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.  





Saturday, November 17, 2018

QCPC Newsletter, November 17, 2018


QCPC MIXED Round Robin

QCPC will offer a new series of Round Robin’s on Tuesday and Thursday mornings starting  November 27th.  The number of participants is limited to 10 per Round Robin.  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 is:
Tuesday 8 am to 9:45 am, Round Robin for Skill Levels 2.5 and 3.0
Tuesday 10 am to 11:45 am, Round Robin for Skill Levels 3.0 and 3.5
Thursday 10 am - 11:45 am, Round Robin for Skill Levels 3.5 and 4.0
To sign-up, select the Round Robin you wish to play in and then Click on Submit and Sign Up.  You will need to login to Sign-Up Genius in order to sign up.  (Create an account if you don't have one.)  You may sign-up yourself and one other person for one of the weekly Round Robins.  (Please don't sign up for both Round Robins at your skill level.)  Then, click on Submit and Sign-Up.  You will receive an e-mail verifying your sign-up.
Click here to sign up for the Round Robin.


NEW:  2.0 Drills

If you are a beginner, 2.0 drills are for you.  2.0 drills will be on Monday, Nov. 19, from 1-3 PM on Courts 5-8.  You must sign up to attend. Sign up by clicking here.  This link will take you to Sign-Up Genius.  Click on Sign-Up and then on Submit and Sign-Up at the bottom.  This will take you to a page where you can set up a Sign-Up Genius account, if you don't have one, and login.  It's a good idea to always login when using Sign-Up Genius, so you can cancel your sign-up later if you need to.  After logging in, click on Sign Up.  You will receive an e-mail indicating that you've signed up.  If you need to cancel later, use the same link, login, and cancel your sign-up. 


Sean Rickard and Joey Farias Clinics on Wednesday November 28

Our home town favorites, Sean Rickard and Joey Farias will be at Quail Creek on Wednesday November 28 offering 3. 0 and 3.5+ clinics.  We are fortunate to get Joey here while he is in the Tucson area.  He now is now a full-time pickleball pro traveling the U.S. and international doing PB clinics.  He is also one of the top men’s players in the country.  Sean is a firefighter from the fire station near our gatehouse.  He also plays at professions level and is an awesome instructor.  

Clinics will be 2-hours at a cost of $40 per person.  Class size is 16, student to teacher ratio of 8:1.

Both Sean and Joey are Certified Rating Specialists through IPTPA and design their clinics for students at the level advertised, either 3.0 or 3.5+.  To participate in 3.0 clinic, we ask that you have 3.0 rating or have competed at the 3.0 level, QCPC has over 40 members who meet this criteria.  Please allow these 3.0 players to sign up first for the limited number of spots.  To participate in 3.5 clinic, players should have played in 3.5 tournaments or have a 3.5 rating.   We are not requiring that you have a rating to sign up, but hope you are considerate by allowing members who know their skill level to sign up first.   

3.0 Clinic is Wednesday November 28 from 11 am to 1 pm.  Sign up here
If this clinic is full, please add your name to the waitlist here .

3.5 Clinic is Wednesday November 28 from 1 - 3 pm. Sign up here.
If this Clinic is full, please add your name to the waitlist here .

The Epitome of Pickleball Sportsmanship

In the gold medal match for mixed doubles, 5.0, 19+ at the 2018 National Pickleball Tournament in Indian Wells, CA an event occurred which exemplifies the epitome of sportsmanship.
Four of the best pickleball players in the world were playing the first game of two out of three for the gold medal;  Sarah Ansboury and Tyson McGuffin vs Simone Jardim and Wes Gabrielson.  All medal matches are played with a referee and six lines people who are responsible for determining if the ball is hit out of play.
During the match Wes hit a ball which was called out by the closest lines person, but it looked to me and Wes that it was in play. The result was “side out”.  During the following service sequence by Ansboury-McGuffin team, Tyson hit a ball that was called out by the linesman.  Even though the line call was to her team’s advantage, Simone appealed to the referee, saying that she thought the ball was in play.  The referee decided to not overrule the line call which resulted in “side-out” for Ansboury-McGuffin.
During the following service sequence, Wes Gabrielson served wide and Simone Jardim’s serve went into the net resulting in side-out”.  They intentionally both lost their serve to make up for the two “bad” line calls.   
After winning the gold medal, Simone was interviewed and asked why she intentionally hit the ball into the net and lost the serve.  She responded that “it is the fair thing to do and it allows her to sleep well at night”.
 The attitude of fairness over victory, even for a gold medal, is one of the reasons I love the game of pickleball.  We all need to remember that pickleball is just a game and that fairness and camaraderie should be of the upmost importance.
Lenny Friedman
USAPA Ambassador Sahuarita/Green Valley, AZ


