Friday, February 16, 2018

QCPC Newsletter, February 17, 2018

Drills for 2.5 to 3.0 Players

Sessions will focus on purposeful practice through stroke work, steps and strategy.
Courts 5, 6 and 7 will be used and c lass size limited to 20.  Drills will be on Thursday mornings, Feb 1 and 8, no drill on Feb 15, drills resume on Feb 22nd and March 1st.  Sign up here for for Feb. 22 drill.  


Assisted Play for Beginners

Assisted play gives beginners a chance to play with other beginners while more experienced players watch and give pointers on how to improve their game. This is not a lesson, but it will give you playing experience. If you have taken a lesson and/or have some playing experience, this is a great way to improve your playing skills.  The first hour will be assisted and the second hour will allow the beginners to play. Throughout February and through March 5, this will be every Monday and Thursday from 1 PM to 3 PM on Courts 5-7. You must sign up to attend.  Sign up here.


No Round Robin on February 21

Because February 21 is the monthly QCPC Social, there will be no regular round robin.  In order to play on Wednesday morning, February 21, you must have signed up for the social event.


Holy Guacamole! Pickleball Social!





The next Pickleball Social is Wednesday, February 21.  The theme is a Mexican Fiesta Taco Party.  Sign-in is from 9:30-9:50 with play from 10 AM -12 noon. After that, there will be a taco bar for lunch. You must sign up to Play and also to bring something.  There are only 56 slots for pickleball players and 56 players have already signed up, but you can check back to see whether anyone has canceled.  Click here for more information and the link to Sign-Up Genius.  If the sign-up to play is full, sign up to "Attend but not play" and put Want to Play in the Comment section. This will put you on a Waiting List. Also check back periodically to see if a slot has opened up and, if so, you can change your registration to Attend and Play.

February Pickleball Academy at Quail Creek

The Joey Farias and Sean Rickard Academy is a series of monthly clinics offered to Quail Creek Pickleball Club members rated 3.0 and above. Each month we will focus on a different theme with corresponding drills and strategies to improve your game.The focus in February will be on volleys! We will work on proper mechanics and concepts while taking shots out of the air. Areas of focus will include: Blocking, punch volleys, handling pace, and resetting the point.The February Pickleball Academy will be on February 26th from 9 AM to 11 AM. Click here for more information.


Quail Creek Pickleball Name Tag Request Form

You can now order your own QCPC Name Tag.  The form can be accessed by clicking here.  In the future the form is located under Club Resources on the right margin of the QCPC web page..


Introducing the "Skill of the Week"

Each week Karen Morse will introduce a "Skill of the Week".  This is a skill that should be practiced by all levels of play.  This week, the link can be accessed by clicking here.  The link to the "Skill of the Week" is also located in the right margin under Pickleball Resources on the QCPC web page


IPTPA Rating Sessions February 26th

IPTPA Rating Sessions are being offered on February 26th.  If interested click here to signup.  IPTPA ratings are an important part of our education program.  Participation is not required, but encouraged.  Next sessions will be Friday March 23.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

QCPC Newsletter, February 10, 2018

No 2.5 to 3.0 Drills This Week 

There will be no drills for 2.5 to 3.0 players on Feb 15.  Drills resume on Feb 22nd and March 1st.  

Drills for 3.0 Players

The next QCPC 3.0 drill clinic will be on Thursday February 22nd from 3 to 4:30pm on Courts 5/6/7. There is a limit of 12 participants. Please click on the link below to participate.
SignUp Genius for 3.0 Drill Clinic.



Drills for 3.5 Players

Drills for 3.5 players will be on Tuesday, February 13, and on Tuesday, February 27.  There will be 2 sessions with 8 people in each session.  The first session will be from 2:00 PM to 3:15 PM, and the second session will be from 3:15 PM to 4:30 PM.  Select the time that works best for you.  Sign-up will open on the Saturday before the drill session.  Sign up here for the February 13 sessions.

