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

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.


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

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 


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, 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.