Next PB Potluck Social - Although we are still planning on having our PB social on Sunday, 9/22, in the afternoon from 4 pm to dark; the venue location may need to change due to the closing of the office and the construction.  This was just learned this morning so I will need to confer with the board to determine if an alternative location is feasible.  Stay tuned for more information as we figure out what we want to do.  Once again, here is the doodle sign-up link:

Sign-up for PB Potluck Social on 9/22

Winter PB indoors on Sat. morning - At the moment we have 11 people who responded positively to our request for people willing to pay upfront for the Saturday morning school sessions.  The association has decided to request a minimum of 16 people to register.  We still need five more folks to sign-up.  Once it get's closer I will establish a mechanism on our web page to pay the amount.  We will also be looking for substitutes who could possibly reimburse you if you aren't able to make it.  We are limited in our indoor venues so we are hoping this will be available to us like last year.  Here's the doodle poll link to sign-up for the Saturday indoor session to ensure we get the minimum 16 people.

Rate Hike Poll

Drop-in PB on Monday Evenings at Chapelgate - the signup doodle has been posted to the Organized Play page.  The link for that page is:  

Organized Play web page

PB Potluck Social Pictures - Thanks to Ward Horner and Michael Smolyak, we have some pictures from our last PB social.  You can find them under the Photo's menu on our web site.

Next PB Potluck Social - Our next PB Potluck Social is scheduled for Sunday afternoon on 9/22 from 4 pm to 7 pm.  Like we did previously, we hope to get a head count on the number of people to expect.  More details will be provided later. Here's the doodle poll link:

PB Potluck Social Sign-up for 9/22

Indoor PB on Saturday mornings for winter - Finding indoor facilities to play PB in Howard County is a challenge due primarily to the basketball programs withing the county.  Last year we were able to reserve the Lake Elkhorn gym and two cafeterias for a Saturday morning drop-in session.  We are required to pay for the custodian for a minimum of 4 hours to use this facility.  Due to the rate hike that recently happened, we would need to have 20 people sign-up to pay $13 per session or $130 for 10 sessions.  We would seek substitutes to fill days when someone is unavailable.  At this time, it doesn't look like this is feasible due to only getting 4 people's responses to our survey with 3 being positive.  If we can't obtain enough people interested, we won't be able to offer this venue.  Our reservation request for this facility needs to go in by Oct. 1st.  Here's the doodle survey link again to see if there is any interest:

Survey for Indoor PB on Sat. AM for Winter 2020

From Joe Beitz our Tournament Director - 

Entries for the mixed doubles event on 9/21 in both intermediate and advanced close on 
9/16.  Contact Joe Beitz or Steve Orr if interested in signing up.
Due to the lack of interest, the plan to hold a tournament for the Ice Rink players has been canceled.
Trip to Ocean Pines for a PB Weekend - due to cancellations, Ken has decided to cancel this trip.
Lost & Found - If someone leaves something at the courts and you find it, members can post this item under the menu "Member Discussion" for forum topic "Lost & Found".  At present there are two items listed so if you are missing something you might check that page.

Our web page can be found at:

https://howardcountypickleball.org

We need your help in the use of the doodle poll.  The doodle poll is a surveying tool our association uses to help understand member's plans.  We try to use the doodle poll to help us create a better playing experience for all.  For yesterday’s PB Potluck Social at the Owen Brown Tennis Club 20 people indicated they planned to attend by using the specified doodle poll; however there were approximately 51 people that showed up to play.  Although it was manageable yesterday, the next time it might be 60 or more.  If we know how many will be attending we can coordinate with CA staff for additional courts creating less waiting time for all.  In the future, please help us by using the doodle so we can create a better playing experience for all.
Thank you for your help!

Chapelgate Indoor PB - I have created the doodle for our first indoor PB drop-in session on Monday, 9/9, starting at 7 pm.  We are using this doodle for both our members and the church congregation to sign-up for the 24 slots available for that night. If you sign up and then determine you can't make it, please send me an email so I can delete your entry (sneeringere@gmail.com).  In the future you will find the doodle posted on the Organized Play page within our website on Thursday morning.

Chapelgate Indoor PB Sign-up - 9/9/19

Organized Play Changes - This week will the the last for both Monday and Friday mornings.  Next week we are returning to our fall schedule of weekday drop-in sessions on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at the Ice Rink courts along with Monday nights at Chapelgate and Tuesday and Thursday evenings at Locust Park for intermediate to advance players.  We are considering adding another evening session for novice players but this will depend on obtaining a volunteer to setup the nets.  If anyone is willing to take this on, please contact Duane StClair (duanestclair@gmail.com).