Assisted Play for Beginners

Assisted play gives beginners a chance to play with other beginners while more experienced players watch and give pointers on how to improve their game. This is not a lesson, but it will give you playing experience. If you have taken a lesson and/or have some playing experience, this is a great way to improve your playing skills. The first hour will be assisted and the second hour will allow the beginners to play. Throughout February, this will be every Monday and Thursday from 1 PM to 3 PM on Courts 5-7. You must sign up to attend. Sign up here.



Members Meeting on February 16


The semi-annual Members Meeting of the QCPC will be on February 16 at 1 PM in the Ocotillo Room of the Kino Center.  All members are encouraged to attend.  The Board will present the budget for 2018 and will also discuss our capital equipment request.  Activities of the Club for 2017 and plans for 2018 will be described.   Members may bring up other items of interest.  


QCPC New Level 1 Certified Instructors 


Four QPCP members are now IPTPA Level 1 Certified Instructors.  The certification required participation in an 8-hour workshop, 4-hours of classroom time and 4-hours on the courts demonstrating teaching standards for the sport of Pickleball.  Instructors pursued this on their own to understand the latest concepts of teaching Pickleball.  Our newly certified instructors are Karen Morse, Lenny Friedman, Sharon Kolarik and Jean Bustard.


Holy Guacamole! Pickleball Social!



The next Pickleball Social is Wednesday, February 21. The theme is a Mexican Fiesta Taco Party. We’re still in need of several people to make taco filling. If you haven’t volunteered to bring something to the event, would you please consider helping in this way. Just call one of the committee members below or go back into the signup genius to register. Thanks in advance. Remember sign-in is from 9:30-9:50 with play from 10 AM -12 noon with lunch following. Click here for more information and the link to Sign-Up Genius. You must sign up to Play and also to bring something. There are only 56 slots for registered pickleball players.


Committee: Ardean/Dennis Nickerson 509-991-1211

                   Audrey/Russ Hodel 845-920-6158



Baskets for Balls that Have Lost Their Bounce

Please put balls that are old and need to be retired into the baskets that are placed on the fences at the courts. Our Court maintenance folks will take care of them.


Robson Intercommunity Mixed Doubles

The QCPC will start an inter-community round robin with Saddlebrooke Ranch. This will be a year-round event with play alternating at each site. On one Sunday a month we will have Mixed Doubles for all levels (2.5-3.0-3.5-4.0/4.5 [combined]), and a couple of weeks later on a Sunday we will have Men's Doubles and Women's Doubles for all levels.

The first time will be March 18th from 1 - 5pm at Saddlebrooke Ranch.  There is still room to sign up here. List your partner's name and the level you will play in the Comment field for Mixed Doubles (based on IPTPA or USAPA of the highest ranked player).  There is a limit of 4 teams for each level, 
first come-first served.

Format: 2.5/3.0/3.5 round robin with games to 15. The teams would only play the other community. Then the team with the most wins from QC and from the other Robson community would have a one game playoff for the championship of that skill level. (points would be used for the tie-breaker)

Format for combined 4.0/4.5. 2 out of 3 games to 11 round robin
Grand champion community is the community with the most points after all games (including playoffs) have been played.



Southern Arizona Senior Games - March 6 - 10, 2018

Southern Arizona Senior Games are held in Sahuarita and Green Valley during the month March and include 32 various events . Dates for the pickleball tournament are March 6 thru March 10. The tournament is held at Quail Creek on March 6, 7, and 8 for skill levels 3.0 and up. This is your chance to play a tournament on your home courts. Skill level 2.5 tournament is a round robin and will be held at Green Valley Recreation’s East Center on March 10 and 11. To register go to Pickleball Tournaments website at this link https://www.secure.pickleballtournaments.com/welcome.pl?tid=1233.

More information on the Senior games can be found here http://www.gvrec.org/green-valley-senior-games/.




Volunteers and Referees Needed for Senior Games

The Southern Arizona Senior Games - Pickleball Tournament is coming soon! Registration ends on Feb 20th and we already have 326 players signed up. As always, lots of volunteers are needed to make sure the tournament runs smoothly, and everyone has an enjoyable time. Please consider volunteering or refereeing in the tournament!
This is a great chance to help out and to see some exciting pickleball action (and to cheer for our club members!!). If you volunteer you will also receive a free Southern Arizona Senior Games volunteer t-shirt - you can order it when you sign up.

