Saturday, October 20, 2018

QCPC Newsletter, October 20, 2018

2.5, 3.0 and 3.5 Drills

2.5 Drills- TuesdayOctober 23rd at 3 pm on courts 5-8. Come learn some new techniques to take you game to the next level Click Here to Sign Up

3.0 Drills-  Monday, Oct. 22, 3-4:15 pm.  Come & have some fun & improve your pickleball skills.                  Sign up here.  Signups will open at 11 AM on Saturday, Oct. 20.


3.5 Drills- Wednesday, October 24 from 2pm to 3:30pm. Sign up here.


Assisted Play

Assisted Play offers Beginners a chance to play pickleball with a coach who will instruct you on the basic rules and strategy while playing (sign up for only one Assisted Play session per week):

Monday, 10:00am-Noon, Courts 3-4
Wednesday, 6:00pm-8:00pm, Courts 11-12
Thursday:  No Assisted Play, Saddlebrook/QC Invitational 

Sign up here.


NEW:  Transitional Play for Beginners and Advanced Beginners 

 Want to play Pickleball but not ready to join Open Play?  Transitional Play is a great place for you to gain experience playing before moving on to Club Open Play.  The host will organize play, but there will be no instructors, so please be familiar with the basic rules and skills of Pickleball.  If interested, sign up here.  You will need to login to Sign-Up Genius in order to sign up.  You may sign up for both Assisted Play and Transitional Play.  You may sign up for Transitional Play as often as you like.

When:  Tuesday and Friday mornings, 10:00 AM-Noon, Courts 5, 6, and 7.

Please sign up for transitional play.  Sign up here.


Courts Closed for Saddlebrook Ranch/Quail Creek Tournament

Thursday, October 25, is the 2nd Annual Saddlebrook Ranch/Quail Creek Tournament.  Courts 1-14 will be closed beginning at 8 AM until 5 PM.  Come and watch your fellow Quail Creek pickleballers compete with the Saddlebrook Ranch picklerballers.


Volunteers Still Needed for December Social

Volunteers are needed to organize the December Social.  This will celebrate our pickleball courts 5th birthday.   Normally this social would be on Dec. 19, but because that is close to Christmas, the organizers could pick an earlier date.  Contact Susie Eckhardt to volunteer, susan.eckhardt@yahoo.com, 253-686-7541.





Saturday, October 13, 2018

QCPC Newsletter October 13, 2018

IPTPA Rating Sessions

The IPTPA rating program helps players learn the skills of pickleball.  This is an important component of our Player Development program.  We encourage everyone to to go through the educational rating experience. 

Our first rating sessions of the season are on Monday,  October 22.  Our local Certified Rating Specialist (CRS) Sean Rickard will be here to administer the ratings.  We must have four (4) people going for the same rating in each session.  You can be tested for 2.5, 3.0, 3.5 or 4.0.  A description of the skill assessment for each skill level can be found on the IPTPA website.

If you are a club member and this is your first time being rated, cost is $15 for a 3-year  No additional fees. 

Sign up here.  If you have questions, contact Jean Bustard at jeanb@dcmesa.com.


Drills for 2.5, 3.0, and 3.5 Players

 2.5 Drill Clinic - Thursday October 18th at 11am on courts 5-8.  We will be covering Serves, Return of Serves, and Volleys.  CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP

3.0 Drill Clinic - Tuesday Oct. 16, 3-4:15 pm. Come & have some fun & improve your pickleball skills.  Sign up here.  If the drills are full, sign up on the Wait List.  If there are enough people, a second session will be scheduled.

3.5 Drill Clinic-  October 18, 3-4:30.  Click here to sign up.

Assisted Play

Assisted Play for beginners will be as follows:
Monday (10/15) , 10:00am-Noon, Courts 3 & 4 
Wednesday (10/17), 6:00pm-8:00pm, Courts 11 & 12 
Thursday (10/18), 10:00am-Noon, Courts 3 & 4

This is an opportunity for you to play with other beginners while experienced players watch and give pointers.  You must sign up to attend. Sign up here.

