Surprisingly, the odds of two revered members of our Indian Ridge pickleballers having their 60th birthdays today are reasonably high (it been said that with 30 people in a room, it’s a better than even chance that two of them will have the same birthday). Don’t believe it? Have a look.
The second birthday kid (?) today is …………..
And then there’s this discovery of another birthday among pickleballers a day before.
PS: Let us know when we have another unusual event to post.
Well, the nets are up and we’re back with new Open Play times at 8am-11am on Tuesdays, Thursdays and weekends, These early morning start times still leave lots of play time for those who arrive later, say 9am. So, now that we’re avoiding much of the heat of the day, there’s a couple of matters to consider:
First, although face masks are a pain, they are required by the County when we’re on or around the courts. And, like we learned today during Open Play time, photos were taken of players on and just off the courts (like done on the golf courses recently), to document any lack of masks. Sooo, let’s all be masked in the future and avoid any possible penalty.
Second, we’ve been trying the “play-your-own-ball” routine on courts 6 & 7. While it may take some play to get used to only touching your ball (rolling the other ones back to their owners), it can reduce further the risk of virus contact. Hopefully, more of us will give it a try and we’ll set the net bottoms up on the other courts.
With the 100′ days upon us, we first asked folks about their interest in shifting the Tuesday/Thursday Open Play times from late afternoons to mornings at 8am. A heavy majority favored this change. Then it was asked if Saturdays and Sundays would also be changed to 8 am, so we asked all of you to let us know your preference. Again, most favored a 8am start time. So, as majority rules, we’ll make the changes, beginning tomorrow, Thursday, 4/23. However, the Open play times will be from 8am to 11am all days, so those of us who like to “sleep in” some monings can arrive at 9am and still have plenty of play time.
Another issue that’s come up regarding Open Play during this pandemic is the concern of mixing with different players and the desire of some groups to play only among themselves to minimize risk. While this is understandable, a level of mixing has always been encouraged in the Open Play guidelines, even while respecting the freedom to play with those you chose. So, as sort of a compromise, let’s try some new ways of playing pickleball on as low-risk-basis as posible, even with some desirable player mixing going on. One of those ways, Play-Your-Own Pickleball or PYOBall, was mentioned in a prior blog posting:
“Oh, if you, like me, are concerned about maintaining self-distancing and no-touch-other-things, courts 6 &7 will have the net bottoms up 3.5 inches so you can roll your pickleball under it, as suggested weeks ago in the message below. You may want to join me in following that practice to minimize exposure. Let’s try it!”
“Regarding the “PYO ball” idea, which would have each player use their own ball (the same brand for all four players) when it’s their turn to serve, has its challenge: returning the ball to that server when it’s out of play, in such a way that no other player touches the ball. ..but what should work readily is to merely hit the ball on a roll back to the server’s side. This was easy to do if the net bottom is raised about three inches.”
We’re hopeful you’ll try out this PYOBall game on courts 6 &7 this week. We’ll be there to help.
Ah! The posting moments ago about Open Play times focused on Tuesdays and Thursdays, which raised an immediate question about whether an 8 am start applies to Saturdays and Sundays as well. Our inclination is to suggest “yes” as the 100′ days are coming, although some folks like to enjoy that extra hour of sleep. So, again, let us know your thoughts via the link below.
The second season within “The Season” started this morning at 9 am with four courts going for the most of two hours. The nets were all up, along with our spirits.
The numbers we had at this otherwise non-open-play time, the forecast of 100′ temperatures coming this week, and with our Arroyo Grill remaining closed, raised the question about changing our Tuesday and Thursday open play times. Normally, we’d be dropping the 4-6 pm times at the end of April in favor of morning play. So, we polled the players this morning and all favored the earlier morning time of 8 am on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Unless there’s reasons why these new times won’t work well through the rest of the spring and summer (please comment via the link below), we’ll start the new times this Thursday, April 23.
Well folks, after being closed down for almost a month, the nets will be up tomorrow after 7am. So, given time to get them up, we should be able to play at, say, 9am. If you get this blog tonight or early tomorrow, and want to play at 9am, let us know below and we’ll see if we can let you know who is available then. Or you can just show up then and see what works.
Oh, if you, like me, are concerned about maintaining self-distancing and no-touch-other-things, courts 6 &7 seven will have the net bottoms up 3.5 inches so you can your pickleball under it, as suggested weeks ago in the message below. You may want to join me in following that practice to minimize exposure. Let’s try it!
“Regarding the “BYO ball” idea, which would have each player use their own ball (the same brand for all four players) when it’s their turn to serve, has its challenge: returning the ball to that server when it’s out of play, in such a way that no other player touches the ball. …..but what should work readily is to merely hit the ball on a roll back to the server’s side. This was easy to do if the net bottom is raised about three inches.”
You may know by now the your blog administrator (me) had his email contact list stolen by hackers. And you may have gotten a message like the one below, with their own URL (Hotmail), so you’d respond to them (not me) and they’d tell you that I was traveling and need a gift card from you for a relative, etc.
This is a common scam, I’ve been told, so please ignore any such email involving me.
“How are you? I need a favor from you.
Thanks, and see you on the PB courts one of these days.