Monthly Archives: April 2018

News of sorts………

20180420_193023

Folks, You might recognize three of these handsome guys (pickleballers Sapa, Smith, and Heinz). They won a mini golf tournament this week, which gives force to the idea of a golf/pickleball day next season ( like Tennis’s “Bogies and Faults”). What think you?

Oh, for those of you signing up for the initial one-hour clinics next Tuesday, 4/24, with Denise or the one with Karen on Thursday, 5/3, please pay these certified instructors at the time with $20 in cash or check. There’s been a lot of signup activity, so there’s likely to be added clinics in May.

Finally, we all want to have an edge in our play, so you might like this video on one way  to “take advantage” on the court. Just click on the link below.

“Take Advantage” Video

What do you think?

Clinics and more clinics………….

Folks,  One of the most prominent “wishes” in our recent survey of Indian Ridge pickleballers was the availability of on-site clinics by qualified instructors to develop our pickleball skills and winning strategies.  Well, we’ve got good news: we have two certified instructors who have offered their help for the remainder of this season and the 2018-2019 season.    It’s expected to have one of the instructors available for two or three clinics in the mornings and the other for clinics in the afternoons, for different skill level groups (beyond the free Saturday introductory sessions our member-volunteers provide for entry-level people) . The morning instructor is Denise Boutin and the afternoon instructor is Karen Gysin. They have agreed to holding a couple of initial clinics for 3 or 4 intermediate players over the next few weeks, as the season winds down, so we can get a fast start next season.   The dates and times of these initial clinics are as follows, and you can signup by clicking on the appropriate link below to email your request to your respective instructor (if per chance these links don’t work, you can email Denise directly at nccommander28@gmail.com and Karen at kgysin22@aol.com) . The individual rates for these initial clinics is $15 or $20, depending if there are 3 or 4 participants in any one clinic. If you have any questions about the program, there’s a link for that below as well.

I want the 8:30am Tuesday, April 24, Clinic

I want the 3pm, Thursday, May 3, Clinic

Questions about the Clinics Program

The “Wish List” advisory………….

WishListSurvey

Folks,  Some weeks ago we asked for your wishes  for improving the pickleball  “experience” here at Indian Ridge.  Well, we were somewhat surprised to receive so many valuable ideas.  These ideas are outlined in the above attached Survey summary, with some of the most prominent ones leading to  “Current Actions,” as described on the last page. Once you have a chance to look at this, we’d appreciate receiving comments or questions (just click on the email link below). Lastly, thanks for the time and efforts of  David Garfinkel, Nancy Smith and MJ Chapman, and our leader, Randy Berg, in digesting and evaluating all of these wishes.

Your Comments and Questions

Anybody???????

Hello, Anybody there??

We’ve had such a weather issue with the wind yesterday, and the looming  matches tomorrow with Trilogy, that we’re wondering if there’s some of you who might want to play this nice afternoon, today at 3pm.  No need to sign in, just come on down to the courts.

Trilogy Match Saturday………………..

Here’s a correction to the earlier blog, i.e. we still have two openings for the Saturday matches with Trilogy. Please let us know your availability by emailing below.  

“Folks, The Trilogy/La Quinta Club pickleballers will be here this Saturday (April 14) for round-robin matches that begin at 9am. As we did last Sunday, we’ll be inviting them to join some of us at Jk’s for brunch after playing (it’s “Dutch” of course). Here’s our committed roster at this time, which is almost full, with only a couple of spots available:

MEN                                                                    WOMEN

  1. Glenn Sapa                                             1. Susan Bogan
  2. Dave Ross                                                  2. Charlene Nelson
  3. Jim Gilford                                                3. Beth Keno
  4. Tom Herman                                            4. Mary Herman
  5. Jon Van Geel                                             5. Sue Van Geel
  6. Peter Evans
  7. Dean Wiese

To fill those remaining spots and if there’s any question about the above, please click on the link below and send us an email. Otherwise, we’ll see you at the courts around 8:30am to warm up for the start of matches at 9am.”

Your email link.

The Trilogy match on Saturday………..

Folks, The Trilogy/La Quinta Club pickleballers will be here this Saturday (April 14) for round-robin matches that begin at 9am. As we did last Sunday, we’ll be inviting them to join some of us at Jk’s for brunch after playing (it’s “Dutch” of course). Here’s our committed roster at this time, which is almost full, with only a couple of spots available:

MEN                                                                    WOMEN

  1. Glenn Sapa                                             1. Susan Bogan
  2. Dave Ross                                                  2. Charlene Nelson
  3. Jim Gilford                                                3. Beth Keno
  4. Tom Herman                                            4. Mary Herman
  5. Jon Van Geel                                             5. Sue Van Geel
  6. Peter Evans
  7. Dean Wiese

To fill those remaining spots and if there’s any question about the above, please click on the link below and send us an email. Otherwise, we’ll see you at the courts around 8:30am to warm up for the start of matches at 9am.

Here’s my question.

PS: Rod Smith wants to send his thanks for the super-nice plaque and gift bestowed on him the other eve. He says he’s humbled by this recognition ( but, as you can see below, he looks sorta emboldened and probably should be watched carefully).

20180408_103710

 

The Inter-Club question………..

Folks,  You might like to see the response we received after sending a statement to the lady who asked our collective opinion on whether the inter-club program should be under the aegis of the USAPA, with the suggestion of a strictly competitive format, ratings, necessary USAPA memberships and fees, etc. First, the statement we sent, and then the response received yesterday.

