Play with your grandchild (or child) on National Grand Parents Day - The Columbia Association and the Howard County Pickleball Association are jointly sponsoring this event on National Grandparents Day Sunday, Sept. 8th from 4-7 pm. Everyone is welcome regardless if you are a CA member. Let's make this a great way to have some fun with young people and promote youth pickleball. We are asking our members to fill out the Doodle below to let us know you are coming.
HCPA Attending Grandparents PB Event
To register, contact the Owen Brown Tennis Club office. See the CA Flyer for further details found either under the Assoc. News heading or by using the following link:
CA Flyer for Play with your Grandparent
Reminder - PB Potluck Social This Evening - Come out and join your fellow members at the Owen Brown Tennis Club for some finger food, Pickleball and socializing. As of now, the weather says there's only a 30% chance of storms around 7 pm so lets keep our fingers crossed it bypasses us. Sonny Tannan asked me to mention that construction on the lights was still ongoing and may impact some of the courts. We will be lining at least 3 or 4 PB courts on the adjacent tennis courts provided they are unoccupied. We are bringing the nets and painter's tape to set them up. CA has provided marks to make the setup of these courts with our portable nets easier.
Due to the weather - lets get an earlier start, say 5 pm. It will be hot but that doesn't seem to stop us. We will go till dark or till it rains. If the weather appears to be uncooperative earlier than expected - I will post a status update to the top of the home page on our web site.
Please bring some kind of appetizer, salad, entree or dessert to share and bring with you your preferred beverage. Please remember to grab your food around 8:15 pm to make our clean-up effort go easier for our volunteers.
We are considering assigning one court as a challenge court and have it's own white board to manage the desired players. The rules of the court will be, if your team wins, the pair can stay on the court for up to 3 games, playing another set of two players. After 3 wins both teams will vacate the court for the next four who signed up. If you decide to play on the other courts, please cross your name off so our coordinators won't be looking for someone whose not available to play. The setup of this court will depend on the number of attendee's and the number of courts available to us.
We will be having a white board setup for the other courts. Sign you name in an empty square to the left. Hopefully, this will make finding people who need to go out next easier. We will have a coordinator initially monitoring the board to help get this new process started.
There will be no drop-in sessions at Locust Park this evening.
Thanks for all your assistance and patience in helping to make these social events run smoothly.
HCPA Fall Tournament - Did you forget about the upcoming Fall Tournament?
There is still time to signup.
Get a partner and signup for the fun. The first three are for the Intermediate & Advanced players and we are offering a special fun tournament just for Ice Rink player (novice to intermediate) only on the last date.
Woman - Sept 7
Men - Sept 14
Mixed - Sept 21
Ice Rink - Sept 28
Send your team info to both:
Joe Beitz - email@example.com
Steven Orr - firstname.lastname@example.org
If anyone would like to volunteer some time to help work on the upcoming 4 tournaments this September scheduled for 1 pm to 3 pm - please email Steve Orr & Joe Beitz to let them know which days you would be available to volunteer.
Monday Evening at Chapelgate Christian Academy Gym - Thanks to all who participated in the doodle poll, there is definitely an interest. We are partnering with the Chapelgate Presbyterian Church to setup Picklball drop-in sessions on Monday evenings. They are offering the use of their gym and we are managing the evening sessions and offering their congregation lessons. We will be starting this on Sept. 9th from 7 pm to 10 pm. This will run till sometime in December; the exact date is yet to be determined. It appears we can setup four nets in the gym. Given this we will be using a weekly sign-up doodle that will be published to our website a few days prior to the session and we will announce the approximate day and time when it will be posted. We will be limiting the number of players per session to avoid long wait times. One or two Monday's per month we will be designating two of the four courts for instruction for the host's congregation members interested in learning more about our sport. If we have four courts we will limit the sign-up to 24 players and if we have two courts the limit will be 16 players. The doodle will be a first come first serve setup, locking down the doodle once the total has be reached. More details to follow as we get closer.