April is always a beautiful time of the year. The weather is beckoning us to play more pickleball with friends. Tournaments abound. And, the rush of social gatherings to spend with our snowbirds friends. We wish the snowbirds a safe journey home and wait for your expected return. Keep us posted on what you are doing. You will be missed!
With all the new members and a New Board of Directors we see the need to bring on a few key people to fill a very important role for PickleU. Some positions will have sporadic assignments and others will be on an ongoing basis. If you know of anyone that may fit our needs please ask them to contact us firstname.lastname@example.org
Record keeping - This position will be responsible for the recording of funds on a regular basis. These funds can be but not limited to monies collected at the courts for Drop-ins, membership dues, Misc equipment such as balls, paddles, clothing and related items as well as funds collected for various social events both at the courts and offsite. Others funds may also be recorded as the needs arise. The monies will be posted on a spreadsheet for sales tax and accounting purposes.
Insurance - Currently we have Liability insurance at the courts. We are looking into D&O insurance to cover Board of Director activities. We would like to find someone who would be able to get us some quotes for the D&O coverage at this time.
Website Maintenance - We have a need for someone with the ability and experience to help us behind the scene maintenance and updating of our WORDPRESS website. This is not the entering of events, building pages or cosmetics but the "working" side of the site which may be adding/deleting/changing plug-ins as needed. A working knowledge of Wordpress would be our preference.
Construction/Design - We are looking for someone with construction/design experience to help us with our feasibility study to determine if we can/should try to develop a property into a pickleball complex. The city has given us 2 potential properties to look at to develop into another pickleball venue in Indian River County. We need to have hard numbers to see if we are even in the ball park and can pull off this type of project financially. This Person(s) will need to bring in some court builders for cost estimates.
If you would like to help on any of the above "Job openings" drop us a note at email@example.com
These are all volunteer positions without monetary compensation.
If you are having any issues registering, you can fill out an application found at the gatekeeper station or email Mari at firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s $48 for existing members or $84 for new members.
Please note: As you sign in for April gate keepers will be checking to see if you have re-newed or been added as a new member. If not the $3.00 drop in fee will be charged.
Playing with Different Level Players by Coach Paul Woodman
We have all heard the advice on the way to get better is to “play-up”, that is try to get in a game with better players! This sounds good but is not always easy to jump into the mix of advanced players. Remember, better players are also looking for a challenge by playing with better players.
With that said, open or recreational play is also about having fun, meeting new people and getting in a good workout.
When you do get that opportunity to play against an advanced player, DO NOT always avoid hitting to them and picking on the weaker player.
Advanced players should give the lower level player the experience of longer rallies, variety of shots and consistency. Don’t try to intimidate the less experienced player but rather gently push them out of their comfort zone by hitting them slightly stronger serves and ground strokes, hitting them drop shots to encourage dinking and yes… tone down an overhead smash to a returnable opportunity.
In closing, remember we were all that player once that wanted to get in a better game but could not find the opportunity or were too intimidated. We are all here to have fun, love this game and want the game and ourselves to grow. Advanced players should look for an opportunity to invite a lower level player into a game as well as playing into a group of beginners. Lower level players should look for an opportunity to invite an advanced player to mix in with them for a game or two and even ask them for help or advice on a certain shot or game strategy. At the end of the day…”Its just a game".
Thanks to Randy Singer for taking the time to GoPro matches and upload them to our club FB page. Watching yourself play, can be a very helpful in improving your game. You'll see positioning, movement with partners, your good shots and your bad. We here at PBU strive to improve. I like to say we are "students of the game". If you'd like to see your play, beginner or advanced, just ask Randy. I'm sure he would be happy to GoPro a match or two.
April is high season here as we have all seen by the number of paddles in the box. Open play days have been extremely busy until around 11:30. We have welcomed dozen or more drop in players per day also.
Some members have been coming later in the morning and staying until early afternoon. also, some of you have formed small groups that meet in the afternoon when the courts are less busy. That's great!
