Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Medal Winners

2014 Robson Ranch

Palm Creek had a Spectacular Tournament Season
Our Official Season kicks off with the Huntsman World Senior Games and ends with the Robson Ranch Tournament
41 players took home a total of 155 medals!

click on link

Over the summer many of you will compete in tournaments all over the country.  Please email me with medal photos and details.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

A Few Facts

Our 11th Annual Tournament had 429 players register
Of those player 55% were male and 45% female
While only 5.6% were 50-54, 29.8% and 33.3% were 60-64 and 65-69 respectively and we had 1 player who was in the 85-89 age range!
Where did the players cone from?  Many states were represented and Canada,.  The majority of the 114 players who did not list themselves as being from Arizona, came from California, Utah, New Mexico and Minnesota
Our club members took home 31 Medals!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The Medal Winners...


Palm Creek Annual Tournament

Fun in the Sun Tournament

Green Valley Senior Games

Medal Winners this Season

The final tournament of the season is now being played at Robson Ranch, for those of you who are competing, we wish you good luck.  If you are not competing,  have fun and support our club members.  If you are a 3.0 or 3.5 player, this tournament has very large brackets, you may want to spectate to get a look at the competition for next year!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Must see Slide Show

 Palm Creek and Palm Creek Pickleball, thanks to Lynn Reiter for doing this and making it so entertaining

Slide Show of Palm Creek Pickleball with a Taste of Palm Creek Resort

Medal Pictures of the 2014 Annual Tournament have been posted in the Photo Album, under "Club Information"  thanks to Kathie Baker for sending them to me.

Resident Tournament photos are not forgotten, my Internet connection is not quite "high speed yet"

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Board of Directors effective April 1st, 2014

President              Gary Baker
Vice President       Donna Christiansen
Secretary              Suzie Nunley
Treasurer              Roger Fellows (appointed)
Director at Large   Marg Ouimet
Director at Large   Ken Schaebethal
Director at Large   Les Scott

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Monthly Meeting

Sonora N+S
Wednesday - March 12th
4 PM
Social Hour to Follow
Bring a Snack
 Election for

Director at Large
Vice President

Nominations remain open. At the meeting prior to the election, nominations may be made from the floor for any of the the open positions. All 3 positions are for 2 year terms.  In the event, that no one is nominated for treasurer, this will be first time in the history of the club that a board position was not filled at an annual election.  The elected board in accordance with the by-laws will appoint a treasurer, until such time another election can be held.
The following Bio's are listed in the order they were received

Nominee for Director at Large

Bio for Ken Schaebethal

Upon graduation from college in 1963 my wife and I married and I entered the Air Force where we spent the next 28 years.  Most of my career I was associated with the intercontinental ballistic missile systems in one aspect or another, starting as a missile crew member, then spending about five years as an instructor and then moving into staff positions at intermediate and major command levels.

After retiring I worked as a seasonal tax preparer for four years and also began to work fairly seriously in stained glass.  For the next ten years I was associated with two different co-op galleries where I sold my work and assisted with the financial operations of both organizations.

My first exposure to pickleball occurred four years ago which was our first year here at Palm Creek, and I've been hooked on it since the first day.  We have about a dozen men and women in our small home town of Custer, SD who also play so I'm able to stay with it over the summer a couple days a week although all the play is indoors.

I am well aware that keeping the pickleball program alive and well at place the size of Palm Creek takes a lot of work by many volunteers.  Between maintenance of the courts, setting up the schedule, monitoring round robins, scheduling and having the tournaments run smoothly all require a lot of effort by a large number of volunteers.  I believe it is the task of the board of directors to make sure that the courts are used to accommodate the maximum amount of players while at the same time making sure that all skill levels have an adequate amount of time to play with others at their skill level.   I can see  that these goals may often conflict with each other and there is no change that you can make to the way the courts are scheduled and operated which will make everybody happy.

