Change in Terminology  - Our association has decided to change our terminology from "Drop-in Play" to "Open Play" to lessen any confusion with any other organization.  As with any change it may take a little while to get used to but eventually we will get the hang of it.  As we are working with both Howard County Recreation and Parks as well as Columbia Association, we have experienced a difference in how the term "Drop-in" is being used.  To avoid this confusion, we will be revising the way we refer to our organized play sessions that are open to all our members as well as the public who would like to learn more about our sport and our organization.

Bundle up for PB this morning - Looks like we will have our first really cold day to play outdoor pickleball.  Barry will be setting up the Oakland Mills Ice Rink courts for open-play this morning starting at 10 am for all skill levels.  If you registered for our individual tournament, this will be held at the Owen Brown Tennis Club.  Joe & Steve will be preparing the courts around 9 am and warm-up starts at 9: 30 am.  We have rented a portable toilet for the weekend at the Owen Brown Tennis Club since the CA tennis office is closed for the season.  It's located just outside the entrance.  It will be available both for our tournament event and our Pickleball Potluck Social on Sunday.  Please remember, there will be no open-play for intermediate to advance skills at either Locust Park or Vantage Park due to the individual tournament this morning.

Last PB Potluck Social for 2019 - Sunday looks like a much nicer day to play pickleball.  The association is hosting a PB Social on Sunday afternoon, 11/10/19, from 1 pm till we are done.  The association will be ordering pizza around 2 pm based on the number who register.  Please bring an appetizer or a dessert to share along with your preferred beverage.  The association will supply plates, napkins and utensils as well as tables for the food.  We are requesting a $5 donation per person to help offset the cost to be paid in cash or check made out to HCPA on site.  Please use the following doodle to sign-up for the event. We will also use the information from the registration doodle to determine how many additional nets need to be setup, so if you intend to join us please use the doodle sign-up.

Pickleball Potluck Social Sign-up

Hope to see you on the courts!

Last PB Potluck Social for 2019 - It looks like Sunday will be a nice day to play PB.  The association is hosting a PB Social on Sunday afternoon, 11/10/19, from 1 pm till we are done.  The association will be ordering pizza around 2 pm based on the number who register.  Please bring an appetizer or a dessert to share along with your preferred beverage.  The association will supply plates, napkins and utensils as well as tables for the food.  We are requesting a $5 donation per person to help offset the cost to be paid in cash or check made out to HCPA on site.  Please use the following doodle to sign-up for the event. We will also use the information from the registration doodle to determine how many additional nets need to be setup, so if you intend to join us please use the doodle sign-up.

PB Potluck Social Sign-up

Upcoming Saturday Drop-in Sessions - HCPA is hosting a tournament at the Owen Brown Tennis Club on Saturday morning for all who have previously registered.  There will be no Intermediate to Advanced drop-in sessions that morning.  The Oakland Mills Ice Rink courts will be setup for all skill levels starting at 10 am on Saturday.

Monday Evening Drop-in at Chapelgate - Looks like weather may be a factor on Monday evening.  Chapelgate follows Howard County Public School System's lead on weather so if either the county schools are closed or events cancelled due to weather, Chapelgate will follow suit.  Please use the doodle posted to the top of the Organized Play to sign-up.  We will be requesting attendee's to initial the sign-up sheet which will be posted on the white board so we can track who registered for that evening.

Owen Brown Tennis Club Update - The lights have been turned back on at OBTC for PB courts.  They turn on at 4:45 pm.  The facility is available to the public both CA members and non-members due to CA closing their office.  

Columbia Association's Pickleball Offerings - The CA website is continuing to be updated for pickleball lesson, drop in and league play times.  Use the following link to check out the latest information.

CA's Pickleball Offerings

HCPA Organized Play - Revised - Due to some confusion with my last email, I wish to revise our outdoor drop-in pickleball schedule.  Now that Owen Brown Tennis Club is open for all our members to play at (due to CA closing for the season but not locking it up); we will be using this during the week for all our drop-in sessions.  We are establishing the following drop-in sessions:

Monday, Tuesday & Thursday mornings - all skill levels - general start time is 10 am but if it appears to be too cold we may adjust the time (check the website home page flash news line).  For Wed. & Friday mornings - recommend going to North Laurel Community Center.

