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Updated by Jackie Gilligan  November 7, 2018     (pickleballscoops@gmail.com)

From the Pickleball Community

Arvada pickleball players won the Golden Tennis Shoe Award for the largest team at the Arvada Ralston House .5k  Endurance Challenge. Seventy-one generous people registered with the Picklebll Group.  A big thanks to all of you! The funds raised at the race today will help abused kids and their families. Pickle peeps are the best!  Look for the golden shoe at the outdoor courts.



2016 Ralston House .5K

Arvada Pickleball Players

From Chris Beal




November News  

 Hello Everyone,  


Some things never change but the weather in Colorado does NOT fit in that category because it is ALWAYS changing- especially right after you have contacted 15 of your favorite pickleball friends to meet you at the outdoor courts.  I personally think that Colorado players are generally more versatile type players than our friends who play in those "warm, dry places" - I mean seriously, we can make instant adjustments to 30 mile an hour winds by aiming 45* to our left for the ball to land in the opponents right hand court, we have no problem holding on the paddle with our fleece mittens, the small pile of leaves that momentarily hides the ball is not an issue and orange balls do not get lost in that white stuff on the court.  And lastly, we know how to play outdoors AND indoors !!!!


Some very fun events happening this month that you might want to check out.  

OPEN HOUSE - Gold Crown Field House - 150 S. Harlan St, Lakewood, Nov. 14th - 10am - 12 - free pickleball, food, doughnuts, coffee, raffle prizes, giveaways and fun!!  I hope you will stop in and show your support.  Dillon is very eager include pickleball at Gold Crown and will provide as many courts as needed.  Right now the drop in times are M/W/F AND THE FACILITY IS HUGE - nothing else is scheduled in the gym pickleball.  I am sure Dillion would love your input/suggestions.


Golden Recreation Center has added two more drop in times in addition to the M/W/F 7 - 9 am time slot.  The new drop in times: Tuesday afternoon 3 - 5 pm  and Saturdays 4:30 - 6:30  - great news since we have very few Saturday time slots in the Metro area and especially because not all of "us" like to start playing quite that early!!!


NO WAITING AT ST. CHARLES REC CENTER - 3 INDOOR COURTS - drop in times are Monday - Friday 11 - 3 pm and Saturday 11:30 - 2 (maybe 4:00) - here is another Saturday option!!!  Why sit and wait at busy courts - get your group of BFFs and hustle over to St. Charles - 3777 Lafayette St - 720-865-2190 - Casey Howahr is the director there and is a very good player herself - she often helps with the tourneys Denver Parks and Rec runs and does know how to provide players with a good place to play.


The Denver Metro Pickleball Association will be hosting a  fun social at Meadow Creek Racquet Club - 6302 W. 6th Ave - on Nov 30th from 4:30 - 8:30 on 6 courts.  This event is free to DMPA members and you must be a member to attend.  If you are not a member, you can join by going to the DMPA website:  http://www.denvermetropickleball.co/ - only $28.  Registration is required for the social so that they will know how many courts will be needed for the various levels of play.  See the website for more info. or email Jan Campbell - jcamp321@comcast.net.  

 

Next Month:

Denver Parks and Rec HOLIDAY PICKLEBALL BLAST Tournament - Dec. 11th - this will be held at Sourthwest Rec Center - 9200 W. Saratoga Pl, Denver (really close to Kipling and Quincy) - two divisions:  intermediate and advanced in women's doubles, men's doubles and mixed doubles.  The schedule allows you to play in both w/m doubles and mixed doubles (must be at the same level). Entries are limited - so sign up right now to secure your spot !!!!- entry fee is $35 ($25 if 65+)  for each player.  First place prizes are paddles !!!!  Format is pool play with a playoff bracket for the championship in each division.  Register at any Denver recreation center or on line at:  https://apm.activecommunities.com/denver.  Any questions contact Ben Rodriguez - Benjamin.rodriguez@denvergov.org


In the past, I have suggested/encouraged you to check out Pickleballchannel.org for great tips, videos, coverage of tournaments, etc and I still would encourage you to do that and now.....thanks to Don Simmons, I am also suggesting/encouraging you to check out PrimeTimePickleball.org.  Don was absolutely correct when he told me that this was a great site with wonderful videos.   Most players know that drilling is critical to improving your play but...incorrect drilling only reinforces poor technique.  One of the points/suggestions Primetime makes is to have someone take your phone and video your play for 30 seconds, then you can look at your motion/skil/technique and compare it to one of their videos which shows correct technique and you can watch it in slow motion.  I think you will enjoy this site - thanks Don!


One more "suggestion" - over the holidays, you might want to give a call to the facility where you are planning to play and check to be sure that times, days and court availability have not be changed.






Chris' Corner


As I write this month's newsletter, many of our Colorado friends are playing, have played or are waiting to play at the USAPA National Tourney in Indian Wells, CA - I have looked at some of the results and am delighted to see that many Colorado players are bringing home a medal.  Who says you have to have warm, dry weather year round to keep top level players happy???


Also a big congrats to all the folks who played at the Huntsman World Senior Games last month in St. George, UT.    


 If you have fellow players/friends who would like to receive this newsletter, please forward it to them as I can not add anymore names at this time or my cost doubles - thanks!