Hello Pickleball Club Members,
April Fool Jokes…some people just don’t see the humor. It’s certainly more fun to be the giver than the receiver of an April Fool Joke. We don’t like to be “gotten” and this one got many players.
I guess you heard the news that USA Pickleball is doing away with Traditional Scoring and replacing it with Rally Scoring? This was announced on April 1st by Mark Rennison of Third Shot Sports. Players were in an uproar but for naught as it was an very elaborately planned April Fool joke. He has sort of apologized for it looking so authentic. There have been many over the years so beware of that date. As Adam Goldsmith, one of our local high level certified referees pointed out, pickleball rules only change at the first of the year.
There are so many people we are grateful for and I apologize for the times when I fail to acknowledge you. In this newsletter, I will attempt to highlight those players who give of themselves to help maintain our outdoor courts. These are volunteers who often pick up trash (water bottles, cigarette butts, banana peels and other items that people either forget or are too lazy to pick up on their own). Sometimes, they repair nets, put wind screens back up when the wind takes them down, wash the drying towels (occasionally), help Parks and Rec remove and replace the canopy at CTC when necessary. They have a volunteer’s heart and do many other things too numerous to mention. Many of you do these things,sometimes, and it makes a big difference – but several people answered the call to be the named Court Monitor when a call went out last year and they have done a super job.
I am sure there are more but I don’t have a list.. Let me know and I will give you/them a shout out, too. When you see people performing these duties, please thank them in person. It means a lot to all of us.
That said, Marilyn Miller, needs a break. She has gone over and beyond with her diligence to the tasks. While she can’t be replaced, is there someone who will work with Jim to help keep CTC in good shape and report problems to a Board Member so we can determine if PCCC should handle it or it needs to be forwarded to P&R?
Thanks to everyone who steps up in so many ways to keep this sport growing and to making it an enjoyable experience for most players.
League players are excited that Spring League begins today. Wishing you all the best.
Please check the calendar for other events.
See you on the courts! Linda
Hello Pickleball Enthusiasts,
Due to increased costs of using Mail Chimp for group emails, PCCC is investigating others options and may be migrating to a new group email server shortly. Hopefully, there will be no interruption of our monthly communication. To make sure you have access to all our announcements as we transition, periodically check the tab “Linda’s Page” at (chesterfieldpickleball.
Update on Leagues: An exciting Spring League Season is about to begin the first week of April. It is always an adjustment period as the courts are not just open all the time during this 8 week period. All league times will be on the calendar which will help you to avoid those times and find another location to play. Even on league nights, there will be at least one court available for drop in/open/rotational play at each location. Dodd Park and Huguenot Park have no leagues. Rockwood is only scheduled for two nights and Harry Daniels only one. So there will be plenty of open courts and it may be fun to try a new location. Most leagues are at CTC of course since it was built primarily for league and tournament use.
Update on new Indoor Facility: Check out the web site for Bangersandinks.com and sign up for a discount on membership.
See you on the courts! Linda
Big News to start the New Year! Scroll through this newsletter for each important topic.
New Outdoor Courts
Relevant Pickleball Articles and Survey
This important article from USA Pickleball addresses sportsmanship. I encourage you to read it and abide by it for the benefit of all players.
Chesterfield County C-Fit and Virginia Orthopedics want to gauge your level of interest for them to offer health information and advice for pickleball injuries and prevention with in-person visit from the doctors. Please take the attached survey to let them know what you might be interested in learning more about, i.e. how to avoid knee replacement surgery.
Indoor Pickleball Club/Restaurant
Pickleball Discounts and Calendar
See you on the courts!
Out with the old and in with the new! Be sure the check on the item in RED.
