February Meeting Minutes

Feb 3rd Pickleball General Meeting 8:30 AM

Deb opened the meeting and congratulated all the players from our Park who participated in the Towerpoint 2.0-2.9 Tournament. Canyon Vistas brought home approximately 10 medals from this event.

The Softball/Pickleball Cancer Fundraising competitions brought in $677 which will be used to purchase items for the Cancer Auction Baskets representing the two sports. Deb will be taking donations for the Pickleball Basket at site 625 and Rod Williams will be collecting items for the Softball basket at site 183.

The 2017-18 board members were introduced. Deb Flynn, Dale Bolt, Everett Johnson, Mike Peterson, Robin Sipe, Tom and Connie Moroni and Rod and Sylvia Williams. All board members are staying on for next year.

We received a letter from Nancy Harvey, who suffered vision problems at the courts. It turned out she had a Brain Bleed due to extremely high Blood Pressure. Prompt attention by Paramedics prevented more serious complications, but it is necessary for her to rest and recuperate for a period of time. Short visits with her friends are allowed, but she will be unable to attend functions and events for a while. A full recovery is hoped for.

In regard to the In House Fun Tournament, please give your name to Connie or Deb along with your $5 entry fee. The deadline to register is Feb 21st at Noon.

The dates for 2019’s Cal Am tournament Tryouts have been set and will be posted on the Website (https://cvsvpickleball.wordpress.com/) and Facebook Page (CV & SV Pickleball) as well as on the Whiteboard.

The Schedule for Round Robins for the 2018/19 season has been set and will be posted at the same locations.

Robin Sipe has built a Spreadsheet will all players listed on it. The hope is that players will determine their relative skill levels compared to other players in the park as scores from the various Round Robins are tabulated. This has become necessary as the number of players has grown and we need to see that players in the various Round Robins are not playing above or below their personal ability. It has been proposed that we take the two top and bottom players from the weekly Round Robins and consider moving them up or down a level as required. Consideration has been given to creating a ‘High A’ group for our best skilled players.

This process is intended to allow players to play the most enjoyable and skill based game they are capable of at the present time. As players improve or decline they will likely move from one group to the other. It is not intended to be a permanent label or designation for any player. We will be approaching players as the results of each R/R are tabulated, and moving players between designations if it is deemed appropriate. This is not an easy process to implement, so please be patient and cooperative as we see how this works.

It is hoped that even during Round Robins players will play the best shot available at each and every moment and not try and target weaker or less skilled players. If the best player is deep on the court and that is where the ball should be going do not target a weaker player in a better position. Exhibit Good Sportsmanship, and play the game to try and make yourself better, not just earn points. Anyone here can usually beat a team with a weak player, but you are not helping them or yourself long term. It would be better for all players if we tried harder to get and give a good all-round game at all times, and in that way we can all get better. We also want to continue to be perceived as helpful and considerate to all players. The present systems and attitudes are definitely not ‘broken’ or non-inclusive, but do need to be monitored and maintained for the enjoyment of all players.

All general Pickleball Meetings will be held on the first Saturday of the month at 8:30 AM at the courts.

A suggestion box will be considered, but in the meantime if you have suggestions please drop them off to Deb at 625 or Connie at 50. If you wish to remain anonymous, drop off a letter at their homes when they’re not looking 😊

A Pickleball Etiquette form was seen at Towerpoint that was quite informative. We will build one for ourselves and post copies of it at the Whiteboard.

The Friday Dinking game and the Monday lessons are very well attended and show how much this game has matured over the years.

Please DO NOT erase or scratch out other players names on the R/R Sign up sheets. We have had this occur a few times lately.

There is a Contact list sheet being developed. If you want to have your name on this list please approach one of the executive.

John Zachary cleans and sweeps off our courts on a regular basis. We have bought a Hose Reeler to assist him in this process, but he is finding it difficult to put the large heavy hose back on the Reeler. If you come to the courts and find the hose laying on the courts, please don’t complain about it, but if you are able, please replace the hose on the reeler and place the equipment outside the courts. We are going to provide John with a few gifts to thank him for all the volunteer work he does for us.

