Tournament Dates:  February 22-24, 2019
Tournment Location:  Roosevelt Elementary School, 106 Monroe Road, Port Angeles, 98362

Sign ups are going well for the 2nd Annual Port Angeles Olympic Pickleball Tournament.

However, we do have some room for more players, so please feel free to encourage your friends to sign up.  Cost is $35 per player, plus an additional $10 if you play a second category (men’s, women’s, or mixed doubles).

Sign up here:

The first 70 who sign up will receive a free t-shirt!

Medals to the top 3 places in each skill level.

Because of the lack of 4.5 and 5.0 entries so far, we might be able to add an “open” bracket at the end of each tournament day.

Tournment Categories:  Men’s Doubles, Women’s Doubles, Mixed Doubles

Tournament Skill Levels:
3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, and 5.0

General Schedule:
Friday, Feb 22 – Open Gym, 6-9pm
Saturday, Feb 23 – Men’s Doubles, Women’s Doubles, registration opens 8am, play starts at 9am
Sunday, Feb 24 – Mixed Doubles, registration opens 8am, play starts at 9am
We will email another update with more schedule details on or before Wednesday, Feb 20.
Snacks will be provided.  Bring your own container for water/beverages.
If you need to cancel, we are able to provide you a refund up until Feb 15.
Please let me know if you have any questions — email  or (360) 460-7424.
Back to you with more information prior to Feb 20.
Otherwise, Happy Pickling!
– Steve Bennett  1/29/19



Blue Hole Bash Results


The Sequim Picklers had more than

20 Tournament Winners!

Click here for the results

Click here for tournament photos

Blue Hole Tournament Volunteers

Shelley AlexanderMary Helen BenapflCherry Bibler
Richard CaryKaren ClatanoffMike Cooper
Denise CorderoAnne ElwellForrest Frantz
Diane FroulaSuit HartCathy Hathaway
Arvo JohnsonPamela KatzChuck Madden
Debbie MaddenMike MahakianVirginia Mahakian
Eric MahnerdKathy MahnerdChristy Marazon
Jay MarazonFrank MaugerDavid Mead
Katinka NannaSharman OwingsGary Poor
Krista RambowJeannie RamseyRobert Rankin
Margie RoneSuzi SchuenemannSusan Slate
Tom SutroJan TatomPam Woodruff

Blue Hole Tournament Volunteer Referees

Mary Helen BenapflSteve BennettCherry Bibler
Richard CaryJim DeckmanForrest Frantz
Doug HastingsBeverly HoffmanMarty Hoffman
Arvo JohnsonPatricia KnappChristy Marazon
Roger MullKatinka NannaRobert Olson
Gary PoorGayle RankinRobert Rankin
Gary RoneLynda SchroederJim Schuenemann
Bob SesterTricia StrattonPam Woodruff

Much Appreciation to Our Sponsors !!

Adagio CoffeeAdvanta DentalAlderwood Bistro
Artemis Jewelry and Antique GunsCastell InsuranceHome Depot
Jay's ConstructionJohn L. Scott RealtyThe Sign Store
7 Cedars Golf Club


CONGRATULATIONS to all the Sequim Picklers who won medals at the Washington State Senior Games, August 3-5, 2018.  See photos and results here.
CONGRATULATIONS to all the Sequim Picklers who won medals at the Centralia tournament.  See winners and pictures here.  6/2/18
COMPLETE LIST OF TOURNAMENTS:  For a full list of tournaments click on the link to  
FEBRUARY 10 & 11, 2018 PICKLEBALL TOURNAMENT: I, (Steve Bennett) am excited to work together with the Sequim Picklers (a pickleball club in Sequim, WA). We haven’t had a tournament this size in Port Angeles since the Senior Games ceased in 2014. This will be a fun and exciting endeavor. Get full details and entry form at Feb 2018 Tournament.
This tournament is geared to take your age into consideration and match you up against other similar aged teams to see how you do. I love playing in tournaments because you get to play against a larger variety of teams that you don’t normally come across. Tournament play also alerts me to some of my weaknesses so I know what I need to do to keep strengthening my game. The intent of this tournament is to make it fun, by always being a good sport, to meet new picklers and to share the love of this great game with one another.  

Tournament Director Steve Bennett can be reached at 360-460-7424 or at


League News & Standings

Drop-In Ladder League Starts January 28th:  Monday nights, Boys & Girls Club, 6:00pm-7:30pm-2.5 & 3.0 rated, 7:30pm-9:00pm-3.5 & 4.0 rated.  

It’s finally starting up!  Monday, January 28th, at the B&G Club, our first league of 2019 will begin.

At our last member’s meeting, we surveyed members and we’ve heard you!  The resounding choice was for a drop-in ladder league.  What this means for you is – no need to sign up, make a commitment for the entire length of the league, or any need to find a partner.  Yahoo!

The league will run from January 28th, for eight weeks, until March 18th.  We will also have a dedicated skill ranking for 2.5’s as well.  Because of our limited court space, we’ll divide the play time between all of the ranks.  2.5 and 3.0 will begin at 6 pm and play until 7:30 pm.  3.5 and up will begin at 7:30 pm and end at 9 pm.  We will switch play times on Monday, February 25th, meaning 3.5 and up will begin at 6 pm and 2.5 and 3.0 will begin at 7:30 pm. Because of limited time, there is a cutoff time for play,  this means if players aren’t signed in by 6:10 pm, (7:40 pm for later play), they won’t be allowed to play.  We have to run on a schedule to make sure play stays on time.

