Club Newsletter July 2018

Welcome to the Sequim Picklers Club Newsletter Blog Post!!         July 2018

Enjoy reading about your club!   If you have questions, please contact Jan Tatom.

NEWS TIDBITS 

  • To steal Christy’s thoughts, it’s Christmas in June!  New courts, new members, new hours, old and new friends.  What’s not to celebrate!
  • Courts opened June 28, 9 AM due to our hard-working finishing team; THANK YOU!
  • New court schedule is located near the calendar on the home page. 
  • The Outdoor Court Coordinator needs some assistance; contact Rich Bemm.
  • Court  ribbon cutting is set for July 25, 11 AM; fun and games planned!
  • The logo contest winner was Robert Knapp.  Congratulations and to him and thanks to all those other contestants that gave us fine choices!
  • The Annual Meeting filled the park with excitement, great food, excellent desserts, contest winners, and a great new slate of elected board members who will take office in August.  

Submitted by Jan Tatom,  Director of Communications

PRESIDENT’S CORNER

Arvo Johnson, President

Our President is away on vacation and will be sorry to have missed the opening of the new courts.

Submitted by Jan Tatom, Co-Director of Communications

LOGO CONTEST

During the Annual Meeting we all had the opportunity to review the artistic entries competing to be our future LOGO.  Our current Sequim Pickler LOGO was included in this competition.  The first closed vote identified the top 3 entries from the 13 entries received by the deadline. From those entries members were able to comment on what they liked and did not like about the 3 finalists.  A show of hands then picked a new LOGO to represent our club.  The winning entry was submitted by Robert Knapp and has already begun to adorn our web site and correspondence. 

We want to thank all who submitted entries to the contest.  We have some very talented Sequim Picklers and the entries were inventive, fun, and artistic!

Submitted by Charlie Pugh, Vice President

RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY

Submitted by Ruby Pugh, Committee Chair

LAVENDER FESTIVAL

A huge thank you to all you awesome picklers that volunteered to help with manning the Sequim Pickler Lavender booth, assisting with the vendor load in, chalking and marking of the vendor booths, and the set up and tear down of the beer garden.  This is a great opportunity for the Sequim Picklers to show our community spirit and continue to work and volunteer with the community we all live in.  Thank you for  showing  that the Sequim Picklers are continuing to work together for a bright pickleball future in Sequim. 

Just a reminder, those that are chalking and marking the vendor booths and setting up the beer garden, it will be on Wednesday, July 18, 2018.  The vendor load-in will be on Thursday, July 19 and the manning of the Sequim Pickler booth will be on July 20 – 22.  In the upcoming weeks, I will be sending out emails to those that have volunteered letting you know more about the how, when and where.  So, stay tuned and as I obtain more specifics, I will let you know.

Submitted by Ruby Pugh, Chair

MONTH AT A GLANCE

  • Sundays: 9 am Open Play in Gym. 
    12pm-6pm Open Play Outdoors.
  • Mondays: 8 am-12 pm Open Play Outdoors, 6 pm – 9 pm SP 3.0 Ladder Play Outdoors.
    6 pm Play in Gym – check calendar
  • Tuesdays: 8 am-12 pm Rated Play Outdoors, 12 pm-1:30 pm Novice Play Outdoors, 1:30 pm-3 pm Singles Play Outdoors.
  • Wednesdays: 8 am-12 pm Open Play Outdoors, 6 pm-9 pm SP 3.5 Ladder Play Outdoors. 
  • Thursdays: 8 am-12pm Rated Play Outdoors, 12 pm-1:30pm Novice Play Outdoors, 1:30 pm-3 pm Singles Play Outdoors.
  • Fridays: 8 am-12 pm Open Play Outdoors, 6 pm-9 pm SP 4.0 & Up Ladder Play Outdoors.
  • Saturdays: 9 am Open Play in Gym.  8 am-12 pm Open Play Outdoors.  

Always check the Club Calendar for current information.

COURT CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

THE CITY HAS JUST GRANTED THE SEQUIM PICKLERS OPERATIONAL PLAY!!

The courts opened on Thursday, June 28th, 9:00 AM for OPEN PLAY.

When you want to play, be sure to bring your Sequim Pickler ID card.  For those of you who have not yet picked up your cards, our Membership Chair will have your ID at the courts for pickup.

