Saturday, December 24, 2016

Tis the Season

Twas the Night Before Christmas
When all Through the House,
Not a Creature was Stirring
Not even the Spouse.

When up on the Roof
There Arose Such a Clatter,
We sprang from our Bed
To see What was the Matter.

Then What to Our wondering
Eyes should Appear,
But a Chubby Old Elf
Sporting Pickleball Gear!

He Wasted no Time
But he Started to Dink,
Then Shouting a Challenge
He gave us a Wink.

We Slammed and We’d Lobbed
Then we started to Volley,
He placed his Kill Shot
Then got Oh So Jolly!

We Heard him Exclaim
As he Flew Out of Sight
Maybe Next Year with Practice
They’ll Put up A Fight!

HoHoHo..... Merry Christmas Everyone!
Author Della Bass 

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Monthly Meeting

The Board

Club Dance Tickets
Tables Will Sell Out Fast
Tickets are being sold by the table, (table sizes vary)
Purchase Tickets - $10 each
Thursday - 12/15/16
10 AM
At the Courts
Look for Mary Duncan

Club Shirts
The order forms are listed under Club Information
We were informed that Sizes are exactly the same as last year
If you would like to try them on, save the dates
January 3rd 9:00 - 1:00
Cholla Room
January 10th 10:00 - 2:00
Sonora South
The 10th is the cut off date for the first order

Christmas Organized Play Schedule
Starts Monday - December 19th
The schedule is linked under Club Information

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Sunday, December 11, 2016

USAPA NEW Member Software

The New Software is almost here. Per the notice below, the current system will be off line this upcoming weekend. Additionally you will no longer be able to share an e-mail.

Date: December 9, 2016
Attention All USAPA Members:

Transition scheduled for December 16-19

We are extremely pleased and excited to announce that on Monday, December 19th 2016, we will be launching the much anticipated USAPA  Membership Automation System. When selecting this software we listened to your comments and feedback and wanted to ensure that we incorporated the top three features that you let us know were most important to you.
  • Real time processing
  • Ability to print your own Membership Cards
  • Ability to view and self-update personal contact information
In addition, the new system will provide:
  • Enhanced reporting features for management and ambassadors
  • New Partner-Search feature for tournament players
  • New Ambassador-Search feature
  • Revised Member Look-Up feature

To allow for the conversion and transition to the new system, the USAPA Membership Application and Renewal portion of the USAPA website will be shut down at 2:00p.m.EST (11:00a.m.PST) on Friday, Dec. 16. Memberships and renewals are scheduled to re-open at 11:00a.m.EST (8:00a.m.PST) on Monday, Dec 19.  No applications/payments can be accepted during this conversion.  We apologize for the inconvenience but the developers will work to get the new system up and running as soon as possible.

We recognize and appreciate that ease of use is always important in any new endeavor. We also know that there is a learning curve that is associated with a change of this sort.
CHANGES: To help with this conversion, there are a few changes that we wanted to bring to your attention right away:
  • Access to the new system will require a unique e-mail address for each member. No shared e-mails.
  • After accessing the system, you will set up a user-ID and password for future access to the USAPA Membership system.
  • A printable invoice will be generated as a record for your membership dues.
  • Checks can no longer be accepted in the mail without a printed copy of the invoice stub on the bottom of the new invoice
We hope you find this new system as exciting as we do.  And, we look forward to continuing to find ways to help you and support the growth of our sport.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Final Reminder

It is almost here - if you snooze you lose - don't delay - sign up now

(click here)

Medal Winners

Congratulations !!!
Voyager Holiday Tournament
Kerry Hawthorne - Bronze  Men's Doubles 5.0
Ross Perkin - Bronze Men's Doubles 5.0
Les Franke - Gold Mixed Doubles 4.5
Dex Decker - Gold Women's Doubles 5.0 (not in picture)

Wednesday, November 30, 2016


Club Membership

Under Club Information - is a link to print the current membership form or you can fill out a form at the courts,

Monday - Saturday at the courts - you have the opportunity to submit your membership form, pay the $20 fee and receive the sticker for your badge from:
10 - 11:30 AM and from 1 - 3:30 PM

Club Contact Information

Under Club Information - for your convenience is a link providing the contact information for both the Board of Directors and Coordinators and Directors of various club functions

Court Schedule and Player Cards

Under Club Information - there is a link for the current court schedule and the current player cards, for easy reference

