Saturday, December 15, 2018

QCPC Newsletter, December 15, 2018


Holiday Drills and Round Robins


Here is the schedule for the various Club-sanctioned events for the next two weeks:

There will be no drills until the week of January 7th.  The instructors and their assistants are taking a few well-deserved weeks off.  Thanks to everyone who has helped with drills during these last 2 months.

QCPC Wednesday Round Robin
This will occur every Wednesday through the holidays- December 19, 26, and January 2- and then throughout January.  Check-in is from 8:15-8:50, with play starting at 9:00 AM.  You don't need to sign up in advance for this event, but you do need to sign-in by 8:50 in order to play.  Plan to play all 6 games and the bye game if you have a bye.

Organized Play Mixed Round Robins- Sign up on the right side of the website one week before the Round Robin.

2.5-3.0 Mixed Round Robins will occur on December 18, but not on December 25 or January 1.  They will resume on January 8.

3.0-3.5 Mixed Round Robins will occur on December 21, 28, and continue on Fridays in January.  

3.5-4.0 Mixed Round Robins will occur on December 20, 27, and continue on Thursdays in January.

Skill-Level Round Robins- Sign up on the right side of the website one week before the Round Robin. 

2.0 Skill-Level, Mixed Round Robin- This will continue uninterrupted through the holidays, December 20, 27, and January 3.

3.0/3.5 Skill-Level Woman's Round Robin- This will occur on December 17, will not occur on December 24, and will resume on December 31.

4.0+ Skill-Level Round Robin- This will occur on December 18, but not on December 25.  It will resume on January 1.


Professional Pickleball Instructor Helle Sparre Coming to Quail Creek 

Helle Sparre will be at Quail Creek on Saturday and Sunday, January 19 and 20.  

Helle had an outstanding career as a professional tennis player, including playing in all four major Grand Slams, and was a certified elite tennis instructor for over 30 years.  She is one of the premier pickleball instructors in the country and author of the book Dynamite Doubles.  She now resides in Mesa AZ.

To signup for one of Helle’s lessons, click here

In addition, QCPC will host a Doubles Strategy Seminar with Helle on Saturday January 19 from 2:30 to 4:30 at the Ramada and Court 1.  This Seminar is open to all QCPC members at no cost.




QCPC Shirts and Hats Are Available


QCPC shirts and hats with the logo are available for purchase starting immediately thru Jan 15, 2019.  As requested, there will be 2 different types of shirts for the women this year: Sport Tek Poly and Cotton Classic fit.  The men’s shirt is Sport Tek Poly.  There will ONLY BE 3 colors available for each style of women’s and men’s.  The QCPC logo will only be on the top left front side of the shirt.  Hats are available in white or khaki and the logo will be on the front.  

An order form MUST be filled out for each person; however one check or money order can be provided per family.  Please note we cannot accept checks written on an account outside of the USA so if you only have Canadian checks, please provide a money order.  NO CASH.  Payment MUST accompany your order. 

Download the order form here.  

Click the links below to see the various shirts and the hat:

PLEASE NOTE:  NOT ALL COLORS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE.  ONLY THOSE COLORS LISTED ON THE ORDER SHEET.  All ordered items are FINAL SALE.  They cannot be returned nor exchanged.  So make sure your size and color are correct.  

Any questions can be directed to Cheryl Francis.  clfrancisaz@gmail.com.





2019 Dues Deadline Is Fast Approaching 



 QCPC dues are $25/year per person. Dues for 2019 are being collected now and are due by January 1, 2019. Write your check to QCPC, and make sure that you indicate whose dues are being paid in the Memo line of your check. Checks can be mailed or dropped off at Susan Jones's home, 2620 E Arica Way. She has a box by her front door to collect dues.





Saturday, December 8, 2018

QCPC Newsletter, December 8, 2018


Drills

2.0 Drills- Monday, December 10, 3-5 p.m.  Click here to sign up. 

2.5 Drills- Fun and challenging 1 1/2 hour session given on  Thursday, December 13th from 3 to 4:30 on QCPC courts 5-8.  This will be the last clinic in 2018 for the 2.5 Level Drills.  
CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP.

3.0 Drills- Friday, December 14, 1-2:15 p.m. This is the last 3.0 drill session before the holidays.  Please sign up here.  


