The anti-rain dances worked, and we were blessed with a gorgeous day and spectacular dinking! Over 100 people participated in the challenge and I met some new players at our latest tournament, cannot wish for better than that!
Thank you to the players that stepped-up, last minute to cover for several players that were sick. Also, MANY thanks to Sherry Halphen and Ken Schneiderman who jumped in during the middle of the tournament to keep us going. Love the team work!
Of course, none of these tournaments would be such a great success without the volunteers that help. I could NOT do this without you! The wonderful court monitors and runners …. Gina Resch, Becky Nesta, Matt Halphen, Mary Lou Terlesky, Sally Grasso, Debbie Rezzolla, Kevin and Jannetje McManus, Rod and Sherry Baldwin, Tom Losk and anyone else I missed, several people jumped into help! Rod Baldwin and Bob Grueser for taping the kitchen lines.
Stan Burzacki, our maintenance man extraordinaire and tournament go to guy. He lugs ALL the stuff there and BACK to the shed on the south side. Stuck it out with me all day, that’s a task in itself!
And, my data girls, who talked me off the ledge several times during the day - Jenn Timpe and Colleen Rozeman, Ladies – you were awesome! Big thank you to Lisa Robinson for the embroidered towels she did for our silver medalists!
Now to what you all want to know, the winners of our Dink Challenge, some of the results were sooo close, and a point or two made the difference. Incredible competition amongst our players.
Until the next one!
There are two separate topics I want to update you on:
The recent change to the lottery rules by and large was accepted and understood by those participating — 75% of the players were not affected by this change. However after careful consideration the Board agreed to modify it’s rule change to the following:
Players may play in up to three different groups twice a week.
With this slight change, 90% of the players are not affected by the rule.
Updates to the procedures and rules are done to improve the management of the process, and to insure it continues to be fair to all those participating. The current changes were not the first, and likely will not be the last.
The club was recently informed by the Community Association of an existing rule that may affect the way you build your lottery group rosters: providing use of one’s Activity Card to another person (resident or guest) to allow access to a Sun City amenity is a $375 fine per the Community Association Rules.
In other words — “borrowed” CAM cards are strictly prohibited by the community and the pickleball club has been reminded of this.
Sub-committee for Court Utilization and Balance
I requested in our January Board meeting that a Sub-committee be formed to develop a proposal that provides a more balanced use of our courts that accommodates our club members and their various play structures — Lottery (permanent court reservations) Chelsea (manual court reservations) and Open Play.
The Sub-committee is made up of two board members and five club members representing a cross section of players representative of our structures of play.
What has come from their initial evaluation is a clear need for Club Rated Play, mixed, and gender specific as well as the need for more options of play in the evenings. Serious consideration is being given to 90 minute time slots during the primetime hours and 2 hour time slots during the afternoons. This change alone would streamline the rostering issues for lottery groups, and put everyone in compliance with the CAM card restrictions.
The sub-committee has been tasked with presenting their proposal for Board review at the February Board meeting.
Happy New Year, I wanted to let you know what's happening with the Pickleball Club as we go into 2024 and remind everyone of some of the Sun City rules that we need to abide with.
I've attached our club register so you can see the club's financial position. As described throughout last year, if we would like improvements to our courts we as a club are being asked to fund these changes. This has been requested of all clubs/groups in order to keep SCHH overall CAM fees at a minimum.
You'll see we have 99,244.13 in our main account with 65,000 being held in CD's for their favorable interest. We also have $8977.32 in the tournament account. We're expecting to spend $40,000 to replace the lights on courts 7-14 in the first quarter.
We currently have 1437 members with approximately 300 who have not renewed. An email will be sent directly to those 300 this week as we will be purging them from the roster and the listserv next week. If you do NOT receive a direct email from Cheryl Crouse, our membership director, your renewal is in place.
We actively update our club website with relevant information like the following.
When in doubt, check the website!! SCHHPICKLEBALLCLUB.COM
The club has a ball machine (and balls) that are available for individual use.
