Friday, March 30, 2018

QCPC Newsletter, March 31, 2018

2.5 to 3.0 Drills Thursday, April 5 and 12

Drills will be offered for 2.5 to low 3.0 players on Thursday, 
April 5 and 12, from 10 AM to 12 noon on Courts 5-6.  These will be the last 2.5 to 3.0 drills for this season.

Sessions will involve fun drills for accuracy and team work.  

Participation will be limited to 20 individuals each week.   You must login to Sign-Up Genius to sign-up.  Each individual will be allowed to register him/herself plus only one other person, a spouse or a pickleball partner.

Sign-up begins at 11 AM on Saturdays.  Sign up here.




IPTPA Ratings - April 19

An IPTPA rating session will be held on Thursday, April 19. Signup here. Be sure to note your skill level in the comment box. 




Assisted Play Has Ended


There will be no more Assisted Play sessions this season.  Thanks to our volunteers for coordinating these sessions.  If you are a beginner, remember that Beginner/Advanced Beginner Play is supposed to occur on Thursdays on Courts 8 and 9 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 noon.  Beginners and Advanced Beginners can show up there and play together.  If others are using the courts, wait for their game to end and then politely ask them to move to another court so that Beginner/Advanced Beginner play can occur as noted on our schedule.



QCPC Board Meeting on Monday, April 2


The next QCPC Board Meeting will be on April 2, 12 noon to 2 PM, in the Conference Room of Kino Center.  All members are invited to attend.  If you have something you wish to add to the agenda, contact President Jean Bustard, 303-921-8139, jeanb@dcmesa.com.



Skill Level Play

Earlier this year, the QCPC Board approved skill-level play on some courts.  This has been noted on our calendar, but not everyone is aware of it.  Skill-level play is supposed to take place from 10:00 AM to 12:00 noon for the following skill levels:

3.0**Club Skill Level Play, Monday, Courts 5, 6, 7, 8
2.5** Club Skill Level Play, Tuesday, Courts 5, 6, 7, 8
Beginner/Advanced Beginner Play, Thursday, Courts 8,9
3.5** Club Skill Level Play, Friday, Courts 5, 6, 7, 8

If others are using the courts at that time and the court is needed for skill-level play, please wait until a game ends and then politely ask the players to use another court.



Saturday, March 24, 2018

QCPC Newsletter, March 24, 2018

Courts Closed Today and Tomorrow for Quail Creek Classic

All courts are closed on Saturday, March 24, and Sunday, March 25, for the Quail Creek Classic to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.  Even if you aren't playing, a donation to St. Jude would be appreciated.  There are also lots of raffle prizes.  So, go on down, support St.Jude, and watch your fellow QCPC members and others compete.



No 2.5 to 3.0 or 3.0 Drills This Week

There will be no 2.5 to 3.0 drills this Thursday and no 3.0 drills this Friday.  The 2.5 to 3.0 drills will resume in April.


Round Robin on Wednesday 

Separate men's and women's round robins will be held Wednesday, March 28, with check-in starting at 9:30 AM.  Play will begin at 10:00 AM.  Remember to car pool, drive your golf cart, ride your bicycle, or walk to reduce the parking problem.




QCPC Board Meeting on Monday, April 2

The next QCPC Board Meeting will be on April 2 in the Conference Room of Kino Center.  All members are invited to attend.  If you have something you wish to add to the agenda, contact President Jean Bustard, 303-921-8139
jeanb@dcmesa.com.




Saturday, March 17, 2018

QCPC Newsletter, March 17, 2018

Member Ratings Posted 

 A list of QCPC members who have been rated either by USAPA or by IPTPA is now available on the website. Click on that tab at the top that says Member Ratings. Put in the password, (same as for the membership list), and you can see a list of rated members. This will allow you to contact players with skills similar to yours and set up games.



3.0 Drills are Back


QCPC will be offering 3.0 Drill clinics on March 22nd from 3 to 4:30 on Courts 5/6/7.

If you are interested in participating, please click here.

Limit of 12 participants.

2.5 to 3.0 Drills on March 22

Drills for 2.5 to 3.0 players will be on March 22nd from 10 AM to 12 noon on Courts 5 and 6.  There will be no 2.5 to 3.0 drills on March 29th, and then they will resume in April.  Because space is limited in these drills and there are more people wanting to sign up than can fit in the session, each individual may sign up only him/herself plus one other person (a spouse or pickleball partner).  To sign up for the March 22nd drills, login to Signup Genius here, click on Sign Up and then on Submit and Sign Up.  If you are signing up another person, be sure to set the Quantity to 2 and put the other person's name in the Comment field.  You will receive an e-mail verifying your sign-up.

Assisted Play for Beginners- Mondays and Thursdays

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. After March 10, 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 March 21

Because of the Hey Jude Pickleball Social on March 21st, there will be no round robin in the morning.  The social begins at 3 PM with check-in starting at 2:30.  The slots are all filled for the social, but click here if you want to delete your registration or to check to see if there are any openings.



