PTPC High School Courts “Soft” Reopen
Good news, PTPC members! As of Monday, Feb. 1, we will be able to resume play on 2 of the 4 courts at the Port Townsend High School. When playing we need to follow these guidelines:
Thanks for your help and enjoy your pickleball!
Director of Court Operations
A MESSAGE FROM OUR PRESIDENT
I’m glad to see more sunshine and warmer weather this last week to hopefully mark that we have rounded a corner on winter. I know we still have all of February to contend with but at least everyday brings more light with a few more minutes to play pickleball.
Last month some of our members sent questions to the PTPC board. Thank you for sending your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org At our board meeting on Jan.12th, we discussed your questions.
Here are answers to your questions:
● Why haven’t we been able to play on the high school courts?
The high school courts were closed down due to a recommendation to the high school from Dr. Locke. Dr. Locke felt that since the high school and all school activities were closed, then the tennis/pickleball courts should also be closed. As soon as the high school reopens, the board will work to get permission to use the high school court again.
● Why don’t we have expanded hours at MV?
Look on Playtime Scheduler: the hours have been expanded to sessions from 9-11, 11-1, 1-3, and 3-5. (Thank our VP Patti Rowdabaugh for administering PlaytimeScheduler.)
● Can we put the Courthouse Court on the Playtime Scheduler?
Since players rarely use the Courthouse court, the board decided that it wasn’t necessary to add the court to the scheduler.
● Can we paint new lines at the Courthouse court?
Jefferson County Parks and Rec is going to resurface the courthouse court sometime in 2021 to become 2 new pickleball-only courts. Since the new courts are coming soon, the Board decided not to repaint the lines.
● Are we going to play at the YMCA this winter?
The board will remain in communication with the CEO of the YMCA to allow us to play pickleball in the Y. Due to the lockdown, the YMCA hasn’t filled the sport’s coordinator position that is necessary to run our program. Now that the lockdown is being partially lifted for indoor sporting activities, we will pursue getting the Y to open for pickleball. In the meantime, the Board has been in communication with the Port Townsend City Manager, John Mauro. He has been very supportive of PTPC and has encouraged his Parks and Rec. employees to assist our club in whatever way that they can to help get us back into the YMCA.
When you see Jim Dow, (our new Court Operations Director), thank him for hanging and securing the squeegee at MV. Also, thank Kim Anderson for all the time and creative energy that she puts into the newsletter every month.
Pickleball tip for the month- Stay patient until you are 100% sure that you can finish the point.
That’s the news for now.
Interview with Pro Pickleball Player "Lindsey Newman"
USAPA 2019 Nationals
(Photo sent in by Lindsey)
A "PNW" Pacific Northwest native from Whidbey Island and an all-time
Pro Pickleball player, "Lindsey Newman" is recognized for playing mixed doubles with her brother Riley. The two are known for their defensive backhanded shots and Ernes. Read the interview here.
As we move up in pickleball, we will experience a quicker, faster-paced game. Our goal is to be able to respond back quickly without popping the ball up and out. Here are a few tips from Pro Pickleball Player Simone Jardim and Coach Phil Metz. Click here.
Have you ever came across a pickleball player who can really rip that ball across the net? You're thinking to yourself, "Whoa, Nelly, where do you get that strength?" Adding resistance training to your workout will help strengthen you for pickleball. It helps to give you better balance and control and protects you from injuries. In this video the instructor uses resistance bands which I personally love; they are light and perfect for traveling. You just throw them in your bag when you're boarding a plane or road tripping. Click here for a introduction to resistance training.
Meet Kathryn Thomas
District Ambassador for the Olympic Peninsula and PNW Coast
(Photo sent in by Kathryn w/ the family dog Jack)
Pickleball, for Kathryn, was a natural progression from tennis and beach volleyball, her two favorite outdoor sports. After realizing tennis was no longer feasible due to shoulder problems, she switched to badminton. One day it was announced that there would be a pickleball clinic, and like most people just 8 years ago, Kathryn said, What's pickleball?
The minute Kathryn held a paddle, she knew pickleball was the game for her, and the end of badminton. They had only one pb venue in the county at that time, with six temporary courts, 35 minutes away.
Kathryn was invited to become a USAPA ambassador for Morro Bay in 2013, and then district ambassador for the CA central coast, covering Santa Barbara to Monterey. This voluntary position required speaking at numerous city council, school board, and recreation department meetings. She and her husband, Robert, led the charge to get courts into Morro Bay, getting approval and raising enough money for permanent courts. They visited over 50 pb venues in CA, AZ, and FL, researching court lay-outs, surfaces, and fencing. Within 5 years, San Luis Obispo County went from having one permanent venue to 13, with half of those having 4-8 permanent courts at each, and from one Ambassador to ten.
Robert and Kathryn became registered pickleball referees and taught numerous classes in refereeing from 2015-18. Robert also voluntarily taught beginner clinics to some 600 potential players, several who have gone on to become top tier players or USAPA ambassadors in their own towns.
Kathryn grew up in Palm Springs, CA, quit high school at 16 with the goal of playing pro golf, then moved to San Diego. She lived in San Diego for 26 years, during which she also taught at San Diego State University and was chair of their Intercollegiate Athletic Authority.
In the early 1990s, Robert retired as a Navy pilot. The two of them were running a joint SDSU/SD Zoo environmental program on the Miskito Coast in Honduras when they decided to move to Maine, where he taught high school and she was a forensic psychologist for 18 years, specializing in homicide, pedophilia, and terrorism cases. In 2012, they moved back to the CA central coast, and six years later came to Port Townsend. Kathryn was then invited to be the District Ambassador for the Pacific Northwest in 2018.
With Robert, Kathryn has three step kids and 8 grandchildren and their dog Jack. Both their passions are animals, travel, and the arts.They are not playing as much pickleball as they used to, but still count it as a favorite activity.
Click here to read the 2021 USAPA Pickleball rules
If you have any questions regarding the new USAPA 2021 Rule Book, please email Kathryn at email@example.com.
Too cute not to share this photo of Kathryn's dog Jack swimming with the dolphins. Jack is a trained service dog. He provides hearing assistance for Kathryn's husband Robert. Kathryn says, "You should see Jack on the pickleball courts when Robert's phone rings: he leaps up, runs around smelling legs, looking for his dad to let him know his phone is ringing." That Jack is something else, I wonder what else this adorable little guy can do.
It's not to late to sign up for the Pickleball Mania Tournament in Kirkland WA. Click here for details.
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