QCPC Shirts and Hats Are Available

QCPC shirts and hats with the logo are available for purchase starting immediately thru Jan 15, 2019.  As requested there will be 2 different types of shirts for the women this year.  Sport Tek Poly and Cotton Classic fit.  The men’s shirt is Sport Tek Poly.  There will ONLY BE 3 colors available for each style of women’s and men’s.  The QCPC logo will only be on the top left front side of the shirt.  Hats are available in white or khaki and the logo will be on the front.  

An order form MUST be filled out for each person, however one check or money order can be provided per family.  Please note we cannot accept checks written on an account outside of the USA so if you only have Canadian checks, please provide a money order.  NO CASH.  Payment MUST accompany your order. 

Download the order form here.  

Click the links below to see the various shirts and the hat:

PLEASE NOTE:  NOT ALL COLORS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE.  ONLY THOSE COLORS LISTED ON THE ORDER SHEET.  All ordered items are FINAL SALE.  They cannot be returned nor exchanged.  So pick your size and color are correct.  


Any questions can be directed to Cheryl Francis.  clfrancisaz@gmail.com.


No QCPC Round Robin on Wednesday, Dec. 12

Because of the "Deck the Pickle-Hall with Balls of Jolly” Social, there will be no QCPC Round Robin on Wednesday, December 12.   Sign-up for the Social is full, but check it out periodically because someone may cancel.  Click here to cancel if you can't attend, or to check for openings.

The Wednesday Round Robin will continue on December 26th and January 2nd.  Play begins at 9 AM with sign-in from 8:15-8:50.  You must sign in by 8:50 to play, and must be available to play all 6 games, plus a bye game if you have a bye.

Bob Horn Memorial Pickleball Round Robin

There will be a Bob Horn Memorial Pickleball Round Robin on December 11 from 2:00-4:00 in honor of Bob Horn, a long-time member of the Quail Creek Pickleball Club who passed away December 7, 2018.  Please use Sign-up Genius (Click Here to Sign Up) to register for the Round Robin.  All are welcome to come to the pickleball courts to honor Bob.  
 

New Terminology for QCPC Play

In an effort to bring clarification to the types of Scheduled Play offered by QCPC, we will now be using the following terminology:

There will now be 3 types of Scheduled Play at QCPC:

1.  Club Open Play
2.  Skill-Level Play 
3.  Organized Play

Definitions:
Club Open Play for all QCPC members is available Monday-Saturday, year round, generally between 8 and 11 AM (earlier in the summer).  Club Open Play is on the upper courts.  Pickleball Club members may rotate into games.  No guests are allowed at Club Open Play.

Skill-Level Play follows the guidelines that we used for the old term of "Organized Play", where the participant must have a IPTPA/USAPA, or played in a tournament listed pickleballtournaments.com with results showing competitive play at the appropriate skill-level.   Currently, 3 of these Round Robins - 4.0+,  Womens 3.0/3.5, and 2.0, have been approved.  If a member wants to organize a "Skill-Level Play" Round Robin, he/she must fill out the form listed on our website, and email Dave Mungo (djmungo@hotmail.com,  Skill-Level Play Chairperson).  These Round Robins will not be announced weekly in the newsletter, but the links are available on the right side of the website (ww.qcpickleball.org).  Sign-up is required.


Organized Play consists of QCPC Board-approved Round Robins where no rating is required.  Presently, 2.5/3.0,  3.0/3.5,  3.5/4.0 Round Robins are scheduled weekly and sign-up is required.  In addition, the Wednesday morning Round Robin, is open to all QCPC members with no sign-up needed.


Organized Play Mixed Round Robin Update

There have been 2 changes to the Organized Play Mixed Round Robins.
1. There is a link at the right side of the website (www.qcpickleball.org) under  Organized Play Round Robin Sign Up.  You may sign up each week by clicking on that link.  The links become live 7 days prior to the event (i.e.  Tuesday are available on Wednesday the week before, Thursday is available the Friday before, and Fridays are available on the Saturday before).

2. The 3.0/3.5 Organized Play Mixed Round Robin has moved to Fridays from 9 am to 10:45 am, effective next week (December 14th).


Pickleball Paddles for Kids

Members of the Quail Creek Pickleball Club recently helped to create five new outdoor pickleball courts on the Continental School Playground.  Members have also donated their time to instruct 3-8 grade students on the basics of playing pickleball during their lunch recess.  
Three portable nets, plenty of used pickleballs and some paddles have been donated for the students.  A grant to purchase two more portable nets has been requested from the USAPA.  
More paddles are needed to meet the demand.  If you have an extra usable paddle that you would like to donate, please drop it off in the clear container in the ramada at the pickleball courts.

