Club Emails

ABQ Pickleball Club periodically sends out email communications to keep our pickleball community informed of upcoming events and other pertinent information. Check here to see what emails have gone out!


11/15/2019

Hello ABQ Pickleball Club Member!
Are you interested in volunteering for Club activities or being on the Executive Team for 2020?

1) ELECTION/Self-Nomination for Executive Team:
It’s that time again for elections for the Executive Team for the club. We are seeking nominations for the offices of President, VP, Treasurer and Secretary and At Large Position. If you are interested in participating in one of these PRESTIGIOUS positions, please self-nominate yourself. We are collecting names and need submissions by November 30th.
Your Executive Team is responsible for many things like finding insurance coverage for the club, working with City of Abq Senior Affairs and NM Games officials for tournament partnerships. Working with the City on finding venues in schools and community centers for pickleball playing. Working with school principals or representatives. Tournament preparations for our own pickleball club activities. Our club By-Law changes and additions. Maintaining our non-profit status as a club. Communications through our website. Purchasing equipment or replacing equipment as needed. Ordering the porta-potties. Keeping the AED machine and first aid kits available. The list goes on and on. Are you interested??

This is more of the official stuff – the Executive Team also plans socials, mini tourneys, scrambles, ladders; maintains all the club supplies and AV equipment; reports attendance numbers to the city and senior affairs; follows up on the monthly cleaning report. Again, there is more – just too much to list here. Again, are you interested??  If you still have questions about the Executive Team duties contact me, Gary, John, Nancy or Karen.
Please submit your name via SignUpGenius by November 30th.
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2) YOU/ Volunteering:
Now that the official items are said, We/ABQ Pickleball Club are asking for your help. We are just too big to do all the many things that are required and are just getting burnt out. The Executive Team needs volunteers to help and advise on many activities. This club, your club, is large and has enough talent, passion and skills to share.  If you do not want to do the administrative stuff listed above but want to contribute in some way, now is the time. There will not be meetings you have to attend unless you want to. We just need fresh eyes, new ideas and participation from you, who are all members of OUR club.
Taking President Kennedy’s words…Ask not what your club can do for you but what you can do for your club!!

Here is what we were thinking…

  • Are you a member who likes to give back to the community and maybe wants to lead a tourney for the roadrunner foodbank?
  • Are you a member who loves Facebook and would like to be our Facebook manager?
  • Do you like pickleball training? (beginners/advanced)
  • Do you like social events and want to lead a couple of those a year?
  • Maybe we need a Manzano Mesa committee.
  • How about a west side pickleball coordinator?
  • Maybe you know the rules and want to be referee or be on the ref committee?
  • Tournaments committee – plan food, refs, desk help, etc.
  • Welcome committee on Saturdays for new faces that come in.
  • Do you like going to places to get marketing and donations (like restaurants or sporting goods stores) for our club events?
  • Would you like to help us with members who have passed and collect the info so they can be added to our website on tab Court 19?
  • Do you like leagues and have other ideas like that?
  • Do you like singles and want to coordinate training and play dates?
  • Are you interested in helping the treasurer with budgets or planning donations on behalf of the club?
  • Or just have ideas that we have not thought of?

Are you getting my drift? Please sign up in SignUpGenius listing your interest and we will get back to you. If we don’t have members contributing in some way this upcoming year, your officers will be strained and more ineffective because they are doing too much.

Can we get you to jump in as an advisor/coordinator of something or join/lead a committee etc., etc.?? No contribution is too small or too big.

THIS IS YOUR CLUB and it NEEDS YOU!

Thanks for your time, and we can’t wait to be bombarded with help!

Sign Up!

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11/12/2019

This past weekend a Red Gearbox paddle was left at the Manzano Mesa pickleball courts.  It was stuck in the fence (as though waiting to get on a court)  ..If you picked it up or know who did please contact Doris at dkcorrales@gmail.com.

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10/19/2019

Hello ABQ Pickleball,

I am sharing some information I received regarding some NEW permanent courts being planned for. The person heading this up is asking for our support. Please read the attached letter. Please respond directly to Jeremy Dyche. We want to show support and show Bernalillo County that we WANT MORE courts. He is hoping for lots of names from many players. There also is a meeting planned with County Parks and Rec on 10/24 that you are welcome to attend. Thanks for taking the time to read this and again reply to Jeremy directly.

Jeremy will also have a poster up so you can sign the support sheet at this weekend’s tourney if that’s more convenient. Jeremy will be on hand Sunday at 8am if you have any questions.

Ways to Show Support
•Form Link: https://abqsupport.formstack.com/forms/pickleball
•Email info@JDTA.net
•Attend the County Parks & Recreation Meeting on 10/24/19 6pm at the Presbyterian Church off Paseo & Eubank

See at the Meet and Compete tourney thru Sunday.
Joyce Paulsen
ABQ Pickleball President
USAPA Ambassador Albuquerque

Abq Pickleball Club - 2

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10/16/2019

Compete and Meet Schedule

As usual, please bring fluids and food for yourself and, if you can, food for the players and volunteers.  If you are scheduled for a later match, come early and ref some of the matches. Or stay after you have played and help referee.  If you are not playing, please referee if you can.  Especially Sunday, we are trying to get everyone started at 8 AM to avoid the forecasted afternoon winds.  Refs are greatly needed and appreciated.  If you can help, please email Nancy Lesicka (nlesicka@gmail.com).

Start times are as follows:
Friday, Oct 18th (Singles):  Check-in at 12:30PM and start time at 1PM for all singles players.
Saturday, Oct 19th (Doubles):  Most players should check-in at 7:30AM and plan to start at 8AM EXCEPT FOR: Women’s 2.0, 2.5, 3.0 who check-in at 10AM with a start time of 10:30AM and Women’s 3.5 who check-in at 10:30AM and start at 11AM.
Sunday, Oct 20th (Mixed Doubles): All Mixed doubles check-in at 7:30AM and start at 8AM.

As we have done in past Fall tournaments, the format will be Round Robin.

Scramble Tournament

Thanks for all who attended the scramble ladder on October 13th.  There were 44 players, and a lot of close matches.  Ten games were played with the point differences between the gold, silver and bronze medals frequently under five points.

