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

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  

Sign up here .