NO Round Robin or Club Open Play on Oct. 17

Because of the Homecoming Social on the morning of Oct. 17, there will be no regular Round Robin or Club Open Play.  You must sign-up to attend the social.  At present, all slots are taken, but check back before Tuesday evening.  Someone may cancel, making slot(s) available.  Click here to see if there are any slots available.

Clarification on QCPC Policy 

If the Club Open Play courts aren’t all being used and if other courts are full, then Quail Creek residents and guests may use the open Club Open Play courts.  If additional QCPC members arrive at the Open Play courts and are waiting to play, then the Quail Creek residents and guests using the formerly vacant court(s) should release the court for use in Open Play as soon as possible. 

Volunteers Needed for December Social

Volunteers are needed to organize the December Social.  This will celebrate our pickleball courts 5th birthday.   Normally this social would be on Dec. 19, but because that is close to Christmas, the organizers could pick an earlier date.  Contact Susie Eckhardt to volunteer, susan.eckhardt@yahoo.com, 253-686-7541.

Update for the Saddlebrooke Ranch/Quail Creek Invitational

The Saddlebrooke Ranch.Quail Creek Invitational will take place on Thursday October 25th.  Women's Doubles will start at 9 am, with Men's Doubles beginning at 10 am.  Mixed Doubles will begin at 1pm.  We will be using the Fuse ball (yellow balls on the courts now) for all brackets.  All games will be the first to 15 (not win by 2) in a round robin format.  All games will only be played against the other community.  If there are only 1 or 2 teams in your bracket, you will play 2 games to 15.   The Community that wins the most games will win the Invitational.  Points will be used to break the tie.

If you can help with any of the following jobs on October 25th, please email Steve Shapiro at sshapiro57@gmail.com
Check in 2 people to help at 8 -9am  9-10am  and noon to 1pm.  
Snack volunteers (bananas, oranges, pretzels) to set up and maintain the snack from 9-noon and 1 to 3pm





Saturday, October 6, 2018

QCPC Newsletter, October 6, 2018

QCPC Skill-Level Round Robins 

The Quail Creek Pickleball Club supports and encourages Skill-Level Round Robins.  These round robins improve play and are great fun!  Club-sponsored Skill-Level Round Robins are open to any Club member meeting the skill requirements.  As in the past, these events are run with random, rotating partners.  Skill-Level Play is scheduled outside of Prime Time Hours.  

Experience has shown that the key to a successful Skill-Level Round Robin is ensuring that participants are playing at the proper skill level.  Under the guidelines approved by the QCPC Board, participants in QCPC Skill-Level Round Robins must:
a. hold the appropriate play-based skill rating from the USAPA or IPTPA, or
b. have participated in a pickleball tournament published on pickleballtournaments.com with results showing competitive play at the appropriate skill-level.

Club-sponsored Skill-Level Round Robins and their organizers will be listed on the QC Pickleball Club website.  Any Club member meeting the skill criteria may ask the Skill-Level Round Robin organizer to be included.  Sign-ups will be made on Sign-Up Genius on a first-come, first-served basis.  If there are not enough Club members at a particular skill level to practically conduct a round robin, guests (non-QC) may be invited.  However, there must be at least one Club member for every four guests.   Any Club member may organize a Club-sponsored Skill-Level Round Robin by completing and submitting for approval the Application for QCPC Skill-Level Round Robin (click here to see the application on QCPC website).   The link to this application is on the right side of the website under Club Resources.


New Court Reservation Policies

Effective Monday October 15th the following has been approved by the Board for QCPC:
1.  Reservations may now be made on the 1/2 hour.

2.  The new rules for court reservations are as follows:
   Prime Season is now defined as October through April.
     Prime Time hours are now defined as:
       7 am to 9 am May - September
       8 am to 10 am October - November
       9 am to 11 am December - March
       8 am to 10 am April
       6 pm to 9 pm Monday through Friday
   Courts 1/2/3/4/13/14 are reservable courts.