As stated above, there is no pre-signup needed.  Also, there are no fees this go around.  Of course, we’ll always take your donations if anyone feels in the giving mood.  Think ball machines..

SO, all we need for anyone who wants to play is to show up ON TIME  to play.  How simple is that?  It’s sure to be fun and will give players an opportunity to see where their strengths and weaknesses are in comparison to others.  Plus, it’s great exercise with lots of variety!  It’s a blast!

I’ll have the score sheets and everything we need to get started.  Hope to see you all there!

See you on the courts and PICKLE ON!

Your DOCO, Christy Marazon



Spring League Rankings will be posted here each week.

Our Annual Spring League began Monday, April 9th and will last for 7 weeks ending on May 21st. This will be a mixed doubles league so grab a partner within your skill level and sign up.

Sign Up ASAP – We will take the first 8 teams for a 3.0 group and a 3.5 – 4.0 group. If you are going to miss 3 or more Monday night sessions, we kindly ask that you sign up as a sub and not as a team member.  We will need subs for both divisions.

Substitute/Scoring Info – If one team member is absent and subbed for, the team scores will count in the totals.  If both team members are absent, on the same night, the team scores will not count in the totals.  Each week, 2 teams will play each other for 4 games in a row, first to 11.  Over 7 weeks, all teams will have played everyone in their division.  This format eliminates waiting time and any confusion as to the next opponent.  If you do need a substitute, we ask you find a player of the same ranking and gender.

Playing Times – NOTE the Change From Previous Leagues
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm – 3.5 and above (please do not arrive prior to 5:50 pm) 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm – 3.0 (please do not arrive prior to 7:20 pm)

$20.00 per person for Basic member
$15.00 per person for Bronze member
Gold and Silver members are free.
Money will be collected on April 9th during sign in. If paying in cash, please have correct change available.

To register – please email your name, partner’s name, phone number, and ranking to:

If you don’t have a partner, email your information and we’ll try to match you with another player.  If no partner is found, your name will be added to the sub list.
The League Team and Director of Courts reserve the right to adjust brackets and skill rankings as needed.

Any other questions or comments can be emailed to Diane Froula at

See you on the courts!


Final Winter Ladder League Rankings as of March 5, 2018:  Here are the final  Winter League Rankings.

Thanks Everyone!
Just a quick note of thanks to our Winter League participants as well as the League team.  Everyone had a great time and the games were competitive and fun.  So thank you all who participated, both on and off the courts.  The next Spring League won’t begin for another month or so, but competitive open play will still be available on Monday nights.  Don’t stop coming just because league is over.  Consistent play time and competitive matches with similarly ranked or higher ranked players, helps improve your game and makes you a more well-rounded player.  Keep an eye on the calendar for when we will be starting up the next league.  We’ve gotten your surveys and will be using them to plan something that will try to meet your wants and expectations.  I will also send out an email to all members when details are finalized. As always, be safe, see you on the courts, and PICKLE ON!

Your Director of Court Operations,
Christy Marazon


Winter League is STARTING!  Sign up NOW!

Winter league begins Monday, January 29th and will last for 6 weeks through March 5th.  We will be running ladder-style play with a round robin format.  For those unaware of how a ladder works, we will have information and rules available at the next open play day.

Sign up quickly. We will take the first 12 players in each ranking (2.5, 3.0, 3.5 and 4.0+).  If you are going to miss 2 or more of the Monday night sessions, we politely request you sign up as a substitute instead of a league player.  We will need substitutes available in each ranking division. 

When you will play – 

2.5 and 3.0 –  will play at 6:00 to 7:30pm

 3.5 and 4.0 – will play at 7:30 to 9:00pm

The cost will be $20 per entry-Member, $15 Bronze, Gold and Silver Club members are free.  Money will be collected on January 29th when each player signs in.  If paying in cash, please have correct change available. 

If you are interested and want to sign up, please email your name, phone number and ranking to: 

We reserve the right to adjust your ranking and at the discretion of the DOC. 

Your League Committee


 Monday nights at 6 PM will be OPEN PLAY until further notice.  Once we have a volunteer to manage League play, Monday night will change to League night. 1/1/18





Hello MXD League Teams!! 

We did it!  MXD Fall League wrapped up on December 4th with the championship matches.  

Big CONGRATULATIONS to our medal winners:

4.0+ Division
• 1st Kyle and Kali
• 2nd Allison and Robert
• 3rd Doug and Sharman
3.5 – 3.9 Division
• 1st Chuck and Debbie
• 2nd Gil and Cherry
• 3rd Beverly and Dave
3.0 – 3.4 Division
• 1st Bill and Susan
• 2nd Roger and Diane
• 3rd Susie and Riley
• 4th Jan and Kathy
2.5 – 2.9 Division
• 1st Jim and Pam
• 2nd Mike and Marci
• 3rd Ron and Kathy
We would also like to thank Marty Hoffman and his referees for making this an official and professional championship tournament:
• Steve Bennett
• Arvo Johnson
• Marty Hoffman
• Robert Olson
We appreciate those that came out to watch and cheer during the games.  Especially Gayle Rankin who brought FOOD!!!   There were some amazing matches and close games.

