Club News

THERE’S LOTS OF NEWS, SCROLL DOWN TO VIEW IT ALL.  THE ORDER OF ITEMS MAY CHANGE. THERE ARE MANY OPPORTUNITIES TO PARTICIPATE IN YOUR CLUB!!

ADOPT-A-HIGHWAY CREW NEEDS YOU:

Hey you picky picklers, have you seen our name in lights?  Well, not actually in lights but on shiny, somewhat reflective signs along Hwy. 101, in both directions, at the start of our pick-up zone between Dryke & Shore!  Rich Bemm was the first to capture it on film.

This is your early heads-up that we will be searching for those treasures yet again on Saturday, October 5.  We would enjoy the pleasure of your company.  And I promise not to leave Richard Cary abandoned and alone again!

If you have participated previously, all you need to do is mark your calendar and let me know you are available October 5; and if so, 1) can you be a carpool driver; 2) do you have a first aid kit that can be carried in one of the cars; 3) do you have a valid first aid card; 4) do you want to be on the same team and the same stretch of highway as previously.

If you have not participated previously, but are planning to join us October 5, please mark your calendar and respond to Contact Us.  I will provide you with the necessary information to meet State requirements, and we can then get you assigned to one of our awesomely trashy teams.

Thanks.  JoAnne Yerkes, Coordinator

PCOC MEETING: There will be a PCOC (Pickleball Court Operations Committee) meeting Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 12:00 PM at the *Carrie Blake Courts-*weather permitting.

BLUE HOLE BASH: Volunteers Needed!!

Join the fun by volunteering to help run the tournament.  See all the opportunities here. Barb Newkoff, Volunteer Coordinator

DRILLS FOR 3.0 & 3.5 PLAYERS RECAP:

A special thank you to Kendal Wake, Director of Court Operations, for leading 2 Skills Classes held at Carrie Blake Park. Everyone learned a lot and it was lots of fun for all! Keep your eyes open for announcements on future classes. Thanks again, Kendal!

The new Fall Schedule has been posted.  This is  similar to last year with earlier ladder play to adjust for less light.  

 

INDOOR PLAY IS BACKBoys & Girls Club,  Sundays 9am-12pm, Mondays 6pm-9pm, (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!

Kendal Wake, Director of Court Operations

 

T-SHIRTS: We are ordering shirts for the Blue Hole Bash.  We are looking at the breathable, high performance, long sleeved shirts with a small Sequim Picklers logo on the front- nothing about the Blue Hole on these.  They would probably cost members $15.00 to $20.00.  There will be a flyer at the courts with requests for size and quantity.  This is not an order list.  It is just to get an idea of how many we might need to satisfy the needs of the members. We want to order enough past that to offer to visitors coming to the tourney.  You can also email shirt requests to k_awake@msn.com 

 

Change Ahead Road SignFALL COURT SCHEDULE: Behold! Here is our Fall Court Schedule for Carrie Blake park.

The schedule will take affect on September 1.

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. 

Third, please notice the scheduled Ladder Play at 5:00 pm  – 7:00 pm on Mondays and Wednesdays. So prepare to defend your position. Also, the nature of this competition requires that players report on time.

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

BLUE HOLE BASH: Registration is open. Coming September 27-29 our second Blue Hole Bash tournament.  See our Blue Hole Bash post and the flyer for all the information.

ANNOUNCEMENT:

OUT with the Monthly Club Newsletter … and IN with the Club News page! In order to bring you more timely news, the monthly club newsletter has been replaced by the CLUB NEWS page where you can get up-to-date information as it happens.

Pickleball Tutor ball machine

Lobster pickleball ball machinePICKLE BALL MACHINE FEEDBACK: Thanks to everyone who came out and tried the machines.  Stand by for more info on this.

VOLUNTEER RECRUITMENT – NOVICE ASSISTANT COACH:

Title: Novice Play Assistant Coach

When: Tuesday/Thursday 12:00 – 1:30 pm 

Where: Pickleball courts at Carrie Blake Park

Purpose: Develop novice players’ basic pickleball skills    

See the Volunteer page. 

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

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. 

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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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

 

 

Int’l Indoor Pickleball Championships May 2018

CONGRATULATIONS to all the Sequim Picklers who won medals at the Centralia tournament.

Men’s Doubles 3.0, 60+
Marty Hoffman/Jim Deckman – Bronze
Men’s Doubles 3.0, below 60
Robert Knapp/Gary Poor – Bronze
Men’s Doubles 4.0, 50+
Arvo Johnson/Lance Hunt – Silver
Men’s Doubles 4.0, 50+
Steve Bennett/John Freeman – Bronze
Men’s Singles 3.5, 19+
Damon Little – Silver

Men’s Singles 3.5, 60+; Forrest Franz – Bronze (no photo)

Men’s Singles 4.0, 50+
Arvo Johnson – Bronze
Mixed Doubles 3.0, Below 60
Patricia Knapp/Robert Knapp – Silver
Mixed Doubles 3.0, 60+
Katinka Nanna/Richard Cary – Gold
Sharman Owings/Gary Poor – Silver
Pam Woodruff/Jim Deckman – Bronze
Mixed Doubles 3.5, 60+
Ruby Pugh/Charlie Pugh – Bronze
Mixed Doubles 4.0, 60+
Beverly Hoffman/Steve Bennett – Silver
Bob Sester/Elizabeth Whelan – Bronze
Mixed Doubles Skill Only 3.0
Christy Marazon/Jay Marazon – Silver
Richard Cary/Katinka Nanna – Bronze
Women’s Doubles 3.0, 50+
Patricia Knapp/Pam Woodruff – gold
Katinka Nanna/Lynda Schroeder – Silver
Women’s Singles 3.5, 50+
Tricia Stratton – Gold
Women’s Doubles 4.0 & 4.5: 60+
Jeannie Ramsey/Beverly Hoffman – Bronze
Women’s Singles 4.0, Below 50
Kendal Hastings – Gold
McKenna Hastings – Bronze
Women’s Doubles 4.5
Kendall Hastings/Allison Hastings – Silver
Women’s Doubles 3.0
Christiane Johnson/Christy Marazon – Bronze

 

 

Club Ratings

It has come to my attention that there may be some confusion around our club ratings scale or just questions in general regarding ratings.  I wanted to give you some information on our club ratings and how they may differ from USAPA tournament ratings scale.

First, within any rating scale there are sometimes 3-5 tiers. Such as, a 3.0 player might come across another 3.0 player that they can easily beat or be easily beaten by.  This is because there are low, medium and high level 3.0’s within that one ranking level.  This goes for every level from 2.5 – 5.0.

Second, club level ratings, including ours, are often a little skewed on the high side because of the personal connection to the players and who is doing the rating.  It is human nature.

Third, geographical areas can sometimes have a different view of what a certain level may be compared to another geographical area.  For example, a 3.5 player from a small pickleball community, like Sequim, might be a 3.0 in Florida or Arizona due to a higher player density and competitive setting with so many tournaments available.

In conclusion, our club rating system is to help our club differentiate our player membership.  This way, we can place similarly skilled players within groups for competitive, fun match ups.  So, when traveling to play in other tournaments, I would play in a half point lower category than my club rating unless you are secure in your abilities.  Once you play a few tournaments outside of our area, you will have a very accurate idea if your club rating is accurate and if you need to adjust what level you are playing in.

I hope this may clear up any confusion out there and pickle on.

Doug Hastings