Club News

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GREAT NEWS, PICKLERS!

The courts at Carrie Blake Park have been re-opened, as of 11:00 am, June 1st.

The City is allowing play on 4 of 8 courts to encourage social distancing measures.

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 rules as outlined.

City of Sequim Pickleball Guidelines

USAPA – Covid-19 Return to Play

State of WA – Phased Reopening Chart

There will be no organized play coordinated by the Picklers at this time. Stay tuned for updates as we move through each Phase of pandemic recovery.  See you on the courts!  

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 DUES: We want to take care of our own Membership. Since we have no crystal ball and don’t know when anyone will be able to play again, we are offering a buy one (year), get one (year) free for our Basic Member level. This means, if you have already paid Basic membership dues for this year, it includes 2020 ~AND~ 2021. If you signed up as a Basic Member last year, and you have not renewed yet for 2020, hold on to your renewal check until next year. Any New Basic Members who sign up and pay this year (after this announcement) will get credit for both 2020 and 2021.   Sharman Owings, President

ADOPT-A-HIGHWAY CLEANUP:
 
I know that many of you would jump at the chance to get out, even if it’s to pick up other people’s garbage.  Sorry to get your hopes up, but I checked with Washington’s DOT and the highway cleanup program is on hold.  Feel free to practice at home meanwhile, though personally I’m finding that having the time to do some cleanup tasks doesn’t make them any less boring.
Wishing you health,
Your ‘What a load of rubbish’ team of Pam Woodruff and Richard Carey

 

NEW TRIAL RATINGS PROCEDURE: Keeping track of the scores on Rated Play Saturday’s will start 3-21.  We need you to sign up.  The directions were mailed out this week and can also be found from the Members Only Menu.  Eighteen people have informed me that they have registered so far.  I hope you will take the time to do so this week.  Let me know when you have so I can put you in our Sequim Picklers group on PickleballBrackets.com

BOYS & GIRLS CLUB CHANGE: ***Starting April 6th the Boys and Girls Club will be  Members-Only Play at the same fee of 2 dollars.*** Gold Members – no fee.

SEQUIM FLING: Due to the Covid 19 Virus the Sequim Fling has been cancelled for 2020.

SIGN IN PLEASE: An important note from Sharman Owings, our Club President:
“Hello to all you pickleball-peeps. Hope this glorious weather finds you on the courts, enjoying every minute. Just a bit of housekeeping…
The question of sign in/no sign in keeps creeping to the surface. As your humble President, I would like to request that we continue to sign in. Better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it. Let’s err on the side of caution, and not make this a big, unnecessary conversation.
It is SUCH a small thing.
Sign your name then go PLAY!”

NAME BADGES:

Warren has taken over name badge distribution.  As Membership Chair this really fits well with his responsibilities.  See Warren if you still need your badge.    

Kendal Wake, Director of Court Operations

CAMERAS ON THE COURTS: I am still working on the camera.  I met with the church today in our ongoing efforts to get things working properly.  Thanks for your patience. Members can access it from the Members Only Menu.

Kendal Wake, DOCO

BOYS & GIRLS CLUB PLAY:

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

SEQUIM PICKLER SHIRTS AVAILABLE:

I had a request for more shirts to be ordered, these requests were for some colors and sizes we did not have.  Because of the low order quantity the price was closer to $30 rather than $15 — So orders are on hold for now.  If you don’t mind paying the extra you can order from Captain T’s in Port Angeles 360-452-6549. They have our logo, and you can get it printed in a variety of colors and sizes. We still have quite a collection of shirts available for purchase. We do ask that you choose a plain article of clothing ~only~ for anything with the Pickler logo.

Lobster pickleball ball machine

 

BALL MACHINE ALERT: The balls need to be dry.  Do not use the machine if there are puddles or rain on the courts. If anything is off about it please call, my number is on the procedure sheet. The ball machine appears to be functional again.  We used it today without any issue.  Please continue to use the checkout procedure.  If you’re using it for a long time you can use the supplemental power pack and the extension cord I brought down. 

Look for more training sessions on the NEW Lobster Ball Machine & Rebounder Wall. See this helpful Youtube Video on using the Rebounder Wall and this Lobster Youtube Video.

Members ONLY are invited to use them, provided they are Active Members and have completed training.

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:

https://www.facebook.com/SequimPicklers/

**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).

See you at the courts!

Krista Rambow, Director of Communications

    

 

 

 

 
 
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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

 

 

 

Sequim Pickler Shirts Available

**Sequim Pickler Logo Shirts Available**

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 (k_awake@msn.com) 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.  

Womens Long Sleeve

Medium: 2 white, 1 green 

Large: 1 white, 1 black, 2 grey

X-Large: 2 white, 1 blk, 1 grey, 2 blue, 2 green

Womens Short Sleeve

Medium: 3 white, 3 blk, 1 grey, 1 blue, 2 green

Large: 3 white, 3 blk, 3 grey, 3 blue, 3 green

X-Large: 3 white, 3 blk, 2 grey, 3 green

Mens Long Sleeve

Large: 2 white, 2 grey, 4 blue, 4 green

X-Large: 4 white, 5 grey, 2 blue, 1 green

Mens Short Sleeve 

Large: 3 white, 3 blk, 3 grey, 2 blue, 3 green

X-Large: 5 white, 1 blk, 3 grey, 4 blue, 1 green

Referee Training

   Attention Picklers,

     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 from  some 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 (mrhhoffman@msn.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

10/8/19

 

REFEREE PRACTICE, TRAINING & RULES: 

Dear members,

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:

2018 USAPA Quick Start Training video. (18 mins.)

Good luck with this and I hope you can help us.  Do not let the detailed scoring discourage you; we can show you an easier way and then you can progress into the one they show on the video.

Please contact me by April 29 so I can schedule a training session.

Thank you, Marty Hoffman, Referee Coordinator

mrhhoffman@msn.com

April 22, 2019

 

Referee Opportunities Spring 2019

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 mrhhoffman@msn.com 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 mrhhoffman@msn.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.   mrhhoffman@msn.com
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.
 
    Thank you.
 
Marty Hoffman
Referee Coordinator
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.

Ben
808-1024
 10/12/17
 
MONDAY ​OCTOBER 16TH…IN THE GYM! (B&G Club)  

Attention  wannabe pickleball referees

 …….”It is all on the clipboard.”  A clinic on what it takes to be a referee will be held on Oct. 16Monday 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.  

 Please call Marty at 360-808-7347 or email him at:  mrhhoffman@msn.com

This will certainly benefit the club in the long run and hopefully we can get this going again.

You can contact me with additional questions or information and to sign-up.
We thank Marty, Bob and Doug for this important clinic.  
We will need many of you in the near future for Club tournaments!
Marty will make it EZ-PZ!
9/28/17​