More QCPC Senior Games Medal Winners

The Senior Games 2.5 competitions took place on Saturday, March 10, and the results weren't available for the last newsletter.  But the following QCPC members medaled in these games:

Women's Doubles, 2.5 

Division A:  Beth Larose-Suzanne Sicardi 
Division B:  Georgine Thomas-Ardean Nickerson 

Congratulations to them and to all of our 2018 Medal Winners!



GVR Pickleball To Hold Golf Fundraiser

The GVR Pickleball Club is holding a golf fundraiser on Sunday, April 27th, and they have invited QCPC Members to participate.  Click here for more information and for the Registration form.  They are also seeking sponsors for holes and carts.  Click here to learn about sponsorships.


Saturday, March 10, 2018

QCPC Newsletter Addendum, March 10, 2018

Drills for 2.5 to 3.0 Players

Sessions will focus on purposeful practice through stroke work, steps and strategy.  Courts 5 and 6 will be used and class size limited to 20.  Drills will be on Thursday mornings March 15th.  Sign up here for the March 15th drill.  


Skill of the Week for March 11 to March 18 

Offensive Lobs

The Offensive Lob is a great way to force your opponents to move away from the NVZ line (also known as the kitchen line) during a dinking rally.  Here are some videos on how to make this shot.

Offensive Lobs at the No Volley Zone (Kitchen line)




To run down an Offensive Lob you must use the proper footwork, teamwork, and good communication with your partner.

How to run down a lob





QCPC Medal Winners at Senior Games

The following QCPC members won medals for their age bracket in the Senior Games:

Men’s Doubles
3.5, 65+ Gold- David Mungo and Brian Liekus
3.5, 50+ Silver- Steve Shapiro 

Mixed Doubles
4.5, 50+ Gold- Sharon Kolarik

Women’s Doubles
3.0, 70+ Gold- Susie Eckhardt and Joan Fava
3.0, 50+ Silver- Donna Hoshide and Kathleen Baker
3.0, 50+ Bronze- Vickie Huntington and Sharon Brule
4.5, 50+ Silver- Sharon Kolarik and Mary Hughes

Congratulations to these QCPC Members and thanks to everyone else who volunteered to help.  A special thanks to Merry and David Mungo for serving as organizers for QCPC for the Senior Games.

Quail Creek Pickleball Facility Overview 

With so many new Club members, we thought it is time for a quick review of court use by non-members.

The Pickleball Courts are one of the many facilities at Quail Creek and they are here for use by residents, renters and their house guests.  Any qualified resident or renter can use unreserved courts at any time, this includes “Prime Time”.   Court use for unreserved and unscheduled courts is on a first-come, first-serve basis.  If people are waiting to get on a court, players are asked to limit time of doubles matches to 2 hours and singles to 1 hour.

The Pickleball Club manages the court reservation system on behalf of the POA.  The Club sets aside 8 courts for club member Open Play 6 mornings a week from 8 to noon.  Courts 1 – 14 are reserved for Club Round Robin on Wednesday mornings, except for the third Wednesday of the month when they are reserved for the Club Social.  Courts are also reserved by the club to support other Club Supported Activities, including Drills, Lessons and Tournaments.   Court 13 and 14 are designated as having Instructor Priority, when needed.   Courts 1 – 4 can be reserved by Club members and QC residents.  Unless there is a tournament, we try to leave courts 15 and 16 open for drop in play by anyone.  Remember, if courts are not being used for their intended purpose please allow others to use the courts until they are needed for the intended purpose.  

If you a club member and you see people you don’t know at the courts, please introduce yourself and offer help to get them familiar with the pickleball facility and where they can play.  This facility is part of the “resort” they are here to enjoy.  Please make their first impression of our Club a good one by being welcoming and helpful.




HeySt. Jude March QC Pickleball Social

Lots to Shout about at our Beatles theme QCPB Social: an early Hello Goodbye to departing snowbirds, the anticipation of the upcoming Quail Creek Classic/Charity for St. (HeyJude Children's Research Hospital and Instant Karma to all our 2018 tournament players.

Date:               Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Sign-in:          2:30 pm at the Courts

Play:               3:00 pm to 5:00 pm            

Dinner:          Anytime after 5:00 pm

Location:       Take The Long & Winding Road to our hosts’ Bob & Beth Larose’s Strawberry Fields Home
525 N. Keys Road
(Hosts are providing the main course.)

Dinner will be outside where we will all Come Together, so dress accordingly in case of Marshmallow Clouds or if Good Day Sunshine ends!

Sign-up HERE. You must login to Sign-up Genius first.  Then, be sure to sign up for Play or to Attend but not play AND to bring something.  Click on Sign Up beside the items you wish to sign up for and then click on Submit and Sign Up at the bottom.  If all the slots for bringing something are full, then you get a Bye on bringing something this time (or just bring whatever you like)!





Friday, March 9, 2018

QCPC Newsletter, March 10, 2018

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 for
the tournament.



Hey, St. Jude March QC Pickleball Social

Lots to Shout about at our Beatles theme QCPB Social: an early Hello Goodbye to departing snowbirds, the anticipation of the upcoming Quail Creek Classic/Charity for St. (Hey) Jude Children's Research Hospital and Instant Karma to all our 2018 tournament players.