Thank you to our photographer and white board manager Christy Marazon – she kept the courts full and the brackets running smoothly.  It was really nice to be able to focus on playing!

Lastly, big thank you to those that helped set up and tear down – we were able to wrap up by 9:00.

We now transition into Open Ladder league until our Winter League begins sometime in January.  We are looking for a league director to run the next league so if you have any interest, please let me know and I’ll fill you in on what it takes.  The Winter League will not start until we have the resources in place to run it – so please consider helping out.  It’s about an 6-8 week commitment on Mondays only.

Have a great holiday and we’ll see you on the courts!
Debbie, Beverly and Christy

Ladder Play Begins on Monday, December 11 and runs through January 1st

Now that the Mixed Doubles League Championship is over, we are back to Drop-in Ladder League on Monday nights. The format of play is designed so that players play with others of similar skill levels. Your ranking on a ladder is based upon your winning percentage (the ratio of points won to total points possible) – stats are kept on each individual player. Players will move up or down the ladder based upon their winning percentage. The results of the ten most recent weeks of play will be used for this calculation. When certain thresholds are met based on a rolling 40 games, a person may be invited to play in a lower or higher rated group (more info on that later).

This is a DROP IN league – it’s OK if you miss a night or are just starting – your stats are specific to you and your games only. This league is open to everyone including non-members. Drop-in Ladder play will last through January 1-No play on Christmas.

Here’s how it works:
1 You arrive no later than 6:15. (Gym does not open to us before 6:00).
2 Set up the gym – EVERYONE!!
3 Standard $2 fee per night / per person (GOLD members are free)
4 The nets are divided by rating level: 2.5, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0+.
5 You sign up on the sheet for your rating level (if you don’t have a rating, see Debbie).
6 A captain is identified for the night for each level – they ensure the scores are tracked and totaled.
7 Play begins no later than 6:15.
8 Each person has a number on the sheet, the sheet determines which 2 sets of partners play the next game.
9 Round robin play until everyone plays with and against each other
10 Games first to 11. If the groups are really large, we may adjust to games first to 9.
11 Stats are recorded (actual score per game) for each individual.
12 At the end of the night, the score sheet is totaled and signed by the designated captain with a review and signature by another person.
13 Sheets are turned into Debbie.
14 Tear down the gym – EVERYONE! We need to be finished and closing up the gym no later than 9:10.

Debbie and Chuck Madden are responsible for opening and closing the gym for this league, and unless otherwise specified, Debbie will be serving as league director. Please politely and patiently cooperate and follow their lead during this time. THANK YOU!!



There are 22 teams, with 16 Subs signed up.  Total 44/60 signed up for Fall League!
All future regular LEAGUE communications will be by participant email only.

LEAGUERS:  NAME YOUR TEAMS!   …see 3 teams already named…
(PLANNED) Two Divisions: Advanced and Intermediate
 Here are the proposed teams for the ADVANCED DIVISION:
1) Doug/Sharman 2) Kyle/Kali 3) Arvo/Danielle 4) Steve B/Sandi 5) Kendal/Kaitlan
6) Chuck/Debbie 7) Phil/Jody 8) Bruce/Katinka 9) Richard/Tricia 10) Beverly/Dave S-DINKBATS
THE TOP 5 TEAMS (determined by wins) SHALL COMPETE IN CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES. (Dec. 4th) (format to be announced)
Here are the proposed teams for the INTERMEDIATE DIVISION:
1) Kathy C/Ron 2) Roger/Diane-FRUITLOOPS 3) Cathy H/Frank 4) Bea/Glen 5) Marty/Christy
6) Jim/Pam 7) Mike C/Suzi 8) Mike H/Ruth 9) Jan/Kathy-SWEETARTS 10) Susan S/Bill F 11) Sue M/Robert O 12) Cherry/Gil
THE TOP 6 TEAMS (determined by wins) SHALL COMPETE IN CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES..(.Dec. 4th) (format to be announced)


SUBS: (A=Advanced I=Intermediate)
1. Margie-(A/I) 2. Robert K-(A/I) 3. Patricia-(A/I) 4. Charlie-(A) 5. Ruby-(I) 6. Dave K-(A) 
7. Ryan-(A) 8. John-(I) 9. Laurie-(I) 10. Carlos-(I) 11. Jim S-(I) 12. Nick-(I) 13. Robert R-(A/I)
14. Gayle-(I) 15. Bob D-(A) 16. Pamela T

A.  (PLANNED) The Top 5 teams in each Division shall play in the Division Championship Series.
B.  (PLANNED) The complete League Schedule of games will be available to all teams prior to beginning league play. 
C.  Captains are responsible for scheduled game-control and Division record keeping.          
D.  Captains shall coordinate ALL things League with the LD.
E.  IN EACH DIVISION: A Division Captain shall be elected prior to League play.  
     The elected Division Captains shall then designate two Assts. as back-up.  
     The Assistant Captains’ names shall be communicated to the LD by     October 30.

