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Open Play time changes…..

With the late Spring temperatures beginning to rise further , Open Play times are about to change. Beginning next Tuesday, April 20, the Open Play times will be as follows for the balance of the season, until October:

Open Play on Tuesdays at 8am-10am and 5pm – 7pm

Open Play on Thursdays at 5-7pm

Open Play on Saturdays and Sundays at 8am – 11am

The intent in setting Open Play times is to satisfy the most member/players as feasible. We’d be interested in learning if these times are satisfying to you or what would work better for you.

Ciao

A SWELL MIXED DOUBLES TOURNAMENT………..

While the pandemic has taken its toll this season in terms of special events and inter-club matches, we were all thrilled to have a only-one -in-this-season event, a members mixed doubles event yesterday. It was designed, promoted and managed by our one and only pro, Noe Sariban. And what a success it was, with beginners, intermediate and advanced players contesting in pursuit of gold, silver and bronze designations in each of their groups. Have a look at how it went:

Here’s how the Beginners group went with Diana Burton and Bob Coglianese getting the most points in the round robin competition and then winning the Gold Medal match with Deborah Beutler and Rick Guzner, who won the Silver Medal, followed by Barbara and Joel Rebaum, winning the Bronze. Here’s how this happy group looked:
The Beginners group finalists (from left) Bronze, Gold and Silver.

The large Intermediate group began play early in the day and you can see the point winner (circled on the right)in each of four sub-groups. Then those went to the championship matches vying for Gold (won by Jack Yeaton and Chris Burtt), Silver (won by Anne and Gary McPhail, and Bronze (won by Katie Koster and Joe Hekimian). Here’s what these happy winners looked like:
Silver winners Anne & Gary McPhail
Gold winners Chris Burtt & Jack Yeaton

The elite Advanced player group had five teams that fought to get into the medal matches which were even harder fought, with these results: Bronze designations awarded to Kim Boestam & Peter Evans, Silver to Lori Yavorsky & Gorden McWilliam, and, after a thrilling best of two-out-of-three games battle with Lori and Gorden, the Gold was won by Nancy & Clark Shewfelt. Here’s some photos of these winners:

Bronze winners Peter & Kim
Silver winners Gorden & Lori
Gold winners Nancy and Clark with our Pickleball Director, Noe Sariban

Memories….

Dear Pickleball Friends,
This week the Indian Ridge Pickleball program lost a dear and loyal supporter. It is with sadness that I announce the passing of Nancy Smith, beloved wife of our esteem leader, Rod Smith. Nancy was known among Indian Ridge members for her work in the early days of pickleball at the Club. She helped organize special events and host inter-club matches for several years. She will be missed by so many of her Indian Ridge friends. Please join me in supporting Rod with virtual hugs and well wishes. Rod we are here for you!

Just a follow-on note that the friends of Nancy and Rod Smith donated over $1,200 to her favored local battered-women charity, Shelter From The Storm. Many thanks from her family and kudos for her pickleball friends.

Memories……..

Dear Pickleball Friends,
This week the Indian Ridge Pickleball program lost a dear and loyal supporter. It is with sadness that I announce the passing of Nancy Smith, beloved wife of our esteem leader, Rod Smith. Nancy was known among Indian Ridge members for her work in the early days of pickleball at the Club. She helped organize special events and host inter-club matches for several years. She will be missed by so many of her Indian Ridge friends. Please join me in supporting Rod with virtual hugs and well wishes. Rod we are here for you!

Just a follow-on note that the friends of Nancy and Rod Smith donated over $1,200 to her favored local battered-women charity, Shelter From The Storm. Many thanks from her family and kudos for her pickleball friends.

Open Play time change?

Competition gets the blood flowing and attitude sharpened!

With the fading sun light and chill of winter eves, the timing of Open Play on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons has come under question. As an increasing number of players have started playing earlier than 4pm, it appears that expanding Open Play for these days during the winter months from the current 4-6pm to 3-6pm would be welcomed. So, unless we hear otherwise from those who frequent these play times, we’ll make the formal change beginning next Tuesday, January 5.

Thanks for your understanding.

PS: We’re also hoping that our new PB Director, Noe, can join us for some of these earlier sessions; he’s been such a positive influence at other Open Play times.

