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.






Saturday, January 20, 2018

QCPC Newsletter, January 20, 2017


Tentative Dates for Next IPTPA Rating Session

Enough people expressed interest in participating in an IPTPA rating session that we are pursuing additional dates in January. Tentative dates are January 30 and possibly either January 29 or January 31. Dates are dependent on availability of the certified rating specialists. We hope to confirm dates soon. 
 
It is important that 4 people be in each rating session and that all 4 people are going for the same rating. Please begin organizing your groups to make sure you have 4. Priority will be given to people signed up as a group of 4 in which all are going for a rating. We were able to make a couple of exceptions last time, but foresee a tighter schedule.

Sean Rickard, our local 5.0 instructor, recently passed his rating specialist test. This is great news, as this will give us more flexibility in planning rating sessions in the future.

Intermediate Drills

Our next 3.0 drill clinic will be Friday, January 26th from 1 pm to 2:30 pm on Courts 5-7. Limited to 12 participants. Click here to sign up. There will be no drills for 2.5 to 3.0 players this week. They will resume on February 1 from 10 am to noon and continue weekly through March 1.


Drills for 3.5 Players

Drills for 3.5-rated players will be held on Friday, January 26 with 2 classes, one from 2:45 - 4 pm, and the other from 4 -5:15 pm on Courts 5 and 6. Note the later time this week.  8 people may participate in each session.  Sign up here.

IPTPA Drills

Drills to practice for the IPTPA ratings will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 on Tuesday, January 23.  Courts will be decided later, depending the number of players who attend.

Wind Sock Moved for Better Visibility

 A big thank you to Gary Mencimer for repairing the damaged wind sock supports on courts 2 and court 9, and moving the wind sock to the southeast corner of court 9 so it can be seen by nearly all of the upper courts.   

USAPA Releases New Pickleball Rule Book

USAPA has released an updated Rulebook with clarification of rules, an index, and more pictures and diagrams.  Click on the links below to read the revised Rulebook and to see what changes have been made.

For the 2018 USAPA/IFP Rulebook click here.

For the 2018 Major Rule Revision document click here



Carabiners (D-rings) Disappear, Again

From Jean Bustard, QCPC President:
I am sorry to announce that someone has again taken the small carabiners from the round robin box. The carabiners are used to attach the flags to the net when a game is complete. Whoever took the carabiners removed them from the flags and left the flags. These carabiners are cheap and not worth anyone’s time and effort to take. However, it is highly inconvenient to the organizer and players, and costs the club money. Going forward, the shed will be locked at all times and the round robin boxes will be moved to a different location. 



Referee Clinic, February 2-3

From Lenny Friedman, USAPA Ambassador Green Valley/Sahuarita, AZ
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 Keno 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.




Spaces Still Available in Scott Moore Clinics

Scott Moore, who played in the Battle of the Sexes is coming to Quail Creek on January 24 -25 to offer clinics for 3.0 and above players. Step up your game with intensive, semi-private training in strategy, technique, skill development, positioning, effective practice, and mental toughness with IPTPA certified instructor, Scott Moore. Together with a small group of other players, you will improve your mental game, shot making, shot selection, and learn new strategies, drills, and “The Moore’s 10 Principles of Pickleball” in order to become a more effective, better player, right away! Click here to see his flyer and to sign up.





Senior Games, March 6-8

The Senior Games are March 6-8. Most games will be held on the Quail Creek Courts. For registration information, click here.


Quail Creek Classic 2018

SAVE THE DATES!  The Quail Creek Classic, a charity event with all proceeds going to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, will be on March 24 & 25, 2018, with March 26 for a rain date.  Games will be played on the Quail Creek Pickleball Courts.  Skill levels will be 2.5, 3.0, 3.5, and 4.0 for Men’s Doubles, Women’s Doubles, and Mixed Doubles.  More information will be coming soon.



Saturday, January 13, 2018

QCPC Newsletter, January 13, 2018

Interest in IPTPA Ratings

It is possible that Rif from IPTPA can return to Quail Creek in January. We will only ask him if there is sufficient interest. If you are interested, please signup here and note the rating level you want to be tested for in the comment section. We need 4 people of the same level in each session. You must signup by 5:00 PM on Sunday, January 14.






