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Good Friday Morning, Picklers!
Our Membership Chair, Warren Mecca, is delighted to inform us that we have a total of
WOW!! Believe me when I say we can’t wait for our organized Pickler play to resume a “normal” schedule (sometime around Phase 3 … or Phase 4 — stay tuned!).
If you are playing regularly at Carrie Blake (or anywhere else on the peninsula), stay safe & healthy, and we’ll see you soon!
Director of Communications
GREAT NEWS, PICKLERS!
The courts at Carrie Blake Park have been re-opened, as of 11:00 am, June 1st.
Please keep in mind that all organized Pickler activities have been suspended until Phase 3 or Phase 4 of re-opening Washington State, per Governor’s mandate. The Sequim Pickler shed at Carrie Blake Park is LOCKED and not accessible at this time. Please be prepared to handle medical emergencies without the shed. If you are in the high risk category, it is suggested you stay home and stay safe.
Your Sequim Picklers Board encourages each of you to read through and follow the City of Sequim Guidelines for Safe Play, as well as the USAPA Covid-19 Recommendations. As a Member of the Sequim Picklers, you are representing our Club every time you play in public, so please do your best to follow the recommendations as outlined.
See you at the courts (sometime in the future) and stay tuned for updates!
Krista Rambow, Director of Communications
Sequim Picklers Welcome First Honorary Member: At the March Board Meeting, a motion was passed to offer Free Memberships to 5.0 players who will agree to hold at least one clinic of at least two hour duration for 3.5/4.0 players.The clinic to be held at the Carrie Blake courts during the year of free membership. Welcome Joel Meier to the Sequim Picklers!
CHANGE IN 2020 DUES: We want to take care of our own Membership during our time of national crisis. Since all organized Club activities have been suspended due to Covid-19 restrictions, dues for 2020 have been set to $0 If you have already paid for 2020, it will be applied to 2021. Thank you! Sharman Owings, President
BOYS & GIRLS CLUB PLAY:
(*Currently suspended due to Covid-19 Closure*) Have you ever shown up at the Boys & Girls Club because indoor play is scheduled, but didn’t find anyone there? Please don’t take it personally — we might all be outside at Carrie Blake instead of inside — especially if the weather is nice! We don’t want you to miss out on the fun — if you don’t see anyone at B&G Club, check the courts at Carrie Blake! Or, if you really were hoping to play inside, try Vern Burton Gym in Port Angeles. Kendal Wake, Director of Court Operations
SAVE THE COURTS: Dear Picklers, You may have noticed dirt, pebbles, and scratch marks on our new courts. The dirt and pea gravel along the south fence is tracking onto the courts and is going to quickly ruin our lovely surface. PLEASE DO NOT WALK IN THE DIRT AND PEA GRAVEL. From the parking lot, please use the grass or the street to access the sidewalk for the Main Entrance on the East side of the courts. There is a mat for cleaning your shoes. Thank you!
MEMBERS ONLY FACEBOOK FORUM: Aloha, Picklers! Did you know that we have a Facebook page? If you are not opposed to social media, we’d sure LIKE you to “LIKE” and “FOLLOW” our page on Facebook:
**Also, if you: 1. Are on Facebook AND 2. Are an Active Member in the Club (current Members-Only)
You are invited to join our CLOSED GROUP: Sequim Picklers Members-Only Forum, where we discuss all things PICKLEBALL, find out who’s playing at the park, who needs a partner, if the weather is nice enough to play…(it usually is).
THE SEQUIM PICKLERS IS NOW IN THE AMAZON SMILE PROGRAM: AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way to support non-profit organizations every time you shop on Amazon at no cost to you. Click here for all the details.
PICKLEBALL CENTRAL DISCOUNT: ClubRewards gives members of local pickleball clubs a 5% discount on everything they purchase from PickleballCentral.com and an additional 5% of the purchase price goes back to their local pickleball club in the form of an annual gift card. Click here for the discount code.