PB Potluck Social - At present we have only 9 people signed up for our Thursday evening social.  This could be due to a variety of reasons, such as, the recent holiday gathering, schools are starting up or last chance vacations.  It is also possible that not everyone is using the doodle since this is a new twist.  In any case, to entice more people to attend, the association has decided to offer the purchase of pizza this time around.  You are welcome to bring some food to share as well.  Please bring your preferred beverage.  

The location of the social is the Owen Brown Tennis Club and the time is 4:30 pm to 7:30pm.

The Thurs. evening drop-in session at Locust Park will be cancelled as we have done in the past.

Please use the following doodle to register if you plan to attend to give us an idea of how many people to expect.

Sign-up for PB Potluck Social on 9/5/19

September Tournaments - There is still time to sign up for some of the Sept. tournaments. 

Please enter the doubles tournament with your partners name and email address; sending this to both Joe & Steve's email address (as shown below.
Entries for the men's tournament closes on 9/9, the mixed tournament on 9/16 and the Ice Rink event on 9/23.
At present no one has signed up for the Ice Rink event.  This is intended as a fun and relaxed tournament style event being offered to the players who typically play at the Ice Rink.  Any combination of two players can enter as a team and we will conduct a round robin type playoff between them.  We are offering this to our novice players as a way to try something new.  If you have any questions please contact Joe Beitz, our Tournament Director.
The cost is $10.00 per team and play will be round robin style.  Please pay in cash at the event.
Anyone who would like to volunteer for any or all of the events should contact 

Steve Orr - 

steventorr@gmail.com

or 

Joe Beitz- 

joedsp1125@gmail.com

National Grandparents Day PB Event - Our association is partnering with Columbia Association to help celebrate National Grandparents Day with a special "Play with your Grandparent" Pickleball session planned for Sunday, Sept 8th from 4 pm to 7pm.  CA is hosting this at the Owen Brown Tennis Club PB courts and HCPA is donating money to purchase pizza's for the attendees.  We are hoping some of our members would be willing to support this effort.  We setup a Doodle to track how many members were planning to attend.  The doodle link is:

HCPA Attending the Grandparents PB Event

Additional details and the way to sign-up for the event can be found on our website under Assoc. News - see the CA Flyer for additional details (that link has been fixed and now displays the flyer).

Association Pictures on our Website - Thank you for sharing your pictures of our association events and of the various tournaments our members have participated in.  I try to post them to our website as best I can, sometimes a bit delayed but they eventually show up.  If you have any pictures to share, please send them to sneeringere@gmail.com.

PB Potluck Social - We plan to have two socials in September.  We are considering changing the day of the social to Sunday afternoons due to the loss of daylight.  Please use the following Doodle poll to let us know if you would like the socials to continue on Thursday evenings with an earlier start time of 4:30 pm or move to Sunday afternoon starting at 4 pm.  The decision will be made this weekend based on your input and I will post our plans for the next social this coming week on Monday morning.

PB Social Date & Time Change Poll

Public School Facility Rate Increase - The Ho. Co. Public School System has increased their costs for using indoor facilities.  Due to this, we anticipate the need to increase the fee for the Saturday indoor sessions during the winter to $13.  We would need to sign-up a minimum of 20 people to cover the cost of the facility.  We are hoping to reserve Lake Elkhorn again for the winter period of January to March provided we have enough people committed to this and it is available.  I setup a Doodle Poll to survey our members if they would be willing to pay $13 per session for the indoor venue.  This will help us determine if it's worth making the reservation or not.  Please provide you input.

Winter Rate Hike Survey

Sept. Tournament Venue Change - We will be using the Hammond Park location for the Sept. tournaments.  The address for this park is 10700 Glen Hannah Dr, Laurel MD.

Organized Play Change - LP is adding Tuesday evening sessions!  Our weekday Locust Park drop-in sessions will be dropping the Wed. morning sessions and will be adding Tuesday evenings.  Both Tuesday and Thursday evening sessions will start at 5 pm.  This is effective Sept. 3rd.  Saturday mornings will continue at LP starting at 9 am.

Monday Evening at Chapelgate - The weekly sign-up for the Monday evening drop-in sessions will be posted early Thursday morning, hopefully by 7 am, to the Organized Play webpage.  This doodle poll will have a limit for the number of people attending.  If you sign-up and later find you can't make it, please inform Earl via email (sneeringere@gmail.com) so he can remove your entry from the poll.