BRONZE = $15
BASIC = $20
Please remit fees to Katinka or me prior to, but may include opening night,    October 23rd.

Contact me ASAP with questions, problems, solutions, issues, complaints, corrections, additions/deletions or praise.  Thank you.

Ben LD


Winter league is starting later this year, partly because Christmas and New Years are on Mondays.
Winter League starts January 8th. Championships February 19th.
Spring League starts March 12th, Championships April 23rd.
*Summer League might be held outdoors at our new courts on Saturday mornings, with regular Club Open Play in the gym during the league.
Feedback and input are welcome.
SP will host “Spot Game Evaluations”.  The only fee is the normal $2 to cover rent.  Doug Hastings, 5.0 champion and NPTPA Pro Coach will provide 3X5 cards to all that sign up and play.   On those cards Doug will supply a “spot” evaluation of your game.  THIS WILL BE CENTERED ON SOME CRITICAL ASPECT OF YOUR GAME, MISSING OR ADDED, THAT WOULD IMMEDIATELY IMPROVE YOUR SCORE, BASED ON WHAT HE SEES.
This event will now be scheduled quarterly, with the next being in early January, for comparison and your continued game skill summary.
You may sign up as late as 6:15 PM Monday night at the event.

Unable to play…
Denise Cordero, Robert Knapp, Bill Frater





DIVISION 2.5 / DIANE FROULA                                         DIVISION 3.0/ ROGER MULL



DIVISION 3.5 / Three way Tie (well fought!)

                                          DIVISION 4.0/ GARY RONE

The Playing Alternates: Marty Hoffman (3.5), Mary Anne O’Connor (3.0), Jan Tatom (3.0) and Bruce Good (4.0).




Robert Knapp 1st Place Finalist (3.0)






We know everyone is anxious to get out and shake off their cabin fever, but we ask that you DO NOT try and shovel or clear snow from the courts at Carrie Blake Park.  Because of the extreme conditions, surface paint may be brittle, and we don’t want to cause any damage.  Remember to NEVER use any tools that could possibly scrape, gouge, or chip the surface, e.i. snow shovels, regular shovels, power washers.  Only use the equipment provided by the club.  We appreciate your understanding during this time of SNOWPACOLYPSE 2019! 

Christy Marazon, Director of Court Operations

RULES REFRESHER CLINIC is rescheduled for Sunday, February 17th, at 9 am. If you want to sign up, please contact Marty Hoffman at There is NO FEE for this clinic.

Your Director of Court Operations, Christy Marazon 


The Sequim Picklers have, for the past 3 years, provided workers to assist with setting up portions of the Sequim Lavender Festival, marking booth spaces and assisting with vendor load in.  The festival will be held in Carrie Blake Park from July 19-21.  We need a Club member volunteer to step up and be the leader of that work group.  Full details on our Job Opportunities page.


RULES REVIEW CLASS:  Want to have an edge?  Want to be better prepared?  Want to be more knowledgeable?  Want to make a difference?  Do I have an opportunity for you.

What:  Rules review.  When:  Sunday, Feb. 10, 9:00 A.M.   Where:  Boys and Girls Club    Cost:  $0 for the session.  Pay $2.00 if you play afterwards.

Knowing more about the rules can be advantageous so please join me for about an hour to discuss some of our USAPA pickleball rules.

This is not a referee training clinic.  That will be offered later for those who want to become a referee for our club.

Please let me know if you are interested by contacting me at: 

Should be fun.  Hope to see you there.

Marty Hoffman, Referee Coordinator


MESSAGE FROM SP BOARD  The Board has voted to accept the resignation of Cathy Hathaway as Director of Communications.  Cathy asked to step down  – life outside pickleball was taking her time and energy and she didn’t want to fall short in her duties to the club.  The board is sad to lose such a dedicated, hardworking, level headed, and fair minded voice at the table.  She served as both Communications Director and Membership Chair in her time on the board. Cathy is a unique spirit and a valuable team member; always easy to get along with, never says a bad word about anyone, volunteers for everything and has a wonderful way of making a point and putting you in your place without making you feel bad!  She is a fierce advocate for the club, a respected administrator and a superb communicator – and pretty darn creative given that beautiful newsletter she’s been publishing!  We want to thank Cathy for her service, contributions and dedication to the club – she will be missed. 
Frank Mauger is our new Director of Communications!  Thank you Frank for serving our club.  


Drop-In Ladder League Starts January 28th:  Monday nights, Boys & Girls Club, 6:00pm-7:30pm-2.5 & 3.0 rated, 7:30pm-9:00pm-3.5 & 4.0 rated.  Drop in and join the fun!

PORT ANGELES PICKLEBALL TOURNAMENT:                Feb 22-24, 2019.  Updated information available on our Tournaments page.



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.

SEQUIM PICKLERS ADOPT-A-HIGHWAY!   The Sequim Picklers are adopting a stretch of Highway 101 between Dryke Road and Shore Road under the State’s Adopt-A-Highway program.  We will do 4 cleanups a year and after two cleanups we will get a Highway sign acknowledging the Sequim Picklers.  See more information on our Volunteer Page.  Read the Jan 5 Report here and consider volunteering in April. 

