SAMPLE: April 2023

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.   AsAdam Goldsmith, one of our local high level certified referees pointed out, pickleball rules only change at the first of the year.

Moving on….

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