The past year has been a banner year for PIckleball in Chesterfield and far beyond. The growth continues to amaze us and our Chesterfield Parks and Rec Department, as well as, our Chesterfield Board of Supervisors have not let us down. Perhaps many of you do not know that the Scott Pickleball Center at Rockwood were the FIRST DEDICATED PICKLEBALL COURTS IN THE STATE OF VIRGINIA and look what has happened since then! When players visit from other areas they are full of compliments regarding how lucky we are to have all these beautiful courts. Our club alone has over 2,000 (2,077 at last count). I get copies of pickleball articles in magazines and newspapers, daily, from across the country. REMEMBER TO CHECK OUT RICHMOND FAMILY MAGAZINE for January. The article by Paula Chambers may be the most thorough article ever written about local pickleball as she interviewed so many people and she is a pickleball player, herself!
Just so you know, here are somethings that your Club has done this year using money brought in mostly from league play and some from generous donations.
While the Board of PCCC has worked hard, all of our volunteers deserve a huge thank you. These are the givers. When we ask for help there are those who routinely and immediately step up.. We all know who you are and appreciate you greatly.
If anyone knows of possible new locations for pickleball, please let me know and I will be happy to follow up. I’m thinking gyms in churches, that sort of thing. We need more indoor locations for Winter/Summer/Rain/Wind/Sun, evening play…:-) Speaking of that read the next paragraph.
NEW IN 2023. CHECK THIS OUT.
Exciting news from Leah Fremouw!
“I am part of a small group looking to launch a year-round pickleball facility in the area. Can you help us figure out if this is viable? We developed a quick survey to get feedback from our community and would love your thoughts.”
Here is the link.https://www.surveymonkey.com/
Please take the survey ASAP, if you are at all interested, so they can tailor their plans to the needs/desires of the community. You have the option of completing this anonymously, if you wish.
Leah will share the results with me and I will publish it here, next month, for all to see.
WE WILL HAVE A NEW LEAGUE COMMISH FOR SPRING. LYNZE KAPP has graciously stepped up to this position. Please welcome her when you see her on the courts. We are gathering information to give to Lynze in the next couple of weeks. At this point it looks like sign ups will open in February with League play to begin the first week in April. There is still a lot to be decided and then get approved through the PCCC Board and finally with Parks and Rec. Remember the list above? All players benefit from league play, not only the league players.
We are planning on a big meeting for all Club Members who wish to attend in May, 2023. Location and time to be announced.
REMEMBER, IT IS SAID THAT WHATEVER YOU DO ON JAN 1 IS LIKELY TO BE REPEATED MANY TIMES DURING THE YEAR SO GET OUT PLAY SOME PICKEBALL!
THE OFFICERS OF THE PCCC WISHES YOU A MOST HAPPY NEW YEAR.
Hello Pickleball Enthusiasts,
The big news this month is the soft opening of those beautiful, long-awaited courts at Dodd Park at Point of Rocks, 201 Enon Church Road, Chester, Va. This is a lovely park with great walking trails, play grounds, it has historical significance and the pickleball courts are great. We are just awaiting the permanent divider nets which are due to arrive in about a week. Chris Christensen has installed some temporary divider nets that seem to be doing the trick for now, and allow people to play. Thanks Chris! PRAC wants us to fill these courts as soon as possible, like we have all the rest – so if you know of folks out near Chester/Enon/Hopewell/Colonial Heights please help us get the word out. As soon as the permanent divider nets are in, The Club will host a Pickleball Demo Day to attract more new players.
The Huguenot Park courts have an expected opening date of Dec 15 or before. Check our Facebook Page “Chesterfield Pickleball Group” for the latest updates. We will need to do a Demo Day there, too, so keep that in mind for those who want to learn to play and don’t mind being a little cold…:-)
In order to keep our website more interesting and up-to-date, we are asking that you send pictures of local and current pickleball events to add. You may email them to Lisa Murphy at [email protected].
Smitty (Levin Smith) is coordinating another Christmas Toy Drive to benefit local children on December 2. Donations are welcome for this worthwhile cause. Contact Smitty at [email protected] for details.