SUGGESTIONS: … Comments, Questions:
Questions?, Comments, Suggestions – Contact US or fill out a paper form at the Carrie Blake Pickleball Courts and insert into the box located inside the Pickler shed.
Sequim Picklers “Trashy Tribe” Start Off the New Year
Saturday, January 4 was the first outing of the 2nd year that the “trashy tribe” of Sequim Picklers Adopt-A-Highway volunteers made their way to Hwy. 101 west of Sequim, between Dryke & Shore, to pick up litter. With 12 returning and seasoned pickers, the outing wrapped up in record time, clocking in an estimated 30 total volunteer hours and collecting 24 bags of trash.
Afterwards, the team members gathered for lunch at Applebee’s.If you see her, thank Applebee’s GM Holly Guyll for giving us a 10% discount.And, thanks to the following volunteers.
Mary Helen Benapfl
Trevor Carley (not an SP member but an altruistic friend who joined us for the day!)
The “Sequim Picklers Pickleball Club” Adopt-A-Highway signs posted on our section of Hwy. 101 is great PR for the club.And the volunteers provide a significant community service resulting in 4 miles of clean highway that we all use regularly. Our next outing will be in April. If you are interested in joining the volunteer team, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.We have a reflective orange vest that will fit you perfectly!Who knows what you will find???
Thanks. JoAnne Yerkes
Picklers Turn Trash Into Treasure-October 5, 2019
Saturday, October 5, was the 4th and final clean-up for 2019, accomplished by the SP Adopt-A-Highway volunteers. We welcomed 5 new first-time pickers: Janie Dicus, Janice Drickey, Sue Mason, Roger Mull and Bob Sester. The 14 SP volunteers tied up 27 bags and donated 34 total hours in sprucing in Hwy. 101 west of Sequim, between Dryke & Shore.
The ubiquitous Black Ball Ferry tickets caught Roger’s eye. Janie couldn’t overlook the dessicated deer carcass (yes, it’s still there). Richard, Bob and Goose overcame the urge to get on that ditched bike and ride. Sue, Janie and JoAnne had Andy Gibb and Neil Young songs looping through their heads as they picked up album covers and lp shards that at one time sounded great on a turntable. But the prize this time goes to Team 3—Michael, Christina, Roger and Pamela–who found a carved wood bear. No sooner had they lugged it to the side of the road and stacked it with the other trash bags than someone driving by spied a treasure they couldn’t pass up! Speed recycling!
Afterwards, the team members gathered for lunch at Applebee’s. If you see him, thank Applebee’s GM Dustin for giving us a 10% discount. And, thanks to the following SP volunteers. A star next to a name denotes a “superstar” who has participated in multiple pick-ups.
The “Sequim Picklers Pickleball Club” Adopt-A-Highway signs are posted so we are now officially the proud caretakers of a very clean section of a highway we all travel on a regular basis. The great news is that our efforts over this past year are visible. Our first pick-up in January netted 56 bags and took us 52 combined hours. The trash collected, and the time necessary to sweep the 4 miles, has continued to drop throughout this year. It’s great PR for the club and a great community service.
Our next effort is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, January 4, 2020. If you are interested in joining the volunteer team, let us know at email@example.com. We have a reflective orange vest that will fit you perfectly! Who knows what you will find???
Ring the bell, wave the flag, sound the horns . . .Our sign is up!! August 5, 2019.
Picky Picklers Proven Particular
Some were picky enough to prefer cigarette butts.Others were particularly interested in larger fare.But, all-in-all, the 14 SP volunteers provided a total of 37 precious hours and pinched 31 plastic bags of purloined trash!
Saturday, July 27, was the third outing this year for the SP-sponsored Adopt-A-Highway volunteer participants.Many voiced appreciation that the windy weather would not have made for a particularly pleasant play day. See the photo gallery for more great pictures.