ACTIVE MILITARY & SPOUSES NOW PLAY FOR FREE!  The Sequim Pickler’s Board of Directors recently voted to allow all active military members and their spouses to play with the Club at no charge.  It’s a great way to offer a little support to those in service to our Country. 

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!


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. 


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

CARRIE BLAKE COURTS – Click here for court procedures and more.



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! 





PICKLEBALL CENTRAL SALE:  Click here for the current sale.

PICKLEBALL CENTRAL DISCOUNT:  ClubRewards gives members of local pickleball clubs a 5% discount on everything they purchase from and an additional 5% of the purchase price goes back to their local pickleball club in the form of an annual gift card. Click here for the discount code.

LEARN ABOUT CLUB RATINGS: Doug Hastings shares some insights on Club ratings.  Click here to learn more.  



Lessons and Clinics by 5.0 established instructor

We are lucky to have a talented teaching Pro in our community.  He is wonderful to work with, and can help you improve your game. Click here for more information. 

PCOC Meeting Minutes – August 7, 2018

Pickleball Court Operations Committee Notes

Present:  Dave Shreffler (Chair), Mary Helen Benapfl, Doug Hastings, Christy Marazon, Mike Cooper, Sharman Owings. Absent:  Katinka Nanna Guests: Beverly Hoffman, Bob Sester

Next Meeting: October 23, 2018, 6PM at Mary Helen’s home


The PCOC is an oversight committee reporting to the Sequim Picklers Board through the Director of Court Operations (DOCO).  PCOC provides continuity for court operations as the board members and DOCO change over time. Oversight and action by the committee takes the burden and power away from single individuals. PCOC is an advisory group responsible for everything to do with pickleball courts and court operations including input on court construction as it impacts court operations.  Working on behalf of the club, we have accountability to make sure club interests are solicited and represented in all court operations issues and decisions. We will make decisions by consensus or when consensus cannot be reached, by motion and vote. Items of importance will be presented to the board via motion by this committee and presented by the DOCO.

Summary Action items from 8/7/2018

1.      Bob S: talk to his friend that’s an EMT/Firefighter about teaching a CPR/AED class.

2.      Sharman: make “Drills” sign to hang on fence at courts.

3.      Christy: send to membership an informational email about open play.

4.      Christy: notify Rich to thank court monitors and let them know their services are no longer needed.

5.      Christy/Beverly: present the proposed rating system to the Board for approval.

6.      Christy/MH: present the beginner/novice policy to the Board for approval.

7.      Christy/MH: present the youth policy to the Board for approval.

8.      Christy: present the 7 tickets guidelines to the Board for approval.

9.      Christy: take PCOC recommendation to the Board that they need to develop a fee structure for summer visitors.

10.   Dave: review City/SP contract regarding charging the public to play during SP reserved times.

11.   Mike: look up state AED training requirement.

12.   Dave: send Mike Cooper the revised SP play schedule for fall 2018.

13.   Dave: send meeting minutes template and action items to Sharman.

14.   Sharman: send meeting minutes from 8-7-18 meeting to Debbie to be posted on the website.

High Priority/In Progress

  1. Play formats and ‘equal time’ for all member needs at new courts – structured, competitive, social, beginners, hosting, open house, ‘play with 5.0’, public engagement (in progress)
  2. Kids Clinic– need to get on schedule this Summer

          Lower Priority

  • Clinics – put on by 5.0 players – sign up/pay the coach – we just sponsor?  Implement in 2018 
  • ‘Play Schedule’-at new courts for evening by appointment, youth clinics


  • Court Budget – provide input each year for equipment, maintenance, rentals, tournaments etc.
  • Marketing/Community Awareness – contribute stories/info to the member newsletter, webpage and external promotion
  • Equipment maintenance – balls, nets etc.
  • Competitive play schedule – review annually
  • Tournaments (1 day events: doubles, mixed, singles) – 3x year
  • League (6/8 week events: ladder, mixed, doubles, shootout) – 3x year
  • Fall tournament –assist as requested by Tournament Committee
  • Alternatives for indoor play (winter) – many options explored but nothing viable. Search continues

Completed 2018

  • 3rd and Fir courts and storage shed vacated; Thank you letter sent to Sequim School District
  • Insurance –we are covered in all 3 locations; new courts, BGC, 3rd and Fir
  • New Court Club Play Hours and Activities – proposed play schedule approved by SP board and City of Sequim
  • New Court Signs – installed
  • AED and Storage box – approved, ordered and received. To be installed after sufficient number of members have received CPR and AED training (target is prior to September 2018 tournament)
  • BGC position statement approved at March SP Board Meeting
  • Waiver statement added to top of BGC sign in sheet
  • Christy working with Ron Halpren to do stats for ladder league on Monday nights at BGC
  • A description of the Rating process for Sequim Picklers was posted on the website
  • Tournament planning under way utilizing outside coordinator
  • Developed a web page showing all the court operations teams and duties with pictures
  • Player ratings process/communication/tracking – this falls under the league play group to manage and will be tracked by the statistician. Monday night is designated for “competition play” for leagues and ladders. Time in between leagues will be tracked ladder play. Ladder league and open ladder play stats will be kept and communicated to players and participants.
  • Referee training – schedule, process, practice, testing, certification, etc. falls under the Refing group to manage. It is critical we keep a solid pool of refs ready for tournaments. Marty Hoffman is the lead.
  • PA tournament – lessons learned for Fall tournament


