Saturday, November 18, 2017

QCPC Newsletter, November 18, 2017

November Member Meeting Presentation

We had good attendance at our Member Meeting, but many of our 370+ members did not attend.  To learn what was discussed at the meeting, click this link to the presentation from the November meeting.





Dynamic Dave Weinbach is returning to Quail Creek on December 13 and 14

Dave’s passion and excitement for pickleball comes through in his clinics and lessons. You will learn concepts like “RESPECT THE NET”, Back is BAD, Hyper-Focus and others that will stick in your head for a long time and make you a better pickleball player. Find out why his simple ideas are key to being consistent and playing well at ALL levels.

Dave was gracious to stop by the Quail Creek tent at Nationals to talk with us. He enjoyed his visit to Quail Creek so much last year that he made sure to leave time on his schedule to be here again.

At 47, Dave is still winning. He won Gold at Nationals at 19+ 5.0 and in the Minto Pro Open. How does he stay at the top of the game with the new wave of young, talented players? Find out by attending one of his clinics, you will probably be surprised.

Dave will offer 2-hour clinics for 2.0-3.5 players and for 3.5-4.0 players. If there is enough interest, he will also offer a clinic for 4.0 and higher. These clinics are fast paced and you will learn how to execute his pickleball concepts. Clinics are $30 per person. Hourly lessons for small groups are also available at $30 per person.  Sign-up links will be available in the next newsletter.



La Posada to Use Our Courts in December

The QCPC Board made an agreement with the POA Board to allow La Posada to use our courts in return for La Posada allowing swimmers to use their pool while the Quail Creek pool is closed.  In December, La Posada is permitted to use Courts 15 and 16 from 1 PM to 3 PM on Mondays and Thursdays.  So if you see these non-Quail Creek residents playing on those courts, please be cordial to them.

Needed:  Volunteers for our 4th Birthday Party 


Our pickleball courts will have their 4th birthday in December of this year.  We always hold a party to celebrate the opening of the courts and the beginning of our Club.  Volunteers are needed to organize this party.  You can pick the date, time of day to play, the format of play, what type of food you want members to bring, and even design and order a birthday cake (at the Club's expense, of course!).  The Club will set up the Sign-up for you, and you can ask members to volunteer to set up, clean up, register participates, and anything else you like.  Take advantage of this opportunity to plan this birthday party by contacting Sandy Veydt, at sandysway88@gmail.com.


No Beginner Drills or Assisted Play Thanksgiving Week

Beginner Drills and Assisted Play will not be held this week because of Thanksgiving.  After that, Beginner Drills (for people who have taken a beginner lesson) will be held on Tuesday and Saturday from noon until 2 PM on Courts 9-12 on Tuesday and Courts 5-8 on Saturday.  Assisted Play will be on Thursdays from 1 PM to 3 PM on Courts 5-7.  This is for anyone who has some playing experience and/or has taken a beginner lesson.  Sign-up is required for Assisted Play.  The link will be available in the next newsletter.


Intermediate Drills for 3.0 and 3.5 Players

Separate drills will be held for 3.0 and 3.5 players on Friday on November 24 and December 1 and Courts 10-12.  The drills for 3.0 players will be from 2:00 to 3:15 and will be limited to 12 players.  The drills for 3.5 players will be from 3:15 to 4:30 and will be limited to 8 players.  The Link to sign-up is available now for the November 24 session.  Sign-ups for the December 1 session will open on Saturday November 25 at 11 AM.  Click here to sign up for the November 24 session.

Volunteers Needed

The Club is able to do a lot because many of our members step up and volunteer.  Volunteers are needed in several different areas.  Contact Jean Bustard if any of these volunteer opportunities are right for you, jeanb@dcmesa.com.

We are changing our court reservation system to the Northstar system, which is now used in all Robson communities.  If you are a techy, please step up and help out with our transfer to this system.  

