Court Updates 2018-01-14T16:47:28+00:00

MONDAY MORNING UPDATE  1/14/2018

By Mari Colacino

 

WHATS GOING ON AT POCAHONTAS 

 

We would like to thank Chef Tony Minerva and helpers for all those wonderful pizza and cannolis. They were delicious!

Since our club is in full swing, we need a few reminders for members:

1. Players waiting for their turn to play are congregating too close to the courts  near the gate and many points have to be replayed due to this intrusion.
2. People walking through the courts to get to the open court are not always being considerate and waiting for play to end before walking behind the courts to get to theirs.
3. The North Courts are for players 3.5 and up. ANY level player can challenge players on court 9. That court is reserved for challenges on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The South court are set up for players 2.0-3.0
4. Lastly, please be respectful to paddle positions in the boxes on both courts. NO moving someone paddle.  We will have large rubber bands to bundle players that want to play together. Remember, if there are two paddles in the very front, you need to help find partners. If the paddles behind you are tied together, you may be bumped on the next open court if you can’t find partners.

 

LADDERS:

You spoke and voted and we listened. We will be starting mixed, women’s and men’s the week of January 22th. We need volunteers help run this program. If we don’t have enough players or volunteers, we will cancel that division. So thank you up front to those that have stepped forward. It’s very easy. Email Mari: vbpickle@gmail.com
MIXED-TUESDAY AFTERNOON 12:00-1:30 – Advanced Players 3.5-5.0
Volunteers: Mari and Tom Colacino 
MIXED-TUESDAY AFTERNOON 1:30-3:00 – INTERMEDIATE players
Volunteers: Gary Carmichael and Jim Bailey
WOMEN’S & MEN’S-THURSDAY AFTERNOONS 12:00-1:30 – ADVANCED players 3.5-5.0 Women are on the South Courts
Volunteers: Nancy and Joe Scanlan
WOMEN’S & MEN’S-THURSDAY AFTERNOONS 1:30-3:00– INTERMEDIATE players
Volunteers: Dennis Fitzpatrick and Sharon Ward
RULES: You will be assigned to a court with 3 other players. You will play a game to 11 win by 1. You will then switch partners on THAT court for games to 11 until you have played with each person on your court. When done, you mark your score down.  No time limit. First 24 players for men & women will play. Women will be on South courts, Men will be on North Courts. SUB list will be added so if you cannot play you call up a sub to take your place. This program will be scored monitor. This means that as your score is tallied if you keep winning you will move up on the ladder and play with like players. This program will run through the end of March. You will need to sign up on SIGN UP Genius with link at the beginning of this article
ROUND ROBINS:
Round Robins are in full swing. We have seen lots of great play. Remember if you want to play, be at the courts at 8:45 play starts at 9:00. This round of Round Robins will end the last week of February. So come out and play. First 24 in each division
Monday – Beginners and Advanced Beginners
Wednesday- Intermediate and Advanced Intermediate
Friday – Advanced 3.5 players (3.0 if you won a medal(s) in a tournament ) and 4.0+
 
SINGLES PLAY

Play is from 8:00-8:50 on the following dates

Jan 1

Jan 3

Jan 5

Jan 15

Jan 17

Jan 19

Jan 29 

Jan 31

CLINICS AND LESSONS
 
101 Clinics are held Saturday at Pocahontas at 12:00-12:45 This clinic is for beginners that know nothing about Pickleball.
 
102 Clinics is held Saturday at Pocahontas at 1:00-1:45. This clinic is for members that don’t know how to play the game and score. Participants from 101 can follow up with this class if there is room. Members reserve your spot by signing up http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0844a8a62aa2fa7-102clinic
CLINIC SERIES – Join our ITAPA coaches in these fabulous clinics. They are skill specific and with limited registration, so you get personalized attention. The week of the 22nd will be dinking. Save your spot to learn or improve this winning shot.
 RATINGS & EVALUATION- Our ITAPA coaches will be doing ratings. Find out where you belong and what you need to work on to achieve that next level. These are not just 5 mins evaluation. No, these are thoughtful evaluations writing down your strokes, and followed by play. Sign up today
 
SOCIAL –  Don’t forget the Happiest Hour on January 23rd. Don’t forget you need to have signed up and paid $5 BEFORE you go. It should be a BLAST!
EQUIPMENT: We will have Dura 40 balls for sell this week. Look for them at the South Gate. The gatekeepers will be selling them there. What about a new paddle? Dave Caswell is your person. He has a plethora of paddles to sell in his trunk
INFORMATION: Don’t forget to check out our fabulous website. Jamie has worked really hard on giving you the latest information on our web site. It is a one stop shop. Check it out : https://pickleu.com/
 
Any questions write to Mari at vbpickle@gmail.com

WHAT’S GOING ON AT IG
 IGC Schedule may change, please call to verify: (772) 226-1732

Mon:  Pickleball time 9-12

Wed: Pickleball time 9-12

Friday: Pickleball time 9-12

Wednesday 101 12-1 pm

January 8, 2018

Instructions for existing member sign up!

