World-class online clinics for members

Starting this week, we have a great lineup of online clinics and discussions to help ease the social isolation.

Saturday, March 28, 2 p.m.
Kyle Yates, world champion

It all starts with an online clinic by current world champion Kyle Yates, organized by and presented exclusively for the members of Park City Pickleball Club.

We will be discussing a point-by-point breakdown of a U.S. Open gold medal match. Topics such as partner strategy, shot selection, movement and communication will be analyzed.

Join us for this one-of-a-kind event, exclusive to Park City Pickleball members, hosted by Eric Wheeler.

Things to remember:

  • Please mute yourself when not speaking. Everyone will start muted, but I’d like to have a round-table format if possible.
  • Do not have background noise (like a TV) when you are unmuted
  • Try to turn on your video camera. It’s more fun seeing everyone rather than just a name
  • Utilize the onscreen chat if you have a question for Kyle. Direct it toward me and I will ask him some questions at the end.

HERE IS THE LINK
Just click the above text and the meeting should open up for you.

Tuesday, March 31, noon-1 p.m.
Brown Bag Skills Session

Spend your lunch with Debbie Matamoros and Tracey Swenson as we watch instructional videos from the pros.  Have your paddle handy as we try out some of the techniques taught.
Join Zoom Meeting for Debbie’s clinic by clicking https://zoom.us/j/9204174666
Enter meeting ID: 920 417 4666

Thursday, March 31, 7:30 p.m.

Review and discuss technical and mechanical videos broken down by Eric Wheeler and his guests.  We will break down points of recorded matches and discuss all things pickleball.   

Click THIS LINK to join Eric on Thursday night.

Additional online content you may want to check out:

Pickleball Kitchen and podcasts hosted by Barrett Kincheloe at https://pickleballkitchen.com/videos/

The Daily PB Drop hosted by Mark Renneson at https://www.facebook.com/markrennesonpickleball/posts/1705664796258452

I hope this helps you cope with living inside for the next week.  Feel free to share any feedback or ideas as we continue to move this program forward.


– Greg Leitzke
President, Park City Pickleball Club


  

Virtual Pickleball Summit

Are you stuck indoors, looking for something to do while staying safe at home?

The Virtual Pickleball Summit may be exactly what you’re looking for.

The Virtual Pickleball Summit is a free, three-day event that began March 23 and continues on March 24 and March 25, online from 1 to 3:30 p.m. each day.
Nicole Havlicek was the first presenter kicking off the event, alongside host CJ Johnson from Better Pickleball.
There will also be an opportunity for Q&A.

For the full agenda and insider tips after the event, register at:
https://www.cjjohnsonglobal.com/pickleball-summit-registration.

The goal of the Virtual Pickleball Summit is to help pickleball players cope with time away from the courts by learning new skills, creating new habits to play better, get healthier, and lessen injury risk when they return to pickleball. There are 10 presenters scheduled over the three days, covering a wide array of topics.

CJ Johnson is hosting the Better Pickleball Summit.

Community support in Coronavirus crisis

A message from Park City Pickleball Club President Greg Leitzke:

I know these are challenging times, and everyone wishes the world would go back to normal and we could go outside and play pickleball. I hope everyone is heeding the advise of the local government authorities, and staying home until this crisis is over.

At this time, the club feels that we can play an important role supporting each other as we move through this crisis. People may need help with simple things like how to work IT issues from home, how to order online groceries, and other home projects. Unfortunately, they might need other help like getting groceries, making a home-cooked meal, or even being taken to the hospital. We are asking for your HELP to make sure everyone is able to cope with this crisis.

Do you have a skill or ability that you would be able to provide? IT, transportation, health, fitness, travel, or any skill that someone trapped indoors would really need? Please reply and let me know you would be willing to help someone in need, and I will coordinate a list to ensure everybody in the club has the support they may need. I know we can get through this if we work together.

Also,

ZOOM !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ZOOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ZOOM !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

YES, the club has purchased the web-based Zoom video conferencing platform to help us stay connected while we are all stuck at home.

We hope to provide virtual online activities for you to participate in at no cost to club members. Here are a few examples:

  • Virtual Morning Pickleball Exercises Classes
  • Online Clinics and Drills
  • Professional Pickleball Instruction and Coaching
  • Virtual Movie Nights
  • Virtual Book Club
  • Virtual Cocktail Party

These are just a few of our ideas, and if you have more, let us know. We hope it will give you some activities to do while also enjoying the company of the club. We are also really looking for people who would be willing to volunteer to host one of these events, so if you are interested, please let me know.

Our first scheduled online meeting is Sunday, March 22 at 7 p.m. We will cover how we plan to coordinate these activities, and how you can help. I’ll be sending you an invitation and instructions on how to join later today. We hope everyone can attend.

Thanks again for supporting the Park City Pickleball Club and its members through these tough times. We hope you participate in these in online events until we can get back on the courts. Stay safe, and stay well.