There is limited seating at the courts so bring your lawn chair into the corridor to relax between games.

Here is the detailed story…

There has been a great deal of work by the board, and small work teams getting ready for the new outdoor courts to open. We are all excited and anticipating playing on these state-of-the-art, full-size, 34’x64’, individually-fenced, outdoor courts! The surfacing sub-contractor completed his work on Friday June 22nd. The colors and lines all look fantastic and the center corridor is painted green!  The City has a few more punch-list items to clear with the fencing sub-contractor and the prime contractor.  Despite those punch list items, the City allowed the Picklers’ work party access to the facility Wednesday, June 27th, to complete our 3-work-party items.

The work parties were limited to a size that allowed for efficient, quick, and safe work. The items we were responsible for included:

1 Install safety pipe to the top of all interior fencing (lead: Robert Rankin, team: Gary Poor, Charlie Pugh, Robert Ball, Roger Mull, Richard Cary, Chuck Madden).

2 Install nets and posts (lead: Rich Bemm, team: Michael Cooper, Katinka Nanna).

3 Install court number signs, rule signs, and our schedule box (lead: Dave Shreffler, team: Mary Helen Benapfl).

4 Add additional plantings to the rain-gardens on site (lead:  Jan Tatom).

The first three teams met at 9:00 AM and all work was substantially completed by 12:30 PM.  When our work parties completed their work, the City gave us permission to begin play on June 28th.  Wooooohoooooo!

The improvements to the rain-garden will be led by Jan Tatom; contact her if you wish to help.

NEW OUTDOOR COURT OPERATIONS AND PLAY IS NOW AUTHORIZED!!

Transitioning play from 3rd and Fir to Carrie Blake Park (CBP)

As the Sequim Picklers transition from play at 3rd and Fir and other locations around town to the new outdoor courts at CBP, here are some thoughts to consider to ensure that the Sequim Picklers are good neighbors with the Church, Skate Park, Dog Run, and Ball Players:

•When you arrive to play at the courts ensure that you park your car only in a designated parking spot available at the park. We are not authorized to utilize any of the parking spots at the church. You might consider carpooling with other players to save parking spots at the courts.

•Look for opportunities to help pick up any litter around the courts, despite which group might have generated it. There are two trash cans provided to the skate park and there will be a dedicated trash can inside the main gate of the courts. The CBP maintenance crew empties these quite frequently. If a can is overflowing let the local maintenance crew (Gary or Mike) know so they can take care of it.

•The courts have two entrances. Both are secured with level 3 security locks. The combination can be obtained from a Board Member or Court Coordinator. The only people that should have this combination are Sequim Pickler members, CBP Docents, and CBP maintenance crew. The east entrance is the main entrance to the facility. The south facing entrance is the emergency exit and might be used for an ambulance access, but generally this entrance will remain locked.

•We plan to use the same concept of operations that we used at 3rd and Fir with the locked shed. If you are the first Pickler to arrive at the courts, open the gate and open the temporary contractor box for balls.  Set out the signup sheet and sign in for yourself.  Then go play!  No need to set up nets, fences, basketball hoops, pull weeds, etc.  When you leave the courts and no other club members are present, pick up all of our balls and any notebooks, paperwork, etc. and secure it in our storage box.  DO NOT LOCK THE COURTS.  Simply close the gate and leave the lock closed and secured to the chain.  The City will arrange to have the courts locked at the end of the day.

Submitted by Charlie Pugh, Vice President

MEMBERSHIP NEWS

 Submitted by Cathy Hathaway, Membership Chair

FINANCIAL 

A link to our financial information will be sent in a separate email when that information becomes available.

Submitted by Katinka Nanna, Treasurer

 

COURT TALK

Click here for the Carrie Blake Community Park Play Schedule

Hello Picklers!  

These are exciting times to be a part of the club.  Above you will find a copy of the current play schedule for the new outdoor courts at Carrie Blake Park.  If you’ve been under a rock for the past few days, the new courts opened on June 28, 9 AM.  We’ve designed the play schedule to accommodate all levels of play, including both social and competitive play.  We want to remind everyone that this schedule is NOT set in stone and that we’ll be reviewing it over the next couple of months.  We need time to gather feedback and stats on things like the number of players we have on a given day, which events are most popular, and if we need to create other categories not yet thought of.  We can only do that after the courts have been open and operating for a period of time.  We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding in the matter.  Thanks and PICKLE ON!

