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 (  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

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.
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

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.