March Madness social

photos by Randy Weatherly and Linda Belgiano

Open-play pickleball, tables of treats and a visit from Park City Council member Jeremy Rubell were all part of Park City Pickleball Club’s March Madness social. The event, which drew around 100 members, was held Saturday, March 26 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Park City MARC.

March Madness Pickleball

March Madness: It’s not just for college basketball. It’s also the theme of the Park City Pickleball Club social planned for Saturday, March 26 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Park City MARC.

Show your spirit by wearing your favorite basketball team’s colors, or just wear green.

Come ready to play pickleball in the bubble and on the indoor courts, with all levels mixing it up in an open-play format. There will also be designated beginner and advanced courts.

Participants are asked to bring a dish to share for the potluck buffet.

The cost of the event is $10, with online registration available through the MARC’s Program Registration portal. Payment will also be accepted at the front desk on March 26. As with all PCPC events, this will be run by volunteers. If you’d like to pitch in, sign up here or contact Elaine Murray at 435-659-9066.

Volunteers show up for Showdown

Volunteers are the secret of Park City Pickleball Club’s success.

That was proven again on Feb. 19 and 20, when the club held its Winter Showdown tournament at the Park City MARC. From setting up the courts to tabulating scores, directing players, replenishing snacks, managing events and cleaning up, it was volunteers who kept this successful tournament running.

Over 130 players competed in men’s and women’s doubles on Feb. 19 and mixed doubles on Feb. 20.

Medal winners were:

Men’s Doubles 3.5, 3.0
Gold – Tim Boggess and Cody Dale
Silver – Spencer Hall and Neal Chipping
Bronze – Clay Fletcher and Byron Noel

Men’s Doubles 4.0
Gold – Jack Mueller and Cal Regan
Silver – Robert Macdonald and Josh Parry
Bronze – Coy Barnson and Tim Learned

Men’s Doubles 4.5
Gold – Frank Matamoros and Dave Hall
Silver – Kauvaka (Vaka) Ahoia and Jordan Tapu
Bronze – Tanner Hinrichs and Griffin Heider

Women’s Doubles 3.0
Gold – Elise Jackson and McKensie Cragun
Silver – Christine Decaria and Lauren Sibley
Bronze – Brooklyn Thrailkill and Jaiden Farr

Women’s Doubles 4.0, 3.5
Gold – Ashley Miyazaki and Sierra Krebsbach
Silver – Emily Brown and Kate Matthews
Bronze – Jennifer Lansky and Bridget Chiazzese

Mixed Doubles 3.0
Gold – Melissa Allen and Bill O’Brien
Silver – Jill Garner and Corey King
Bronze – Brandi Blount and Ryan Isber

Mixed Doubles 3.5
Gold – Sherie Henley and Brian Bender
Silver – Bridget Chiazzese and Richard Wagner
Bronze – Michelle Wheeler and David Kottler

Mixed Doubles 4.0
Gold – Ashley Miyazaki and AJ Miyazaki
Silver – Sierra Krebsbach and Chris Arena
Bronze – Mary Regan and Cal Regan

Mixed Doubles 4.5
Gold – Valerie Yeoman and Frank Matamoros
Silver – Kim Corrigan and Jimmy Miller
Bronze – Marlo Dwelle and Sir Paul Douglass

Tournament time

Photo by Carol Wexler

Final preparations are underway for the Park City Winter Showdown, to be held this weekend at Park City MARC.
Over 130 players from throughout Utah and several other states have signed up for the tournament, which is sponsored by Park City Pickleball Club.
The action starts at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, with men’s and women’s doubles. Mixed-doubles teams will take the courts at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20.

PC Pickleball Club on TV

Park City Television

Check out Park City Pickleball Club President Greg Leitzke’s recent appearance on Park City Television. In an interview with PCTV Mountain Connections Host Christine Napier, Leitzke discusses the club’s growth, the need for more courts and the proposed pickleball-related changes to the city’s Land Management Code.

Ordinances proposed

Photo by John Beagle

Park City Municipal staff are seeking public input on pickleball-related changes to the city’s Land Management Code. The proposed changes would regulate how pickleball courts can be built and used at private residences.

