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.

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.

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.

Join the Pickleball Marathon

Photo by Joan Azeka

[The following article was reprinted by permission of TownLift. To register for the pickleball marathon, click here.]

PARK CITY, Utah — The Park City Pickleball Club will be hosting The Great American Pickleball Marathon on Saturday, September 11 at the MARC.

Proceeds from the event will go to The Wounded Blue Foundation based out of Las Vegas.

Park City Pickleball Club President Greg Leitzke said he hopes 300 to 500 people come out to play.

The schedule is below:

  • 8 a.m.-10 a.m. – 4.0+ level
  • 10 a.m.-noon – 3.0 level
  • Noon-2 p.m. – 3.5 level
  • 2-4 p.m. – 2.5 level
  • 4-6 p.m. – juniors
  • 6-8 p.m. – open/ social play/ all levels

You can learn more about pickleball player skill ratings here.

You can register for the Marathon here.

For additional information, you can email traceyswen@yahoo.com.

Playing with a champion

Photos by Carol Wexler

How can you make open-play competition at Willow Creek even more exciting? Try adding the No. 1 men’s senior player to the mix.

That’s what happened from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Aug. 25, when senior pro Scott Moore dropped by Willow Creek to play. Park City Pickleball Club members rotated into games with Moore, who is not only the top men’s senior player but also the winner of seven Triple Crown pickleball championships.

Moore offered tips, posed for pictures, and showed club members what it’s like to share a court with the best.

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.