Medal Winners

Under Club Information each season we recognize medals won in sanctioned tournaments by our club members. It is important when you sign up for a tournament, you list Palm Creek as your club. This is how we identify who is playing for our club, in a tournament

Sunday, November 27, 2016


Dave Weinbach from Madison Wisconsin, US Open and three time National Pickleball Champion with over 70 medals in his Pro career will visit Palm Creek on December 13, 2016 
The session will be highly interactive and aimed at players rated from 2.5 to the 4.5 player levels.
This 2 hour clinic will focus on execution of the important shots in the game, drilling throughout and followed with a Q&A session.
Max of 60 attendees
Cost is $25.00 in cash, payable at the clinic.
Please do not sign up other club members, unless they share your email address.

PRIVATE LESSONS are available following the clinic at $30 for 30 minutes. If you are interested, please select the slot called Private lessons and your name will be sent to Dave so he can contact you.

Date: Tue., 12/13/2016
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM MST

Location: Courts 24-32

Registration is for Palm Creek Members only and must be done on Sign Up Genius


Saturday, November 26, 2016

Medal Winner's


East Valley Tournament
Brenda Jmaeff - Gold - 4.5 Women's Doubles
Carol Lindow - Bronze - 5.0 Women's Doubles
not in picture
Judy Arnold - Bronze - 4.5 Women's Doubles

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Tournaments and USAPA Memberships

Please keep in mind, if you plan to play in a "Sanctioned Tournament"

  • Registrations are continuing to close in record time
  • You must be a member of USAPA to play in a sanctioned tournament
  • Your membership must be active through the end date of the tournament of which you want to register
For example :  Registration for Duel in the Desert Opens December 1st
                       The Tournament Dates are March 2nd - March 5th 
                       If your USAPA membership expires, February 15th
                       You will not be allowed to register until, your membership is renewed

We are  learning,  do to the large number of registrations and renewals, membership is working overtime trying to catch up.  Don't Delay

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Nationals Medal Winners


Joyce Staffen - Marsha + Byron Freso - Dave Touchet
Randy Bourne - Lynn Carlson - Wayne Kennedy - Maurice 
Parobec - (not in picture Carol Lindow,Lance Thiede)

Wednesday, November 16, 2016


First club meeting of the season today - 4 PM in the ballroom.
You will be able to join and pay for club membership

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Don't Miss It

Final Day Nationals VIII

Don't miss a great day of Singles  Play, including Juniors 

For a great buy on this year's National Shirt $ 5.
get to the courts early they went on sale late Saturday and were flying off the table

If you want a rule book for $5. arrive early, only a handful left!

Great Weather - Great Fun

Friday, November 11, 2016

In the News

Click on Link

Great Day at the Courts!
Great Play!

Only 2 days left
Come to the courts and enjoy your weekend!

Day 6

A great fun day, filled with clinics, seminars and demo's!

Looking forward to Friday, the best of the best will be playing, Men and Women's Doubles Open. Winners will be awarded prize money !

In addition to -  shopping, eating, renewing or joining the USAPA, we are also going to have a good time being a part of:

                     " November Madness"

$5 gets you in the game - the winner will win 50% of the pot, the other 50 % will go to St. Jude's.  Stop at the St. Jude's table or the USAPA booth to enter.

Starting at 2 PM MST - Games will be live streamed

You will need to register at the site, it is FREE, instructions are easy to follow:

Here is the link: 

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Day 4

It was great to see spectators from the city at our courts today!
They came to see great pickleball!

Our Palm Creeker's did not disappoint
Congratulations to our  Bronze Medal Winners:
Marsha Freso - Joyce Staffen - Lance Thiede

Wednesday - Don't miss Single's Play
Women and Men from Ages 19+ to  80+

Reminders - At the USAPA Booth

  • Last day to register for 3.5  clinic being held on Thursday from 9-11 AM - Fee $20 (registered National's players - $5)
  • Current Rule books still available for $5
  • Perfect time to join the USAPA or to renew your membership

Monday, November 7, 2016

Where Are You?

Another Great Day at Nationals!

Competitive Matches, Great Shopping  and the Sport's Grille Serving lunch.

USAPA Booth is staffed to provide information for future players
Latest Rule Books $5.00
Become a part of this event, join or renew your membership in our National Organization!

See you at the Courts!

Sunday, November 6, 2016

A Fun Sunday!

