Saturday, December 29, 2018

QCPC Newsletter, December 29, 2018

2019 Quail Creek Classic Pickleball Tournament

The 2019 Quail Creek Classic Pickleball Tournament benefiting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital will be held March 23 and 24, 2019.  Quail Creek Pickleball Club members can register for this third annual Tournament a week before all other pickleball players starting January 1, 2019.  The tournament is open to pickleball players from 2.5-5.0 ratings.  To learn more about the tournament, click here.   There is a link to the Registration Form and required Waiver at the bottom of the information sheet, along with a link to Sign-Up Genius   Sign-up using Sign-Up Genius to reserve your spot, but also fill out the registration form and waiver and send these, along with your donation check, to Erika Lochow, 1405 N. Miranda Ln, Green Valley, AZ 85614, Phone: 425-985-1636.  The tournament information is  also available on the QCPC website under Tournaments, St. Jude Tournament. 

QCPC Shirts and Hats Are Available

QCPC shirts and hats with the logo are available for purchase starting immediately through Jan 15, 2019.  As requested, there will be 2 different types of shirts for the women this year: Sport Tek Poly and Cotton Classic fit.  The men’s shirt is Sport Tek Poly.  There will ONLY BE 3 colors available for each style of women’s and men’s.  The QCPC logo will only be on the top left front side of the shirt.  Hats are available in white or khaki and the logo will be on the front.  

An order form MUST be filled out for each person; however one check or money order can be provided per family.  Please note we cannot accept checks written on an account outside of the USA so if you only have Canadian checks, please provide a money order.  NO CASH.  Payment MUST accompany your order.

Download the order form here.  
Click the links below to see the various shirts and the hat:

PLEASE NOTE:  NOT ALL COLORS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE.  ONLY THOSE COLORS LISTED ON THE ORDER SHEET.  All ordered items are FINAL SALE.  They cannot be returned nor exchanged.  So make sure your size and color are correct.  
Any questions can be directed to Cheryl Francis.

Dues are Due By January 1

QCPC dues are $25/year per person. Dues for 2019 are being collected now and are due by January 1, 2019. Write your check to QCPC, and make sure that you indicate whose dues are being paid in the Memo line of your check. Checks can be mailed or dropped off at Susan Jones's home, 2620 E Arica Way. She has a box by her front door to collect dues.

Learn To Play Smart Pickleball

This Class is for advanced beginners (2.5), intermediate (3.0) and advanced (3.5) players who are able to serve, return, and be able to produce a short rally at the NVZ.
This is a three day course which will be on Friday, January 4, 18, and 25 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  You need only sign up once for the 3 week class.
Friday, January 4: We cover choosing the right shot at the right time in order to play smart.  You will learn and drill how to execute these shots.  This day’s activities will be performed at the NVZ.
Friday, January 18: You will learn how to play as a team and court position.
Friday, January 25:  You will learn the strategies of the first three shots of a rally and how to execute them.  You will also learn how to read your opponents and what their court position tells you. You will incorporate everything that you have learned throughout the course.
Maximum class size is 16.  Minimum class size is 4.
Cost for the 3 week class is $60.00
The Smart Pickleball coaching team will assist you in advancing your game to the next level in a safe and fun environment.  There will be at least 1 coach per 4 students in order to give you the most instruction per time allotment.
Signup here.

Professional Pickleball Instructor Helle Sparre Coming to Quail Creek 

Helle Sparre will be at Quail Creek on Saturday and Sunday, January 19 and 20.  

Helle had an outstanding career as a professional tennis player, including playing in all four major Grand Slams, and was a certified elite tennis instructor for over 30 years.  She is one of the premier pickleball instructors in the country and author of the book Dynamite Doubles.  She now resides in Mesa AZ.

Slots are still available at some skill levels. To signup for one of Helle’s lessons, click here

In addition, QCPC will host a Doubles Strategy Seminar with Helle on Saturday January 19 from 2:30 to 4:30 at the Ramada and Court 1.  This Seminar is open to all QCPC members at no cost.

IPTPA Rating Sessions - Wednesday January 23

The next IPTPA rating sessions will be on Wednesday January 23.  Tests are based on the skills needed to be a well rounded pickleball player.  IPTPA has put together a great program to help players learn, improve and advance.  Ratings will be administered by local Certified Rating Specialist, Sean Rickard.

Each session requires 4 people going for the same skill level.  Please indicate the skill level for testing in the comment section or sign up in a session with someone who already noted the skill level you are interested in. 

If you have questions, contact Jean Bustard at

Practice sessions will be held in January.  Signup here.