August 28, 2023
July 2, 2023
Hello Pickleball Enthusiasts,
This is most likely our last MailChimp email coming your way from PCCC. We are changing to MailPoet, and I’ll be sending you something soon from there. I don’t think you will have to do anything except open it as we want to make this as seamless a process as possible. I just want you to recognize that it is from me (us). PCCC at MAILPOET. The change was made when MailChimp started charging because our club email was getting so large.
Spring Leagues are complete. Congratulations to Lynze Kapp, our new “Commish” and her team of League Coordinators who did an excellent job running the leagues for the PCCC. We appreciate all their hard work and know that the players had a great time.
Fall Leagues: Info will go out in July regarding Fall Leagues when will start the first week of September. It will be posted on Facebook and a “heads up” will be given in the MailPoet email……so keep watch it you are interested. No one can sign up early which will ensure that all have an equal chance to participate if they wish. NOTE: There may be some new leagues that may interest you for the Fall season.
Return to Open/Rotational Play We are now back to Open/Rotational Play in the evenings at all Chesterfield Public Courts. Please be on your best behavior and share the courts appropriately so that everyone has an equal chance to play. They are RESERVED FOR OPEN PLAY, SO PLEASE OBEY THE RULES. We have so many new players coming to play these days who do not know about Open Play rules. Please kindly explain and show them the signs if they need more encouragement. Invite them to join the Club so they can stay up to date with all that is happening in the world of pickleball.
USA Pickleball has the oldest such program – Places2Play, and is quite robust. You can access the program on your computer at https://www.places2play.
There are several new teachers and coaches now. If someone is coaching/teaching a class during Open/Rotational play, and it is not on the printed calendar, you can ask for their permit, and they should be able to show it to you. If not, they may be using the courts against Parks and Rec regulations.
We hosted Drill and Play Sessions for 3.0 and 3.5 players this Spring, and they were well received. From what I saw this week, those players have made some great strides in their games. Hopefully, we can do that again this Fall. We schedule outside of Open Play times so they don’t interfere with those who love Open Play.
TOURNAMENTS: WOW THERE ARE SO MANY. WE TRY TO STAY UP TO DATE AND LIST ALL LOCAL TOURNAMENTS as well as others we are made aware of ON OUR WEBSITE CHESTERFIELD PICKLEBALL.CLUB. Please let us know of any that we miss, and we will add them.
Summertime is here, so let’s get out and have a safe and fun Summer on and off the courts.
See you on the courts! All the best, Linda
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.
The month of April is National Pickleball Month!
Let’s continue to honor our sport and have a great time with our friends–new and old–trying to stay healthy for as long as possible. Please abide by the Open Play/Rotational Play Rules during those reserved time.
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.
CTC–Marilyn Miller and Jim Weathersby
RW–Gloria Lambert and others
HD– Jay Palmore
HP–Kim Nelson and Rick Phelps
Dodd- Tim Christianson
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.
The new Drill-N-Play program is now full for this Spring season with 70 players, including 8 coaches !
Parks and Rec classes for new and improving players are starting up around the middle of April.
Next month, Prem Carnot “The Pickleball Guru” will be back with his Clinics and Boot Camp. He is known for teaching players to play smart, not harder. You should consider signing up if you qualify. This is will be his 11th year coming to teach pickleball in the local Richmond Area. Many of us have taken his clinics (boot camps) and find his instruction both helpful and reasonably priced.
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.
In the event our new service needs to send an email to validate you as a PCCC member, please click the link in that future email to continue subscribing to PCCC emails.
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.
I hope most of you were able to sign up for the league of your choice but if you didn’t, Fall Season is just around the corner.
Update on new Indoor Facility: Check out the web site for Bangersandinks.com and sign up for a discount on membership.
This will be a great addition to pickleball in our local area. I can’t wait to try it out.
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
-Indoor Pickleball Club/Restaurant
-Pickleball Discounts and Calendar
Our new League Commissioner, Lynze Kapp, and the PCCC Board of Directors with the assistance of Colby Rogness, are working on the final stages for the planning of PCCC Spring Leagues. My next newsletter will give you details for the league and the signup dates.