Date:               Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Sign-in:          2:30 pm at the Courts

Play:               3:00 pm to 5:00 pm            

Dinner:          Anytime after 5:00 pm

Location:       Take The Long & Winding Road to our hosts’
Bob & Beth Larose’s Strawberry Fields Home
                        525 N. Keys Road
            (Hosts are providing the main course.)

Dinner will be outside where we will all Come Together, so dress accordingly in case of
Marshmallow Clouds or if Good Day Sunshine ends!

Get more information and Sign-up Link here.

Car Pool to Help Parking Problems

We have so many pickleball players now that our parking lot is overflowing.  Please either car pool or bring a smaller means of transportation (golf cart or bicycle) to the courts.  If you bring your gold cart, park in the golf cart spaces or park 2 carts in auto spaces.  You can even put 4 carts in the auto spaces if the back 2 carts have keys left in them and the owners don't mind someone moving them to get out.  If there is no room in the parking lot, you may park in the multi-purpose lane.  Patrol will set out cones to alert vehicles to the parked cars.


Mixed Singles Pickleball

The Quail Creek Pickleball Club is sponsoring Mixed Singles Pickleball on courts 5, 6, and 7 at 3:00 on Mondays and Fridays.  Singles pickleball is a strenuous, active, and physically demanding sport.  If you are physically fit to play singles pickleball, please join us.  Singles pickleball strategy is much different than doubles.  Sign up on Sign-up Genius and try it out.


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. After March 10, 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.

March Joey Farias and Sean Rickard Academy

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 next academy is Tuesday, March 20 from 9 - 11 AM. (Note- the day is Tuesday and not Monday as indicated in the flyer).  The focus in March will be on the soft game! Learning how to control the speed and pace of the game is crucial to moving up. We will work on proper mechanics and concepts regarding drop shots, dinking, absorbing pace, and resetting the point.  See more information here.  The cost is $40 per person.  E-mail Sean to register:  Email: srickard4@gmail.com .

Friday, March 2, 2018

QCPC Newsletter, March 3, 2018

Southern Arizona Senior Games -
Urgent Request for Volunteers

The Southern Arizona Senior Games' pickleball tournament will be held in Quail Creek on March 6-8.  QCPC provides assistance to make this tournament a great experience for all attending. 


1.  Volunteers and referees are needed for all three days of the tournament being held at our courts.  This is a big event that draws players from all over.  Please help show off our hospitality and love of pickleball by volunteering. To referee check Referee, for other opportunities check Volunteer

2.  We need volunteers to assist with parking shuttles from 2-6 pm each day.  We need:
  • Golf carts (especially ones with an extra back seat), and 
  • Volunteers willing to take approximately two hour shifts shuttling people to their cars parked along Quail Crossing Blvd.  
If you can provide either or both, please contact David Mungo (djmungo@hotmail.com303-335-6707). 


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.  Assisted play will be on March 5 from 1 PM to 3 PM on Courts 5-7. You must sign up to attend.  Sign up here.  There is no Assisted Play on March 8 because of the Senior Games.


Courts Closed for Senior Games

March 6th-8th

The Pickleball portion of the Green Valley Senior Games will occur on the Quail Creek courts from March 6 to March 8.  All QCPC activities will be canceled during that time period, including the round robin, open play, assisted play, and drills.  The Senior Games Pickleball Tournament is a great event, so plan to come out and watch some good pickleball and cheer on your fellow QCPC members who are playing in the tournament.  Bring along a chair, some water, and enjoy the show.




Board Meeting on March 5th


The QCPC will meet on March 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.



Message from Your USAPA Ambassador


On March 24th and 25th, a pickleball tournament to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (USAPA 2018 charity of choice) will take place at the Quail Creek courts.  The tournament will be like the weekly QCPC round robins, except you do not change partners, and for consistency and ease of play, there will be referees to keep score.

Unlike other tournaments, in lieu of a registration fee, a donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is requested. We hope to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital by selling raffles and a silent auction for the following prizes:
·         2 Paddletek Paddles
·         Selkirk Amped paddle
·         Free pickleball lessons from Scott Moore, Sean Rickard, and Joey Farias
·         Digital instruction drills and video analysis by Mark Renneson
·         $500 discount for Prem Carnot boot camp
·         Gift cards to Safeway, The Grill, 50’ Diner, Nancy Pantz, Desert Sky Cinema, Octopus car washes
·         Lunches at El Patio, La Posada gift basket
·         Haircut from American Hair, manicure from Blossom Nails,
·         Massages, and more

There are still openings in the 2.5, 3.0, 3.5, and 4.0 categories for men’s, women’s, and mixed doubles.  To register go to the QCPC web page and click on Quail Creek Classic Pickleball Tournament. If you are unable to play, we hope that you will stop by to make a donation to St. Jude, buy raffles, or bid on the wonderful donated prizes.

Lenny Friedman
USAPA Ambassador Sahuarita/Green Valley