Playtime Scheduler

From Carol Amos

Recently, I shared  Playtime Scheduler with my twin sister – Kathy Getto  – who  helps  with Boise Area Pickleball Association. Kathy checked it out, loved it, and signed up as the Boise Idaho area administrator for Playtime Scheduler in the last week or so.  Already, Boise has 70+ registered and more are signing up and using Playtime Scheduler daily! I have also talked to Sacramento area players who use and rave about it, too.

I have signed up as the administrator for the greater Truckee Meadows area which currently includes two areas – Reno & Sparks as well as Carson Valley and Fallon. As the administrator, I have added all outdoor pickleball courts and all of the indoor facilities that I am aware of. If you want additional courts added, please email TMPC with the information.

The application also allows for invite only sessions if you want to set up private play dates. No more group texts bouncing all around cyberspace over and over again!

Please feel free to sign up and use Playtime Scheduler and share it with your friends. It is FREE and the more that use it the better it will work for all of us. Not limited to TMPC Members but we sure hope all of you support TMPC.

For step by step instructions on how to easily create your own account, please click here: http://truckeemeadowspickleballclub.org/playtime-scheduler/

Be sure to share this with your PB friends all across the greater Truckee Meadows area!  Reno, Sparks, Carson City, Gardnerville, and Fallon are all available. Please email TMPC to add more locations!

HELPFUL HINT: You can look at all the play scheduled through PlayTime Schedule in the Sacramento area by clicking on the word Demo just under the email address blank on the Player Log In page.

Fantastic Freaky Friday!

Too busy to do a head count and forgot to do a group picture, but Freaky Friday was a great way to start out this membership year Friday evening at Hidden Valley Courts! We guessed 50+ players came out on a gorgeous late summer night.

Good play, good fun, good food and good times.  Raffle tickets were given for each player that brought food, dressed freaky, or brought a friend. Gift certificates to Pickleball Central were given to four lucky ticket holders.

Board members did not draw the four tickets out of a bucket, but three board members did win a gift certificate.

 

 

 

Winners of the gift certificates: Tom Murtha, Netto Montoya, Paul Kocher, and Karen Wallis.

Thanks to all who came, played, visited and ate! Next events will be added to the Events page and we will keep you posted.

Freaky Friday Picture Gallery

Tuesday Tips – Split Step – Kind of Like Hopscotch

From gorgeous Incline Village, here is CJ Johnson with today’s Tuesday Tip. The split step is crucial and once you master it, you will notice that you aren’t hitting as many balls into the net as you move towards the kitchen.

“The fastest way to play better is to improve your pickleball footwork. The split step helps you move more efficiently on the court. Yet many players are don’t know how to use a split step. In today’s pickleball video we’ll cover the What, Why and When of the split step and give you a few drills to improve your groundstrokes and movement. Better footwork leads to pickleball consistency.”

Reno Senior Games – Always A Good Time

Local players and some not so local players came to play in one of the Truckee Meadows largest tournaments. The Reno Senior Games are held twice a year – winter and summer – and are a wonderful way to get great play in, meet new players, and support pickleball in our area.

Next Reno Senior Games tournament will be in February. Please play in these events to showcase our wonderful players and area!

Results from the competitive (3.5 and above) division are below.

 

Big thanks to all our players and special thanks to Joan Deputy and Alan Clark for running the Competitive Division and all their amazing volunteers! Job well done – again!

Results from the recreational division coming soon!

Got medals?

For those of you that enter tournaments (or have kids that bring home medals) and are fortunate to bring home some hardware, what do you do with them when you get home?

Wear them to work on Monday for show and tell?

 

 

Hang them in the closet or throw them in a drawer?

 

 

 

Use them for Christmas ornaments?

 

Here are some fun ideas!

 

Grab your old medals and make a wind chime!

 

And some more ideas including a fill as you win shadow box and using a rake to display your medals.

 

 

 

 

Pickleball Mom Helps Son with PTSD

Whether you have been playing one day or one year or fifty one years, pickleball has likely enhanced your life in many ways.

Kory and Lynne Kelly

A recent podcast on Pickleball Kitchen showcases Kory Kelly’s amazing journey through PTSD and back out into the world with some help from pickleball and pickleball friends.