Completed 2017

  • Court Safety / Emergency Plan (all info available on the SAFETY page of the club website)
  • AED/CPR training –plan created and communicated to the club in Nov. Newsletter
  • Ice cards and court emergency plan –cards and instructions available at the gym
  • First Aid Kit – 1 at gym now, another at 3rd/Fir in Spring, another at CBP courts when open
  • BGC reserved days – published position statement on use of the BGC gym and suggestions for communication and financial accounting. (see statement sent to board)
  • Youth outreach – conduct 1-2 youth clinics at BGC gym (starting 2018 also at new courts) using volunteers and Ben’s program. This program aligns with our mission and creates community/connection.
  • 3rd and Fir Playground use – Dave Shreffler is the point of contact with the Sequim School District. Until new ours are built, Dave will work with the school to determine the schedule (days/times) that the SP can use the facility. Info posted on the club calendar and communicated through the newsletter. Must be compliant!
  • 3rd and Fir summer schedule – DOCO set summer schedule for group play at 3rd and Fir. Open, Novice, singles, rated, etc. Strive to allow time for each rated level, new players, classes/clinic and social time.
  • Club exchange program – DOCO and volunteers will conduct 2-3 exchange programs with local clubs. Communicated through website, newsletter and email; provide hospitality. Spreads awareness and goodwill – beneficial for grants, tournaments, community connections.
  • Complaints protocol – DOCO communicated to the board that PCOC would like to be the venue for discussion of any complaints related to courts, court operations and injuries/accidents/incidents.  The board voted in favor. Thus far in 2017 there have been two court play time complaints and one accident/incident brought to the PCOC.
  • Court etiquette sign – sign adapted form research done (Dave) on existing courts and USAPA.
  • Court protocols – revised and published at the gym in a notebook and on website.
  • Women’s clinic – cancelled and all money returned. Will look into holding a replacement in Summer.
  • First aid kit – basic kit purchased and available at the gym. Kept with the indoor courts coordinator.

Club Newsletter August 1, 2018

Welcome to the Sequim Picklers Club Newsletter Blog Post!!         August 1, 2018

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



1.  According to visitors, the new courts are “the talk of Seattle.”  Congratulations to us!

2.  Welcome to our new Board members and thanks to the retiring Board members.

3.  PCOC is working hard at making the transition to the new courts as smooth as possible.  Patience is a virtue….

4.  There is limited play at the Boys and Girls Club; watch the calendar for times and dates.

5)  Keep the court surface in good repair by avoiding the dirt and pea gravel area on the south side of the courts.

6)  Our Lavender Festival work and booth brought in $1,958.10.  (Where did that 10 cents come from?)

7)  The Ribbon-Cutting ceremony was a joyous affair; our 92-year-young guest of honor was delightful, and the ceremony was punctuated with much humor and praise.

8)  Open Play:  winners stay and split, losers vacate the court and the next two players in line enter the court.  Player rating is not a consideration.

9)  Rated Play: members play on the courts according to their skill and rating level; winners stay and play as a team, losers vacate the court and the next two players or team in line with the correct rating enter the court. If a doubles team wins 3 games in a row and there are players waiting the winning team exits the court and waits their turn in line to challenge again if they wish.

10)  Court protocol questions should be directed to Christy.

11)  As of August 1, Cathy Hathaway will be your new go-to person for newsletter, website, and other areas of communication.  I am so pleased and fortunate to be handing off my duties to such a capable lady.  

Submitted by Jan Tatom,  Director of Communications


Arvo Johnson, President

Greetings SP,

Things have been busy the last couple of months.  The new board members have now stepped into their new positions, and we are all eager to work with you to get much done in the coming year.  We are excited to work with the new board members, while we are sad to say goodbye to our retiring board members:  Charlie, Katinka, Denise, Jan, Margie, Marc, and Robert.  They all did an incredible job on behalf of the SP, and without their dedication, time, and brain power, none of what has been accomplished would have happened.  So I say Thank You on behalf of the SP and hope that we can still use your talents in other ways.  Go enjoy what you worked so hard for, and we will see you on the courts!

We finally saw the dream become a reality with the brand new eight, tournament-quality, courts being completed.  Christiane and I have not seen the final results in person, but we look forward to playing on them upon our return.  I sincerely hope everyone is enjoying the courts and appreciates how fortunate we are to have them.  Please be considerate of them, and help us to keep them in top-notch condition.

The ribbon cutting/opening ceremony was a big success. Again, unfortunately, we were gone during the event but heard it was a good turnout and fun.

The next big thing coming up is our first regional tournament.  Being on the committee, I see how much work and effort is being put forth by the committee members which are Christy M., Debbie M., Katinka N., Mike C., Pam W., and Suzi S.  They, alone, cannot make this a successful tournament; it is going to take a village.  So if you have volunteered to help, thank you; and if you have not, it is time to do so.  The volunteers will be helping with anything from parking assistance, sign-ins, refereeing, and cleanup, to name a few.  So, step up and volunteer to do your part.  We have proven that when the SP work together, great things happen.  Let’s continue this as a team. 

