Wednesday, September 6, 2017

QCPC Newsletter, September 7, 2017


Saddlebrook Ranch- Quail Creek Invitational

Saddlebrooke Ranch is inviting Quail Creek pickleball players to a fun, social, round robin on their new courts on October 25.  Sign up as double pairs in women’s or men’s doubles and mixed doubles. Rating categories are 2.5, 3.0, and 3.5.  Don’t miss this chance to play as a club with our Robson Community neighbors.  Details of the tournament can be seen here, and you can sign-up here.


Spiders

There have been many spiders and spider webs on the courts lately.  Larry Hyde and Gary Mencimer are knocking them down at least three times a week.  There have also been large wolf spiders hiding in the ball tubes and inside the balls.  So, be careful when removing a ball from the ball tube.  Also check inside the ball itself for a spider.


Lessons Available

Local Instructors Available for Private Lessons:  Looking for ways to improve you game? Private individual or group lessons is a great way to take your game to the next level.  If interested, contact these individuals directly for more information.  These private lessons are independent of Quail Creek Pickleball Club lessons and clinics to be offered in the upcoming months.

Lenny Friedman - Lenny, our Quail Creek Club Pickleball Ambassador, has been teaching pickleball to all ages throughout the county for years.  Lenny is available for individual or group lessons for skill levels 1.5 to 3.0  Contact Lenny at mathcoach801@gmail.com.

Kathy Palese - Kathy is an experienced instructor from Green Valley.  She has helped our Club with beginner and intermediate lessons.  She is available for individual or group lessons for beginners to level 3.0.  Contact Kathy at  palesek@hotmail.com.

Sean Rickard - Sean is one of our local firefighters who learned about the game of pickleball on the courts behind our nearby Fire House.  Sean now has a 5.0 skill ranking and is playing tournaments with some of the best players in the world. His focus is on getting intermediate player (3.5, 4.0 and 4.5) to the next level.  Contact Sean at srickard4@gmail.com.  (Note - Sean is not available or returning emails until after September 18th.)



Referee Training Session

Lenny Friedman, USAPA Ambassador, will be offering a referee training session on September 9th from 1:00-3:30 in the Conference Room at the Kino Center.  If interested, please click here to reserve a spot.

Take the referee training and improve your pickleball play by expanding your knowledge of the game.  A referee's primary responsibilities are to watch for foot faults on the serve and non-volley lines, to keep track of the score, and to keep a constant pace of the game. Being engaged in the flow of play will help you improve your own play. 

Taking the referee training  does not obligate you to referee in any of the upcoming tournaments at Quail Creek, but your volunteering is appreciated by those running and playing in tournaments.  Referee's aide in providing standardized good play for all.  

Good referees are always appreciated.  Please join us.


Round Robins on Wednesdays


Round Robins will continue on Wednesday mornings.  Sign-in between 6:45 - 6:55, and be ready to play at 7 AM.  If the numbers permit, there will be separate Round Robins for men and women; otherwise, these will be combined.




Blind Date Tournament



On November 11-12, Quail Creek will host a Blind Date Tournament to benefit the Green Valley Food Bank and  Friends In Deed.  Your date (partner) for this tournament will be randomly chosen from players from Green Valley.  There will be Women's, Men's, and Mixed Doubles at the 2.5, 3.0, and 3.5 levels.  Information, registration forms, and waivers can be found on our website (www.qcpickleball.org) on the right side under Tournaments. Click here to go there directly.



Monday, August 14, 2017

QCPC Newsletter, August 15, 2017





Quail Creek-Saddlebrook Ranch Invitational

Quail Creek pickleball players 2.5-3.5 are invited to participate in a Pickleball Invitational at Saddlebrook Ranch on Wednesday October 25. It is a continuation of Invitational games played at Quail Creek with Saddlebrook Ranch in 2014 and 2015.  Saddlebrook Ranch has added 20 courts in the past year to make it possible for them to host us.  Format is round robin where partners stay together throughout the round robin.

Please sign up here under the correct ratings category and add your partner's name in the blank requesting it.  Each team should sign up only once under one of the partner's name. Numbers of teams in each category is limited to 4.  Women’s and Men’s play will be in the morning, beginning at 9 AM,  and mixed doubles will be in the afternoon, beginning at 1 PM. If interested, you may sign up for mixed doubles in addition to women’s or men’s doubles. 

 This is a fun, inter-community round robin between two Robson Communities.  We encourage you to participate. 



Referee Training Session

Lenny Friedman, USAPA Ambassador, will be offering a referee training session on September 9th from 1:00-3:30 in the Conference Room at the Kino Center.  If interested, please click here to reserve a spot.