Go to PU registration,   https://pickleu.com/register/

  1. Click on the existing member $48

  1. Fill out completely CREATE an ACCOUNT- ( remember, LAST YEAR you did NOT have a Username, or Password) and make sure you write it down

  1. Terms of service – check the agree box

  1. Click on Register My Account

  1. Above the Apply Invitation button put in EXM2017 on the line

  1. Now click Apply Invitation

  1. The screen will now say Pay Now, click on that button

  1. You can now use credit card, debit card or PayPal

  1. You are done! It says you paid and you are completed. EASY PEASY

WHAT’S GOING ON AT POCAHONTAS

LADDERS:

You spoke and voted and we listened. We will be starting mixed, women and men’s the week of January 22th. We need volunteers help run this program. So thank you up front to those that have stepped forward. It’s very easy. Email Mari: vbpickle@gmail.com

MIXED-TUESDAY AFTERNOON 12:00-1:30 – Advanced Players 3.5-5.0

Volunteers: Mari and Tom Colacino

MIXED-TUESDAY AFTERNOON 1:30-3:00 – INTERMEDIATE players

Volunteer needed to run this

WOMEN’S & MEN’S-THURSDAY AFTERNOONS 12:00-1:30 – ADVANCED players 3.5-5.0

Volunteers: Nancy and Joe Scanlan

WOMEN’S & MEN’S-THURSDAY AFTERNOONS 1:30-3:00- INTERMEDIATE players Linda Jirous volunteer to help with Women’s ; Dennis Fitzpatrick for Men’s

Volunteer needed to help run this

RULES: You will be assigned to a court with 3 other players. You will play a game to 11 win by 1. You will then switch partners on THAT court for games to 11 until you have played with each person on your court. When done, you mark your score down.  No time limit. First 24 players for men & women will play. Women will be on South courts, Men will be on North Courts. SUB list will be added so if you cannot play you call up a sub to take your place. This program will run through the end of March. You will need to sign up on SIGN UP Genius

ROUND ROBINS:

Round Robins are in full swing. We have seen lots of great play. Remember if you want to play, be at the courts at 8:45 play starts at 9:00. This round of Round Robins will end the last week of February. So come out and play. First 24 in each division.

Monday – Beginners and Advanced Beginners

Wednesday- Intermediate and Advanced Intermediate

Friday – Advanced 3.5 players (3.0 if you won a medal(s) in a tournament ) and 4.0+

102 CLINICS

Not sure where to go from taking 101 Clinic, this class will teach you how to play, score and put in practice what you learned by playing. Sign up http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0844a8a62aa2fa7-102clinic

SKILLS CLINIC

This week coming up, Clare and Paul will be teaching return of serves for each skill level. There are only a couple of spaces left, so don’t miss out. Sign up now. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0844a8a62aa2fa7-skills

RATINGS & EVALUATION

Round Robins have begun and we encourage all members to participate in these fun and challenging events. If you still want to play but unsure where you fit in, you can get rated by one of our coaches. You can sign up by clicking on this link

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0844a8a62aa2fa7-rating

SINGLES PLAY

Play is from 8:00-8:50 on the following dates

Jan 1

Jan 3

Jan 5

Jan 15

Jan 17

Jan 19

Jan 29

Jan 31

Feb 2

SOCIAL

This Saturday, we will be having pizza and cannolis by Chef Tony Minerva and helpers at 11:00. Bring chairs and as always, donations will gladly excepted for food and beverages.

WHAT’S GOING ON AT IG

 IGC Schedule may change, please call to verify: (772) 226-1732

Mon:  Pickleball time 9-12

Wed: Pickleball time 9-12

Friday: Pickleball time 9-12


December 19, 2017

A  few timely items you should know about.

