Carolina Coastal Pickleball Club
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A BIG thank you to everyone that donated to Help4kids during our Christmas drive. We delivered over 5 plus, LARGE packing boxes full of clothes and toys! You all have made some children very happy today!
See card attached received from Help4Kids.
Help4Kids Christmas Thank You.pdf
I just wanted to give you a quick update for the year end with some exciting news.
First, we have posted registration opening for our Cabin Fever Round Robin which will be held in the Myrtle Beach Sports Center on March 16-18. There will be Onix Clinics on Mon 3/16 and Round Robin on Tues/Wed 3/17 & 18. This new event is listed on our web site calendar of events.
Second, we will be posting the registration for the Waccamaw Sports Classic games for April 10 & 11 which will be held at Midway Park on 19th Ave.
We will need volunteers for both of these events and you can volunteer on the Pickleball Brackets web site. Look for the black button labeled VOLUNTEERS.
Also, we will be using Pickleball Brackets for these smaller tournaments and Round Robins. This will make registering and running these much easier. In addition to the normal volunteers, we are looking for folks that would be interested in organizing and running these events. This would encompass using the software to setup the event, the brackets, player registration, printing scoresheets and entering scores. We feel there is a lot of interest in these events and we want to continue them, but we need volunteers to help organize and run them.
If you are interested, please let me know personally.
The Board of Directors attempts to make your membership worth keeping up with. We keep everyone posted about Pickleball updates in the area whether it be new venues, closings, round robins, tournaments, etc.. We attempt to have one event each month for members to get out and see each other outside of the courts. We believe that if you take advantage of some of these, it would make the $10 membership worth it. The club reduced the cost of the Christmas party $25 for each member who attended.
We would like to announce another benefit for being a club member. Starting in January, all club members will be covered for a supplemental Medical Accident insurance policy with coverage of $10,000. This would be if you are injured playing pickleball in one of our known venues in the area. This of course would kick in only after your own medical policy but could help cover any out of pocket expenses you may incur. This is a per claim amount. This member benefit is available to all members at no additional cost.
Hope you all have a Great Christmas, and Holiday Season.
After a year of planning, we held the USAPA Mid-Atlantic Regional tournament last weekend at the Myrtle Beach Sports Center. The event was a huge success! We had an 25% increase of participants over last year. Our final number was 520 players. This means we had about 300 matches per day, all with referees. I heard many players tell us that this is one of the best tournaments they have been to.
We had the first ever USAPA Regional with wheelchair division including two events; Doubles and Singles. I will say that the wheelchair participants were thrilled to compete in such an event. There have been wheelchair demonstrations before but not events that counted. Our Gold Medal winners qualified for pre-registration for the 2020 Nationals just like all the other events.
A huge thanks to many folks to help make this happen. We had a Tournament Core Team that met over the past year to plan the event; Sharon MacKenzie - USAPA Mid-Atlantic Regional DIrector; Laura Paterson - USAPA Secretary and Referee Coordinator; Michele Boswell - Player Gifts; Kristen Meyer - Managing Picleballtournaments.com; Sue Miller - Club Secretary; Scott Jobes - Sponsors; Michele Smith - Vendor/Food Trucks; Emily Taylor - Club VP; Jeff Haynes - Club Treasurer and myself.
There were other key folks that contributed a lot during the year. Steve Boswell - Court layout/taping; Audrey Connery - Raffle/Door prizes; Terri Loving - Volunteer coordinator/social.
And when the time came to run the event, we had over 50 volunteers step up and help us setup the venue and run the event all three days. It takes a lot of these folks to make an event this big to be successful. A HUGE THANKS TO ALL!
It was announced that the 2020 Mid-Atlantic Regional will be in Virginia Beach on Sept 17-20. This is only so the USAPA can move the Mid-Atlantic around the region some. There is a big chance it may be back here in two years. But this does not mean we will not hold a tournament next year. I think we will but it may be a bit smaller and may not be sanctioned which would eliminate the need to have referees for all matches. We are beginning to discuss this and more info would coming out soon. Hopefully, we can make an announcement at the club Christmas party being held on Dec 5th at the Greek Orthodox Church.
We have posted a link on our club web site to view the pictures from the tournament. You can go the the web site ccpickleball.org
Pepper Geddings - Open Play Pickleball starts back on Wednesday, August 21, 2019; Beginner Pickleball starts back on Tuesday, September 3, 2019
Mon, Wed, & Friday 9:00-Noon - Open Play (Recommended Intermediate to Advance)
Tuesday & Thursday 8:00-10:00 - Beginners (Begins on Tuesday, September 3rd)
Tuesday & Thursday 10:00-1:00 - Open Play (Recommended Beginner to Intermediate)
Friday 12:00-3:00 - Advanced Play (Begins on Friday, August 23rd)
Surfside Beach United Methodist Church
Great time at New Directions' Compassion through Fashion charity event. I issued a challenge to members that if we had a team put together an entry, I'd walk the runway. Lead Designer Joey Browning and her team; Betty Street, Sue Miller, Michele Smith, and Terri Loving put in a lot of work and did a fantastic job. I needed a two beers and a couple of tequila shots but was able to do my part. We didn't win any awards but got many compliments. Another great example of members volunteering to help out. Thanks Ladies!
