In addition to welcoming new members, we wanted to send a few updates before the regular monthly newsletter for February.
Gate Usage: Please be gentle with the gates! Slamming them shut has a potential to damage or make them harder to close. When entering the courts, gently close the door behind you. When exiting the court lift the lever UP rather than down or jiggling.
The new member-only, guest and gate code policy has been in effect for two weeks. Reminder that the gate code is not to be shared with non-members. While we plan to enforce all the new policies, please be mindful that prospective members might show up at the courts without knowing the new policy. Without turning them away, please ask their intentions. If drop-in, politely tell them that’s no longer an option and explain where to find membership info online. If they are coming to see about joining the club and want to play, offer to host them as a guest with all the required paperwork. In any case, remember you are representing the Club and courtesy goes a long way.
Next Saturday and Sunday are the Intermediate and Advanced Tournaments. Everyone wanting to observe is welcome, but please be aware there is limited bench seating. You may bring your own chairs although all may not fit on the courts as we cannot encroach on the games. We will accommodate as best we can. Play begins at 9:30, medal rounds will be around noon give or take. Reminder there will also be sticker pick up.
There is a new accident form with the first aid supplies on the west and east courts that should be filled out if there is first aid provided to anyone at the courts.
Due to very long wait list, we have added a second orientation for February 26, it will be the last of the season, so if anyone knows someone who is interested, have them check the website for registration.
There is an unusually high number of balls disappearing from the club, not accounted for in the number of broken balls left in the baskets at the courts. Reminder that the balls are not for members to take away from our courts for play elsewhere.
Round Robins have started for all 3 skill levels. Please be at the courts 15 minutes before your group’s scheduled start time to sign in for that day.
You may have already noticed that the bus lane in front of the West court has been painted red and notates Fire Lane. This has no impact on our member parking rules, it was done to reinforce the times already in place for No Parking.
We want to take a minute to reflect back and address the current environment surrounding Covid in our FHPC community.
On March 24, 2020, when we closed the courts, the future was an unknown. On May 1, we had the approval to reopen within the guidelines as of May 4. Without a mechanism in place to accommodate those guidelines, we worked very hard and fast (another nod to Jack Franz for his invaluable assistance) to put a scheduling system in place. This allowed us to operate safely to ensure no shutdown. Every member that played did so within the rules at that time; masked and socially distant when off court, personally sanitizing after games. We asked people to stay home if sick. Not a requirement, but if they let us know we would anonymously advise groups of infections. Thankfully, at the time, there was only one and it was not a serious case. Most important everyone was respectful of each other.
On June 1, the Town updated the guidelines. We expanded to 20 per court (West) 16 (East) without a scheduling system. Given it was summer, we were able to maintain those levels again without a shutdown. Mid-summer the outdoor numbers increased to 50 and through the end of the year we operated business as usual.
The 2 new courts were completed during this time, which helped us increase participation.
Then came January 2021, it was cooler, and cases were increasing. We did NOT take any restrictive measures, but asked members to consider masking and social distance while waiting to rotate in.
We did cancel/reschedule events during this whole time and were happy to be able to reinstate these for the 2021-2022 season.
Fast forward to December 2021. While the Club was able to fend off infection much of the year, Omicron has hit Maricopa pretty hard and fast. Our FHPC community is a vulnerable one. We’ve had many members report in with infection, again most mild and quick recoveries. While there is NO intention to restrict play, we want to ask once again - if you are sick, please stay home. Before you come back to play, please be sure you are no longer infectious. And consider masking and social distance while off court.
And most of all, please be respectful of your fellow members.
Thanks – everyone stay safe and well.
The Board of Directors
We hope you all had a nice December! Hard to believe we’re about to ring in a new year. With that comes many exciting things for the Pickleball Club.
As we continue to grow, the Board has made the decision to formalize our Non-Profit status that will provide several key benefits. One is enhanced liability for the Board and the Membership. A basic caveat is that everything we do going forward is Member-only or to increase membership; this means we are eliminating the option of drop-in and public play. This will allow us to offer additional member court time and keep the courts more protected. We are also implementing a policy for members to host guests. It is a requirement that the guest is accompanied by a member and the member is responsible for the guest’s behavior at the courts. A specific waiver is required for EVERY guest visit. We will monitor activity and make changes to the policy if and as necessary. Another new item is an Incident Reporting Process, forms will be available at the court and online.
So…you all may have wondered what the gate lock was all about – this is it. As of Monday, January 3, the gate code will no longer be public. You will receive a separate email this Sunday with a new website password and the link to the gate code. There will be signage at the court reflecting Members Only and the website address where non-members can go to register/join. PLEASE make sure you do not share the gate code with anyone.
