Monthly Archives: November 2017

This and That…….

So the pickleball season’s ramping  up and there’s excitement building about:

  • Desert Pickleball League begins its inaugural year in January and the co-captains of our three teams are meeting with the League officials this week to discuss all the terms of Indian Ridge’s participation. If you haven’t signed up to play on one of the teams or not sure if you’re already on the roster, check with the one of our co-captains:

For Men’s Doubles (played Thursdays @ 1pm): Dean Weise and Clark Shewfelt

For Women’s Doubles (played Thursdays @ 1pm): Kim Boestam & Nancy Shewfelt

For Mixed Doubles (played Sundays @ 1pm): Susan Van Geel & MJ Chapman

  • Inter-club Matches begin on an every-two-weeks basis in January but we expect to host both Toscana CC and Mission Hills CC on December dates TBD; stay tuned for these match dates.
  • Open Play continues on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4-6pm and on Saturdays and Sundays at 9-11am;

In the mean time, here’s a video to watch of “mature folks” playing a gold medal match at the 2017 Nationals earlier this month. Maybe we’ll find some inspiring play we can replicate?

Attention, please…….

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Evening Play at Sun Down

The Tuesday and Thursday evening pickleball matches under lights, as the sun goes down, have been just great (Arroyo Grille thereafter has been swell too). But it’s just one of the regular events we’ll be having this season. There will be inter-club matches starting soon and in January the Desert Pickleball League is scheduled to start it’s first year. We’re building the rosters for the three teams we expect to field. So, if you haven’t signed up, please do with a reply below.  A summary of the League’s operation is repeated below.*

Also, there’s a one-day round robin mini-tournament that some of us are playing in at Demuth Park in Palm Springs on Sunday morning, December 3rd.. It’s a good way to test one’s game in a competitive but friendly setting (and only a $15 cost). Let us know if you’re interested, and we’ll send on the flyer for you to consider. 

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“As mentioned in an earlier blog, the Coachella Valley Grande Prix organization that currently runs the Desert Tennis League is now forming Desert Pickleball Leagues. Matches will start in January and end in late March, with an awards luncheon. There will be a Men’s and a Women’s doubles league, with teams playing weekly here and at other clubs at 1pm on Thursdays. There’s also plans for a mixed doubles league, with teams playing at 1pm on Sundays here and at other clubs.  Skill levels 3.0-4.5 will be accommodated in each league. The expected individual cost for participating in each  league, that includes the league’s awards luncheon, is $40.

We’ve been asked to provide the organizers with an indication of interest from our members before the Captains meeting late this month.  Sooo, please let us know below if  you are likely to participate in which of the leagues. Your reply will not be a final commitment but a good indication of interest; we’ll have much more information to share in this regard following the Captains meeting.   Also, let us know if you have a pickleball friend or acquaintance who might like to play on one of our IRCC teams, as we can have a level of non-IRCC-members on the team if we have a need to complete our roster. So, Please reply now below.”

 

A very busy pickleball season. Are you in???

As mentioned in an earlier blog, the Coachella Valley Grande Prix organization that currently runs the Desert Tennis League is now forming Desert Pickleball Leagues. Matches will start in January and end in late March, with an awards luncheon. There will be a Men’s and a Women’s doubles league, with teams playing weekly here and at other clubs at 1pm on Thursdays. There’s also plans for a mixed doubles league, with teams playing at 1pm on Sundays here and at other clubs.  Skill levels 3.0-4.5 will be accommodated in each league. The expected individual cost for participating in each  league, that includes the league’s awards luncheon, is $40.

We’ve been asked to provide the organizers with an indication of interest from our members before the Captains meeting late this month.  Sooo, please let us know below if  you are likely to participate in which of the leagues. Your reply will not be a final commitment but a good indication of interest; we’ll have much more information to share in this regard following the Captains meeting.   Also, let us know if you have a pickleball friend or acquaintance who might like to play on one of our IRCC teams, as we can have a level of non-IRCC-members on the team if we have a need to complete our roster. So, Please reply now below.

Thanks and see you on the courts.

 

A Couple of Photos of Interest…

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A piece of ..court?

This one speaks to a firm dedication to the ultimate sport: Pickleball. And it was tasty too (no, that wasn’t all eaten by me …. burp, burp!)

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Sun goes down over #4

This was the scene over court #4 as the sun started down last Thursday evening and we took a breather between matches. Great to play and then sit and chat it up on Tuesdays and Thursdays,  beginning now at 4pm and ending ????.

Evening play time change…..

Folks,

We’ve had much fun playing pickle at 5pm on Tuesday and Thursday this last week. So, we hate to change anything but the fall back of the clock tonight has a number of you suggesting that we fall back our play time to 4pm, and assure that we start in daylight for the next few months. Also, starting an hour earlier gets us to the bar menu at the Club or elsewhere with some time to spare.

See you all at the courts.

 

Evening play and then????

The pickleball play on Tuesday and Thursday  evenings at 5-7pm has been much fun, with some going out for supper together thereafter (dinking improves the appetite and thirst?). Now that the Arroyo Grill is open until 8pm, it’s expected that some will head that way. However, as a heads-up, there’s a dress code we need to observe:

tennis attire is OK, but requires collared shirts (or a warmup jacket, etc.);

men can’t wear a hat (ah, but women can);

I didn’t check but probably racquets, etc. should be left outside or put in the coat room (is there one?).

Anyways, see you on the courts.