Monthly Archives: February 2020

Open Play Issues & Guidelines…

As our group of pickleballers keeps expanding, and there’s increasing pressure on court availability during Open Play times (particularly during weekend times), it’s worthwhile revisiting the very idea of Open Play. As the “Open” caption implies, all player skill levels are welcomed and some mixing of those levels on a fair basis is encouraged.  No one should consider this some kind of demand, but a guideline for the maximum satisfaction of our group of pickleball-playing Club members as possible. So, exclusive use of one or more courts during these times,  for family/friends affairs or team practices, or whatever, is counter to the goals of Open Play.    The current Open Play Guidelines are attached below and your comments or questions on them, or any related matters, are welcomed. Just click on the link below.


Indian Ridge Country Club –  2019/2020 Season

Court Availability

In order to provide players of different abilities and interests with a satisfying Open Play experience, certain courts are available as follows:

First Half-Hour of Play:

Courts 1-3, 6 & 7 are available for “Intermediate/Advanced ” level play and social games.

Courts 4 & 5 are available for newcomers to the game and more social “Easy Play.”

Players on Intermediate players are encouraged to play a game or two on the newcomers’ courts (and advanced players with intermediate skilled players) during each Open Play session’s first half-hour or so to promote player development and increased interest in competitive pickleball.

Remaining Hour and 1/2 of Play:

All courts continue to be available for play as in the first half-hour, except Court 6 and 7 are

available for competitive play of more advanced players. i.e. the Challenge Courts

Intermediate Play accommodates players with skill level ratings of 3.0 -3.5, which may be self-ratings, according to the IPF/USAPA rating descriptions or tournament skill level ratings. Players with 3.5-4.0 ratings typically use the Challenge Court, but they can be challenged otherwise.

Player Rotation on All Courts

If 1 or 2 players are waiting to play, and play on a court ends, the winners on that court split and stay and the losers are replaced by the waiting players, with these exceptions: (1) if the winners have played two consecutive games on the court, they should leave instead, unless the losers have also played two consecutive games on the court; (2) the waiting players can elect to challenge the winners (unless they’ve played 2 games on the court); (3) if 3 are waiting, winners decide which one stays, subject to number of games played on the court.

If 4 or more players are waiting, and play on a court ends, all players on that court are replaced by the first 4 players waiting.

Paddle Stacking: At each major court entry point, there are paddle mats. Waiting players should place their paddles in the ascending order they wish to play: lowest paddle is first, next is second, etc. through the first four, then the order is repeated for the next court opening.

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Here’s the happy players in last Saturday”s inter-club matches with Shadow Hills CC.

Inter-Club Match this Saturday, February 22

with the

Springs Country Club 

Round Robin play from 10 am to 12 noon

14 Players plus a waitlist of all levels needed

Sign Up at the Fitness Desk or Call 760-772-4432



No Open Play the next two Saturdays

Competition gets the blood flowing and attitude sharpened!

Indian Ridge Pickleballers we have an Inter-Club this Saturday, Feb 15th and again the following Saturday, Feb 22 so there will be no courts for Open Play on those two mornings.  Please join us Sundays from 9-11 or Tuesdays and Thursdays 4-6.

Inter-Club matches are a social round-robin format.  All levels are encouraged to join in the fun.  Beginners are always welcome to come and watch.  It’s a chance to get to know players from other clubs as well as your friends at Indian Ridge.

Sign up is at the Fitness Desk so stop by or call them directly at 760-772-4432

Super Bowl morning a big hit…………

So it all started with an early continental breakfast on Sunday to get the two teams (a Red and a Black) ready for the play and competition as the morning unfolds. Have a look:

First, a little breakfast to get everyone in the mood for a fun-filled morning.
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The swell and impartial coaches and refs are introduced.
Get ready! Randy, the Producer/Director, along with an aide, outline the competition.

So, the games began in earnest, with tennis and pickleball matches between the Reds and the Blacks. After ferocious battles, here’s the results:

After the tennis and pickleball, and the ball toss, the Blacks lead over the Reds was 44 to 43. Wow! So close!

Next came the relays and then the team cheering events. Have a look:

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The Director is explaining the rules and outfit for the relays. Dress up like this and then run to a far chair, dis-robe and have your team mate do the same.
Here’s the Reds getting their cheering routine down.
Here’s the Blacks doing their cheers.

So, all of this came down to a cheery ending, with the Blacks showing their stuff and taking the day against a stubborn Reds team. Here the Blacks show it off:

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The Blacks have their day.

Congrats to the Blacks and a special kudo to the Director (Randy) and the ladies who made it work. Even better moves than the Super Bowl half time?






Inter-Club Match Feb 15th

Pickleball Friends we are hosting an Inter-Club on Saturday, February 15th with Sun City Shadow Hills here at Indian Ridge.  All skill levels needed and Beginners are welcome to come watch.  We will start at 10 am and will finish by noon.  We need 14 Players and a waitlist of an additional 6 Players.  There is a sign up sheet at the Fitness Desk, so stop by or call the desk directly.

Sign up soon!

IRCC Fitness Desk:  760-772-4432