Honored during the tournament was Cee Kaye Nation, now retired Principal of Roosevelt Middle School, for all the support she has given in terms of places to play and hold tournaments.  In appreciation, she received from ABQ Pickleball and local players a signed Thank-you poster, card and a $250.00 VISA gift card.

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10/10/2019

Fall Family Fun Night – A PickleBOOOOO Party!!!

WHAT: A PICKLEBALL FAMILY FUN NIGHT!!!! An evening to bring your kids, grandkids, and their friends out to the courts to play pickleball. Various activities will take place on several courts to get the whole family playing regardless of age or experience.

WHEN: Friday, October 25th, 6-7:30pm

WHERE:
Manzano Mesa Outdoor Pickleball Courts

WHAT TO BRING:
Besides FUN, bring any extra paddles you may have, balls, drinks, and snacks to share. We will provide as many extra paddles and balls as we can muster.

HOW TO HELP: Contact Stacie Barron (915-373-8210). I’m looking for as many volunteers as possible to make this a fun and energetic evening for kids and their parents. Need volunteers to help facilitate the various activities.

Volunteer Possibilities:
Corn hole area for small kids
Kid activities/contests ages 6-11
Kid activities/contests ages 12-16
Beginner adult skills/gam
Advanced player exhibition games
Potential Pizza Donations
Music set up
Table set up for food
Welcome Area

Hope to see many new faces and kiddos out there!

Stacie Barron
915-373-8210

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10/3/2019

Indoor facilities/tourneys

Just a reminder that there are a lot of indoor facilities which are open or opening this month.  Check the link to shutterfly to see which ones are currently open.  We have one new facility on the westside which opens this Friday at 6-ish to 8:30: the Don Newton-Taylor Ranch Community Center, 4900 Kachina St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120.  Come out and show your support for the facility and in the future, we may be able to get more times available for pickleball.  Cesar Chavez has delayed opening.  It will open October 15th, M, T, W, Fr from 8:30-11:30, and Tuesday and Thursday nights from 5:30 to 7:30. Also now open is the Vista Grande Community Center in Sandia Park, Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8:30-10:30.

There are still openings for the ladder scramble on October 13th, and the Compete and Meet on October 18-20th.  The former is free, sign up at abqpickleball.com.  The latter registration forms are at abqpickleball.com or at the Palo Duro Fitness Center.  Information is at abqpickleball.com.

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10/1/2019

Billy Weinman’s Memorial Service will be held Saturday October 5, 2019, 2:00 pm at

Quari Mission Ruins
122 Manzano Quaria Rd.
Mountainair, NM 87036

https://maps.app.goo.gl/o3aQpdeogLNviB727

It will take place in the sanctuary of the Ruins. There may be limited seating so bring a lawn chair and if you’d like, there are tables for those wanting to bring a picnic lunch.

Please wear Bright clothing to honor Billy.

Update:
BillyMemorialUpdate

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9/27/2019

Hi ABQ Pickleballers!

Joey Farias has returned! He will be in ABQ for the balloon fiesta and available at various times for clinics and private instructions Thursday October 4 through Sunday October 6. He was popular the last time he was here. At the moment he is in the Top 10, if not Top 5, pickleball players worldwide. He’s had rave reviews from high level players in ABQ, claiming he’s the best instructor they’ve had.

ABQ Flyer Joey Farias

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09/23/2019

Tournaments, Tournaments! (2 coming in October)

1. A Scramble Ladder tournament will be held at Manzano Mesa Courts on Sunday October 13th.  Individual entrants will be partnered with other players and move up or down the ladder as play progresses. Registration is at  abqpickleball.com on the tournaments drop down menu.  Start time is at 8:30am. Register as an individual with your estimated skill level; when you win, you move up a net and split; if by some fluke you lose, move down a net and split. Medals for the winners in each category are based upon overall records. Donations are encouraged.  Doubles are from 830 to 1030; singles are from 1130 to 130pm.

2.  Registration for the October 18-20th Meet and Compete (all ages) is open until October 13th. Registration forms are at abqpickleball.com home page or at Palo Duro Fitness Center. This will be a skill-rated tournament. Singles is the afternoon of Friday October 18; Doubles is Saturday October 19; Mixed Doubles is Sunday October 20. For those who can donate food for the players and volunteers, if you know what you will bring, please fill in the food volunteer form on the home page of abqpickleball.com.  If you aren’t sure, surprise everyone!

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9/5/2019

The ABQ Pickleball Club’s Labor Day Classic was a smashing success! We had 128 registrants and 3 full days of exhilarating play. Find the results at pickleballtournaments.com. There were many highly competitive matches, and we want to thank the many volunteers who coordinated the event, organized the brackets, refereed, brought food, organized the social, helped with the cleanup and set up, worked the desk and referee coordination, managed check-in, filled lunch orders, and the many other activities that led to the successful tournament. Thanks to all. We would also like to thank the City for their assistance, including their provision of canopies, porta-potties and the use of the equipment shed. Thank you to the sponsors of the tournament; Pickleball Edge Nutrition, Enchanted Circle Brewing, Burns Consulting, Franklin X, Border States Electric.

If you missed the Labor Day Classic, or even if you didn’t, don’t despair. Registration for The October 18-20th Meet and Compete (all ages) is now open. Registration forms are at ABQPickleball.com, under the tournament drop down menu, or at Palo Duro Fitness Center. This will be a skill rated tournament. Singles is the afternoon of October 18; Doubles is October 19; Mixed Doubles is October 20.

NOTE: If you purchase equipment through pickleballcentral.com, give the Club code of CRABQ and you get 5% off, plus the Club receives 5% of what you paid.

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9/4/2019

ABQ Pickleball Peeps!

The new Round Robin Leagues will kick-off next week at Manzano Mesa outdoor courts! You can check the ABQ Pickleball Club Shutterfly Calendar for details and ongoing information (https://abqpickleballers.shutterfly.com/calendar).

There are two revisions to the previous League email:
1) Addition of a 3.0/3.5 Thursday Evening Round Robin League (per request).
2) Replacement of the 4.0 Wednesday Morning Team League with a Thursday Morning Round Robin League (per request/feedback – the day also changed so that the 4.0 evening and morning leagues do not fall on the same day).