I am pleased to have been asked if I would consider becoming a member of the board and if selected, look forward to working with the current board members to help keep the pickleball program one of the premier activities here at Palm Creek

Nominees for Vice President

Bio for Rosemary Nichol   
 I am submitting this resume to show my interest in the VP position with our Pickleball Club:
My pre-Pickleball history included: being a partner in a small business; working in big business and government, health promotion and primary health care; heading small community agencies; volunteering on community, university and sports boards.  For more than 20 years my responsibilities were primarily adult education, health promotion, and volunteer, board and community development.
I discovered Pickleball the first month we came to Palm Creek: January 2010.  Leroy and Barb Schmidt facilitated my addiction with that first lesson.  Since then I have tried to do my share of volunteering:a RR Captain (3 years); training assistant (3 years); this year working with the Court Use Committee; trying to learn to be a good referee (not there yet). 

As 'seniors' we need to care for our physical and mental health. Being active and social are two of the key ingredients for that.  Single or married people, older or younger, more or less physically able, those who have played sports before or not - everyone can benefit from some level of activity and socialization. That is what we offer to our members. And I think we are all healthier for it.

Palm Creek has given us (or more correctly allowed the Pickleball Club to work hard for) 24 courts.  But those courts would be nothing without the organization that supports the volunteer activity that maintains the RRs, tournaments, daily court care, and social activities. That is why I am willing to volunteer for this position.

                         Bio for Donna Christiansen  

Spent 42 years in San Diego, California where I attended high school and college.  I married my high school sweetheart, Vance, 45 years ago.   We have one married daughter and one granddaughter.  We retired in 2001 and moved to Whitefish, Montana.  It was our dream to travel so we bought an RV and found ourselves at Palm Creek RV Resort in 2001.  We have wintered at Palm Creek for the last 13 winters.  So much for traveling.  We love it here.

I worked in the Home Health Care Industry for thirty years.  I was a Branch General Manager for national, regional and hospital based home care companies that provided Medicare Certified Home Health, Home Infusion Therapy Services, Home Medical Equipment and Respiratory Services as well as In-Home-Support Services.
Pickleball is such a huge part of our lives while at Palm Creek and at home in Whitefish.  I feel fortunate that I was here when it all began. It has been amazing to be here as this fledgling Club began and to see such tremendous growth. I appreciate all of the hard work and guidance that the previous Board of Director’s have provided the Club over the years. Our Club is highly respected and envied.
During the last eleven years I have served on the Board as Club Secretary and Treasurer, was the court coordinator for both the resident and annual tournaments for seven or eight years and a round robin and women’s shootout captain. I am always ready to take on any job the Club may ask of me.
I am grateful that I have been asked to run for the Vice President  position and I believe I can contribute experience, fairness and leadership to the Board and the Membership.    

Tournament Thanks and DVD's

By all accounts our Annual Tournament was a huge success.
This is the third year that Colin Caldwell has been our Tournament Director
Colin is  quick to thank everyone who volunteered their time, to make our tournament the best tournament in all of Arizona.

Your dedication to our Club and to our Sport , brought our tournament to a sanctioned Tier 2 level.  Having a Premier Tournament, allows all club member to have a sense of pride.  Your year long work, in organizing this event is very much appreciated, to you we say "Thank You"

Tournament DVD's Available
The following matches were recorded at this year's Tournament.
• Hackenberg/Friedenberg vs. Kane/Pardue (Bracket play)
• Kraus/Palermo vs. Earley/Caldwell 15 point game (Bracket play)
• 4.5 Mens Gold Match
• Mixed 5.0 Bronze Match
• Mixed 4.5 Gold Match
• 3.5 Womens Gold Match & 15 point game

Each is available for purchase for $10. The DVD's can be either a standard DVD or in a Blu-ray
format. All of the above recordings can be purchased on a single Blu-ray disc for $12. (Postage for out
of park purchases $2.)

If you are interested in purchasing recordings, contact Steve Mueller over at the courts, or e-mail Please note; all proceeds go to the Palm Creek Pickleball Club.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Tournament Kick Off

A. J. Fraties coordinated the clinic given by Mark Freidenberg
Mark is a Pickleball Super Star

A.J. introducing Mark to players in attendance

Volunteers assisted Mark during the practical part of the clinic

If you missed this clinic watch out for those who didn't
during the tournament !!!