 

 

Sept. Tournaments - 

Please enter the doubles tournament with your partners name and email address; sending this to both Joe & Steve's email address.
Entries for the women's tournament closes on 9/2, the men's tournament on 9/9, the mixed tournament on 9/16 and the Ice Rink event on 9/23.
The cost is $10.00 per team and play will be round robin style.  Please pay in cash at the event.
Anyone who would like to volunteer for any or all of the events should contact 

Steve Orr - 

steventorr@gmail.com

or 

Joe Beitz- 

joedsp1125@gmail.com

 

National Grandparents Day PB Event - Our association is partnering with Columbia Association to help celebrate National Grandparents Day with a special "Play with your Grandparent" Pickleball session planned for Sunday, Sept 8th from 4 pm to 7pm.  CA is hosting this at the Owen Brown Tennis Club PB courts and HCPA is donating money to purchase pizza's for the attendees.  We are hoping some of our members would be willing to support this effort.  We setup a Doodle to track how many members were planning to attend.  The doodle link is:

HCPA Attending the Grandparents PB Event

Additional details and the way to sign-up for the event can be found on our website under Assoc. News.  

Organized Play Changes - With the kids going back to school soon and the gyms re-starting their picleball programs our organized play schedule will be changing.  As of Sept. 9th, we will no longer be playing on Monday and Friday mornings, however, all other days will remain the same. 

Also starting on Sept. 9th is the indoor drop-in session at the Chapelgate Christian Academy gym starting at 7 pm.  We will be posting a doodle for our members & Chapelgate's congregation to sign-up for the 24 slots we are offering.  This will prevent over crowding on the four courts we intend to setup.  The doodle will be posted the week before and a notice will be sent out.

New Player Instruction - Barry is once again leading our new player instruction - Welcome back Barry.  If you know of anyone who would like to learn PB for free, have them go to our Instruction page and click on the link to register as a new player.  Barry maintains a email distribution list of all new players so he can communicate with them directly; which minimizes the emails sent to other members.  Barry will obtain the information from that form and add them to his list.  He sends out the new player instruction dates and times directly to the folks on that list weekly.

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 - joedsp1125@gmail.com
Steven Orr - steventorr1@gmail.com

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.

PB Potluck Social Scheduled for Thursday 8/22 - Our association is planning another PB Potluck Social this Thursday, weather permitting, from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm.  The weather appears to be questionable due to predicted thunderstorms but we can't go by that so we are planning on having it on Thursday.  Unfortunately, we have no one from the board to cover Friday as a backup date so if the weather cancels it, then it's cancelled for this week.  See the top of the web page for an announcement the day of - posting around 4:30 pm.  

We are planning to use a large white board with squares for peoples names as a new method for handling the court rotations.  In this way, people will know who is up next rather than searching for the owner of a paddle.  This should also reduce the manual effort of moving the paddles.  Folks can write their name down in the next sequential open square - going from top to bottom and left to right.  Once 4 people go to the court, their names will be crossed out.  The squares will be filled up and when the next column is full it erased.  This should allow people to fill in four names in a blank square if their is a desire to play together.  This should also help novice players to play together. Please note that even if a full square is available and there are two people listed in the square before them, the two need to go on the court prior to the four listed. Hopefully this will make the court transitions go smoother.  We should have someone managing the board to facilitate the rotations at the beginning of this new system.

We are working with CA to provide some additional PB courts on any available tennis courts adjacent to the PB courts.  We hope to lay the lines down on some of the tennis courts to offer more than 6 PB courts - it will depend on the availability of the tennis courts for that time period.

Please bring some food to share and place it in the small room at the top of the stairs.  Please remember to bring your preferred beverage as well.  Please try to pickup your food offering between 8:15 pm and 8:30 pm otherwise we will have to either trash it or offer it to someone else to take.  It's much easier for us for you to take your offering.

Please remember to move off the court after your finished.  This will give others the opportunity to play on various courts.

PB Social Pictures - we have modified our photo menu and added a photo slider for the previous PB Social on 8/8.  Thanks to Michael Smolyak for contributing these wonderful pictures of the various games and social times.

Delaware's Diamond State Pickleball Club Invitation - we have been invited to join in a "meet & greet" indoor PB session in Wilmington Delaware on Saturday August 31st from 9 am to 3 pm.  Delcastle Indoor Tennis Center will have 6 to 8 courts available for their members ($10) and non-members ($15).  This includes food from 11:30 am to 1 pm.  If you are in the area or want to go up to Wilmington that day, let me know via email and I will send you the invite link - sneeringere@gmail.com.  We received this invite because we are exploring an invitational event with this club sometime in the fall - no details yet.

Monday evening indoor PB opportunity - Jim McKee, a pastor from Chapelgate Christian Academy has offered the use of their school gym for Monday evenings.  We are planning to check it out to see how many courts could be setup and work out the details.  It would be after 6:30 pm in the evening after the school programs finish. I'm interested in knowing how many members would be willing to participate in this.  The school is located on Marriotsville Road between Rt. 40 and Rt. 70.  Please use the following doodle if interested.

Monday evening indoor PB survey