Below is the final weekly schedule starting Tuesday, September 10th. Be sure to check start times as they vary from league to league.

Tuesday Morning 9-11am – 3.5. Round Robin League
Tuesday Evening 6-8pm – 2.5/3.0 Round Robin League

Wednesday Evening 6-8pm – 3.5/4.0 Round Robin League

Thursday Morning 8:30-10:30 2.5/3.0 Round Robin League
Thursday Morning 9:30-11:30am – 4.0 & 4.5/5.0 Round Robin League
Thursday Evening 6-8pm – 3.0/3.5 Round Robin League

NOTES:
1) Players must provide balls. Every player should show up with at least one outdoor ball*.
2) I will be at all the new leagues next week to explain the format and answer questions. I will also be asking for more coordinators for several of the time slots.
3) All Round Robin Leagues are drop-in which means there is no need to sign-up. Just show up by the start time on the days when you can play. There is no ongoing commitment.
4) Once coordinators are set, start times and other details can be revised by the group. Coordinator’s phone numbers will be available on the Shutterfly Calendar.
5) SKILL LEVEL – in order to not “water down” any of the leagues and keep the play competitive and fun for everyone, please play at your skill level. If there is an uneven number of players at a particular skill level, the coordinators are welcome to pull in players from other courts and levels if they are available. This will be explained in more detail next week. But in general, players want both competitive games and to improve their skills, so we all want to play with the same level or better players. Please keep this in mind when you choose your skill level. And if you are at a higher level, feel free to play down in skill in order to mentor players (who want it) and give them an opportunity to experience higher level playing.

As always, feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions.

Feel free to contact me via email (staciebarron@aol.com) or phone (915-373-8210) if you have any questions. And help spread the word to all your pickleball friends. Thank you!

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8/29/2019

ABQ Pickleball Club Labor Day Classic
So excited to see you all this weekend!! Start times are as follows:

Saturday: All men’s and women’s doubles START at 8 am except Women 4.0 START 9am.
Check in at 7:30
Sunday: All Mixed doubles at 8am except mixed 4.5 will START 10 am
Check in at 7:30 am
Monday: all Singles will start at 8am check in at 7:30

Brackets can be viewed at Pickleballtournaments.com

As you know, we always need help with reffing

At check-in There will be a Dion’s sign up for lunch both Saturday and Sunday.
There will be a 50-50 raffle on Saturday at check-in until noon.

Also at check-in there will be a sign up for dinner at La Salita at 6pm Saturday-come socialize with your pickleball friends!!

Water will be available to refill your cup! Please feel free to bring food to share.

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8/21/2019

1) Registration for the the 2nd ABQ Pickleball Club Labor Day Classic closes this Sunday, Aug 25th. Registration is at pickleballtournaments.com. This is a USAPA sanctioned skill level tournament over the Labor Day weekend (August 31: doubles, September 1: mixed doubles, September 2: singles). All proceeds go to the ABQ Pickleball Club and help pay costs for nets, balls, training, insurance, etc. Registration is $40. Note: since this is a sanctioned tournament, you do need to be a USAPA member-so if you are not, sign up soon for both the membership (USAPA website) and the tournament.

2. Volunteers are needed for the tournament. We need two people for Saturday, Sunday and Monday for check-in from 715-900; also, we need a person to sell raffle tickets and a Dion’s order person for Saturday and a Dion’s order person for Sunday. Please email Gary Rutherford (ruthergary@aol.com) if you are able to volunteer. Those who can bring food any of the days, will be greatly appreciated by the players and volunteers. If you are not on the referee list and would like to referee some of the games, please email Kris Keller at k2rt@comcast.net.

3. Registration is now open for the Compete and Meet Pickleball Tournament at the Manzano Mesa Courts on October 18-20. This is a skill level tournament; singles is on the afternoon of October 18th; Doubles is on October 19th, and Mixed Doubles is on October 20th. Registration forms are at abqpickleball.com under upcoming tournaments.

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8/22/2019

FALL 2019 LEAGUE

Hello Pickleballers!

It’s time again to kick off the Fall League season. The league will differ a bit this coming season. Here is what is being offered:

1) 2.5/3.0 Tuesday Evening from 6-8pm & Thursday Morning from 8:30-10:30am – this is a continuation of the current round robin league that has been running every week since last Spring. The new round robin leagues below will copy how this group has run its league. It’s proved to be a great way to meet new players and play against players at the same level of skill.

2) 3.5/4.0 Wednesday Evening Round Robin League from 6-8pm – this will be a drop-in league for both 3.5 and 4.0 players. All you have to do is show up by the start time. You will play 15 minute rounds with a different partner and against different opponents each round.

3) 3.5 Tuesday Morning Round Robin League from 9-11am – this will be a drop-in league for 3.5 players. All you have to do is show up by the start time. You will play 15 minute rounds with a different partner and against different opponents each round.

4) 4.0 Wednesday Morning Team League at 9am – this will be 4 player, non-gender specific teams, like last season. Me and the captains will hold a draft to create the teams in an attempt to get the teams as competitive as possible and avoid teams that are ‘stacked’. If you are interested in this league, please email me by August 31st. You can also sign up as a sub.

5) 4.5/5.0 Thursday Morning Round Robin League from 9-11am – this will be a drop-in league for 4.5 and 5.0 players. All you have to do is show up by the start time. You will play 15 minute rounds with a different partner and against different opponents each round.

All the Round Robin Leagues will start the 2nd week of September. The events will be posted on the ABQ Pickleball Club Shutterfly Calendar. Initially I would like to hear from you if you plan to play in any of the round robin leagues to get an estimated headcount.

I will NEED at least two Round Robin Coordinators for every time slot. The Coordinators job is SUPER SIMPLE! All you have to do is choose the correct round robin form based on how many players show up that day, call out the numbers, and set a timer every 15 minute round. The Coordinator does not need to commit to be there every week which is why we need at least one per time slot. The coordinator also gets to play the entire time. PLEASE let me know if you can be a coordinator by August 31st.

