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October 30, 2021


Our very own pickleball referee, K.T., is back this week to answer a couple of rules questions submitted by our members. Keep those questions coming in to sequimpicklers@gmail.com. Be sure and put RULES QUESTION in the Subject line.

Also in this issue, you’ll find the latest update on indoor pickleball venues reopening in the area, which means we can continue playing our beloved sport throughout the fall and winter months.

Speaking of fall and winter, during this slow time, the Sequim Picklers Update will move from every week to once a month — or, “as-needed” for special announcements. The next issue will be Saturday, Nov. 13, the day before the Board of Directors meeting, and will feature a link to the agenda for that meeting.

Finally, we are embarking on a quest — to find a Sequim Pickler interested in representing our members in the Club and in the community as Interim Board President through July 2022. You don’t have to be Pickleball Pro to lead — just someone who wants to help the sport grow in Sequim and the Pacific Northwest. Find out what qualities we’re looking for in the article below. Until next time, Pickle On! Janice Drickey Director of Communications

 

“Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.” — ‘Billy’ Shakespeare Sequim Picklers is looking for a few good men… AND women interested in leading our Club as Interim President through July 31, 2022. If you love the game of pickleball, appreciate its health benefits, and enjoy the fun of socializing with players of all ages, here’s your chance to “pay it forward.”

So, what does the president of a pickleball club do?

  • Presides over the Board of Directors meetings, General Membership meetings, and Special Meetings

  • Calls meetings and appoints committees as needed

  • Represents the Club within the community

  • May vote on any motion, but it is recommended that he/she vote only as a tiebreaker

As important as these “official duties” may be, a true leader is someone who “inspire[s] others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more.” (Thank you, John Quincy Adams) You don’t have to be a 5.0 pickleball superstar to shine in this role. Think of yourself as an “Ambassador of Pickleball,” helping to:

  • Grow Sequim Picklers.

  • Build the Club’s brand.

  • Partner with the community in Sequim and the Olympic Peninsula.

  • Foster organized recreational and competitive play.

  • Ensure the continued development of all players in a friendly and sportsmanlike environment.

  • Build and provide a superior pickleball experience.

If you’ve ever headed up a group of any kind, or have been “waiting to be called,” please let us know by emailing Nominating Committee chairs Cheryl Tamblyn and Jan Tatom care of sequimpicklers@gmail.com. In the Subject line, put PREZ. Thank you.

 

Pickleball RULES! by Sequim Pickler Kathryn (“KT”) Thomas, Registered Trainer of Referees and USA-Pickleball District Ambassador for the Pacific Northwest Coast

Question: A teammate yells “Out!” just before a ball touches down, but the other teammate hits it back over the net. The opposing team misses it and says, “But I stopped playing because you called it out.” What happens next?

Answer: The ball was a live ball when it was returned, and play does not stop. The “out” call occurred before the ball hit the ground; therefore, no matter how loud the call may have been, it is considered advisory to the caller’s partner, and play continues. Play only becomes dead when the “Out!” call is made after the ball hits the ground. Section 6 of the 2021 Official Rulebook covers line calls. Specific to this question are 6.D.11 and 6.D.12.

Question: When you serve the ball and it barely catches the center line of the court, and the receiving side calls “wrong side,” are they correct, and the ball is dead, or is the serve good?

Answer: In essence, the receiver called the ball out. Whether the serving side agrees or not is irrelevant. In recreation play, if the receiver’s partner did not disagree with the call, the call is considered good, and must be played. However, note that Rule 6.B. says, “Except the serve, any ball in play that lands in the court or touches any court line is in.” But, since players in recreational play are responsible for calling their own lines, mistakes may be made. Rule 6.D.5. says “A player should not question an opponent’s call…” Unlike certain other faults, a line call is up to the side who received the ball. If the receivers disagree with each other, i.e., one calls it in, the other out, then it is in. If they choose to ask their opponents their opinion, then whatever the opponents say becomes the call. But if they do not ask, there is nothing that can be done, and the call stands. (In tournament play, the call may be challenged to the referee, who will then be the deciding factor.)

