Folks, Your “wishes” in the recent survey of Indian Ridge pickleballers led to an ambitious list of special events that supplements a number of ongoing activities. These events include a unique opening day tournament, interfacing with the National Championships at the Tennis Gardens, a SuperBowl Sunday Round-Robin, a first-time Member/Guest Tourney, and even a Bogies (golf) & Faults (pickleball) contest. It’s all very exciting, but requires lots of planning and hands-on attention to have it all work the way we’d like. Meanwhile, members have asked for several new performance-related activities, such as new practice drills, clinics and a team in a new mixed doubles league. So, here’s a plan of how we can organize our efforts to provide a growing, positive pickleball experience this next season and in future ones.
Special events and ongoing activities fit into categories that suggest these four areas: Events, Performance, Communications and Liaison. The idea is to have pickleball-involved members volunteer for assignments in one or more of these areas (particularly Events and Performance), where the help is needed, now and in the future. Let’s discuss the scope and needs in each of these areas:
This area of events includes both the new or special events being added to the calendar, as mentioned above, and those that have become regular events, such as the inter-club matches we have about every two weeks. Here we need lead coordinators with experience in creating and overseeing special events of this kind, and then some members to accept assignments for managing and/or hosting one or more of these events. Nadine Woods, who has managed large events for NBC Sports, has agreed to be one of the leaders in guiding our Events program.
This area involves all aspects of improving and supporting the performance of our current and prospective pickleballers. These include offering introductory sessions for beginners by experienced member-volunteers, clinics by certified instructors for intermediate/advanced player development, and regular drills to improve performance of all interested players. The scope also includes interfacing with the Desert Pickleball Leagues and organizing and captaining participating teams. Here the natural lead coordinators at the outset would be this last season’s team captains, supplemented by volunteers for holding special drills and activities. Dean Wiese, Clark Shewfelt, Kim Boestam and Andrea Rifkin have been the effective desert league captains this last season and have accept leadership assignments in this area, and will welcome help with activities in this expanding area.
Promoting pickleball throughout the Club is the primary role in this area, including periodic all-member email blasts, maintaining and enhancing the pickleball pages on the Club’s website, and initiating or coordinating messages on the Indian Ridge Pickleballers blog site. Coordinators in this area should ideally have online marketing and communication skills and experience. Beth Keno has professional experience in this area and agreed to join Rod Smith in managing communications.
The mission of coordinators in this area is to maintain an effective, mutually-cooperative interface between the Club’s Staff and Board and the coordinators of the above areas, so that the Club’s goals and requirements and participating members’ interests remain aligned. Necessarily, these liaison coordinators should be members of the Club’s Tennis/Pickleball Committee. Currently, these members are David Garfinkel, MJ Chapman and Rod Smith.
As an active pickleball-playing member, you are encouraged to accept assignments in one or more of these areas, particularly in the expanding Events and Performance areas. If you are interested, please send an email message to the leaders of either area by clicking one of the links below. Also, there’s a clickable link to email a question or comment about the overall plan.