Club News

THERE’S LOTS OF NEWS, SCROLL DOWN TO VIEW IT ALL.  ITEMS ARE UPDATED WEEKLY. THE ORDER AND CONTENT OF ITEMS MAY CHANGE. 

ADOPT-A-HIGHWAY CLEANUP:
 
I know that many of you would jump at the chance to get out, even if it’s to pick up other people’s garbage.  Sorry to get your hopes up, but I checked with Washington’s DOT and the highway cleanup program is on hold.  Feel free to practice at home meanwhile, though personally I’m finding that having the time to do some cleanup tasks doesn’t make them any less boring.
Wishing you health,
Your ‘What a load of rubbish’ team of Pam Woodruff and Richard Carey

 

OUTDOOR PLAY SUSPENDED: We have temporarily suspended ALL organized play. The Boys & Girls Club is CLOSED until further notice, and there is NO RATED PLAY or OPEN PLAY TIME scheduled outside for the time being.
MARCH 22 MESSAGE FROM KENDAL, DOCO:
I have bleached everything I could inside the shed. We have made the decision to keep the shed LOCKED until further notice. 
I am currently laying low for now as much as I can. I still am working taking care of cancer patients, but I am trying to be careful. 
The reality of the mortality rates are on my mind: 
10-19 ages is 0.2%, 20’s is 0.09%, 30’s is 0.2%, 40’s is 0.4%, 50’s is 1.3%, 60’s is 4.6%, 70’s is 8%, 80’s and up is 18%.  
These numbers vary depending on what study you look at, but the trend is the same on all of them: The older you are the worse the mortality rates are. 
The mortality rates for underlying conditions are: Heart issues 13.2%, Diabetes 9.2%, Respiratory Problems 8%, High Blood Pressure 8.4%, Cancer 7.6%.  
I would like to go visit my 80 plus neighbor but I won’t because I don’t know if I have the virus or not.  I will not take that chance with their lives.
The scientific brain power of the world is focused on this right now.  They are working on the problem, and I am confident that they will come up with a treatment that will mitigate the symptoms.  But the scientific world needs time, and we need to do all we can to help FLATTEN THE CURVE. The information is changing daily.  We might know something in a couple of weeks that we wish we would have know today.  There will be no way to roll the clock back. 
So I (and the rest of the Board) urge each of you to be conservative for right now.  This is why I shut and locked the shed.  I do not want it to look like business as usual because it should not be.  Thanks for understanding. 

Kendal WakeDOCO  

 

NEW TRIAL RATINGS PROCEDURE: Keeping track of the scores on Rated Play Saturday’s will start 3-21.  We need you to sign up.  The directions were mailed out this week and can also be found from the Members Only Menu.  Eighteen people have informed me that they have registered so far.  I hope you will take the time to do so this week.  Let me know when you have so I can put you in our Sequim Picklers group on PickleballBrackets.com

BOYS & GIRLS CLUB CHANGE: ***Starting April 6th the Boys and Girls Club will be  Members-Only Play at the same fee of 2 dollars.*** Gold Members – no fee.

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 the Main Entrance on the East side of the courts.  There is a mat for cleaning your shoes. Thank you! 

SEQUIM FLING: It’s that time of year to SIGN UP for the Sequim Picklers SEQUIM FLING scheduled for May 28-31 2020, at Carrie Blake Park. We’ve got lots of interest this year… Sequim Picklers are encouraged to get signed up soon for this non sanctioned tournament, with rated events from 2.5 and up! See all the information on our 2020 Sequim Fling Tournament page.

CLINICS FOR 2.5’s: The 2.5-3.0 class is going well.  We have been working on court positioning, defense at the kitchen line, proper body posture for making shots, etc..  It has been well attended.  We are planning on continuing next week Tuesday and Thursday at 11:00 am.

BOARD MEETING: The next Board Meeting will be

April 19th 3:00 to 5:00 PM
Boys & Girls Club on Fir Street
All Active Members Welcome to Attend

Round Robin Play & Open Play at B & G Club:
Round Robin Play will continue on Mondays in March (March 22) at the Boys & Girls Club on Fir Street. The time slot for 2.5’s and 3.0’s is 6:00 to 7:30 PM. The 3.5’s to 4.0’s will be from 7:30 to 9:00 PM.  Be sure to show up on time so that you can be included in the Round Robin play. Rally scoring all night. On alternating weeks there will be open play (March 16).  We will alternate round robin play with open play for a couple of months (*our calendar will be updated to reflect the changes to our schedule).
Skinny singles challenges have been happening.  We had one person move up this week from 3.0 to 3.5.  If you want to challenge up let me or Robert Rankin know and we will set it up inside or outside your choice.  Sunday from 8:00 am to 9:00 am, inside at Boys & Girls Club, will be extra play time for skinny singles, regular singles or some doubles.  If you are thinking of challenging up in the future and want some experience with skinny singles, come down to the Fir Street Boys & Girls Club on Sunday morning to get your feet wet.  Kendal Wake, Director of Court Operations 

SIGN IN PLEASE: An important note from Sharman Owings, our Club President:
“Hello to all you pickleball-peeps. Hope this glorious weather finds you on the courts, enjoying every minute. Just a bit of housekeeping…
The question of sign in/no sign in keeps creeping to the surface. As your humble President, I would like to request that we continue to sign in. Better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it. Let’s err on the side of caution, and not make this a big, unnecessary conversation.
It is SUCH a small thing.
Sign your name then go PLAY!”

Adopt-A-Highway:  The Sequim Picklers would like to thank JoAnne Yerkes for leading the Adopt-A-Highway clean up crew for the past year. Thank you for your hard work, JoAnne!

We are now looking for a new Highway Clean-Up Organizer to take over duties for the next year!  The next clean up will be April 18th! 

Please contact sequimpicklers@gmail.com to find out more, or to volunteer for this position.

 

PA INDOOR PLAY: When the weather is too bad to play outside check out the Vern Burton Schedule for pickleball. The link can be found on the Pickleball Resources page.

NAME BADGES:

Warren has taken over name badge distribution.  As Membership Chair this really fits well with his responsibilities.  See Warren if you still need your badge.    

Kendal Wake, Director of Court Operations

CAMERAS ON THE COURTS: I am still working on the camera.  I met with the church today in our ongoing efforts to get things working properly.  Thanks for your patience. Members can access it from the Members Only Menu.

Kendal Wake, DOCO

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

SEQUIM PICKLER SHIRTS AVAILABLE:

I had a request for more shirts to be ordered, these requests were for some colors and sizes we did not have.  Because of the low order quantity the price was closer to $30 rather than $15 — So orders are on hold for now.  If you don’t mind paying the extra you can order from Captain T’s in Port Angeles 360-452-6549. They have our logo, and you can get it printed in a variety of colors and sizes. We still have quite a collection of shirts available for purchase. We do ask that you choose a plain article of clothing ~only~ for anything with the Pickler logo.

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. The ball machine appears to be functional again.  We used it today without any issue.  Please continue to use the checkout procedure.  If you’re using it for a long time you can use the supplemental power pack and the extension cord I brought down. 

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).

See you at the courts!

Krista Rambow, Director of Communications

    

 

 

 

 
 
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