We received $4,000 from the POA to improve the safety of our landscaping.  We want to remove the large rocks from around our ramada and put in rocks that are safer to walk on.  In addition, we can do whatever else we like to improve our court area.  If you are interested in planning these changes, volunteer to help with this project.  (You don't have to DO the changes- we'll use our money for that!)

We have twice requested money to provide shade awnings between Courts 5-8 and 9-12, but we have not received funding for this fairly expensive item.  But we may be able to provide some shade using our own funds.  We need a small group of creative people to consider options to the expensive shade awning project that has been rejected.  If you're creative and get hot sitting in the sun, please volunteer for this project.

Each year, we have offered club shirts for sale.  We would like to do this again, but we need a volunteer or two to organize this sale.  We already have the logo design for the shirts, so creativity isn't needed for this.  If you're a good organizer, this is the job for you!

Volunteers to Organize Monthly Socials and Socials Following Round Robins

We need volunteers to organize socials next year.  We would like to do something the third Wednesday of each month, either a very casual social where we come and play and meet afterwards for drinks and snacks to more elaborate socials with decorations and planned eats.  If you would be interested in organizing a social for any month in 2018, contact our new Social Chairpersons, Susie Eckhardt, susan.eckhardt@yahoo.com, or Barb Havel, bdhavel41@gmail.com.


We will also continue to have a social following the Round Robins on Wednesdays.  Contact Karen Morse if your are interested in helping out with these social events, morse99004@me.com.



Friday, November 10, 2017

QCPC Newsletter, November 11, 2017

QCPC Members Only Can Participate in Club Activities

You must be a Club member to participate in Club Open Play (Monday through Saturday mornings; Monday and Thursday evenings), drills, skill-level play, and Wednesday Round Robins.  We will be posting a list of the membership during open play periods and Round Robins, so players can check to ensure that they are members.  If someone new appears for play, please ask him/her in a polite way if he/she is a Club Member.  If not, application forms are available in the chest in the ramada or on our website.  Visitors can join the Club as Associate Members for $10 for 30 days.  Those applications are also available in the chest.  The Club pays for the balls that everyone uses and also provides management of our courts.  It is important that everyone participating in Club activities pay dues as Club members.

Skill Level Play

Courts 5-8 are designated for specific skill levels 2.0, 2.5, 3.0 and 3.5 from 10 AM to 12 noon on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Men and women QCPC members of the same skill level are encouraged to attend these sessions. You can come any time during the hours posted, if you think you are this skill level.  The schedule is as follows:
Monday, 10-12, 3.0 Club Skill Level Play
Tuesday, 10-12, 2.5 Club Skill Level Play
Thursday, 10-12 2.0 Club Skill Level Play
Friday, 10-12 3.5 Club Skill Level Play

Club Open Players who are not at the appropriate skill levels should move to Courts 9-12 after 10 AM on these days.


Challenge Courts 

Courts 8 and 9 have been designated as Challenge Courts on Friday from 8 - 10 AM. Challenge Courts are a good way to get to play against better players. Rules are that the winning team stays on for 2 games. If you want to challenge the winner, a double’s pair places their paddles either on the fence or on the ground in front of the court. This is the signal that you are challenging in. If your team was the winning team and on the court for 2 games, you need only sit out 1 game to challenge back in.


Assisted Play

QCPC Members who have taken a beginner lesson and consider themselves to be 2.0-2.5 players are encouraged to come to Assisted Play on Wednesday, November 15,  from 1-3 PM on Courts 9 and 10.  Participants will play games while more experienced players watch and give pointers on how to improve.  The first hour will be assisted play and the second hour will allow players to continue to play games.  Sign up here for Assisted Play for November 15.  A total of 10 players can participate.


Mixed Intermediate Drills

Separate drill clinics will be available for 3.0 players and for 3.5 players.  Eight players may participate in each clinic. The clinic for 3.0 men and women will be on Friday, November 17 from 2:00 to 3:00 PM, and the clinic for 3.5 men and women will be on Friday, November 17, from 3:15 to 4:30.  Sign up here for the 3.0 or  3.5 clinic. Clinics will be held on Courts 11 and 12.



