Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A MEMBER?

You need to be a member of the Sunrise Pickleball Club (SPC) in order to play at Rusch Park during SPC designated drop-in times (listed on home page) and participate in club-sponsored events. A small annual dues is required, and you must submit an application and sign a waiver. Click here to join the club or renew your membership.

WHAT IS A FAMILY MEMBERSHIP?

A Family Membership consists of up to two adults and any children under 18 years of age living together in the same household.

DO I NEED TO CARRY A MEMBERSHIP CARD?

All members of SPC will receive a membership card. Beginning in 2018, you will be emailed a link to a PDF version of your card which you can print out.  The card is good for 1 year. It is not necessary to show your membership card each time you play with the club. You will have to show your card to the Sunrise Recreation and Park District if you want to receive a club discount for a Park District sponsored event, like lessons or tournaments.

DO YOU ALLOW GUESTS?

Non-members are permitted to play as a Guest of the club for up to 3 times. To continue playing after 3 times we request you join the club and pay a small annual dues. Click here to join the club or renew your membership.

IS THERE A BENEFIT TO JOINING THE CLUB?

First, you get to play with all the friendly members of the club during the club’s scheduled drop-in times. You also get to play on some of the best outdoor courts in the area during peak times. Some of the other benefits are:

  • If you join before December 31, 2017, you will get 1 free Onix Pure 2 Outdoor Ball.
  • Allowed to attend all club functions such as potlucks, social events, intra-club tournaments, Round Robins, etc.
  • If the Sunrise Recreation and Park District partners with a teaching pro for pickleball lessons, as a club member you will get a reduced price.
  • You will also get a reduced registration fee for any tournaments sponsored by the Sunrise Recreation and Park District if you volunteer to be a tournament referee.

WHY DO I HAVE TO PAY TO PLAY ON PUBLIC COURTS?

Players do not have to pay to play at Rusch Park on afternoons, evenings, or Saturdays. The Sunrise Recreation and Park District has granted the club access to the courts on the mornings of Monday through Friday, and Sunday. In order to play with us during those times, you need to be a member of the club. So you are actually paying to be a member of the club, which gives you access to the courts during the club drop-in times, and gives you other benefits as listed above. Please read the history of the club to learn about why it was necessary to form a club at Rusch Park.

HOW ARE CLUB FUNDS USED?

Money collected from membership dues, fundraisers, sale of club t-shirts, donations, etc. go towards maintenance and upgrades to the courts, and the administrative requirements of running the club.

ARE MY ANNUAL CLUB DUES TAX DEDUCTIBLE?

No. The IRS in Publication 463 (Travel, Entertainment, Gift and Car Expenses) is very specific regarding deducting club dues and membership fees. Any club that is organized for pleasure, recreation OR other social purposes is not a deductible expense.

WHEN ARE YOUR DROP-IN TIMES?

SPC plays on the mornings of Monday through Friday, and Sunday at the Rusch Park outdoor courts. Check the home page for current start and end times, as the times vary according to the season– earlier in the summer to avoid the heat, and later in the winter to avoid the cold.

DO YOU PLAY ANY OTHER TIMES?

Many members and non-members play at Rusch Park during times that are not designated as SPC drop-in-play times: nights, afternoons, Saturdays, etc. The PlayTime Scheduler website is the best way to schedule or join a play session outside of drop-in hours.

DOES THE CLUB PLAY WHEN IT RAINS?

For safety reasons, the club does not play at Rusch Park when it rains. Click here for a list of area locations that offer indoor play.

I'M A BEGINNER. CAN I STILL PLAY WITH YOU?

Absolutely. SPC welcomes players of all skill levels. We have a reputation of being the friendliest club in the area. Our members range from beginners to the highest level of play. Come out and enjoy the sport of Pickleball!

IS THERE A DROP-IN FEE?

SPC does not charge a daily drop-in fee. To play at Rusch Park during the club designated drop in times, you must be a member of the club. Non-members can play as a guest of the club up to 3 times. To continue playing after 3 times, you will need to join the club and pay a small annual dues. Click here to join the club or renew your membership.

CAN MY FOURSOME RESERVE A COURT?

Rusch Park and SPC do not currently allow court reservations.

WHAT ARE THE HOME COURT RULES?

Click here to read about court rules and etiquette. The court rules should also be posted at the courts.

DO YOU HAVE A CHALLENGE COURT?

We have one court (Court 4) designated as the Challenge Court. However, if there are 12 or more players waiting for a court, the Challenge Court is eliminated and becomes part of the regular court rotation. Click here to read the Challenge Court rules. The rules for the Challenge Court should also be posted at the courts.

CAN ANYONE PLAY ON THE CHALLENGE COURT?

Yes. Simply sign up on the Challenge Court board if you would like to play there.

DOES THE CLUB PROVIDE BALLS?

Players are required to provide their own pickleballs. The current popular ball is the Onix Pure 2 outdoor ball. You will receive one of these balls for free if you join the club in 2017. You may also purchase balls for personal use from the club at the current price of $5 for 2 balls.