Feel free to contact me via email (staciebarron@aol.com) or phone (915-373-8210) if you have any questions. And help spread the word to all your pickleball friends. Thank you!

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8/2/2019

1. The 2nd ABQ Pickleball Club Labor Day Classic is open for registration at pickleballtournaments.com. There were some issues with registration at that site that have now been resolved. This is a USAPA sanctioned skill level tournament over the Labor Day weekend (August 31: doubles, September 1: mixed doubles, September 2: singles). All proceeds go to the ABQ Pickleball Club for nets, balls, training, etc. If you can play, register early to encourage others in and out of state. Registration is $40.  Note that since this is a sanctioned tournament, you do need to be a USAPA member – so, if you are not, sign up soon for both the membership (USAPA website) and the tournament.

2.  The free Doubles Ladder fun tournament is on August 17th and August 18th.  Great practice for the Labor Day tournament or to have fun with your first tournament.  Ladders run on Saturday August 17th – Women’s (8 am to 10 am) and Men’s (10 am to noon), and on Sunday August 18th – Mixed from 8 am till 10 am.  You sign up with a partner, starting on a net corresponding to the team skill level.  After 10 minutes, you move up a net (if leading), or move down a net (if behind) and you start up again.  Sign up is at abqpickleball.com.

3.  There were 70 players in the scramble tournament with a lot of close matches.  The results of the scramble tournament are at abqpickleball.com under past tournaments.

4.  If you wondered what the National Senior Games look like from a birds-eye view, go to abqpickleball.com to watch the activity from drone vantage point.

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7/10/2019

A. Here are reminders about the ABQ Pickleball Club Labor Day Tournament:

1) Early bird registration ends July 20th (after the 20th the price goes up to $40). Registration is at pickleballtournaments.com. Note that you do need to be a USAPA member, which helps keep our costs low by providing insurance. Membership can be obtained at USAPA.com, quickly done, and is only $20 per year.

2) If you have a business or know of a business that would like to sponsor a court, please have them contact Gretchen – phone 505-385-1626 or email gdenman@yahoo.com for information.
B. The free July 27th scramble tournament (no partner needed) is open for registration at abqpickleball.com. Rules are also found at that location.

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6/27/2019

1. The 2nd ABQ Pickleball Club Labor Day Classic is now open for registration on pickleballtournaments.com. This is a USAPA sanctioned skill level tournament over the Labor Day weekend (August 31: doubles, September 1: mixed doubles, September 2: singles). All proceeds go to the ABQ Pickleball Club for nets, balls, training, etc. If you can play, register early to encourage others in and out of state. Early registration is $35, regular $40. Note that since this is a sanctioned tournament you do need to be a USAPA member-so if you are not sign up soon for both the membership and the tournament.

2. Free Scramble Tournament July 27th. Register here. Register by your estimated skill category. You do not come with a partner. You play at an equal skill level net changing partners with the 3 others at the net. The winner of the net goes to the top net of that skill level, 2nd place to the 2nd place net and so on, and we do it all again. Newbies welcome-register as a beginner or 2.5 category. Tournament will start at 8 AM, courts are reserved until 2 PM. Start time for each skill category will be determined after registration and we know the net requirements by skill level.

3. All ABQ Pickleball Club Members, come to play and enjoy your 4th of July Potluck Event and celebrate all the athletes and volunteers who worked at the successful National Senior Games at the Manzano Mesa Courts! ABQ PBC will supply the Hot Dogs / Turkey Dogs and Buns. Bring a side dish of any sort (veggies, salads, desserts, drinks). All Members and their families are invited: East Side/West Side/Tijeras Canyon/East Mountains/Moriarty/Edgewood/Santa Fe/Rio Rancho/Corrales /Placitas/ Bernalillo/Mountainair/Los Lunas & Belen! Picnic-style, Potluck starts at 11 am. Play whenever you get there.

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6/25/2019

Congratulations and Thank You to all those who played and volunteered in the National Senior Games! There was great play and many Albuquerque and NM folk did well among the huge national turnout of over 1200 players, the largest turnout for the National Senior Olympics (see Pickleballtournaments.com to see who medaled). As the Albuquerque Local Chair for the National Senior Games, I had frequent meetings and contacts with the many City department heads, the NSGA, and the USAPA. All these groups praised your volunteering in reffing and hospitality, as well as gave us high marks for your overall friendliness and good sportsmanship throughout the games. Albuquerque does not have the quantity of pickleball players of a Phoenix or Villages community, so your help in all aspects of the Games was noted by all. To be able to put on games of this size required a huge number of volunteers contributing lots of hours and our Club really stepped up to the challenge. Thanks so much for all your work
in making the Games a success.

Gary
Albuquerque Local Chair for the National Senior Games
Albuquerque USAPA Ambassador

AndyG_PB-Clinic
Training sessions by Coach Andy G June 27-29 at Manzano Mesa Pickleball Courts!
Thursday 27th and Friday 28th:

8-10am
Strategic Pickleball Training
“SPT 1 The Fast Game”
Improve your Forehand by keeping more shots inbounds and over the net from the Baseline, Mid court and NVZ line using a Strategy.
2hrs- $40-pp 8 players max

10-12 noon
“SPT 2 The Slooo Game”
Beat the Bangers with your 3rd shots and Dinks from everywhere on the court. Improve Strategies.
2hrs- $40-pp. 8 players max

Also on Thursday and Friday:

12:30-2pm
“3 & The Pro”
Learn the “Do-Over Game”
Lots of Q&A during play plus
Strategies to take your game to the Next Level!
90 min/ $35-pp

Saturday June 29th
10-12noon
Strategic Pickleball Training
“SPT 1 The Fast Game”

12-2pm
“SPT 2 The Slooo Game”

Coach Andy G is also flexible to add clinics after 5pm on Thursday or Friday.

Have something you want to work on privately?
Private Hour Lessons are $60
Semi-Private Hour lesson $80pp
Call Coach Andy G directly for those.

Here is the link to sign up:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0E4FAEAF22ABFF2-abqclinics

Cash or checks are accepted.

Looking forward to meeting
ABQ players again.