Our Statement: “We think that much of the value of the inter-club events, that you’ve so well facilitated, would be lost by converting it into a tightly-structured series of regulated events, focused on recorded competitions versus friendly games. When we first held an inter-club at Indian Ridge a couple of years ago, we started to keep and compile the scores of each match. Then we realized that it did not fit the round-robin format we were using on each court to maximize the mixing of players at similar skill levels. It was really a get-to-know-you format that provided the experience of playing with and against different styles and tactics. In most events since, we have either borrowed or loaned players to fill short rosters or gender gaps, which would lead to frustration and a default in measured competitions. Also, in order to help smaller clubs with limited numbers of available players, we put together a couple of three-clubs-combined  events that went very well and allowed these smaller clubs to participate (something we should try to facilitate in the future). We also started having a social hour after playing that has been well-received, expanding personal acquaintances, and further “humanizing” the event with another club’s members.

Having just canvased our member-pickleballers for their opinion on this issue, I can report unanimous thinking that inter-club events are “for fun and camaraderie,” as one member put it, and “the round-robin style makes it much more friendly and social,” as another put it. It’s not that our members shy away from competition. We’ve joined in the inaugural Desert Pickleball Men’s and Women’s Doubles Leagues that provide the opportunity for the structured competition, and it’s planned to add a Mixed Doubles League next year, as well. Then too, a number of our members are competing in local USAPA-sanctioned tournaments and round-robin competitions. So, we at Indian Ridge encourage you to continue to lead the inter-club program in its current form. As we proposed before, we’d be happy to support your efforts in this regard, and look forward to the 2019 season. Perhaps we can discuss all this further at the planning meeting in November.
Hope this helps,”

The Response: “Thank you Rodney. I agree with you all the way along. I love your idea of having a three club participation also. There is a possibility I might have tow different inter club participations. One structured and one not. i will keep you posted.
Once again, thank you for your great information.”

While the response seems to agree with the current inter-club approach, there’s the ambiguity of the “I might have tow (sic) different inter club participations…” We’ll wait and see, of course, but we’d have little trouble doing our own inter-club program, as we do virtually all of the arrangements now, have the contacts, etc. Stay tuned.

 

 

A fun inter-club and the next one…….

20180408_085934

Hey, did we have fun matches this morning with these Mission Hills folks (the tall, handsome ones on left side of this photo)? Yes, and the round-robin format allowed us to play against and with these folks, which meant that both clubs won Congratulations!

Luckily, we hosting one more inter-club this season, with Trilogy – La Quinta coming next Saturday, April 14, for round-robin play at 9am, followed by an optional brunch at JKs.   With a number of our members on their way north, we’ll need “all hands on deck” for this one. So, please confirm your availability by clicking on the link below and sending an email to us ASAP.

Yes, I can play next Saturday, April 14

 

 

 

 

The future of Inter-clubs……..

20180123_150020
Inter-club match with Indian Palms late in February, 2018

Hello folks,

We just received the email below from the lady who has organized the inter-club “league” that we’ve played in these last two years. She’s looking for reactions and guidance from the dozen or so participating clubs, having been contacted by pickleball’s national governing body, the USAPA, about their assuming control of the inter-club league. We have some definite ideas expressed below about the current functioning, control and value of this rather informal league.   Please read her plea, then the response we’ve drafted below that. Then let us have your agreement or other thinking, before we finally respond, by using the email link at the very bottom.

“I need some input for 2019 season.  There are several people putting together a pay for play league next season.  Also the USAPA has contacted me to take my intra club* under their umbrella.  What that means is I would have to follow their guidelines, charge a fee, keep records, show winners and losers, take results and spend many many hours working their system.  I cannot spend that much time without compensation and maybe help from the outside.  
Do you think your players would pay a fee to continue with the intra club play in 2019?  Do you think they want to know how they did in each match? Do you think they want to join the USAPA which they would have to do if I go with them.  My intra club wasn’t a serious event but it will become more serious if I take the next step.  By next year will payers be more serious and want to take the next step with me.  
Please call, text or email me with suggestions.  I need your help.”
“We think that much, if not all, of the value of the inter-club events that you’ve so well facilitated through the “league” would be lost by converting it to a tightly-structured, quasi-commercial, series of regulated events focused on recorded competition versus friendly games. When we first held an inter-club at Indian Ridge, we started to keep and compile the scores of each match. Then we realized that it did not fit the format we were using: a round-robin on each court to maximize the mixing of players at similar skill levels. It was really a get-to-know-you format that provided the experience of playing with and against different styles and tactics.   Also, we started having a social hour after playing that has been well-received, expanding personal acquaintances, and further “humanizing” the event with another club’s members.
We now have the Desert Pickleball Men’s and Women’s Doubles Leagues that provide the opportunity for the structured competition, and it’s planned to add a mixed doubles league next year, as well.  So, we at Indian Ridge encourage you to continue to lead the inter-club program in its current form. As we proposed before, we’d be happy to support
your efforts in this regard, and look forward to the 2019 season.”
*There’s a bit of confusion over the phrase “intra club.” We think the writer meant “inter-club,” or between clubs, not within clubs.

 

Mission Hills Inter-club Sunday…..

Folks, The court assignments for Round One and Round Two of our match here with Mission Hills on Sunday morning are below (Scans 1 & 2). It’s a round-robin format that means you’ll get to play a game with each of the other players on your assigned court. In some cases, as they were short a couple of players, two of the other three players may be your Indian Ridge pals. Let us know if you have any questions (click on the link below). We are inviting the Mission Hillers to join us for brunch at JKs after playing (about 10:30am); it’s “dutch” of course, so let’s attend, even if only for a coffee. Please arrive on the courts by 8:45am at the latest, as we need to start play promptly at 9am.

scan0001

scan0002

 

 

Any Questions?