  • Riverside Theatre Million Dollar Quartet! Bad news is all the allocated tickets for the 1-6 showing have been sold. The good news is that they extended the deadline to this Friday 12-29 and added more available tickets. To get our special  pricing you have to call or visit the box office and use the magic word “PICKLEBALL” to get the great deal on the tickets. Call 772-231-6990 or visit the box office  for your tickets soon or they will ALL be gone.
  • Additional time at IGC for activity! The IGC has found additional time for us on Thursdays for 11 weeks starting on Jan the 4th from 12:30 – 2:30. This is blocked time and can be used for skill based events such as round robins or ladder play. To make this time work we need about 30 COMMITTED players who will agree to show up on a weekly basis to make this feasible (Paid in advance to show commitment). We also need  a volunteer to step-up with a plan and make this time happen if it is going to. If not the time will go bye-bye. Reply to this email if you are interested in starting and running this 11 week program.
  • No Round Robins December 25th (Monday)

DEMO DAY SAT. 11:00 AM 

December 15, 2017

Tomorrow will be a Demo day for Pro-Lite and Engage Paddles. Starting at 11am you will be able to Try out a new paddle on Court 6. Never know… could vault you up to the next level.

We will also have New Dura 40 Balls for $2.50 each. We suggest purchasing them in increments of 2 to avoid making change issues.

Also, remember that PICKLEU  is the ONLY entity authorised by the city of Vero Beach to SELL any product during our scheduled court time.

Keep up to date with all activities by viewing the PU Calendar HERE!

12/14/2017
After Christmas (Party) Thoughts and  Riverside Theatre Deal.

 If you missed last night’s Christmas party, you missed a great night.  By the comments circulating, it seems as if fun was had by all.

 It really does “take a village” to put together a party for 146 people, and I certainly couldn’t have done it alone.  Beginning with Jamie Demetrion and Ken Roberts getting the word out via Facebook, the calendar, and email and Mona Russell creating the sign up genius and Mari Colacino fielding our problems, the party wouldn’t have even gotten started.  And of course there were the elves who helped set up, man the door, clean up, decorate, and purchase our prizes–Laura Robles, Dee Zalegowski, Walter Cannara, Linda Orlow, my sister Chris, my husband Jim, Susan Walsh, Jennifer Connor, and Julianne Daniels.

 Thanks to all of you who attended for bringing the delicious and plentiful food and contributing the unwrapped toys for the Elks’ toy drive.  It truly was a great night especially when Chuck O’Hanlon made his appearance.  Thank you, thank you, thank you to all.

 Merry Christmas!

Laurie McFadyen

Riverside Theatre Million Dollar Quartet    DISCOUNTED TICKETS JUST FOR PU MEMBERS!

Million Dollar Quartet on Jan 6 @ 2 p.m.  Group rate is $61.50  This is a 20% discount off of the normal rates. Please call in and ask for the reservation under Pickle ball for Million Dollar.  If you need more seats those will be based on availability. We have put Row N 101-106, Row O 107-108, and Row P 105-116 on reservation.  This is a great show and especially great music. They are holding ONLTY 20 seats for us at these prices so when they are gone they’re gone.  Following the show we may have to stroll over to Riverside Cafe for Football game watch and Happiest Hour . Call and reserve yours today 772-231-6990

For more information on the show check it out here.

Management note!

Both of the two events above one past, one future are excellent examples of partnerships we have developed for and through our members. The Christmas Party was a HUGE success because of Laurie’s efforts and all of her Elves and of course all of you who supplied the wide variety of foods. The Elks is a great service organizations their charities are diverse but mainly focus their attention and funding to Kids and Veteran program. If anyone wants info on the Elks club or to join please see me, I’m a member.

The Million Dollar Quartet is the result of another partnership. Riverside started giving us “Preferential treatment”  (and discounts) last summer for our member to their Comedy Zone and Howl at the Moon events. We in return Decorated a tree for the Festival of trees, the largest fundraiser for the Children’s Theatre program. Our own Sweet Pickadillies entry in the FOT won The Most Whimsical for their division.

Your management is so proud and thankful for ALL of our great volunteers.

Thanks again for all you do!

Ken “El jeffe” R.

Monday update 12-11-17

Fence Issue between court 6&7.

 There have been a few members who feel that there should be access between the north courts and the south courts between Courts 6&7. Quotes have been given and the city is open to splitting the costs however there are some concerns.

  •         Currently there are some crowding issues located close to On-Deck Paddle boxes on both sets of courts. Games at times have to stop to allow players who are getting ready to play clear out and let play resume for those courts closest to the paddles

  •        The North courts have been designed to allow more room between them to all the fence barriers to help stop errant balls. This creates even less space between courts 7&12 allowing for more contact between players and spectators.

