Lake Havasu Courts
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Places and Times to Play Pball
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We are going to have round robin play every Thursday at DSP at 1:30pm until the end of March, weather permitting.
Please contact David Rossing each week to pre-register for the RR. He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
LADIES: A Pickleball ladies only lunch gathering, no host, will be held at Mudsharks Brewing on Swanson Ave, this coming March 20th at 12:15 pm. Social time and order lunch off the menu. Go and have fun!
1. Introduce yourself to your partner and opponents before play starts.
2. Compliment all players on great shots and volleys.
3. Opponents call your shots in or out. You may disagree but it’s their call. Get over it.
4. Tap paddles after each game, say ‘thanks’ or ‘great game,’ keep it positive.
5. Gently toss, roll or lob the ball to the next server so he/she doesn’t have to chase after it.
6. Banter is part of the fun, especially if you know the other players. Be sensitive with unknown players.
1. Does your partner ignore basic strategy, make same mistakes repeatedly, and so on? Suck it up! Remain positive. It’s just a game and it only lasts a few minutes.
2. Want to play a certain style, stacking for instance? Ask your partner if it’s okay. Don’t dictate. Nobody elected you team captain did they?
3. Unsolicited coaching and advice is irritating. Zip it!
4. Tap paddles between serves. It feels good, builds team spirit.
1. Never tell someone they’re not good enough to play on a particular court or at a particular venue. It’s terrible sportsmanship.
2. Everyone prefers playing at or near their own skill level and getting a good workout but that’s not always doable. See number 4 under Court Usage.
3. Help beginners improve. Ask if they’d like you to coach them when you play together. Tell them about training and strategy info on national and local websites.
1. 4 off/4 on is the standard when all courts are in use and players are waiting.
2. Challenge courts are okay when no one’s waiting. Winners split up and play a second game, losers cycle out. Winners of first game cycle out after game two.
3. Never place you paddle ahead of others already in the queue.
4. Want to play with certain people? Place your paddles together at the end of the queue and have others skip past you until you’re the next foursome.
5. Monitor your paddle in the queue and be ready to play when the time comes.
6. Put your name on your paddle so if you’re distracted, your name can be called when it’s your turn. It’s a smart thing to do anyway, keeps paddles from getting lost or adopted.
By CHELSEA CURTIS TODAY’S NEWS-HERALD
People from Havasu, Bullhead City and even San Diego gathered to participate in a new athletic tournament.
The Lake Havasu City Pickleball Association hosted its inaugural tournament at Dick Samp Park over the weekend, bringing together a total of 96 players for men’s doubles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles matches at the new courts.
“Everything went very smoothly and everyone was very supportive,” said Suzanne Wheeler, tournament director.
The association organized the event as a way to raise money for seating, sunshades and windscreens at the new courts that opened a week before its ribbon cutting ceremony on March 1, during which City Council members were present, said David Rossing, president of the association.
“The courts are absolutely perfect, the surface is so easy to play on; it couldn’t be better,” said Wheeler, a three-year LHCPA member.
The tournament was open to public participation, with costs of $20 for LHCPA members and $25 for non-members.
“It’s part of our fundraising efforts to improve the courts,” said Rossing.
Pickleball is played on a badminton-sized court during which a ball – similar to a whiffle ball – must bounce once on the floor before a volley is allowed, explained Rossing. The first side to score 11 points and is leading by two points wins the match, and the first to win two of three matches wins, he added.
“It appeals to the older set because we don’t have to run as far and it’s pretty easy to play, but it’s always growing in youth sports as well,” said Rossing, a four-year pickleball athlete.
Almost all photos taken by Eric Swiech.
Metal winners are below. You can see the large selection of photo’s by following the links(s) below.
