Club Newsletter April 2019

Welcome to the Sequim Picklers Club Newsletter Blog Post!!         April, 2019

Enjoy reading about your club!   If you have questions, please contact Frank Mauger.

NEWS TIDBITS 

 

1.  The Club needs a Volunteer Coordinator-see below.

2.  Save the date!  Annual Meeting & Party is June 16th at the Guy Cole Center.  We need donated items for the raffle!!

3.  The Sequim Fling Pickleball Tournament is coming up in May 2019.  Registration is open at Pickleballtournaments.com. For more information see our Sequim Fling page.

4.  There is limited play at the Boys and Girls Club; watch the calendar for times and dates. Monday night Open Play at Boys & Girls Club is in progress.

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

Submitted by Frank Mauger,  Director of Communications

VICE PRESIDENT’S CORNER

VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR NEEDED:

The Sequim Picklers club has been through some crazy growth this past year; we’ve opened the new courts, added 10 new members, held a regional tournament, and offered play options for all levels.  Everything you see, hear and experience about pickleball in Sequim happened because of the Sequim Picklers.

We are a WA State charitable organization holding a contract with the City of Sequim and managing a membership of 190 who use and maintain a $250,000 asset we funded and built.  That’s huge!!

ALL of that was done by dedicated volunteers who love pickleball and were wiling to spend the hours it took to get the job done.  Many of those hearty souls have been involved since the beginning, before there was an official club and when fundraising was the highest priority.

Today, thanks to all those people, the club is fiscally strong with a great reputation both locally and regionally.  We’ve got some great momentum and the future looks amazing!

The Club needs your help.  

With this growth and maturity comes the need for even more club members to participate.  Specifically, we are looking for someone to be the Volunteer Coordinator.

The Volunteer Coordinator will report to the Membership Chair and assist with messages to the board and membership.  The Volunteer Coordinator will solicit, manage and assign volunteers to activities as they come up throughout the year.  This includes tournaments, member meetings and social events, and when specialized tasks for a specific skill set is needed.  We’re looking for someone that likes working with and organizing people, is a good communicator and is comfortable on the computer.  You won’t be managing the activities – just a pool of people!  

This club runs on volunteers, so this might be the most important job we have!  If you have a few hours a month you can spare to help keep this great club humming along, please contact Warren Mecca.  If you want more information about how you can help, either as the Volunteer Coordinator or as a volunteer, please contact a Board Member – we’re happy to get the volunteer pool list started!

Submitted by Debbie Madden, Vice President

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS

Save the Date  for June 16th 12:00 – 5:00 for the SP Annual Membership / Business Meeting at Guy Cole Center in Carrie Blake Park – more details to follow. We need a small committee to work with the board to organize this event – at least 1 person right now to be lead and get more volunteers as needed. Please contact Debbie Madden if you are interested.

 

MONTH AT A GLANCE

  • Sundays: 12 pm-3 pm Open Play Outdoors. Boys & Girls Club 9-12 pm. Check the Calendar!!
  • Mondays: 9 am-12 pm & 5 pm-7 pm Open Play Outdoors, 6 pm – 9 pm Open Play Gym.  Check the calendar!!
  • Tuesdays: 9 am-12 pm Open Play Outdoors, 12 pm-1:30 pm Novice Play Outdoors. Singles, 1:30p-3:00p.
  • Wednesdays: 9 am-12 pm & 5 pm-7 pm Open Play Outdoors. 
  • Thursdays: 9 am-12 pm Open Play Outdoors, 12 pm-1:30 pm Novice Play Outdoors. Singles, 1:30p-3:00p.
  • Fridays: 9 am-12 pm & 5 pm-7 pm Open Play Outdoors.
  • Saturdays: 9 am-12 pm Rated Play Outdoors.  

Always check the Club Calendar for current information.

MEMBERSHIP NEWS

Welcome new members in 2019:
Vebol Bo, Wayne Schmitt, Bill Averill, Curt Haugen, Richard Rube, Tom Rambow, Neil Van Blaricom, Suzy Narbutovskih and Christina & Tom Cunningham.
 
We now have 190 members including 51 Basic, 43 Bronze, 68 Silver, 19 Gold, 4 active military and 5 minors
 

Save the Date June 16th Annual Members Meeting at the Guy Cole Center.  The theme is: Picklers in Paradise so be prepared to wear your Hawaiian attire. More information to follow. We need donations for our raffle. Contact Warren if you can provide a great raffle prize for the party. See you there, Warren

Hit it to Their “Sweet Spot”

The conservation about playing with club members “below my level” has come up several times at Carrie Blake Park. I say, “Hit it to their sweet spot!”

