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,, 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,

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.