Holiday Treat……

There was a special, fun-filled pickleball doubles exhibition at the Club courts this morning, thanks to (from left to right) our Pickleball Director, Noe Sariban, who enlisted the participation of the World’s number-two-ranked women’s doubles player, Lucy Kovalova , the first- ranked Men’s doubles player, Matt Wright (son of Club member, Dean Wright), and our well-known local pro and national star, Morgan Evans. Great fun that we hope will be done again soon.

Evening Open Play…….

Evening play as the sun does down.

We’re staring the late afternoon/evening Open Play today, like we announced recently:

Now that “the season” is getting underway, with golf courses opening and tennis/pickleball clinics starting, Open Play times will shift again. Beginning the week of November 15, Open Play on Tuesday and Thursday mornings will be replaced with play at 4-6pm those days. As always, Open Play on weekends will stay at 9-11am.

Hope to see a good turnout at 4-6pm.

Up date on things………

So, can you pick out the most impressive/lovable pickleballer at our recent Halloween Party? Yeah, it’s surely “chicken little” a/k/a Harry Markowitz. Why? Because, as defined, “Chicken Little is nice, good-natured, sweet, caring, funny and pleasant.” We know the other guys , so it’s got to be Harry.
So, if Chicken Little is the most impressive pickleballer, who’s the goofiest? Surely it’s not our Lila. So, it’s gotta be the stupid-looking-one in the polka-dot sombrero.

Here’s an update on a couple of things.

First, Tuesday and Thursday Open Play times (after tomorrow, Thursday 11/12) will move from mornings at 9-11am to afternoons at 4-6pm. This is usually done to accommodate golf playing, pickleball league play and morning clinics, and in the interest of those wanting to “social” at the Club house after play. While some of these events may not happen in the short term due to the pandemic, at least in the same way, we’ll be ready for what evolves.

Second, as announced, we’re welcoming our new Pickleball Director, Noe (Noah) Sariban, during this Saturday’s Open Play at 9-11am. So be sure to come by to say “hello” and maybe even play a few points with him and get a playing tip or two along the way.

Evening Open Play……………..

Late afternoon Open Play with a great sunset

We’re staring the late afternoon/evening Open Play today, like we announced recently:

Now that “the season” is getting underway, with golf courses opening and tennis/pickleball clinics starting, Open Play times will shift again. Beginning the week of November 15, Open Play on Tuesday and Thursday mornings will be replaced with play at 4-6pm those days. As always, Open Play on weekends will stay at 9-11am.

Hope to see a good turnout at 4-6pm.

So here he is…..

Lately, there’s been a rumor among our pickleball folks that Indian Ridge has a new Pickleball Director. Now it’s been confirmed that he arrives in two weeks, on November 17, and his name is Noe (“Noah”) Sariban, otherwise known as the “Pickleball Doctor.” He has a go-to web site (thepickleballdoctor.com) and Facebook pages (The Pickleball Doctor) that relate his pro-level play, teaching experience and, most impressive, physical training and therapy credentials. He’ll begin beginner/intermediate/advanced player clinics on Tuesday, November 17, and we can expect a big following (so sign up at the Fitness Center ASAP!).

So, let’s welcome Noe and congratulate Randy Berg and Club management for bringing him in to direct our pickleball program to even greater success. Just have a look at his intriguing bio and positive look below to imagine how far IRCC’s pickleball can go.

“Noe Sariban grew up in Belgium, and moved to the US at the age 19. He graduated from Duke University’s School of Medicine with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2013, and has been working in Sports and Orthopedics since then. He and his wife, Natalie, met during orientation at Duke University. They have been married since 2014, and had their daughter, Lucie in January 2019. 

Noe started playing pickleball in early 2017 and has been competing at the pro level since 2018, and is rated above 5.0 by USA Pickleball. Noe is Sponsored by Engage Pickleball and is a Certified Level II (highest current level of certification) Pickleball Teaching Professional through the IPTPA. He travels around the USA as a Doctor of Physical Therapy, and teaches lessons and camps around the country. As of October 2019, Noe was hired as the official Team Engage Physical Therapist and will be present at major tournaments to assist top pros throughout the tournaments with injury management and court-side treatments.”