   Limit of 2 courts for 2 hours per private group reservation during Prime Time.
   Non-QC guest limit is 1 QC member to 4 Non-QC members at all times, for all court reservations.

3. If the Club Open Play courts aren’t all being used and if other courts are full, then Quail Creek residents and guests may use the open Club Open Play courts.  


Assisted Play

Assisted Play is for beginners who have either taken a lesson or who have some playing experience.  It is not a lesson, but more experienced players will watch beginners play and give pointers for improvement.  You need to sign-up to attend.  Click here to sign up for Oct. 10 (6 PM), Oct. 11 (10 AM) or Oct. 12 (10 AM).  Click on Sign-up and then Submit and Sign-up at the bottom of the page.  You will need to either login or to create an account in Sign-Up Genius.  Then click on Sign-up.  You will receive a confirmation of your sign-up via e-mail.

Drills for 2.5, 3.0, 3.5 Players

Drills for 2.5 Players- Tuesday, Oct. 9, 10 - 11:30 AM, Courts 5-8.  The clinic will have drills that work on keeping your shots low, moving with your partner, and communication. Sign up here.

Drills for 3.0 Players- Thursday, Oct. 11, 1-2:15 PM, Courts 5-8.  Sign up here.  Come & have some fun & improve your pickleball skills.  Sign up here.  

Drills for 3.5 Players- Thursday, Oct. 11, 3-4:30 PM, Courts 5-8.  Sign up here.


IPTPA Rating Sessions Monday,10/22


What’s my rating?  A question asked by every pickleball player.  QCPC offers the opportunity to obtain a skill rating through the International Pickleball Teaching Professional Association (IPTPA) Program.  Our first rating sessions of the season will be Monday October 22.  Our local Certified Rating Specialist (CRS) Sean Rickard will be here to administer the ratings.  We must have four (4) people going for the same rating in each session.  You can be tested for 2.5, 3.0, 3.5 or 4.0.  A description of the skill assessment for each skill level can be found on the IPTPA website (https://iptpa.com/iptpa-rating-skills-assessment/).



If you are a club member and this is your first time being rated, cost is $15 for a 3-year membership.  You must join IPTPA.  There are no additional fees.



If interested, sign up here .  If you have questions, contact Jean Bustard at jeanb@dcmesa.com.



Learn to Play Smart Pickleball 

This is a Class for advanced beginners and intermediate players.  Are you stuck in a Pickleball rut and want to be more competitive on the court?  This is a 3-week course where you will learn the strategies, shot selection, and court position in order to play smart pickleball.  You will also learn how to execute the different shots needed to advance your game.


For this course you must be an advanced beginner (2.5) or an intermediate (3.0) player.


Meet once a week for 3 weeks, 2 hours each week.


Maximum class size is 16; minimum class size is 4.


Cost is $60.00 per 3-week course ($10.00 / hour / student) 

Instructor:  Kathy Palese 



Signup here



FALL HOMECOMING CELEBRATION 



It’s finally FALL!!  Come join us at our first, monthly pickleball pot-luck social of the fall/winter season with a blast from the past!  Harken back to our glory days of past homecoming fun at our “Fall Homecoming Celebration”.  Come share in the special pickleball camaraderie and make new friends as we welcome our returning snowbirds and newbies alike.  We’ll even crown a Homecoming King and Queen and have “Fun, Fun, Fun Till Daddy Takes the T-Bird Away!”



DATE:  Wednesday, October 17, 2018

REGISTER:  8:30 AM at the courts/ramada to play at 9:00–11:00 AM – All levels welcome!  56 player slots max.