 Volunteers are needed on Thursday to assist with tournament set up

Monday, March 3, 2014

USAPA Renew or Join

Volunteers will be at the USAPA table during the tournament each day from 11-2

You can click on this link and print a form:
You can drop this form off at the USAPA table, the volunteers will verify that you have completed it correctly. You can pay by check or cash, if paying in cash please try to have the exact amount.  
Forms will also be available at the USAPA table. 
Use the 1st address line for where you will be in the next 2-3 weeks, this will insure that you will receive your membership items.
Existing Members
Please check to see your membership, you may have "expired",  or you may be up for renewal soon.  Your membership is renewed from your expiration date, so you lose nothing  by renewing early.  You may find that this is also the right time to renew for 3 or 5 years, these renewals will be sent a new shirt and a current rule book

New Members
Our National Organization needs your support, the following is directly from USAPA website
STAY informed. STAY connected. BE a part of the exciting future of pickleball! The USAPA’s membership is comprised of people who, just like you, share a passion for our great game! When you join the USAPA, you receive exclusive benefits for your membership.
In addition, your membership supports USAPA initiatives such as:
  • Maintaining rules and equipment standards
  • Introductory and developmental programs for all ages
  • Provide competitive play through USAPA sanctioned events and tournaments

What Benefits Will I Receive?
  • USAPA T-Shirt (New Members & Multi-Year Renewals)
  • Official Membership Card
  • Secondary Medical Insurance in Sanctioned Events
  • ‘Partner Search’ on USAPA Website
  • Points for USAPA Sanctioned Tournaments
  • Discount on USAPA Net System
  • Access to USAPA ‘Member Only’ Store
  • USAPA Monthly Newsletter
  • Official IFP Rulebook (Multi-Year Renewals)
  • Access to Discount Network
  • USAPA Window Decal
  • Membership ‘Look-Up’ on USAPA Website

Compared to other sports, this sport is relatively inexpensive to play. Our National Organization offers more than what is listed above. If you would like more information go to,  You will find older newsletters with a lot of information, training videos's, membership discounts and much more.
If I can be of more help please e-mail me:

Rosemary Reese
                         Palm Creeks USAPA Ambassador


Tournament "11" is here

This link provides a lot of information, click on the Palm Creek Tournament, you will find
Completed brackets, schedule of when each event will start, you can look up a specific player on the Players list and you will be able to follow the results as the tournament is in progress.

Play Time
Games will begin each morning at 8 AM
Matches will be played all day without interruption

The Sports Grille will be serving lunch from 11 AM - 2:30 PM
A Hot Dog or a wrap with chips and a drink $5.00.  All other items available at regular price

Will be held daily  
Tickets  are 3 for $5 for wine raffle and you receive a bonus ticket to enter larger item raffle!

Will be here, with all things "Pickleball"

Look for the USAPA table, this is a great time to renew your membership or to join the National Organization.  We take great pride in being a USAPA Club, our Tournament is now rated as a Tier 2 by the USAPA.  

Club Pins
Sold at the USAPA table  $ 3 each

Official rule
You do not want your favorite team to loose a point 
 12.L. Coaching. Players may consult with any person during time-outs and between games. Once the game has begun, except during time-outs, any communication between a player and any person not on the court, if determined by the referee to be coaching, shall result in a technical warning to the offending player or team and a verbal warning to spectators. If the communication occurs a second time, it shall result in a technical foul and a point will be awarded to the opponent. (Revised February, 2013) 

Spectator Etiquette
Applaud great play, regardless of which team won the point
Do not applaud when an error is made 
Do not sit or stand in front of other spectators, in such a way that you block their view
Do not talk to a line judge during a match
If a player needs medical help - seek out one of the medical volunteers immediately


Saturday, March 1, 2014

Referee Meeting