Assisted Play on Mondays and Thursdays


Assisted Play continues on Monday and Thursday afternoons from 1 - 3 PM on Courts 5-7.  This is not a lesson, but experienced players will watch beginners play and give tips and pointers about how to improve play.  You should have either taken a beginner lesson or have some playing experience.  Click here to sign up for a Monday or Thursday during the next 2 weeks.




2.5 - 3.0 Drills

Drills for 2.5 to 3.0 players will be Thursday morning, January 18, from 10 - 12 AM on Courts 5-7.  There will be 3 coaches helping out on 3 courts.  Come to these drills if you are a 2.5-level player, between 2.5 and 3.0, or a "low" 3.0 player.  Do not sign up for both the 2.5 - 3.0 drills and the 3.0 drills.  Choose the one that is closest to your playing level.  Click here to sign up for the 2.5 - 3.0 drills this Thursday.  There will not be a drill session on January 25 but 2.5 to 3.0 drills will resume on Feb 1st, at the same time: 10:00-noon.


3.0 Drills are Back
The 3.0 drill clinics are back. Are you a 3.0 player (per IPTPA or USAPA) and want to improve your game. Then this is the clinic for you. This week we will be focused on drills for dinking and 3rd shot drops. We will also be playing a fun game at the end that incorporates everything you learn. Clinic size is limited to 12 players and will be offered on January 18th from 2 to 3:30 on courts 1 to 3. Click here to sign up for January 18. Note that you should sign up for only one set of drills each week, either the 2.5 to 3.0 drills if you are not at 3.0 or a "low" 3.0 player, or the 3.0 drills if you are a solid 3.0 player.


3.5 Drills on Fridays

Drills for 3.5 players will be held on Fridays for two groups of 8 players.  The first clinic will be on Friday, January 19,  from 1:00 - 2:15 PM and the second will be on January 19 from 2:15 - 3:30 PM.  Sign up for only one session each week. Sign-ups will begin on January 13 at 11 AM.  Click here to sign up.

Beat the Blues Social Jan. 17




Feeling post holiday stress? Come Beat the Blues at our January Round Robin and Social

Date: Wednesday, January 17th

Time: Sign-in from 8:30 - 8:50 a.m. 
Be ready to play 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
11 a.m. -12 noon Brunch.

Dress: Wear your best blue color shirt in solidarity

Who: 56 players and non-participants/All levels are welcome to join in the fun

What: Bring your appetite for Morning goodies after play

Mark your calendar and sign up NOW. Sign up to bring something or help out and to play or just attend.


Time to Order QCPC T-Shirts

Show your support of our club and Pickleball with a club shirt.  At $22 each, buy more than one of these comfortable tech shirts for yourself and your family.  Many great colors are available and you can get them with or without the back logo.

The deadline is for ordering is January 31, 2018.


The following logo will be on the back of the shirt, unless you opt to buy a shirt with the front logo only.




The following logo will be on the front of the shirt.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD FORM

Print one form for each shirt and write a check for the complete order (one check is fine).  Drop the completed form(s) off by January 31 at Anne Smith’s home at 1926 N. Laguna Oaks Dr. (Unit 31) with your check (no cash) payable to "QCPC".  There is a box by the front door where you can put your form(s) and check.

The QCPC Board has selected TROPIC BLUE as the club endorsed color for Quail Creek team events.  It is marked with stars on the round neck picture (but there aren't stars on the shirt) and a check mark on the v-neck picture.

Additional colors that are available for purchase are listed on the order form.  Our pictures have more colors than what is available this year, so just look at the colors that are listed on the form and order one of those.
Colors for round neck shirts in both a men's and women's style can be seen here.
Colors for women's V-neck shirts can be seen here.



Dues are Now Overdue


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. So, if you wish to remain a QCPC member, please pay your dues as soon as possible.



Trouble with Lights at Night?

The lights on our courts will not turn on for 30 minutes after they have been shut off.  So, if someone is playing at night and turns off the lights on a court, other players cannot turn them back on until 30 minutes have passed.  There is nothing wrong with the lights.  This is how they are programmed.


Interested in Playing Singles?