Another thing to keep in mind, even though we have round robins on M-W-F the courts open up at around 10:30. Also, beginners usually occupies 6 courts and advanced rarely uses 6 courts. Intermediates will use almost all 12 courts.
So keep this in mind when you're planning your schedule for play.
By popular demand, the BEGINNERS and INTERMEDIATES have volunteers that stepped up and will continue the program until the end of April.
For Advanced, Dave Caswell and Juanita Burns will be taking over until the end of April.
The players thank you for you time!
We have seen lots of great play. So come out and play. First 24 in each division.
Monday - Beginners and Advanced Beginners 8:30am
Wednesday- Intermediate and Advanced Intermediate 8:30am
Friday - Advanced 3.5 players (3.0 if you won a medal(s) in a tournament ) and 4.0+ @ 9am
U.S. Open Training
Pickleball U Tournament Training
Bring your partner and fine tune your game for tournament play. You are invited to participate in this event if you have entered or plan to enter at least one tournament this year. Please be considerate to players that will want to play together. You may still come if you are without your partner. You can also practice singles! Every Wednesday @ 3pm.
PBU tournament players have had great success this season. This program really helps partners hone their game. Congrats to all participants and medal winners.
Paddles and Balls
Pickleball U. is an official dealer for Pro-Lite and Engage Pickleball Paddles.
Please check with Dave for competitive prices on paddles – Save money – Help out YOUR club –
If you would like to try before you buy please contact Dave Caswell. Dkcaswell@yahoo.com 772-539-1584
You can also go to the manufacturers website and look at the latest models.
IGC Schedule may change.
Please take note, we are closed due to large events. Please take note below on Monday April 16th we are having (3) sessions of Pickleball
1. Wednesday evenings 6-8:30pm- April 4th,11th,25th,May 2nd,9th,16th,23rd,30th .
The only Wednesday evening we can’t be open is April 18th due to a large event.
2. Thursday Afternoons 12:30-2:30pm
April 5th,12th,26th,May 3rd, 10th,17th,24th,31st.
The only Thursday afternoon we can’t be open is Thursday April 19th due to the large event.
3. Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays Mornings- 9am-12noon
April 2nd,4th,6th,9th,11th,16th,23rd,25th,27th,30th,May 2nd,4th,7th,9th,11th,14th,16th,18th,21st,23rd,25th
Memorial Day May 28th we are open and lastly open Wednesday May 30th.
Here are the (Mon/Wed/Fri) days we will be closed due to large events- April 13th,18th,April 20th,June 1st
4. April 16th Monday we will be hosting a triple header….. 9am-12noon, 1:30-3:30pm & 5:30-8:30pm due to the limited time available the rest of the week.
On behalf of our Recreation team we thank you all for your time and more importantly being such a wonderful client/partners with us here at the iG !!!
The Entire IRC Recreation Department
PICKLEBALL "HITS AND TIPS" FOR BEGINNERS with Coach Paul and Coach Clare. FREE!
If you want to improve your skills in learning how to play pickleball, “Hits and Tips” is just for you!
This relaxed informal format is intended for Beginners and will focus on the basic fundamentals such as making solid ball/paddle contact, serving techniques, dinking, volley, rules and most of all Having Fun!!!
Just show up with your paddle and smile…
Pickleball Player Evaluation Clinics
Round Robins are in progress and we encourage all members to participate in these fun and challenging events. There will be different levels of play and they are based on player skill.
Do YOU want to improve your game and learn what it takes to get to the NEXT level?
Sign up for a complete personalized evaluation clinic! Each participant will receive feedback after performing a series of monitored pickleball skill shot drills as well as participating in observed game play with one of our IPTPA Certified Instructors.
Each participant will be given a personalized report outlining where to improve your game.
Each session is limited to four people. A minimum of two people required. Click the link below.
All levels are welcome to participate on court 9.