Lenny Friedman
USAPA Ambassador Green Valley/Sahuarita, AZ


Saturday, December 1, 2018

QCPC Newsletter, December 1, 2018


Board Meeting, December 3rd, 12:00

QCPC BOARD MEETING


There will be a QCPC Board meeting on December 3rd in the Kino Conference Room.  The agenda is listed below.  If you would like to add something to the agenda, please email Steve Shapiro at sshapiro57@gmail.com.  Everyone is invited to attend.

QCPC Board Meeting Agenda
Dec 3, 2018 - Noon, Kino Conference Center

The objectives of the QCPC are to promote good fellowship and sportsmanship among its members, to provide a fun, healthy, recreational activity for its members, and to encourage active participation in playing pickleball by taking part in events and tournaments conducted in accordance with the United States Pickleball Association (USPA) rules and Quail Creek local rules.

1.      Call to order
2.      Approve previous meeting minutes (from October and General Meeting)
3.      Treasurer’s Report (Cheryl Francis). 
4.      Committee Reports
a)      Membership (Susan Jones)
b)      Communications/Website (Ruth Maki)
c)      Court Management (Dave Thomas and John Sicardi)
d)      Socials (Susie Eckhardt and Barbara Havel and Joyce Butler)
e)      Organized play (Dave Mungo)
5.      Player Development Report (Jean)
6.      Other Business
a)      Go over Budget process
b)      POA approvals: (Project Managers needed for Lighting & Court Resurfacing)
c)    Proposal to amend By-Laws to have absentee ballots, or proxies, or change the voting guidelines
d)      Suggestion by member to restrict reservations during PT (must start at PT start – if PT is from 9 - 11, can’t have a reservation starting at 10 am)

Close Formal Board Meeting.

Change voting guidelines to:
1.      A majority vote of the membership present at the meeting


Time Change for Mixed Level Round Robins


Mixed Skill Level Round Robins will continue through December.  The Round Robin will consist of 6 games lasting 15 minutes each.  If you sign up, plan to play all 6 games.  

No rating required, but if you do not have a rating please be honest with your self-rating.  The Round Robin is organized with mixed skill levels to encourage opportunities for players to play-up.  Sign-up for only one Round Robin per week.

The schedule for the Mixed Round Robins will be as follows:  

2.5/3.0 Tuesday Dec 4/11/18 from 9 am to 10:45 Mixed Level RR 2.5/3.0.  Sign up here (or on the website).


3.0/3.5 Tuesday Dec 4/11/18 from 11 am to 12:45  Mixed Level RR 3.0/3.5.  Sign up here (or on the website). 



3.5/4.0 Thursday Dec 6/13/20/27 from 10 to 11:45 Mixed Level RR 3.5/4.0.  Sign up here (or on the website).



These will be regular events and will not be announced weekly in the newsletter.  There is a link at the right side of the website (www.qcpickleball.org) under Skill-Level Round Robins.  You may sign up each week by clicking on that link. 




Holiday Open House at Frank and Kathleen Baker’s House


Please join us on Sunday, December 9th anytime between 1 pm to 5 pm.

Let’s Mingle and Jingle.  

We will have snacks and beverages to ring in the Holiday.



Drills

2.0 Drills-  Monday, December 3, 2018, 1-2:30 PM.   Courts 5-8.  Sign up here.

2.5 Drills-  Fun and challenging 1 1/2 hour sessions given on Thursdays at 3:00-4:30 PM on courts 5-8. Sign-up here.


3.0 Drills-  Tuesday, Dec. 4 from 2-3:15 PM.  Come & have some fun & improve your pickleball skills.  Sign up here.


3.5 Drills- Thursday, December 6 from 2-3:30 PM Courts 9-12. Click here to Sign-up. 

If you don't know how to login and use Sign-Up Genius, click here for instructions.
If drills are full, you may be able to sign up for the Wait List on the same page as the drills.




Organized Play Round Robin for 4.0+ Players

QCPC has now approved an Organized Play RR for 4.0+ players on Tuesdays from 6-9pm.  You must use the Sign-Up Genius link below to sign up.  You must have a 4.0 or above rating through IPTPA, USAPA, or played in a 4.0 level in a pickkleballtournaments.com tournament.

Limit 16 players.  In the future the link will be located on our website 7 days in advance for signups, under  SKILL LEVEL ROUND ROBIN SIGN UP.  This announcement will not appear in the newsletter weekly, just sign-up on the website (www.qcpickleball.org).



