REMINDER: Nominate a Pickleball Club Volunteer of the 3rd Quarter

April – June 2018

Volunteers are the lifeblood Of the Pickleball Club’s Success
“Generous with their time and talents they bring many incredible charitable and community endeavors.  Recognizing these individuals for their valuable contributions is an essential part of the club.”

The Board is asking members to submit volunteer names for the THIRD quarter Club volunteer appreciation award.  

If you have submitted a candidate previously you can re-submit them again for the third quarter. 

The Volunteer Award Criteria and the Form to submit candidates are available on our website in both Microsoft Word and pdf format.  If you have Microsoft Word you can download that version, fill it out and email to Colleen Grimes at,  or Linda Durkee at Otherwise you can print out the pdf and leave for Colleen or Linda in the drop box located in the pavilion on the bottom shelf of the stainless steel table.

The deadline for submission is June 22, 2018

Court Cleaning

CAM will be cleaning the Pickleball Courts on Wednesday, June 6th. They will be starting on courts 1-8 and moving down, so courts 13-22 will be available to play on at the start of the day. If we can get enough volunteers to assist CAM, we could have some courts clean and back open by 8 AM and all of the courts completed by 11 AM.
Please let me know if you can help us out. Volunteers are needed by 6:30 AM.

Pickleball Club Member Steve Katz wife Jeanna Michaels sad news

It is with great sadness that I let everyone know that Jeanna Michaels, wife of club member Steve Katz has passed away. Jeanna’s service will be held at Temple Beth Shalom on Sunday, June 3 at 11:00 am. Immediately following the service there will be a meal of consolation. Temple Beth Shalom is located at 12202 N. 101 Ave. Sun City (Grand Ave. to 101 St. turn right).


Summer League

Summer league is returning in June with an extended schedule. The League will run on Mondays from June 11 – Sept. 10 at 7:00 am. The League is open to all players at the 2.5, 3.0, 3.5, and, 4.0 levels.
If you are interested in playing in the Summer League send an email to In order to play, you need to be:
1. A member in good standing with the GPC
2. Must have a unique email address (one that is not shared with another member of the GPC)

If you are new to Ladder/League play or haven’t played in the past two years, include the following information in your email.
A. Your name as it appears on the Club Roster
B. Your gender (this is not always obvious from the name)
C. Your unique email address (this will also have to match what is on the Club Roster D. Your Skill Level

If you have played in the ladder or league previously, include
A. Your name as it appears on the Club Roster
B. Your unique email address as a confirmation.

Registration for Summer League will close June 4


Pick – A – Lympics part 2

All:  Just to clarify, the 1st ever Pick – A – Lympics is on for tomorrow, Wednesday, March 28th from 11:00 – 3:00.  There is no need to pre-register, simply walk up to the pavilion, pay your $5, have your lunch and try your luck/skill on the courts.  We have enough food and drinks for 240 players, so don’t hesitate too long. We will run it as long as we have food and score sheets.   It should be a lot of fun and a nice way to finish off the winter season.
Looking forward to seeing everyone out there.

Don Madison update

I just wanted to update everyone on Don Madison’s pickleball injury. Don was playing at the courts this past Saturday morning and while going back for a deep lob, fell into the back fence. He sustained a spiral fracture of his right humerus bone and will be meeting with his surgeon this week. The quick response of our pickleball club members to call 911 and to ensure that Don was as comfortable as he could be was amazing to see. A special thank you goes out to Keith Darrow for taking the lead in Don’s care until the paramedics arrived on the scene.

I will update everyone further as I find out more information.

Please keep Don and Carolyn in your thoughts.



The Sun City Grand Pickleball Clubs first PICK-A-LYMPICS is happening this Wednesday, March 28th starting at 1100 with lunch and registration.  The cost is $5 for the lunch and event.  The event and lunch will run until 3:00 PM.

We all know the value of drills to improve our pickleball skills.  However, many people don’t choose to drill because they find them boring, or just prefer to play games.  Making drills fun helps people to not only improve their skills but to add enjoyment, fun, and challenges to motivate them to practice more often.

In our Pick-A-Lympics, every participant will be provided an individual score sheet.  They will take their score sheet from station to station as they rotate through the drills.  At the end of the Pick-A-Lympics, we will be awarding prizes and medals to the top finishers in each of the 4 divisions (men’s novice – 3.0, men’s 3.5+, women’s novice – 3.0, women’s 3.5+).

All participants will start on court 1 and move in order to courts 5,6,2,3,7,11,12,8 and will be finishing on court 4.  Your score sheet will be given to a volunteer to be entered into the system.
Lunch will be a choice of a Cheeseburger or Hot Dog, chips, and a bottle of water.
Skills will be

  • Pinpoint serve
  • Distance master
  • 3rd shot drop
  • 3rd shot lob
  • Serve, return, drive
  • Lob retriever
  • Boost your backhand
  • Deep return
  • Drop it like it’s hot
  • criss-cross

This should be a very fun time to end the season on a great note and a chance to say goodbye to the heat chickens. Please let me know if there are any questions


Pickleball ball distribution volunteers

Dianne Andres is in need of some volunteers to help with the pickleball ball distribution.  This is a two-week commitment for approximately

15 minutes each day.   You will receive a monitor credit for doing this work.
The dates needed are:
  • May 16-31
  • October 16-31
  • November 16-30
  • December 16-31
  • If you can help out during these periods, please contact Dianne at her email.  (roster username and password required)


We need club members to sign up to be monitors on the weekends. There are a lot of open Saturday’s and Sunday’s during March and most of April. We have to have a monitor on the courts during drop-in times. Please go on our club website and volunteer today.