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.






Friday, September 21, 2018

QCPC Newsletter, September 22, 2018

Wednesday Round Robin

Thanks to Dick Jones for leading the Round Robin in September.  Joyce Butler will lead the Round Robin in October with a new start time of 8 am



Player Development Preview

Drills are back!  

Nearly 30 members volunteered to be part of our Player Development Team.  This great response shows their passion for pickleball and our club.  Thank you! 

New classes will begin the first week in October.  October offerings will include Orientation for new players, Assisted Play for beginners, 2.5 drills, 3.0 drills and 3.5 drills.  Dates and time will be announced next week.

October can still be a hot month.  To manage the heat, we are trying to schedule drills and classes in the morning or evening when it is cooler.  Once it cools off, most Player Development offerings will move to the afternoons.

Because there is only so much time and space in the morning, we are going to postpone start of the New Round Robin series until it cools off in late October or November.  Thank you for be patient as we figure out our scheduling.  

Helle Sparre is Coming in November

Helle Sparre was a professional tennis player and has competed in all four Grand Slams.  She was Director of Tennis and a teaching professional for years in California.  She caught the pickleball bug a couple of years ago and is now teaching pickleball in Mesa AZ.  She is recognized as one of the best pickleball instructors in the nation today.  

We are excited to have Helle here on Saturday and Sunday November 17 and 18.  She asked for small one-hour classes of 3 to 4 people.  Mark your calendars and find your foursome and be prepared to experience a lesson from one of the best.  

Looking for Volunteers to Host Visiting Instructors

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These instructors are usually here 1 to 3 days and are on the courts teaching 6 to 10 hours a day.  We like to provide them with a place to sleep, either casita or private room, and make sure they have meals, especially breakfast and lunch during their breaks. If you are willing to be a host, please contact Jean Bustard at jeanb@dcmesa.com.  We currently have four professionals scheduled to visit between November and March, we already have a host for March. 



Onix Pickleballs
Thanks to Dave Thomas, John Sicardi, and Gary Mencimer for maintaining the pickleball courts.  Just a reminder that the Onix balls are changed out on a regular basis, so the court maintenance team is always replacing old worn out pickleballs with new balls, which the club purchases.  Please don't remove these balls from the court, or hold onto them for future play.  If you come across any balls that have lost their bounce, please put them in the bins next to the courts.

Saddlebrooke Ranch/Quail Creek Invitational


The famed "Brick" trophy is ours to win again on October 25th in the Saddlebrooke Ranch/Quail Creek Invitational.  If you are interested in playing in the Saddlebrooke Ranch/Quail Creek invitational please sign up in the appropriate category.  You and your partner must be a member of the QCPC to play in this event.  Please sign up in your event based on your IPTPA/USAPA rating.  You may sign up to play in two events. 

Not all teams will play, depending on the number of teams from each Association.  Please pick your own partner and sign up together using the comments field to list your partner.  Teams will be used in order of signups  (If Saddlebrooke only has 2 teams in Womens Doubles 2.5, the QCPC can only have 2 teams, even if 4 teams sign up).  In the Invitational you will not play against other teams from QCPC.

Mens Doubles/Womens Doubles will be held in the morning with Mixed Doubles being played in the afternoon.


Sign up here.



Save the Date: October 17th Social

Our next  social will be on Wednesday, October 17th.  Club members of all skill levels are invited to attend.  Details about the social will be made available in a later newsletter.



Volunteer Opportunities


QCPC is seeking a few good men and women to help out with various club activities.  The first two slots are standing committee chairpersons.

Communications Chairperson - Communications Chairperson shall oversee publicity, email communications to members and potential members, web-site updates and postings on the bulletin board at the courts. The Communications Chairperson will submit articles to Quail Creek Crossing and news of events to What’s Happening (but we alrady have two people to do this); send newsletters to the membership monthly, or as needed; coordinate with the Membership Chair for updates; and insure the that bulletin board is neat and contains up-to-date information (but we have a bulletin board organizer who does this).  Will probably serve on the QCPC Board.

Social Chairperson(s)- The Social Chairperson (or Co-Chairpersons) shall coordinate social events for the Club, usually by appointing other individuals to actually organize the events.  During the winter months, the Club shall have one social event per month.  These will usually involve pickleball activities followed by potluck meals, appetizer or dessert events, or whatever format is desired by the Social Chairperson(s) and Event Organizers.  The QCPC will provide plates, napkins, plasticware, and other essentials for the events, and, in some instances, the QCPC will provide some of the food. Will probably not serve on the QCPC Board.