 You are more likely to get a return shot to hit if you hit it to their sweet spot. They will have more fun playing and you get more practice than if you hit it where they can’t get to it. It’s a Win-Win!

By trying to hit it to their sweet spot you are still getting practice “targeting” which is a good thing, right? You get practice targeting, they get practice getting a paddle-on-the-ball. Everybody is happy. Later on, when they improve you can go ahead and try to get it past them.

I say,  in the interests of maintaining a club atmosphere, when playing with a lower ranked player, instead of targeting their weakness, target their strength. You will still win the game (if you are really as good as “all that”)  and they will benefit from having played with you. 

See you on the courts,

 Submitted by Warren Mecca, Membership Chair

FINANCIAL 

Here are links to the 2019 Financial Report.

Profit & Loss for March

Profit and Loss June 2018-March 2019

Budget vs Actual June 2018-April 9, 2019

Submitted by Katinka Nanna, Treasurer

 

COURT TALK 

Pickleball Court Operations Committee (PCOC)

I am happy to be your new PCOC Chairman and welcome new PCOC members Kendall Wake and Robert Olsen to the group. Their additions make us a very well rounded group to best represent the club. Thanks to Dave Shreffler for his term as PCOC Chairman.

As always, feel free to contact Doug at Contact Us or the Director of Court Operations Christy Marazon (cmarazon@yahoo.com) if you have questions or concerns about court activities and operations.

Change Ahead Road Sign“Open Play”- done. RIP                         “Choice Play” – Welcome aboard!

Hey Ya’ll, we are making a change. What we have all become accustomed to calling “Open Play” will now be termed “Choice Play”. I KNOW! Whaaat?” “Choice Play”?

Here’s how it works: During “Choice Play” each of you observes the play on the courts in use. From what you observe you “choose” the court you feel most appropriate for you to join. It is as simple as placing your paddle in the fence by the gate of that court. Your“Choice”. Get it? From there on, nothing changes. If your paddle is up next, you are in next. You are not locked in on that court. If you decide later that another court suits your play you can paddle up there. Just remember, putting the paddles up is crucial for success.

Let’s get real. Not everyone will read this. If you see another member who appears to have missed this memo KINDLY explain. It will take a while for all of us to “out with the old, in with the new”. Be patient.

Also, you may not realize we have a sign for a “Drill Court”. Look for it to show up on one of the 2 courts closest to the shed. Everyone is encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to hone their skills. Dink? Lob? 3rd shot drop? drill, drill, drill.

Submitted by Doug Hastings, PCOC Chairman

SEATTLE BOOST CAMP REVIEW

I had the pleasure last weekend of attending a 3-day Seattle BOOST Camp.  I found it extremely informative, educational, well organized, and entertaining.  Certainly well worth the time and cost involved..  The personnel (Peter, Brian, Takako, and G) were top notch instructors, terrific representatives of the organization and the pickleball community, plus of course, darn good players.  (And I definitely think the two male characters should take their comedy act on the road doing standup. Very entertaining.)  My final overall grade for the camp is a solid 5 stars, and rates a loud “BRAVO ZULU”, which is Coast Guard-speak for “Well Done”..    My compliments..

 Submitted by CAPT Gill Goodman, USCG(ret)

Referee Training

Referee Opportunities Spring 2019

Attention referees, potential referees, and beginners. I have something for each of you.

The time is not too far away when we will, once again, be needed to referee our tournament in late May. In preparation for this, on March 30,  I will bring to the Carrie Blake courts the materials needed to practice officiating. These materials will be part of the general items that are put out on the table. Please go ahead and practice as much as you can because it is not easy to just start refereeing a tournament without sufficient practice. We will have some review sessions in late April or early May. Practice whenever and as much as you can now. Additional opportunities will be provided at the B&G Club in the near future. Those playing at the Y should practice there also.

     Those members who are experienced players who would like to learn how to referee should contact Marty Hoffman at mrhhoffman@msn.com to indicate your interest in the training. This training is for those of you who have a sincere interest in refereeing, understand the game, are willing to study the rules, learn about the mechanics of refereeing, and would be dedicated to this important task. Once I get a list of interested participants I will contact you for a training date.

New to the game?……….I will be willing to spend some time with a group of you who want to learn the basic rules. This would help you sort out some situations that arise in your normal play. Knowing the rules is to your advantage so please give this training some serious thought. This is not the referee training. The more you know about the rules the better off you will be.  Please contact me at mrhhoffman@msn.com if you are interested. Once I get a number of you showing interest in this I will contact you and a date will be set.