Coach Andy G
http://www.CoachAndyG.com (http://www.coachandyg.com/)
Andy Gutierrez
239-245-1353
srandyg@gmail.com (mailto:srandyg@gmail.com)

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6/15/2019

Dear Albuquerque Pickleball Club,

I just wanted to take a moment and thank you all for your many contributions, time and energy to this National Senior Games event. I have heard many of you in the last few days state you are volunteering for this and that. Without you this pickleball event would have suffered. As many of you know we (the club, the NSGA and USAPA) have asked you repeatedly to volunteer. THANK YOU ALL! There are many days of pickleball ahead and of course the asking will continue and your patience with Gary, John, Nancy and me as we continue to assist with the tournament will be appreciated.

I also want to send a special thank you to Gary R, John K, and Nancy L who have put in numerous hours of meetings, visits, phone calls, and communicating to various entities and people throughout the months. They were tasked with things to do, and jump in here and there, go measure this site etc. etc. I so appreciate them, they truly represent our club professionally, tirelessly, and generously. Please take a moment when you see them to THANK them for all their hard work.

Please don’t forget to plan on participating in the Celebration of Athletes. There are some directions/instructions for this event. NM and the ABQ Pickleball group will be huge and of course fun.

Celebration of Athletes
Wednesday, June 19, 2019, 7pm Mountain Time, University of New Mexico – Dreamstyle Arena “The Pit”
Doors Open at 5:30pm. Athletes staged by 6:15pm
Reference the nsga.com for this info.

Good luck to all those who are participating. The ABQ Pickleball Club is represented well in this tournament.

Again, thank you. Pickleball has the best people who truly compliment, laugh/smile and hug like no other sport. See you on the courts.

**Joyce Paulsen**
President ABQ Pickleball Club
USAPA Ambassador for ABQ.

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6/9/2019

1. The Manzano Mesa Outdoor Courts will be closed for cleaning on June 12, 13th. The ABQ Pickleball Club, working with Parks and Recreation, has reserved Los Altos for pickleball play and will have nets available on those days for those who wish to play or practice for the Nationals. Club nets will be available from 8AM- noon. Please note that outdoor courts are available at Villela Park (4800 Cherokee Rd NE, permanent nets, 6 courts) and Ventana Ranch (10000 Universe Blvd NW). Indoor places to play are listed at ABQpickleball.com.

2. You can be a big part of the National Senior Games in Albuquerque by becoming a volunteer. SIGN UP now, we need help!! If you would like to help man the hospitality desk and/or coordinate some of the volunteer functions, please email Gary Rutherford (ruthergary@aol.com).

For most volunteer positions, including licensed medical provider, please use the National Senior Games link of http://nsga.com/volunteer (e.g. hospitality).

For referees and check-in/desk help please use signup genius (USAPA). The link is below. You may need to copy and paste the referee link.
Referee link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f044fafaf29a3fd0-national

LINE JUDGE VOLUNTEERS: There are still slots available for the opportunity to be a Line Judge for the National Senior Games. You can reserve your spot on the sign-up genius link, https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0548ACA62FA4FD0-nsga2, and check the days/times available to co-ordinate with your personal schedule. (You may have to highlight the link, right click and “open link”.)

On both June 14th and June 20th there will be a Line Judge Training held in conjunction with a Referee Briefing session, late afternoon. More information will be sent when the times are finalized.
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5/20/2019

A. As of April 2019, the ABQ Pickleball Club is a 501C3. Previously, we were an affiliate of the NM Senior Sports Foundation, which had given us our 501c3 status. The NMSSF assisted and sponsored our tournaments, and in general, was responsible for the growth of our Club. For the last 9 years, the ABQ Pickleball Club has been a part of the NM Games and received great support and assistance from that organization. Both organizations need our help. Each year the NMSSF helps the basketball component of the NM Games, in return for monies used for grants and operations (the ABQ Pickleball Club has received grants of $1000 in the past). To do this, they need volunteers at the basketball events. Many of you have helped in the past, and we hope can do so again this year. The jobs are:

Basically, your duties are to charge admission to the games for non-players and to affix the wrist band for that day. These bands are only to be attached to the wrist—not to a purse and should be tight enough so that it cannot be slipped off and given to another person. The wrist band entitles the bearer entry to all venues that day. A different color band is sold each day. All players receive a player pass and should show you their card in order to gain entry. This is especially difficult for the team’s first game, since the coach usually has not had time to give each player a pass, so leniency is given to the players on Friday night and early Saturday morning. Thereafter, a player’s pass is required to gain entry, or they must pay. At each venue, there will be a representative from the NM Games and a volunteer from the City of Albuquerque to assist—so you won’t be alone! For those who are relieving another volunteer, it is recommended that you report 5-10 minutes ahead of your scheduled time, in order to be briefed on your specific assignments. A volunteer shirt to wear during your first shift will be waiting for you at your volunteer site. Please wear the shirt so that you can be easily recognized as a “special” and “valued” person. For those who are starting the shift, in some cases the gym may be closed if the coach is late; never fear, it will open.

Directions: To sign up for times and locations:
1. Click https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1NSnn6QBzat8W750Pl21trNYNLeslvhhKstqf9vWWoA0/edit#gid=0 to open the spreadsheet for volunteering.
2. To volunteer for a shift, click on an EMPTY peach colored box and type your name. (If a box already has a name, you will delete the name if you type in it.)
3. No need to “save”. It will do so automatically.
4. To revisit the site at any time, click here:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1NSnn6QBzat8W750Pl21trNYNLeslvhhKstqf9vWWoA0/edit#gid=0
5. If you are using a smart phone to enter your volunteer shift, you need the free app Google Sheets. Without this app, you will be unable to type in your name.

B. You can be a big part of the National Senior Games in Albuquerque by becoming a volunteer. SIGN UP now!! The most vacancies are in water/hospitality and line judges.
For most volunteer positions, including licensed medical provider, please use the National Senior Games link of http://nsga.com/volunteer (e.g. hospitality). Here is a set of screen shots that should help you get started choosing your shifts.

