Social event: You’re invited!

The Park City Pickleball Club’s social committee has been waiting 18 months to throw a party, and they’re hoping to see all the club members there. The event, billed as a club mixer/ fun social/ pickleball mixer for everyone, will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, May 14 at Willow Creek Park.

All the courts and the pavilion have been reserved for the event. It’s potluck, so bring something to share along with BYOB. (Willow Creek is a non-alcoholic park, so the club will not condone liquor on site.)

It’s free, with all members invited to stop by to meet the club’s board and learn more about plans for the summer.

Invitations have been sent out to all members of the club; the first 75 to sign up will be able to play on the courts, using organized social play run by the club. If more than 75 people sign up, everyone will be welcome to stop by, share in the fun, and maybe play later as the courts open up. Sign-ups (for the club and the event) are on LivePickleball.com.

There will also be people on site to answer questions from the Membership, Open Play, Communications, and Skills Development committees. Participants can find out how to better use LivePickleball.com, and learn about the club’s plans to grow pickleball in the Park City market.

For questions about the event, send an email to parkcitypickleball@gmail.com

Annual meeting

Mark your calendar: It’s almost time for the Park City Pickleball Club’s annual membership meeting. All members will receive a Zoom invitation for the event, which is planned for Monday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m.

This annual meeting is mandated in the club bylaws. The meeting agenda, designed to highlight our 2020 goals and accomplishments, is as follows:

  • Review of 2020
  • Club status update
  • Elections of president and secretary
  • Club membership system
  • Winter play update
  • Planning for 2021

The elections are according to our bylaws, which stipulate that two board positions are up for election each year. This year it will be president and secretary, and next year it will be vice president and treasurer. They are all two-year terms, although the first slate of board members has served only one year at this point. Both Doris and I are willing to serve another term, but nominations for other people to serve in these capacities will be accepted and a vote will be taken at the meeting.

I hope you are able to join us for this meeting. Be sure to have your favorite beverage on hand, and be ready to provide feedback. Here’s to wishing for a different meeting in 2021 – perhaps with a hall, a full bar, music, dancing, maybe pickleball, and life back to normal! Hope to see all of you on Zoom!

– Greg Leitzke, PCPC president

Open play social

Park City Pickleball Club is hosting a mixer/social for players at the 3.5 to 5.0 level on Friday, June 5 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Willow Creek Park.

Bring your own gear, a chair, and your own food and drink to join fellow club members for games and socializing. Participants are asked to practice social distancing, to place chairs 6 feet apart, and to not share food.

This event follows the social/mixer held earlier this week for players at the 2.5 to 3.0 level. Separate events were held in accordance with Summit County health guidelines limiting groups to 50 people or fewer.

To RSVP, email ParkCityPickleball.Debbie@gmail.com.

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

Skills Session: Blocking

Ever have trouble playing against bangers?  Join us on Tuesday as we learn about blocking.  
Park City Pickleball Club is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. This Brown Bag Skill Session on blocking will be held at noon on Tuesday, April 28.

To join the Zoom meeting, click this link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9204174666?pwd=RjcxREhlS1NBYkt2N2NIcVVsR2VRZz09

Meeting ID: 920 417 4666
Password: 851926

Skills sessions rewind

Did you miss any of the Park City Pickelball Club’s online Brown Bag Skills Sessions? Did you participate, but wish you could go back and review what you learned?

Either way, you’re in luck. The sessions were recorded, and can be viewed by clicking the links below.

Basic Dinking: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_mruW-6aADcyckCcKNwdHiw5AINYikrl/view

Drop Shots: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1nQ10uKkke_ysa1cFa580n81gk21pyb2o/view

Return of Serve: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1SmH0Z4Bff19LjSE0Ao63WlhpH_8NrKD-/view

Return of Serve Strategy

Hard or lofty? Topspin or backspin? These questions and more will be addressed in “Return of Serve Strategy,” a Brown Bag Skills Session planned for Tuesday, April 21 at noon on Zoom.

Presented by Park City Pickleball Club, the event will offer an interactive discussion focused on what the pros do.

To join the Zoom meeting, click the link: https://zoom.us/j/9204174666?pwd=RjcxREhlS1NBYkt2N2NIcVVsR2VRZz09

Meeting ID: 920 417 4666
Password: 851926

Deep dive into dinking

On Tuesday, April 7 at noon, Debbie Matamoros will offer a Brown Bag Skills Session on Zoom.

The presentation, “Deeper Dive Into Dinking Strategies,” will include discussions of placement strategy, when to add pace and when to be patient.

To join the Zoom meeting on April 7, click this link: https://zoom.us/j/9204174666?pwd=RjcxREhlS1NBYkt2N2NIcVVsR2VRZz09
Meeting ID: 920 417 4666
Password: 851926

This “Deeper Dive” builds on the dinking skills session that Matamoros presented on March 31, available for review with this link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1QEa7AwNiGKSP8apwL4mGtWzM3Dy6qOtK/view

The March 31 session also included instructions for making a rebounder board for home use. The only items needed are some tape and an MDF board (2-by-4-foot, half-inch-thick) from Home Depot. To make the rebounder, elevate the board to a height of about 33 inches from the ground. Then, place a piece of tape across the board at a height of 36 inches from the ground. Finally, measure 7 feet from the board and place a piece of tape on the ground; that will be your kitchen line.

Photo by City of Apache Junction

In case you missed it …

Pickleball pro John Sperling spent 90 minutes online with the Park City Pickleball Club on April 4. He donated his time for this exclusive presentation, in which he reviewed and discussed the techniques and tactics used in one of his most successful matches.

Sperling was very engaging, taking club members’ questions and getting everyone involved.

If you missed the live presentation, you can catch it on this video.

Learn from a pro

Pickleball pro John Sperling will conduct a free online clinic exclusively for the Park City Pickleball Club on Saturday, April 4 at 4 p.m. on Zoom. Club members are invited to join the event by clicking https://zoom.us/j/148782429.

Sperling is donating his time and expertise to present the clinic, which was arranged by PCPC board member Tracey Swenson.

Sperling is a professional pickleball player and instructor with over 30 years of teaching experience on the courts. He won medals at the 2017 and 2018 U.S. Open Pickleball Championships, at the 2018 AAU National Indoor Championships, and at the 2019 USAPA National Tournament.

He has served as an instructor for institutions including Grand Oaks Resort in Florida, the Country Club of Ocala, Engage Pickleball Academy, Bollettieri Tennis Academy, and Professional Pickleball Registry.

Sperling’s success on the courts began in his teenage years, when he achieved a top rating among young players in his home state of Michigan. While playing tennis for the College of DuPage in Illinois, he reached a collegiate ranking of No. 7 nationally. He also began his teaching career at that time, at a tennis club near Chicago.

The former tennis pro now combines his newfound love of pickleball with his longstanding expertise in teaching, as he leads pickleball clinics and workshops throughout the country.

In his spare time, Sperling likes to teach tennis and pickleball to underprivileged kids.