THERE ARE MANY NEW ANNOUNCEMENTS, PLEASE SCROLL DOWN TO SEE THEM ALL. GREAT OPPORTUNITIES TO BE A PART OF YOUR CLUB!!
Register now! This is your chance! We’re having a local tournament for 2.5’s and up. The deadline for registration is July 4th.
July 6th and 7th. Women’s Doubles, Men’s Doubles, Mixed Doubles – 2.5 to 4.0. For all the information see the Local Yokels Tournament Registration page.
If you participated in January or April, all you need to do is let me know you are available July 27, and if so if 1) you can be a carpool driver; 2) you have a first aid kit that can be carried in one of the cars; 3) you have a valid first aid card; 4) you want to be on the same team and the same stretch of highway as previously.
If you did not participate in January or April but are planning to join us July 27, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and I will provide you with the necessary information to meet State requirements, then we can get you assigned to a team.
JoAnne Yerkes, Adopt-A-Highway Coordinator
SEQUIM FLING: Our 2nd Regional Tournament was enjoyed by players and spectators. See Christy’s recap on the Tournaments page. See the final results at pickleballtournaments.com. See our Photo Gallery – more to come.
SUMMER COURT SCHEDULE: Behold! Here is our Summer Court Schedule for Carrie Blake park.
The schedule will take affect on the Monday immediately following the Sequim Spring Fling tournament.
The First thing you will notice is the (yawn*) 8:00 a.m. start time – for all you early birds who just can’t wait to hit the courts.
Secondly, we’ve scheduled additional Rated Play on Tuesdays and Thursdays, for lots of long rallies and fierce competition with your peers. As long as enough players participate, it will work the same way as it does on Saturdays.
Third, please notice the scheduled Ladder Play at 6:00 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays. So prepare to defend your position. Also, the nature of this competition requires that players report on time.
Have a great summer. Let’s fill up those courts that we helped build. See you there, Mary Helen for PCOC.
ANNUAL DUES: Annual Membership dues are due by May 31st. See the Online Membership Renewal form.
WA STATE SENIOR GAMES: This event is for 50 and over players and is broken into 5 year brackets (50-54,55-59,etc.) plus into Skill levels with 3.0, 3.5, etc. See the flyer for more information. Any questions ask Bob Sester (360-808-7605)
The Esprit Bash tournament yesterday was a huge success. I want to thank Sequim Picklers Bev Hoffman, Mary Helen Benapfl, Richard Cary, Lynda Schroeder, Betty Hendricks, Katinka Nanna and Ruby Pugh for their amazing help. They made the day successful. Port Angeles will be hosting a 2nd annual mixed doubles Pickleball tournament in downtown PA on July 4th. Limited entries. Questions call Steve Bennett 360-460-7424
WHIDBEY ISLAND TOURNAMENT: There will be a pickleball tournament on Whidbey Island in August. Follow the link for more information. Whidbey Island Pickleball Tournament.
CHOICE PLAY: Out with Open Play, in with Choice Play. Read about the new format – Choice Play.
AED & CPR TRAINING: Our AED training was a great success. Neil is willing to put on a CPR class if we have enough people interested. If you would like to learn CPR from a professional at a reasonable cost, please contact Katinka.
THE SEQUIM PICKLERS IS NOW IN THE AMAZON SMILE PROGRAM: AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way to support non-profit organizations every time you shop on Amazon at no cost to you. Click here for all the details.
MAILING MONEY COLLECTED AT CARRIE BLAKE: Many thanks to those of you who have counted and mailed funds collected after Carrie Blake play sessions – your assistance is greatly appreciated! We have learned the hard way that we should not mail coins! Those pesky coins have been putting holes in the envelopes during transport. Also, when coins are included, the parcel is considered a package, not a letter, and that requires additional postage. So, please note: DO NOT MAIL COINS! Simply leave any coins in the money envelope to be picked up by our Treasurer or other Board Member. Thank you!! See more information about Carrie Blake Court Procedures here.
501c3 APPROVED: The Sequim Picklers recently obtained our own nonprofit 501(c)(3) status! Thank you, Katinka Nanna, for your efforts in handling the paperwork for this. Previously, the Club was allowed to “piggy back” on the non-profit status of Sequim Family Advocates. Becoming our own nonprofit organization will allow us tax-exempt status, access to grants, tax-deductible donations, and more!
CLUB RATING PROGRAM BEGINS:
The USAPA has been working hard to revamp the current pickleball ratings system. The Sequim Picklers have decided to follow suit and do the same. We are fortunate to have Bob Sester, Beverly Hoffman, and Doug Hastings who have volunteered their time to develop a working system for the Club. It is our hope that this rating system will close the gap between our club ratings and the USAPA ratings. This gives our members a more accurate and fair assessment of their game, allows our members who play in tournaments and leagues to sign up in the correct divisions, creates balanced and fair play and encourages continued growth for ALL players.
We encourage all members to complete the Self-Assessment, even if you already have a USAPA rating. Please go to the Club Ratings & Skill Rating Procedure page under Members Only to see current ratings or to submit your Skill Assessment Form.
BRONZE MEMBERSHIP PAYMENT PLAN OPTION:
Your Board of Directors is pleased to announce a new payment plan option for Bronze Membership. This payment plan was created to make it easier to become a Bronze Member. Basically, the plan consists of an initial payment of $70 ($25 Annual Dues and the first month’s installment of $45), followed by 11 monthly payments of $45. The total cost is $565 ($25 Annual Dues, $500 One Time Capital Campaign Fund Contribution, and $40 administrative fee). As previously announced, if you have already paid $50 for Annual Dues as a Basic Member, that $50 may be applied towards this upgrade to Bronze. Those enrolled in the Bronze Membership Payment Plan will not pay $5/day on the outdoor courts and are eligible for any other Bronze Member discounts. Additional terms are outlined on the enrollment form located on our “Join the Club” page. If, after reading the terms outlined on the enrollment form you have further questions, please contact a Board Member.
INDOOR PLAY IS BACK: Boys & Girls Club, Mondays 6pm-9pm, Sundays 9am-12pm, and Saturdays (when available). Always check the Play Calendar. Monday nights will either be Open Play or League Play.
1) Please do not arrive before 5:50 pm on Monday nights. Do not try to enter the club UNLESS it has been cleared by whomever is opening for the Sequim Picklers.
2) When driving into the club, use the proper entrance and do not drive in using the EXIT.
3) The fee for indoor play is $2. Please try to bring small bills when paying – change is not always available.
4) Players MUST wear appropriate court shoes. Black soled shoes or anything other than sport/tennis shoes are not permitted.
5) Follow all the rules regarding open play and HAVE FUN!
Pickle On! Christy Marazon, Director of Court Operations
SAVE THE COURTS: Dear Picklers, You may have noticed dirt, pebbles, and scratch marks on our new courts. The dirt and pea gravel along the south fence is tracking onto the courts and is going to quickly ruin our lovely surface. PLEASE DO NOT WALK IN THE DIRT AND PEA GRAVEL. From the parking lot, please use the grass or the street to access the sidewalk for entrance to the courts. Thank you!
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LEARN ABOUT CLUB RATINGS: Doug Hastings shares some insights on Club ratings. Click here to learn more.