Submitted by Christy Marazon, Director of Court Operations

Outdoor Court Volunteers Needed:

 I am recruiting volunteers who would be willing to join me in providing coordination of the Monday through Saturday morning time slots (8:00 to Noon) and the Sunday play period from noon to 6:00 at our new Carrie Blake courts.  Our responsibility would be to unlock the courts and the locked supply box,  insure that the balls get distributed to each court and picked up at the end of the session, have the sign-in sheets out for the players, have the envelope out for collecting fees, welcome guests and visitors, be available to answer any questions or give assistance, and help with any first aide needs or 911 calls.  These responsibilities should not preclude you from playing pickleball during your selected time slot (or multiple slots if you so choose).  It would also be helpful if we make ourselves available while we are playing on days that we are not assigned to be on duty should a need arise.  I would like to have two volunteers for each of the days – Monday through Saturday even though only one person would be on duty on any given day.  Between the two of you, you can decide on a schedule that works best.  For Sundays, I would like to have four volunteers since the time slot is six hours. This would mean that two would be assigned the noon to 3:00 period and another two take the 3:00 to 6:00 period.  The more volunteers we get, the better.  The courts would not be a reality without the hardwork and time volunteered by our members.  Let’s continue to support the club and promoting the play of this game we all love.  Should you have any questions or need clarification, please feel free to email or call me at richardbemm@gmail.com or 360-749-6633.  With the courts being available to us any day now, I would appreciate a quick response so that we have the time slots covered as soon as possible.  Thanks.  

Submitted by Rich Bemm, Outdoor Court Coordinator

Pickleball Court Operations Committee (PCOC)

PCOC has been busy working on multiple tasks related to the NEW COURTS: signage, finalizing the schedule and play activities, operations details, court policies, first aid procedures, volunteer staffing of the new courts, coordination with the City, etc.

The peacocks request that everyone be kind and patient, as together we all navigate the exciting opportunities ahead with 8 new courts!!! 

As always, feel free to contact me (lostmtnloft@olympus.net  360-477-2558) or the Director of Court Operations Christy Marazon (cmarazon@yahoo.com) if you have questions or concerns about court activities and operations.

Finally, we extend a sincere thank you to Debbie Madden for her invaluable service on the PCOC.  Debbie is stepping down as Vice Chair of the peacocks in order to step up as Vice President of the SP Board.  Debbie was awarded the very first honorary peacock feather for her service at the PCOC meeting on June 26th.  Sharman Owings and Katinka Nanna are the newest members of the PCOC.

Submitted by Dave Shreffler, PCOC Chairman

SEQUIM PICKLERS T-SHIRTS!!!!!

Hey all you new members…….(and a few of you old hold outs).  I still have most sizes and styles available.  Now’s the time to show your enthusiasm for the club and the game.
Only $10.00 each, and the proceeds go to the new courts.  I will have them available when I am at the courts or you can contact me at 509-999-7345 or margarro2@gmail.com.  Don’t be the only one who doesn’t have a T-Shirt!  Thanks for supporting Sequim Picklers.

Submitted by Margie Rone, Board Member

Transitioning Play from 3rd & Fir to Carrie Blake Park (CBP)

Transitioning play from 3rd and Fir to Carrie Blake Park (CBP)

As the Sequim Picklers transition from play at 3rd and Fir and other locations around town to the new outdoor courts at CBP, here are some thoughts to consider to ensure that the Sequim Picklers are good neighbors with the Church, Skate Park, Dog Run, and Ball Players:

•When you arrive to play at the courts ensure that you park your car only in a designated parking spot available at the park. We are not authorized to utilize any of the parking spots at the church. You might consider carpooling with other players to save parking spots at the courts.

•Look for opportunities to help pick up any litter around the courts, despite which group might have generated it. There are two trash cans provided to the skate park and there will be a dedicated trash can inside the main gate of the courts. The CBP maintenance crew empties these quite frequently. If a can is overflowing let the local maintenance crew (Gary or Mike) know so they can take care of it.