If you have questions about something that has happened on your court, or just a rule in general, send your question(s) to me, KT, care of sequimpicklers@gmail.com. In the Subject line of your email, put RULES QUESTION. I look forward to hearing from you!

 

Update on Indoor Pickleball Venues The Boys & Girls Club of Sequim, 400 W. Fir St., Sequim, WA 98382, 360.683.8095

  • Indoor Pickleball play for Sequim Picklers will open sometime in November (*SEE ABOVE SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT)

  • Four courts

  • Days and Times to be announced

Olympic Peninsula YMCA, 675 N. 5th Avenue, Suite 3A, Sequim, WA 98382, 360-477-4381

  • Players must be YMCA members (Select this link (https://www.olympicpeninsulaymca.org/jointhey) to join the Y)

  • One court, limited to 5 players each day

  • Masks required throughout the YMCA, including while playing

  • Reservations required (https://www.olympicpeninsulaymca.org/reservations)

  • Only YMCA members can reserve the court. If Y member invites non-member (age 20 and above) to join their 5-player group, non-member pays $15 Daily Use Rate

  • Players of similar ability play against each other:

+ Thursdays, 1-2:30 p.m., All Levels + Wednesdays, 1-2:30 p.m., Advanced players (3.5 and above) + Tuesdays, 1-2:30 p.m., Intermediate players (3.0) + Mondays, 1-2:30 p.m., Advanced players (3.5 and above) If you have questions and/or would like to join the group of Sequim Picklers already playing, contact Club members Lee Bowen (hleebowen@gmail.com or call 360.565.6502) or Gill Goodman (gillo@olypen.com or call 360.809.4093).

YMCA of Jefferson County (also known as Mountain View Commons), 1925 Blaine Street, Port Townsend, WA 98368, 360-385-5811

  • Two courts, limited to 12 players per session

+ Mondays 9-11 a.m. Open Play, All Levels/Beginners 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Intermediate/Advanced + Tuesdays 9-11 a.m. Advanced 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Intermediate/Advanced + Wednesdays 9-11 a.m. Intermediate/Advanced 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Open Play, All Levels/Beginners + Thursdays 9-11 a.m. Intermediate/Advanced 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Advanced + Fridays, 9-11 a.m. Open Play, All Levels 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Intermediate/Advanced

  • Reservations required (https://www.olympicpeninsulaymca.org/reservations)

  • Masks required throughout the YMCA, including while playing

  • A YMCA membership allows you to swim all day, play pickleball for up to 2 hours, and use any Y facility in the country.

  • Non-Y members have the option of purchasing a Mountain View Punch Pass. 20 punches per pass, each punch good for one 2-hour session of pickleball or swimming for the day. The Mountain View Punch Pass does not apply to any other Y activities or facilities.

Port Angeles Senior Center, 328 East 7th Street, Port Angeles, WA 98362, 360-457-7004

  • One court, open Monday-Friday

  • 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Open Play, all levels

  • Annual Membership (age 55 and older) $16 for PA residents, $25 for all others

  • Associate Membership (ages 45-55) $18 PA residents, $27 all others

Vern Burton Community Center, 308 E. 4th St., Port Angeles, WA 98362, 360-417-4523

  • Not available for pickleball in November due to several events going on at the Community Center.

  • Three courts. Number of players allowed in gym at one time still to be determined.

  • Vern Burton management is working with City of Port Angeles to figure out how re-opening of public spaces will work.

  • When Vern Burton does open for pickleball, reservations will be required.

  • Vern Burton will follow Clallam County Covid-19 guidelines.

  • Whatever group is ultimately responsible for pickleball play at Vern Burton will determine if there will be different levels of play, and what those might be.

 

REMINDERS TO ALL SEQUIM PICKLERS CLUB MEMBERS

1. If you are the last person — or Club member — on the courts, please remember to close and lock the shed. 2. If you have a new address, email address, or phone number, please contact Sue Felix (suefelix8@gmail.com) from Membership to keep your information updated.

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