Tag Archives: Sonoma County Pickleball Club

05-27-14 Our New Site: https://oakmontpickleball.shutterfly.com/

ANNOUNCING OUR NEW SITE

https://oakmontpickleball.shutterfly.com/

To all Oakmont Pickleball Club Members:

Back in 2011, when I was still living in Point Reyes, I created my first “blog” using WordPress,  http://www.OysterZone.org

It has proven itself an excellent tool for the purpose of getting information out to the public so last year, I started another Word Press for our Beginning Tap class here in Oakmont. When I became secretary of our club, I created a third one.

As good as Word Press is as a blog, it isn’t interactive in the ways we, as a club, need.

A short while ago, I stumbled upon Shutterfly and have since created both a Tap Group and Pickleball Club Shutterfly account. True, the start up caused a number of unnecessary emails to be sent to all yet I did discover how to prevent  all but the essential automatic emails from being sent every time I breathed on the site.

Shutterfly gives us what we need:

  1. Privacy
    1. Only if you are a member are you sent an email allowing you access to the site
    2. Only if you sign in and create your own password will  you have access to the roster
  2. Fexibility
    1. Any member can calendar events (including asking others to join them for play on a specific day and hour)
    2. Any member can start a Sign-Up Sheet
    3. Any member can post a message
  3. Variety
    1. Any member can post photos and videos
    2. We can add locations and show them on a Google Map
    3. We can add Feeds from other sites
    4. We can add weather information
    5. We can add Google Searches,
    6. links to Amazon products,
    7. Widgets

Given all of that, I will be shutting down our Oakmont Pickleball Club Word Press site in the near future (one month).

What you need to do, if you have not done so already, is go to:

https://oakmontpickleball.shutterfly.com/

and sign in (provide your email address and create a password for yourself.

If you cannot sign in, perhaps you have not already been entered into the system.

If this is so, send me an email personally at:

jane@deepvac.com

and I will add you to the system which will generate a welcome email with the link to the site. Upon receipt of the welcome email, follow the instructions in the email and click on the link. Enter your email address where it asks for it, create your own password, then hit whatever button is designated to take you to the site.

Thank you for your patience and understanding in this endeavor!

See you on the courts!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

05-19-2014 Friends Helping Friends

For your information and, possible assistance:

I received this email from the Petaluma Players via the Sonoma Pickleball Club, added my two cents to the bottom and am passing it along to our people just because.

 

Hi All,
Pat Crabtree sent out this communication to his Petaluma Players list. I’m forwarding it on to the Sonoma County Pickleball Club list for informational purposes. I’m sure Pat wants support, but I’m not certain how much (in terms of bodies at the meeting, for instance). If you want to attend, please contact Pat directly (pat7crabtree@gmail.com) to make certain this fits in with what he is planning. Thanks.
Dear Pickleball Supporters,
The Petaluma Parks and Recreation Department headed up by Don Phoenix, told me at the beginning of April that they were going to cut our playing time on Monday and Wednesday evenings to 4 pm – 6 pm, through the summer This was so that a junior tennis camp could be held at 6 pm. This camp is held by hired contractors who run it for profit. My reply to Don is below. Since then I have worked through Don Streeper, Senior Recreation Coordinator, to see if there was a way to keep our time slots and move the tennis up a few hours or change the venue, since Lucchesi is the only pickleball courts in town and there are many other tennis courts. Over the past month I have asked several times about keeping our permit as it is and have had no replay. I had scheduled a 10 am meeting with Don Phoenix this morning but he called and cancelled. The monthly Parks and Rec meeting is scheduled for this Wednesday, May 21 at 7:00 pm and here is where I need your help.

I would like to go to the May 21, meeting at 11 English Street in Petaluma and show up with a support group to present our case for keeping the permit we were issued, at the beginning of the year. If we have any medical people in our group that would like to talk about the health benefits of pickleball, that would be great. Anyone else that would like to talk about why they like this sport and the benefits to them would also be welcome. Please give me some feedback on talking points and any other thoughts you may have.