Listen to Kory’s amazing story here:

https://pickleballkitchen.com/pkp-ep-55-w-kory-kelly-how-he-battles-ptsd-and-how-pickleball-has-changed-his-life/

Not a podcast listener? Check out this fabulous article by Jodi Pree in San Marcos Island’s Coastal Breeze News.

“Before pickleball, Kory Kelly served in the Air Force and CIA and had been living with PTSD for five years. He was only able to go to work and come directly home. One and a half years ago, Kory was introduced to pickleball by his 80-year-old mother and her church ladies. He quickly became hooked on the sport, and it gave him the opportunity to face his fears in a supportive, encouraging environment.

“What pickleball has done for me? It brought me out of my house. The people are the treasure of this sport! The game is great, but it’s the people. I now have friends all over the country. It has changed my life! It has returned me to my wife and family,” expresses Kory Kelly.”

Help Support More Courts in Truckee Meadows

Public input is needed for 2 different designs for Cyan Park in south Reno at 2121 Long Meadow Drive. Please take a minute to send a short email to City of Reno to support more courts!

The two designs for the park can be viewed here: Cyan Park Designs

 


There are two drawings on separate pages.
  • CONCEPT #1 – Four pickleball courts – Whoop whoop!
  • CONCEPT #2 – Two pickleball courts

People can email: renodirect@reno.gov attn: Jeff Mann – Parks Manager and please support CONCEPT #1 with 4 courts.

Final City of Reno approval will be in May with construction to begin in 2020. You can view a local news story about Cyan Park here. Please don’t try to go to the Open House. It was last Thursday, but you can still submit your input!

VOTE by emailing Jeff Mann – Parks Manager

Spice Up Your Warm Ups!

Think of how many different shots you use – or should use – during each and every pickleball game.

Dinks, drops, drives, volleys, blocks, lobs, overheads, and more.

 

Now, truth time here, how many times do you only dink for warm ups?

Well, Nicole Havlicek and Jordan Briones,  PrimeTime Pickleball, have the perfect warm up to get all your shots “primed” and ready for your next pickleball day.

Sure, you can warm up with 5 minutes of dinking. But why not actually practice a variety of shots? Variety is the spice of life!

Are you listening?

Just a fun post for today. How many of you listen to pickleball podcasts?

All are free to listen to at any time. To listen to podcasts on your phone or tablet, you will need to download an app. Yep, there’s an app for that! Actually, there are a lot of apps for podcasts. I am happy with PocketCasts but there are many others for androids and Apple products.

Links to the podcasts are listed below.  Check them out and then vote!

LINKS

Pickleball Show with Chris Allen

Pickleball Problems with Mark Renneson

The Pickleball 5.0 Podcast with Phil Ladden

The Pickleball Guru’s Podcast with Prem Carnot

Eddy and Webby – Beer, Tech and Pickleball

End The Summer With a Smile – The Pickleball Song

http://gregklinkel.com/musician/the-pickleball-song/

By Greg Klinkel

Thank you, Greg, for a great song and great laughs! Be sure to watch until the end. Pickleball peeps – all about good friends and good times!

I met up with some friends; we shared a glass of wine
They asked me what I do, how I spend my time
I told ’em ’bout my grandkids, and most of all
I really love pickleball!

I told ’em ’bout the paddle, I told ’em ’bout the ball
I told ’em ’bout the lob and how you’re not supposed to fall
The scoring seemed confusing, and they asked me again
“Where does the pickle fit in?”

Pickleball, the fun never ends
The kind of game that you play with friends
No one says they’re sorry, and when the game ends
You switch it up and start all over again

You start out nice and easy with an underhand serve
You have to be ready for a deep return
Then things can get crazy, and you play it as it comes
Volleyin’ and dinkin’ till you’re done

Pickleball, the fun never ends
The kind of game that you play with friends
No one says they’re sorry, and when the game ends
You switch it up and start all over again

Now I’m a PB addict, and I play every day
My waking life is ruled in a pickleball way
Please don’t tell my grandkids that most of all
I really love pickleball!

Pickleball, the fun never ends
The kind of game that you play with friends
Please don’t tell my grandkids that most of all
I really love pickleball!
I really love pickleball!
Really, really, really
Really, really, really
I really love pickleball!

Words & Music Copyright © 2017 by Gregory D. Klinkel. All Rights Reserved.