Round Robins to Continue on Wednesdays

Round Robins will continue on Wednesdays, beginning at 8 AM with check-in from 7:30-7:50.  Separate men's and women's round robins will be run.  The Round Robins on November 15 and 22 will not have a social (no free food or drinks).  Note that you must be a member of the Quail Creek Pickleball Club to participate in Round Robins.


Notes from Court Management

Balls that do not fit in the ball sleeves should be placed in the chest in the ramada. Please don't put extra balls at the top of the sleeve because they blow off and could cause a fall if someone steps on one. Balls that are squishy and not bouncing well should be put in the shoebox in the chest. These will be tested by our court management team and thrown away if appropriate. Please don't throw any balls away yourself.

There is a measuring stick on the side of each net. As you begin play each day, you may want to measure the net at the center to see if it is too high or too low. If the net's height is not correct, you can very carefully adjust it by turning the crank up or down.


 QCPC Member Meeting

The next Member Meeting of the Quail Creek Pickleball Club is on Thursday, November 16, at 1 PM in combined Ocotillo and Mesquite Rooms in the Kino Center.  We will elect officers for 2018-2019, discuss initiatives started by the Club, and address any concerns that you have.  Plan to be there and help move our Club forward. 

2018 Dues are Due


QCPC dues are $20/year per person. Dues for 2018 are being collected now and are due by January 1, 2018. Write your check to QCPC, and make sure that you indicate whose dues are being paid in the Memo line of your check. Bringing your check to the Member Meeting would be a convenient way to pay. Otherwise, you can drop off your check at Susan Jones's home, 2620 E Arica Way. She has an box on her front door to collect dues.

GVR Invitation to Exhibition Fundraiser – 5.0 players

Mark your calendar for Tuesday, Nov 14, 6:00 pm at East Center courts!  The GVR PIckleball Club is hosting a pickleball exhibition of 4 top rated, 5.0 players. All 4 players are competing in the USAPA Nationals. 5.0 Open Division, this weekend at Casa Grande. On Tuesday they will play a 3-game round robin on our courts. After their games you will be able to test your game against the best!

Come and enjoy watching the best pickleball players in the country. Donations accepted for our Pickleball Center fundraising.



Password for Member List

In order to access our member list online, you need to use a password.  Click on Membership List at the top of our website and enter the password pickle1461.  1461 is the address of our pickleball courts.  This is also the combination for the combination lock on the chest between courts 8 and 9.  This chest contains paddles that our members may check out use and also balls and ball caddies for practice.



Saturday, November 4, 2017

QCPC Newsletter, November 4, 2017


Halloween Social Was Great 




The Halloween Social was well attended and fun was had by all. Some brave pickileballers came out in full costume. The ramada and pickleball courts were all decked out in Halloween decorations. We had fun playing in a round robin, followed by lots of good food and conversation. Thanks to the Committee for making this possible.

 

Please Be a Considerate Pickleballer 

Gary Mencimer of the Court Management Committee asks that you read this and follow these suggestions to make their job easier.

 Link for Skill-Level Round Robin Applications

The link for applications for those members who wish to organize skill-level round robins is now available on the website under QCPC Resources on the right-hand side.  You can also get the application by clicking here.
 

 QCPC Member Meeting

The next Member Meeting of the Quail Creek Pickleball Club is on Thursday, November 16, at 1 PM in combined Ocotillo and Mesquite Rooms in the Kino Center.  We will elect officers for 2018-2019, discuss initiatives started by the Club, and address any concerns that you have.  Plan to be there and help move our Club forward. 


Mixed Intermediate Drills

Separate drill clinics will be available for 3.0 players and for 3.5 players.  Eight players may participate in each clinic. The clinic for 3.0 men and women will be on Friday, November 10, from 2:00 to 3:00 PM, and the clinic for 3.5 men and women will be on Friday, November 11, from 3:15 to 4:30.  Sign up here for the 3.0 or  3.5 clinic. Clinics will be held on Courts 11 and 12.