I apologize for missing so many important things lately, but look forward to making up lost time and moving our club forward.  Thank you all again.

“Teamwork requires some sacrifice up front; people who work as a team have to put the collective needs of the group ahead of their individual interests.”  Patrick Lencioni

“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”  Francis of Assisi

Submitted by Arvo Johnson, President


DRUM ROLL PLEASE………………….Final tally of the Lavender Festival

Sequim Pickler Booth                                                                              $1,358.10

Volunteer work (chalking booths, beer garden, vendor load in)           600.00


For the past 4 years, the Sequim Picklers have participated in the Lavender Festival.  We continue to show our community spirit and play a large role in Sequim’s largest annual festival by volunteering each year with several tasks to ensure the success of the festival.  

A huge THANK YOU to the following who generously gave their time and volunteered to help with the chalking and marking the vendor booths, the set up and tear down of the beer garden, checking and load-in of the vendors, and manning the Sequim Pickler booth.  We cannot forget to also give a SHOUT OUT to our talented and giving picklers for donating the 8 items we raffled during the lavender festival.  We couldn’t have done it without each and every one of you.  I saw great enthusiasm, wonderful camaraderie, and true ambassadors to the Sequim Picklers.

To the efficient, mathematical picklers who utilized the festival map and successfully marked off every vendor and food booth, THANK YOU: Robert Knapp, George Davis, Kathy Mahnerd, Eric Mahnerd, Robert Ball, Nicolaas Holt, Chuck Madden and Charlie Pugh.

To the strong manly picklers who carried all the fencing and concrete posts to put together a huge beer garden.  And if that wasn’t hard enough they had to tear it down and store the equipment back in the shed. THANK YOU:  Richard Cary, Stu Sherman, Gary Poor, Robert Olson, and Jay Marazon.

To the helpful and courteous picklers who checked in and directed each and every vendor to their respective spots.  THANK YOU: Charlie Szumilas, Susan Szumilas, Richard Cary, and Anne Elwell.

To all the ambassadors to the Sequim Picklers who attempted to stop every visitor at the Lavender Festival and diplomatically suggested they could be the lucky winner of 1 of 8 raffle items. THANK YOU: Charlie Szumilas, Jim Deckman, Eric Mahnerd, Kathy Mahnerd, Laurie McColl, John Herbold, Katinka Nanna, Lynda Schroeder, Diane Froula, Pam Woodward, Gary Poor, Noreen Warwick, Patricia Knapp, Glynda Ball, Mike Cooper, Frank Mauger, Peg Phillips, Jolanda Schlund.

To the amazingly talented and generous picklers who donated the 8 items we raffled.  THANK YOU: Jack Tatom, Katinka Nanna, Jeri Davis, Margie Rone, and Sharman Owings.

Last but not least, a HUGE thank you to my hubby Charlie, there by my side helping with all the emails, helping with coordinating the volunteers, the chalking, helping me put up and take down the booth and taking his turn with me and seeing how many tickets he can get people to put into the raffle boxes.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

Submitted by Ruby Pugh, Committee Chair


Here are pictures of the lavender raffle winners, with exception of Noreen Warwick, who won the necklace, and a winner in Port Orchard where we left the cat oil paintings prize on their porch, per their request.  Note that one winner won two prizes (table and Barry the Blue heron):



Submitted by Charlie Pugh, Vice President



I want to thank the ribbon-cutting, planning committee of Ruby Pugh, Pat Joersz, Patricia Knapp, and Glynda Ball for their outstanding court dedication program.  The entire program was a huge hit!  Marty Hoffman kicked off the ceremony with his wit and humor as he introduced each speaker and kept the aggressive agenda on track.  The weather could not have been better, and we had an amazing turnout.  We thank Deputy Mayor Candice Pratt for her support and Dave Shreffler, who with the assistance of the new Pickleball Evangelists (PE), led us in a new pickleball cheer.  Great job by Robert Rankin and his committee (Katinka Nanna, Denise Cordero, Ross Brown, and Cathy Hathaway) who introduced and unveiled the Recognition Plaque, Court Named Plaque for Christiane Johnson, and the bronze Dedication Plaque created by Ross Brown with the inscription “partners fulfilling a dream” that is embedded in the court entrance corridor.

The courts were decorated with lavender, the cake decoration was awesome, and it tasted good too!  Sharman’s cookies were yummy and a great surprise for the picklers. 

As for the guest speaker, we are all so fortunate to have had the 92-year-young, Barney McCallum, the last surviving founder of the game of pickleball, attend in person.  The question of where the name “pickleball” came from is now put to rest having heard Barney say emphatically that it came from Pickles the dog!  He also told us that he did not name the no volley zone the kitchen, nor did he know where that name came from; but he felt that the name was very appropriate. 

If you missed this event, Allison Hastings has you covered.  She streamed the entire program on facebook live, and you can watch the 1 ½-hour event here.