DOES THE CLUB PROVIDE LOANER PADDLES?

Players are required to provide their own paddle. However, the club does have a few wood paddles available for loan to new players until they purchase their own paddle. You may also be able to borrow one from a player who has extras. A good source for purchasing new paddles is www.pickleballcentral.com. They have a good selection, and will help players select a paddle appropriate for their skill level. SPC members can receive a 5% discount from Pickleball Central– contact us to get the discount code.

ARE THERE CHAIRS AT THE COURTS?

Seating is very limited at the courts. Most players bring their own chair to use during their rest periods. Chairs can be set up inside the East fence.

DO YOU HAVE A LOST AND FOUND?

Players sometimes leave items at the courts. Check the Lost and Found page for the current lost and found items. All items are kept in the club storage locker located near the courts. Contact a club officer to get access to the storage locker.

DOES THE CLUB SELL T-SHIRTS?

Yes, SPC does have club T-shirts. Both men’s and women’s V-neck dri-fit shirts are available at $15 each. If interested, contact us.

ARE THERE BATHROOMS NEAR THE COURTS?

Yes, there are bathrooms located next to the courts. They are locked with a code. Contact a club officer at the courts to get the code. During Park District business hours there are also indoor bathrooms at the gymnasium.

WHAT IF THE COURTS ARE LOCKED?

The courts are supposed to be unlocked by 7:00AM each morning and locked at 10:00PM. If the courts are locked during these times, first try to locate a Park maintenance person to unlock the gates. If that fails, contact the Park District at 916-725-6287 or 916-725-1585. Several club officers have gate keys so they will also be able to unlock the courts.

IS THERE A FIRST AID KIT AT THE COURTS?

There should be a First Aid Kit available at the courts during club play. If it is not there when you need it, contact a club officer who can get it from the club storage shed.

DO YOU OFFER PICKLEBALL LESSONS?

SPC does not currently conduct scheduled lessons. We do help new players learn the rules of the game and teach basic skills. The Sunrise Recreation and Park District periodically conducts lessons with a pro pickleball instructor. Click here to check out the current lesson offerings.

ARE THE COURTS LIGHTED?

There are lights at the courts for night play. Quarters are not required. The light switches are located on the green box outside of Court 3, between the courts and the swimming pool. To turn on the lights, press both of the buttons. They are supposed to stay on for 30 to 40 minutes. Before turning off, a horn on a post near Court 1 will sound, and you will need to go push the buttons again within 5 minutes. If they turn off, you will need to wait awhile for them to cool down before you can turn them back on.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?

Wearing appropriate workout clothing and proper footwear will help ensure your safety during play. Proper shoes are a must. Outdoor court shoes (such as for tennis) are recommended. Visors, hats, sunglasses, sunscreen and water are also advisable. Do not play on the courts when they are wet and slippery.

HOW CAN I GET MORE INVOLVED?

The club has Officer meetings quarterly and general membership meetings twice a year. We encourage all members to attend, speak up, and vote on the important matters affecting the future direction of the club. The club also has board elections each October for the following year. Please consider volunteering for a board position to help keep the club operating. See our club bylaws for a description of these positions. The club periodically has members-only tournaments, Round Robins, potlucks, etc. These events need help from our members. The Sunrise Recreation and Park District also sponsors tournaments each year, and requests help from SPC in running the tournament, such as court cleanup, refereeing, etc.

WHAT IS PLAYER RATING?

You'll often hear pickleball players describe themselves with a number.  Ratings are on a scale of 1.0 to 5.0, with half point increments.  If you plan on playing in tournaments, you will need to assess your rating so that you can enter the appropriate level bracket. Click here for more detailed information on player ratings.

WHAT IS USAPA?

The USA Pickleball Association (USAPA) was organized to promote  the growth and development of pickleball, not only on a national but an international level. This organization provides players with official rules, tournaments, rankings, and promotional materials. 

WHAT ARE USAPA AMBASSADORS?

USAPA Ambassadors are volunteers who have pledged to promote the sport of pickleball and the USAPA in the local area they have applied to represent. They may be individuals or couples, or a group of ambassadors working together as a team. The main prerequisite is a love of the sport and the desire to share our game with others of all ages. Some full-time RV’ers are Ambassadors ‘at large’ who promote our sport during their travels. Our Citrus Heights area ambassador is Steve Cooper. You can usually find Steve out on the courts. Click here for more information on USAPA Ambassadors.

WHAT IS THE IFP?

The International Federation of Pickleball (IFP), the world governing body of pickleball, was established to perpetuate the development and growth of the sport throughout the world. The IFP’s goal is to introduce pickleball to all nations so that they may embrace the sport as one of their national sports, and ultimately to achieve official recognition by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in order to establish pickleball as an Olympic sport. Click here for more information about the IFP.

WHAT SHOULD I DO IN CASE OF EMERGENCY?

In an emergency or if needing assistance during an accident while at the Rusch Park Courts, please dial 911 and give the court address: Rusch Park, 7801 Auburn Blvd, Citrus Heights CA 95610.

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