Holiday social success

Just one month ago, the Park City Pickleball Club partnered with Park City MARC to put on a holiday social that won’t soon be forgotten.

More than 100 people attended this first-annual event. PC MARC allocated its indoor tennis courts and also provided the party room, line tape, Dura Fast 40 balls and wristbands. Their staff handled registration and check in.

For their part, club members and other volunteers came out in force, laying down tape to create 16 pickleball courts in just an hour. They also brought their special dishes to a potluck feast that included dips and cheeses, chips and veggies, cookies and pies and candies.

Participants rotated between snacking, socializing and – of course – playing pickleball. There were four courts dedicated to advanced players and eight to intermediates. First-timers and beginners shared four courts complete with instructors who taught, coached and encouraged those who were new to the game.

Open-play rotations

Drop-in sessions are as convenient as pickleball gets: Players simply drop in and play with everyone else who dropped in that day, with no planning or reservations required.
What happens, though, when some players are more advanced or competitive than others? The Open Play Committee has that covered, with some rotation system guidelines to facilitate fun and competitive games while ensuring all players are welcome and included.
For open play at Basin Recreation, the system calls for paddle stacking in groups of four. When all courts are full, the waiting players place their paddles in the stack by the first court’s net. When one stack contains four paddles, a new stack is started. As games finish, all current games shift down and the first stack of paddles begins playing on the first court.
At PC MARC, a new rotation system using paddle baskets started Jan. 4.
Competitive/advanced players use the two court farthest from the door, and waiting players place their paddles in baskets near the tennis net divider. When the first basket has four paddles, players start the second basket. When a game finishes, players rotate off and the first basket of paddles rotates on. The paddle stacks then move up.
Social/intermediate players use the first four courts, and waiting players place their paddles in baskets at the tennis net closest to the door. When the first basket has four paddles, players start the second basket. When a game finishes, players rotate off and the first basket of paddles rotates on. The paddle stacks then move up.

President’s message

Welcome to 2020, and thank you for joining the Park City Pickleball Club.

We look forward to providing an exciting array of events and activities.

Potluck socials, recreational round robins and competitive tournaments are all in the planning stages, and we can’t wait to get you involved.

Let’s toast the new year, and the first year of our club. Here’s to  friendship and fun on the courts.

– Greg Leitzke,

PCPC President