For referees and check-in/desk, help please use signup genius (USAPA). The link is below. You may need to copy and paste the referee link.
Referee link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f044fafaf29a3fd0-national

Here is the link for line judge sign up and times. You will see there are some spots missing for the Multi Gen Center. That is because there is either no play or all play is round robin not needing line judges. So, line judges are only needed there on the 21st and 25th. Note that Judy Aron is also working on training line judges as teams for those interested her email is: jerseyjpb@gmail.com.
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0548ACA62FA4FD0-nsga2

Let’s show our New Mexico Enthusiasm by filling a lot of slots and showing the National Senior Games & USAPA that NM is ready and willing to be part of the success of the pickleball games.

C. Thanks to all who played and brought food to share in the May 18th Tag Team Tournament. There were 40 players and many close matches. Special thanks to John Kimbrough, who coordinated the event with a demonstration on the use of the AED (automated external defibrillator) and CPR by the Rescue Rangers.

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5/11/2019

1. Tag team pickleball is scheduled for May 18th and will be combined with a potluck at Manzano Mesa, outdoors from 10-12. The format will be similar to a doubles ladder (although it will now be called a quadruples ladder), meaning when you win, you go up a net, when you lose, you go down a net. Plenty of Play; 4 players to a team-lots- of fun! Instructions will be provided on-site, the flyer at Manzano Mesa shows the basics. There are still openings, so register at abqpickleball.com with a team of 4, or register, requesting additional players. The tournament will be followed by a potluck. Additionally, the Rescue Rangers will be there to demonstrate use of the AED and CPR techniques. TagTeam Pickleball Flyer

2. Let’s show our New Mexico Enthusiasm by filling a lot of volunteer slots and showing the National Senior Games & USAPA that NM is ready and willing to be part of the success of the National Senior Pickleball games! Links to volunteer for reffing, check-in, hospitality have been added at abqpickleball.com. A new category has been added for linesmen. Sign up as a group of 4 if you prefer, or be combined with others. You can talk to Judy A., Gary R. or Nancy L. at the courts if you need more information. You will be there for some of the gold medal matches. Typically, there are three late-afternoon gold medal matches, but times do vary. Signup and times are at :https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0548ACA62FA4FD0-nsga2. Don’t panic, a couple of the times show am, it should be pm. All times are best estimates. For those who are interested in signing up as a team-the concept works as follows:
LINE JUDGE TEAMS: Judy Aron will be coordinating this effort. This is a team of 4 individuals who decide together to sign up for a particular line judge time slot. You come up with a silly name like “CALL GIRLS”. The referee coordinator will announce your team name over the loud speaker and assign you to a referee for a gold medal match. Usually your team will get a short briefing by the referee regarding his/her expectations and communicating properly. If you would like to be on a team or if you have a partial team, Judy will do her best to help complete one. Your job is to come up with a team name. Please contact Judy with any questions at aronlite@msn.com or 505-268-2557 or on the courts. She will also keep you informed about any relevant information pertaining to line judges.
3. Results of the NM Games are at pickleballtournaments.com under NM games. The weather and tournament were great. There were many players from all around the state (including some from out-of-state), approximately 140 players in all. Thanks to all who helped with the tournament. Many folks worked the desk, reffed, and brought food, making it a successful tournament.

4. Thanks to all those who played and donated at the Andrew Romero Memorial doubles ladder tournament on April 28th. We filled the courts with 4 hours of play and the donations were appreciated. $1,000 was donated to the NM Youth Tennis Foundation in Andrew Romero’s name.

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4/30/2019

Welcome to The New Mexico Games!
Here are the start times:

SINGLES: Friday May 3
ALL arrive at 12:30 play at 1pm

MEN’S and WOMEN’S DOUBLES: Saturday May 4
Women’s 2.5- 3.0, 4.0 and Men’s 2.5 through 4.0 arrive at 7:30 am play at 8 am
Women’s 3.5 arrive at 10 start 10:30 am
Men and Women 4.5 and up arrive 9:30 start at 10 am.

MIXED DOUBLES: Sunday May 5
levels 2.5 through 4.0 arrive at 7:30 play at 8 am.
Level 4.5-5.0 arrive 9:30 play at 10 am.

If you are available to ref, please check in at the scorers desk.

Please refer to pickleballtournaments.com to verify you are in the correct level. REMEMBER if you are playing some events in 4.0 and up AND if you are playing some in 3.5 or down, to look in the correct tournament(NM Games is in pickleballtournaments twice based on skill level, so if you are playing 3.5 in one event and 4.0 in another, one of your events will be listed in the 4.0 NM Games and the other in the 3.5 NM Games) . If there are any errors please contact me ASAP. No changes will be made after Thursday 7pm.

Water, fruit and snacks will be provided. Please bring food to share with players and volunteers. No lunch will be available at the courts so bring your own (or use uber eats….LOL).

Will be great to see you all this weekend!!

Gary and Gretchen
Ruthergary@aol.com
gdenman@yahoo.com

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4/25/2019

1. Mayor Tim Keller and Mar Riker (NSGA CEO) will hold a joint Media Press Conference April 27. The press conference has been moved from Manzano Mesa to Civic Plaza at 1030. Off street meter parking will be free. They would like a good showing of senior athletes for the media! Those who have a Senior Olympics T-Shirt – 2018 Athlete Gold shirt – or National Uniform Wind Suit – Jacket, please wear them. It shouldn’t last long – 1-hour max!

2. There are still a few openings at the Andrew Romero Memorial doubles ladder tournament this Sunday (April 28th) at Manzano Mesa outdoor courts: information and registration are at ABQpickleball.com homepage.

3. NM Games registration will close Monday, April 29th, so get your registration in at pickleball tournaments by then. If you have already registered, please double check and make sure you are listed in the right category, with the right partner. If there is a problem, please contact Gary Rutherford (ruthergary@aol.com).

4. Those who wish to volunteer to help at the national senior games at the Sandia High School site on the June 22, 23 and 25th (indoor), register at the national volunteer site . Currently, the location is called TBD, You can register there, it will be reworded to Sandia High School in the future.