Singles Pickleball is a very challenging, fun and demanding game. The strategy is much different than doubles as well as the physicality required. To prevent injury, you should be in good physical condition to play singles. You will get 3-4 times the amount of exercise in the same amount of time spent as playing doubles.
If you are interested in finding out about playing singles pickleball, come to court 5 on Tuesday, January 16 at 2:00.

Lenny Friedman, USAPA Ambassador Green Valley/Sahuarita, AZ





GVR Pickleball Club's Poker Tournament

GVR Pickleball Club is holding a Texas Hold'Em  Poker Tournament January 17th with play beginning at 5 PM.  Information can be seen here.








Saturday, January 6, 2018

QCPC Newsletter, January 6, 2018


Firefighters' Tournament is February 10-11


The Annual Firefighter's Tournament will be held on the Quail Creek Courts on February 10-11.  (The last newsletter indicated that it was in March.) Registration for this tournament opened on December 1.  Skill groups are from 2.5 to 4.5+ and events include Men's and Women's Doubles and Mixed Doubles. Click here for more information and registration information.  This tournament supports local firefighters and their families.  It is a fun event and contributes to a worthy cause.  Please consider playing in this tournament to support our local firefighters.




Assisted Play for Beginners

Assisted play for beginners will continue on Mondays and Thursdays from 1 - 3 PM on Courts 5-7. This is not a lesson or drill, but an opportunity to play with other beginners while more experienced players watch you and give pointers on how to improve your game. You need not have a lot of playing experience to take part in this activity, but you should have taken a lesson or have some playing experience. Sign up here for Assisted Play. You must sign up to participate.



QCPC Board Meeting, January 8

The QCPC Board will meet on January 8 from 12 noon to 2 PM in the Kino Conference Center.  All members are welcome to attend.  If you would like to have something added to the agenda, contact President Jean Bustard, 303-921-8139, jeanb@dcmesa.com.


Joey Farias/Sean Rickard Pickleball Academy 

Sean Rickard has invited all 3.0+ to take part in The Joey Farias and Sean Rickard Pickleball Academy! They will be hosting a monthly clinic in Quail Creek open to QCPQ members. These clinics will consist of the following:

Two hours of instruction, drills, gameplay scenarios and concepts

A new area of focus every month (Beat the Bangers, Dink Like a 5.0, Footwork Footwork Footwork!, Creating/Countering Spin, etc.)

16 player maximum for an 8:1 player to instructor ratio

Top notch instruction from two 5.0 rated IPTPA certified instructors

The first session is on January 26th from 9 AM to 11 AM.  Cost is $40 per monthly session. They invite you to participate in individual monthly clinics, or sign up for the entire 4-month academy! For anyone who attends all 4 clinics, Joey and Sean will be hosting a 5th event for free!

See more information here.   Feel free to contact Joey (jfariastennis@gmail.com) or Sean Rickard  (srickard4@gmail.comwith any questions.  Sign up by contacting Sean.



2.5 to 3.0 Drills Continue on Thursdays


Drills for 2.5 to 3.0 players will continue to be offered on Thursdays from 10 AM to noon. These drills will be have 3 coaches and 20 participants. These drills are for 2.5 players who aspire to become 3.0 players and for players who are lower 3.0 players (not yet aspiring to be 3.5 players).  Sign-up here to participate in these drills. Drills will be on Courts 5-7.



Spaces Still Available in Scott Moore Clinics


Scott Moore, who played in the Battle of the Sexes is coming to Quail Creek on January 24 to offer clinics for 3.0 and above players.  Step up your game with intensive, semi-private training in strategy, technique, skill development, positioning, effective practice, and mental toughness with IPTPA certified instructor, Scott Moore. Together with a small group of other players, you will improve your mental game, shot making, shot selection, and learn new strategies, drills, and “The Moore’s 10 Principles of Pickleball” in order to become a more effective, better player, right away!  Click here to see his flyer and to sign up.


Dues are Now Overdue

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. So, if you wish to remain a QCPC member, please pay your dues as soon as possible.

Save the Date - January 17th Pickleball Party

We will be having monthly socials on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. The first social will be on Wednesday, January 17th, so put the date on your calendar.  Thanks to our new Social Chairpersons, Susie Eckhardt and Barb Havel for coordinating these events.  If you have ideas for future socials and are willing to help organize them, contact Susie or Barb.