Be Safe When Playing Pickleball

 The last two Beginner I lessons ended for participants as a result of falling and banging their heads.  On both occasions the fall was induced by running backwards.  Both accidents also included scrapes and bruises.  The first accident was a man and the second, a woman.  Accidents do not show preference or discriminate.  Please remember that you should not run backwards; instead you should turn your body and run sideways without crossing your feet when retreating to the back of the court.

The USA Pickleball Association states that: “While hollow and light weight, the ball used in pickleball is a hard polymer and can travel at a very high rate of speed. The use of eye protection is highly recommended for all players.  Many of us have witnessed someone being hit in the face with a ball or have been hit ourselves.  Unless you are wearing some form of eye protection when you play you are risking an eye injury such as detached retina. Many of us use sunglasses when it is sunny and don’t think about eye protection at night or when it is cloudy.  You should use eye protection anytime you are playing pickleball.”


Wearing proper footwear is essential for maintaining balance while playing pickleball.  Court or tennis shoes are proper footwear while playing pickleball.  For more information, please read an article by Sarah Ansboury on shoes.


Even though it is November, the weather is still hot and dry.  It is important to stay hydrated and wear protection from the sun. 
Lenny Friedman
USAPA Ambassador Green Valley/Sahuarita
 


2018 Dues are Due

QCPC dues are $20/year per person. Dues for 2018 are being collected now and are due by January 1, 2018. Write your check to QCPC, and make sure that you indicate whose dues are being paid in the Memo line of your check. Bringing your check to the Member Meeting would be a convenient way to pay. Otherwise, you can drop off your check at Susan Jones's home, 2620 E Arica Way. She has an box on her front door to collect dues.

Mark Renneson is Coming to Quail Creek

If you are a beginner, intermediate, or advanced pickleball player, we all have much to learn from experienced, effective pickleball teachers. One of the best pickleball teachers I know and recommend is Mark Renneson of Third Shot Sports (www.thirdshot sports.com). Mark is an excellent player, but more importantly, he is a great teacher because he is a licensed school teacher. As a trained teacher, Mark knows how to reinforce good habits and effectively instruct game improvement techniques. For some examples check out Mark's videos (https://youtu.be/fuvYdhpaRzQ).

Mark Renneson will be in Quail Creek giving lessons November 13, 14, and 15.
Sign up at http://www.thirdshotsports.com/qcandgvr/az
Learn more about Mark Renneson here.

Lenny Friedman
USAPA Ambassador Green Valley/Sahuarita


Battle of the Sexes Broadcast 

From Lenny Freidman
USAPA Ambassador Green Valley/Sahuarita

 The broadcast of the Pickleball Battle of the Sexes via Pay-Per-View on October 2 had many technical difficulties.  I apologize to those who came to the Kino Center to watch the special event.  The quality of pickleball play was amazing.  The featured event was Scott Moore (55 years), the #1 ranked senior male, against Simone Jardim (37 years), #1 ranked female pickleball player in a first to win 2 games of singles.  Singles is a played much differently than doubles. 

If you want to view the final game read the information below, sent to me by Mark Hand from Hand in Hand Productions, and follow directions.

"On behalf of Scott Moore, Simone Jardim and myself, we are very sorry for the livesteam problems. All proceeds after costs are going to Feed San Diego or St. Jude's Childrens' Hospital, so we ask for your understanding on the network technical difficulties."

Here is a link to game 3 of the featured match - http://hihproductions.d.pr/Nx3ZCG
The password for access is: bots2017match3

If you are interested in playing full-court pickleball singles, come to the pickleball courts on Mondays at 7:00 am.


