2019 Blue Hole Bash Tournament

The BLUE HOLE BASH will be held on Friday Sept 27  through Sunday September 29.    

The events are:

  • Friday – Women’s Doubles (3.0 – 5.0)  
  • Saturday – Mixed Doubles (3.0 – 5.0)   
  • Sunday – Men’s Doubles (3.0 – 5.0)      

We are using the Onix G2 Yellow Outdoor for 3.0 – 4.0,                                    Dura Fast 40 Yellow for 4.5 & 5.0.

Registration

The tournament will be managed by  Pickleball is Great.  See their Blue Hole Bash flyer for more information.  You can register for the event on pickleballtournaments.com .    All the information about fees, waitlists and closed brackets can be found on that website.  **Photo ID is required at check-in.

About the Courts

The Sequim Picklers worked hard to bring brand new courts to Carrie Blake Park in Sequim.  We are pleased to be hosting our third regional tournament on these new courts!

Some seating will be available (outside the courts) however we recommend you bring your own “portable” chair.

Directions and Parking

Using Google Maps or your GPS, you want to head for 101 N Blake Ave. Sequim, WA 98382.  This should get you to the driveway turning right into the park, just past The United Methodist Church.  There will be signs along Blake Avenue directing you where to turn.

If you’re coming from the east on Hwy 101, we recommend taking the E. Washington Street exit into Sequim, Blake Avenue is an easy right turn off E. Washington Street, just before you get to the QFC.  If you pass the QFC, you went too far!

If you’re coming from the west on Hwy 101, you’ll want to take the Sequim Ave exit, turn right onto Washington, drive past the QFC and turn left onto Blake Ave.

There are some parking spots by the courts, some past the courts by the Guy Cole Building and by the dog park.  There is lots of residential parking west of the courts on streets that run perpendicular to Blake Avenue.  PLEASE NO PARKING on Blake Avenue or at the Church.  

We are looking into getting additional parking closer to the park – check back here for more information. 

Carpooling is recommended!

Sequim Pickler club members – please park on the street and leave the parking inside the park to our guests!

Lodging

Check out the Visit Sunny Sequim website for information about lodging, restaurants and shopping in the Sequim area – CLICK HERE.

Refreshments

We will have lots of snacks (donations accepted!!) and full water coolers to fill your water bottle throughout the day in the Guy Cole building, right next to the courts. 

Please bring your own water bottles to refill from the water coolers.

Referees

Many Sequim Picklers will be available to referee matches during the day.  Our goal is to, at a minimum, provide referees at all the medal matches.  If you are a participant, and skilled at being a referee, AND have some free time during the day, we would love to add you to our pool of refs!   Please contact Marty Hoffman if you are interested by sending us a note below in the CONTACT US section.

Medals

Medals will be given to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in each bracket and division, all three days.  

Volunteers

We are looking for volunteers to help during the event!  Please see our Volunteer page for more information.

More Questions?

Contact us through the form below and we’ll do our best to answer your questions:

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The Sequim Pickler Round Robin (aka Big Dill) Recap

The Big Dill was a big deal.  Lots of laughter, wonderful audience cheering on the players, yummy snacks, and lots of amazing games played by our novice players, 2.5 and below.

We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day…… Except for the initial misty conditions.  Overcast cloudy day is perfect for not worrying about the sun blinding your eyes. Cool weather helped with not getting overheated and sunburned.  And nary a chance of precipitation nor a breath of wind. Who could ask for more?  Oh, and let’s not forget, everyone who signed up were present, all 30 picklers, ready with their paddles, for a round robin competition. 100% turnout!!!  

A huge thanks to all those picklers who showed up early to help with sponging off the courts, measured the nets, erected the tent, and the various tasks that are needed prior to the event. What a great job done by the amazing referees and scoresheet runners. You were the scorekeepers best friends and made their job easier in tallying up the scores.  A big shout out to the 2 scorekeepers who took on the task in tallying up the scores and determining which players got to move onto the next bracket and closer to the winners circle.

A very special thank you goes to Bob Sester, whose knowledge in running tournaments helped to bring this all together.  We could not have done it without you.

