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.