SENIOR GAMES VOLUNTEERS
Go to SignUpGenius to sign up for  a variety of jobs throughout the 3 day tournament

SENIOR GAMES REFEREES

Go to SIgnUpGenius if you have experience refereeing. We need referees for both the double elimination tournament and the round robin tournament.


Lost and Found Is Overflowing

Many items, including jackets, hats, and water bottles, have been left at the Pickleball Courts. These are either in or beside the chest in the ramada.  If you've lost something, check out our lost and found and see if it is there.


Texas Hold 'Em Poker Tournament

The GVR Pickleball Club is having a Texas Hold'Em Poker Tournament on Wednesday, February 28, at 4:30.  This is a fundraiser for their pickleball courts.  Click here for more information.

Quail Creek Classic Tournament II

The Second Quail Creek Classic Tournament to support St. Jude Children's Research Hospital will be held on Saturday, March 24, and Sunday, March 25.  The entry fee for this tournament is a check made out to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, which will be donated to the Hospital.  Men's and Women's Doubles at the 2.5 and 3.5 levels will be on Saturday morning; Mixed Doubles at the 3.0 and 4.0 levels will be on Saturday afternoon.  On Sunday morning will be 3.0 and 4.0 Women's and Men's Doubles with 2.5 and 3.5 Mixed Doubles in the afternoon.  Click here for more information and to download a registration form.

REMINDER:  2018 Quail Creek Classic - Please remember to either mail or drop off your registration form to Cheryl Francis.  Signup Genius just holds your spot it does not guarantee your spot. There is a box on Cheryl’s porch (2423 E Skywalker Way) for your form and donation to St Jude.  Thank you.  


























Friday, February 2, 2018

QCPC Newsletter, February 3, 2018

Drills for 2.5 to 3.0 Players

Sessions will focus on purposeful practice through stroke work, steps and strategy.
Courts 5, 6 and 7 will be used and class size limited to 20.  Drills will be on Thursday mornings, Feb 1 and 8, no drill on Feb 15, drills resume on Feb 22nd and March 1st.  Sign up here for for Feb. 8 drill.  


Assisted Play for Beginners

Assisted play gives beginners a chance to play with other beginners while more experienced players watch and give pointers on how to improve their game. This is not a lesson, but it will give you playing experience. If you have taken a lesson and/or have some playing experience, this is a great way to improve your playing skills.  The first hour will be assisted and the second hour will allow the beginners to play. Throughout February, this will be every Monday and Thursday from 1 PM to 3 PM on Courts 5-7. You must sign up to attend.  Sign up here.

Board Meeting on February 5

The QCPC will meet on February 5 from 12 noon to 2 PM in the Conference Room of the Kino Center.  All members are welcome to attend.  If you would like to have something added to the agenda, please contact President, Jean Bustard, 303-921-8139, jeanb@dcmesa.com.

Members Meeting on February 16

The semi-annual Members Meeting of the QCPC will be on February 16 at 1 PM in the Ocotillo Room of the Kino Center.  All members are encouraged to attend.  The Board will present the budget for 2018 and also discuss our capital equipment request.  Activities of the Club for 2017 and plans for 2018 will be described.   Members may bring up other items of interest.  


Holy Guacamole! Pickleball Social!




The next Pickleball Social is Wednesday, February 21.  The theme is a Mexican Fiesta Taco Party.  Sign-in is from 9:30-9:50 with play from 10 AM -12 noon. After that, there will be a taco bar for lunch.  Click here for more information and the link to Sign-Up Genius.  You must sign up to Play and also to bring something.  There are only 56 slots for pickleball players.  


February Pickleball Academy at Quail Creek

The Joey Farias and Sean Rickard Academy is a series of monthly clinics offered to Quail Creek Pickleball Club members rated 3.0 and above. Each month we will focus on a different theme with corresponding drills and strategies to improve your game.

