Pickleball Fix

by Mel Kohlberg


Please note the “Sign-Up Close" columns below. Specifically, sign-ups close at 2:00pm for the Wednesday ABCD Round Robin.

Also, and again, please respect our rules and be considerate of your fellow members when signing-up in The Den…be it for play, anything in the 9-11am time slot, cookouts, ABCD, etc. Especially in the 9-11am time slot (but as an overall note also), which is our highest demand period, members may only sign-up for one court in the same time slot. While we can’t yet control the number of members or guests that a member may sign up for that specific court, we are hoping you will help us allow more members to play. Members should not use fictitious names or non-playing members as placeholders to block other members from the court. Please don’t book practice/training sessions in 9-11am, too. Know that if a club manager notices a violation, or it is brought to their attention, the member (and anyone they signed up) may be removed from the sign-up sheet, at the manager’s discretion. And finally, as the snowbirds return to paradise and want to play, be aware that if you are on the Wait List for a court, you are not playing on that court unless enough of the players in the original 6 drop out.


The first tournament of the year is the Turkey Trot, Nov 17th and 18th. This is a fun tournament for all levels of play. If you don’t have a partner, note that on the form, and we will try to find you one! Sign up soon, because we only have room for 12 teams in each level. The tournament forms are available at the pickleball courts under the first shade structure. If you can help with registration, court monitor or food sales, please email diane beaudoin


We proudly present the annual New Year’s Eve Party on Sunday, December 31, 2023 at the Parc Pavilion, from 6:00 pm to 9:00pm. For $30 per person, you get your choice of Prime Rib or Salmon Dinner. Dinner will include Charcuterie Table, Shrimp Cocktail, salad, mashed potatoes, vegetable and dessert. Music and activities throughout the night. Best Hat Contest and door prices. Buy a full table of 8 tickets or single tickets. Checks payable to TPPC or cash. Limited to 100 people. No refunds. Save the date and watch for ticket sale days coming soon!


Ron and Dottie Raymer made the decision to return north and re-settle in Corning NY. A group of early morning players held a farewell breakfast to send them off to their new home with good wishes. Ron sent this note to the membership…

“To All, Thanks so much for the send-off on Monday morning. We’re grateful that so many showed to wish us well. Also, thanks to all we’ve played with over the past 9 years. It has been a great ride. Best wishes, good health to all, and stay out of the kitchen. Sincerely, Ron & Dottie Raymer”


We work with all levels of play in Timber Pines … A, B, C, and D. We have also used the words Advanced, Intermediate, and Beginner. Here is what they mean …

When Advanced is used to describe an event on the Den, this means anyone who consistently plays in the A category. Many of these players are actually rated at a 3.5 or above. We even have a few in TP, who are rated above 4.0. (They would play in the Advanced category in tournaments as well, and normally do play tournaments.)

Intermediate means in the range of B+ to B- or approximately a 2.5-3.4 rating category: you would play in intermediate in a tournament; you can consistently get your serve in, although not consistent in placement; able to hit medium paced shots with forehand, but may lack directional intent and consistency; you may avoid using backhand or lack directional intent and consistency, able to dink, but may not be able to sustain a dink rally; you understand fundamentals of strategy and are learning proper court positioning; know the rules and can keep score and most are now playing in tournaments; and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound.

Beginner is a player with limited experience; they can serve the ball and can sustain a short rally with players of equal ability; they have the ability to keep score; these players would normally not play in tournaments, but we do often offer a novice category in our tournaments here in TP, because we like to include all in our events. See a more in-depth explanation here

Note - If a person cannot move quickly enough due to physical restrictions, then their rating will be reduced according to such limitations as related to the game.

We ask that if a court is earmarked for Advanced, that you only sign-up for this court if you can be considered an A player and play in the Advanced division in tournaments. If you consistently lose games, please consider moving to the Intermediate games.


Notice that Special Olympics coaching is ongoing on Tuesdays at 5-7pm, until Nov 7.


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