Blind Date Tournament Registration Ends 11/6

The Blind Date Tournament will be on November 11-12.  Many of the Open Play courts will be in use for this tournament on Saturday and Sunday.  On Saturday morning is the Women's Doubles and on Saturday afternoon is the Men's Doubles.  Sunday is Mixed Doubles.  The 4.0 players are playing from 5 PM to 9 PM both evenings.  You can still register until November 6th.  Click here for the registration form and more information.  If you don't register to play, you can still come and cheer for your fellow Quail Creekers.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

QCPC Newsletter, October 28, 2017


 First Annual Saddlebrooke Ranch and Quail Creek Invitational Tournament

On Wednesday 29 Club Members travelled to Saddlebrooke Ranch (SR) for the first annual SR and Quail Creek Invitational Tournament.  A big thanks to Garry Grasso from SR for organizing.  Next year it will be held here (get ready).

It was a round robin format for women’s, men’s and mixed doubles skill levels 2.5, 3.0 and 3.5.  Women’s and men’s in the morning and mixed in the afternoon.  Each team played the equivalent of 6 games.  The Club winner was determined by number of matches won versus opponents from the other community.  We were down after the morning play, but came back strong in the afternoon to wrap up the win with a score of 32 to 31.  We’ll find a place to show off the trophy that will stay here until we defend it next year.

Congratulations to all who played.  It was a very hot day and those who participated in both the morning and afternoon round robins played the equivalent of 12, competitive games.   Way to go Quail Creek Pickleball Club!! 

Tuesday Drill Clinics are Canceled

All drill clinics on Tuesday October 31 are canceled. We'll let you know when they will continue again.

  Mark Renneson Coming to Quail Creek

Nationally recognized Picklball Instructor Mark Renneson will be at Quail Creek November 13, 14 and 15.  Mark, from Third Shot Sports, is widely acclaimed as one of the top pickleball instructors in North America.  Mark visited Quail Creek last fall and reviews on his clinics and private lessons were very overwhemingly excellent.

We are very fortunate to be able to offer access to an instructor of this quality.  Ask any Club or outside instructor and they will encourage you to take as many clinics from top professionals as you can.  Mark will be able to provide you with playing skills and tips that we cannot.

Clinics will be open to both Quail Creek and Green Valley pickleball club members.  If sessions fill, we will work with Mark to expand offerings.  Private lessons will be held a Quail Creek on Monday afternoon and Wednesday morning.

Sign up at http://www.thirdshotsports.com/qcandgvr/az
 Learn more about Mark Renneson here.


New Club Schedule – Includes Designated Courts for Skill Level Open Play, Challenge Courts and Drill Clinics


The QCPC is happy to announce expanded offerings and a Club Schedule. We’ve received requests from many asking for more opportunities to play with people of similar skill level and improve their game. People also enjoy our Wednesday Round Robin Social, drill sessions and assisted play. Our goal is to offer our most popular activities weekly or, in some cases, monthly.

One of the roles of clubs across the nation is to develop schedules for court use for all skill levels. We have looked at web sites and schedules from about a dozen different clubs to develop what we think will work for our us. This schedule is a work in progress, meaning that we monitor what works, what needs tweaking and what is used or not used.

Our club membership expanded by over 50 people in the past few months. It is very exciting to see so many new faces. More members also mean more people trying to use the courts during Open Play. We want to use the schedule to help spread out use over more hours of the day, especially now that the weather is cooling off. “Prime time” is considered to be optimal times for outdoor play. For us it is always in the morning, either very early or midmorning to noon. It is a goal to always keep some courts available for resident drop-in play during Prime Time.

The weekly Club schedule is available on our web site (www.qcpickleball.org) and there will be a calendar posted on each court for that week’s use.

This first schedule includes Open Play, 2.5, 3.0 and 3.5 Skill Level Play, Challenge Courts and Skill Level Drill Session. We also will add Assisted Play as soon as we have volunteers to help organize and run these sessions. These activities are for Club Members ONLY.

A BIG question often asked is “how do I know my skill level?” We ask that you self-rate or play in tournaments to get a USAPA rating. Our club currently does not have the proper resources to form a ratings committee. To determine your rating, look for ratings under Pickleball Resources on our club (www.qcpickleball.org) website or download descriptions directly here. Then determine the level that best describes your skills in game situations. As you advance in skill levels you must have all the skills listed and use them in games, especially against higher level players. If you are losing a lot and by a lot, you are not in the correct skill level.