•The courts have two entrances. Both are secured with level 3 security locks. The combination is available from a Board Member or Court Coordinator. The only people that should have this combination are Sequim Pickler members, CBP Docents, and CBP maintenance crew. The east entrance is the main entrance to the facility. The south facing entrance is the emergency exit and might be used for an ambulance access, but generally this entrance will remain locked.  When you leave the courts and no other club members are present, pick up all of our balls and any notebooks, paperwork, etc. and secure it in our storage box.  DO NOT LOCK THE COURTS.  Simply close the gate and leave the lock closed and secured to the chain.  The City will arrange to have the courts locked at the end of the day.

•We plan to use the same concept of operations that we used at 3rd and Fir with the locked shed. If you are the first Pickler to arrive at the courts, open the gate and open the temporary contractor box for balls. Set out the signup sheet and sign in for yourself. Then go play! No need to set up nets, fences, basketball hoops, pull weeds, etc.

 

Int’l Indoor Pickleball Championships May 2018

CONGRATULATIONS to all the Sequim Picklers who won medals at the Centralia tournament.

Men’s Doubles 3.0, 60+
Marty Hoffman/Jim Deckman – Bronze
Men’s Doubles 3.0, below 60
Robert Knapp/Gary Poor – Bronze
Men’s Doubles 4.0, 50+
Arvo Johnson/Lance Hunt – Silver
Men’s Doubles 4.0, 50+
Steve Bennett/John Freeman – Bronze
Men’s Singles 3.5, 19+
Damon Little – Silver

Men’s Singles 3.5, 60+; Forrest Franz – Bronze (no photo)

Men’s Singles 4.0, 50+
Arvo Johnson – Bronze
Mixed Doubles 3.0, Below 60
Patricia Knapp/Robert Knapp – Silver
Mixed Doubles 3.0, 60+
Katinka Nanna/Richard Cary – Gold
Sharman Owings/Gary Poor – Silver
Pam Woodruff/Jim Deckman – Bronze
Mixed Doubles 3.5, 60+
Ruby Pugh/Charlie Pugh – Bronze
Mixed Doubles 4.0, 60+
Beverly Hoffman/Steve Bennett – Silver
Bob Sester/Elizabeth Whelan – Bronze
Mixed Doubles Skill Only 3.0
Christy Marazon/Jay Marazon – Silver
Richard Cary/Katinka Nanna – Bronze
Women’s Doubles 3.0, 50+
Patricia Knapp/Pam Woodruff – gold
Katinka Nanna/Lynda Schroeder – Silver
Women’s Singles 3.5, 50+
Tricia Stratton – Gold
Women’s Doubles 4.0 & 4.5: 60+
Jeannie Ramsey/Beverly Hoffman – Bronze
Women’s Singles 4.0, Below 50
Kendal Hastings – Gold
McKenna Hastings – Bronze
Women’s Doubles 4.5
Kendall Hastings/Allison Hastings – Silver
Women’s Doubles 3.0
Christiane Johnson/Christy Marazon – Bronze

 

 

Club Ratings

It has come to my attention that there may be some confusion around our club ratings scale or just questions in general regarding ratings.  I wanted to give you some information on our club ratings and how they may differ from USAPA tournament ratings scale.

First, within any rating scale there are sometimes 3-5 tiers. Such as, a 3.0 player might come across another 3.0 player that they can easily beat or be easily beaten by.  This is because there are low, medium and high level 3.0’s within that one ranking level.  This goes for every level from 2.5 – 5.0.

Second, club level ratings, including ours, are often a little skewed on the high side because of the personal connection to the players and who is doing the rating.  It is human nature.

Third, geographical areas can sometimes have a different view of what a certain level may be compared to another geographical area.  For example, a 3.5 player from a small pickleball community, like Sequim, might be a 3.0 in Florida or Arizona due to a higher player density and competitive setting with so many tournaments available.

In conclusion, our club rating system is to help our club differentiate our player membership.  This way, we can place similarly skilled players within groups for competitive, fun match ups.  So, when traveling to play in other tournaments, I would play in a half point lower category than my club rating unless you are secure in your abilities.  Once you play a few tournaments outside of our area, you will have a very accurate idea if your club rating is accurate and if you need to adjust what level you are playing in.

I hope this may clear up any confusion out there and pickle on.

Doug Hastings
PCOC  Member