 For these reasons it seems unwise to add more clutter in an already overly congested area. Therefore Pickleball University will not be contributing to fund this venture. However, if there are others in the group who would like to pursue this issue contact the city to discuss your plan and arrange insurance to accommodate the change in traffic feel free.

 Pocahontas park has been around for a long time with the prior 4 courts separated by a dividing fence between them. If no one in the past has raised this issue with additional access there must be a reason.

 It’s a Christmas Party!!!

2017 PBU Christmas Party is right around the corner!  It is Tuesday, December 12th at 5:30 at the Elks Club in Vero Beach.  A DJ will be spinning the tunes for us and a cash bar is available. Dinner will be pot luck (NO DESSERTS PLEASE) so whip up your best recipe to share. Don’t forget to bring an unwrapped Christmas gift for a child from the Toys for Tots organization.

                                         WHATS GOING ON AT POCAHONTAS 

   ROUND ROBINS:

Well, this was a busy and fun week for Round Robins. A couple of suggestions, please make sure to be at the courts by 8:45. Play will start promptly at 9:00. Sign up will START at 8:45. All Round Robins are from 9:00-10:30 a.m.

Beginners and Advanced 

ALL courts 1-12 will be used. (6 courts for beginners, 6 courts for Advanced Beginners). First 24 people will play in each division.

Volunteers: David Moscrip and Dave Caswell for Beginners;  need a volunteer(s) to run Advanced Beginners (please email Mari @ vbpickle@gmail.com if you can to help

 INTERMEDIATE and ADVANCE 

 ALL courts 1-12 will be used (6 courts for intermediate, 6 courts for Advanced Intermediate). First 24 people will play in each level. Volunteers: Julianne Daniels

 ADVANCED ROUND ROBINS:

All courts 1-12 will be used. You MUST be a 3.5+ player either by rating or played in a tournament and won medals in the 3.0+ division.

Volunteers: Tom and Mari Colacino any questions send email to vbpickle@gmail.com

 Need to get evaluated by Paul, Clare and John go to this site:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0844a8a62aa2fa7-rating

 CHALLENGE COURT 

Since the north courts are open, we will have a challenge court Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Court 9 will NOW be the challenge court starting at 9:00 a.m. Butch has volunteered to monitor the challenge court. Let the winner know that you want to challenge politely without disturbing the game in play. Then hang your paddle up.

 Rules:

 1. You must have a partner

 2. All players place your paddle in the inside of the white paddle holder by the gate. NOT in the paddle box. Hang in a line right to left. The first one on the right will be the next group up.

3. All winners stay on courts for three times, then rotate out. Four new people will come on.

SINGLES:

Singles play will start. Here is the schedule for December. Time of play 8:00.a.m.-8:55 a.m.

12-18

12-20

12-22

12-27

12-29

STAY TUNED FOR INFORMATION ABOUT LADDERS COMING IN JANUARY 

SKILLS CLINIC SERIES 

Paul, Clare and John will be teaching a skills clinic series starting December 4. Every OTHERweek, a new topic will be presented for members, from serves, return of serves, ground stokes, partner strategies just to name a few. 

Now here’s the great part: each one of these topics will be address to level specific. Monday will be for beginners, Wednesday will be for intermediate, Friday will be for advanced. Each clinic will be from 8:00-8:50. $10 per person with a 12 participants max. 

Sign up for your level and the topic that is of interest: Next topic is SERVING

you.http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0844a8a62aa2fa7-skills

 102 CLINICS ON SATURDAY 

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 1:00-2:00 pm. Cost is $10 per person

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0844a8a62aa2fa7-102clinic

WHATS GOING ON AT The IGC

Regular play Mon, Wed, & Fri. 9 – noon!

Keep up to date with all activities by viewing the PU Calendar HERE!

Court Update 12-4-17

Event Registrations!

2017 has been a very big year for PickleU and its players as we now have just under 500 members. We have seen excellent play on our courts and away in various tournaments. Our many social events such as Saturday morning feasts and periodic Happyiest Hours have given our members some additional social avenues in their lives. In the New Year we will be making some changes in the registration process. This year we have accepted walk-ins the day of the events. However this has sometimes been problematic. Many of our venues provided food as part of our requests based on the numbers we provide them in advance. In practically ALL events there have been late comers who have not registered to these events and pay at the door sometimes causing food shortages to those who made reservations. To alleviate this embarrassing situation we will be implementing an advanced reservations ONLY policy to give us an accurate count and avoid shortages. The non-sign ups may cause other problems as well. For instance, the Christmas party signup (listed below) the venue needs to have a count so they can seat us in a room for 300 or 100. So the cut off for the Christmas Party is this Thursday, Dec. 7th so don’t delay Sign Up TODAY!

