It has been no surprise that all lessons and clinics have been filled. Despite a small bit of rain on Saturday afternoon everything has gone off without a hitch. The lessons and clinics have been a success and comments from attendees are 100% positive. Sarah is helping players to go back to the basics and get a feeling for what their strengths and weaknesses are, why they should focus on minimal controlled movements, what their natural zone is and how to control the game.
Sarah and Linh are rock stars of pickleball and we hope to have them back next year!
Notice of NoCo Ladder Leagues 2016
What: Monthly Ladder Leagues in July, Aug, Sept, Oct. (we can hope). Each League will be 4 weeks long. If there are five Fridays in a month there will be a week ‘vacation’ for the league. We need a League Director for the month of Sept. but they can train during July and/or Aug. The League Dir. plays for free. Cost: League will cost $15 for NoCo Paid members ($5 NoCo Member discount may be used to bring cost to $10-use “MemberDiscount” code at Checkout) and $20 for all others. League will be limited to 20 participants and a sub list will be kept.
When: League will meet on Fridays from 6 to 8:30 or later (until we’re done). Leagues will begin on the first Friday of each month except for July, which will start on July 8th. If Friday is cancelled due to weather the following Tuesday will be the make-up date (same time and place). If Tuesday is cancelled due to weather no make-up will be made.
Organization: All participants and subs will be assigned a temporary rating when they sign up. Each week the 20 league players (regardless of gender) will be assigned to a pool of 5 players based on either the prior week’s results or their rating (if they are a sub or new to the league). After each week the bottom two players in the top three groups will move to the next lower group and the top two players in the bottom three groups will move up one skill group.
Each group will play two round robins with the other players in their group. Scores will be kept for all games (the player sitting out is the scorekeeper for the round being played and is responsible for recording the score). Players numbered (listed) 1-4 will take the court and play a game, they will then rotate clockwise with one player going off the court and #5 coming on the court to the open space. They will then play another game and rotate clockwise, etc. If four, of the five players are present and ready to play (the fifth MIA) the 4 ready players may being their round and move the MIA player to position #5.
Where: League will be played at City Park courts. It is possible we may move some nights to Lee Martinez Park. NoCo will reserve a tennis court and will chalk four pickleball courts for league play. Portable nets will be used and the official ball will be the Onix outdoor ball (subject to change due to availability). Games will be to 11pts win by 2. IFP/USAPA rules will be used. There is no skill level requirement for this league as the ladder will sort out players into skill groups.
Sign-up: League sign-ups will be on the NoCo website at nocopickleball.com and payment will be made by PayPal on that site. Sign-up will be open to Paid NoCo members for about a week before it is open to the public.
League play will begin on Friday, July 8 at 6PM at City Park Courts in Fort Collins. Sign up at nocopickleball.com
General Info: What to bring? Chair, food if you want to eat dinner at the courts, water, bug repellant. Last night of league play will be a pot luck.
Space on the court surface is tight so we will sit on the West side of the court (in the shade) on the grass. Please keep all gear that you do not actually need to play off the courts. You should bring water, towel, etc. with you to the court.
Substitutes: Players needing to miss a league session will be responsible for getting their own sub. The League Director reserves the right to put the sub in the skill level they believe is in the best interest of skill level play in each skill group. Players needing a sub should make every effort to find a sub in their skill level.
Questions: e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call Jay Readinger at 207-557-0456
by Mark Renneson Third Shot Sports
Are the drills effective? Good practice sessions are focussed practice sessions. They should identify a particular situation or skill and seek to work on it repeatedly. Are the drills effective? Do you have the right degree of challenge? Are the drills realistic?