Back

From the desk of Lynn Reiter's "Fun Photography."
Memories of the 2013/2014 fabulous Pickleball season.
View on laptop or desk top for captions.
Click on site, then upper right "FULL SCREEN." 

Perfect fix for Grand Children's Addiction!


Saturday, October 18, 2014

The Summer of 2014

Club members have been active from the beginning to the end of the summer season. These are just a few of the many, who in our off season continue to promote and grow our sport, as well as give us our sense of community.

Orla Wanless

Orla serves on the court usage committee. In order to make informed recommendations for organized play, he undertook the huge task of comparing paid memberships from 2013-2014.

Chuck MacDonald

All summer long, Chuck did a great job of keeping us informed on what he has Captioned "Alumni News" on Facebook

Palm Creek Pickleball Club on Facebook

Avis and Larry Gray
The Gray's took on the task of being Palm Creek's coordinators for Summer Inter-community  play with Mission Royale and Robson Ranch, Avis sent us pictures and details of the group throughout the summer, to remind us, of what a good time players have year round at Palm Creek.  Larry took charge of court cleaning to insure that all could have a safe and fun time.

Sally Dobson
Sally put her energy into Sun City Allante's new courts, the first courts in North Las Vegas and promoting the Nevada State Senior Games. In a later post you will see who from Palm Creek won a medal.

A.J. Fraties
Karen Fellows
Les Scott
Irene Fraties
Several club members for the past few years have been on a mission to make Bend, OR, the summer destination for Palm Creeker's. Take a look at their blog, it becomes clear that they are following the same blue print that they helped create at Palm Creek.                                   

Tom and Ann Earley
 Tom and Ann are the poster children for "pickleball addiction".  They built 6 new pickleball courts at their  home in Georgia. These courts are listed under places to play on the USAPA website and open to players all season.   For the eighth time they hosted the "Summers Last Blast Annual Tournament". In addition to all pre-tournament requirements, they  clean courts and stripe lines for parking, Players are invited the day before the tournament, to practice and for open play and non- playing "significant others" are invited use the pool. The Earley's than provide a catered Mexican buffet and entertainment for the evening. On the first day of the tournament, opening ceremonies include the Creekview High School band and the Cadets of the Sky Leadership Camp featuring Fort Blitz academy.  Each group is presented with a $500 check for student scholarship. It was than announced that checks will be given to the Cherokee Humane Society and Sheriff Joe Arpaio MASH No Kill Shelter each in the amount of $2,000. The 2 day tournament this year had 90+ players of which half, traveled from out of state, including 17 USAPA ambassadors. They also had members of the volunteer fire department present as well as vendors and catered lunches.  They are now planning their last event of the season, Final game of the season will be played in Halloween Costumes, followed by a Chili-Cook -Off. 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

September Medal Winners!


Peachland BC Tournament
Dan Jmaeff (far right)
Silver Medal - Mixed Doubles

Spruce Grove, Alberta September SMASH
Marg Ouimet (on right)
Silver Medal - Women's Doubles Skill

Spokane Slamma Jamma
Vance Christiansen and Lance Thiede
Silver Medal - Men's Doubles

Great Lakes Open
Joyce Staffen
Bronze Medal - Mixed Doubles

Pikes Peak or Bust
Don Simmons
Silver Medal - Mixed Doubles 4.5 and Age
Silver Medal- Men's Doubles 4.5 and Age

Kansas Senior Olympics
Dean Wineinger
Gold Medal - Men's Doubles

Arkansas Senior Olympics
Pat Lively
Gold Medal Winner - Women's Doubles
(no photo available)

Note: The medal list for the 2014 -2015 will start this year with The Nevada Senior Games and will end with the Robson Ranch Annual Tournament.  Medal Winners, please e-mail me a picture of you wearing your medal for future Blog post.  

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Another milestone reached

Club members received a notice;  advising that we will be co-hosting "The super bowl of pickleball"
The Nationals VII  November 2015
This is an exciting time for our members.  Many of our members have competed in this tournament and many have taken the trip to Buckeye to support our competing members.

The "Junior" competitors start as age 8! The rest of the tournament has the following age brackets:  Ages 19+, 35+, 50+,  55+, 60+, 65+, 70+, 75+, 80+, & 85+
The Nationals V had competitors from 39 states and 5 countries.*

If you have not signed up for this years Nationals, Registration remains open until October 5th
This is the link:
USAPA membership is required, this membership is about a lot more than tournaments

Member Benefits... (copied form August 2014, USAPA newsletter)
Member benefits are many! Want an Official USAPA/IFP Rulebook and a discount when registering for tournaments? Or how about an association t-shirt with the new USAPA logo? Visit to learn more about all the benefits of renewing your membership today. Plus, all USAPA members have access to the Working Advantage discount network, which can save you up to 60% on ticketed events, online shopping and much more! *

Our club has been a strong supporter of  USAPA, hundreds of our club members have joined.  Everyone who enjoys the game, should proudly join the USAPA, to ensure the continued growth our sport, you can register or renew on line, or you can print a hard copy and mail it.
As your Ambassador, please contact me with any questions you may have:

A new event: - The Southwest Regional tournament
The Southwest Region is Arizona, New Mexico and Mexico. Players from all area will be welcome
Registration remains open until November 23, 2014

This event has been organized by our Regional Ambassadors Carl and Juanita Vincent.  If you have not heard Carl Vincent passed away on September 11th.  He will be remembered by all, for his commitment to the sport and his very welcoming personality.  Carl and Juanita have been great supporters of our club, not only as ambassadors.  Almost from the beginning they played in and supported our tournaments and Carl could always be counted on to Ref.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

In Memorium Marion Gavin - August 26, 2014

Marion Gavin
Marion will be remembered by many . First and foremost she was the beloved companion of Jerry Anderson, a mother to 4 children and a grandmother to 9 grandchildren. 
Marion has resided at Palm Creek for 9+ years. Her home has been perfectly situated for pet walkers, neighbors, and fellow club members to stop and chat. 
Marion enjoyed playing Pickleball, Tennis, Water Volleyball and Horseshoes.   She had been a  tournament winner in both Pickleball and Tennis.  Google tells us, in 2010 Marion was also a raffle winner! For the past six years, Marion has been a bartender at Robson Ranch. In 2009 she organized a "Pasta Dinner" at Robson for club members, photos of this event can be found on this Blog in the "Pickleball Photo Album"
"Pasta Night".  
Marion will be missed at Palm Creek.  Our condolences to her family and loved ones.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

The Stars of August!

Idaho Senior Games 
Lance Thiede
Gold - Mixed Doubles
Silver - Men's Singles
Silver - Men's Doubles 

Mid West Regional
Sandy Stephens
Bronze - Mixed Doubles

Big Country RV Bend
Dan and Brenda Jmaeff
Bronze - Mixed Doubles

Marsha and Byron Freso
Silver - Mixed Doubles
Gold - Women's Doubles
Gold - Women's Singles

Canadian Nationals 55+
Marg Ouimet
Silver - Women's Doubles
Silver - Mixed Doubles

Saturday, August 16, 2014

The Unstopable

                                                                                                photo courtesy of Avis Gray
Mid August and 4 courts in play
8 Courts were washed by Larry Gray and George Cos