Thank you. This is your club and the more knowledgeable you become the better our club play will be.

Marty Hoffman, Referee/Rules Coordinator

March 27, 2019

 
Referee Clinic, July 26, 2018
In preparation for providing officials for our inaugural Blue Hole Bash Tournament, I will be offering a referee clinic on July 26 beginning at 9:00 A.M. at the new courts.  It will last for 2-3 hours.   There is no charge for this clinic.  My goal is to train 16 more of our members on the skills and information needed to referee a pickleball match.   The fundamentals of refereeing and some basic rules will be discussed for about 30 minutes.  We will then have you go to the courts and observe a veteran official officiate a game while you shadow this person and get a sense of how it is done.  We will then reconvene and discuss what you have observed.  Then,  we will have you try your hand at officiating with an experienced person helping you.  Hopefully you will feel comfortable enough after our training to referee some of the games during our open play time.   With enough practice and supervision, I would hope you would be available to referee in our tournament in September.  We already have a core group of about 15 referees in our club so adding to this group will certainly benefit us all.
 
    Please let me know if becoming a referee interests you at this time.  I will take the first 16 individuals who contact me VIA E-MAIL.   mrhhoffman@msn.com
Additional clinics will be offered if the interest is there.  Also, if you just want to talk about and learn the rules we can arrange a rules clinic too.
 
    Thank you.
 
Marty Hoffman
Referee Coordinator
July 20, 2018
 
Marty Hoffman, Bob Sester and Doug Hastings PRESENT:
…THE SIMPLE REFEREE CLINIC!
 
Referee Guide for Dummies #1
When:     This Monday Night (gym)  @ 6pm. (Oct 16th)
 
Not sure??  Don’t feel qualified?   Not ready?   Too complicated?   Afraid of the commitment?  Worried about making mistakes?  Blah, Blah, Blah?
WELL, GOOD FOR YOU THEN, BECAUSE MARTY, BOB AND DOUG HAVE ANSWERS TO THOSE QUESTIONS FOR YOU!
 
…and here is one tidbit of information for you from Ambassador Ben:
USAPA claims being a referee can significantly improve your game!
A survey study showed the a majority of tournament referees
agreed their overall game improved when they started to referee!
Quote:  “…when you watch over and over successful shot selection and placement, strategy 
and partner communication, you can’t help but transfer that to your game on some level…”
 
No charge!  Everything you need for the first night will be provided!
Referees pickle ball’s “go to people”!
LOTS TO GAIN, NOTHING TO LOSE…

Sign-up now, or arrive at 6pm, to be one of the maximum 20 attendees.

Ben
808-1024
 10/12/17
 
MONDAY ​OCTOBER 16TH…IN THE GYM! (B&G Club)  

Attention  wannabe pickleball referees

 …….”It is all on the clipboard.”  A clinic on what it takes to be a referee will be held on Oct. 16Monday evening beginning at 6:00 P.M.    The clinic will be conducted by Marty Hoffman, Bob Sester, and Doug Hastings…….all experienced tournament referees.  A small clipboard used for the scoring of  a match will have all of the necessary information you will need to become comfortable and successful as a pickleball referee.  Key rules–less than ten– will be highlighted so you will feel secure in your endeavor to help referee a match.   After the orientation you will have an opportunity to “shadow” (watch an experienced referee referee games being played on Monday evening.)  Further study of all of the rules will be discussed later.  Initially, we want to get you interested and comfortable with this fun activity.

We will limit the group to 15 individuals who are experienced players….3.0 and up.  

 Please call Marty at 360-808-7347 or email him at:  mrhhoffman@msn.com

This will certainly benefit the club in the long run and hopefully we can get this going again.

You can contact me with additional questions or information and to sign-up.
We thank Marty, Bob and Doug for this important clinic.  
We will need many of you in the near future for Club tournaments!
Marty will make it EZ-PZ!
9/28/17​

 

Club Newsletter February 2019

Welcome to the Sequim Picklers Club Newsletter Blog Post!!         February, 2019

Enjoy reading about your club!   If you have questions, please contact Frank Mauger.

