Saturday, February 12, 2022

WEBSITE TIP FOR THE WEEK:
ADDING QCPC CALENDAR TO YOUR GOOGLE CALENDAR
AND HOW TO TOGGLE IT ON AND OFF (iphone only for now android coming soon)
CLICK HERE




COURTS CLOSURE
(DON'T SHOOT THE MESSENGER)

February 18th 
from sunrise to 6pm
 for AAA Landscaping to work on the entire area.






We asked...we listened 

 On the QCPC survey, we asked... 

"What would encourage you to volunteer,
 or what might be reasons we could address
 that keep you from volunteering?”

Your feedback brought awareness to the QCPC Board,
 in providing the membership with an access link,
 showing what is available, and what skills/time were necessary.

  Today we are providing a new link to “Volunteer Opportunities”.
  The link is here, and is listed under Organization on the website.
   If you are looking to volunteer for the QCPC,
 everything you want to know is there.
 Please peruse the list and find something that interests you.

We thank everyone for their feedback,
 and want you to know that you make a difference.



  
ALL LINKS FOR: 
 
DRILLS, ASSISTED PLAY, ORGANIZED PLAY,
  SKILL LEVEL PLAY and MENTOR PLAY
 ARE ON MAIN PORTION OF WEBSITE  
UNDER "HAPPENINGS AT THE COURTS"
 
 


COURT RESERVATION TIME

PLEASE BE COGNIZANT OF THE END TIME OF YOUR
COURT RESERVATION
AND RELINQUISH YOUR COURT 
TO THE NEXT GROUP

PRIORITY FOR THE COURT IS TO THE RESERVED GROUP
YOU MAY MOVE TO A DIFFERENT UNRESERVED AND UNUSED COURT





If you haven't already responded to the QCPC Survey, please do so.  We have had 175 members out of 530 respond with some great ideas that the QCPC Board will implement. We would like to hear from everyone. It takes less than 10 minutes, and the survey closes on February 19th.





Court Allocations

 

We are excited about Robson’s plan to add 16 courts, another ramada, and a larger parking lot.  We wish they were ready now (!!), but that’s not within our control.  In the meantime, QCPC courts are very full during morning hours—shared by players with private reservations and by those participating in Club-approved activities.

 

Guiding principles and considerations for court allocations

 

  1. Many QCPC members prefer private play.
  1. Many other members prefer drop-in play or do not have private groups.
  1. All QCPC members should have reasonable opportunities to play during popular morning hours. 
  2. The demand by members for both private play and QCPC-approved activities during morning hours exceeds the current supply of courts.   
  3. When allocating morning courts, QCPC aims for a fair balance between private play and QCPC-approved activities.
  4. QCPC intentionally distributes authorized activities broadly over morning and afternoon hours.
    1. During the busy season, no Organized Play and Skill-Level Round Robins are scheduled during Prime Time.
    2. All recurring player development activities begin after Prime Time and extend well into the afternoon.
  1. QCPC’s goal is to allocate about half or more courts to private play during winter morning hours (9 AM – 1 PM).  Exceptions may occur (for a club social, club tournament, authorized fund raiser, etc.).

 

So, who is getting the courts?

 

In February (when court use for QCPC-approved activities is at its highest), 57% of the Prime Time courts during a recent 7-day period were allocated to private play and 43% were reserved for QCPC-approved activities (Open Play, Community Play, and the Wednesday Club Round Robin).

 

Similarly, 70% of the courts during the 11 AM – 1 PM time period were allocated to private play and 30% were reserved for QCPC activities and other structured play (Organized Play Round Robins, one Skill-Level Round Robin, player development, and league play).

What else to know?

More courts will be available for private play when league matches end in early March.  League matches will be played after 1 pm next year.  Other events and circumstances may require additional modifications.

Don’t overlook the afternoon hours when court availability is high.  We have great playing weather throughout most winter days.

We know that no court allocation will satisfy all members.  Please bear with us while we wait for the new courts to be completed.



NEW MEMBERS

DUGAN AND CHRIS PETTY

GAIL NEWBERG







IPTPA Ratings

QCPC provides members the opportunity
 to be rated using the IPTPA (International Pickleball Teaching Professional Association) system. 

 IPTPA is a nationally recognized rating,
meaning that your rating will be entered into a database
accessible by anyone for confirmation of skill level.

The benefit of having a rating from an established organization
is to be able to play in skill-restricted activities.
Currently most activities here are NOT skill restricted
and members are NOT required to have a rating.
However, at many other organizations throughout the country
a rating is required to signup for skill round robins.

IPTPA ratings will start being offered through the club in March.
An IPTPA rating consists of two parts:

1) a skills test and 2) three games of "skinny singles".
Both parts must be passed to pass the rating.

QCPC has not offered ratings since March 2020.
 If you are unfamiliar with IPTPA ratings,
 more information on skill level tests can be found
 HERE.

A video of the "skinny singles" or
 "ghost doubles" as it is termed in this video

 Other useful information includes:
  1. Three people can be rated at a time.  Everyone in the group is tested at the same skill level. 
  2. A rated player will play in on the skinny singles.  For example, a 3.5 player will play in on a 3.5 rating.
  3. In the skill portion players will be tested on dinks, drops, punch volleys, lobs, overheads, serves and returns.
  4. The skinny singles are 3 games to 11 rally scoring.  Player must score 23 out of 33 available points (about 8 points per game).
  5. The test takes about 1-1/2 to 2 hours.
  6. Only certified raters can administer the test.
  7. This test was designed to help players improve their skills.  
To signup for a rating you must be an IPTPA member ($15 annual fee) and pay the Certified Rating Specialist $33 the day of the rating.

One or two practice sessions will be offered prior to the test.  No charge for these practice sessions, but participants must be registered for a rating.

Signup for test HERE

If you have questions, please contact Jean Bustard at jeanb@dcmesa.com.





4.0 ORGANIZED PLAY ROUND ROBIN

 ON SUNDAYS

 

The 4.0 Organized Play Round Robin will be held on Sundays at 1 PM beginning on February 20, 2022.  This group is for players seriously working on higher-level pickleball skills).  Higher-level skills include:

  • moving up to the no-volley zone for extended dinking battles
  • drop shots, reset shots, finesse shots, misdirection shots
  • strategic shot selection
  • team tactics (coordinated positioning, stacking, pre-planned shot sequences, etc.) 

Neither ratings nor perfection are required, but players in this group are expected to consciously incorporate as many of these skills as possible in every game.

 

Look for the signup link on the QCPC website under “Organized Play” (beginning at 9:01 PM on the 7th day before the round robin).  






Court Cleaning

A lot of Members wonder why the court cleaning has to take place during the time it does. The pickleball and tennis courts are maintained by the POA. The court cleaning is done through Maintenance. During the Winter/Spring months, the cleaning can't be done very early due to freezing temps. The work crew has hours of 6-2, so this is one of their last duties before leaving for the day. The pickleball courts are cleaned on the 2nd and 3rd Tuesday/Thursday of the month. The tennis courts are cleaned on the 1st and 4th Tuesday/Thursday of the month. As temperatures warm-up, the cleaning will be moved to early morning.
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