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.
On Thursday night, Dec 6th 2018, the Myrtle Beach Pickleball Club held it's annual Christmas party the Doubletree Resort by Hilton in Myrtle Beach. This party also served as the closing of the year long planning and execution of the 2018 USAPA Mid-Atlantic Regional Pickleball Tournament. This tournament was host by the club and held in Oct at the Myrtle Beach Sports Center.
The tournament ended up being the largest single tournament in the history of South Carolina with 400 participants. The post tournament feedback was overwhelmingly positive and was rated 4.5 out of 5 in a post tournament survey.
As a result of the tournament, the club was able to make a donation of $20,000 to New Directions, the homeless charity in Myrtle Beach servicing men, women, families and veterans.
We hosted the USAPA Mid-Atlantic Regional tournament this past weekend at the Myrtle Beach Sports Center. From all accounts, it was a huge success. We have 393 registered players for the weekend. The tournament ran smoothly and we finished every day between 6 and 7pm.
There were 11 vendors in our vendor area and all were happy with the sales they had and number of people visiting their booths. We had food trucks there on Sat.
There were a number of top 5.0 players attending and everyone seemed to have a good time. Almost all of the feedback was very positive and everyone I asked said they would come back.
Kudo's go to all of the volunteers who helped make this event a success. We had a great Tournament Committee who worked for the past 10 months planning the tournament. We will be giving the proceeds of our efforts to our charity, New Directions, at our Christmas Party on Dec 6th.