Butch Unger will be helping people with the procedure.
New Challenge Court Hours:
Court 12 has been taken off line due to repairs by the city.
That said, new challenge court hours will be from 11:00 until… on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
HIGHER EDUCATION FOR PICKELBALL UNIVERSITY STUDENTS
Now that you’ve decided to major in Pickleball, are you ready to graduate with a Bachelor’s degree? Become a Master or even a Doctor of Pickleball Arts? Then it’s time for you to enroll in lessons with one of our tenured Pickleball professors. These spin and win doctors can teach you the smart game. They will help you groove high percentage shots, learn how to anticipate and defend and “put your shot where they’re not.”
Pickleball can take a day to learn but a lifetime to master. So go for a higher degree of skill and learn a new lesson in fun.
IPTPA certified coaches
LESSON PRICES ARE AS FOLLOWS:
SEMI-PRIVATE-$25 PER PERSON
GROUP- $20 PER PERSON
CLINIC PRICES START AT $10 PER PERSON
This month's tips come from
The Pickleball Channel.
Pickleball 101 Clinic
Is offered free to the public on Saturday 12pm to 1pm. Know nothing about the game of Pickleball? Come join our instructors to learn about the game. Free instruction and we provide all the equipment. Wear sneakers or tennis shoes.
Pickleball 102 Clinic
You just finished your first beginners 101 clinic, now what do you do? Learn and play the game with an instructor guiding you along. You will learn scoring, serving, etiquette and where you need to be on the court, etc.
This class is very small, up to 8 students only, so you will have personalized instruction. Classes are offered on Saturdays 1pm to 2pm Cost is $10 per person.
BON VOYAGE SNOWBIRDS!
It's time to say goodbye to our northern friends who will be leaving us soon. We are saying good bye with a Low County Boil Complete with all the Fix'ins!
The menu will consist of A Feast from the Seas featuring Shrimp, Clams, Mussels, sausage, new potatoes, Corn on the cob cooked to a slow boil and seasoned the old country way. And there will be desserts an very reasonable drink prices too.
A DJ will be playing your favorite tunes from your high school days to sing and swing to!
Time is from 5-9PM Tuesday, April 24th and the Vero Beach Elks Lodge at 1350 26th St, Vero Beach, FL.
Tickets close April 19th, act now. See you all there!
Cookouts at the Courts!
Club members! Your generous donations have been covering food expenses. Keep it up!
We need some volunteers to step up to the plate (or stove) and become a "Chef for the Day" by planning a small (or as large as you like) event at the court.
It can be a small Dessert Day, BBQ, hotdog day or whatever your specialty is.
We can get you helpers and reimburse you for expenses we just need your talents.
If you would like to try an event, no matter how small please send us an email and we will be happy to discuss details with you.
Drop us a note at: email@example.com
We will get back to you.
Dave C and Dee will be happy to assist with refreshments!
Thanks to all who donated to the Honor Flight Network. This is an ongoing fundraiser. If you would like to give to this great cause, please see Dave Caswell.
An Honor Flight is conducted by a non-profit organization dedicated to transporting as many United States military veterans as possible to see the memorials of the respective war they fought in Washington, D.C. at no cost to the veterans.
Where to get the latest info. Our Calendar is updated frequently. It's the place to go when you need to know. Please note: Mona will be adding events and updating the calendar. If you have changes or additions please contact Mona.
The Volunteer of the Month for April is none other than Mona Russell. That name alone conjures smiles across people’s faces. Why you may ask? Because Mona is solely responsible for making sure you all know about the parties and events to sign up for on Sign Up Genius and on the calendar. We are lucky to have her on our team. She is creative and talented in so many ways. From her fabulous line of jewelry, to her cute tee shirts she designed with her PB&J logo you see members wearing, to her ideas for the members invitations to parties. She always goes out of her way to help. She is a team player and a joy to work with. Next time you see Mona, please thank her for all her hard work she does for Pickleball University.
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