The Club always gives a Thank You Gift to the men and women at Parks and Rec who are so helpful and keep the courts so nice for us at RW, HD and CTC. Looks like we will be expanding that next year…:-) We are so grateful to PRAC (Parks and Rec Advisory Council) and the Chesterfield Parks and Rec Department for their support of the Pickleball Program in Chesterfield for the last 12 years. Let’s keep pickleball growing strong!
Print the calendar at the end of this email for reference throughout December. Reserved time for open play will be 12:00 pm to 3:00 p.m. each day through February.
The Board Members of the Pickleball Club of Chesterfield wish you and yours a Very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all.
See you on the courts. Linda
PS The light schedule has changed for all courts for the Winter months. They will come on earlier now and shut off at 9:30 p.m. instead of 11:00 p.m.
Hello Pickleball Enthusiasts,
League Update Don’t despair as there are still a few openings in some leagues
A few openings are still available in:
Filled Leagues (consider for next Spring)
Why play in a pickleball league? Leagues are played in various formats during reserved times with other players at your same level. Some leagues are more relaxed while others are highly competitive. They are fun and a great way for you to meet new players to line up additional play times and a way to improve your game by playing 6 games or more each time you sign up. You don’t have to play every week because sometimes you have other commitments.
Note to Beginners: ...I highly recommend the Beginners League for you. If you have just graduated from PB101 this is for you. If it has been a while since you have played and you want to get back in the game, this is for you. I will be there the first night to help get you started and perhaps some other nights, too. Reach out to me for questions or Email [email protected] for Beginner League details. You will be glad you did.
Welcome All New Members. We are over 1,800 members on our PCCC Membership List. We hope you will enjoy being a part of this great pickleball community which is twelve years old.
Status of Rockwood Courts The new date for completion of the renovation of the Rockwood Courts is now
Status of Huguenot Courts and Dodd Park Courts
AED’s The AED’s are in place at CTC and HD. We are so grateful to Parks and Rec for the installation and maintenance. They are available for anyone in the parks who need them. Find them, read the directions before you may need them. You will need a cell phone to call 911 since they are locked. The 911 operator will give you the code and direct you from there while at the same time EMT’s will be directed to your location to help/
In the meantime, stay hydrated and wear your eye protection (even empty frames) while playing.
See you on the courts! Linda
Leagues, Leagues, Leagues! This is what you have been waiting for.
The following is a list of leagues and the volunteer coordinators who have offered to run these leagues with a brief bio and description of their league.
Set your alarm early tomorrow morning. Registration opens at 6:00 a.m., Monday, August 1st. Some will be disappointed since leagues are so popular, fill up quickly and we have fewer courts to use this year….:-(. Don’t wait!!!
After 6:00 a.m. email the Coordinator of the league you are interested in by email. They will give more more information regarding qualifications and availability. Then they will email you a registration form to be completed and returned with the $30 fee. They must have the signed registration form and your payment to be added to the final roster. Roster numbers are limited so it will be first come, first served. The league coordinator will be your contact. The best of luck to all.
You may sign up for one league only to give as many players as possible a chance to play in a league. On August 6, the coordinators will tell me how many openings they still have and I will then send out another group e-mail notifying of the vacancies so you could sign up for another league if you wish.
Monday 3.5 + Fixed Partner League Lynzee and John Kapps [email protected]
Tuesday Intermediate Men’s League CTC [email protected]
Tuesday Intermediate Women’s League RW Jackie Keenan [email protected]
The Women’s Leagues League, also known as “A League of Their Own,” is open to all 3.0 and above women. While competitive, the mission of this league is to create a place for women who love Pickleball to have fun in an encouraging and positive environment.
Wednesday Intermediate Mixed League CTC Paul and Tina DiBella [email protected]
Thursday 2.5 to 3.0 Advanced Beginner to Low Intermediate Fixed Partner League
Thursday 2.5 to 3.0 Advanced Beginner Mixed League RW David King [email protected]
My name is David King and I am the coordinator of the Advanced Beginner League.