To all the players….. Mary Helen, Bob and I hope that you enjoyed the Big Dill event and had tons of fun.  Our goal was to introduce you to a tournament like environment in a fun setting.  We hope that you will take your game to a new higher level and go out there and play in some of the local tournaments. 


The Big Dill

1ST PLACE WINNERSCarmi Standish & Ron Halpern
2ND PLACE WINNERSPatricia Joersz & Sue Anderson
3RD PLACE WINNERSDarrel Jiles & Gary Dickinson
4TH PLACE WINNERSEdwina Dewald & Al Harris

 

Congratulations to all the winners. Enjoy your pickles.

Ruby, Mary Helen, and Bob

See more photos in the Photo Gallery.

Annual Membership Meeting & Party

 

ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING & PARTY:

Theme: Picklers in Paradise

Tropical Theme

When: This Sunday, June 16th. 12 to 5pm 

(doors open at 10 so you can drop off your potluck and go play some pickleball)

Where: Guy Cole Center at Carrie Blake Park

(right next to the courts)

Why: Recap of the year, Fun, Raffle, Board Elections, Dinking Contest, Get to know new members, good food and drink.

Potluck:

Last name:      

A-F – dessert

G-M – appetizer

N-S – main dish

T-Z – salad

Contact Warren with questions

meccanator@hotmail.com

MORE DETAILS:

Get out your Muumuus and your Hawaiian attire and get on your Aloha!  JUNE 16!! 12-5pm.

It’s time for the Annual Membership Meeting with “Picklers in Paradise” as the theme.

As part of the meeting I want you all, even if you can’t be at the meeting, to send me 2 or 3 pictures of you in some tropical location, or maybe just a picture you took of some fabulous sunset. Maybe one of you playing pickleball somewhere you consider paradise. 

Send pics to meccanator@hotmail.com

Dinking Tournament

You can sign up for the dinking tournament when you arrive at the Guy Cole Center the day of the meeting.

Pot Luck 

Break down by last name:                  

A-F – dessert,  G-M appetizers,   N-S main dish,   T-Z Salad.

(unless you have some signature specialty item you just have to make and share then feel free to bring it)

Adult beverages are ok to bring. We have cups and ice. Does anyone know how to mix a Mai Tai?

Raffle

Do you have anything you want to donate for the raffle? (ex. New car, vacation-get-away, gold coin collection, color tv, lottery tickets) but seriously we need stuff for the raffle email Warren at meccanator@hotmail.com with your ideas or donation.

Volunteers

We could still use a little help setting up and taking down, someone to run and officiate the dinking contest, some Hawaiian music cds to play and a hula coordinator (but I think Beverly already told me she would do that).

Thanks in advance for your help. I’m still open to suggestions for this meeting. Remember, even if you can’t be there you can be there in spirit by emailing me some pictures of you “Picklers in Paradise.”

Your current Membership Chair, Warren  meccanator@hotmail.com

2019 Sequim Fling Tournament Recap

Whew! What a FABULOUS weekend the Sequim Fling Tournament had! It was amazing weather, wonderful players and competition, and even better times socializing with our pickleball family from far and wide! We saw babies that since our last tournament have learned to walk, players who have since moved up in rankings, had players competing in their very first tournament, a match between our oldest and one of the youngest competitors in the tournament, we even made some new friends! This is what pickleball is all about. The tournament team and the Picklers thank everyone who came out and give a giant shout out to Mike Hoxie, Kathy Cheeseman Rambousek, and Gigi at Pickleball is Great for their amazing tournament directing! If your club is hosting a tournament, this is who you want! Again, thanks everyone and now begins planning for the next one!  Christy Marazon, Director of Court Operations

See our Photo Gallery

For results go to pickleballtournaments.com

 

 

Ladder Play at Carrie Blake Courts

       Ladder Play is underway!!!

The 3.0 round robin evening, Monday’s beginning at 5 PM.  

The 4.0 round robin evening, Mondays beginning at 5 PM.

The 2.5 round robin evening, Wednesdays beginning at 5 PM.  

The 3.5 round robin evening, Wednesdays beginning at 5 PM.  

