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March 27, 2021
Great News, Picklers!
The Sequim Picklers Club is back in business starting April 1st — This is not an April fool’s joke, it really is happening!
Our state moved to Phase 3 on March 22nd. The updated guidelines came out on March 26th. You are welcome to review them yourselves at: https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/COVID19%20Sporting%20Activities%20Guidance.pdf
Sporting Activities COVID-19 Requirements
Updated 03/22/2021 1 | P a g e Sporting Activities COVID-19 Requirements Summary of March 22, 2021 changes: – New Phase 3 requirements detailed for School and Non-school Youth Team Sports Indoor and www.governor.wa.gov
The shed will be open and available for use once again, including the ball machine and rebounder board. It will be nice to see people out drilling with these tools.
Saturday, April 3rd will be our first Rated Play since March 2020.
We would like to be back in the Boys and Girls Club, but that won’t be happening yet. We have contacted them and we are hopeful for the future to get back in there full swing. The PCOC will be meeting regarding court operations and activities. Stay tuned for more updates in this area.
The ratings trial program with Pickleball Brackets has been a success. It is a beautiful system, very user-friendly, with much to offer. Pickleball Canada has adopted it for the country. Pickleball is Great (PIG) is looking at it as well. To get your games counted you will need to register for free at pickleballbrackets.com. Once your registration is complete, please email me at email@example.com so I can pull you into the Sequim Picklers Club on the site. Each Saturday, we will record the games and you will be able to go in to check your stats. This is concrete game data, with no ‘subjective’ field ratings required. As you play well, you move up. You can see trends, predicted games, scores, etc..
Thanks for your patience, as we have maneuvered through the challenges of the past year. It has been a long year for ALL of us. We are looking forward to having a lot of fun with this great club in 2021 and beyond.
More information on the next ALL Members Meeting will be coming soon as well. Stay tuned!
January 31, 2021
Club Ratings System Test
We have a ratings system that is designed by Jason who runs Pickleball Island in New York. Besides being a great player he is a programmer. The software has a lot to offer our club. Here are just a few of the advantages:
- It will calculate singles, skinny singles, mixed, and doubles.
- It adjusts for the fact that the higher rated player will see less balls their way.
- It predicts the outcome of the games based on the team’s ratings.
- It calculates each night at 2 am and provides stats that you can access on your phone.
- You can work on your game to improve and see the results in your ratings.
- Imagine being the highest rated player in a foursome: under the USAP system you risk a lot with little reward. With this system, if this same player does better than the predicted score of the game, he/she will receive a bump in ratings, (by nature this will encourage players to play down at times allotted for this).
- There is no subjective nature it is all you and your game outcomes.
- It provides eight digits of accuracy.
- The system will run leagues, ladder leagues, and keep track of all the stats, all available online to the players.
- It does not affect your USPA number.
- You have a running history of scores of all your recorded games.
- PIG has been exploring using this company for data collection (still in talks).
I anticipate using this on Ratings Saturdays when we can do that again. Until then you can register at pickleballbrackets.com. Registration is free but the calculations cost money. The board agreed several months ago to give it a try. This will hopefully be a Club Member benefit. All you need is a phone number, email, birthdate, initial rating and name. Use your club rating or USAPA number for your rating. After playing you will move quickly to where you fit in. I am trialing this with some people right now. If you want to be included and have a group of several that play together regularly please let me know: firstname.lastname@example.org. I will get you set up with score sheets and recording games. It is so much fun to see how your game is doing from week to week.
Director of Court Operations (DOCO)
January 15, 2021
There seems to be renewed confusion about mask-wearing guidelines when playing outdoors at Carrie Blake Park due to unauthorized signs posted recently at the park.
The Sequim Picklers Board was notified, once again, to help clear any confusion about signs that appeared at the park (posted within the last week). The Picklers Board has absolutely NO JURISDICTION about policing what happens at the park courts, but again had to reach out to government authorities including the City, the County, and Washington State’s Department of Health in order to clarify the guidelines for outdoor sports.
First of all, we have been informed by the City of Sequim that no one may randomly post signs on the fences at the public courts — without authorization by our governing officials
If you are *not* in a position of City Authority, please do not post random signs — especially signs that convey misinformation, and create further confusion and contention about the mask mandate.
Please take note of this message from Jason Hart, Clallam County Health & Human Services:
New state guidance published on January 11th requires that face coverings be worn by “all coaches, volunteers and athletes at all times” for “School and Non-school Youth Team Sports Indoor and Outdoor and Adult Recreational Team Sports Indoor and Outdoor.” This requirement will not change if/when the County moves to Phase 2.
You may read the new guidelines here:
This is in contrast to previously published sporting guidance that made it optional for athletes to wear a mask while participating in low risk sports. Other requirements listed in the new guidance document include:
- Clean high touch surfaces and disinfect shared equipment before and after each use
- Provide handwashing or hand sanitizing stations at training and contest locations
- Six feet of distance must be maintained among athletes when not engaged in sporting activities
- Outdoor meets, qualifiers, and tournaments allowed for low risk sports; No spectators allowed; No tournaments allowed for moderate and high risk sports
- Scrimmage against other teams or training or practices with other teams is not allowed
- Stay home when sick or if a close contact of someone with COVID-19
- All sporting activities and operations must adopt a written procedure for employee/volunteer safety and customer interaction
We also received a response from Nathan Thai, Washington State Department of Health:
Masks are still required to be worn at all times by all parties, including players, coaches, trainers, spotters, and any other involved staff or volunteers.
If you have any further questions on the State guidelines you are invited to contact Jason at the Washington State Department of Health at email@example.com or his phone number is 360.417.2417.
More COVID-19 Information is available at https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/Coronavirus or call the Washington State Department of Health at 1-800-525-0127 and press #
USA Pickleball has posted NEW RULE CHANGES for 2021.
CLICK HERE to read the Official USA Pickleball Rulebook.
December 11, 2020
The mask mandate for outdoor sports remains in place, per the Governor’s directive on November 17, 2020. Click to read the details here –> COVID19 PHASE 2 & 3 SPORTING ACTIVITIES GUIDANCE
As shown in the Guidance document, pickleball and tennis are low-risk sports. We understand that even with the mask directive posted on the gates–or whether the sign is posted or not, there is continued contention at the Carrie Blake Park courts about some players not wearing masks. We want you to know that we hear your frustration, and sincerely hope that those who are not following the guidelines do not cause the City of Sequim to close our access to the courts again, especially with case counts on the rise in our county.
That being said, it is not OUR job, as Sequim Picklers, to rule over the public courts or to police who is or who is not choosing to wear a mask. We can only control how we, as members of the public, personally respond to someone not following these safety guidelines. The great thing about that is that you always have a choice: you can choose to play with, or not play with, someone who is not wearing a mask. The key point: YOU have a CHOICE.
Try not to let this contention become greater than the fun we have playing pickleball. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that we all make it safely through this rough phase, and life will soon get back to “normal” again, whatever normal will be in the next year.
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