A recounting of particulars:3 gas cans, 1 garbage can sans matching lid, 1 garbage can lid sans matching can, a 5-gallon bucket proving useful for filling with nearby Styrofoam sheeting, a plethora of Black Ball Ferry tickets, a dessicated snake, a dessicated owl, and a beyond dessicated deer carcass.Budweiser appears to be the beer of choice on the NOP . . . or maybe it’s just the beer of choice of litterbugs.See what you non-volunteers are missing?!
Afterwards, the team members gathered for lunch at Applebee’s.If you see him, thank Applebee’s GM Dustin for giving us a 10% discount.And, thanks to the following SP volunteers. A star next to a name denotes a “superstar” who has participated in multiple pick-ups.
*Mary Helen Benapfl
Thanks to Dave Shreffler for snapping some pics—they can be seen on the photo gallery.Who knew orange was our color.
The “Sequim Picklers Pickleball Club” Adopt-A-Highway signs are at WDOT in PA and fingers crossed should be placed SOON approaching Dryke from the East (N. side of Hwy. 101), andFern (Shore) from the West (S. side of Hwy. 101). Keep an eye out and let us know when you see them.
Our next effort will be in October. If you are interested in joining the volunteer team, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.We have a reflective orange vest that will fit you perfectly!
Submitted by JoAnne Yerkes
Picklers “Trash” Hwy. 101 – AGAIN!
On Saturday, April 27, 12 dedicated picklers trolled both sides of Hwy. 101 between Dryke & Shore, removing 31 bags of trash.This effort on the part of SP volunteers was the second Adopt-A-Highway litter patrol so far this year.There was wind to deal with but the efforts by the January 5 team paid off as there was much less trash to pick up and our overall time was cut by close to 2/3!
Afterwards, the team members met at Applebee’s for lunch.If you see him, thank Applebee’s GM Dustin for giving us a 10% discount.And, thanks to the following SP volunteers. If there is a star next to their name, they are “superstars” as they have participated in both pick-ups:
To do a bit of a twist on a well-known phrase, they say that community service is its own reward.If so, Patricia Knapp was rewarded twice as she found $5.Good eye Patricia!And Ken Sorbel “went the extra mile”.Katinka drove the car parked at the end point of Team 2’s section, which the team would walk back to, picking up trash along the way.Ken drove the car parked at their starting, offload spot.When the team finished their mile patrol and reached Katinka’s car they realized that her keys were in Ken’s car.So, yes, Ken walked the extra mile back to his car, then drove to where Katinka and Lynda waited at Katinka’s car.Thanks Ken for going that extra mile!
Once again, JoAnne neglected to get a group picture of the orange-vested gathering.If any teams have pictures to share, please do so.And thanks again for your efforts!
Our next effort will be in July. Hopefully by then WDOT will have placed signs acknowledging that Sequim Picklers have “adopted” this section of 101 between PA and Sequim, and drivers seeing us at work will no longer mistake us for members of the chain gang!If you are interested in joining the volunteer team, let us know at email@example.com.
When offered, League Play will generally be for a set period of time ie. 6 to 8 weeks, where people sign up for the full league, play in their rated groups and statistics will be kept. The Club may offer Fall, Winter or Spring league play. LadderPlay is an informal way where people come in and out (don’t have to commit to a certain period of time) and have the chance to play people of the same rating.
USAPA Definition of Ladder Play: Players play mostly with others of similar skill levels. Your ranking on a ladder is based upon your winning percentage (the ratio of points won to total points possible). Players will move up or down the ladder based upon their winning percentage.
Although there are a variety of formats, we currently use ROUND ROBIN PLAY, which according to the USAPA is a structured form of play organized by skill levels. In the time allocated to each Round Robin session you will play a fixed number of games, each with a different partner and against a different pair of opponents.
Round Robin Play & Open Play at B & G Club:
Round Robin Play will start on Monday, January 6, 2020 at the Boys & Girls Club on Fir Street. The time slot for 2.5’s and 3.0’s is 6:00 to 7:30 PM. The 3.5’s to 4.0’s will be from 7:30 to 9:00 PM. Be sure to show up on time so that you can be included in the Round Robin play.