POT-LUCK LUNCH:  11 AM at the court ramada.  Members are being asked to bring sides.  Various types of sub sandwiches will be provided.  Bring your own drink if you want something other than lemonade or apple cider.
SIGN UP:  Click here to sign-up to play, not play but attend, make potluck choices, then click “submit & sign up”.  You will need to login to Sign-Up Genius or set up an account if you don't have one.  Once you sign-up, you will receive an e-mail verification of your sign up, play or attend only, and food selections.
If you need to cancel your registration, go back into Sign Up Genius, deleting each place for which you’ve signed up.  If all play spots are filled when you attempt to sign up, check back often for cancellations.  SEE YA THERE!



Theme of the Month - Ready Position

Each month we will have a theme that will be emphasized in the clinics.  October is Ready Position.

Pickleball is a fast paced game.  The faster you are ready to return a ball, the better chance you have of making a good shot.  Your paddle should be ready BEFORE your opponent hits the ball.

Get into Ready Position quickly after every stroke.

In Ready Position paddle is up and in front of you, feet shoulder width apart, knees bent and weight on your toes. Get into Ready Position quickly after every stroke.

To see proper Ready Position, click here.



Saturday, September 29, 2018

QCPC Newsletter, September 29, 2018

October Board Meeting

The next QCPC Board meeting is Monday, October 1, at 12 - 2 PM in the Kino Conference Room.  All QCPC members are welcome to attend.  If you have something to add to the agenda, contact Steve Shapiro, 274-4150, or sshapiro57@gmail.com.


Drills for 2.5, 3.0, and 3.5 Players

QCPC is offering drill clinics at various levels.  Please sign up for only one drill session each week.  If in doubt, sign up for the lower skill level; you can advance in later weeks.
2.5 Drills Tuesday October 2nd at 6:30pm on courts 9/10/11/12.  This week we will be focusing our drills on 3rd shot drops and dinks, with fun game play at the end of the class.  If you are interested in signing up, please click here.

3.0 Drills Tuesday Oct. 2, 11 AM -12:15 PM on Courts 5-8.
Come & have some fun & improve your pickleball skills.
Sign up here.


3.5 drills, Thursday Oct. 4 from 3pm to 4:30pm on Courts 5-8. Signup here


Assisted Play

Starting this week, Assisted Play will be offered on Thursday & Friday mornings and will be limited to 8 players per session.  This is not a class, but a chance for beginners to play pickleball, while experienced players watch and offer pointers.  In the near future, Assisted Play will also be offered on Wednesday evenings under the lights.  Times and courts may change from week to week, depending on availability, so be sure to check the newsletter and sign-up genius for updates information. This Thursday (10/04), assistance will be offered from 8:00-10:00am on Courts 3 & 4.   On Friday (10/05), assistance will be offered from 10:00-12:00 on Courts 3 & 4.  Sign up here.  You will need to create an account in Sign-Up Genius if you don't already have one.  Please sign up for only one session per week.  

Saddlebrooke Ranch/QCPC Invitational, Oct. 25

The preliminary signups are in and we need entrants in the following levels.  This is a fun outing, so if you were thinking about entering, now is the time to do it.



2 Teams in 2.5 Women's Doubles
2 Teams in 2.5 Mixed Doubles
3 Teams in 3.0 Men's Doubles
1 Team 3.5 Men's Doubles
1 Team 3.5 Mixed Doubles

Please click HERE to sign up.

FALL HOMECOMING CELEBRATION 


It’s finally FALL!!  Come join us at our first, monthly pickleball pot-luck social of the fall/winter season with a blast from the past!  Harken back to our glory days of past homecoming fun at our “Fall Homecoming Celebration”.  Come share in the special pickleball camaraderie and make new friends as we welcome our returning snowbirds and newbies alike.  We’ll even crown a Homecoming King and Queen and have “Fun, Fun, Fun Till Daddy Takes the T-Bird Away!”

DATE:  Wednesday, October 17, 2018

REGISTER:  8:30 AM at the courts/ramada to play at 9:00–11:00 AM – All levels welcome!  56 player slots max.