A couple of points related to closing the courts:
Something members have been asking for quite some time is the ability to pay fees, etc. with a credit card. We’re happy to announce that very soon that option will be available. Details coming soon. This option is only going to be available on the website, i.e., not on the forms at the courts.
January’s schedule is chock full of events including the Advanced, Intermediate and Beginner Round Robin play, Intermediate and Beginner Clinics, and Advanced & Intermediate Tournaments. On Sundays in January the only scheduled play is the Beginner Round Robin and the Advanced tournament; everything else is Member Open Play. We will begin looking at other scheduled Sunday play beginning in February. The At-A-Glance schedule is available online.
FHPC Tournament weekend is January 22 – 23. Calling Advanced players for January 23, minimum of 10 teams required or event will be cancelled. Registration closes January 9.
Other tournaments are happening across the valley, some in which our members are participating. Please visit us on Facebook at Pickleball in Fountain Hills AZ for winner announcements!
Web pages related to all above changes will take effect January 3.
Questions submitted via Contact Us on the website will be addressed in a timely manner. Before posting your question, please review the website in the specific area of your concern.
If you need to make a change to your profile (change of address, email, mobile, skill, birthday) please visit here Member Profile Update.
See below for January birthdays.
Thank you all for making (calendar) 2021 a banner and safe year for the club. We wish you all a healthy, happy and safe New Year!
See you at the Courts!
The Advisory Board
Sajan Bajracharya 01
Stephanie Hoffman 01
Steve Morrison 03
Joe Gregory 05
Dave Hicks 06
Lou Palley 06
Emily Nelson 07
Trevor Wolfe 07
Mike Madden 08
Whitney Pearce 08
Steve Rohde 10
Ron Zirkin 10
Greg Boese 12
Terri Cagala 14
Peter Danielsen 14
Donna Hackman 15
Scott Maly 18
Dan Mehlhorn 18
Hidemi Phillips 18
Kris Schack 18
Ted Ennis 19
Steve Fogel 19
Claire Lyon 19
Jim Haase 20
Barbara Dompe 24
Cheryl Egan 24
Bill Franta 24
Bill McKee 24
Maryann O’Connor 24
Vicky Nagel 27
Eddie Deltoro 30
Gloria Smith 30
Paul Mantz 31
Hello members –
Hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving and just like that – it’s December!
Thanks to everyone that participated in the Food and Toy Drive. Extended Hands and Toys for Tots were very grateful for our contributions. We also ran the last Orientation of 2021, lots of interest in Pickleball! This was a big group, many of whom have joined the club. The Beginner group is growing! Check out pictures of both in the Photo Gallery here Photo Gallery .
Membership is up from this time last year including 100+ new members. The courts are busy, crowded during skill level times. We truly appreciate everyone’s consideration including shortening games, if necessary, to accommodate all players. And as the weather continues to cool, get your groups together and take advantage of the Member Open time slots.
There is only one change to the December schedule; Monday and Friday, Start to 10:00 East is all Intermediate.
The courts gates temporary lock code is 12345. This will change in January, you will be notified in a member email.
If you haven’t picked up the sticker for your paddle, please find Jim Chase at the West courts Monday-Wednesday-Friday mornings.
All the member events we identified last month are starting in January. Detail information for Jim Valleskey’s Intermediate and Beginner clinics is available here: Member Beginner Clinic , Member Intermediate Clinic .
Registration for Round Robins and Clinics will be available tomorrow.
The Intermediate Round Robin is Tuesday 2:00-4:00pm, beginning January 11. The Advanced Round Robin is Thursday 2:00-4:00pm, beginning January 6. Initial registration is online $10 per participant. The weekly follow up will be managed by Diane Newcomb & Terri Cagala (INT), Bill Beaupre and Debra McAdam (ADV). Details and registration here. Round Robin Registration
Lou Rhodes will be organizing the Beginner Round Robin. We will reach out to the Beginner members to describe the format and encourage the group to participate. Tentatively we plan to start in January on Sundays, stay tuned!
The dates for the Club Tournaments are Intermediate, Saturday, January 22 and Advanced Sunday January 23. Registration website will be open the week of December 13. As announced the format is pick-your-partner mixed doubles. Entry fee is $10 per person. We’re hoping to have a great turnout for both, so go grab a partner! Also note, after Lou gets the Beginners going in the Round Robin we hope to offer a Beginners tournament in the spring!