Missing Items

Lenny Friedman's batman costume that he wore on Halloween is missing.  Also, someone mistakenly took  a paddle which was a donation for Pickleball in the Schools.  If you mistakenly picked up either of these items, please contact Lenny, 541-890-1620 or mathcoach801@gmail.com.

IPTPA Ratings - Tuesday December 11, 2018

The next IPTPA Ratings sessions will be held on Tuesday December 11.  Rating skill assessment provides opportunity to show off your basic pickleball skills and gain confidence in your abilities. Skills required at each level can be seen here.  Ratings are available for levels 2.5, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 and 4.5.  Each session must have 4 people going for the same rating.  When signing up list only one (1) skill level in the comment box.  

If this is your first rating, cost is only $15 for a 3-year IPTPA membership.  If this is your second rating through QCPC, cost is $25 to pay Certified Rating Specialist.

Preparatory sessions will be offered to those who have signed up.  If you are unsure about signing up, talk to your fellow members about their experience.  This is a great way to improve your skills quickly.  For more information contact Jean Bustard at jeanb@decmesa.com.  

Sign up here .


Saturday, November 10, 2018

QCPC Newsletter, November 10, 2018

Helle Sparre - Cancellation

Due to a death in the family, Helle has to reschedule her visit to Quail Creek.  There will be no lessons or clinics with Helle next weekend.

Save The Date:  PB Courts' 5th Birthday Party - December 12th

The next social for QCPC will be a party to celebrate the 5th birthday of our Pickleball Courts.  The date is December 12.  More details will follow, but mark December 12 on your calendar.



Drills for the Week

2.5 Drills- Come on out to the 2.5 Drill clinic and learn the basic skills to improve your game.  The next clinic will be held on November 15th from 10:30 until noon on courts 5-8.  CLICK HERE to sign up.

3.0 Drills- Friday, Nov. 16 1:00-2:15pmClick here.  

3.5 Drills- Thursday, November 15 from 3 to 4:30pm, Courts 5-8.  Click  here to sign up.




QCPC Wednesday Round Robin Time Change

The QCPC Round Robin time will change, effective Wednesday, Nov. 14.  Check in will be from 8:15 to 8:50 AM, with play beginning at 9:00 AM.  If you wish to play, check in before 8:50 AM, before the chart is selected.  If you arrive after that time, you will not be able to get a number for the regular rotation (although you still might be able to play with byes, if there are any).  If you attend the Round Robin, plan to play all 6 games and stay to play the last game if you have a bye.  


ESPN3 Broadcast of National Championships


ESPN3 is broadcasting the pickleball national championships. Click here for more information.


Mixed Round Robin Coordinators Needed

Coordinators are needed for a new series of Round Robins on Tuesday and Thursday mornings that were approved by the QCPC Board.  The Round Robins are organized with mixed skill levels to encourage opportunities for players to play-up. 
The proposed schedule for these Round Robins is:
Skill Levels 2.5 and 3.0- Tuesday 8 - 10 am  
Skill Levels 3.0 and 3.5- Tuesday 10 - noon 
Skill Levels 3.5 and 4.0- Thursday 8:00 - 10 am 

However,  before these can be started, we need Coordinators to setup the Round Robins.  So, if you are interested in being a RR Coordinator, please email Steve Shapiro (sshapiro57@gmail.com).  The QCPC will furnish the Round Robin sheets and reserve the courts for you, we just need coordinators. 
  



"Shade" Committee

QCPC is in the process of trying to get permanent fixtures to provide shade between courts 5-8 and 9-12.  Part of the process is we need to form a 5 member committee to help evaluate what needs to be done, come up with cost estimates, and present this to the QCPC Board.  The QCPC Board will then present this to the Finance committee in June of 2019.  If you are interested in being part of this committee, please email Steve Shapiro at sshapiro57@gmail.com.

New:   2.0 Skill-Level Play

NEW…
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.  

