The pickleball courts at Rusch Park are currently closed. Sacramento County and the State of California have issued Shelter in Place orders. The County order, which requires all public park amenties to remain closed, is set to expire May 1st, but may be extended.
We are sprucing up our grounds!!! Ozzie, our amazing green thumb professional, has agreed to lead the efforts.
A big THANK YOU to all the amazing people that came out so far to volunteer their time with the park pathway clean up. None of this would have been possible without your kindness or generosity, and I really appreciate each and every one of you. It takes a village, people, and I am so thankful to be a part of this one.
Check out https://photos.app.goo.gl/AnAUCPThzAUF4jNk6 for photos from Saturday morning.
The next phase of our project includes sourcing some wood chips from a local tree trimming company. We will be receiving a LARGE supply of wood chips, and this part of the project will require a lot of people-power and possible use of extra wheelbarrows (maybe even a small pick-up truck if someone has one we can use). When we have more details and set a date for the delivery, we will send out another e-mail looking for more volunteers. Stay tuned!
Our Pickleball 101 sessions have been a HUGE success!
Every Saturday morning at 8:00am on courts 5 and 6, the public is welcome to join us for a FREE beginner clinic. Learn how to play the fastest growing sport in America! Experienced players will be on hand to help you learn the ropes. You'll be playing your first real games in no time. Newer players who just want to practice in a low pressure environment are also welcome to join the fun.
We will provide paddles and balls. Wear comfortable court shoes and bring water.
Register on PlayTime Scheduler or text Amy at 916.474.0831 for more information.
With double the courts, we are now able to accommodate up to 96 players in each Round Robin division! Pre-registration is no longer required – simply show up and play!
We used a new format which assigned matches randomly using a deck of cards. Each player was dealt a card at the start of each round. The number on the card was their court number. Hearts & Diamonds were teammates and Clubs & Spades were teammates. Black team served first; red team chose side.
Each round of play was 10-12 minutes. Instead of stopping at 11, players tried to win as many points as they could in that time! We played for 6 rounds.
All players were given a scoresheet and tracked their own scores. On Saturday, the top 4 players (by total points) went into a playoff game to determine winners and runner ups. On Sunday, we decided to have separate finals for men and women in order to make things more interesting.
Here were the results:
Upper Division Men
Winners: John House & Janus Klecki
Runners up: Robert Beanland & Kingsley Lee
Upper Division Women
Winners: Kathy Yamamoto & Val Graden
Runners up: Sue O’Connell & Julie Rathbone
Winners: Wade Nonnenberg & Max Kennegott
Runners up: Tom Bylsma & Ken Barton
The park district has required us to make a few small changes to our current rules:
The public courts are now Courts 8 & 9 (no longer court 12). These courts must be vacated if members of the public are waiting. If used by members, Court 8 will be part of the "2 on 2 off" rotation, and Court 9 will be part of the "4 on 4 off" rotation.
Courts 5-6 will be designated as a Beginner Courts. These courts may be used as part of the "4 on 4 off" rotation, but must be vacated upon completion of your game if a group of beginners are waiting.