Members of the public are invited to learn more and voice their opinions at two Pickleball Virtual Open House events, to be held Monday, Feb. 7 from 5 to 6 p.m. and Tuesday, Feb. 8 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Zoom links to the virtual events can be found at ParkCity.org. Items to discuss include limits on play hours, noise mitigation requirements, and HOA approval requirements.  

The proposed regulations will be given to the Park City Planning Commission for review on Feb. 23, according to KPCW News. While created for residential courts, the code changes could also affect development of public courts. Park City Pickleball Club is not taking a position on this topic.

Holiday Social

Photos by Linda Belgiano

Park City Pickleball Club members gathered at the MARC on Dec. 11 for the annual Holiday Social featuring festive foods, activities and games for all levels on 18 courts.

In the spirit of the giving, club members donated toys – enough to fill an entire SUV to the roof – to be distributed to local children through Operation Hope, and cash donations totaling $300 for the Christian Center of Park City and Peace House.

Halloween party

Photos by Linda Belgiano, Carol Wexler and Randy Weatherly

Park City Pickleball Club celebrated Halloween in a big way on Oct. 30, with a party that featured potluck treats, a costume contest, and – of course – lots of pickleball. Over 125 club members played on 18 courts at the Park City MARC, with games and activities designed for all levels of play.

Annual meeting

Photos by Linda Belgiano

Park City Pickleball Club’s annual meeting on Oct. 17 offered an opportunity to recap the club’s activities during the past year, including:

  • Three tournaments
  • Monthly socials
  • Weekly skills training
  • Lessons and clinics with nationally ranked pros
  • Skills assessments
  • Special events
  • Organized play at a variety of levels.

Club President Greg Leitzke emphasized that all of the club’s activities are powered by volunteers, and that even more help will be needed as we continue to build our pickleball community and infrastructure in Park City.

With that in mind, nominations were solicited for two board positions: vice president and treasurer. Members were urged to nominate themselves or others for these leadership roles before Nov. 1. Nominations, along with a brief biography, should be emailed to parkcitypickleballclub@gmail.com.

Greg also urged members to step up and volunteer for some important non-elected positions:

  • Membership Chair – Responsible for welcoming new members, entering them into the LivePickleball site, and assisting with dues management
  • Social Media Chair – Responsible for updating and coordinating club communications on Facebook and Instagram
  • Tournament Director – Responsible for organizing PCPC’s members-only indoor tournament at Basin Recreation in early January. Assistant tournament directors will be available to help.
  • Event Coordinators – Responsible for organizing large club socials, including our December Holiday Party.

To volunteer for these roles, or to offer to help with other projects, please send an email to parkcitypickleballclub@gmail.com.

Pickleball Marathon

Photos by Linda Belgiano

Well, that was one incredible weekend! Thanks to everyone who came out to support the Great American Pickleball Marathon on Saturday, Sept. 11.

We thought we had it all covered – but we forgot to invite Mother Nature, so she crashed our event!

As you know, our local segment the Great American Pickleball Marathon was a 12-hour event that ran from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the PC MARC’s 10 pickleball courts. At the same time, pickleball clubs across the country were also playing as part of the marathon effort. 

The event was created as a way to contribute and bring awareness to the Wounded Blue, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of injured and disabled law enforcement officers through support, education & legislation nationwide. This event was held specifically on 9/11 to pay respect to everyone and everything that our nation lost on that date in 2001.

Local dignitaries who participated included Park City Mayor Andy Beerman, who came out and played several games. Basin Recreation District Director Dana Jones and three of her colleagues also enjoyed playing for the first time.

TownLift reporter Parker Malatesta and Park Record Sports Editor Brendan Farrell, who is a PCPC member, also joined in.

More than 150 players participated in the event. We are proud to say that we raised over $2,000 for the Wounded Blue.

PCPC also wants to thank Smith’s, the Market at Park City and Starbucks for keeping us all happy and healthy during our event.

For more coverage of the event, check out the Park Record’s article and photos.