In honor of April as National Pickleball Month, the club hosted its first ever "Bring a Newbie Day" event on Sunday, April 22nd. This was a chance for members to introduce friends and family to the sport we all love, in a welcoming and educational environment. We had a total of 35 newbies and 9 volunteer instructors. For nearly 2 hours, all available courts (even the old tennis courts!) were filled with smiling beginners. A big thanks to everyone who volunteered for this event, and to those who trusted us with their spare paddles! We hope to do more newbie events in the future, so start bugging your "unenlightened" friends to come on out and learn to play Pickleball!
Our final quarterly Round Robin Mixer of the year was held on Saturday, December 2nd. Despite earlier forecasts of rain, it ended up being a dry (though chilly) morning— another beautiful day for Pickleball!
Players were divided into two skill divisions: Intermediate (2.5-3.0) and Advanced (3.5-4.0). We ended up with 16 players in the lower division, and 32 players in the upper division. After 6 rounds, we added up each player's total points to determine the top 2 players in each division:
Intermediate: Barbara Ivanusich & Pam Reilly
Advanced: Gordon Hunt & Peter-Charles Jordan
We then paired these players up and had a finals round consisting of a single game to 15. Peter and Pam took first place and won $20 restaurant gift cards. Gordon and Barbara were runners-up, and received $10 gift cards to Mr. Pickles. Thank you to everyone who played their heart out today and made this Round Robin a huge success!
Our third quarterly Round Robin Mixer was held on Saturday, September 16th, 2017. We tried something new this time and split players into two skill divisions: Intermediate (2.5-3.0) and Advanced (3.5-4.0). We ended up with 20 players in the lower division, and 28 players in the upper division. After 6 rounds of fun and competitive play, the top 2 players in each division were named as follows:
Intermediate: Rodney Coleman & Connie Chambas
Advanced: Greg Giles & Kathy Yamamoto
To determine first and second place winners, we then paired these players up (one from each division per team) and had a Finals match consisting of a single game to 15. In the end, Connie and Greg triumphed and claimed their first place prizes of $20 restaurant gift cards. Kathy and Rodney went home with $10 gift cards to Mr. Pickles and the satisfaction of knowing they were at the top of their respective divisions.
After the winners were declared, members enjoyed a BBQ picnic lunch courtesy of the club. Chef Rodney, the club's Event Planner, not only kicked butt on the court that day but was responsible for putting together this delicious lunch (with help from Jackie of course). Thank you Rodney- I bet you slept well that night! And thank you to the rest of the board for your time spent putting together this fantastic event.
Sarah Ansboury, the 2016 US Open Women’s and Mixed Doubles Champion, will be offering clinics, privates and semi-privates Sept 22-24 at Rusch Park. Sarah will be joined by her coach, Linh Ansboury, for this event. Linh has experience in multiple sports outside of Pickleball, with a sports and bio-mechanic background. Come learn from one of the top players in the world right here on our home courts!
Friday 9/22 Clinics
8:00am-10:30am: 3.5 skill level
11:00am-1:30pm: 4.0 skill level
Saturday 9/23 Clinic
8:00am-12:00pm: 3.5 and above skill levels
Sunday 9/24 Clinic
9:00am-11:30am: 3.0 skill level
Register here for any of the above clinics.
Time slots for private/semi-private lessons will also be available after the clinics. To register for privates/semi-privates (up to four people) contact Sarah at email@example.com
The club's second ever Round Robin Mixer was held on Saturday, June 24th, 2017. All of the 48 available spots were claimed by members anxious to compete, even after this week's record-breaking heat wave. Fortunately, Pickleballers are no strangers to getting up early, and everyone agreed to start bright and early at 7:00am in order to beat the heat. It ended up being a beautiful morning, and we had plenty of shade, ice-cold Gatorade, and popsicles on hand to keep cool. Steve and Reine kept score and called out the matches to make sure the courts were constantly filled. We quickly breezed through 6 rounds of play, and after totaling the points, 3 clear winners emerged:
First place: Jiren Tan, who was undefeated with 66 points!
Second place: Kaiyu Shan, with 63 points
Third place: Peter Jordan, with 62 points
The winners each received restaurant gift cards, drawstring bags, and pickleballs.
A big thanks to the SPC Board of Directors who worked hard to put on this event, and thank you to our wonderful members who make it so much fun and WORTH IT!