What could be more fun than getting 40 pickle ball players out on a sunny day for a team tournament?!!! We really enjoyed setting up the play. It started with a very competitive captain’s draft featuring Mike Walias, Mark Greg, Alex Shtarker, and Norm Krishna. Congratulations to Mike’s team (yellow) coming in 1st and Alex’s team coming in 2nd … good competitive games from everyone.
Special thanks to Frank Houghton, our A #1 court manager, and his crew who taped the courts for play. And, to Sandy Mausling who handled check-in. And, to Dennis Cullen, our master scorekeeper. And, to Robyn for a great job with the courtside refreshments. And, to David Cook who set up our registration and sent out countless emails. You are all the best!
Can I say that pickle ball players are the friendliest group? We enjoyed meeting new members and they felt warmly received by all. Can’t wait until the next tournament!
Sherry & Robyn
Larry Martinson was elected President of the Pickleball Club at the General Membership meeting held April 7, 2019 at 4:30pm in the Foothill Center. The entire slate of officers and committee chairs are listed here.
Larry’s remarks to the Club:
Pickleball Club Goals
- Maintain an active vibrant Club and grow the membership by 35 members. Ginny Spencer membership.
- Achieve a successful community vote on the project to build new courts in 2020. Garry Grey
- Continue to raise funds via EVF to build the courts. Garry
- Have 2nd annual Pickle UP July 16-Aug. 1, 2019. Joe Spada
- Continue to support our Pickleball Web Site. David Cook
- Continue to have club fundraising projects. Anahid Gregg
- Have Pickleball Club articles in every edition of the Villager. Linda Eige
- Hold three fun and successful tournaments. Sheryl Ruth
- Have our 2nd annual Holiday Club members party in the Clubhouse. Robyn/Sheryl new Social Co-Chairs
- Maintain our borrowed 5 & 6 tennis courts. Frank Houghton
First Place – Yellow Team
Sherry Benz Fred Mathias Greg Stewart
Mike Falarski Richard McKee Mike Walias*
Judi Falarski Kelly Murphy
Dave Hathaway Bob Shuck
Second Place – Blue Team
David Cook Bob Iacopi Alex Shtarker*
Linda Eige Bob Mandell Wayne Weiler
Anahid Gregg Ray Mausling
Anna Hewitt Lon Olson
Third Place – Green Team
Tom Dyko Joyce Kludt David Roberts
Bonnie Evans Jim Koski Bruce Wallace
Frank Houghton Norman Krishna*
Gail Keck Larry Martinson
Fourth Place – Red Team
Kay Gray Donald Kludt Kevin Prest
Garry Gray Dan Murphy Robyn Siebenthall
Mark Gregg* Trish O’Neill
Bill Johnston John Pabst
* = Captain
“Undefeateds” – did not lose a match
There is an additional resource on the website now for finding days and times to play – Joe Spada’s List. Look under the “Play Times” menu Play Times/Organized Play Dates/Times/Sponsors
Note that several groups are “Invitation Only” which means don’t show up and expect to get to play – Check with the group organizer in advance to find out if there are open slots – many of these are just small groups of friends and don’t intend to expand.
The Pickleball Club will be having a very busy weekend April 6th and 7th. Saturday, April 6th will be a team pickleball tournament. Each team will play men’s, women’s and mixed doubles. Thanks to the tennis club we will be using all tennis courts.
On Sunday, April 7th the club will have it’s annual meeting at the Foothill Center. We will begin with a potluck of heavy appetizers and desserts followed by the election of our new officers and short overview of this past year and the year to come. This event will begin at 4:30pm.
We hope to see all members at both events. More information will follow as we get closer to “Pickleball Weekend”. Don’t know much about pickleball? Interested? Come watch our FUN tournament and meet our friendly members. Check out our website villagespickleball.org See you on the courts!
Michael and Princess Leong, USAPA Pickleball Ambassadors for San Jose and the East Bay, will be visiting the Villages Pickleball Courts at 1pm, on Friday, February 15th. Everyone is welcome to come and meet them, get the latest local and national news on Pickleball, and perhaps play some games.
Ambassadors are volunteers who have pledged to promote the sport of pickleball and the USAPA in the local area they have applied to represent. They may be individuals or couples, or a group of ambassadors working together as a team. The main prerequisite is a love of the sport and the desire to share our game with others of all ages. Some full-time RV’ers are Ambassadors ‘at large’ who promote our sport during their travels.
For more information about USAPA and the ambassador program: https://www.usapa.org/usapa-ambassadors/
Due to popular demand, The Villages Pickleball Club is taking another round of ordering for Pickleball Shirts – AND we’ve added some Club accessories!
Date Extended – All orders must be placed by March 18th!! After placing your order, you will receive a confirmation email with the items ordered and the amount due.
“In three to four years, pickleball will be bigger than golf and it won’t even be close,” Haney said. (We didn’t fact check that claim, but the 100-plus pickleball courts at The Villages, America’s largest retirement community, are a sure indicator that the game is enjoying a Golden Age.) “If you have a retirement community in the U.S. and you don’t have a pickleball court, you might as well be out of business.”