Another Great Day at the Courts!

Every Court was filled with great matches!  To date the youngest female to medal - 23 years old.
The youngest male to medal - 21 years old, the oldest male and female winners - 88 years old!

Our club members once again did us Proud!
Women's Doubles - Carol Lindow - Gold medal winner.  Marsha Freso and Joyce Staffen won Silver medals
Men's Doubles - Lynn Carlson and Wayne Kennedy won Bronze medals!

Up Next - Mixed Doubles!  Cheer on the Players, Shop  Great Vendors, Enjoy lunch at the Sport's Grille

See You at the Courts!

Saturday, November 5, 2016

From Start to Finish

What A Day

Day one of the Nationals kicked off with a front page article
in the Dispatch

For spectators who watched the final match of the day, 
 "Great Scott's"  was heard a lot!
Scott Clayson and Scott Moore completed against Scott Burr and Steve (Scott, literary licence) Dawson!  This level of play, draws spectators to stay for medal matches.

Club Members - also had a good day on the courts
Randy Bourne, Maurice Parobec and Dave Touchet took home silver medals and Byron Freso a Bronze Medal!

Sunday is Senior Men's Doubles - come out and join the fun!
Stop by the USAPA Booth and pick up a brochure.  

Player Reminder - at the USAPA table rule books $5.00

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Nationals Are Here!

At the Main Gate, the Banner is up  welcoming players from 39 states and 3 provinces, to compete in Nationals VIII.

950+ Players from the ages of 8 to 88 have registered to play!!

Play officially begins this Saturday and will end on Sunday the 13th of November.

Be sure to bring your neighbors and friends to share in the excitement!

In addition to the "Best Pickleball", there will be many vendors, with lots of great stuff and  lunch will be served daily at the Sports Grille

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Huntsman World Senior Games

Many of you may recall, this is the tournament that virtually closed in 23 minutes!


Marsha Freso
Gold Medal - Mixed Doubles Age

Lance Thiede
Silver Medal - Mixed Doubles Age

Byron Freso
Bronze Medal - Men's Doubles Age

For the Huntsman Alumni: 
There was no Dry Camping behind the courts at Sun River, the land is being made ready for new homes.  Not sure as pickleball fans we would call this progress!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Thank You

to Bob VanderLinden and Chuck MacDonald for seamlessly keeping the Blog updated over the summer while I was on sick leave.

Bob VanderLinden

Chuck MacDonald

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

A New Tournament Season Has Begun

It has been our tradition to start recognize our medal winners with tournament play starting in October as they head back to Palm Creek
We Kick off the Season this year with
Fall Brawl

Judy Arnold
Silver Medal - Singles 4.5

Mike Cooper
Bronze Medal - Singles 4.5


Saturday, September 24, 2016

Cool Runnings😜

Well the desert is beginning to cool off!! This morning 27 players were greeted by down right brisk 55F/13C.

Sunday, September 18, 2016


The Board and I hope that your summer months were all you had hoped for and that you are thinking about your return to Palm Creek over the 2016/2017 season.  We care for and appreciate all our Club members and always look forward to seeing your happy faces back on the courts.

The summer for the Board has been quiet and communications have been minimal.  Over the last month the Board and the Volunteer Team Leaders have been diligently making plans for the upcoming USAPA Nationals event to be held at Palm Creek on November 5th through the 13th.  The 4th of November is not a tournament day, but a practice day, where we open our courts to our Club members and players that have registered to play in the Nationals tournament. November 14th is reserved as a rain day in the case of delays during the tournament.  

The courts will be very busy during the week prior to the Nationals and of course during the tournament days.  Many players will be staying at Palm Creek and may arrive early.  We know that can put a crush on the courts and may frustrate Club members.  During the tournament, this year, we will have eight temporary courts that are taped with lines and have temporary nets set up on them at the Tennis Complex in the Park.  The Tennis Club has generously allowed us to use four of their courts to provide a place to play during the tournament when most of our courts are in use.  They will be available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day of the Nationals starting on November 4th.  The use of these courts is exclusively for Palm Creek Pickleball Club members and registered residents of the Park.  Badges will be required and unregistered guests and non-resident tournament players are not allowed to use the courts.  This is a great way to keep everyone playing.