POT-LUCK LUNCH:  11 AM at the court ramada.  Members are being asked to bring sides.  Various types of sub sandwiches will be provided.  Bring your own drink if you want something other than lemonade or apple cider.

SIGN UP:  Click here to sign-up to play, not play but attend, make potluck choices, then click “submit & sign up”.  You will need to login to Sign-Up Genius or set up an account if you don't have one.  Once you sign-up, you will receive an e-mail verification of your sign up, play or attend only, and food selections.

If you need to cancel your registration, go back into Sign Up Genius, deleting each place for which you’ve signed up.  If all play spots are filled when you attempt to sign up, check back often for cancellations.  SEE YA THERE!



Player Development Activities for 2018/2019 Season

Sonoran summer has come to an end and it’s time to gear up for QCPC’s new Season. 

QCPC has a new Player Development Program and the team of nearly 30 people are ready and excited to begin.

The Program has 5 different teams that focus on a specific skill level.  Each team has an organizer and at least 8 coaches, which should allow us to offer something weekly without overloading a few people.  

A BIG THANK YOU to team organizers who take responsibility for setting the times, putting a notice in our Newsletter and managing SignupGenius:

Lenny Friedman - Beginners
Linda VonFelden - Assisted Play
Steve Shapiro and Judy Lyle - 2.5 skills
Sharon Kolarik - 3.0 skills
Bill Vollink - 3.5 skills

Another BIG THANK YOU to all the coaches who are willing to give their time.  If you are interested in joining the fun, you still can by contacting Jean Bustard at jenab@dcmesa.com

Please bear with us as we get our feet on the ground and figure things out.  We consider October our “soft opening” (like our new Grill but earlier - haha).  We will track participation and gather feedback.

This is important - Please sign up at the correct skill level and for only one skill level drill session per week.  This means if you signup for 2.5 drills please don’t also signup for 3.0 drills.  The following week you can change.  If you don’t know your skill level, pick the lower of your 2 choices and work your way up.  You will learn faster this way.

Theme of the Month - Ready Position

Each month we will have a theme that will be emphasized in the clinics.  October is Ready Position.

Pickleball is a fast paced game.  The faster you are ready to return a ball, the better chance you have of making a good shot.  Your paddle should be ready BEFORE your opponent hits the ball.

Get into Ready Position quickly after every stroke.

In Ready Position paddle is up and in front of you, feet shoulder width apart, knees bent and weight on your toes. Get into Ready Position quickly after every stroke.

To see proper Ready Position, click here 

OUT WITH THE OLD....IN WITH THE NEW

The QCPC membership purchased 16 new pickleball nets this year.  The new nets were installed on all courts on Wednesday, Sept 26th.



A big thank you goes out to those who helped put the nets up:  Gary Mencimer, Dave and Georgine Thomas, John Sicardi, Sharon Kolarik, and Steve Shapiro.

Game On!!



Paddle Stacking When  Courts Are Full

A process (called paddle stacking) for rotating in will be incorporated starting October 1. A process (called paddle stacking) for rotating players onto courts is used when needed.  Stack four (4) paddles together outside of court 11.  When a game is finished, the first group of 4 paddles will rotate onto open court; the next group of 4 takes the next open court when the game is finished.  Players coming off the courts will stack their paddles at the end.  First is furthest to the left, end is further to the right when looking at the paddles.  When members are waiting, players must exit court at end of game.



Can Pickleball Increase Your Life Span?


Click here to read an interesting article on the benefits of team sports. Not only is pickleball great fun, it might make you live longer.  Thanks to Merry Mungo for this. 


Casitas Needed

We have a number of pickleball pros visiting in 2018 and 2019.  It is helpful to be able to house them in Quail Creek casitas.  If you have a casita and would be willing to have a pickleball pro stay in it for 2-3 nights, please contact Jean Bustard, 303-921-8139, jeanb@dcmesa.com. She will keep a list of potentially available casitas, and call you to see if your casita is available for a specific visitor. Thanks for your help in accommodating our visiting pros.