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From the Pickleball Community

Arvada pickleball players won the Golden Tennis Shoe Award for the largest team at the Arvada Ralston House .5k  Endurance Challenge. Seventy-one generous people registered with the Picklebll Group.  A big thanks to all of you! The funds raised at the race today will help abused kids and their families. Pickle peeps are the best!  Look for the golden shoe at the outdoor courts.



2016 Ralston House .5K

Arvada Pickleball Players

From Chris Beal




o Pickleball Player




November News & Updates



Hello Everyone 


A couple of upcoming tournaments and a possible job ..... read on my friends.


Life Time Fitness is sponsoring the Fall into Winter Doubles Tourney on December 2nd and 3rd.  Men's and women's doubles on Saturday and Mixed doubles on Sunday - cost is $25 per person for the first event you sign up for and then $15 for a second event.  This is a skill level tournament with divisions starting at 2.5 and going to 5.0.  Some divisions may be combined if not enough teams sign up.  Awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each division.  Deadline to enter is Novemeber 26th.  Sign up at:  www.r2sports.com.   There is a little confusion as to the location of the tourney and I was not able to contact anyone before I sent this newsletter out:  the email I received stated Life Time Fitness in Parker (9250 Crown Crest Blvd, Parker - 80138)  but the flyer says Life Time Fitness Centennial (5000 E. Dry Creek Rd, Centennial 80122) so be sure to check out the correct location - 303-483-1463


Denver Parks and Recreation is hosting their Winter Blast Tournament on Jan 31st at the Montbello Recreation Center - 15555 E. 53rd Ave  - this indoor tourney will have two divisions:   intermediate (up to a 3.5 rating) and advanced (4.0 and above rating) for women's doubles, men's doubles and mixed doubles - if you have won first place in an intermediate level tourney,  you will be required to move up to the advanced division.  Entries are limited - so sign up soon!!!  Both players must be registered and paid - cost is $35 PER player (65 year old players = $25) - you can register at:  denvergov.org/recreation or at any Denver Recreation Center - they have improved the registration process and you can register and pay for your partner if you wish.  I know this info has been out for a couple of weeks and they do have some teams registered. 


Want a job???  Glendale Sports Center at Infinity Park is looking for a part time pickleball instructor.  You would be responsible for facilitation of group play and basic instruction of players as well as occasional private lessons.  Teaching experience and knowledge of the sport is needed as well as an outgoing personality and good communication skills.  Pay range is $13 - $15/hour depending on experience.  Contact Lani Pruett at 303-692-5778 or email: apruett@denverymca.org.  The full job description and application is found at the following ink under "programs-Glendale" - https://www.denverymca.org/employment/jobs.  Ever consider getting paid for having fun?????


I mentioned in the last newsletter that South Suburban Parks and Rec was hiring a pickleball coordinator - they did and his name is Ryan Daberhow.  Welcome to pickleball Ryan !  Log on to South Suburban's web site for lots of clinics, bootcamps and lessons.


Planning to be in Vail ??? If so, join them for some pickleball - they have beautiful outdoor courts (weather permitting) and lots of good play.  They have indoor courts available also.  Give Jerry Stevens a call if you are going to be in beautiful Vail and want to play - 970-471-3757.  From the sound of his emails, they have quite a lot of fun up there.


Lakewood recreation is offering a new class:  Pickleball Agility Training - Improve Your Game - this is NOT a class that teaches you how to play pickleball but focuses on increasing strength, balance, coordination and joint stability as well as injury prevention and safety.  Classes will begin the first week of January at Whitlock and Green Mountain Recreation Centers and will last 7 weeks - there are three levels of classes and you can register starting Dec. 7th.  For more info call Renee Jones - 720-963-5366.


In the last newsletter, I mentioned that Cherie Chao played with Team Paddletech which is NOT true - she is with Team Selkirk -  so sorry for the error, Cherie.  I have not heard from other Colorado players that played at Nationals but congrats to Cherie for the Silver at 5.0 women's doubles.  Hope to include other players in the next newsletter if they will please let me know their results. There will be a 2 hour special presention on CBS Sports Network on Dec. 6th at 5 pm spotlighting the USAPA National Champions.


Sorry that the newsletter missed the tournament at Doughtery High School in Colorado Springs - would love to hear about it, if any players from here attended and know any results, please email me the info - Thanks!


Any one out there know anything about "quiet" pickleball paddles -  seems the "noise issues" are becoming a big concern - I have information on the balls but do not know much about quiet paddles.  I would appreciate any valid info you might have regarding quieter paddles.  I would also be interested in hearing if there are places you play that do not have restroom facilities.


Anyone watch the "Battle of the Sexes Pickleball Style" - Scott Moore challenged Simone Jardim but I did not get to watch it - who won????



  

 




CHRIS' CORNER



It is about turkey time and a time we might take a look at the things in our lives we are "thankful" for......I am quite sure most, if not all, of you reading this newsletter will have "pickleball" near the top of the list - perhaps not above "loved ones, family and friends" but right up there!!!   Colorado is trying to start the Winter season but many days have seen the outdoor courts filled and then the next day we are on the mountains skiing - what a great state to live in !!!  But...sadly the warmer weather will end and we will be forced inside to play.  This will be the time to remember how thankful we were for the super outdoor court time we experienced and now we must find patience as we wait to take our turn on the indoor courts.  This might be a time to think about what role you could play in helping secure more indoor venues that will add pickleball to their programs.  There are some empty drop in times at some venues and I would encourage you to venture forth and check out other places to play.  If you send me the name of venues where participation is lacking or new venues adding pickleball, I will be happy to put the word out in the next newsletter.  Now get out there and burn off those thanksgiving calories !!!!


Later,

Chris