Friday, March 3, Men’s doubles
Gold – John Hill and Rich Zacharias
Silver – Mark Braatz and Doug Strosnider
Bronze – Gary Cyr and Jerry Moen
Gold – Scott Fanning and Garth Torwalt
Silver – Doug Carr and Eric Swiech
Bronze – Dean Koskela and Bob Gresham
Gold – Tom Morrison and David Alexander
Silver – Charles Essex and Bob Vorhees
Bronze – Mike Christensen and Greg Howard
Saturday, March 4, Women’s doubles
Gold – Linda Daigan and Cindy Dultz
Silver – Debi Hill and Peggy Williams
Bronze – Pat Killoch and Carol Zahourek
Gold – Liz Eiland and Wanda Strosnider
Silver – Karen Bravo and Belinda Carlson
Bronze – Kathy Covert and Cindy Fedie
Gold – Clara Dykema and Karin Sobotta
Silver – Robin Feasel and Polly Grimshaw
Bronze – Linda Brokaw and Shanna Williamson
Sunday, March 5, Mixed doubles
Gold – Debi Hill and John Hill
Silver – Peggy Williams and Richard Zacharias
Bronze – Linda Daigan and John Sinclair
Gold – Wanda Strosnider and Lance Roberts
Silver – Kathy Covert and Greg Howard
Bronze – Clara Dykema and Dean Koskela
Gold – Shanna Williamson and Tom Morrison
Silver – Linda Brokaw and Jack Blankenbaker
Bronze – Karin Sobotta and Mike Christensen
Bronze – Men’s doubles 4.0 19-59 Michael Christensen with Ted Drake (Tucson)
Silver – Men’s 4.0 singles 60+ Michael Christensen (ribbon should be red-picked wrong one for photo)
Bronze – Mixed doubles 4.0 50-59 Michael Christensen with Linda Brokaw (Linda had to leave early and couldn’t make picture)
4.0 in woman’s doubles bronze
Shanna Williamson and Polly Bruins
4.0 mixed Michael Christensen
Paul Targosz and Larry Apker
4.5 mens silver
Gold: Andy Hanlon and Jack Blankenbaker
Silver: Paul Ives and Rich Schildknecht
Bronze: Shanna Williamson and Polly Grimshaw
Gold: Belinda Carlson and Dar Sabey
Silver: Kathy Covert and Kathy Day
Bronze: Clara Dykema and John Coleman
Great games. Great play. Congratulations🍾
Here are links to videos of the individual games:
Courtesy of Coach David Alexander:
Dar & Belinda vs Kathy x 2 Gold Medal Match 1 of 3 plus winners ceremony
Kathy & Clara vs Al & Rose (Day 1) Lake Havasu Pickleball Assoc. Round Robin Tournament
Frank (83 yrs.) & Paul vs Chase & Red (Day 1) Lake Havasu Pickleball Assoc. Round Robin Tournament
Kathy & Sandy vs Belinda & Gary (Day 1) Lake Havasu Pickleball Assoc. Round Robin Tournament
Red & Jack vs Scott & Paul (Day 1) Lake Havasu Pickleball Assoc. Round Robin Tournament
It is that time of year when we start the election of officers process for our board of director positions:
Positions open this year are Vice President, Secretary, and Member at large. This is a 2 year term.
Candidates interested in serving on the board must self nominate and indicate your interest in a specific position. This nomination needs to be sent to Ann Will (email@example.com) no later than Dec 10, 2016.
Ann and her elections committee will put candidate information together and submit to the board of directors by the 15th of December. Ann’s committee will conduct the election of officers at the annual meeting which will occur in January of 2017.
Additionally, we have need for new chair-people for the Membership committee and for the Competition/education committee. If you are interested in serving as one of these chair-people or simply wish to be on one of these two committees, please let me know.
The Membership Committee mission is to organize and process member information. To review and recommend a dues structure to the board.
The Competition/education Committee mission is to organize both USAPA sanctioned and non-sanctioned competitive events and to organize and develop clinics and training opportunities for both Association members and nonmembers.
David Rossing, President