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4/15/2019

1. There are three tournaments coming up at Manzano Mesa outdoor courts: information is at ABQpickleball.com homepage.
a. The first Andrew Romero doubles ladder tournament is on April 28th: great practice for NM Games! Donations are greatly appreciated and will go to the NM Youth Tennis Foundation in Andrew’s name.
b. NM Games is a skill based tournament, May 3-5: registration is at pickleballtournaments.com; information found at ABQPickleball.com.
c. Tag team pickleball is scheduled for May 18th and will be combined with a pot luck. 4 players to a team-lots- of fun!
d. Don’t forget to check tournaments at abqpickleball.com for near-by tournaments coming up. There are tournaments in Pueblo, Pagosa Springs, and Ruidoso, amongst others.

2. Mayor Tim Keller and Mar Riker (NSGA CEO) will hold a joint Media Press Conference April 27 at Manzano Mesa outdoor courts. They would like a good showing of senior athletes for the media! Those who have a Senior Olympics T-Shirt – 2018 Athlete Gold shirt – or National Uniform Wind Suit – Jacket, please wear them.
It shouldn’t last long – 1-hour max!

3. Let’s show our New Mexico Enthusiasm by filling a lot of volunteer slots and showing the National Senior Games & USAPA that NM is ready and willing to be part of the success of the National Pickleball games! Links to volunteer are at abqpickleball.com. We expect to be adding some volunteer opportunities at Sandia High School and linesmen at all locations once the estimated times are determined. If you have signed for a National Senior Games activity with the club, you still must sign on the Nationals website.

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3/26/2019

  1. The contractors will be setting the pole lights tomorrow 3/28/19 at Manzano Mesa Coutdoor Courts. We will need to completely shut down the pickleball courts due to the hazards of flying the poles overhead with a crane. No pickleball at Manzano Mesa Outdoors tomorrow, March 28.
  2.   The Senior Affairs 50+ Tournament registration must be postmarked by March 30th. (see abqpickleball.com or go to the Palo Duro Fitness Center at 3351 Monroe NE). This year it is a skill-based tournament for those over 50, played at the Manzano Mesa outdoor courts on April 6 and 7th. Skill levels range from 2.5-5. April 6th is men’s and women’s doubles, April 7th is mixed doubles.  If you are looking for a partner you could try abqpickleball.comto see if anyone is looking
  3. NM Games is now open for registration at pickleballtournaments.com.  It is skill based, all ages, scheduled for singles on May 3, Doubles May 4th and Mixed Doubles May 5th.  It is a USAPA-sanctioned tournament for 4.0 and up, and non-sanctioned 2.5 to 3.5.  That means if you play at the 4.0 level or above you must be a USAPA member, but not if you are playing from 2.5 through 3.5.  Information is at pickleballtournaments.com.  Note that the tournament appears twice, separating 4.0 and up from, 2.5 to 3.5.  Register in whichever one applies.  If you are playing 3.5 in one event, and playing up at 4.0 in another, register in the 4.0 and send an email to ruthergary@aol.com that you wish to play in 3.5 and in which event.  In other words, don’t pay in each event.
  4. Abqpickleball.com has the winners of the last tournaments listed, including the Thomas Bell singles tournaments and the Los Vecinos Tournament.

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3/17/2019

Dear Albuquerque Pickleball Club Community,

We have some very sad news to pass on to you. Our friend, Ruth Madrid, who was a long-time Club member, Managing Council member, and who worked tirelessly in obtaining and managing the Saturday Sandia Prep pickleball venue passed away on Sunday, March 17th.

Cards may be sent to:
Mr. Gilbert Madrid
3200 La Rhonda NE
Albuquerque, NM 87110

Services and more information will be forthcoming. Visit for updates.

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1.  Great news, the USAPA and the National Senior Games have put together a way to sign up for volunteering. It is specific to day and time. SO NOW you can actually pick the volunteer job you can and want to help with. SIGN UP now!!

For most volunteer positions please use the National Senior Games link of http://nsga.com/volunteer  (e.g. hospitality).  However, for referees and check-in/desk help please use signup genius (USAPA). The link is below.  You may need to copy and paste the referee link. USAPA is opening their link to New Mexico 2 weeks early before opening it up to the rest of the country.

Referee link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f044fafaf29a3fd0-national

Desk Help/Checkin: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0548ACA62FA4FD0-nsga1

Let’s show that New Mexico Enthusiasm by filling a lot of slots and showing the National Senior Games & USAPA that NM is ready and willing to be part of the success of the pickleball games.

2. The Senior Affairs 50+ Tournament is open for registration (see abqpickleball.com). This year it is a skill-based tournament for those over 50, played at the Manzano Mesa outdoor courts on April 6 and 7th. Skill levels range from 2.5-5. April 6th is men’s and women’s doubles, April 7th is mixed doubles.
3.  NM Games is now open for registration at pickleballtournaments.com.  It is skill based, all ages, scheduled for singles on May 3, Doubles May 4th and Mixed Doubles May 5th.  It is a USAPA-sanctioned tournament for 4.0 and up, and non-sanctioned 2.5 to 3.5.  That means if you play at the 4.0 level or above you must be a USAPA member, but not if you are playing from 2.5 through 3.5.  Information is at pickleballtournaments.com.  Note that the tournament appears twice, separating 4.0 and up from, 2.5 to 3.5.  Register in whichever one applies.  If you are playing 3.5 in one event, and playing up at 4.0 in another, register in the 4.0 and send an email to ruthergary@aol.com that you wish to play in 3.5 and in which event.  In other words, don’t pay in each event.

4.  The results for the Los Vecinos Tournament are posted at abqpickleball.com.  Thanks to all who played, reffed, cheered and helped out.

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2/20/2019

Hi ABQ Pickleball Club,

Attached are two flyers regarding some teaching professionals coming to ABQ. Please contact them if you are interested in participating.