We know that you are aware of the critical responsibility the Club has in supporting the USAPA Nationals, prior to the days of the event, and all through the play days, clinics, seminars and practice days of the tournament.  Because most of us are just returning to our winter homes you can imagine the amount of maintenance, cleaning and organizing the complex and courts will require before we set up for the tournament.  All the work is organized into task areas lead by a Team Leader or Co-Team Leaders.  These dedicated individuals are prepared to recruit, organize, instruct and schedule the large number of Volunteers needed to support the Tournament along with Palm Creek Golf and RV Resort Staff as the hosting venue.  

This is where we sincerely need your help. Since this is our second year in this endeavor we had the opportunity to learn from last year’s tournament and will be putting what we learned into the planning of this year’s event.  Blaster communications and Sign Up Genius (SUG) will be the tools that will be providing prospective volunteers with the information they need to decide where they would like to volunteer their time to support the Club.  We are working very hard not to overburden our volunteers by having more volunteers fill in for shorter shifts on rotating days whenever possible.  

We will concentrate our efforts on Club members that returned to Palm Creek last year in time for the Nationals.  Your membership paperwork and the Club roster tracks member’s return dates and we will use that as the starting point for the Invites to volunteer to help.  We will also focus on individuals that indicated they would volunteer by signing up at our last general meeting.  If you did not return last year by Nationals but intend to do so this year, please reply to this email and we will send you an SUG Invite that will get you in on the fun.  SUGInvites to those that volunteer as referees will be sent outseparately by Tom and Jeanne Gearhart.  If you plan to referee, line judge or play during the tournament please commit to refereeing and line judging first and then perhaps you can consider signing up for short term, one day or pre-tournament teams as well.  Please make sure you sign up for time slots that do not conflict with days you play to minimize cancellations.

There will be approximately ten teams to choose from. There should be something of interest for all our volunteers.

You should begin to receive your SUG Invites during the week of September 18th.  Committing to a Team and/or signing up for specific time slots will help our Team Leaders begin to organize their teams schedule and help us to determine where we may fall short.  The SUG Invite mailing will include instructions on how to set up a Sign Up Genius account if you choose to, and submit your volunteer information.

The Board and I want to thank you for volunteering to support the Club, the Park and the USAPA Nationals.  We were a smaller part of the Nationals last year and we proved that we are the best Club in the nation and that is why USAPA chose to ask Palm Creek to host again. We are asking more of you this year, due to the number of days the tournament will run, but we know if everyone steps up and gives of their time, no matter how much, we will all be able to observe and cheer for the best players in the world. All the while showcasing our Club, Park and facility.  Thanks so much.

Best and grateful regards,


Your Pickleball Club Board, Donna, David, Don, Susan, Jocelyn, Reed and Tom








Wednesday, September 14, 2016

We Need Your Help!!

Palm Creek is proudly hosting USAPA Nationals VIII, we would like to offer Guest Housing to USAPA Ambassadors. Some may stay only for a night, some a few days and others for the entire tournament.

If you will be at Palm Creek and have a second bedroom or a pull out couch and are willing to host our dedicated volunteers, you will be providing a service that will be very much appreciated. The attached guidelines clarifies what a host would need to do and what is expected behavior of the guest.
Friendly neighbors are also welcome to be a host.

Ambassadors need to make travel plans and if not playing, need to register for Clinics, the Seminar and Ambassador Events, which is why we are coordinating this now.

If you will be a host, please e-mail with your preferences:
Ø A single person or a couple
Ø One night, a few days or the entire tournament
Ø  Any other preferences you may have, such as an ambassador from your home state!

I look forward to hearing from you!

Rosemary Reese
USA Pickleball Association
Central Arizona District Ambassador

November 4-14, 2016

   A bedroom and nearby bathroom is provided for 1-2 Ambassadors during the tournament. It is important that this is conventional living space, not a built out shed or a Casita that does not have a proper bathroom.

   Visiting Ambassadors must provide their own transportation.   We do not recommend you pick them up at an airport.  They need a vehicle to get to/from the events and to go out to eat, get groceries, sightsee etc.

  Hosts should provide some refrigerator space,& time & methods for Ambassadors to prepare their own breakfast.

  Ambassadors can bring snacks for lunches& they also can usually get eats at the events. They should plan on going out to dinner daily.

  Ambassadors MAY take Hosts out to eat and Hosts may invite Ambassadors to share an evening meal with them at home.

  Ambassadors should give some gratuity such as a gift certificate, perhaps at a local restaurant.

  Please Help!!