Club News

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MEMBERS SURVEY:  We are sending out a “Just For Fun” Member Survey to be used for our future winter party — please take a few minutes to fill this out. Your answers will be used to create something very fun for the winter party currently in the planning phase. We are also preparing a quickie survey to find out which day/time/month works best to include the most Picklers as well, so keep an eye out for that in the near future.

Have a great weekend, and see you on the courts!                            Krista Rambow, Director of Communications

 

BOYS & GIRLS CLUB PLAY:

Have you ever shown up at the Boys & Girls Club because indoor play is scheduled, but didn’t find anyone there? Please don’t take it personally — we might all be outside at Carrie Blake instead of inside — especially if the weather is nice! We don’t want you to miss out on the fun — if you don’t see anyone at B&G Club, check the courts at Carrie Blake! Or, if you really were hoping to play inside, try Vern Burton Gym in Port Angeles. Kendal Wake, Director of Court Operations

 

MEMBER MEETING & BOARD MEETING: The next Member’s Meeting will be Sunday, Dec 8,  2 pm at the Boys & Girls Club library. The Board Meeting will follow at 3pm. ALL MEMBERS WELCOME.

 

NAME BADGES:

Our name badge order is going in this week. If we make a mistake on your name (hopefully not), then we will fix it next month.

Kendal Wake, Director of Court Operations

 

BEGINNER LESSONS: Mary Helen and Ruby have announced that Novice Lessons have been suspended as of November 1, until spring 2020. This means that first-month-free for novices will not be offered until the spring calendar for 2020 is set.

Anyone who wishes to receive instruction should contact Mary Helen at mhbenapfl@hotmail.com to make mutual arrangements.

Novice play time will continue on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12 to 1:30PM. 

 

SEQUIM PICKLER SHIRTS AVAILABLE:

We still have a limited quantity of Sequim Pickler shirts available. If you are interested in purchasing, see the list of available shirts and purchase info here.  The cost for members is $15, for non-members $20. Also, if you would like to get your own (plain) t-shirt or sweatshirt, or another article of clothing printed with the Sequim Picklers logo, contact Captain T’s Gift Shoppe & Custom Stuff in Port Angeles, 360-452-6549. They are able to print one-off’s at your request, but we do ask that you choose a plain article of clothing ~only~ for anything with the Pickler logo.

 

INTRODUCING your FRIDAY NEWS UPDATES: all the news you NEED to KNOW for the week! We thought we’d give this option a try instead of inundating you with a stream of emails all week long. Special alerts will continue to go out as needed during the week, but this will be your weekly news wrap-up source.  Also please be sure to check out the Sequim Pickler “Club News” page right here on the web, or our Facebook Page  for the most up-to-the-minute information from the Sequim Pickler Club.  Krista Rambow, Director of Communications

 

VISITOR POLICY CHANGE: The new Visitor’s Fee is $6 effective October 1.  Please see the updated Visitor’s Policy.

 

 

 

REFEREE TRAINING:

Attention Picklers, It is that time again for me to try to recruit some referee trainees for our club.We have a nice cadre of trained officials, but we are always looking for new folks who might want to give this a try. Read more about this and try a short rules quiz here.

 

Lobster pickleball ball machine

 

BALL MACHINE ALERT:  The balls need to be dry.  Do not use the machine if there are puddles or rain on the courts. If anything is off about it please call, my number is on the procedure sheet.  I left it set up for a perfect practice session for 3rd shots.  Just place the machine on centerline 5 feet back of the baseline. I took out the large holed indoor balls that were mixed in.

Look for more training sessions on the NEW Lobster Ball Machine & Rebounder Wall. See this helpful Youtube Video on using the Rebounder Wall and this Lobster Youtube Video.

Members ONLY are invited to use them, provided they are Active Members and have completed training.

Kendal Wake, Director of Court Operations

 

MEMBERS ONLY FACEBOOK FORUM:  Aloha, Picklers!  Did you know that we have a Facebook page?  If you are not opposed to social media, we’d sure LIKE you to “LIKE” and “FOLLOW” our page on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/SequimPicklers/

**Also, if you:  1. Are on Facebook  AND 2. Are an Active Member in the Club (current Members-Only)

You are invited to join our CLOSED GROUP: Sequim Picklers Members-Only Forum, where we discuss all things PICKLEBALL, find out who’s playing at the park, who needs a partner, if the weather is nice enough to play…(it usually is).

Sequim Picklers Members-Only Forum

See you at the courts!

Krista Rambow, Director of Communications

FALL COURT SCHEDULE: Behold! Here is our Fall Court Schedule for Carrie Blake park.

The schedule will take affect  September 1 – November 30.

The First thing you will notice is the  9:00 a.m. start time.

Secondly, we’ve scheduled Rated Play or Choice Play on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  As long as enough players participate, Rated Play will work the same way as it does on Saturdays. 

Let’s fill up those courts that we helped build. 

 

 
BOYS & GIRLS CLUB PLAYERS: If you play at the Boys & Girls Club or the YMCA, please see the Swift Net Procedures page and watch the short video on the proper net setup.
 
 

CLUB RATING PROGRAM:

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. 

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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PICKLEBALL CENTRAL DISCOUNT:  ClubRewards gives members of local pickleball clubs a 5% discount on everything they purchase from PickleballCentral.com 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.