New Outdoor Courts
Try out our newest outdoor courts…Huguenot Park off Early Settlers Road, across from Johnston Willis
and Dodd Park Enon Church Road, near Chester
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
Chesterfield will soon get our own “Chicken and Pickleball like” facility. It will be called Bangers and Dinks. Featuring eight full size indoor pickleball courts, they will serve a modified menu plus beer and wine. This will be a private club with various membership levels. It will be located near Chesterfield Town Center, right in the heart of Chesterfield. Stay tuned….
Pickleball Discounts and Calendar
See you on the courts!
Pickleball has been on all 3 major network morning shows, “Pickled” was it’s own 2 hour special. Commercials now feature people playing (playing at) pickleball, and it was even mentioned on NCIS the other night and not as a joke…:-). You can watch tournaments live on Apple TV, U-tub, and The Tennis Channel. There are so many training videos it’s difficult to know which ones to watch. There are more and more local tournaments, touring pros and other pickleball programs coming to our area each year.
Now, we have 40 (YES 40) dedicated pickleball courts in Chesterfield alone. Henrico and Richmond are close behind. YOU ARE PART OF A SEACHANGE IN A SPORT WHICH HAS EVOLVED FROM A FUN LITTLE BACKYARD FAMILY GAME in 1965, TO A GAME FOR OLDER ADULTS IN RETIREMENT COMMUNITIES, TO A REAL SPORT WITH ALL OF THE FORMER ATTRIBUTES, AS WELL AS, PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES WHO ARE ACTUALLY MAKING A LIVING PLAYING AND TEACHING. IT IS HOPED IT WILL BE AN OLYMPIC SPORT IN THE NEAR FUTURE. WHO COULD HAVE GUESSED?
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.
- Offered CPR/AED classes
- Negotiated the installation of AEDs at 3 locations (two AED’s were donated).
- Negotiated for courts for Leagues for Spring and Fall and provided insurance for all players
- Offered guidance and support for League Coordinators
- Purchased balls for leagues
- Encouraged Parks and Rec to build new courts at Huguenot and Point of Rocks/Dodd Park. This new courts are filling up fast! There be a Spring Grand Opening for these in April.
- Supported Visiting pros, tournaments and clinics
- Championed the complete renovation of Scott Pickleball Center at RW
- Negotiating with Parks and Rec for Certified Volunteer Coordinators at each outdoor location (this is still on-going)
- Purchased replacement of canopies for the center area at CTC
- Scheduled and paid for the location fee for the Certified Training Program for New Instructors through IPTPA. We had 16 attendees and most took their exams and passed.
- Donated Christmas Goodies baskets to Parks and Rec Maintenance personnel who are so helpful at the outdoor locations
- Gave a little “thank you” present to our indoor facilitators and our Calendar Girl. We could not do without each of you.
- Attended meetings with Parks and Rec on your behalf
- I’m sure there is more……. but it’s 4:30 a.m. on Jan 1 and we have to get on the road!.
NEW IN 2023. CHECK THIS OUT.
Exciting news from Leah Fremouw!
Here is the link.https://www.surveymonkey.com/
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.
Linda Scott, President
Lisa Murphy, Vice President
Gloria Lambert, Secretary
Leslie Moore, Treasurer
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
The first wave of players signed up for “one league only” on August 1st. This allowed for more players to be included in a league. These players had over a week to get their registration and payment to the respective league coordinators. Tomorrow the leagues coordinators who still have openings will start filling their leagues with new requests and working from their waitlist. On April 10, players can sign up for additional leagues. So jump in as soon as you can and get in one of these leagues. Look at my last Mail Chimp email at our website Chesterfield Pickleball.Club under Linda’s Page or League Information for the league description and how to register. It’s easy.
A few openings are still available in:
Beginner’s League–no partner needed 1.5-2.0
Advanced Beginner Fixed Partner League 2.5 to 3.0
Intermediate Fixed Partner League 3.0 to 4.0
Intermediate Men’s League -no Partner Needed 30 to 4.0
Intermediate Singles League 3.0 to 4.0 No partner of course
Senior 65+ Friday Fun League 2.5 to 3.0 No partner needed
Filled Leagues (consider for next Spring)
Intermediate Co-Ed League
Woman’s League “A League of Their Own”
Advanced Beginner Co-Ed League
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
Sept 15. They have run into several issues which delayed the time table but that happens in construction, doesn’t it? These will be awesome once completed with great new LED lights for night time play.
