Tuesday, March 3, 2015

DUEL IN THE DESERT AT PALM CREEK

We hope you are all looking forward to our 12th annual pickleball tournament at Palm Creek. If you are not playing in the tournament, we hope you have found a place to volunteer and be a part of this very special event. Did you know that our tournament is the largest Tier 2 USAPA sanctioned tournament in North America sponsored by a club? We have nearly 500 players involved in this tournament with 700 matches to be played over 3 days. This will be our biggest and best tournament ever!

In a few days we will send you a list of Palm Creek players participating in the tournament. This list will include start times for their events. Please come out and support your favorite players.

We hope you have all received your club t-shirts. Lets make sure our club members stand out! Show your colors!! Friday is Blue/Teal day. Saturday is Lime Green day.  Sunday is Pink day, or for the guys red or maroon is good!!!

We will have a few bike racks available near the south end of the courts (by court 19). Additional parking will be available on the west side of the Sports Pavilion. Golf cart parking will be available on the north side of the pavilion, and along the west side of the ball field and bark park. Vehicle parking will be available at the north end of the courts in the designated vacant lots. Follow the signs and traffic directors to the parking areas.

Line judges will be used for Gold Medal matches. These matches cannot begin until line judges are in place. If you are available and can help out, please check with the referee desk.

Be sure to visit our vendors and our sponsors, located along the promenade and on The Green. Try out the massage services, take a chill-pill, shop for paddles or maybe a new outfit. Stop by the raffle table, check out the great items to be given away. You cant win if you dont buy raffle tickets.

Stop by our USAPA desk, renew your membership or sign-up now. In case you havent heard the news, starting in 2016 USAPA membership will be required for all USAPA sanctioned tournaments participation. If you requested a rule book, it is being held for you at the desk.  Need a rule book?
Get yours early, before we sell out $ 5 each

Please, no smoking in the entire sports complex area, including the softball field, pickleball court complex, promenade, sports pavilion and food court.

Also, no pets are allowed in the entire sports complex areas listed above.

Please be earth friendly. Use recycle bins for all of your recyclable water/drink bottles. All other garbage goes in the garbage cans. Please do not co-mingle.

Although there will be no organized play during the tournament, a few courts will start to become available after 1pm each day. You are welcomed to play on vacant courts, however, please do not interrupt a match in progress to get to a vacant court. Please wait until the match is over.

In addition to the tournament, we also have these fun events for your enjoyment:


Wednesday March 4             Open Play – 7:30AM til 9PM
Open to registered tournament players and club members. All courts will be available with the exception of court # 9-12 from 12pm-3pm. If all open play courts are in use and players are waiting, a Challenge System with a maximum of 2 consecutive games, ‘’2 on, 2 off” or “4 on, 4 off” procedure is in force.

Pickleball Now! Clinic – 12pm-3pm
Byron Freso, Pickleball Now! representative will be hosting our before-tournament clinic! Targeted at 3.0 -3.5 players (primarily), Byron will focus on giving you some new and different ways to solve problems on the court. Although the clinic is full, feel free to come and observe.


Thursday, March 5               Open Play – 7:30AM til 9PM
Open to registered tournament players and club members. All courts will be available. If all open play courts are in use and players are waiting, a Challenge System with a maximum of 2 consecutive games, ‘’2 on, 2 off” or “4 on, 4 off” procedure is in force.
                       
Meet and Greet at the Bistro –         5 - 8 PM
Find the Bistro on the west end of the Club House
Open to Tournament Players, Tournament Volunteers and Significant Others
                                                Music, snacks, beer and pop provided.


Friday March 6                      Tournament Day 1 - Grand Opening Ceremonies 7:45AM
                                                Registration                 7:00 AM
Palm Creek Choir, Flag Ceremony
-Men’s Skill Doubles 3.5-5.0
-Mixed Skill Doubles 3.0
                                                Raffle, Referee Raffle,Vendors and Sponsors on the Green                                                        
                                               
Saturday March 7                 Tournament Day 2 - Grand Opening Ceremonies 7:45AM
Registration                 7:00 AM
Featured Singer, Flag Ceremony
-Mixed Skill Doubles 3.5-5.0
Raffle, Referee Raffle, Vendors and Sponsors on the Green
The Medal Round Pizza Party (approx 4:30pm)
Free Pizza, soda for all spectators and players, The ‘Bud Beer Wagon’ will be selling beer with all proceeds going to ‘Ride for the Warriors”. 

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