3.0/3.5 Women's Skill-Level Round Robin



QCPC is now offering a 3.0/3.5 Organized Play Women's Round Robin.  The RR will be on Mondays from 2 to 4 PM on courts 5-9.  You must have an IPTPA/USAPA rating or have shown competitive play at the 3.0 or 3.5 level in a pickleballtournaments.com tournament.

The 3.0/3.5 Women's Round Robin will continue weekly. This will not be announced again in the newsletter unless there is some change.  The sign-up link is on the right side of the website (www.qcpickleball.org), or you can sign up here.  



Assisted Play

Assisted Play is for those who have taken a beginner course, but who have little playing experience.  An experienced player watches while beginners play, and gives tips on how to improve.  
Assisted play will be on Monday, December 3, from 1:00 to 3:00, Courts 3 & 4.
Sign up here.



Missing Ball Basket


The Club’s Wilson ball basket is missing.  Does anyone know where it is?  The club bought it in October.  
If you have any ideas of where it might be, please contact Jean Bustard at jeanb@dcmesa.com.  



“Deck the Pickle-Hall with Balls of Jolly” SOCIAL



Date: Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Sign-in: 9:20am to 9:50am at the Courts
Play: 10:00a.m. to noonish 
Eats: Noonish or until Food is Gone and Laughter has Subsided!

The Sign-Up is full for this social.  But check periodically to see if anyone has canceled.  Please delete your name if you are not able to attend so that someone else can sign up.  Check sign-up or delete your sign-up here.


Dues for 2019 are Due


 QCPC dues are $25/year per person. Dues for 2019 are being collected now and are due by January 1, 2019. Write your check to QCPC, and make sure that you indicate whose dues are being paid in the Memo line of your check. Checks can be mailed or dropped off at Susan Jones's home, 2620 E Arica Way. She has an box on her front door to collect dues.


Pickleball Court Etiquette 

When entering or leaving the court thru a gate shared with an adjacent court, wait until any ongoing rally is finished on that adjacent court before going thru the gate.

If a ball comes onto your court from an adjacent court, stop play by calling “ball” and pick up the loose ball. Ask the people on the adjacent court who gets the ball, and then hit or throw it back to that person as best you can.  Conversely, if you are the person on the adjacent court who wants the ball back, please raise your hand or your paddle so they know to whom to return the ball.

Before serving the ball to your opponents, make sure the receiver is ready.  Call out the score, and identify your server number, so they know you are ready to serve.  Pause a moment before serving to allow time to deal with any disagreement as to the proper score.

Line calls are the responsibility of the receiving side.  You should not call faults or other line calls on the other side of the net unless asked to do so.  If you are on the receiving team and your partner calls a ball out that you think may have been in, tell your partner you disagree and attempt to resolve the disagreement between you.  If your team cannot agree on the line call, then the call goes in favor of your opponents. If an erroneous line call interferes with a player’s play, then the point should be replayed.

Control Your Temper - Foul or abusive language, or unsportsmanlike gloating or laughing at an opponent’s mistake, is not allowed and may result in disciplinary action.  Likewise, paddle or ball abuse is not permitted.


If abusive behavior is observed and not corrected acceptably, please notify any member of the QCPC Board of the identity of the offender and the circumstances of the offense.  The Board has the authority to conduct disciplinary proceedings in accordance with the Bylaws. 


Pickleball in Southern Arizona

Click here to read a newspaper article about pickleball in Green Valley.



Saturday, November 24, 2018

QCPC Newsletter, November 24th 2018


“Deck the Pickle-Hall with Balls of Jolly” SOCIAL




Date: Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Sign-in: 9:20am to 9:50am at the Courts
Play: 10:00a.m. to noonish 
Eats: Noonish or until Food is Gone and Laughter has Subsided!

We’re making a “Racquet” in honor of Quail Creek’s 5th Pickleball Birthday Celebration! And the only way to stay warm as our temperatures get cooler -- is to play some pickleball. Please join your friends for a social of finger foods and birthday cake at the Ramada following a competitive Round Robin Mixed Doubles. All levels welcome!

Wear your brightest and boldest, most festive, warm clothing. Come ready to listen to some seasonal music with great conversation.

Let’s “Pay it Forward” and consider giving this season. If interested in donating canned goods or non-perishable food to the Green Valley Food Bank, bring these with you to the Ramada, and we will deliver what we collect to help our local community.