Here is how it will work:

  • Show up at 5PM or earlier
  • Signup to get a round robin number.  
  • At 5:10 PM the signups will end and the group will be closed
  • Games will be to 9 or 11 depending on turnout
  • Each game partners and opponents will rotate
  • Club Ratings will be used

Be sure to put this on your calendar and come out to play. 

Adopt-A-Highway News

 

Ring the bell, wave the flag, sound the horns . . .Our sign is up!!  August 5, 2019.

 

Picky Picklers Proven Particular

Some were picky enough to prefer cigarette butts.  Others were particularly interested in larger fare.  But, all-in-all, the 14 SP volunteers provided a total of 37 precious hours and pinched 31 plastic bags of purloined trash!  

Saturday, July 27, was the third outing this year for the SP-sponsored Adopt-A-Highway volunteer participants.  Many voiced appreciation that the windy weather would not have made for a particularly pleasant play day.  See the photo gallery for more great pictures.

AAH Crew preparing to depart from Applebee’s parking lot.

A recounting of particulars:  3 gas cans, 1 garbage can sans matching lid, 1 garbage can lid sans matching can, a 5-gallon bucket proving useful for filling with nearby Styrofoam sheeting, a plethora of Black Ball Ferry tickets, a dessicated snake, a dessicated owl, and a beyond dessicated deer carcass.  Budweiser appears to be the beer of choice on the NOP . . . or maybe it’s just the beer of choice of litterbugs.  See what you non-volunteers are missing?!

Afterwards, the team members gathered for lunch at Applebee’s.  If you see him, thank Applebee’s GM Dustin for giving us a 10% discount.  And, thanks to the following SP volunteers.   A star next to a name denotes a “superstar” who has participated in multiple pick-ups.

*Rich Bemm*Mary Helen Benapfl Lee Bowen
*Richard Cary *Michael CooperChristina Cunningham
*David Goose *Katinka Nanna *Jolanda Schlund
*Lynda Schroeder Dave Shreffler*Ken Sorbel

*Pam Woodruff *JoAnne Yerkes

Thanks to Dave Shreffler for snapping some pics—they can be seen on the photo gallery.  Who knew orange was our color.

The “Sequim Picklers Pickleball Club” Adopt-A-Highway signs are at WDOT in PA and fingers crossed should be placed SOON approaching Dryke from the East (N. side of Hwy. 101), and  Fern (Shore) from the West (S. side of Hwy. 101).   Keep an eye out and let us know when you see them.

Our next effort will be in October.   If you are interested in joining the volunteer team, let us know at sequimpicklers@gmail.com.  We have a reflective orange vest that will fit you perfectly!

Submitted by JoAnne Yerkes 

7/27/19

Picklers “Trash” Hwy. 101 – AGAIN!

On Saturday, April 27, 12 dedicated picklers trolled both sides of Hwy. 101 between Dryke & Shore, removing 31 bags of trash.  This effort on the part of SP volunteers was the second Adopt-A-Highway litter patrol so far this year.  There was wind to deal with but the efforts by the January 5 team paid off as there was much less trash to pick up and our overall time was cut by close to 2/3!  

Afterwards, the team members met at Applebee’s for lunch.  If you see him, thank Applebee’s GM Dustin for giving us a 10% discount.  And, thanks to the following SP volunteers.   If there is a star next to their name, they are “superstars” as they have participated in both pick-ups:

Kathy Cooper*Michael CooperDiane Froula
David GooseDarrel JilesPatricia Knapp
*Christy MarazonKatinka Nanna*Lynda Schroeder
*Ken Sorbel*Pam Woodruff*JoAnne Yerkes

To do a bit of a twist on a well-known phrase, they say that community service is its own reward.  If so, Patricia Knapp was rewarded twice as she found $5.  Good eye Patricia!  And Ken Sorbel “went the extra mile”.  Katinka drove the car parked at the end point of Team 2’s section, which the team would walk back to, picking up trash along the way.  Ken drove the car parked at their starting, offload spot.  When the team finished their mile patrol and reached Katinka’s car they realized that her keys were in Ken’s car.  So, yes, Ken walked the extra mile back to his car, then drove to where Katinka and Lynda waited at Katinka’s car.  Thanks Ken for going that extra mile!

Once again, JoAnne neglected to get a group picture of the orange-vested gathering.  If any teams have pictures to share, please do so.  And thanks again for your efforts!