 

SUGGESTIONS: … Comments, Questions:

 

Questions?, Comments, Suggestions – Contact US or fill out a paper form at the Carrie Blake Pickleball Courts

 

 

 

Sequim Pickler Shirts Available

**Sequim Pickler Logo Shirts Available**

We sold a few more t-shirts last week — there are more available if you are interested. Also, if you would like to get your own (plain) t-shirt or sweatshirt, or another article of clothing printed with the Sequim Picklers logo, contact Captain T’s Gift Shoppe & Custom Stuff in Port Angeles, 360-452-6549. They are able to print one-off’s at your request, but we do ask that you choose a plain article of clothing ~only~ for anything with the Pickler logo.  11/1/19

We still have a limited quantity of Sequim Pickler shirts available. If you are interested in purchasing, this is how it will work:  

  • Below is a list of remaining shirts.
  • If you see a shirt that you would like to purchase, email Kendal (k_awake@msn.com) with your request.
  • Aleta will take it to the shed at CB and it will have your name on it. 
  • Put your check or money in the daily play envelope with a note on it showing what it is for. 
  • The cost for members is $15.00 for non members $20.00.  

Womens Long Sleeve

Medium: 2 white, 1 green 

Large: 1 white, 1 black, 2 grey

X-Large: 2 white, 1 blk, 1 grey, 2 blue, 2 green

Womens Short Sleeve

Medium: 3 white, 3 blk, 1 grey, 1 blue, 2 green

Large: 3 white, 3 blk, 3 grey, 3 blue, 3 green

X-Large: 3 white, 3 blk, 2 grey, 3 green

Mens Long Sleeve

Large: 2 white, 2 grey, 4 blue, 4 green

X-Large: 4 white, 5 grey, 2 blue, 1 green

Mens Short Sleeve 

Large: 3 white, 3 blk, 3 grey, 2 blue, 3 green

X-Large: 5 white, 1 blk, 3 grey, 4 blue, 1 green

Referee Training

   Attention Picklers,

     It is that time again for me to try to recruit some referee trainees for our club.  We have a nice cadre of trained officials, but we are always looking for new folks who might want to give this a try.  I encourage you to at least come and listen to my introduction to refereeing before you decide it is not for you.  If you do not want to be a referee, that is just fine……….refereeing is not for everyone, but you might be surprised how it is a possibility for players who understand and enjoy the game as well as looking for a way to help the club.

     I really think most of you could benefit from  some additional information about the rules.  I’m sure you are getting by, but knowing more about the rules will help you understand the game better and also give you the confidence to straighten out situations that arise during play.  Please give this some consideration.

     Try these few questions:

      1.  How many time outs do you get during a match?   How long is a time out?  Who can call a time out?  Can you call time out after the score has been called?

      2.  What 4 choices do you have if you win the coin flip or choose the correct number at the beginning of the match?

      3.  Can you be in the kitchen if you are not playing the ball?

      4.  Is there a penalty for calling the wrong score?

Good luck.     Please let me (mrhhoffman@msn.com) know if you interested in being a referee or if you would like to brush up on the rules.

      Answers:    1. Two per game, so six if you play all three games of a match. A time out is 1 minute. Any player may call a time out. A timeout may be called after the score is called, but BEFORE the server begins his/her service motion.

2.  You may choose to serve, receive, choose a side, or defer. (Let other team decide).   

3.  Certainly. Take your lawn chair, take a nap, have a drink, play some cards …..you just can’t play the ball unless it bounces.  

4.  No. There is a penalty, however, if you stop the play because you think the score is wrong and the score that was called was correct.  

Isn’t this fun?!

Marty Hoffman, Referee Coordinator

10/8/19

 

REFEREE PRACTICE, TRAINING & RULES: 

Dear members,

I hope you have enjoyed your Easter weekend and are now ready to consider an important need for our club.

We are having a big tournament at the end of May and will need some more officials.  We have a good cadre of 35 dedicated members who have helped referee in the past , but we need 7-10 more because not all of them are available for the tournament.  We will provide the training and supervision to walk you through what is required to referee a match.  If you love the game, understand the basics of the game, and are willing to give this a try it would be truly appreciated.   After the training, if you decide it is not for you then that is O.K.  We have had individuals complete the training and then decide not to do it for one reason or another.  That was perfectly fine.  You must feel comfortable in a referee position.

The USAPA has developed a great video which shows the basics of officiating.  Please give it a look, 18 minutes, and decide if this interests you.  Your participation will help the club, and also benefit you as a player who will be knowledgeable.

Please us the link below and scroll down to access the video:

2018 USAPA Quick Start Training video. (18 mins.)

Good luck with this and I hope you can help us.  Do not let the detailed scoring discourage you; we can show you an easier way and then you can progress into the one they show on the video.

Please contact me by April 29 so I can schedule a training session.

Thank you, Marty Hoffman, Referee Coordinator

mrhhoffman@msn.com

April 22, 2019

 

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​

 

Swift Net Procedure

Hello Boys & Girls Club Picklers,  Please view the attached Swift Net Video  to clarify the correct way to tighten the net using the red cords. The first two examples (cord pulled up and cord pulled straight) are demonstrations of the incorrect methods and the last example (cord pulled down) is the correct method.

The importance of emphasizing this detail is that using the correct method will prevent the fraying of the red cord. Over time, this fraying will cause the need to replace the cord. Thanks for taking the time to understand this.  Rich Bemm