We will continue to limit the number of entrants to the R/R events to 27. Any higher number makes the wait times between games too long and extends the time slots for the events too far into the next R/R. The system is not perfect, but is what works best with the 6 courts we have.

Using the Courts at Montessa is not an option as their Owners Group will not allow us to play there.

We have asked the CV/SV management to provide us with more courts, but have no commitment from them at this time.

Thank you all for attending.

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January General Meeting

Jan 6th General Meeting held at the Pickleball Courts – 8:30 AM

Deb welcomed all the new players and those returning for the Winter Season as of Jan 1.

-All players are entitled to a free Pickleball which they are expected to bring along to the courts. If it breaks, a free replacement is provided, but if it’s lost, a fee will be charged for replacement.

Saturday Round Robin play times have changed for the month of January.

9:00 – B level players

11:00 – A level players

1:00 – C level players

Check the White Board for all changes and new information, and if you have any questions on what your skill level is, contact one of the members of our club Executive. Deb Flynn, Robin Sipe, Dale Bolt, Everitt Johnson, Tom and Connie Moroni, Mike Petersen and Rod and Sylvia Williams

Cal – Am has provided us with a new Sun Shade and we thank them for it! Remember to stay out of the Yellow Taped area surrounding the door to the Concession Stand.

We have asked Park Management to address a few housekeeping and safety items at the courts. First, that the bottom portion of the Chain-link fencing be secured better to prevent injuries. There have been instances where players have caught their feet under the fencing when playing an aggressive game and end up far off the court surface. We have also requested a Hose Reel to secure the water hose used to clean the courts so that it is not left on the court surface. The same applies to the Electrical cord for the Leaf Blower. Lastly, we have asked that the ditch next to the new block wall be filled in and levelled off.

Please remember to keep your bags hooked on the back of the Stands, and not on the court fencing.

As the courts get busier again after Christmas, we need to remember to only play 2 games in a row before leaving the courts and allowing other players access. Once the number of paddles waiting exceeds 8 and extends beyond the first Yellow Tape marker, change 4 players after EACH game. Once the number of paddles reaches the second Yellow Tape marker, all games are limited to 9 points and 4 players off. If you find you are going on the courts with the same 4 players feel free to move a couple of paddles around (with permission) but don’t try and cherry pick who you do and do not wish to play with.

Morning Open Play times are from 8 AM to 11 PM. No teams are to be requesting to play together during this period. Practice times are available for teams in the afternoons.

We are going to be having an In House tournament on February 23, 24 and 25th. There will be divisions for Ladies teams, Men’s teams and Mixed Teams on those 3 days. There will be a $5 fee to play in any division with all of these proceeds going to the Cancer Fundraising efforts here in Canyon Vistas. This tournament is open to Current Residents of the park only. The Snack Bar will be open during this event, and Cal Am will be providing Medals for our winners. Whether it is a Single or Double Elimination tournament will be determined by the number of entrants we end up with. Players will be assigned to Level play, much like Saturday Round Robins, but players over 75 years old will be allowed to ‘drop down’ a level if upon their request. There are plans to have a 50/50 draw with proceeds going to the Cancer Basket we hope to build for the Cancer Auction later in the season. Donations for this Pickleball Basket are welcome.

On Friday Feb 12th there will be a Softball/Pickleball challenge tournament as a Cancer Fundraiser. On the Following Friday there will be a chance at revenge, as there will be a Pickleball v/s Softball game on the ball field. Don’t bring a paddle to the Softball game. They don’t work well as a bat!

Tryouts for the Cal-Am Pickleball tournament at VDO begin January 16th. Times for the tryouts are posted on the White Board. The tournament will be held Feb 14-16th. John Alevi is going to organize a Referee training session for those willing to assist at the tournament. Please see John if you wish to volunteer.

December 2nd General Meeting