It’s a Christmas Party!!!

2017 PBU Christmas Party is right around the corner!  It is Tuesday, December 12th at 5:30 at the Elks Club in Vero Beach.  A DJ will be spinning the tunes for us and a cash bar is available. Cost is only $5.00 per person. Guests are welcome. Please register each person. Dinner will be pot luck (NO DESSERTS PLEASE) so whip up your best recipe to share. We will need a few volunteers so if you can help, please sign up for those positions.

Please sign up by latest 12/7 and we’ll see you for some Yuletide Fun on December 12th.

Guests are encouraged to bring an unwrapped gift for the Toys for Tots as the Elk’s Lodge is a collection point.

P.S. If you signed up for our preliminary count, we still need you to sign up again. This time is for real!

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0844aea62ca4fe3-christmas

                                         WHATS GOING ON AT POCAHONTAS 

ROUND ROBINS:

Beginners and Advanced Beginners:

Monday, December 4th, 9-10:30 – ALL courts 1-12 will be used. (6 courts for beginners, 6 courts for Advanced Beginners). First 24 people will play in each division.

Volunteers: David Moscrip and Dave Caswell for Beginners;  need a volunteer(s) to run Advanced Beginners (please email Mari @ vbpickle@gmail.com if you can to help

INTERMEDIATE and ADVANCE INTERMEDIATE:

WEDNESDAY, December 6th, 9-10:30 – ALL courts 1-12 will be used (6 courts for intermediate, 6 courts for Advanced Intermediate). First 24 people will play in each level

ADVANCED ROUND ROBINS:

Starting Friday, December 8th 9-10:30. All courts 1-12 will be used. You MUST be a 3.5+ player either by rating or played in a tournament and won medals in the 3.0+ division.

Volunteers: Tom and Mari Colacino any questions send email to vbpickle@gmail.com

Need to get evaluated by Paul, Clare and John go to this site:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0844a8a62aa2fa7-rating

CHALLENGE COURT 

Since the north courts are open, we will have a challenge court Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Court 12 will be the court starting at 9:00 a.m. Butch has volunteered to monitor the challenge court. Let the winner know that you want to challenge politely without disturbing the game in play. Then hang your paddle up.

Rules:

  1. You must have a partner

  2. All players hang you paddle on the inside of the fence by the gate. NOT in the paddle box. Hang in a line right to left. The first one on the right will be the next group up.

  3. All winners stay on courts for three times, then rotate out. Four new people will come on.

SINGLES:

Singles play will start. Here is the schedule for December. Time of play 8:00.a.m.-8:55 p.m. 

12-18

12-20

12-22

12-27

12-29

SKILLS CLINIC SERIES 

Paul, Clare and John will be teaching a skills clinic series starting December 4. Every other week, a new topic will be presented for members, from serves, return of serves, ground stokes, partner strategies just to name a few. 

Now here’s the great part: each one of these topics will be address to level specific. Monday will be for beginners, Wednesday will be for intermediate, Friday will be for advanced. Each clinic will be from 8:00-8:50. $10 per person with a 12 participants max. 

Sign up for your level and the topic that is of interest to you.

Paul and Clare will be holding a FREE skill specific clinic on Etiquette and Rules. TIME: 8:00-9:00am.

December 4 – only beginners – Unlimited

December 6 – only intermediates – unlimited

December 8 – only advanced – unlimited

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0844a8a62aa2fa7-skills

102 CLINICS ON SATURDAY 

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 1:00-2:00 pm. Cost is $10 per person

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0844a8a62aa2fa7-102clinic

LADDERS

We will be starting a ladder league in January. It will be for all skill level playing mixed, women, and men. Stay tuned for more information.

What’s Going on at IGC:

Additional Play at IGC.

The IGC is reviewing their schedule and trying to make room for us on a Thursday PM for Round Robin play from about 1-3PM but that will be determined soon. As soon as we receive information on any additional times we will let you all know. They have also invited us to a Pickle & Pizza Party event on a Saturday evening in January TBD. It will be basically be similar to our Happiest Hour events except no alcohol permitted since it is a governmental facility. It would be nice if we had a couple (or so) volunteers to assist the IG in this effort. Any Takers??? Just reply to this email.

Regular play this week Mon, Wed, & Fri 9-NOON!