Take the referee training and improve your pickleball play by expanding your knowledge of the game.  A referee's primary responsibilities are to watch for foot faults on the serve and non-volley lines, to keep track of the score, and to keep a constant pace of the game. Being engaged in the flow of play will help you improve your own play. 

Taking the referee training  does not obligate you to referee in any of the upcoming tournaments at Quail Creek, but your volunteering is appreciated by those running and playing in tournaments.  Referee's aide in providing standardized good play for all.  

Good referees are always appreciated.  Please join us.



Round Robins on Wednesdays

Round Robins will continue on Wednesday mornings.  Sign-in between 6:45 - 6:55, and be ready to play at 7 AM.  If the numbers permit, there will be separate Round Robins for men and women; otherwise, these will be combined.

USAPA  2016 Year In Review 

BY BOB NIBARGER, 
USAPA Communications Chair 


I even surprised myself with all of the accomplishments that the USAPA achieved during 2016. A quick review of 2016 statistics illustrates how the USAPA grew in just a single year. 

Places to Play: 4,747 (increase of 970 or 80.8 per month) 
Total Courts: 16,549 (increase of 3,760 or 313.3 per month) 
Members: 16,793 (increase of 6,491 or 540.9 per month) 
Ambassadors: 1,454 (increase of 225 or 18.7 per month) 
Officially rated players went from 6,000 on 1/1/2016 to 8,638 on 12/31/16. That's a 2,638 annual increase in initial ratings for new players which was roughly a 30% increase in one year. In addition, there were about 800 players who already had a rating, that had a rating change. 
Christine Barksdale named Managing Director of Competition 
St. Jude named as official charity partner of USAPA 
USAPA certified 29 new referees in 2016 
A new contract was issued to Pickleball Central for apparel, and the new usapastore.com was launched 
A new membership automation system was deployed 
USAPA and Dollard Publishing teamed up and produced 6 pickleball magazines during 2016 
The USAPA Rules Committee met numerous times and completed updates as needed 
Nationals VIII was held in November of 2016 with a record number of attendees 
USAPA endorsed TrackitHub ladder league management software 
Longtime USAPA board members Linda and Lynn Laymon retired from the board as they participated in and guided all USAPA National’s matches refereed by their newly created certified referees 
All medal matches at Nationals VIII had certified referees 
Jack Thomas retired as the Ambassador Chair moving to the role of Vice President (Jack was replaced by CJ Jermstad) 
A highly popular Ambassador retreat was hosted at Club Med in Florida with over 200+ attendees 
A third party contractor was hired to do all ball and paddle testing 
USAPA launched a Juniors program at Nationals in November 
There were 278 rating appeals processed in 2016 
USAPA awarded 128 pickleball grants 
Social media expanded with live coverage of several pickleball tournament medal matches 
To view this fantastic magazine click on the following link: May-June Magazine. Those are the highlights of 2016. Please join us as we begin a new calendar year promising to be both fun and exciting. 
Join the USAPA on Facebook 
Join the USAPA on Instagram


Lenny Friedman
USAPA Ambassador Green Valley/Sahuarita, AZ


Blind Date Tournament


On November 11-12, Quail Creek will host a Blind Date Tournament to benefit the Green Valley Food Bank and  Friends In Deed.  Your date (partner) for this tournament will be randomly chosen from players from Green Valley.  There will be Women's, Men's, and Mixed Doubles at the 2.5, 3.0, and 3.5 levels.  Information, registration forms, and waivers can be found on our website (www.qcpickleball.org) on the right side under Tournaments. Click here to go there directly.



Monday, August 7, 2017

QCPC Newsletter August 8, 2017


Referee Training Session

Lenny Friedman, USAPA Ambassador, will be offering a referee training session on September 9th from 1:00-3:30 in the Conference Room at the Kino Center.  If interested, please click here to reserve a spot.

Take the referee training and improve your pickleball play by expanding your knowledge of the game.  A referee's primary responsibilities are to watch for foot faults on the serve and non-volley lines, to keep track of the score, and to keep a constant pace of the game. Being engaged in the flow of play will help you improve your own play. 

Taking the referee training  does not obligate you to referee in any of the upcoming tournaments at Quail Creek, but your volunteering is appreciated by those running and playing in tournaments.  Referee's aide in providing standardized good play for all.  

Good referees are always appreciated.  Please join us.



Quail Creek-Saddlebrook Ranch Invitational

Save the date.  Saddlebrook Ranch has invited Quail Creek to an inter-community tournament on October 25.  There will be 3-4 teams of men's, women's, and mixed doubles at the 2.5, 3.0, and 3.5 levels.   They are still working on details of the format, so more information and sign-up opportunities will follow when details have been set.  