This will not be announced weekly in the newsletter.  The sign-up link is on the right side of the website (www.qcpickleball.org).  There will be no 2.0 skill-level play on Thursday, Nov. 22, because of Thanksgiving.


General Meeting on November 14th

Per our by-laws the Annual QCPC General Meeting will be at 1 pm on November 14th in the Ocotillo/Mesquite Room in the Kino Center.  A legal quorum for a membership meeting shall be 10% of the membership, which is 406.   Only full members have voting privileges.  At this meeting we will be voting on:

Electing the President, Treasurer, and Secretary  (Currently the people nominated are running unopposed:  Steve Shapiro (President), Cheryl Francis (Treasurer), and Kathleen Baker (Secretary)

Voting on raising the dues from $20 to $25.  

Motion to Change Term of Officers to September 1 thru August 31.  

Voting to change the February Annual meeting to March.


Justifications for these motions can be seen on our website, www.qcpickleball.org.  Scroll down to the Nov. 3 newsletter.



Saturday, November 3, 2018

QCPC Newsletter, November 3, 2018

General Meeting

Per our by-laws the Annual QCPC General Meeting will be at 1 pm on November 14th in the Ocotillo/Mesquite Room in the Kino Center.  A legal quorum for a membership meeting shall be 10% of the membership, which is 406.   Only full members have voting privileges.  At this meeting we will be voting on:

Electing the President, Treasurer, and Secretary  (Currently the people nominated are running unopposed:  Steve Shapiro (President), Cheryl Francis (Treasurer), and Kathleen Baker (Secretary)

Voting on raising the dues from $20 to $25.  Justification for increase includes
o With the courts now five years old we anticipate need to replace and repair consumables to increase.  
o 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.
o 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.
o Board wants to maintain minimum balance as Reserve Fund and to avoid bank fees.


Motion to Change Term of Officers –the term for officers be changed to September 1 thru August 31.  Justification for change in terms:
o The officers term will coincide with our season rather than the calendar year.  That way the new officers will be familiar with their job prior to all residents returning, full club activities, and tournament season 
o The Board shall include four (4) voting Officers:  President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer.  Officers will be elected for a term of two years.   The President and Treasurer shall take office in odd years and the Vice President and Secretary shall take office in the even years.  Officers may not serve for more than two consecutive terms in the office to which she/he was elected.

  • Voting to change the February Annual meeting to March, and at that meeting the membership would vote on the budget and officers



2.5 Drills

Take your game to the next level with a 2.5 Drill clinic on Thursday November 8th, 10:30-12:00 on courts 5/6/7/8.  CLICK HERE to sign up.
  

Assisted Play 

Assisted Play is for beginners who have taken a lesson or have some playing experience.  Beginners play while an experienced player watches and gives pointers.  Assisted Play will occur on the following schedule next week:

Monday (11/05):  10am-Noon, Courts 3 & 4

Tuesday (11/06), 10am-Noon, Courts 5, 6, & 7

Wednesday (11/07):  6pm-8pm, Courts 11 & 12


You must sign up for Assisted Play.   You may only sign up for one Assisted Play session per week.  Sign-ups begin on Saturday, Nov. 3, at 11 AM. Sign up here.

Mixed Round Robin Coordinators Needed

Coordinators are needed for a new series of Round Robins on Tuesday and Thursday mornings that were approved by the QCPC Board.  The Round Robins are organized with mixed skill levels to encourage opportunities for players to play-up. 
The proposed schedule for these Round Robins is:
Skill Levels 2.5 and 3.0- Tuesday 8 - 10 am  
Skill Levels 3.0 and 3.5- Tuesday 10 - noon 
Skill Levels 3.5 and 4.0- Thursday 8:00 - 10 am 

However,  before these can be started, we need Coordinators to setup the Round Robins.  So, if you are interested in being a RR Coordinator, please email Steve Shapiro (sshapiro57@gmail.com).  The QCPC will furnish the Round Robin sheets and reserve the courts for you, we just need coordinators. 


New Organized Play at 2.0 Level

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 an orientation (beginners') classes, and played in Assisted play, and don't yet feel comfortable at the 2.5 level, come to these new sessions set up just for you.
THURSDAYS 1 - 2:30 PM(COURTS 5,6,7,8)(CONTACT PERSON: JOYCE 235-3902)
You must sign up to play.  CLICK HERE to sign up.  The sign-up link is posted on the right side of the website under Club Resources.  