NEWS TIDBITS 

 

1.  The snow has cleared and hopefully weather will be improving for outdoor play.

2.  Welcome to Frank Mauger, our new Director of Communications.

3.  The Sequim Fling Pickleball Tournament is scheduled for May 2019.  Early registration starts March 2nd here

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

5.  Monday night’s Open Ladder League in progress.

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

7.  The Olympic Pickleball Tournament 2019 was held February 22-24.  The Picklers made a good showing.

Submitted by Frank Mauger,  Director of Communications

PRESIDENT’S CORNER

Arvo Johnson, President

Greetings SP,

Well the snow is finally gone and we can get back to the courts. I hope everyone faired well with the unusual snowfall for “Sunny Sequim”. We will be setting up the benches this weekend now that the snow is gone, look for the new addition to the courts. For those of you playing in the PA tournament good luck and have fun. I spent some time with Steve Shapiro who some of you know, a player from PT who moved to Tuscon, AZ last year. He is president of the pickleball club with 370 members, we talked about different ideas for our clubs. They have 16 courts and are busting at the seams with a growing community. With our Spring tournament on the board now we will be looking for volunteers to make this as successful as our last Fall tournament.

At the business meeting in June we will be voting on candidates nominated for board positions. It is the job of the Nominating Committee to find and bring those candidates forward. We are looking for 2-3 people to serve as this year’s Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee reports to the president of the Board and uses their amazing networking and persuasion skills to find the perfect, qualified candidates to fill important board positions. Please contact Arvo Johnson if you are interested.

Have fun and be safe,

“In Winter, I plot and plan. in Spring, I move.”   Henry Rollins

“Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect.”  Vince Lombardi

Submitted by Arvo Johnson, President

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS

Save the Date  for June 16th 12:00 – 5:00 for the SP Annual Membership / Business Meeting at Guy Cole Center in Carrie Blake Park – more details to follow. We need a small committee to work with the board to organize this event – at least 1 person right now to be lead and get more volunteers as needed. Please contact Debbie Madden if you are interested.

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.

CHANGE IN THE BOARD

Sequim Picklers,
 
It has been a rewarding experience assisting the Sequim Picklers over the last couple of years first as Membership Chair and secondly, Director of Communications.  Due to a myriad of issues in my personal life, it was no longer a good fit for me to serve as the Director of Communications.  Much appreciation to Frank Mauger for stepping up to take over!  I wish the best for the Sequim Pickleball Club and to all of our members.  
 
Submitted by Cathy Hathaway
 

MONTH AT A GLANCE

  • Sundays: 1 pm-4 pm Open Play Outdoors. Boys & Girls Club 9-12 pm. Check the Calendar!!
  • Mondays: 9 am-12 pm Open Play Outdoors, 6 pm – 9 pm Ladder Play Gym.  Check the calendar!!
  • Tuesdays: 9 am-12 pm Open Play Outdoors, 12 pm-2 pm Novice Play Outdoors.
  • Wednesdays: 9 am-12 pm Open Play Outdoors. 
  • Thursdays: 9 am-12 pm Open Play Outdoors, 12 pm-2 pm Novice Play Outdoors.
  • Fridays: 9 am-12 pm Open Play Outdoors.
  • Saturdays: 9 am-12 pm Rated Play Outdoors.  

Always check the Club Calendar for current information.

MEMBERSHIP NEWS

Our membership is now at 188 members.

49 basic 43 bronze 68 silver 19 gold 4 active military 5 minors

Look Smart, Be Smart

           Wear Protective Eye Gear!

Hello Everyone,

Recently, while having an eye exam at the Sequim Vision Clinic, I asked my optometrist Cynthia Bidegary if I should be wearing eye protection while playing pickleball. She told me a strike from a pickleball can cause loss of vision, a detached retina and in her words, “lots of other yucky stuff.” She recommends wearing a pair of polycarbonate lenses every time I play. 

I just wanted to pass along the reminder to Wear Protective Eye Gear every time you play pickleball. All the best players do it and so should you. 

See you on the courts,  

P.S s  (Get it? “See” you on the courts).

 Submitted by Warren Mecca, Membership Chair

FINANCIAL 

Click here for the January 2019 Financial Report.

Submitted by Katinka Nanna, Treasurer

 

COURT TALK 

Snowmageddon put a crimp in our outdoor play. Thank you for your patience and letting mother nature clear the snow.  Open Ladder League is underway, Monday nights at the Boys & Girls Club.  Next Monday, March 4 our groups switch times.  3.5 – 4.0 players will play 6 p  to 7:30 p and 2.5 – 3.0 players will start at 7:30 p and play until 9 p. Come out and join the fun!!  Our Sequim Fling Pickleball Tournament is scheduled for May.  You can register early at pickleballtournaments.com.   We will be looking for lots of volunteers to help make this a successful tournament.

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 (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.