You can see the pictures and video here.
Over the last two days, we held the 2019 Waccamaw Senior Classic Pickleball event at Midway Park. I think it was a big success again. We had 67 players attend between Thursday and Friday. The weather was questionable on Friday but we were able to complete both days by 1pm.
A HUGE thanks to all that helped put this together: Frank Cooper, Emily Taylor were both helping before and during the tournament. Frank, Scott and Steve had the courts taped on Weds afternoon. We had many volunteers help set up and tear down each day, Emily, Audrey, Robin, Betty worked the check-in and score table. We asked for volunteers for court monitors and FX, Robin, Tom, Betty, Sherry and Stephanie did a great job of keeping the matches running.
As you can see, it takes a lot of work to pull these events off and we always need volunteers. We urge you to volunteer for our events so we are not just relying on the same people all the time. As members taking advantage of our events, you will meet more people and we hope enjoy it more.
You can see the final results by going to the Pickleball Brackets web site and look for the results. Click Here
We have posted on our web site, links to pictures and a couple of videos created by Hank Disselkamp. Great job, Hank.
One last note, there are two upcoming local tournaments to consider playing in.
May 31 - June 1 - Rena Grant "Pickleball with a Purpose" Tournament at Pepper Geddings. MIxed Doubles
June 7 & 8 - Fitness Summer Kickoff tournament at Kingston Plantation. Men's & Women's Doubles, Mixed Doubles.
The Board of Directors (BOD) received a request from member George Moustakis through the Community Outreach Committee to consider some financial support to Help4Kids. The Board approved the request, and donation was made from Cabin Fever Tournament proceeds.
On Thursday, April 12, 2019, the Club donated $1,000. Attached is the picture of the George, Terri Loving, and Emily Taylor-Vice President giving Barb Mains at Help4Kids the check for $1,000.00. These funds will help with the supply of new clothing & shoes to schools as requested for children in need.
If anyone would like to request the Club to donate to another local charity, please complete the attached Form and submit to Terri, Chair of the Community Outreach Committee, email@example.com. All requests will be reviewd by the Board of Directors for approval. This form will also be added to the BOD & Committees website page under Community Service/Outreach Committee.
Carolina Coastal Pickleball Request for Charitable Donation.pdf
We held the 2019 Cabin Fever Tournament at the MB Sports Center this past Monday and Tuesday. We had 134 players attend and it was a great success. We ran a couple hours last on Monday because we tried games to 21 which really killed the original schedule. We adjusted Tuesday and everything went well.
Congratulations to all the winners! Pictures from the tournament can be seen HERE
Just before the holidays, several club members got together to tour the 3 New Direction shelters in Myrtle Beach. We visited the family, men’s, and the women’s shelters. We met several of the shelter administrators and their knowledge and dedication was evident.
I found it to be a very informative visit. Food is donated from many different grocery stores. Food was made available to homeless street folks each evening, in addition to residents. Transportation is important and so bikes are made available at the men’s shelter and repairs are also performed there. New showers are needed for the men’s shelter and our group speculated on painting the Family shelter hallways.
Kathy Jenkins, the executive director, has taken the action item to send us a list of volunteer needs and a contact name & number, which we will forward to all club members. Hopefully you’ll find a niche that you would be interested in spending some time on.
Kathy and her team are happy to conduct tours, so folks can become familiar with their organization and it’s workings. If you are interested in having a tour, please contact Kathy at 843-945-4902 or via email, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Training Committee is planning to provide training for all members. This will be done as beginner training as well as organized event such as drills with and without the ball machine recently purchased. These types of training events will be free. If there are any other MBPC members interested in providing training for free or professionally, please send Lisa Bair or me an email.
The Training Committee will also coordinate with professional trainers for advanced training. These will have a cost associated with them which will differ based upon the trainer. The club does not pay for these training events nor receive any money from them.
There are two local pickleball trainers that have contacted the club to offer their services to club members; Kristen Meyers and Vicki Kelly. Kristen is a member of the MBPC and one of the top women players in the area. Vicki plays at North Myrtle Beach and has PPR certification. Attached are brochures from both for your review. If you are interested in knowing more, please contact them directly.
The Committee has coordinated with Vicki Kelly to come to South Strand on Wednesday, January 30 at 11:30-12:30 to provide an overview of the training she can provide as listed in the brochure. This will be discussion only, no pickleball play. We have verified that we can meet in the South Strand gym at the back. Due to the space, we will limit the overview to 20 players. We will be sending out an event email separately, so anyone interested in attending the overview can register.
The committee will work with Kristen to setup a similar overview session as well.