Pickleball Fix

by Bev Crane

February and March, 2023 are busy months for TPPC members with many events and activities coming up, including those listed below for this coming week.

February Monthly Cookout. The Cookout for February is the first Sat., Feb 4 at 5:30pm at the Pavilion. The main dish is meatball subs. The cost for the cookout is now $5, an increase of $2. The sign-up deadline on the Den is Thurs., Feb. 2 at 5:00pm. Bring a dish enough for 6-8 persons. Volunteers are needed to help set up tables and check in members. To help, contact Melanie Havekes.

Upcoming Events This Week

--Signing up on Den (Members). When you sign up a friend on Den to play, choose Sign up Member and type in their name or part of their name and click it. Most people playing today are members. Only use Sign up a guest when it is apparent they are not members and do not normally play here.

Note: One person should not sign up numerous members and/or guests filling up one or two courts at the same time daily. This has been happening and prevents other players from reserving a space on a court. Times especially in the morning from 9-11am and 11am-1pm are very popular, and it is difficult to get those play times if one person is signing them all up on Den.

--Ball Machine Training. Like all sports, practice is important if you really want to improve your game. We are fortunate to have two excellent pickleball machines that you can add to your training program. To help you get started, we are adding ball machine demonstration sessions where you can learn how to safely operate the equipment and use it for your practice sessions. The first session will be on Wednesday, February 8 from 1-3pm on Court 3. Sign up for the session on the Den. There may be people on the waitlist, so please take your name off the list if you decide not to play. Depending on demand, we plan on repeating the sessions each Wednesday at 1pm.

--The ThrowBack Event for all women picklers for the month of Feb is on Thursday, February 9 at 5pm at the Lodge Courts instead of Tuesday at 5pm. The Lodge Courts are not available on Tuesday evenings for three months (Feb, Mar, Apr) due to Special Olympics. The Event format will be the same: Four (4) courts will be available to play pickleball followed by socializing. Please bring a snack to share, and everyone brings their own drink. For questions call Karen Toof. Come play pickleball and socialize with your colleagues. Great fun!

--5th Annual Pickleball Bash--the Annual TPPC Dinner/Dance is at the Lodge – Friday, March 10, 2023 at 5pm. Tickets are $20/ cash or check.

--Pickleball Bash Tickets for Members will go on sale at the Pavilion:

--Tuesday, February 7, from 9am-11am

--Wednesday, February 8, from 4pm-6pm

--Saturday, February 11, from 9am-11am

--Tuesday, February 14, from 9am-11am

After the first week members may purchase tickets for guests on sale as follows:

--Wednesday, February 15, from 4pm-6pm

--Saturday, February 18, from 9am-11am

If you buy a table of 8 during the first week, all names must be members. We will put the names on a list, on the ticket and are making nametags. Members must purchase tickets for their guests.

--TPPC By-laws. Sue Hunter stated that her committee of Chris Gottfried and Colleen Stewart has been working on revisions of the TPPC By-laws. These need to be reviewed and will be voted on at the TPPC Annual Meeting on March 13.

--FIRST AID CORNER by Pat Thayer. February is heart awareness month. Just a few tips to share. If you are experiencing any or all of these symptoms of a heart attack on or off the court, please let someone know. If you are alone, call 911 even if you think it’s “nothing.” If on the court share what you are feeling with your fellow pickleball players.

Signs and Symptoms of a heart attack include: Pain or heaviness in your chest. Fullness in upper abdomen mimicking indigestion. Pain may radiate down your arm or up into your jaw (especially women). Shortness of breath. Dizziness. Nausea. Profuse sweating. Stop your activity and sit down. Tell someone what you are feeling. Do not feel embarrassed or ignore the symptoms.

Fellow players: One person to be in charge. Assign someone to call 911, assign someone to get AED and first aid kit. Unfortunately there is always a need for crowd control. Everyone’s concerns are valid but it can make the situation chaotic and noisy for those trying to communicate with each other. Stay with player until EMS arrives. If the situation declines and the player stops breathing and has no pulse, start CPR and put AED in place.

--Court Parking Area. As a courtesy to players, please try to leave the parking spaces north of the north driveway for cars, and park golf carts in the designated golf cart spaces to the south of the entrance.

Lot’s happening at the Courts! 2022 Stats: Last year 36,379 players signed up in the Den. 12,902 signed up at 9:00am, the most popular time; 5,683 early risers signed up at 7:00am; 4,732 played at 5:00pm, and the rest were in between times, proving these courts get used a lot!

--Watch for More Exciting Events – Getaway Cruise. A committee of fellow pickleball players has formed to look into a Gals Getaway Cruise from February 5-9, 2024. Pickleball members only. There is a limited number of each type of room so first come first served.

We will be sailing on Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas for 4 nights and leave from Port Canaveral. Ports of call will be Nassau and CocoCay with one "at sea" day. This ship has 3 pickleball courts! If you would like to cruise with us, there will be a general meeting at the PARC Pavilion this Wednesday, February 8 at 11am. Any questions, please call Barb Lacek .

Thank you!

See you on the Courts!

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