Saturday, April 28, 2018

QCPC Newsletter, April 28, 2018

RACE FOR SUMMER
BLIND DRAW/MIXED DOUBLES ROUND ROBIN AND POTLUCK


As summer quickly approaches and we say good-bye to even more of our snowbird/cool weather friends, let’s gather on the courts for one more club social.  Only members can play in the Round Robin.  Come dressed for warm temperatures and, as always, lots of pickleball FUN!

Date: Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Time: Sign-in 7:30 a.m. – 7:50 a.m. 
Play begins: 8:00 a.m.
Continental breakfast following

Sign up here to Play or Attend but Not Play AND to bring something.  You must log in to SignUp Genius in order to sign up.


QCPC/GVR Inter-Community Play


QCPC/GVR Inter-Community Play begins on April 30 and continues through August.  The first week (April 30-May 5), play will be on the QCPC courts.  Play will alternate with GVR so that it will be on the GVR courts during the second week of May.

The sign-up for the week of May 7 at GVR will begin on Tuesday May 1 at 7 AM.  Go to the GVR website (click here) and then click on Inter-Community Round Robin for the Sign-up Genius link.

The QCPC/GVR/Sahuarita/Tucson/Saddlebrooke will be invited to play
 The schedule for the following week (for all levels) will be published and be available on the GVR website  on the Tuesday before at 7 am.  Everyone signing up will be asked to put what club they represent in the comments section 
Schedule will be:
      1. Monday 4.0+
      2. Wednesday 3.5
      3. Thursday 3.0
      4. Saturday 2.5
18 players can sign up with 4 alternates
We will reserve 4 courts each night (lighted)
No club balls to be used.  Each player playing will make a one time donation of $3 to start
Everyone that is not QC will sign a waiver 
Ratings based on  USAPA/IPTPA/club rating.  
We will play a full RR and keep track of wins
The top 4 players with Wins each week will have a playoff
If any of the top 4 players 3 weeks in a row are the winners, they will be moved up to the next level by the coordinator
Each club will furnish coordinators to take care of their respective night
The coordinators will get the emails of who has signed up and will let the alternates know if play is available for their level
The coordinators will be in charge of the RR sheets, keeping the scores, check off the names, and collecting the $3, clean up (shutting off the lights)
This is play by invitation to GVR/QCPC/Saddlebrooke/Sahuarita/Tucson


Wednesday Round Robins Continue Through May



 Wednesday Round Robins will continue through May, except for May 16, which will be a QCPC social.  The Round Robin will begin at 8:00 AM, with check-in from 7:30 to 7:50.  Note that you must sign-in before 7:50 in order to play.  If the numbers are large enough each week, there will be separate round robins for men and women. 






Change in Evening QCPC Days


The QCPC Open play in the evening will be changing days of the week from Monday/Thursday to Tuesday/Friday beginning April 30th.  This will last until the end of August.  The start time of 6 pm stays the same through the summer, along with the reserved courts of 9-12.  This is because Inter-Community play will take place on the Quail Creek courts on Monday and Thursday evening.



 Minto Mixed Doubles Gold Medal Match

Joey Farias and Catherine Parenteau battled tough opponents in the 19+ Mixed Doubles Gold Medal Match.  To see the match click here .  Joey is from Tucson and does clinics here at Quail Creek.




Saturday, April 21, 2018

QCPC Newsletter April 21, 2018


Wednesday Round Robin Time Changed

Beginning April 25, Wednesday Round Robins will begin at 8:00 AM, with check-in from 7:30 to 7:50.  If the numbers are large enough each week, there will be separate round robins for men and women. 




Change in Evening QCPC Days

The QCPC Open play in the evening will be changing days of the week from Monday/Thursday to Tuesday/Friday beginning April 30th.  This will last until the end of August.  The start time of 6pm stays the same through the summer, along with the reserved courts of 9-12.  This is because Inter-Community play will take place on the Quail Creek courts on Monday and Thursday evening.



QCPC/GVR Inter-Community Play

GVR and QCPC would like to offer Inter-Community play from April 30th through August.  