Upcoming lottery dates
(permanent court reservation that occurs twice per year)
Feb 7 Note to the club with the lottery rules link to the form to create your teams
Mar 6 Final date to submit a team
Mar 13 Reservation draw
Apr 29 Semester start
Oct 27 Semester end
Lottery rule change
Individual players will be limited to 2 lottery GROUPS. Groups are able to play 3 times per week. (please note: this has since changed per newer update news 1/28/24)
Based on past lotteries this accommodates the vast majority of players and addresses the #1 concern expressed during the survey last year
Lottery play is limited to club members. The lottery is considered a club event and as such should abide by the Sun City Clubs and Groups bylaws.
Guests are able to attend club events up to 3 times before being required to join the club. Non residents are not able to join the club.
Court utilization balance
As we move into 2024 we are looking to ensure we have a balance of play between permanent reservations, open play, and open reservations. Our goal is to ensure all club members are accommodated while adhering to the Sun City CA policies. We're also planning for the eventual arrival of the East Argent amenities. As of today there is no official answer as to what that will entail.
Sun City is a not for profit community organization. As such we must abide by specific tax regulations. Two specific rules are called out in the Community Schedule of fees. "Members are prohibited from profiting financially or by any other means using their Community Association membership for use of the Association facilities." and "Pickleball instruction on all Association property shall be taught by Sun City Hilton Head Community Association staff and/or community approved contractors only."
In order to be in compliance with these rules, we have created a club policy for those who would like to volunteer their time to provide training on the association facilities. The club will assign time to the trainer based on the policy which is available on the club website. Ultimately, any coaching that involves payment has to be approved by the CA or the Club.
Other items of interest...
See you on the courts
This is a reminder that the Sun City Hilton Head Pickleball Club will be holding our 9th Annual Low Country Pickleball Classic Tournament on Friday April 5 through Sunday April 7, 2024
Friday, April 5 – Women's Doubles 3.0 to 4.5+
Saturday, April 6 – Mixed Doubles 3.0 to 4.5+
Sunday, April 7 – Men's Doubles 3.0 to 4.5+
Registration opens on January 20 at 8:00 AM and will close on March 1 or when capacity is reached. Obtain a partner and register early to guarantee a spot. The entry fee is $60 for one event or $70 for two events. Payment is via PayPal which accepts credit cards.
Sun City Hilton Head Pickleball Club members as of January 20, 2024 will receive a $15 discount on the entry fee if you use Discount Code SCHHPBCLUB2024 when registering. Enter the code on the screen that has the total amount of the tournament and has the green "Go To Checkout" button. (Please do not give this code to non-members to use because they risk being dropped from the tournament without a refund if they use the code without being a member.)
The tournament is open to all Sun City Hilton Head residents, regardless of age, and all non-residents 35 and older.
Questions regarding the tournament should be directed to:
Doug Findlay 2024 LCPC Tournament Director.
More information is available at:
Military Adaptive Court Sports (MACS) is a veteran based non-profit organization founded in 2009 to help rehabilitate armed service members and veterans suffering from physical and mental injuries due to the negative effects of combat.
Funded by the VA, MACS originated in the sport of racquetball and shifted its primary focus during the pandemic to pickleball, including para-pickleball, leading clinics at VA centers across the country. MACS Pickleball Director is Gabe George, a Navy veteran and amputee who is featured in the Netflix documentary series “Heart of Invictus” leading the United States team in the Invictus Games competing in Archery and Swimming.
George is constantly on the road leading pickleball clinics for MACS and will be attending the Low Country Pickleball Classic at Sun City in April. Joining George will be MACS Executive Director Steven Harper, also a Navy veteran and a leading instructor in para-pickleball and other sports for MACS. George and Harper will host a MACS clinic and exhibition with veterans on Saturday during during the LowCountry Pickleball Classic.
For more information:
MACS Marketing Director, Steve Lerner 614-361-7162 or email@example.com
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Let's try this again!
Sign up for the rescheduled dink and drink on Friday January 26th from 3pm to approx. 6pm. We will have 3.0, 3.5 and 4.0+ divisions and prizes galore!
There will also be a volley board, and the woman and man than can do the most consecutive volleys will also win a prize.
More details closer to the date, but sign up early to reserve your spot. Any questions please contact Jacquie Hart at firstname.lastname@example.org.