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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Tournament Stuff for YOU!

Are you readddddy to rummmmmble? The big news is....it's our very 1st Annual Bend Pickleball Tournament, starting this Friday, August 3 and running through Sunday, August 5 at Juniper Park in Bend.

We promise to have an exciting weekend for all,  with perfect weather and excellent play.

If you are a participant, there will be open play and practice on the tournament courts on Thursday afternoon 3-6 pm at Juniper Park in Bend. Afterwards meet us for a no-host meet and greet get together at Versante Pizza at 1085 SE 3rd Street, from 6:30-8:30pm. If you are in town early, please come by and meet your fellow players.

All referees, meet at Juniper Park at 3:30 for a brief meeting.

Friday, August 3, will be Men's Doubles, check-in time for Skill Levels 3.0-4.0 will beginat 8:00am with play to start at 8:30am.

Check-in time for Skill Levels 4.5-5.0 will begin at 8:45am with play to start at 9:15am. Courts will be available for warm-up. A total of 21 teams will compete in 3 brackets.

Saturday, August 4, will be Women's Doubles, check-in time for Skill Levels 2.5-4.0
will begin at 8:00 am, play to start at 8:30am. Check-in time for Skill Levels 4.5-5.0 will
begin at 8:45 am with play to start at 9:15am. Courts will be available for warm-up.
A total of 20 teams will compete in 4 brackets.

Sunday, August 5, will be Mixed Doubles. Bear with us today, lots of teams and tight
schedules. Check-in time for Skill Levels 3.0-4.0 will begin at 7:30am with play to start
at 8:00am. Check-in time for Skill Levels 4.5-5.0 will begin at 9:30am, with play to start
at 10:00am. A total of 36 teams will compete in four brackets.

Lunch will be available EACH DAY. Remember, you will get ONE lunch ticket as part of your entry fee. Lunch tickets will be provided at check-in.You may use that ticket for lunch any day. Please feel free to buy lunch for $5 any other day - order early as the "extra" lunches will . Lunch will use a different caterer each day. Unfortunately, no vegan offerings are available this year - but wait 'til next year!

Brackets will be posted at http://www.pickleballtournaments.com/. Keep in mind that brackets may change between now and actual play time Although some brackets have been combined, medals will be awarded to each skill level.

Tournament location is at Juniper Park, at the intersection of 7th and Franklin. Parking
is available there or at the entrance to the park on 5th Street near Hawthorne St.

Rolls and fruit will be available for breakfast. Lunch will be available each day, with one
complimentary lunch per player.

Consider bringing a chair as there is no seating available at the park. Make sure to put
your name on the chair so you can identify it later.

Nice, friendly, non-barking-during matches-type dogs are welcome!

If you haven't yet volunteered to help, please do so when you arrive. We try to use folks for short, defined periods...so nobody gets "stuck.

Whether you are a spectator, a player, or just like to hang around really terrific sporting events, thank you for your participation in our tournament and for helping to make it a
successful event.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Several Things

First, my apologies that I did not post a list of Bend Pickleball Club winners in the recent Thousand Trails tournament beyond the first day. I know that several other teams and individuals from the club DID win medals...I can think of Bruce, Les, Mike and Corey, Dennis and Sue among others...but I have not yet seen the official list from Dee Turner and will send out the complete list as soon as I see it. Congrats to all of you, good going, and you made us all proud!

1.  Open Play, all levels, continues this week at Summit High School both Tuesday and Thursday from 9 - 11 AM. We aren't sure about Saturday (it's being negotiated) and our contract does run out with Summit after the end of August anyway due to kids coming back (and them not wanting us there with kids on campus). So we are looking at other options and will advise you about that soon. Of course play continues as usual at the Senior Center as well.

2.  The Club Meeting is this coming Thursday evening, at the Senior Center, from 6-8 PM. This is election night...we have at least three candidates who will be presented; one for Treasurer (Christie Gestvag), one for VP (Les Scott), and one for Secretary (Ann Reynolds). If you have other candidates you wish to present, there is still time; please email back to this email with your candidate, which office they would run for for a two-year term, and what their qualifications might be. The only real requirement is that they KNOW they are being put forth as a candidate. We still need a candidate for President to replace me (A.J.). I will continue for awhile if there is no candidate brought forward. The board would like the President to be a full-time resident so if you have a candidate who is full-time in Bend, please advise.

3.  There will be informatin at the General Meeting about the work of the site selection committee which has been working hard to identify the location where we will attempt to build at least eight courts in the relatively near future, depending on funding and other variables. Please come and contribute your comments re the results of the commiottee which will be presented then.