Status of Huguenot Courts and Dodd Park Courts
All the permits and funding is in place for adding 6 pickleball courts at Huguenot Park and adding 8 pickleball courts at Dodd Park (Pt Of Rocks). We are just waiting to get on the contractor’s schedule for next Spring. It is too late in the season to start the project now,
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 fixedmixed.ctc@gmail.
3.5 – 4.0 Intermediate Fixed Partner Mixed League
The Fixed Partner Mixed League will be at CTC on Monday Evenings @ 6:30pm with Lynze & John Kapp returning as coordinators. The premise of the league is that you and your partner (1 Male & 1 Female or 2 Female) will be together for the entire season (perfect for teams practicing for tournaments!). Teams will sign up each week if they are available to play and will be split into 3 groups based on the previous week’s results. Sign-ups as a team are preferred, but we will also register free agents and match them up on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Tuesday Intermediate Men’s League CTC [email protected]
My name is Rick Black and I am the coordinator of the Tuesday Night Men’s League (TML). This is my fourth season heading up this group of players. I really enjoy being part of the great camaraderie that exists among the players, but let me warn you, the play is very competitive. I am looking to fill this league with strong Intermediate players who would like to strengthen their games in preparation for tournament play. I get excited when tournament results are posted and I see robust representation from PCCC. Last season about 15% of the Men’s League players were approximately 4.0 level, 15% were about 3.0 and the middle 70% were 3.5 players. We use PickleballDen software to administer the league, and they use a Shootout format for weekly play. Scores, rankings and results are continuously updated during the entire 8-week season. Visit their website at www.pickleballden.com to learn more about their format and scoring.
If the county gives us the full allotment of courts, we will enroll up to 70 players for the league roster with 50 players made eligible for play every Tuesday. Weekly signup sheets are posted on Fridays and the first 50 will be slotted for play. The software automatically maintains a waitlist, and any player on the waitlist that does not play that week, will be pre-enrolled for the following week. A player will never involuntarily miss two weeks in a row.
I look forward to playing with you this season, and hope that you enjoy league play as much as I do….see you on the courts!
Rick “Alley Cat” Black
Men’s League Coordinator
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.
Please include in the email that goes out for registration: Please email Jackie at [email protected]. All emails will be collected until Thursday, August 7th, at which time you will receive an email indicating if you made first 36 (based on time stamp of the email) or have been placed on the waitlist. You will not be receiving any communication from the coordinator until this date.
Jackie has been playing Pickleball for 4-years and is experienced in coordinating both Pickleball and softball leagues. She and her partner transplanted themselves from Florida in 2021, reside in Henrico and recently expanded their family with new Cavapoo puppies, Rika and Rusty. When not playing Pickleball Jackie loves being on the water, biking, hiking or entertaining family & friends at home.
Wednesday Intermediate Mixed League CTC Paul and Tina DiBella [email protected]
Paul and Tina DiBello – Intermediate Coed League
We have been playing pickleball for 3 years now and you can almost always find us on a court somewhere. This will be our 3rd season coordinating the coed league and we love being a part of this organization. Our goal for this group is to provide the highest level of competition while at the same time creating a fun and supportive atmosphere.
Intermediate Coed League will play at CTC on Wednesday nights, warmups starting at 6:00 PM and games beginning promptly at 6:30 PM. We will be accepting 66 players this season, 33 women and 33 men. We will divide players into groups each week, based on their individual performance, which range from very strong 3.0 players through low 4.0 players. Missing a week will not negatively affect your rating. We generally play 8 games per night, 1st to 11 wins. We will make every effort to keep each group as coed as possible, but it always depends on who can play on any given night. We are looking forward to a GREAT fall season with fun and talented players.