Friday 2.0 to 2.5 Beginner League No instructions RW Colby Rogness [email protected]
This is an entry-level league for players new to the sport of pickleball. There will be no instruction but some help if needed. If you have taken a PB 101 course you would qualify but this is not a requirement. The beginner league is relaxed and fun – great for practicing the fundamentals, and meeting new players! By the end of this league, you’ll be prepared and ready to participate in open play at the many courts available in the Greater Richmond area.
Players should be familiar with the basic rules and scoring (see the USAPA Rule Summary below). Bring your own pickleball paddle and plenty of water/hydration (very important!). Sunscreen, comfortable attire, and protective glasses are recommended. Balls for play will be provided.
Regular participation each week is strongly encouraged, but not required. Weekly sign-ups will be sent each week throughout the eight-week season.
Senior Fun Friday League for age 65+ Dave and Linda Scott [email protected] CTC 1:00 to 4:00
Friday night Intermediate Mixed Singles League HD Pending
See you on the courts!
Hello Pickleball Players,
Outdoors: Change is coming
CTC and HD will be very busy with Rockwood closing. At CTC, we are trying something new to balance players on the courts. It will be similar to the link below, but with a few modifications. We will need some volunteers to help explain it for the first week or so until players get used to it. Please let me know if you can help at least once per week.
Six new Courts in Powhatan:
From Kathy, a Powhatan player. Please spread the word about the six new outdoor courts in Powhatan at the Landmark Center, 4290 Anderson Highway (Route 60). I know it’s a “long haul” for some folks, but a good number of Powhatan players enjoy the Chesterfield (and other) venues, and we would like to offer the same. The county added two benches since it opened May 5th ! The courts are open from 7AM till 11PM and the standard rules/regulations apply for pickleball play. Our only “set” time to play since we were in the gym until recently is Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9:30-11:30. We will be inside of course if weather is uncooperative, but otherwise players should be outside.
Six new Courts in Richmond
CPR/AED Training June 7 There are still a few spots for the June 7 CPR/AED training sponsored by PCCC. The course runs 5:30 – 8:00 pm at Clover Hill High School. We are excited to be nearing the installation of AEDs at our Chesterfield pickleball courts. Contact Lisa Murphy at [email protected] if interested.
See you on the courts! Linda
WE NEED MORE COURTS and CHESTERFIELD PARKS AND REC NEEDS YOUR INPUT. Check out the Info/News section of this website, and click on email and share your thoughts with Parks and Rec. It should only take a couple minutes.
The following leagues will be offered by the PCCC for the spring season with play in the months of April and May. Adult players may sign up for a maximum of 2 leagues. If spots are still available in certain leagues after the initial sign-up period, then players may sign up for additional league participation. The league fees will remain at $ 25 per player. Another PCCC memo will be sent out the morning of February 15th to provide the league coordinator e-mail addresses for the official start of the sign-up process.
3.0 FIXED PARTNER LEAGUE
Be watching for that email on February 15th!
Hello Pickleball Enthusiasts and Welcome to Year 2022!
Others we want to thank:
The Club has received some very kind and generous monetary donations this year which total of $4,575. One very special one of $2,000.00 was made by Vicki Jolena-Orthaus in memory of Bobbi Orthaus in appreciation of the kindness they received while learning to play pickleball at Rockwood and at St. Mark’s UMC. Another was in the amount of $450.00 from Jo and Lori of The Dink Shop from proceeds from the League Shirts they designed and sold this year. Russ Thompson also donated $200.00 from his shirt sales to the Club. I am not listing all as some wanted to remain anonymous. Also, one of the AED’s was an anonymous donation. The Club is so fortunate to have these geneours donors.
Last, I want to thank the current The Board Members, Gloria Lambert, Secretary, and Leslie Moore, Treasurer, as well as Chris Terrell, past Vice-President. Speaking for past board members who have contributed greatly to the growth of Pickleball, Bob Clay and Alan Sikora. We will never forget all you have done for the Club and for pickleball.
PCCC Board Members work hard for you and for Pickleball. Some of the things Board Members do:
Please be sure to check that calendar that Louise Carloni labors over to make sure you can find an appropriate place to play each month. Thank you Louise!!!!