On alternating weeks (January 13th) will be an open play week. We will alternate round robin play with open play for a couple of months (*our calendar will be updated to reflect the changes to our schedule). There will be no more Saturdays at the Boys and Girls club for a while. The added Saturdays we had just happened to be available. I have asked for any additional availability but have not heard back.
Thanks! Kendal Wake, DOCO
We sold a few more t-shirts last week — there are more available if you are interested. Also, if you would like to get your own (plain) t-shirt or sweatshirt, or another article of clothing printed with the Sequim Picklers logo, contact Captain T’s Gift Shoppe & Custom Stuff in Port Angeles, 360-452-6549. They are able to print one-off’s at your request, but we do ask that you choose a plain article of clothing ~only~ for anything with the Pickler logo. 11/1/19
We still have a limited quantity of Sequim Pickler shirts available. If you are interested in purchasing, this is how it will work:
Below is a list of remaining shirts.
If you see a shirt that you would like to purchase, email Kendal (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your request.
Aleta will take it to the shed at CB and it will have your name on it.
Put your check or money in the daily play envelope with a note on it showing what it is for.
The cost for members is $15.00 for non members $20.00.
It is that time again for me to try to recruit some referee trainees for our club.We have a nice cadre of trained officials, but we are always looking for new folks who might want to give this a try.I encourage you to at least come and listen to my introduction to refereeing before you decide it is not for you.If you do not want to be a referee, that is just fine……….refereeing is not for everyone, but you might be surprised how it is a possibility for players who understand and enjoy the game as well as looking for a way to help the club.
I really think most of you could benefit fromsome additional information about the rules.I’m sure you are getting by, but knowing more about the rules will help you understand the game better and also give you the confidence to straighten out situations that arise during play.Please give this some consideration.
Try these few questions:
1.How many time outs do you get during a match? How long is a time out?Who can call a time out?Can you call time out after the score has been called?
2.What 4 choices do you have if you win the coin flip or choose the correct number at the beginning of the match?
3.Can you be in the kitchen if you are not playing the ball?
4.Is there a penalty for calling the wrong score?
Good luck. Please let me (email@example.com) know if you interested in being a referee or if you would like to brush up on the rules.
Answers:1. Two per game, so six if you play all three games of a match.A time out is 1 minute.Any player may call a time out.A timeout may be called after the score is called, but BEFORE the server begins his/her service motion.
2.You may choose to serve, receive, choose a side, or defer. (Let other team decide).
3.Certainly. Take your lawn chair, take a nap, have a drink, play some cards …..you just can’t play the ball unless it bounces.
4.No.There is a penalty, however, if you stop the play because you think the score is wrong and the score that was called was correct.
Isn’t this fun?!
Marty Hoffman,Referee Coordinator
REFEREE PRACTICE, TRAINING & RULES:
I hope you have enjoyed your Easter weekend and are now ready to consider an important need for our club.
We are having a big tournament at the end of May and will need some more officials. We have a good cadre of 35 dedicated members who have helped referee in the past , but we need 7-10 more because not all of them are available for the tournament. We will provide the training and supervision to walk you through what is required to referee a match. If you love the game, understand the basics of the game, and are willing to give this a try it would be truly appreciated. After the training, if you decide it is not for you then that is O.K. We have had individuals complete the training and then decide not to do it for one reason or another. That was perfectly fine. You must feel comfortable in a referee position.
The USAPA has developed a great video which shows the basics of officiating. Please give it a look, 18 minutes, and decide if this interests you. Your participation will help the club, and also benefit you as a player who will be knowledgeable.
Please us the link below and scroll down to access the video:
Attention referees, potential referees, and beginners. I have something for each of you.
The time is not too far away when we will, once again, be needed to referee our tournament in late May. In preparation for this, on March 30, I will bring to the Carrie Blake courts the materials needed to practice officiating. These materials will be part of the general items that are put out on the table. Please go ahead and practice as much as you can because it is not easy to just start refereeing a tournament without sufficient practice. We will have some review sessions in late April or early May. Practice whenever and as much as you can now. Additional opportunities will be provided at the B&G Club in the near future. Those playing at the Y should practice there also.