Thursday 2.5 to 3.0 Advanced Beginner to Low Intermediate Fixed Partner League
CTC Dwight Gordon [email protected]
Dwight co-ordinated this league with Dave Scott last season when he and his partner, Victoria, went on to claim the #1 spot in the upper section of this league. This Autumn season, he has agree to handle it alone. It will be a fxied partner league of a mixed team or a womens team (not two men) and a great way to work towards playing in tournaments together. You partner will remain the same throughout the season. Contact Dwight at the information above.
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.
This is my first season heading up the league, so I ask for your patience. I am looking forward to a fun and competitive league. This league is open to Female and Male players who are ready to move up from beginner level and start their next level of play. This league is a great way for players to advance their game and possibly strengthen your game in preparation for tournament play. I have been playing Pickleball for 5yrs and in the leagues the last 2 yrs. The leagues really helped strengthen my game.
I look forward in helping everyone this season, and making their league experience fun!
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
This league is for Adv Beg to Intermediate Level. It will be a no-stress fun league. You will play with a new partner each game in a round robin foremat. We will have two levels based on skill. .Note: the age is 65+ and it has been moved to CTC. It will be warm the first couple of weeks but we will take breaks as needed under the awning with the fans. Bring plenty of water and sun screen.
Friday night Intermediate Mixed Singles League HD Pending
See you on the courts!
Indoors: St Mark’s, Ramsey Memorial, Bon Air UMC are all open and welcoming players. As the weather warms we are likely to see more players at the indoor locations.
Outdoors: Change is coming
Rockwood will close tomorrow, June 1 – July 15 Once the crew is there, we need to stay off those courts even after they “look” playable. Last time players who could not wait played on the courts damaging the coating before it was dry. It is hard to be patient but we really want this make over to last a long, long time. I hope they will lock the courts as maybe some newer players will not realize the problem.
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:
They are located at Broad Rock Sports Complex. Check them out. I hear they are a nice, too.
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.
Rating are used to insure that all players get the most benefit and enjoyment from league play. Rating decriptions from 1.0 to 5.0 can be found at pickleball.land/pickleball-
3.0 FIXED PARTNER LEAGUE
This league will be played on Sunday evenings at the CTC courts with Dave Scott returning as the coordinator with assistance from Dwight Gordon. The league will consist of “fixed partner” adult teams of 2 players of 3.0 ability level ratings. Partners may be male/female or female/female gender teams, and may not include male/male genders due to obvious competitive advantage. Partners play with each other the entire season with no substitutions allowed. Teams sign up each week if available to participate in the following week session. Hence, if a partner is unavailable to play a certain evening, that team would just simply not sign up to play that evening. Teams would be split into two groups each evening based upon cumulative records during the season. Limit of 30 teams on league roster.
3.5 & 4.0 FIXED PARTNER LEAGUE
This league will be played on Monday evenings at the CTC courts with Lynze & John Kapp taking over the coordinator duties this year. Same description of team formats as described above for the 3.0 group, with the weekly availability and evening competition formats to be determined by the coordinators. Limit of 30 teams on league roster.
INTERMEDIATE WOMEN’S LEAGUE
This league will be played on Tuesday evenings at the Rockwood courts. Jackie Keenan will be the new coordinator. This league is for women players of 3.0 and 3.5 ability levels. More information on the format will be determined by the coordinator. Limit of 40 players on the league roster.
INTERMEDIATE MEN’S LEAGUE
This league will be played on Tuesday evenings at the CTC courts (moved from Rockwood last year to accommodate more players) and will consist of adult male players with rating levels of either 3.5 or 4.0. Rick Black will be the coordinator again this year and will use the same format as last year for the evening sessions through the Pickleball Den software program (which would entail a $ 5 supplemental fee charge for each player). Limit of 64 players on league roster.
INTERMEDIATE COED LEAGUE
This is the most popular league and will be played again on Wednesday evenings at the CTC courts with Tina & Paul DiBello returning as the coordinators. The league will consist of adult women and men players with rating levels of 3.5 and 4.0, as well as high 3.0 level. The same format will be used from last year with players grouped by ability levels and cumulative season records. Limit of 70 players on league roster.