Definitions:

Open Play – Courts are reserved for drop-in Member’s Only Play.

Skill Level Play – Courts will be designated for specific skill levels 2.5, 3.0 and 3.5. Men and women of the same skill level are encouraged to attend these sessions. You can come any time during the hours posted, if you are this skill level.

Challenge Courts – A couple of courts will be designated as Challenge Courts. Challenge Courts are a good way to get to play against better players. Rules are that the winning team stays on for 2 games. If you want to challenge the winner, a double’s pair places their paddles either on the fence or on the ground in front of the court. This is the signal that you are challenging in. If your team was the winning team and on the court for 2 games, you need only sit out 1 game to challenge back in.

Skill Level Drill Sessions
– Instructors will organize drills that are appropriate for the skill level. It is important that you attend drills in the correct skill level to make it a beneficial experience for the other participants. Some sessions have a capacity limit and currently are on a first come first serve basis. Session times depend on availability of the instructors and may vary week to week. If a drill session involves a sign-up and there is no sign-up link that week, the session will not occur.

Skill Level Assisted Play – More advanced players will work with players in game situations to help with shot selection and strategy.

Skill Level Round Robins
(organized by individual members) - One of the things we wanted to include, but do not have the resources for, are skill level round robins (RR’s). To start incorporating these into our club schedule we ask individuals to organize skill level round robins. These round robins can include outside guests to provide exposure to different players and styles. Guidelines for running the Round Robin include:

1. Request a Skill Level Round Robin using the Application (link will be on website)

2. The RR organizer must be a club member

3. There should be at least one QCPC member per court reserved

4. The organizer should provide the Gate House with the names of guests playing in the RR

For example, a member can request a 2.5 mixed round robin using 3 courts on Saturday from 2 to 4 pm. To support these requests, the club will reserve courts and provide Round Robin materials for the Organizer. One of the reasons we want these requests to go through the Club is to help us manage court use. It is a concern that we already have days when all our courts are full during prime time and we don’t have all our snowbirds back. We want to minimize wait times for Club Members during Prime Time. We also have a goal of keeping 2 to 4 courts open for reservations. Requests for more than 3 courts will be considered, however we will not be able to accommodate these groups during Prime Time.

Please bear with us as we go through growing pains with our new schedule and offerings. And please thank Karen Morse for her energy and leadership as Committee Chairperson of our new Player Development and Organized Play Committee. The committee will be evaluating how things are going with the schedule and seeking feedback.


 

Participate in GVR Round Robin Tournament

 GVR to invites QCPC members to their Fall Round Robin Tournament on Oct. 30, 31 and Nov. 1.  They are using the Shootout format (no partners needed) and are having a good sign up. So far the 3.5 mixed is the only full division and there are lots of openings in the 2.5 and 3.0 groups.  This is a link to their SignUpGenius page for the tournament, http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d4aa8a728a2f85-fall4 .

No Round Robin on Wednesday, November 1

There will be no Round Robin on Wednesday, November 1 because of the Halloween Social.  Find out about the social below and sign up before noon on October 31st.

Halloween Social, November 1st



Please join us for an evening of Halloween pickleball fun- round robin, food, door prizes and great company. Bring a chair and the beverage of your choice.

TIME: Play begins at 4:00pm / Check in at 3:30pm

FOOD: Appetizers and Desserts / Bring your own drinks. (Plugs will be available for hot plates, crock pots, etc.; feel free to bring a cooler for cold items.)

PICKLEBALL: Round Robin Tournament will be played from 4-5 PM, so please indicate on sign-up if you want to play or just attend the social.

In keeping with the festivities of Halloween, you are encouraged to dress in costume that will safely allow you to play pickleball. But costumes are optional.

There will be door prizes at the end of the evening.

Sign-up here to attend, play, bring food, or help. You may sign up multiple people with one sign-up, but be sure to indicate how many you are signing up for each thing in the Quantity field and put the other person's name in the Other Person field.