4.  AND....congrats to all on their great play and participation at Thousand Trails this last week...that was a great tournament, and I was proud of all of you who played and noticed how well you all did. Way to go to Dee Turner for her best tournament so far there, and way to go to all of you who helped, played or cheered!

blessings....

aj

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

So far, so GREAT!

The 6th Pickleball Mania is in full swing at Thousand Trails in SunRiver. The very painful resurfacing of the two old rats of tennis courts was very successfully accomplished, turning a most mediocre tennis facility into a most modern pickleball haven with eight excellent courts. Registration was way up to almost 100 participants and so far everyone seems to be having a great time. Bend Pickleball has comported itself very well thus far having had many winners through end of day Tuesday with more surely to come. As of Tuesday, which completed the men's and women's singles and men's and women's doubles, we had the following club members win medals...(I apologize if I missed anybody here!)...

Jamie Filiei and Viki Perkett  won Bronze in Intermediate Womens Doubles
Karen Fellows and Susie Dougan won Silver in Intermediate Womens Doubles
Jeannne Branin  won Gold in Intermediate Womens Doubles

Irene Fraties won Bronze in Advanced Womens Doubles
Ann Reynolds won Silver in Advanced Womens Doubles

Dennis Branin won Silver in Intermediate Mens Doubles
Les Scott and Bruce Schafer won Gold in Intermediate in Mens Doubles
Lee Moore won Bronze in Advanced in Mens Doubles

Congratulations and we have hopes of even more wins in the Mixed events to be held Wednesday and Thursday!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Quail Park No, Thousand Trails YES!

Quail Park will be closed this Friday and Saturday July 19&20 to crack seal the parking lot as well as all of the asphalt surfaces. But Wednesday and Thursday you could play there, OR, EVEN BETTER, you could come to Thousand Trails in SunRiver and root your favorite Bend Pickleball Club mixed teams on to victory! We've been doing VERY well there....many medals, excellent play all around...we're proud of all the folks who have played there from our club...you've made the tournament for us!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Open Play Cancelled July 17 and July 19

Due to a lack of volunteers to handle setup while so many are gone to the Thousand Trails tournament in SunRiver, open play at Summit High School is cancelled for two dates; Tuesday, July 17 and Thursday, July 19. Open play will resume at Summit High School on Saturday, July 21, from 9 AM to 11 AM as usual.

Remember to come to SunRiver and support your club's players! Go Bend Pickleball!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Change in Schedule, July 10 and 12

Due to unforeseen circumstances, play this Tuesday, July 10 and Thursday, July 12, will be held at  Mountain View High School, located at 2755 NE 27th St, in Bend.  Scheduled play time will remain the same, 9:00am-11:00am. Come early to help set up nets and for warm up play. 

Regularly scheduled play will resume at Summit High School on Saturday, July 14.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

About the Tournament Raffle.....

(Editor's Note: The following is an important message to all club members regarding the upcoming raffle which will be held during the First Annual Bend Pickleball Tournament August 3-5, 2012. It is from Roger Fellows, Raffle Chairman)

Fellow Members:

It is not unusual to see raffles at Pickleball Tournaments.  In fact, clubs use this fund raising strategy to raise monies for club operations or capital projects. Typically club members are asked to seek out donated items from local business. This has not been a popular task from the club members' perspective. To simplify the process we are asking club members to donate either a decent bottle of Oregon wine, or a six-pack of micro-brew beer from one of our local breweries, along with a pilsner glass from the same brewery. We are looking for a total of 18 raffle items, which will consist of 9 bottles of wine and 9 six-packs/pilsner glass, 6 items for each day. These items can be delivered to our next club meeting, scheduled for July 26. If you prefer, you can donate $10-$15 and we will do the shopping for you. Please label your donations with your name, so you we can recognize your donation at the raffle desk.

In addition, we are looking for 3 volunteers per day to assist with the raffle during the tournament. You can work one day, two days, or all three days. This will include setting up the table, setting up the raffle items, selling the raffle tickets, and drawing for the winners. The raffle will run from 7:30am to 1:00 pm each day. This is an easy and fun task. Believe me, it is a simple process to sell tickets for the chance to win a bottle of fine wine, or local beer. Bring a friend along to help out, and enjoy the day.
Please reply to bendpickleballclub@hotmail.com  as soon as possible if you would like to make a donation to support your club, and/or you are able to assist with the raffle during the tournament. 
Thank you,

 
Roger Fellows
Raffle Chairman