 

2nd Annual Olympic Pickleball Tournament

 

Additional information about this weekend’s 2nd Annual Olympic Pickleball Tournament:
 

Friday, Feb 22 – Open Gym, 6-9pm

Saturday, Feb 23 – Gym open at 8am for sign-in/registration
                                 9:00am – Women’s Doubles start
                                 9:45am – Men’s Doubles start
Sunday, Feb 24 – Gym open at 8am
                                9:00am – Mixed Doubles start

Snacks will be provided.  Bring your own container for water/beverages.

 
Tournament is round-robin format.
We will be using Jugs pickleballs.
 
Let me know if you have any questions!
Steve
360-460-7424

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 IS IN THE AIR!

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)

Cost
$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: dianepick18@gmail.com.

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 dianepick18@gmail.com.

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: mhpickleball@hotmail.com 

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

Your League Committee

1/18/18

 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!!

12/7/17

 FALL LEAGUE: 

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
(planned)  DIVISION SHALL PLAY A CONSECUTIVE ROUND ROBIN QUALIFIER SERIES FOR THE TOP 5 TEAMS. (Nov. 27th )   
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
(planned) DIVISION SHALL PLAY A CONSECUTIVE ROUND ROBIN QUALIFIER SERIES FOR TOP 6 TEAMS.(Nov. 27th) 
THE TOP 6 TEAMS (determined by wins) SHALL COMPETE IN CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES..(.Dec. 4th) (format to be announced)

THE FORMAT IS STILL PENDING AS TO WHETHER THE ENTIRE LEAGUE WILL BE PLAYED ON TWO COURTS PER DIVISION EACH NIGHT FOR 3 HOURS, OR TIME -SLOTTED WITH EACH DIVISION PLAYING ON 4 COURTS EACH LEAGUE NIGHT FOR 1 1/2 HOURS.

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

NOTES:
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.

FALL LEAGUE FEE SCHEDULE
GOLD = NO FEE
SILVER = NO FEE
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
808-1024    spcben.2015@gmail.com


TENTATIVE SEASONAL LEAGUE SCHEDULE:

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.
 
MONDAY NIGHT LADDER:  LADDER PLAY WILL START BACK UP BETWEEN SEASONAL LEAGUES.  6PM TO 9PM.  Boys & Girls Club.
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.
 
 

2017 SUMMER SHOOTOUT LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS:
DIVISION FINALISTS GROUP PICTURE
Unable to play…
Denise Cordero, Robert Knapp, Bill Frater

NEXT ARE INDIVIDUAL CHAMPS

 

 

 

DIVISION 2.5 / DIANE FROULA                                         DIVISION 3.0/ ROGER MULL

 

 

DIVISION 3.5 / Three way Tie (well fought!)
RICHARD CARY, MARY HELEN BENAPFL, GIL GOODMAN

                                          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)

 

 

 

Announcements

Change Ahead Road SignCHOICE 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.

 

REFEREE PRACTICE, TRAINING & RULES: 

Marty Hoffman our Referee/Rules Coordinator is calling on all interested players to participate in referee training and practice.  He is also offering a beginning rules class.  See Marty’s full message for more information.

ADOPT-A-HIGHWAY APRIL 27 CLEAN-UP:

Saturday, April 27 SP volunteers will don orange vests and brave the elements in search of all forms of trash on the section of Highway 101 between Dryke and Shore (between Sequim and PA).   If you have already volunteered for the SP Adopt-A-Highway Project, you recently received a “Save The Date” email.  If you haven’t yet signed up, just let us know you can talk trash with the best of them and want to be part of the team by emailing sequimpicklers@gmail.com.  See our Volunteer page for more great opportunities to get involved.

 
SEQUIM FLING PICKLEBALL TOURNAMENT:  May 31- June 2, 2019.  Go to the 2019 Sequim Fling Tournament page for all the info.
 

MONDAY NIGHTS OPEN PLAY:  Monday nights, Boys & Girls Club, 6:00pm-9:00pm.  Drop in and join the fun! Alway check the Play Calendar.

NOMINATING COMMITTEE NEEDED:

At the business meeting in June we will be voting on candidates nominated for board positions. It is the job of the Nominating Committee to find and bring those candidates forward. We are looking for 2-3 people to serve as this year’s Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee reports to the president of the Board and uses their amazing networking and persuasion skills to find the perfect, qualified candidates to fill important board positions. Please contact Arvo Johnson if you are interested. 

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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. 

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!

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

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! 

    

 

 

 

 
 
 

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

 

PRIVATE PICKLEBALL LESSONS:

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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.