Round Robins on Wednesdays

Round Robins will continue on Wednesday mornings.  Sign-in between 6:45 - 6:55, and be ready to play at 7 AM.  If the numbers permit, there will be separate Round Robins for men and women; otherwise, these will be combined.



Blind Date Tournament


On November 11-12, Quail Creek will host a Blind Date Tournament to benefit the Green Valley Food Bank and  Friends In Deed.  Your date (partner) for this tournament will be randomly chosen from players from Green Valley.  There will be Women's, Men's, and Mixed Doubles at the 2.5, 3.0, and 3.5 levels.  Information, registration forms, and waivers can be found on our website (www.qcpickleball.org) on the right side under Tournaments. Click here to go there directly.






Saturday, June 10, 2017

QCPC Newsletter June 10, 2017

  Don't Put Balls on Top of Sleeves


Please don't place balls on the top of the sleeves.  The wind knocks them off so there are sometimes balls blowing around the courts.  This is dangerous because stepping on a ball is likely to cause someone to fall.  If a ball won't fit in one sleeve, try to find another where it will fit.  If it won't fit anywhere, please put it in the Lost and Found chest in the ramada. Court Management will start putting fewer balls in the sleeves to reduce this problem.  Thanks for your cooperation in keeping our courts safe.

 Pickleballs Losing Their Bounciness

The life of our pickleballs is limited in that they get softer and do not bounce correctly.  If you find such a ball, please put it in the Lost and Found chest in a box labelled "Balls to Be Retired?".  Court Management will check these balls and discard them if they are no longer bouncing properly.


Treasurer Needed Immediately

Karen Morse, our Treasurer, is also serving as our Player Development Chairperson.  She would like to resign as Treasurer, so she can devote her time to player development.  We need to appoint a new Treasurer.  This is not a big job.  It takes about 3-4 hours a month.  The Treasurer is a voting member of the QCPC Board.  The job entails attending Board meetings (monthly with no meetings in some summer months), writing checks, making deposits, and preparing treasurer reports.  Please contact Linda von Felden (lvonfelden4@gmail.com, Phone: 300-6306) if you are interested in this position.



Summer Hours for Club Activities

Club Open Play will now be from 7:00 - 11:00 AM Monday through Saturday.  Evening Club Open Play is 7:00 - 9:00 PM on Monday and Thursday.  Wednesday Round Robins will begin at 7:00 AM, with check-in starting at 6:30 AM.  Please check in by 6:50 AM.  Drills will be from 7:00 - 8:00 AM on Tuesday and Thursday.  No check-in is needed. You must be a member of QCPC in order to participate in these activities.




 Inter-Community Play at Green Valley East Center

Inter-Community Play is every other week on Tuesday night with the 4.0+ group, Wednesday night with 2.5’s, Friday night with 3.0’s, and Sunday night with 3.5 level players.  The start time each evening is 6 pm.  So far the feedback is very positive and the set-up is great for players and spectators.  For more information, go to http://www.gvrpickleball.org and click on the SignUpGenius button.


Pickleball Professional Pickleball Instructors Coming to Quail Creek in November and December 2017

We are incredibly fortunate to have both Mark Renneson and Dave Weinbach come back to Quail Creek at the beginning of next year’s pickleball season offering clinics and private lessons.  Mark will be here November 13 and 14 and Dave on December 13 and 14.  These dates may shift by a day based on final travel arrangements.  Both are excellent pro players and excellent instructors.  We decided to again have them both visit as they each provide great instruction and emphasize good techniques and habits.

To find out more about Mark Renneson click on  http://www.thirdshotsports.com or search for one of his many Youtube videos.  



To find out more about Dave Weinbach watch the Gold Medal match at the Grand Canyon State Games http://www.pickleballchannel.com/GCSG-2017-mens-doubles-19-gold or replays for his win at the US Minto Open that was aired on CBS Sports in May.




Friday, June 2, 2017

QCPC Newsletter June 3, 2017


Wednesday Round Robin Play to Begin at 7:00 AM

In May, Round Robin play will begin at 7:00 AM.  Check in at the ramada between 6:30 and 6:50 AM.    Be ready to begin play at 7:00 AM.  Separate men's and women's Round Robins will continue as long as there is enough interest, although men's and women's may be combined if the numbers are too small.


May QCPC Board Meeting

The next QCPC Board Meeting will be on June 5 at 1:00 PM in the Kino Conference Center Boardroom.  All members are welcome to attend.  The agenda is already set, but there will be an opportunity for input from members at the end of the meeting.