Submitted by Charlie Pugh, Vice President


  • Sundays: 12pm-6pm Open Play Outdoors.
  • Mondays: 8 am-12 pm Open Play Outdoors, 6 pm – 9 pm SP 3.0 & 4.0 Ladder Play Outdoors.
    Possible 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.
  • Saturdays: 8 am-12 pm Open Play Outdoors.  

Always check the Club Calendar for current information.


 Submitted by Cathy Hathaway, Membership Chair


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

Submitted by Katinka Nanna, Treasurer




Summer has arrived and with it, lots of gorgeous weather to play on our new outdoor courts.  The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was wonderful, and it officially signals the opening, so let the shenanigans and fun begin.  Check the Courts Play Schedule for which organized play is scheduled for each day.  We’ve had a few people step up to help with court monitoring, we are still VERY MUCH in need of more.  Without members volunteering to step up, the club is unable to provide the quality of play we have all become accustomed to.  While we understand that there is life outside of pickleball (I know it’s hard for some to imagine), this club runs and operates because volunteers choose to step up and commit to help.  I’d like to personally THANK all who have done just that.  We all APPRECIATE the commitment you all have pledged to the club and the game of pickleball.  

While we’ve had a few hiccups in the daily dealings at the outdoor courts, the overall vibe is that everyone is EXTREMELY happy and excited.  I know that we’ve added new members as well as have already attracted players from all over the country and as far as New Zealand.  Granted, they were just passing through on vacation, but they were pleasantly surprised to find such lovely, world-class courts in Sequim and on the Olympic Peninsula.  That is a direct quote by the way!  We will be hoping that is also the feel we exude when we host the Blue Hole Bash in September.  As you can imagine, lots of work and planning is currently going on getting everything set and in place to host our first regional tournament.  Again, we need LOTS of volunteers.  Please see me if you are interested. 


If you’ve been missing indoor play, don’t fret.  It will be back in action once the weather and daylight hours decline.  Continue to check the schedule weekly for days that we may be playing.  With the outdoor courts in full swing, we’ve had extremely low numbers at the Boys and Girls Club.  While I love each and every one of you, opening for four or six people on Sunday morning when I could be home with my family makes it a hard sale for me or my other compadres who volunteer to open.  The weather is too nice to be indoors anyway!  

Just keep checking the play calendar for possible times to play indoor.  We usually have it updated at least a week ahead of time.  If you have a question, please feel free to email me about it.  

Court Etiquette                        

I wanted to talk about a possible issue that may be happening at the outdoor courts.  Currently, we don’t have a paddle system in place on the courts.  We are going on the “honor system” of who goes in next.  When it is OPEN PLAY, whether you are a 2.0 or a 5.0, whichever court becomes vacant first, the person who has been in line goes next.  There is no:  you are a 3.0 and we’re 4.0’s business.  It’s open play.  That means everyone plays with everyone.  There is no waiting at a certain court and continually keeping the same players rotating in and out on one court either.  If you want to play with a certain person or group, you all wait in line and work your way into the queue.   That is the technical definition of OPEN PLAY.  IF you want ranked play, check out those days we have slated for your ranking.  Open Play is a social play and gives our newer members and players a chance to increase their play with upper level players.  It also gives upper level players a chance to work on certain aspects of their games while also giving advice and support to our lower ranked players.  We were all the newbie once.  Let’s welcome our new and beginning players and help them achieve their best play possible. It’s a win, win for all.

That’s all for now Folks.  I’d like to say thanks to the Outgoing Board Members and thank them for their contributions.  Let’s make sure to give them each a personal thanks and hug/handshake.  Let’s also remember that this organization runs on volunteers and their hard work and energy.  It’s easy to forget that each and everyone has a life outside of pickleball and the time contributed is precious.  Let’s be kind to each other and work for the success of the club.  

As always, hope to see you on the courts and Pickle ON!

Submitted by Christy Marazon, Director of Court Operations

Pickleball Court Operations Committee (PCOC)

Dave Shreffler, PCOC Chairman, is on vacation.

As always, feel free to contact Dave at ( 360-477-2558) or the Director of Court Operations Christy Marazon ( if you have questions or concerns about court activities and operations.



Another referee clinic will be offered in August in preparation for our Blue Hole Bash Tournament in September.  It will speak well of us if we can provide refs for most of the matches.

Ten individuals participated in the clinic on July 26 and are on their way to becoming capable officials.  Thank you, Sequim Picklers, for letting these folks practice during our club play at Carrie Blake Park and the Boys’ and Girls’ Club.

I have had some interest from players who would just like to learn more about the rules of pickleball without having to commit to being a referee.  I will gladly provide a session which I would call  “Rules, Do’s & Don’ts, and Procedures.”   This would be a fun class and members would definitely come away with information that will help them be a more astute player.

Please let me know via e-mail,, or talk to me at the courts if either clinic would be of interest to you.

Thank you.

Submitted by Marty Hoffman, Referee Coordinator


The T-shirts are nearly gone, so purchase yours soon (only $10)!  We still have mens size M and L, but ladies are welcome to wear them, too.  The proceeds benefit our savings for those items needed at the courts or for maintenance.  Contact Margie at 509-999-7345 or

Submitted by Margie Rone