…. to run all the great stuff this club does!
We are so lucky to have such a talented, engaged club. When the call went out to find people to fill the BIG shoes left behind by our beloved first, but retiring, Director of Court Opertions Ben Sanders, the response was amazing!
First we’ll start with a summary of how the Court Operations organized. Below that is a brief activity description, list of names and pictures of the generous members that stepped up to help keep this organization running smoothly. Please thank them every chance you get!
The Director of Court Operations (DOCO) sits as a voting member on the Sequim Pickler Board of Directors. This person is voted in by the membership, or a recommendation is made by the Nominating Committee to the Board for approval when there is an unexpected vacancy, like in the case of Ben.
The Director of Courts Operations can select an Assistant Director of Court Operations (ADOCO) to help manage the operations and support or fill in for all the activity managed by this post.
The DOCO and ADOCO are members of and are supported by an advisory committee called Pickleball Court Operations Committee (PCOC). This spreads the strategy, planning and decision making to a larger group and provides a forum for the membership if they need to voice issues or concerns about court operations. This is a formal committee with a Chair, Vice Chair, regular meetings, agendas and minutes. When necessary, items are reported to the board by the DOCO during board meetings or in an emergency, through email.
The following activities are considered in scope for Court Operations and can be run by separate teams, reporting to the DOCO, all working within a framework established by the PCOC.
- Indoor Play (B&G Club)
- Outdoor Play (New Courts)
- League Play (includes tracking ladder play and ratings)
- Reffing (League play / tournaments)
- Tournaments (1st one in the fall of 2018)
- Club Exchanges (to and from neighboring communities and clubs)
- Instructional Programs (Clinics, Kids Programs)
Director Of Court Operations – Christy Marazon
Assistant Director of Court Operations – Mike Cooper
Pickleball Court Operations Committee (PCOC)
- Mary Helen Benapfl
- Sharman Owings
- Christy Marazon
- Mike Cooper
- CLICK HERE to see PCOC charter, minutes and agendas.
Indoor Play – Frank Mauger, Bea Albarado, Gary Poor
Responsible for opening, closing and managing play inside the B&GC. Works with Christy Marazon who is the liaison with the B&GC managers on facility issues / concerns.
Outdoor Play – Rich Bemm
Responsible for managing play at Carrie Blake Park to ensure that Competitive Play, Social Play and Novice Play all receive sufficient court time.
League Play – Ron Halpern, Diane Froula, Jim and Suzi Schuenemann, Pam Woodruff, Roger Mull, Mary Helen Benapfl, Kendall Wake
Organize League Play and maintain records of league results. Organize competitive ladder play and maintain records and current standings.
Refereeing – Marty Hoffman, Cherry Bibler, Roger Mull, et al.
Instruct volunteers in refereeing for all forms of competitive play. Ensure referees are available for competitive events.
Tournament Team – Christy Marazon, Mike Cooper, Debbie Madden, Pam Woodruff, Katinka Nanna, Suzi Scheunemann. Also: Lynda Schroeder (Hostess), Damon Little (Tech), Suzi and Jim Schuenemann (sponsors), Cherry Bibler, Tricia Stratton, Caryn Little.
Organize open tournaments at Carrie Blake Park. Publicize event and perform specific tournament functions: Record results, schedule matches, welcome visitors, etc.
Club Exchanges – Communicate with clubs in surrounding communities.
Instructional Programs – Stage clinics for members’ improvement. Recruit and instruct young players to grow game. Provide beginners classes regardless of age.