See below for the December birthdays!
See you at the Courts!
The Advisory Board
Roger Kendall 1
Ben Kennedy 1
Govind Batte 2
Jim Miller 3
Megan Parr 4
Libby Martens 6
Beth Feldman 7
Mark Lomen 7
Zane Balzarini 8
Len Bowes 9
Cindy Greenberg 9
Katy Koenig 9
Karen Nelson 10
Gary Bleier 11
Ruth Miller 12
Sandi Shoup 13
Kerry Hays 14
Donna Tarro 14
Jay Ganske 15
Karen Parrish 15
Pam Stack 15
Nancy Fox 17
Randy Hurwitz 17
Marilyn Robertson 17
Peter Pennell 18
Dee McClure 19
Duane Hurst 20
Maryann Ford 21
Robert Gianguzzi 21
Alan Albright 24
Mike Moore 25
Diane Nigri 25
Diane Severson 25
Pat Willigrod 28
Anne Strauss 30
Hello members –
As you know we published the November schedule early so you could plan your play accordingly. Jim Valleskey’s clinics are starting tomorrow; they are full except for one Beginner slot on Mondays. Please reply if you’re interested.
If you haven’t picked up the sticker for your paddle, please find Jim or Terri C. at the West courts Monday-Wednesday-Friday mornings. We will have stickers available on Saturday morning, November 13.
Also on Saturday, November 13 we will be hosting the annual Food and Toy Drive benefiting FH Extended Food Bank and Toys for Tots. Flyer with details is attached and will be posted at the courts. Drop off will be from 7:30am until 10:00am at West courts.
After this month’s Orientation on 11/13 the next one will be February, no December, no January. We will evaluate the frequency going forward.
Now for the fun stuff! Round Robins and Tournaments return in January and another round of Jim V’s clinics. As previously, Intermediate Round Robin will be Tuesday afternoons, Advanced will be Thursday afternoons. We are also going to offer a Beginner’s Round Robin, dates TBD. Last season we had planned to host both Intermediate and Advanced Tournaments but canceled out of an abundance of caution. We are going to host these in January. We are changing the format to pick-your-partner mixed doubles. This is something members have asked for and ensures we’ll have the same number of men and women. We will have full details and registration open for all the events in December.
See below for the November birthdays!
See you at the Courts!
The Advisory Board
Tia Cottey 11 4
Mickey Keilman 11 4
Lisa Albright 11 5
David Willigrod 11 7
Maria Chase 11 9
Cherie Pepiot 11 11
Juanita Rinaldi 11 11
Jim Margerum 11 13
Mark Ohlhaver 11 14
Roger Cram 11 16
Laura Crane 11 16
Linda Hurst 11 22
Greg Woo 11 22
Matthew Boik 11 26
Sue Bottiggi 11 26
Faye Holdren 11 28
Jill Gregory 11 30
Rose Hanford 11 30
Thank you to those that have paid your membership dues. You will soon receive a separate email with member-only information. As you noticed, we asked for birth month and day to provide members a way to wish each other a Happy Birthday. We will send the month’s birthday list with the monthly schedule. Please see below for September and October birthdays, since we just started this, Happy Belated to the September members!!
On Monday October 4 and Tuesday October 5, there is sticker pickup at West courts from 6:30 – 9:00 AM.
For those of you that have not yet paid you dues, here is the link to Join Now. You can also stop by 10/4 or 10/5 with your dues and pick up your sticker at the same time.
The October court schedule has several changes, please review for skill level play. Please view At-A-Glance schedule here: Court Schedule
Important note: when playing in scheduled times please play in only one specific skill level. Example, if you play Intermediate on Monday, you can't switch to play Advanced on Tuesday. We are trying to ensure everyone has an opportunity to play and minimize long wait times. As we move into cooler temps and people return from “back home” we will continue to tweak the schedule as we monitor play.
We are happy to announce the return of Jim Valleskey’s Clinics and Lessons. New this season is there are both Intermediate and Beginner Clinics. They are going to be held starting in November twice a week on Mondays and Wednesdays to accommodate as many as possible; 8 participants in Intermediate, 4 participants for Beginners. Details and registration for the clinics will be provided mid-October. Lessons will start October 15, details here: JV Lesson Flyer
Joe Walters 3
Lori Coates 4
Arlen Savitt 13
Layne Prezel 16
Bill Pape 17
Carolyn Boik 21
Dale Posthumus 24
Dave Coates 28
Cathy Christian 30
Mary Edman 2
Maryanne Ricketts 2
Bob Cagala 3
Holly Deem 4
John Kapinos 5
Steve Smith 5
Randy Paulsen 8
Susan Schoen 8
Ellen Tappero 8
Judy Frenzen 10
Gail Pape 11
Rick Rickley 12
Jill Cunningham 13
Jeff Hatleberg 14
Cindy Mikulecky 15
Bryan Segedi 18
Grete Carlson 19
Amy Franz 22
Jim Chase 29
Jim Langham 29
Hello and welcome to the 2021-2022 Season!