Thanks everyone and keep dinking,
Pat
And here is my two cents I forwarded to Pat et al to take to their groups and to the Petaluma City Council:
EXCELLENT!
Also, note the following:
Pickleball’s history dates back 49 years and became a “Core Sport” of the Senior Olympics in 2008, of which there are a total of only 19 sports. 
  • 1965 PB invented
  • 1972 PB incorporated
  • 1976 Tennis Magazine article “America’s newest racquet sport” & first tournament – mostly college players
  • 1984 USAPA formed
  • 1985 Nat’l Senior Olympics established, 33 states already hosting senior games, 2500 competitors and 100,000 spectators and Bob Hope featured at the opening ceremonies
  • 1990 PB is being played in all 50 states, is being added to PE curriculums and YMCA’s across the country, Retirement Communities are adding PB courts
  • 2003 39 venues with 150 certified USAPA courts in 10 states and 3 Canadian provinces
  • 2008 PB added to the core sports for the senior Olympics and played as singles, doubles and mixed doubles.
  • 2012 1,400 USAPA certified courts
  • 2013 2,000 USAPA certified courts, Wall St Journal reports PB is gaining 10,000 players a year and retirement communities are budgeting for 1 court per 600 homes
  • 2014 will see 12,000+ competitors in the Senior Olympics.
The above statistics were taken from the USA Pickleball Association (USAPA) website USAPA.ORG under history of the game. For more, go to http://www.usapa.org/history-of-the-game/

05-19-2014 PB History in a nutshell

Pickleball’s history dates back 49 years and it became a “Core Sport” of the Senior Olympics in 2008, (there are but 19 core sports in the Senior Olympics) 

  • 1965 PB invented
  • 1972 PB incorporated
  • 1976 Tennis Magazine article “America’s newest racquet sport” & first tournament – mostly college players
  • 1984 USAPA formed
  • 1985 Nat’l Senior Olympics established, 33 states already hosting senior games, 2500 competitors and 100,000 spectators and Bob Hope featured at the opening ceremonies
  • 1990 PB is being played in all 50 states, is being added to PE curriculums and YMCA’s across the country, Retirement Communities are adding PB courts
  • 2003 39 venues with 150 certified USAPA courts in 10 states and 3 Canadian provinces
  • 2008 PB added to the core sports for the senior Olympics and played as singles, doubles and mixed doubles.
  • 2012 1,400 USAPA certified courts
  • 2013 2,000 USAPA certified courts, Wall St Journal reports PB is gaining 10,000 players a year and retirement communities are budgeting for 1 court per 600 homes
  • 2014 will see 12,000+ competitors in the Senior Olympics.

The above statistics were taken from the USA Pickleball Association (USAPA) website USAPA.ORG under the heading “History of the game” or you can go directly to http://www.usapa.org/history-of-the-game/

Court Etiquette

TENNIS (& Pickleball) COURT ETIQUETTE

The following rules of etiquette are mostly common courtesy, and should be followed no matter where you’re playing either at private or public courts. Most of us know the right thing to do; we just need a gentle reminder every now and then.

Close the gate behind you

Whether you’re coming onto the courts, or leaving, it is common courtesy to close the gate behind you. This will keep the balls inside the confines of the gate and they won’t roll outside.

Do not walk onto another court during a game

Wait for the players to finish the game, or minimally the point, before walking onto their court. It is very distracting to have someone disrupt a game in progress, so if you must cross another court, do so after the game is finished, and go around the court, not through the middle.

Do not retrieve your ball from the other court

As with the above, it is common courtesy not to disrupt players on court during a match. If your ball rolls onto an adjacent court and would cause a hazard to the players, call “ball on”. If not, wait for them to finish the game and kindly ask for “a little help” to get their attention. Under no circumstances should you run over onto their court in the middle of a game to retrieve the ball yourself.

Show respect and courtesy

To your opponent(s), your partner, and others on or near the courts. Keep your voice down and confined to your court as much as possible so as not to disrupt players on adjacent courts. If you get into a loud dispute with your opponent, take it off the court and away from other players.

Always wear proper tennis shoes

This isn’t because of the club dress attire, it’s because black-soled shoes leave marks on the courts that are difficult to get off. Make sure you wear tennis shoes onto the courts. The proper shoes also give your feet the needed lateral support when running down balls, and making abrupt changes in direction.

Use the tennis courts for tennis

A great deal of money goes into maintaining tennis courts, and it is not for BMX racing with bicycles or roller hockey and rollerblading. These other activities can damage the court surface, leaving it unplayable for tennis or pickleball players, and can result in a large expenditure for repairs.

Pick up after yourself

Don’t leave empty soda cans or old tennis balls or pickleballs out on the court when you leave. Dispose of any garbage you have in trash containers off the court or take it with you. If you have empty tennis ball containers, or dead balls, don’t leave them on the court – put them in one of the ball receptacles provided at each court.