ADVANCED BEGINNER COED LEAGUE
This league will play again on Thursday evenings at the CTC courts with Lisa Murphy returning as the coordinator. The league will consist of adult players with rating levels of either 2.5 or low 3.0, and the league is not for pure beginner players. The same format will be used with players assigned a court for the first game, and then rotate courts for succeeding games based upon the results of the previous matches. Limit of 56 players on the league roster.
ADVANCE COED FIXED PARTNER LEAGUE–TOURNAMENT PREP
This league will be played on Thursday evenings at the Harry Daniel courts, and Bryan Still will be the coordinator. The league will consist only of women and men players of 4.0 and 4.5 ability levels. The format will be determined by the coordinator. Limit of 16 teams on league roster. Absolutely no players below 4.0 for this league.
SENIOR INTERMEDIATE COED FUN LEAGUE
This league will be played again on Friday afternoons at the Rockwood courts with Frankie Contratto and Joan Shumaker returning again as the coordinators. The league will consist of women and men players over the age of 60 with rating levels of either 3.0 or 3.5, and the same format will be used as from last year. Limit of 50 players on league roster.
BEGINNER COED LEAGUE (Friday Night Lights)
This will be a fun, low stress league to be played on Friday evenings at the CTC courts with Linda Scott being the primary coordinator with other volunteers filling in as necessary. Dwight Gordon has agreed to help. This league is for adult men and women players who have taken Beginner pickleball classes and/or know how to play. You may want to 1) brush up on your skills after a lay off for one reason or another, 2) enjoy a fun beginner league, or 3) continue your path to becoming a better player.. Although not a teaching clinic, Linda will call foot faults if she sees them and answer any rules questions with the idea of helping you become a better player. Rating 1.5 to 2.0. Not for total Beginners.
Be watching for that email on February 15th!
Hello Pickleball Enthusiasts and Welcome to Year 2022!
First, please take note of the calendar as there are some changes and additions with some indoor locations opening. Please note mask requirements, if any, for your safety and the safety of your pickleball friends.
Your Club had an active 2021, and here are only a few of the accomplishments.
We sponsored and managed the very popular Spring and Fall Leagues which are our main source of revenue for court improvements. This money is used only for pickleball improvements. In 2021 it was used to:
Donate to two worthwhile local charity events, Dance for Pickleball (Christmas Toys) and Trunk or Treat event for Chesterfield County (Halloween Candy) at the Fairgrounds.
Replaced some shade awnings which were damaged by the wind last Fall at CTC
Purchased fans and cords (some were donated) for CTC
Place artificial turf between courts to slow down the rolling balls at CTC, RW and HD
Paid for the materials for 4 new gates to block flying balls between courts at CTC
Gave appreciation gifts to Louise Carloni for her excellent work in producing a calendar each month. Provided baskets of Christmas goodies in appreciation to Parks and Rec Staff at all 3 outdoor locations for their excellent help in keeping the courts in good shape for us to play, bathrooms in good condition, replace lights as needed, and other all around needs. Please thank them every chance you get…they are top notch!
Paid for a new gate on court 1 at CTC
Rented a room for the hugely successful CPR and AED training class (more to be offered in the near future)
Purchased a Rain Shuttle for the courts at RW
Maybe most important, we acquired 3 AED to be installed at each of the 3 outdoor locations. We are awaiting installation.
I know I have missed some others.
We want to thank some very important people:
First, the The Commish for all Leagues, Dave Scott. This will be his last year functioning in this capacity. He has done an outstanding job over the years (mostly in the background as he prefers). Next, the League Coordinators. What a job they do getting all the information to us for insurance purposes, collecting fees and scheduling who will play each week (plus dealing with last minute drop outs…the pits!)…..Dwight Gordon, Lisa Murphy, Rick Black, Tina and Paul Dibello, Robin and Chris Terrell, Dave Scott, Frankie Contratto and Joan Shumaker, As I said this is where the money comes from for all the the things we accomplish each year. If you play in the leagues, thank you! If you support league play, thank you, as that means you are supporting the growth of pickleball.
Others we want to thank:
Chris Terrell for keep the windscreens in good shape (remember only approved ties can be used for those) Chris has some and a small supply can be found in each storage box at CTC. Please let us know if the windscreens need some work.
