2 Things

2 Things.

  1. A number of items have been reported missing at the Pickleball courts recently.  I would like to suggest that members take their bags with them on to the courts they are playing on instead of hanging them in the breezeways.
  2. If you are Monitoring on or after April 15, be reminded that drop in will now start at 8:00 AM.

I hope everyone has a safe and happy rest of the spring and summer and we see everybody back in Grand in the fall.


Sun City Grand Pickleball Club Meeting Agenda

Date April 10, 2018

Time 3:00 PM- Agua Fria Room

Type of Meeting: General Membership Meeting
Meeting Facilitator: Troy Konz
Invitees: All Active Club Members

I. Approval of minutes from the March meeting

II. Officers Reports – Treasurer

III. Committee Reports – Sponsorship, Volunteer of the Quarter

IV. Old Business

a. Welcome new board member

b. Pickleball skills Olympics – Pick-A-Lympics – recap

c. Internal Tournament – Pick your Partner – Nov 28, 29, 30 – Skill level – $20

d. Holiday Party – December 6 – Thadeous Rose Band – Linda D to update

e. Pro-Am – Play with a Pro event – December 16 – Noon start – benefits A Soldiers Best Friend

f. External Tournament – update

g. Court maintenance – update

h. CPR training – St Luke’s – Mel Langer

V. New business

a. Change to summer hours

b. Badges change – member approval

c. Board of Directors by law change – member approval


a. Don Madison update


Lost Items

A couple of our members have lost some items at the pickleball courts.

  • Barbara Farnsworth lost her cell phone that was in a blue case.
  • Brian Kaping lost his blue paddletek tempest storm paddle.

If anyone finds or comes across these items, please contact me, so we can get them back to their owners


Court cleaning

Thanks to our CAM staff and 12 fantastic club volunteers, courts 1-8 are clean and open for business.
Courts 9-16 will be ready by 10 AM
Courts 17-22 should be completed no later than noon.
Again, a great job by our volunteers.


CAM meeting and court times

Craig and I met with CAM management yesterday, Friday, March 30 to discuss issues with the Pickleball club and court cleaning.  The meeting was chaired by Ken Olson and had most of the CAM management and maintenance staff there.  The meeting went well.  Ken is concerned that there might be warranty and liability issues with us cleaning the courts with our new equipment.  They are all for the savings on the labor, time, and water, but want everything in writing before we continue to maintain our courts ourselves.  The liability issue is just a matter of training club members to use the machines (like the softball club with their power mowers).
Craig and I showed the group, pictures of the debris on the courts and balls, and how it affects the play and the safety of our club members.  Ken took many notes on the pictures and gave the list to Scott Phillips for action.

  • So, on April 4th, the courts will be shut down in the morning while CAM staff clean them.  Ken agreed that we could help the process by having a team of members helping to squeegee off the courts as the maintenance staff finishes each one.  This will mean that the courts would be open as soon as they are dry.  It’s up to us to make it happen faster.
  • I will need 3-5 volunteers to help out, starting at 7 AM on Wednesday morning.  Please let me know if you can help.

Also, starting on April 15th, the club hours will be moving forward by 1 hour.  I will send out another email once we have finalized everything.

Lastly, Val Wilson has asked for our help in finding her lost Hydro Flask.  She left it on the courts a week or so ago and it hasn’t been turned in yet.  It is a 24-ounce lime green water bottle with a sports top and a black carrying case.  If you pull the bottle out of the sleeve, Val’s name is on it with an outline of Washington state.  On the bottom of the bottle, is her phone number.  If you can be on the lookout for it, Val would appreciate it.

Please let me know if there are any concerns or questions.

Thanks for a Grand first three months of the year and for all of you heat chickens, see you when you turn back into snowbirds in the fall.

Pick – A – Lympics final results

The first ever pickleball skills Olympics was held yesterday afternoon.  Over 100 club members participated, volunteered or cheered on contestants.  The event could not run without the help of the volunteers and I really appreciate their hard work.  A personal “Thank You” goes to Bob Barczak and Linda Hoggatt for providing much needed technical support and for roaming around the courts during the games and keeping it running smoothly.  I think everyone had fun and realized how important and fun drills can be.
The 10 skills were rated from easy to “I can’t believe I got a zero on that”
The winners of each of the four brackets were:

Women’s Novice – 3.0

  1. Cindy VanGinkel
  2. Patty Jakobe
  3. Jackie Korevec

Women’s 3.5+

  1. Linda Hoggatt
  2. Pam Speer
  3. Dorothy Mazur

Men’s Novice – 3.0

  1. Tim Korevec
  2. Eugene Kit
  3. Terry Martell

Men’s 3.5+

  1. Victor Moreno
  2. Troy Konz
  3. Bob Williams

I hope that this is the start of many other fun little events that the club puts on.
Again, a huge Thank You to everyone.


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)