The focus in February will be on volleys! We will work on proper mechanics and concepts while taking shots out of the air. Areas of focus will include: Blocking, punch volleys, handling pace, and resetting the point.


The February Pickleball Academy will be on February 26th from 9 AM to 11 AM.  Click here for more information.

Courts Closed on February 10-11 for Firefighters' Tournament


The Firefighters' Foundation will be holding their annual tournament on our courts on February 10-11. They will be using all courts, so all drills and open play will be canceled on those days. Come and watch the tournament and cheer on our QCPC participants.



Robson Intercommunity Mixed Doubles

The QCPC will start an inter-community round robin with Saddlebrooke Ranch. This will be a year round event with play alternating at each site. On one Sunday a month we will have Mixed Doubles for all levels (2.5-3.0-3.5-4.0/4.5 [combined]), and a couple of weeks later on a Sunday we will have Men's Doubles and Women's Doubles for all levels.

The first time will be March 18th from 1 - 5pm at Saddlebrooke Ranch. Please sign up here. List your partner's name and the level you will play in the Comment field for Mixed Doubles (based on IPTPA or USAPA of the highest ranked player).  There is a limit of 4 teams for each level, 
first come-first served.

Format: 2.5/3.0/3.5 round robin with games to 15. The teams would only play the other community. Then the team with the most wins from QC and from the other Robson community would have a one game playoff for the championship of that skill level. (points would be used for the tie-breaker)

Format for combined 4.0/4.5. 2 out of 3 games to 11 round robin
Grand champion community is the community with the most points after all games (including playoffs) have been played.



Quail Creek Classic Tournament II





The Second Quail Creek Classic Tournament to support St. Jude Children's Research Hospital will be held on Saturday, March 24, and Sunday, March 25.  The entry fee for this tournament is a check made out to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, which will be donated to the Hospital.  Men's and Women's Doubles at the 2.5 and 3.5 levels will be on Saturday morning; Mixed Doubles at the 3.0 and 4.0 levels will be on Saturday afternoon.  On Sunday morning will be 3.0 and 4.0 Women's and Men's Doubles with 2.5 and 3.5 Mixed Doubles in the afternoon.  The format will be a Round Robin with a medal round for the top  teams in the Round Robin competition.  Click here for more information and to download a registration form.




Thursday, January 25, 2018

QCPC Newsletter January 27, 2018


Last Chance to Pay 2018 Dues





Your 2018 dues were due on January 1, 2018. If you haven't yet paid dues, you may still pay by dropping off a check at the home of our Membership Chair, Susan Jones, 2620 Arica Way. There is a box by her front door for dues. Dues are $20.00 a year. Make your check payable to QCPC. After January 31, we will eliminate non-paid individuals from our Membership list. You will no longer receive newsletters and you will no longer be able to participate in Club activities, including open play on Monday through Saturday mornings. So, if you wish to remain a QCPC member, please pay your dues as soon as possible.

Drills for 2.5 to 3.0 Players

Sessions will focus on purposeful practice through stroke work, steps and strategy.
Courts 5, 6 and 7 will be used and class size limited to 20.  Drills will be on Thursday mornings, Feb 1 and 8, no drill on Feb 15, drills resume on Feb 22nd and March 1st.  Sign up here for Feb. 1 drill.  


No Drills for 3.0 or 3.5 Players This Week

There will no drills for 3.0 or 3.5 players during the week of January 28th.  

Assisted Play for Beginners

Assisted play gives beginners a chance to play with other beginners while more experienced players watch and give pointers on how to improve their game. This is not a lesson, but it will give you playing experience. If you have taken a lesson and/or have some playing experience, this is a great way to improve your playing skills.  The first hour will be assisted and the second hour will allow the beginners to play. Throughout February and until March 5th this will be every Monday and Thursday from 1 PM to 3 PM on Courts 5-7. You must sign up to attend.  Sign up here.