Tammy Scott for leading the CPR/AED Workshop. Another one is planned soon. Let us know if you wish to partcipate. Email Gloria at [email protected].
Smitty (Levon Smith). How can we thank him enough. He was responsible for the two charity events which we helped to sponsor which are listed above. It feels good to give back to worthwhile causes in the name of Pickleball and we could not have done this without him.
Michael and Susan Those new gates at CTC are so perfect. We appreciate your dedication and craftsmanship.
Becky The gate you donated to RW is working very well. Thank you.
All Club Members who donated toys and candy for the two charity events mentioned above, who support the Club in numerous ways, are willing to abide by the rules, welcome others into the fold and exhibit good sportsmanship.
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:
Encourage the growth of Club Membership with everyone they meet. This keeps players in the know about what is happening in our area regarding pickleball. The PCCC is a Co-Sponsored Club with Chesterfield County, and they look to us to keep communication open between pickleball players and our county representatives. We attend PRAC meetings monthly to keep our pickleball needs in the forefront of Parks and Rec and the PRAC Members (who are appointed by and report back to the Chesterfield Board of Supervisors). We, inturn, report back to you with regard to the outcome of such meetings. We also, at times, ask for your support for various projects, new courts locations, etc. and will be doing so in the future.
The PCCC is ALL ABOUT SAFETY. We post signs at the outdoor locations with instructions for SAFETY and what steps to take in an emergency. We have provided all the equipment to affix ICE (Incase of Emergency) information on paddles for those who want that (We recommend that all have that information on their paddles as you never know when it will be needed and it’s a good way to identify your paddle). At last count we have 1,631 members and are adding more each week (sometimes each day). Our area was listed as #6 in the Nation for Pickleball locations to play. WE WOULD LIKE TO ENCOURAGE ANYONE WHO WOULD LIKE TO SERVE ON THE BOARD TO REACH OUT TO US. WE CAN FIND A PLACE FOR YOU, FOR SURE.
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.
While I am grateful for each of you, I am so particulary grateful to those who step up and do the extra work of promoting this great sport.
In this issue:
Light schedule for outdoor courts
Proposed New Pickleball Court Locations
Indoor pickleball update
Winter schedule for lights is in effect until March 13. All court lights are turned off at 9;30 p.m.
CTC: The awnings on the shade structures have been removed in hopes we can make them last longer. Thank you Jeff Rogers and his Parks and Rec team for all they do to make these courts as comfortable as possible. The fans are gone. Who is providing the winter home for these fans? They sure came in handy for the spring, summer and fall.
The windscreens: So, thank you for repairing the windscreens but please use the ties you will find in the box marked for that use. They are tinsel strenth of only 18lbs and are designed to protect the fence by breaking away in heavy wind. They are the only ones approved by Parks and Rec.. Chris Terrell has done a great job of keeping them repaired but he may not be able to get there immediately. They are in a red plastic and marked as Parks and Rec approved.
RW Rockwood is still scheduled to be totallly renovated late Spring or early Summer with the new lights. They will be able to adjust the posts to the correct position this time for you ATP players. The little gate that Becky built seems to be working to keep balls from rolling between courts. Perhaps someone, who is handy, would be willing step up and build a few for CTC and HD? Talk to me, first, as the Club would be happy to pay for the supplies for an approved structure..
HD: Thank you for not moving those benches. The artificial grass is working and hopefully, someone will build some gates for us which will help even more….hint, hint.
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.
|Please read the following article in Bloomberg. I know, it seems that mainstream is writing articles about pickleball all the time now. I will be sending this one to Parks and Rec, PRAC committee members as well as The Chesterfield Board of Supervisors for their consideration regarding building more courts for us.|
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Proposed locations for additional pickleball courts….this needs your attention
At the PRAC (Parks and Rec Advisory Committee) Meeting last week, it was announced that Parks and Rec may be repurposing some tennis courts for pickleball. The plan is they wlll place signs at these two location so that players and other interested parties can give comment as to whether they agree/disagree with the plans A public hearing will be held at the April PRAC meeting regarding these two proposals. Please plan to be there (virtually or in person) Both locations need pickleball courts. One proposal is very good and the other not good at all.
