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.
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. A comment period on current ratings is open until Dec 1.
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
PORT ANGELES PICKLEBALL TOURNAMENT: Feb 22-24, 2019. Go to Tournaments for full details.
BLUE HOLE BASH RESULTS – Click here.
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 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.
LEARN ABOUT CLUB RATINGS: Doug Hastings shares some insights on Club ratings. Click here to learn more.
PRIVATE PICKLEBALL LESSONS:
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.
CONGRATULATIONS to all the Sequim Picklers who won medals at the Centralia tournament.
Men’s Singles 3.5, 60+; Forrest Franz – Bronze (no photo)
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.