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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.
We are happy to welcome Sue Felix, one of our newer members, who has stepped up to replace Warren Mecca as our new Membership Chair on the Sequim Picklers Board.
I am Sue Felix, taking over for Warren as the Membership Chair. I started with the Picklers last summer and just love playing pickleball. I grew up in Seattle and went to high school with the daughter of one of the original pickleballers…Senator Joel Pritchard.
I first played at the YMCA in Gig Harbor when they first opened, but due to injuries I stopped playing. My dream was to retire to Sequim and play pickleball and so here I am! My husband and I moved here in 2019 and we are avid hikers, gardeners and we love to travel.
I have enjoyed meeting everyone on the courts and having fun learning to play again. My goal is to improve my game, meet new people and have fun in the process.”
We also welcome back Katinka Nanna to the Board as Treasurer. She has been an integral part of the Board for many years, and we appreciate her willingness and expertise to continue to serve the Picklers as a Board Member.
We extend a heartfelt “Thank You” to Christiane Ganss-Johnson who stepped in as interim Treasurer in February of this year.
And, last but certainly not least, a very special THANK YOU to Warren Mecca for your role as Membership Chair for the past year and a half. You have helped organize our fun events and gatherings, and have gone above and beyond in your role on the Board. Keep a look out for Warren on the courts with his video camera in hand, who will continue to capture and share special moments with our Pickler Members.
Bettelee Hall (one of our “original players” at Third & Fir) bids Aloha to the Sequim Picklers (and Washington state)!
8/26/2020 we will be on the SeaTac tarmac 10:15 am headed to our new home Big Island, Hawaii, Hilo.
It was wonderful being at your tournament that very cold, cold, weekend. I adore all of you and especially Sequim Picklers. The courts are beautiful. So proud so proud of our accomplishments.
I found out my health problem. Heart valve replacement (life saver) took place 1-6-20 and 2-18-20 operation. Lost weight but 3-17-20 left for Kauai til Easter then the 19th started all the quarantines. Because we are both so healthy decided to move and we’re lucky we can.
So long love to you all.
Our Membership Chair, Warren Mecca, is delighted to inform us that we have a total of
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!).
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!
**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).
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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.