Inter-Community Play at Green Valley East Center

Play began on Tuesday night with the 4.0+ group, followed on Wednesday night with 2.5’s and Friday night with 3.0’s.  Sunday night there is play for 3.5 level players.  The start time on Sunday night players was changed to 6 pm, same as the other nights.  So far the feedback is very positive and the set-up is great for players and spectators.  For more information, go to http://www.gvrpickleball.org and click on the SignUpGenius button.

Pickleball Professional Pickleball Instructors Coming to Quail Creek in November and December 2017

We are incredibly fortunate to have both Mark Renneson and Dave Weinbach come back to Quail Creek at the beginning of next year’s pickleball season offering clinics and private lessons.  Mark will be here November 13 and 14 and Dave on December 13 and 14.  These dates may shift by a day based on final travel arrangements.  Both are excellent pro players and excellent instructors.  We decided to again have them both visit as they each provide great instruction and emphasize good techniques and habits. 

To find out more about Mark Renneson click on  http://www.thirdshotsports.com or search for one of his many Youtube videos.  

To find out more about Dave Weinbach watch the Gold Medal match at the Grand Canyon State Games http://www.pickleballchannel.com/GCSG-2017-mens-doubles-19-gold or replays for his win at the US Minto Open that was aired on CBS Sports in May.

Drills Continue at 7:00 AM Tuesday and Thursday

On Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00 to 8:00 AM, a one-hour drill clinic will be offered for all men and women, any skill level.  We spend the hour working on footwork skills, specific paddle skills (dinking, lobing, 3rd shot drop, overhead shots, etc.) and stretching for pickleball players.  The Clinic will be on Courts 11 and 12. There is no need to sign-up.




Friday, May 19, 2017

Green Valley Inter-Community Play - Update

Days and times for inter-community play, every other week, are still the same:

Tuesday 6 - 9 pm, skill level 4.0
Wednesday 6 - 9 pm, skill level 2.5
Friday 6 - 9 pm, skill level 3.0
Sunday 4 - 7, skill level 3.5

GV made signup easier.  Instead of having to provide them with your email address, just go to the Green Valley Pickleball Club website, click on signup genius and select inter-community play.  Click http://www.gvrpickleball.org/ to get to the website.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Inter-community play

Attention Members who are in Quail Creek this Summer:

Green Valley Pickleball Club is hosting inter-community, skill level pickleball play this summer at the East Center (Esperanza & Abrego N).  Play will begin the week of May 30 and continue on a bi-weekly basis through the end of August.   Skill days are:

Tuesday 6 - 9 pm - Skill level 4.0
Wednesday 6 - 9 pm, Skill level 3.0
Friday 6 - 9 pm, Skill level 2.5
Sunday 4 - 7 pm, Skill level 3.5

Participation is limited to the first 19 who signup through Sign-Up Genius.  Play will use a round robin format and Neon Dura Fast Balls.  Participants will be asked to donate $2.00 once, to cover use of the balls.

Other clubs invited include Saddlebrooke Ranch, Saddlebrooke, Voyager, Tucson Racket Club and Tucson Country Club.

To play this summer, you need to be on the Green Valley Inter-Community Play email list.  Invitations will be sent out by skill level.  For example, 4.0 players will receive an invitation to signup for Tuesday nights, 4.0 players will not receive invitations for the other skill-level days.

If you are interested in participating, I put a signup sheet in a three-ring binder in the plastic storage box under the Ramada.  Please add your name, email and skill level to this sheet.  I will consolidate and get the your name to the proper coordinator at Green Valley.  I plan on sending a list to Green Valley this Friday afternoon.  If you don't get on the list this week, you will be able to signup at a later date.  FYI, I also have copies of the Invitation from GV and their Calendar in the folder.

I know many of you do not have a rating.  Please use the Rating Information on the QCPC website to assess yourself and only put one rating on the signup sheet, either 2.5, 3.0, 3.5 or 4.0.  If you feel that you are in the wrong skill level after playing, you can change by notifying the group coordinator at Green Valley.

If you have questions, Karen Morse or I would be happy to do our best to get your questions answered.

Jean Bustard

P.S. This is my first time using our blog and Mail Chimp.  Hopefully this goes out before Saturday afternoon, if not, sign up when you get this information.  I have not figured out how to attach files, which is why I put a copy of the invitation in the three-ring binder with the signup sheet.  Also, because we do not track skill levels with our member information, I felt the only way for me to get your name and skill level was to ask.  This inter-community play is a first for GV too, so please be understanding as we work through the learning curve.  Thanks - Jean