Have fun!

The entire objective of playing, aside from being good aerobic exercise, is to have fun. You can follow these rules of etiquette and still have a good time on the courts – the players on adjacent courts will appreciate it.

This information is copied from:

http://www.salemtennisandswimclub.com/files/Tennis_Court_Etiquette.pdf

Possible Pickleball Party during Wine Country Games 2014

I received this email today and offered to post it on our blog.

Sounds like fun!

Hi All,

Just checking your availability & interest in attending a PB party during the weekend of the Wine Country Games …it would be May 30th, Friday at
5:00pm to 7:00pm somewhere at Finley Park. We would ask that you bring an appetizer to share and BYOB.

It would be for competitors, non competitors & visiting athletes.

A chance to meet new people that play from other areas and enjoy the
company of our players…a Gathering of Friends!

Please let me know if you are interested…

the details are not complete…we wanted to check the interest of the group ….e mail me by Thursday if we should make it happen…  

Pickle on, Sandra H.

If interested, contact: Patrick Crabtree [p.crabtree@sbcglobal.net]

OPC First Year History

Anita Easland’s report to the members at the first annual OPC meeting:

1st YEAR OF HISTORY OF PB IN OAKMONT

MAR 19 2013  OVA BoD recognized PB as a Club

April 19  First OPC mtg

April 25  OPC gave a power point presentation to the LRPC requesting courts over the shuffle board area

May 21  OPC gave a written presentation to the OVA BoD for their “Goals” for 2013/ 14 mtg.

June 2  Four Oakmont PB players brought home silver and bronze for the Sonoma County Sr. Games which gave publicity re: PB

June 6  OVA “Goals setting mtg”, PB was listed as a goal

July 1  OPC received a proposal from “Action Sports” to put 2 courts over the shuffle board area for $49,000

July 23  OPC presented that proposal to LRPC

Aug 6  OPC presented the proposal to the OVA BoD

Sep 8  OPC had a lively float in the 50th Anniv. Parade to educate about PB

Sep 22  LRPC presented their Draft Statement RE: PB to the OVA Bod, they recommended a commitment by the BoD for temporary use of court # 4 with the goal of completed PB facility by May 1, 2015

Oct 28  Lines were painted on court 4 and temporary nets were installed

Nov 25  1st Meeting of the ad hoc Pickleball committee voted by the OVA BoD to study and make recommendations for a PB facility

3-17-14 Awesome turn out for the First Annual Pickleball Club Wine and Cheese Party/Meeting!

Dear Pickleball Club members,

The meeting opened with my words of amazement, “yawzer, yawzer”, I was so thrilled to see the turn-out of so many new faces among the many familiar faces. I gave a history of the past year with our efforts and successes in a chronological list. Though that was illuminating it did not give “thanks” to the many pickleball club members who faithfully gave of their time attending meetings, writing letters, and promoting this fun sport. For me the journey was analogous to turning a rocky field into a garden; we removed rocks, boulders, weeds and stumps, then tilled the soil and saw our labor turn into a sprouting of members. Yes, it is a wonderful sport that helps improve balance, hand eye coordination, and agility, but it is so much more than that! I get a big smile when I hear the laughter and joyful sounds coming from the players and watch friendships old and new develop and blossom. Oh sure, you’ll hear a disgruntled sound when someone misses that perfect shot, but we are good sportsmen and applaud and give “props” to those shots that get by us for someone else’s winner.

Election and reelection of officers was also a time of pride.  Noel Lyons, our new President has already served admirably as co-president lending his talents and knowledge to aid in getting our temporary courts on court #4. Jill Gossard, will remain as treasurer and Jane Gyorgy will remain as secretary. We appreciate and value their continued service. Diane Hom, Vice President/Events Coordinator is the newest member of the Board. We felt continuity is essential for our new club especially as we work together with the OVA BoD and the community to get the construction of a permanent Pickleball Facility with multiuse attributes. It will make the central recreation area a complete recreation facility and it will fulfill the goal of Oakmont to provide top recreational facilities to the community.  I will remain on the Ad Hoc committee along with Noel Lyons and Jane Gyorgy. I’ll remain in contact via e-mail with the committee while on my journey in Europe. I know I’ll be having a wonderful time, but I’ll be missing all of you and pickleball.

Thank you for having me as your President/co-President for this first crucial year.

Anita Easland