Monday, April 3, 2023.
Note: Paragraphs 1-3 are for those of you who are already home, in transit, or departing Silveridge in the next day or two. Paragraphs 1-6 are for those of you who are staying through most of April or beyond (or just curious).
- Another successful and event-filled season is coming to an end. THANK YOU, everyone, for your contributions. I hope you will be back again next season. Until then, I wish you safe travels and a summer of good health.
- Barry Halpenny and I met with management today to discuss the conversion of the nearest tennis court. Resurfacing is scheduled to occur in late June or early July. Four (4) additional courts, running north and south, will be ready for play by mid-September if not sooner.
- The Executive Committee will be meeting often during the off-season to construct a 2023-24 schedule that optimizes the additional court space. There will undoubtedly be some hiccups as we move forward, but rest assured there will be more time for both social and competitive play, more time for clinics and practicing, and some new events. If you wish to make a suggestion, feel free to call or email me or anyone else on the Executive Committee.
- Speaking of hiccups, that is what we had this morning. Over 50 people showed up for All-Play (that may have been a record). Meanwhile, the 4.0 group had spread the word to come play at their typical 10 a.m. Monday round-robin time slot. Needless to say, when twenty 4.0 players added their paddles to the already overburdened paddle racks many All-Play participants rightly felt rebuffed. Had the 4.0 group gathered at 11:40 a.m. or 1:20 p.m. there wouldn't have been such a car-crash, but the problem should have been foreseen. I apologize for what occurred.
- Since Sign-Up Genius is no longer available for reserving courts, here is how we'll proceed effective immediately (If this schedule doesn't prove workable, a new schedule will be posted at the courts):
- All-Play - will occur until 11:00 a.m. every day. Participants must use the paddle rack, but if 4 people wish to play together they can cluster all of their paddles together on either the winner's paddle rack or the loser's paddle rack.
- Ladies' Night (Monday's at 6 PM) - The two northerly courts (#1 and #2) will be reserved for women. The ladies may use Court 3 and/or Court 4 as long as no other players wish to use them. The ladies shall use the paddle rack system to determine teammates.
- At all other times - Residents are free to arrange their own games on a first come basis. However, if all four courts are in use, players may only play two consecutive games after which they must wait their turn for the next available court to open (at which time they again may play no more than two consecutive games).
- Practicing - Practice sessions must end after twenty minutes if all four courts are in use and others are waiting to play. If you practice for twenty minutes and then wish to play you must clear the court and await your turn if others are waiting for a court.
I will print out and place a copy of this info on the sandwich board by the courts.
- PRESIDENT'S CUP - Last year's super fun competition will be held again this year:
- Tuesday, April 11th at 6:30 PM: for anyone currently a 1.0 - 3.0 player;
- Wednesday, April 12th at 6:30 PM for anyone currently a 3.25 - 4.0 player.
- We will again use a "King of the Hill" format consisting of 8 games 8 minutes in length with two minutes rest between games. The winning team on Court 1 will then play the winning team from Court 2 in a 15-point championship match. Winners are awarded a prestigious coffee mug to place on their fireplace mantel or, if nothing else, to sip their morning coffee from!
As Bug's Bunny would always say, That's All Folks!
P.S. Tip of the day..................
Pickleball commentator Adam Stone recently asked the “GOAT” of pickleball—pro Ben Johns—if he thinks that a hard and low rip from the midcourt (also known as the transition area, which is the area between the baseline and Kitchen line of the pickleball court) is as good as a soft drop shot from the midcourt. Johns answered very directly, “It is a great strategy if you want to lose.” - from The Pickler magazine
President’s Cup: Sign-up sheets will be posted courtside starting Tuesday April 4th. Twenty may sign up for each tournament, but only the first 16 are guaranteed a spot. Those who sign up as number 17-20 will be alternates. -Mike
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