All participants will be entered into a Raffle.  You will be given a ticket at sign-in.  Prizes will be awarded at the conclusion of the Social.  You must be present to win.

The ball is in your court! Join us for fun and food

Registration using Sign Up Genius is required.  If you need instructions on using Sign Up Genius click here.

Click below to register for these categories:
First 56 players (all levels welcome)
OR Attend and not play
AND Potluck items
OR Volunteer

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP

Drills

2.0 Drills-  Monday, November 26, 2018, 3:30-5:00   Courts 5-8.  Sign up here.

2.5 Drills-  Fun and challenging 1 1/2 hour sessions given on Thursdays at 2:30-4:00pm on courts 9, 10, 11 and 12. Sign-up here.


3.0 Drills- Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2-3:15 pm.  Come & have some fun & improve your pickleball skills.  Sign up here.

3.5 Drills- Thursday, November 29 from 3 to 4:30 pm on Courts 5-8.  Click here to Sign-up. 

If you don't know how to login and use Sign-Up Genius, click here for instructions.
If drills are full, you may be able to sign up for the Wait List on the same page as the drills.


Dues for 2019 are Due

 QCPC dues are $25/year per person. Dues for 2019 are being collected now and are due by January 1, 2019. Write your check to QCPC, and make sure that you indicate whose dues are being paid in the Memo line of your check. Checks can be mailed or dropped off at Susan Jones's home, 2620 E Arica Way. She has an box on her front door to collect dues.



Assisted Play

Assisted Play is for those who have taken a beginner course, but who have little playing experience.  An experienced player watches while beginners play, and gives tips on how to improve.  These Assisted Play sessions are for new players who have not previously attended an Assisted Play session.
Assisted play will be at the following times:
Mondays, 1:00-3:00, Courts 3 & 4

Thursdays, 11:00-1:00, Courts 3 & 4

Sign up here.


 2.0 Skill-Level Play Resumes


WHERE AM I…
WHERE AM I GOING…
HOW DO I GET THERE…
THIS IS JUST FOR YOU
CLUB SKILL-LEVEL PLAY 2.0
If you’ve taken the orientation (beginners) classes,
and played in the Assisted play, and do not yet feel comfortable at the 2.5 level, come to the weekly 2.0 skill-level play.
When:  THURSDAYS 1 - 2:30 PM
Where:  (COURTS 5,6,7,8)
(CONTACT PERSON JOYCE 235-3902)
CLICK HERE to sign up.  

2.0 Skill-Level Play will continue weekly through December. This will not be announced again in the newsletter unless there is some change.  The sign-up link is on the right side of the website (www.qcpickleball.org).  Sign-up slots become available on Saturdays.



3.0/3.5 Women's Skill-Level Round Robin

QCPC is now offering a 3.0/3.5 Organized Play Women's Round Robin.  The RR will be on Mondays from 2 to 4pm on courts 5-9.  You must have an IPTPA/USAPA rating or have shown competitive play at the 3.0 or 3.5 level in a pickleballtournaments.com tournament.

If you are interested, CLICK HERE  to register.  This will be a regular event.  It will appear in the newsletter a few times to get it started.  After that, only changes in times or cancellations will be announced in the newsletter.  You can sign up each week by clicking on the link on the right side of the website (www.qcpickleball.org). 


Budget Request Approval

The Quail Creek POA Board of Directors approved the 2019 Budget.  Part of the POA budget were requests from the QCPC (thanks to Jean for her hard work on these proposals).

The request for additional lighted courts was approved and the process will start in January
The request for re-surfacing 8 courts was approved and the process will start in January
Shade was rejected for now (we will request again in 2019 for 2020)


Smart Pickleball Lessons with Kathy Palese

This series of classes is for advanced beginners (2.5) and intermediate (3.0) players who are able to serve, return and produce short rally at the NVZ.

December classes will be on December 7, 14 and 21 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.  You need only to sign up once for the 3 week class.  Cost is $60 for the series.

For more information or to sign up use this link.

PrimeTime

Just a reminder that the QCPC has designated PrimeTime to be from 9 am to 11 am from December through March, and  6pm to 9 pm Monday through Friday.
Courts 1/2/3/4/13/14 are reservable courts. Courts 13/14 may be reserved with priority going to instructors Courts 15-16 are “open play,“first-come, first served” courts and are NOT available for reservation.  
1)    Limit of 2 courts for 2 hours per private group reservation during Prime Time

2)    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.  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.