Lessons with Kathy Palese

Kathy Palese will continue to offer lessons to our Club members in groups of 4. She will be a IPTPA certified instructor as of January 29th. Lessons will be 1.5 hours. Starting in February, you will need to sign-up on Sign-Up Genius for Kathy's lessons. Get your group together and then the leader should sign up for the date and time that the group wants. Put the number in your group in the Quantity area and also put your skill level in the Comment section along with the names of others in your group. If there are fewer than 4 in your group, other players may fill in. Please be respectful to the group level of play if you are filling a vacancy. The link for February's lessons is here. You can sign up for weekly lessons during February if you like. This link is also on the website on the right side under Pickleball Instructors.

Seeking Chairperson for QCPC Court Management Committee

First, a big thank you to Jeannie Innachinno for her service as this committee’s chairperson for the past year.
Second, we need a Court Management chairperson. Responsibilities include purchasing balls and other consumables, notifying POA Maintenance when necessary, and monitoring court conditions. This is not a board position, it is a committee position with a 1-year term. For more information, contact Jean Bustard, 303-921-8139, jeanb@dcmesa.com.

Courts Closed on February 10-11 for Firefighters' Tournament

The Firefighters' Foundation will be holding their annual tournament on our courts on February 10-11. They will be using all courts, so all drills and open play will be canceled on those days.  Come and watch the tournament and cheer on our QCPC participants.


Using Sign-Up Genius

Many of the Club's events require sign-up because space is limited.  Some people have had trouble using Sign-up Genius, so here are some tips.  You will see a link to a specific sign-up in the newsletter (and on the website- all newsletters are available on our website, 
www.qcpickleball.org).  It is best to create an account and to sign in to Sign-Up Genius, so you can easily change your sign-up later.  To set up an account, use your e-mail address and keep track of your password because you will need it for future sign-ups or to change your sign-up.  Go into the sign-up and sign in.  Then click on the Sign-Up beside the thing your want to sign-up for.  Finally, go down to the bottom of the page and click on Submit and Sign-up (this is critical; otherwise you haven't signed up).  If you are signing up yourself plus someone else, put the quantity as 2 and put that person's name in the Comment field.  You will receive an e-mail confirmation that you have signed up and you will also receive a reminder 2 days before the event.  

When we have socials, you will usually be asked to sign up to play or to attend but not play AND to sign-up to bring something or to help out.  Generally, couples need to only bring one thing because we always end up with too much food.  Once you have clicked all the items, remember to go down to Submit and Sign-up and click on that.  Fill in the Quantity for each item and, if you are signing up for more than just yourself, put the other person's name in the comment field.

If you sign up for something and later find out that you can't attend, please cancel your sign-up.  Many of our events cannot accommodate everyone who wishes to participate, so please don't take up a spot if you won't be using it.  In order to cancel a sign-up, you must use the same login information that you used when you signed up.  Sign into Sign-Up Genius and it will list the things you've signed up for.  Go to the one you want to cancel and click on delete.

If all spots are filled when you attempt to sign up, go back into Sign-Up Genius periodically to check for cancellations.


Dates for QCPC Socials

During the busy season, our Club has a social event on the 3rd Wednesday of each month.  There will be no Round Robin on days when we have a social event.  Sometimes these will be morning events and sometimes they will be afternoon events.  Check the newsletter and website for the details of each event.  You will usually need to sign up to play pickleball or just attend an event, and also to bring food or to help out.  The dates for our socials this year are February 21, March 21, and April 18.  Save these dates on your calendars.



Referee Clinic, Feb. 2 and 4



From Lenny Friedman, USAPA Ambassador.  Referees are needed for tournaments, becoming a referee is a great way to learn more about the rules of the game, and it is an opportunity to volunteer to help the advancement of the sport. 
If you are interested in becoming a pickleball referee, click here to register for a classroom study class from 1:00-4:00 in the Kino Center on February 2 and an on-court training from 9:00-11:00 on February 4. Please do not sign-up unless you are available for both classes. Class is limited to 12 students.



Referees Needed for Firefighters' Tournament

The organizers of the Firefighters' Tournament need more referees.  Click here to sign up to referee for this tournament on February 10 or 11.  There is an option to indicate that you will referee when you are finished playing.