It's a good time to try something NEW, we hope you enjoy the web version of the newsletter. There is a lot of information here, make sure you scroll all the way through so you don't miss anything!!
The summer weather has been a combination of hot and wet! That hasn't stopped the local members from filling the courts early mornings. And many are taking advantage of evening play. We are also encouraging members to keep their distance with the recent increase in COVID cases here. See below for the September schedule.
We held two small special events, one in November to honor the lenders who made the court expansion possible; this was in lieu of a big grand opening during COVID. The second was this past May to honor the three new inductees to the FHPC Hall of Fame. We will have formal recognition at the 2022 Spring Fling. And in June, we presented the FHUSD with a $500 donation. Pictures below.
We finished up last season with record membership: 500+ including returning, new, lifetime and one-time-special summer memberships. The Annual Summary report will be published this month. Membership and Fall Orientation are open, details below.
We have a lot of events planned for this season, especially some we had to cancel or postpone last season. Specific dates for all are not finalized yet, there will be separate communications to provide enough timing for registration, etc.
One new event is Return to Recess sponsored by Fountain Hills Community Services. It is a weekly program for FH kids 8-14. Details below.
Other events include Annual Food and Toy Drive, JV's Clinics, Advanced and Intermediate Round Robins and Tournaments. Jim V will also continue member lessons. Details on these events will be forthcoming in future correspondence.
AND the return of Spring Fling! Save the date Saturday, March 26, 2022!! Details coming soon.
School has been in session for a few weeks and as a reminder, please review parking restrictions for both west and east courts Link below.
We placed a second paver order which will be installed shortly. We will place another when we have a number of orders to fulfill a minimum. Place your order below.
Make sure to visit the Pro Shop to order a club shirt and for recent additions by our member vendors! All purchases include a portion of the sale goes to the Club!
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See you at the courts! ---Jan
2021-2022 Membership is now Open
The easiest and preferred way to renew or join is to use the website form which provides a check box for accepting the Annual Waiver. There will still be forms for download online or at the courts.
Please note we have a selection for rating. This is either self rated or via USA Pickleball (formerly USAPA). The goal of gathering this information is to provide a balanced schedule for all skill levels.
We added Birthday Month-Day (no Years, lol) to recognize members in monthly newsletters. We hope you use this as a way of meeting other members.
This summer we "piloted" membership identification in the form of a label for (your) paddle. The intention was for members to avoid being asked if they are members when they are not familiar to others. It also provided a way to ask people to pay the drop-in without offending members. As you renew/join you will receive a label with details for placement. See the example below.
We're kicking off Orientation in September as there are many full time residents looking to learn the game. Because it is expected to be warm still, for September 11th, start time is 9:00am. The remaining sessions will be the normal 10:00am start time.
Please pass along this link Orientation to anyone you know that would like to learn the game. This is by far, the best, quickest way to get up to speed on Pickleball. The first hour or so is all about rules, etiquette, shots and safety -- and fun! Then there is actual play with a coach for each court. Once registered, Diane will reach out ahead of the session with all the details necessary to prepare for the session.
PLEASE pay attention to the equipment boxes. When the last players leave the courts, follow the procedure to ensure they are closed and locked.
The Club has purchased two plastic benches which will be put out as more members arrive for the season. Weed killer has been applied to the areas surrounding the West courts, this will be done to East courts during September.
The cost of pickleballs has risen significantly due to tariffs, the club will continue to supply as a benefit of membership. We do though ask that a ball is not discarded if it is playable with just a minor crack.
Please continue to use the Lost and Found bins by placing any found items in these bins. Note: everything remaining in the boxes at the courts at the end of the season was cleaned and donated.
The current posted schedule is through September 30. We will have a new schedule for October taking into account cooler weather and returning members. We will also use the information gathered via membership re: ratings to balance throughout the season.
Please access the website for the most up-to-date schedule. Tip-if you weren't aware, the schedule (and the whole website) is available on all mobile platforms!!
Go to the Court Schedules for the most current daily-weekly-monthly schedule.
Download the At-A-Glance schedules for a quick overview.
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