Those members who are experienced players who would like to learn how to referee should contact Marty Hoffman at firstname.lastname@example.org to indicate your interest in the training. This training is for those of you who have a sincere interest in refereeing, understand the game, are willing to study the rules, learn about the mechanics of refereeing, and would be dedicated to this important task. Once I get a list of interested participants I will contact you for a training date.
New to the game?……….I will be willing to spend some time with a group of you who want to learn the basic rules. This would help you sort out some situations that arise in your normal play. Knowing the rules is to your advantage so please give this training some serious thought. This is not the referee training. The more you know about the rules the better off you will be. Please contact me at email@example.com if you are interested. Once I get a number of you showing interest in this I will contact you and a date will be set.
Thank you. This is your club and the more knowledgeable you become the better our club play will be.
Marty Hoffman, Referee/Rules Coordinator
March 27, 2019
Referee Clinic, July 26, 2018
In preparation for providing officials for our inaugural Blue Hole Bash Tournament, I will be offering a referee clinic on July 26 beginning at 9:00 A.M. at the new courts. It will last for 2-3 hours. There is no charge for this clinic. My goal is to train 16 more of our members on the skills and information needed to referee a pickleball match. The fundamentals of refereeing and some basic rules will be discussed for about 30 minutes. We will then have you go to the courts and observe a veteran official officiate a game while you shadow this person and get a sense of how it is done. We will then reconvene and discuss what you have observed. Then, we will have you try your hand at officiating with an experienced person helping you. Hopefully you will feel comfortable enough after our training to referee some of the games during our open play time. With enough practice and supervision, I would hope you would be available to referee in our tournament in September. We already have a core group of about 15 referees in our club so adding to this group will certainly benefit us all.
Please let me know if becoming a referee interests you at this time. I will take the first 16 individuals who contact me VIA E-MAIL. firstname.lastname@example.org
Additional clinics will be offered if the interest is there. Also, if you just want to talk about and learn the rules we can arrange a rules clinic too.
July 20, 2018
Marty Hoffman, Bob Sester and Doug Hastings PRESENT:
…THE SIMPLE REFEREE CLINIC!
Referee Guide for Dummies #1
When: This Monday Night (gym) @ 6pm. (Oct 16th)
Not sure?? Don’t feel qualified? Not ready? Too complicated? Afraid of the commitment? Worried about making mistakes? Blah, Blah, Blah?
WELL, GOOD FOR YOU THEN, BECAUSE MARTY, BOB AND DOUG HAVE ANSWERS TO THOSE QUESTIONS FOR YOU!
…and here is one tidbit of information for you from Ambassador Ben:
USAPA claims being a referee can significantly improve your game!
A survey study showed the a majority of tournament referees
agreed their overall game improved when they started to referee!
Quote: “…when you watch over and over successful shot selection and placement, strategy
and partner communication, you can’t help but transfer that to your game on some level…”
No charge! Everything you need for the first night will be provided!
Referees pickle ball’s “go to people”!
LOTS TO GAIN, NOTHING TO LOSE…
Sign-up now, or arrive at 6pm, to be one of the maximum 20 attendees.
…….”It is all on the clipboard.” A clinic on what it takes to be a referee will be held on Oct. 16, Monday evening beginning at 6:00 P.M. The clinic will be conducted by Marty Hoffman, Bob Sester, and Doug Hastings…….all experienced tournament referees. A small clipboard used for the scoring of a match will have all of the necessary information you will need to become comfortable and successful as a pickleball referee. Key rules–less than ten– will be highlighted so you will feel secure in your endeavor to help referee a match. After the orientation you will have an opportunity to “shadow” (watch an experienced referee referee games being played on Monday evening.) Further study of all of the rules will be discussed later. Initially, we want to get you interested and comfortable with this fun activity.
We will limit the group to 15 individuals who are experienced players….3.0 and up.