LevelUp Pickleball Camps
Pickleball with Joey Farias

There is referee training this Saturday. Yes our Club and the National Senior Games will need you!! Upcoming training this Saturday February 23rd at Paradise Hills from 9am to noon. Please contact one of the following to let them know you will be attending:
Penny Forgette at 505-270-7544, p.forgette@hotmail.com
Ron Farmer at 505-239-3662, abqnuke@comcast.net
Nancy Lesicka at 505-710-0246, nlesicka@gmail.com
Ken Lloyd at 505-918-6988, kalloyd2@gmail.com
Joe Martellaro at 505-899-6778, martellme@msn.com

Lastly as many of you are aware the National Senior Games of America (olympics) will need the APC (ABQ Pickleball Club) members to assist in volunteering. We have asked the venue coordinators to collect names of volunteers for our club and for the NSGA. Remember we just want to know what or where you would like to volunteer. You will not be required to volunteer for every club tournament or for all 12 days the NSGA will be playing pickleball. We just need you to do what you can.
The following are volunteer areas we NEED you. You don’t have to be a player to volunteer. If you have already submitted your name/email and cell than disregard and Thank You!

Areas:
Referee – will need refs twenty each day (refs will be paid $5 and $7 for certified refs per match) – referee payorreferee board
Line Judges – will need 4 teams of 4 each day
Desk Coordinator – familiar with pickleballtournaments.com (software training will be given) – post results – check in
Announcement – week 2 only
Player fruit table – monitor and cut fruit in two hour shifts
Water Patrol – water stations kept full and in two hour shifts

Please email me if interested. I am collecting the information and I know our APC Members will rise to the challenge!
Email me your name, email, cell and area(s) of interest.
healthyjoyce@gmail.com
505.980.8787 cell if you have questions.

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2/4/2019

There are three tournaments coming up, which are now open for registration:

1. Singles Tournament at Thomas Bell Community Center, 3001 University SE, Albuquerque NM 87106.

Dates: 2.5/3.0 level on Friday, February 15, 2019; 3.5/4.0 level on Friday, March 22, 2019

Time: Women 9:30 am (arrive at 9:00 am); Men 11:00 am (arrive at 10:30 am)

# of participants: One group of 6 women and one group of 6 men per tournament.

Format: Play each opponent in your group (i.e. men or women) one game, first to 11 points. You will play a total of 5 games. Winners are determined by win/loss results. Ties are resolved by point totals.

Sign up: If you are interested, be sure to sign up right away. Each tournament is limited to only 6 men and 6 women.

Contact person: Eva Leong Casey. Email eva108x108@yahoo.com for further info

Thomas Bell Community Center is now open for singles players on Fridays 9:30-noon.

2. The 2nd Annual Los Vecinos Fun Tournament will be held at the Los Vecinos Community Center on Saturday, March 2. This is a 2.5-3.0 Doubles Tournament; fee is $7. Women’s, Men’s and Mixed Doubles at the 2.5 level and the 3.0 level. Register at abqpickleball.com. Fees can be paid at check-in on tournament day, but register in advance. (It was a great tournament last year, if you haven’t played in one before, it’s time to get your feet wet!) Format is round-robin within each of the categories. Winners get T-shirts. Refreshments and snacks provided.

3. The Senior Affairs 50+ Tournament is open for registration (see abqpickleball.com). This year it is a skill-based tournament for those over 50, played at the Manzano Mesa outdoor courts on April 6 and 7th. Skill levels range from 2.5-5. April 6th is men’s and women’s doubles, April 7th is mixed doubles.

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1/25/2019

Dear Albuquerque Pickleball Club.

I have some shocking and very sad news to pass onto you. Andrew Romero who was a long time club member and one of our top players has passed away. He passed away Wednesday January 23. Andrew leaves behind a wife Gale and daughter Nadelia. We are all grieving with the family. If you would like to reach out to them with condolences, prayer and sympathy, I am passing along their address.

Gale and Nadelia Romero

8604 Mesa Top Rd

Albuquerque, NM 87120

Services will be Wednesday the 30th at 11 am at French’s Mortuary on University. Information on a reception will be forthcoming.

Sincerely,

Joyce Paulsen

ABQ Pickleball Club President

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1/11/2019

1. Registration forms for the 50+Senior Games Skill Level Tournament are available under tournaments at abqpickleball.com and at the Palo Duro Fitness Center.  It is $12 to enter both events, doubles on Saturday, April 6 and mixed doubles Sunday, April 7th.  Membership in Albuquerque Senior Affair is required ($20 annually if you are not a current member) and can be purchased with your registration if necessary. This is a skill level tournament, but only those 50 and older may participate. The tournament will be played at the Manzano Mesa Outdoor Courts.
2. Under Tournaments at abqpickleball.com is the registration for the Desert Ridge Ladder tournament this coming Tuesday (Jan 15) and at Hoover (Jan 18).  For questions regarding the Desert Ridge Tournament please contact Sharon Lurix at sharonlurix@gmail.com; for answers to questions regarding the Hoover Tournament contact Karen Schoepke at kschoepke@gmail.com.  You can register directly with them as well as at the website.
3.  Congrats to the winners of the Cesar Chavez tournaments this week.  There were many hard-fought games.  There were 8 players in the 3.0 category and 16 in all the others.  The winners were:Monday 3.0 Barbara WellingtonTuesday 4.0  Rorik Rivenburgh

Wednesday 3.5 Greg Wellington

Friday 3.5 Greg Wellington

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1/3/2019

If you wish, sign up for any or all of the following fun-filled, free, indoor tournaments, which occur next week; partners are not needed. If you have already registered there is no need to take further action. If not, please register online at abqpickleball.com. (Go to drop down menu: tournaments and scroll to each one that you wish to register for). Since the tourneys are indoors, registration is limited.

1. Cesar Chavez: On January 7,8,9,11 from 1030 to 1230 there will be skill level net play. There will be 4 nets; you play with everyone else at your net; the winners of each net go to the top net; the second place goes to the second net, and so on; playing with everyone at that net. There is a trophy for the winner. Register by approximate skill level. On January 7th, 3.0, January 8th 4.0+, January 9th 3.5 and January 11th 3.5. From 830 to 1030 at Cesar Chavez, there will be normal open play on those days. If more information is needed, email Gary Rutherford (ruthergary@aol.com).

2. Desert Ridge will have a tournament on January 15th (6-8 PM) and Hoover (6-8PM) on January 18th. Both are ladder-style tournaments. If more information is needed on Desert Ridge, email Sharon Lurix (sharonlurix@gmail.com); or on Hoover, email: Karen Schoepke (kschoepke@gmail.com).