Round Robin Coordinator- We need someone to organize the QCPC Wednesday morning Round Robins.  The RR Coordinator does not necessarily need to run the Round Robin each time, but would need to find volunteers to run the Round Robins when he/she doesn't. We have been having volunteers run the Round Robin for a month each during the summer, which seems to work well. Don't know how to run a Round Robin- no worries- it is easy and we can quickly teach you.  

Contact President Steve Shapiro if you are interested in one of the three positions listed above, sshapiro57@gmail.com, or 274-4150.


Friday, September 14, 2018

QCPC Newsletter, September 15, 2018

 Saddlebrooke Ranch/Quail Creek Invitational


The famed "Brick" trophy is ours to win again on October 25th in the Saddlebrooke Ranch/Quail Creek Invitational.  If you are interested in playing in the Saddlebrooke Ranch/Quail Creek invitational please sign up in the appropriate category.  You and your partner must be a member of the QCPC to play in this event.  Please sign up in your event based on your IPTPA/USAPA rating.  You may sign up to play in two events. 

Not all teams will play, depending on the number of teams from each Association.  Please pick your own partner and sign up together using the comments field to list your partner.  Teams will be used in order of signups  (If Saddlebrooke only has 2 teams in Womens Doubles 2.5, the QCPC can only have 2 teams, even if 4 teams sign up).  In the Invitational you will not play against other teams from QCPC.

Mens Doubles/Womens Doubles will be held in the morning with Mixed Doubles being played in the afternoon.

Sign up here.


Save the Date: October 17th Social

Our next  social will be on Wednesday, October 17th.  Club members of all skill levels are invited to attend.  Details about the social will be made available in a later newsletter.


Assisted Play for Beginners

Assisted Play will be offered beginning Thursday, September 20th, from 8:00-10:00am, on Courts 5, 6, & 7.  This is not a lesson but a chance for beginners to play together while more experienced players watch and give pointers.  After taking the beginner class or having some playing experience, this is the best way to build on what you learned and to begin enjoying the game of pickleball.  
The first hour will be assisted, and the second hour will allow beginners to play together.  Sign up here for  Sept. 20 and/or  Sept. 27.  Each session is limited to 12 people.




Volunteer Opportunities

QCPC is seeking a few good men and women to help out with various club activities.  The first two slots are standing committee chairpersons.
Communications Chairperson - Communications Chairperson shall oversee publicity, email communications to members and potential members, web-site updates and postings on the bulletin board at the courts. The Communications Chairperson will submit articles to Quail Creek Crossing and news of events to What’s Happening (but we alrady have two people to do this); send newsletters to the membership monthly, or as needed; coordinate with the Membership Chair for updates; and insure the that bulletin board is neat and contains up-to-date information (but we have a bulletin board organizer who does this).  Will probably serve on the QCPC Board.

Social Chairperson(s)- The Social Chairperson (or Co-Chairpersons) shall coordinate social events for the Club, usually by appointing other individuals to actually organize the events.  During the winter months, the Club shall have one social event per month.  These will usually involve pickleball activities followed by potluck meals, appetizer or dessert events, or whatever format is desired by the Social Chairperson(s) and Event Organizers.  The QCPC will provide plates, napkins, plasticware, and other essentials for the events, and, in some instances, the QCPC will provide some of the food. Will probably not serve on the QCPC Board.

Round Robin Coordinator- We need someone to organize the QCPC Wednesday morning Round Robins.  The RR Coordinator does not necessarily need to run the Round Robin each time, but would need to find volunteers to run the Round Robins when he/she doesn't. We have been having volunteers run the Round Robin for a month each during the summer, which seems to work well. Don't know how to run a Round Robin- no worries- it is easy and we can quickly teach you.  

Contact President Steve Shapiro if you are interested in one of the three positions listed above, sshapiro57@gmail.com, or 274-4150.