Play will start on Monday April 30th at 6pm at QCPC.  The play will alternate weekly with GVR
No commitment for weekly play, just pick the weeks you want to play and use signup genius through the GVR website
The first signup will be on April 22nd at 7 am
The QCPC/GVR/Sahuarita/Tucson/Saddlebrooke will be invited to play
Men/Women sign up for MXD play through the GVR website using Signup Genius.  The schedule for the following week (for all levels) will be published and be available on the GVR website (click here) on the Tuesday before at 7 am.  Everyone signing up will be asked to put what club they represent in the comments section 
Schedule will be:
      1. Monday 4.0+
      2. Wednesday 3.5
      3. Thursday 3.0
      4. Saturday 2.5
18 players can sign up with 4 alternates
We will reserve 4 courts each night (lighted)
No club balls to be used.  Each player playing will make a one time donation of $3 to start
Everyone that is not QC will sign a waiver 
Ratings based on  USAPA/IPTPA/club rating.  
We will play a full RR and keep track of wins
The top 4 players with Wins each week will have a playoff
If any of the top 4 players 3 weeks in a row are the winners, they will be moved up to the next level by the coordinator
Each club will furnish coordinators to take care of their respective night
The coordinators will get the emails of who has signed up and will let the alternates know if play is available for their level
The coordinators will be in charge of the RR sheets, keeping the scores, check off the names, and collecting the $3, clean up (shutting off the lights)
This is play by invitation to GVR/QCPC/Saddlebrooke/Sahuarita/Tucson

3.5 Drills Tuesday April 24

3.5 Drills are being offered on Tuesday April 24.  With summer temperatures rising, start time will be 10 am.  Signup up here.  Class is limited to 8 participants.

IPTPA Ratings Sessions Available in May 

The next IPTPA rating sessions will be held on Friday, May 18.  If interested, sign up here.  Be sure to put the rating level you are going for in the Comment field.  Only sign up with others who are seeking the same rating level as you are. Sean Rickard will be the Certified Rating Specialist.

World Team Pickleball

Their mission is to attract recreational and amateur players throughout the United States, as well as other countries, to play pickleball competitively with and against others in organized team tournaments and leagues.  Click here for more information.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

QCPC Newsletter, April 14, 2018


Fourth Annual Pickleball Rodeo





The Fourth Annual “Pickleball Rodeo” at the Pickleball courts on Wednesday, April 18, from 9:00 to approximately 1:00.  A Pickleball Rodeo is a combination of friendly and fun skills competitions.  This year we will be competing as four-person teams in Serving, Return Serve, 3rd Shot Drop and Dinking contests, followed by the ever-popular and truly unique round robin relay tournament.  All skills levels are welcome.  A social and food sharing event will follow the competition.  Almost all the slots are full, but check here to see if there are openings.  If not, you may add your name to the Wait List and check back from time to time to see if any slots have opened up.  Registration will be closed on April 15 at 5:30 PM.


3.0 Drills

QCPC will have a 3.0 drill clinic on Thursday April 19th from 3 PM to 4:30 PM on courts 5 & 6.  Please click here to sign up.  Limit 12 participants.


3.5+ Drills

Drills for 3.5+ players will be on Tuesday April 17, 1:00 - 2:30 PM.  Participants should have a 3.5 rating from IPTPA or USAPA or played in at least a 3.5 tournament.  Players with higher ratings welcome too.  Sign up here.

2.5 - 3.0 Drills

2.5-3.0 Thursday Drills will conclude for the Season on Thursday, April 19 from 10:00 until noon on courts 5 and 6 with a Coach’s Challenge. Participants will team up to try and beat the coaches in a fun filled 2 hours of play.
Sign up is limited to 16. Sign up here.


Coordinators Still Needed for Intercommunity Play 

QCPC needs a few good players to be coordinators at this years Inter-Community (IC) play.  GVR/QCPC will offer IC play starting on April 30th at 6pm.  One evening every other week at QC, you would be the coordinator for the group you are playing with.  We can have more than one coordinator per group, so you might only do this once a month or less if we get enough volunteers.
The levels we need are 2.5/3.0/3.5/4.0.  Your only responsibility is to check off the players as they arrive, post the pre-printed brackets, and keep track of the Wins by each person (spreadsheet provided).  It is that simple and easy.

If you are interested, or have questions, please contact Steve Shapiro sshapiro57@gmail.com.



Friday, April 6, 2018

QCPC Newsletter, April 7, 2018

Drills for 3.0 Players

QCPC will have a 3.0 drill clinic on Thursday April 12th from 3 PM to 4:30 PM on courts 5 & 6.  Please click here to sign up.  Limit 8 participants.




Drills for 2.5 to 3.0 Players

The last drills for 2.5 to 3.0 players this season will be on Thursday, April 12th from 10 AM to 12 noon on courts 5 and 6.  Sign up here.  Each person may sign up him/herself plus only one other person.  Sign-ups start on Saturday, April 7 at 11 AM.



