Pickleball Fix

by Mel Kohlberg

Pickleball Fix


As announced at our regular Board meeting on December 12, there is a vacancy on the Board of Directors following the resignation of a director. By Den message previously, the Board announced it is seeking candidates to fill the vacancy, with a term of office from January 9 through March 28, 2024, terminating at our Annual Members’ Meeting. All interested parties should submit a letter of interest to the Board email account by January 5, with the selection of the successful candidate to take place at our next regular Board meeting on January 9, 2024.


In case you receive a notice from The Pickleball Den asking for you to submit your 2024 subscription to them, DO NOT PAY THEM! The Club handles Den subscriptions for you in bulk. Fear not, we’ve got you covered.


Back by popular demand and coming to a venue near you, Beginner Lessons return Jan 11, 7:00pm, courts #1-2. These lessons are for folks new to Pickleball. Topics covered – and you should NOT miss the lessons for this – Safety, dinking (drinking is taught in the Intermediate classes), serving, scoring, rules, and etiquette. Knowing all this stuff will help you get a better handle on how to play the game. We promise!!


Our next two cookouts are January 6th and January 20th. The Jan 6th menu is cabbage rolls by Barb Kabzinsky. And surprise, Karen Toof once again stepped up to be the cook for January 20th and will make her famous pulled pork! This will be the last month of two cookouts per month unless we have members step up to be in charge of a Saturday. We normally have enuf volunteer help for set up and clean up, but we need a few leaders to help plan the menu and either cook or order/pick up the main dish. It can be as simple as ordering pizza or fried chicken and picking it up at Winn Dixie or Publix, or you can do the cooking or grilling yourself. To learn more, please contact Diane Beaudoin. If no one steps up, we will discontinue Saturday night cookouts. Your help is needed to keep this alive. Also, if you sign up to attend and need to cancel after the Thursday deadline, you still need to pay your $5, since we’d have ordered food and prep for you.

Thank you!


Beginning the first of the year, as a result of monitoring court usage data, NPU schedules will change. Levels A and B will have two NPU sessions each day. The 1st session will be 8:00-9:30am, and the 2nd session will be 9:30-11:00am. This way, 48 people will be able to play NPU at each level per day, double the previous capacity of 24. We ask that you only sign-up to play on one of these sessions per day, to give as many people as possible the chance to play.

Level C has had fewer people sign up, so for now, we will continue their NPU schedule at one session, 9:00-11:00am, each day. We ask the C level players to let us know if they feel they need more sessions. We will also be watching the data from the Den to see if it warrants a change.

Note that the early risers can then sign-up to play for a 6:30-8:00 session.


Here’s a chance to have a mentor watch you play and give feedback. Limiting the event to 4 participants and the mentor. You can sign-up on the Den for every Saturday at 1pm, starting Jan 6. If this is well received, we will try to expand to more courts or an additional date/time. Also, we’re looking for volunteers to be mentors. Call/text/email Marsha Lorenzen, 419-290-6052, or tedmar1@live.com.


Please see the attached Schedule of Events PDF file for a detailed list of all events scheduled. Play out the rest of the year – thru the 31st – as usual, and then pick up on the new schedule (attached) beginning January 1, when the largely revised calendar takes effect. See above NPU Schedule for some specifics, and several other events which will be beginning, too.



Happy New Year one and all.

Peace on courts and goodwill to all players

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