Our next effort will be in July.   Hopefully by then WDOT will have placed signs acknowledging that Sequim Picklers have “adopted” this section of 101 between PA and Sequim, and drivers seeing us at work will no longer mistake us for members of the chain gang!  If you are interested in joining the volunteer team, let us know at sequimpicklers@gmail.com.

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Submitted by JoAnne Yerkes

Sequim Fling Pickleball Tournament 2019

 

The Sequim Picklers are excited to host their second tournament on new courts!

The SEQUIM FLING will be held on Friday May 31  through Sunday June 2.    

The events are:

  • Friday – Women’s Doubles (3.0 – 5.0)  Start time 11:00
  • Saturday – Mixed Doubles (3.0 – 5.0)  Start time 8:00
  • Sunday – Men’s Doubles (3.0 – 5.0)   Start time 8:00

We are using the Onix G2 Yellow Outdoor for 3.0 – 4.0,  Dura Fast 40 Yellow for 4.5 & 5.0.

Registration

You can register for the event on pickleballtournaments.com .  All the information about fees, waitlists and closed brackets can be found on that website.

About the Courts

 

The Sequim Picklers worked hard to bring brand new courts to Carrie Blake Park in Sequim.  We are pleased to be hosting our second tournament on these new courts!

Outside of the fenced area there will be bleacher seating on both ends of the courts.  Personal portable seating will ONLY be allowed outside of the fenced area.  There will be NO seating in the walkway between the courts.

Directions and Parking

Using Google Maps or your GPS, you want to head for 101 N Blake Ave. Sequim, WA 98382.  This should get you to the driveway turning right into the park, just past The United Methodist Church.  There will be signs along Blake Avenue directing you where to turn.

If you’re coming from the east on Hwy 101, we recommend taking the E. Washington Street exit into Sequim, Blake Avenue is an easy right turn off E. Washington Street, just before you get to the QFC.  If you pass the QFC, you went too far!

If you’re coming from the west on Hwy 101, you’ll want to take the Sequim Ave exit, turn right onto Washington, drive past the QFC and turn left onto Blake Ave.

There are  some parking spots by the courts, some past the courts by the Guy Cole Building and by the dog park.  There is lots of residential parking west of the courts on streets that run perpendicular to Blake Avenue.  PLEASE NO PARKING on Blake Avenue or at the Church.  

We are looking into getting additional parking closer to the park – check back here for more information. 

Carpooling is recommended!

Sequim Pickler club members – please park on the side streets and leave the parking inside the park to our guests!

Lodging

Check out the Visit Sunny Sequim website for information about lodging, restaurants and shopping in the Sequim area – CLICK HERE.

Refreshments

We will have lots of free snacks (donations accepted!!) and full water coolers to fill your water bottle throughout the day in the Guy Cole building, right next to the courts. 

Please bring your own water bottles to refill from the water coolers.

Referees

Many Sequim Picklers will be available to referee matches during the day.  Our goal is to, at a minimum, provide referees at all the medal matches.  If you are a participant, and skilled at being a referee, AND have some free time during the day, we would love to add you to our pool of refs!   Please contact Marty Hoffman if you are interested by sending us a note below in the CONTACT US section.

Medals

Medals will be given to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in each bracket and division, all three days.  

Volunteers

We are looking for volunteers to help during the event!  Please contact Debbie or Christy through the CONTACT US  form below.

Be a Tournament Sponsor

The Sport and Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) estimates that more than 2.5 million pickleball players utilize more than 5,000 court sites across the country–Sequim’s being one of the newest.  Recognized as the fastest growing sport in America, area entities have an opportunity to sponsor SP pickleball tournaments with targeted promotion and advertising.  Sponsorship levels range from $100-$800.  Prospective sponsors can call Katinka Nanna at (775) 304-1452 for more details.

More Questions?

Contact us through the form below and we’ll do our best to answer your questions:

2018 Blue Hole Bash Recap

 

2018 Blue Hole Bash Results

LOCAL WINNERS!!

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

10/3/18

COMPLETE LIST OF TOURNAMENTS:  For a full list of tournaments click on the link to  PickleballTournaments.com.