Fourth Annual Pickleball Rodeo



The last major QCPC monthly social before our winter visitors go “home” will be a “Pickleball Rodeo” at the Pickleball courts on Wednesday, April 18, from 9:00 to approximately 1:00.  A Pickleball Rodeo is a combination of friendly and fun skills competitions.  This year we will be competing as four-person teams in Serving, Return Serve, 3rd Shot Drop and Dinking contests, followed by the ever-popular and truly unique round robin relay tournament.  All skills levels are welcome.  A social and food sharing event will follow the competition.  Sign-up here to Attend and Play or Attend but Not Play AND to bring something or to help out.  Registration will be closed on April 15 at 5:30 PM.


Round Robin Time Changed

Beginning Wednesday, April 11, the Round Robin will begin at 9 AM with check-in beginning at 8:30 AM.  Separate Round Robins will be held for men and for women.  Note that there will be no Round Robin on Wednesday, April 18, because of the Fourth Annual Pickleball Rodeo, the April QCPC social. Round Robins will resume on April 25 with play starting at 9 AM.

Summer Inter-Community Play Coordinators Needed 

Last summer Green Valley Pickleball Club (GVPC) organized inter-community Round Robin play.  Quail Creek members were invited and feedback from those who participated was positive.  Play occurred 4 nights a week, every other week from 6 - 8 pm.  Each night was a different skill level; for example 4.0+ on Monday, 3.5 on Tuesday, 2.0/2.5 on Wednesday and 3.0 on Thursday.  In addition to QCPC and GVPC, players from Tucson and other Robson communities were invited.  The Round Robins provided a great way to meet and play with different people during the slower, summer months.
As co-host we would organize play four nights a week, alternating weeks with GVPC.  To do this we need QCPC organizers for each skill level.  Steve Shapiro has volunteered to chair a committee that would coordinate with GVPC and organize play here.
This proposal from GVPC was discussed and approved at our last board meeting.  We then asked and received support from our POA to try this out this summer.
If you are willing to help make inter-community play at our home courts a reality this summer, please contact Steve Shapiro at sshapiro57@gmail.com.

Slots are Available for 3.0 and 4.0 Ratings

Slots are still available for IPTPA Ratings on Thursday, April 19.  QCPC members have already signed up for ratings at the 3.0 and 4.0 level, but we need 4 in order to have each rating session. Signup here either to join the existing sessions or to add your own session with 4 players. Be sure to note your skill level in the comment box. 


Court Maintenance Issues

If you see things on our courts that need attention (such as dirty courts, too few (or too many) balls in the sleeves, insect issues, non-functioning electrical sockets, etc.), please contact our Court Management Co-Chairs.  They will see that theses issues are referred to the proper people to be addressed.  The Co-Chairs are John Sicardi, 856-281-8385 or jtsicardi@gmail.com; and Dave Thomas, 303-587-7265 or dfthomas@q.com.  



Report on Quail Creek Classic Pickleball Tournament 

Lenny Friedman, our USAPA Ambassador, has submitted an article to USAPA Regional Director for publication in the USAPA PIckleball Magazine.  The article can be seen here


No Fee Introductory Pickleball Lesson 

If you have friends or neighbors who might be interested in learning pickleball, please tell them about the following:  Complimentary pickleball lesson for beginners Tuesday, April 10 from 2:00 to 4:00. Discover why pickleball is the fastest growing sport in the country. Wear court shoes and bring water. Balls and paddles will be available.  

If you would like to help out with this lesson, please contact Lenny Friedman, 541-890-1620 or mathcoach801@gmail.com.


Change in QCPC Paddle Lending Policy

QCPC has several paddles that can be borrowed by QCPC members.  In the past, they have been available for several weeks.  The new policy is that QCPC members may still borrow the paddles, but they must be placed back in the locked chest after each use. Please don't take our paddles home. The chest containing the paddles is between Courts 8 and 9.  The combination for the lock is 1461 (address of the ramada). You have to press the lock in to get it to open and to close.

Change in Court Reservation Policy

Courts 13 and 14 are now reservable whenever a QCPC-sponsored activity is not scheduled on them.  They show up in the reservation system as reservable courts.  However, instructors have priority for these courts, so sometimes they will be pre-reserved for lessons.  You can reserve courts by clicking on Court Reservations on the right side of our website.  Reservations are limited to one hour for singles and two hours for doubles.