This regular activity won't be mentioned in the newsletter each week.  Instead, it will be announced whenever it will not take place.  Thanksgiving, November 22, is a date on which this round robin will NOT occur.

Organized Play Round Robins 


The Board has approved the  application/critieria for Organized Round Robin play.  This now incorporates skill levels 2.0 through 5.0.  There are now certain criteria that must be met prior to starting an Organized Play round robin.  The application/criteria are now located on the QCPC site with a link to the form under QC club resources.  If you want to start an Organized Play RR, you must fill out the form and submit it to Dave Mungo for approval.



"Shade" Committee

QCPC is in the process of trying to get permanent fixtures to provide shade between courts 5-8 and 9-12.  Part of the process is we need to form a 5 member committee to help evaluate what needs to be done, come up with cost estimates, and present this to the QCPC Board.  The QCPC Board will then present this to the Finance committee in June of 2019.  If you are interested in being part of this committee, please email Steve Shapiro at sshapiro57@gmail.com.

Professional Pickleball Instructor Helle Sparre Will Be at Quail Creek 


Helle Sparre will be at Quail Creek on Saturday and Sunday November 17 and 18.

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

QCPC will host a Doubles Strategy Seminar with Helle on Saturday November 17 from 2:30 to 4:30 on Court 1. This Seminar is open to all QCPC members at no cost.  

Only a few spots left for small group or private lesson. Small group is for 2 - 4 people of similar skill level.   Signup here.




Learn To Play Smart Pickleball with Kathy Palese

This class is for advanced beginners (2.5) and intermediate (3.0) players who are able to serve, return and initiate a short rally at the NVZ.

This is a three-day course which will be on Friday November 16, 23, and 30 from 1:00 p.m. till 3:00 p.m.  You need only sign up once for the 3-week class.

The Smart Pickleball coaching team will assist you in advancing you game to the next level in a safe and fun environment.  There will be at least 1 coach per 4 students.  

Cost for 3 week class is $60.

Use this link for more information or to signup.  

Using Sign-Up Genius

Sign-up Genius is software that the Club uses for sign-ups for various activities with a limited number of participants.  

To sign-up, click on the link in the newsletter or from the website.  Click on the session or item you wish to sign up for, and then click on Submit and Signup at the bottom of the page. Then you can create a login to Sign-Up Genius or login to an existing account.  Logging in will allow you to delete or change your sign-up.  Otherwise, you can't change it later.  Some sign-ups will force you to login; others won't but it is still a good idea so you can make changes later.  

After signing in, you can put in a quantity, e.g., two if you are signing up for yourself and someone else.  If you do that, put the other person's name in the comment field.  Then click on Sign Up.  You will receive an e-mail when you've successfully signed up.  If you cannot attend, please cancel your signup.  Use the original link again, login to  Sign-Up Genius, and then you will be able to delete your name.



Rally Ween Round Robin Results

On Halloween, 40 members of the Quail Creek Pickleball Club used rally scoring instead of side-out scoring for the Rally Ween Round Robin.  The players played six rounds to 21 points. 36 filled out an evaluation form after playing.  Results were 15 were in favor of rally scoring, 15 against, and 6 undecided.  Many players said that 21 points is too long. Game times ranged from 13-15 minutes. Some thought that scoring was easier after a period of adjustment; others thought that scoring was confusing.  Some said that they had difficulty playing as partners.  Two said that rally scoring disrespected the founders of pickleball.  The players’ ratings were predominately 2.5-3.0.  Average age is 66.  Most participants have been playing pickleball 2-3 years.  Of the 40 players, 26 were women and 14 men.  I proudly add that the Quail Creek Pickleball Club players were willing to try something new and different.

Lenny Friedman
USAPA Ambassador Green Valley/Sahuarita, AZ

IPTPA Ratings December 11


The next IPTPA Rating Sessions will be held on Tuesday December 11.  Practice sessions will begin in mid-November.  

Rating sessions require 4 people, each going for the same rating.  Ratings are available at skill levels 2.5, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 and 4.5.  Information on skills assessment can be found here.

IPTPA assessments help players learn the pickleball skills needed to be an all-around pickleball player.  Talk to your fellow members about their experience and how this helped improve their game.

Signup will posted at a later date.  This is a good time to put together a foursome for your rating session.

Tip of the Week



Popping up the ball?  Here are 2 reasons this may be happening to you.  Click here to watch the video.