Greg

Mini round robin

Park City Pickleball Club members with skill levels from 2.5 to 3.5 are invited to play in a Mini Round Robin tournament on Sunday, March 29 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Basin Recreation.

Participants will be grouped by skill level, and will play each game with a different partner and against a different pair of opponents.

Prizes will be awarded to first, second and third-place winners at each skill level.

Cost is $10. The tournament will be capped at 15 players.

To reserve your spot, RSVP: Venmo@PCPickleballClub.

If you have any questions, text Debbie at 310-850-9554.

MARC schedule change

Beginning the week of Feb. 24, the PC MARC Bubble will no longer have drop-in pickleball on Tuesday evenings because the high school tennis team will be using the courts for practice.

To make up for this, the MARC has added drop-in play on Fridays from 7 to 9:45 p.m. in the Bubble starting Feb. 28.

All other times and days will remain the same.

So, starting the week of Feb. 24, the new schedule will be:

  • Thursday 7-9:45 p.m. (all levels)
  • Friday 7-9:45 p.m. (all levels)
  • Saturday 1-4 p.m. (all levels)
  • Sunday 1-3 p.m. (all levels); 5-8:45 p.m. (advanced)

Friday night social

When the pickleball games end, the fun doesn’t have to stop.

That’s the idea behind Park City Pickleball Club’s Friday Night Pickleball Social on Feb. 28.

We’ll start out with open play for all skill levels, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the MARC. Then, we’ll move on to enjoy food and drinks together at a nearby restaurant. It’s a chance to continue those courtside conversations and get to know your fellow players outside of pickleball.

The location for food and drinks has yet to be determined; please RSVP by email at ParkCityPickleball.Debbie@gmail.com so we’ll know how many to make a reservation for.

Participants will pay the MARC drop-in fee of $8, plus their own food and drinks.

For questions, text Debbie at 310-850-9554.

Pickled Pink

Myrna Lueck of Heber Valley Pickleball Club can't wait to show her team spirit.
Myrna Lueck of Heber Valley Pickleball Club can’t wait to show her team spirit.

The Park City and Heber Valley pickleball clubs are teaming up against cancer, as part of the third annual Pink Park City ski day on March 28 at Canyons Village.

The mountain will be covered in pink, complete with pink-themed parties, pink decorations, and hundreds of pink-clad skiers and snowboarders. All proceeds raised will support research for all types of cancer at the Huntsman Cancer Institute.

Members of both the Park City and Heber Valley pickleball clubs are invited to join the “Pickled Pink” team for a $35 donation (lift ticket not included).

There will be live music, a costume contest, photo opportunities, food and drink, deck parties, giveaways and prize drawings. Capping it all off will be the Rally for Hope Parade, with participants skiing down the mountain together in a celebration of life.

Members of the “Pickled Pink” team don’t have to ski or snowboard to participate. Team shirts will be available soon at an estimated cost of $15. The plan is for members to purchase shirts large enough to wear OVER their jackets, so everyone looks the same on the mountain.

To register for the event, go to https://hope.huntsmancancer.org/pinkparkcity and sign up with the team “Pickled Pink.”

For further information, contact Steph Tagge at stephtagge@gmail.com or Myrna Lueck at myrnalueck@gmail.com.

Valentine’s Day social

PC MARC is inviting you to play some pickleball, munch on some Valentine’s Day treats and connect with other players on your level at the annual Valentine’s Day Pickleball Social.

The event is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 13 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the PC MARC Bubble. All levels are welcome. Players will rotate through an open-play format.

Cost of the event is $12 per person. The registration deadline is Feb. 12; to register, visit parkcityrecreation.org.

Drills clinic

“Drill! Drill! Drill!” It’s not just good advice for pickleball players – it’s also the name of an event planned exclusively for members of the Park City Pickleball Club.

The drills clinic will be held on Monday, Jan. 27 from noon to 2 p.m. in the Basin Recreation gym. Led by Professional Pickleball Registry-certified instructors, the clinic is designed to help players elevate their game to the next level. Each drill will focus on a specific skill, and drilling games will be incorporated to keep the session fun.

The event costs $10 per person. It is open to all levels. Registration is capped at 18 players, and there are only four spots left.

To reserve a spot, Venmo @PCPickleballClub. For any questions, text Debbie at 310-850-9554.

Tournament’s a hit

The people at Basin Recreation realized how fast the sport of pickleball is growing in Park City, so they got some help from the newly formed Park City Pickleball Club to present a new event: the Basin Blizzard Classic Pickleball Tournament.

The club wanted the tournament to include and encourage all levels and abilities, beginner through advanced. 

The event, a round robin-style tournament, took place Dec. 13, 14 and 15 at Basin Recreation. More than 65 teams participated in categories including men’s doubles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles, in skill levels from 2.5 to 4.0. Players came from Park City, of course, but also from Heber City, Kamas, Ogden and Spanish Fork.

Much of the event’s success can be credited to the spirit and energy brought by Park City Pickleball Club’s team of volunteers.
The teams that finished first, second and third in each category and ability level were awarded specially designed Blue Basin Blizzard medals.