T-Shirt Sale Co-Coordinator- We will be sending in orders for QCPC shirts, probably in January. We will probably use a different vendor from last year, so this volunteer will help find vendors and evaluate their shirts.  Our Treasurer, Cheryl Francis, is going to organize this activity, but she would like some help.  Contact Cheryl if you are willing to help her with T-shirt selection and sales, 730-2632,clfrancisaz@gmail.com.


Dues Increase Approved by QCPC Board

At the August 13th Board Meeting the board approved increasing Annual Member Dues be to $25.  This change must be approved by Members and will be proposed in the November meeting.

Justification for increase includes:
With the courts now five years old we anticipate need to replace and repair consumables to increase.  
Club started year with about $17,000 in savings.  This year we committed to purchase new nets for about $1,500 and offered $4,000 in cost share for either additional lighted courts or shade covering between upper courts.  This is potential use of about $5,500.
Board wants to continuing offering incentive to members getting rated for the first time, this is a one time cost of $25 per person.  Raising dues to $25 covers this cost if new members elects to get rating in first year.
Board wants to maintain minimum balance as Reserve Fund and to avoid bank fees.
Annual dues for many other Club’s in Quail Creek is $25.

Dues for 2019 will not be collected until after the Nov. 14th Member Meeting.  You can bring checks to that meeting and fill in the amount once the members have voted.


New Round Robin Starts October 2

QCPC will offer a new series of Round Robins on Tuesday and Thursday mornings starting in October.  This is a trial.

Two courts will be reserved on Tuesday and Thursday mornings for Round Robin Play.  Proposed schedule is:

Tuesday 7:30 - 9:15 am, Round Robin for Skill Levels 2.5 and 3.0
Tuesday 9:15 -11:00 am, Round Robin for Skill Levels 3.0 and 3.5
Thursday 8:00 - 9:45 am, Round Robin for Skill Levels 3.5 and 4.0

Participants must signup using Signup Genius link that will be posted in the Newsletter.  First Signup will be in the September 22nd Newsletter.  Number of participants will be limited to 10.  Round Robin will consist of 6 games lasting 15 minutes each.  We anticipate schedule to evolve as we learn.


No rating required, but if you do not have a rating please be honest with your self-rating, it will make the games much more enjoyable for everyone.  This is in addition to, and not in place of the Wednesday Round Robin.


Tip of the Week

 Keep your weight on your toes.  Watch video here.

Rule of the Week

Kitchen Faults Part 2:  Both feet must be outside kitchen before and after volley. 
USAPA Rule Book
Section 9 - Non-Volley Zone Rules (Kitchen Rules) 
Section 9.1.4.D  A fault is declared if a player has touched the non-volley zone for any reason, that player cannot volley a return until both feet have made contact with the playing surface completely outside the non-volley zone.  A maneuver such as standing within the non-volley zone, jumping up to hit a volley, and then landing outside the non-volley zone is prohibited. 

To see the most complete pickleball non-volley zone rule video, click here.



Saturday, September 1, 2018

QCPC Newsletter, September 1, 2018


Wednesday Round Robins Continue in September


QCPC Round Robins will continue at 7 AM through the end of September, thanks to Dick Jones who has volunteered to run these fun events. Sign in between 6:30 and 6:50 AM and be ready to play at 7 AM.  If you sign-in, you should plan to play all 6 games.  It takes about 2 hours.  If someone leaves before the Round Robin is completed, other players may not be able to play their 6 games.  If you have a Bye during one of the games, note that you will be scheduled to play your 6th game at the end, so stay around for that game (or get someone else to sub for you).  One point of the Round Robin is that everyone gets to play 6 games with different partners and opponents.  If players leave early, it doesn't work.

Evening Play Returns to Monday/Thursday

Beginning on September 3rd, Open Play in the evening (lighted courts 9-12) will be changing back to Monday & Thursday 6-9 pm.  This is available for all QCPC members, all skill levels.  QCPC would like to thank this group for accommodating the Inter-Community group during the summer.


Tip of the Week 

Watch this video to learn about three common volley mistakes.  Click here.

Rule of the Week 

Kitchen Faults Part 1: You may not volley the ball out of the air while contacting kitchen area.

USAPA Rule Book
Section 9 - Non-Volley Zone Rules (Kitchen Rules)
Section 9.1.  A fault will be declared if, in the act of volleying the ball, a player or anything contacting the player touches the non-volley zone. Click here for a video showing three myths about the kitchen (non-volley zone).