The first proposal is for Garland Dodd Park (Historic Pt of Rocks). The back 3 courts are in poor condition and under used. If the county makes all of three court designatied PB courts, there could be 8 courts (another Rockwood) at that location….:-) This still leaves 3 well-maintained courts for tennis players in the front. I think there is a population in that area and people who will teach and encourage new players as well as plan activities so that these courts will be well used. I’m sure Chris/Tim is one of them!
The second proposal is for the two stand-alone courts behind Johnson Willis Hospital which is part of Huguenot Park. These two courts may look idea to those unfamiliar with pickleball and the noise it makes (we make). THE PROBLEM: These back right up to people homes. This is asking for neighborhood complaints or requiring that we use sponge balls to play (NO WAY!) It would be a waste of funds to put pickleball courts there. Still, like in Enon (Pt of Rocks), we need some pickleball courts in this part of the county. I suggest that Parks and Rec (PRAC) consider converting 2 of the 6 tennis courts inside the park to dedicated pickleball courts. There will be resistance to this from tennis players, I am sure, but they would still have 4 tennis courts to play on plus the two behind Johnson Willis which are much better suited for the quieter game of tennis.. Please take note when you are there of how many tennis courts are in use.
You will have your chance to comment online, soon, and inperson in April. I hope you will take the time to go visit each location so you will have an informed opinion and make your thoughts know. Our County is very intune to what the residents want and need.
MORE. Since no final decison has been made regarding the use of the Chesterfield RACE TRACk property on Genito Road, adjacent to River City, express you thoughts about a picklebal complex being built there….at least more courts. This is an ideal location between RW and CTC….the Hull St corridor for more courts for larger tournaments which seems to be the way this sport is going..
Richmond, Henrico, Powhatan and Goochland all have Rec Centers offering indoor pickleball, yet our County does not except for the one court, on concrete, at Stonebridge on the mezzanine which you can call and reserve on specific days
Here is a possiblity:
Stonebridge. If you have not been there….go. It’s in the behind where the Old Clover Leaf Mall used to be. This is where RVA Volley pays a substantial fee to rent in the evenings and weekends. During the weekday, this big beautiful gym remains mostly unused. It was supposed to be for pickleball use during the day but the floor which RVA Volleyball chose, keeps that from happening. know. Parks and Rec said not to worry we would find a ball that works on that surface but after 3 years of searching, there isn’t one. Our balls (no matter which ones we try) either die when the hit that Sports Court surface or they take an insane bounce when they hit a corner of each 18 x 18 inch tile. There is a cushioned surface which works well for both sports, however and it is being used many places (even in our elementary schools and some church gyms…BAUMC, for one). IThe current Sports Court floor could be replaced and we would have an indoor facility for our use. I think we could get 6 to 8 courts in there using portable, roll away nets which would not interfere with volley ball. We could get sponsors, take donations, have special events to help defray the costs. This flooring is in all the major college volley gyms.
I don’t know the politics behind a decision to do this but it seems like a win-win situation for both sports as well as the residents of Chesterfield for that building to be used more beneficially. Please reach out to your County Board of Supervisors and let them know your thoughts on this.
Bon Air United Methodist and St. Marks United Methodist: May reopen in late January.
We are looking for someone to be the lead coordinator for other volunteers at Ramsey United Methodist. Please let me know if you are interested. We know many of you love to play indoors and some need to play indoors for health reasons or a softer surface. Bon Air UMC has that softer surface I am talking about for Stonebridge.. Check it out. It’s made of recycled tires I hear and our ball bounces great.
Until then, there are small groups playing at several indoor locations but not sponsored by Chesterfield Parks and Rec or the Club. Some of these are by invitation only, some require proof of vaccination but none of them want to be listed on the calendar, at this time. Other than Amelia, we have no indoor pickleball on the calendar for this month. Many of our churches use the gyms for holiday gatherings and the spread of Covid, indoors, without masks is still controversial. Keep your ears open and maybe you will be invited to join but January is just around the corner.
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Happy Holidays, guys and gals. All the best for each and everyone of you.
Linda Scott and The Board of the Pickleball Club of Chesterfield County
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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