See you on the courts! Linda
ANY MISTAKES IN SPELLING OR GRAMMAR, BLAME ON AUTO CORRECT…:-)
Happy Holidays to all Pickleball Enthusiasts,
What a great year for Pickleball, national and locally. Let’s keep the momentum moving forward.
In this issue:
Winter schedule for lights is in effect until March 13. All court lights are turned off at 9;30 p.m.
Sharing the courts is important. It’s the pickleball way to make people feel welcome and included. This is one of the biggest reasons pickleball is growing so fast. Please continue the friendly culture. One game to 11, vacate the court and wait for the next open court.
It has been a busy Summer with lots of action on the indoor, as well as, the outdoor courts. Richmond has added 6 new courts at Forest Hill Park, and I hear they are being well used. Henrico has broken ground for 4 more courts at Pouncey Tract so that news is also exciting. Two new indoor locations/sessions were added over this summer, Bon Air United Methodist Church and Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church. Beginning Players are welcomed at specific hours at these two locations. Pickleball would not have enjoyed its great success without our church partnerships for sure. A huge thank you to these churches and to those who volunteer to coordinate these locations.
Stonebridge Rec Center is also a good place for Beginners to play and practice. It’s available almost every day from 9:00 to 3:00 p.m. You can call to reserve the one court at 804 768 7885. If the court is not in use, you can use it for a 2 hour period…..:-) You will need to pick up the net at the front desk and put it up yourself (they will help you the first time), take it down when finished and return it to the front desk. On Fridays, it is drop-in play. All are welcomed.
Please keep in mind that we don’t have room for all pickleball locations. For example, there is still play at MAC, at Midlothian and Swift Creek YMCA, Midlothian American Family but they are for members, only, or there is a substantial fee to play. If your insurance plan has Silver Sneakersyou can join Am Fam for free. You will have limited hours but you can’t beat FREE.
With the Fall season, Parks and Rec classes will begin again. In fact, registration opens today, Monday, Sept 19th. Call 804 748 1623 to register or go online at Chesterfield.gov/Parks. Please remember Parks and Rec classes take priority over any other use of the courts.
Another thing that Fall brings is the resumption of the Leagues. There is a league for all players 2.5 and above. With these leagues and with designated times for Beginner players 1.0 to 2.0 there is something for everyone.
Fall Leagues: September and October
Advanced League (4.0-4.5+) Sunday evenings 6:00 p.m. Harry Daniels Park (Boyd Burton)
Women’s Intermediate League (3.0 to low 4.0 levels) Tuesdays two shifts 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. Rockwood Park
Coed Advanced Beginners (2.5 to low 3.0 Levels) Fridays 6:00 p.m. Rockwood Park (most of the time since there are no lights at CTC)
Potential New Leagues:
Coed Team (2.5.- 3.0 Levels) Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m Rockwood Park
We encourage all players to give league play a try. It’s really a lot of fun. If interested in participating in any of these leagues and you did not play in the Spring season leagues, contact Dave Scott at [email protected]
Magnolia Green is having a Grand Opening for their two new courts on September 6th. If you live in that community and would like to participate in a Demo that evening, please email me at [email protected]. Or, if you know of any players who live there, let me know so I can contact them.
Yes, the calendar will get very busy again. Louise is working hard to get input from all the locations so that it will be as correct as possible by the first of the month. She is also checking with Crestwood Presbyterian to get the hours and days they will be open for the Fall/Winter season. I hope you will consider volunteering to help at that location.
The Chesterfield County Parks and Rec Dept is working on some improvements and corrections to the newest outdoor courts at Harry Daniels and CTC. As soon as the contractors can get there to fix the gates and the dips in the court, they will. More about shade options and electricity as soon as I know. It’s hard to be patient when we need these things.
Hope you have had a great summer! As always, please email or call me if you have any questions or concerns. The Board of PCCC is here for you.
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See you on the courts,
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