Tuesday & Thursday evenings - all skill levels - target start time is 5 pm but come when you can. The lights should come on before it gets dark. 

Saturday mornings - New player to intermediate recreation play will remain at the Oakland Mills Ice Rink courts with start time of around 10 am (weather permitting).   The intermediate to advanced players will consolidate at the Owen Brown Tennis Club PB courts also starting at 10 am.

This coming Saturday, November 9th, will be an exception due to our individual tournament being held at OBTC that morning.  Anyone not participating in the tournament can play at the Oakland Mills Ice Rink courts.  The tournament will be setting up around 9 am and starting play at 10 am.

HC Recreation & Parks League - The following announcement was sent out regarding a league starting in Dec. and going till Feb.  See link below:

HCR&P Winter League

Weekday afternoon drop-in sessions - Due to the end of daylight savings time on Nov. 3rd and Halloween on Thursday, next week will be the final week for organized play sessions in the afternoons for the association.  Tuesday afternoon will be the last drop-in session at Locust Park and Wed. afternoon will be the last drop-in session at the Ice Rink.
Weekday morning drop-in session on Tuesdays - These drop-in sessions will continue till the weather turns too bad.  Start time will depend on the weather.  If you are available to assist as a volunteer to bring nets, setup and take down, please contact Earl (sneeringere@gmail.com). 
Saturday morning drop-in sessions - will continue at the three locations but the times will be set based on the temperatures we have.  Notification of any time changes will go out via email and will be posted to the home page news banner.
Association tournament on Nov. 9th - We have closed the registration for the individual based tournament planned for Sat. Nov. 9th.  The location still remains open as we are waiting to hear if OBTC would be available.  There will be no Saturday drop-in sessions at Locust Park or Vantage Park that day but we will be setting up nets at the Ice Rink.  Joe and Steve are still looking for volunteers to assist with managing these events, please let them know if you would be available.
Indoor PB venues for winter -  We are seeking volunteers to setup and take down the school cafeterias for weekday evening indoor sessions.  At present we are considering Folly Quarter Middle School (for which we have identified volunteers), Burleigh Manor Middle School and Bryant Woods Elementary School.  We are also looking at the Lake Elkhorn & Cradlerock cafeterias if they become available and are searching for any other schools that could be used.  If you are aware of any schools that have a large cafeteria, please submit the name to me via email (see above).  Please use the following doodle to identify if your willing to volunteer and what nights would be good for you.  Once the schools are identified, we can work out who covers what schools.  We will likely only have one net per school cafeteria and will limit the number of people to 8 to sign-up for the night.  Each volunteer will automatically be playing at that location and will be the 9th and 10th player(s).
Assoc. Newsletter - A big thank-you to Joanne Griesser for publishing our newsletter.  If you have any feedback on the newsletter, please send it to me and I will forward it on.  We are collecting articles for our Winter news letter so feel free to contribute.

YMCA Notification - The YMCA is preparing to start offering additional time for OPEN GYM pickleball.  On Sundays, starting on November 10th, the Upper Gym will have 3 courts available for open play from 4 pm til 6:45 pm. 

The gym will be open to non YMCA members also. More details with regards to the cost to follow later.
Thinking of joining the YMCA for the winter - the cost is $50 per month for a single member plus a one time $50 fee to join. You can join for say....Jan to end of April for $250. It also gives you access to the YMCA facilities. Play is available Monday, Wed, Thur, Friday 9 am to 1 pm.
Missing a water bottle? - The following water bottle was left at the Ice Rink courts over the summer during one of the morning sessions.  If this is your bottle, please contact Earl.

Saturday morning drop-in change - We will be shifting the Saturday morning play from Thunder Hill Elementary School to the Vantage House tennis courts starting on 10/19/19.   This is typically intermediate to advanced players.  The courts are on the same road that accesses the Historic Oakland Manor house with the address of:

5430 Vantage Point Rd, Columbia, MD 21044
 
From Route 29:   Take West exit off of R 29 on Route 175-
Get in your left lane, use the 2nd traffic lite  ( first interchange that you can make a left turn) 
turn left onto Vantage Point Rd.
 
Look for the Oakland Sign on your right - just past the Vantage House.  The courts are behind the playground on the right side of Vantage Point Rd. Parking is limited, there are about 10 parking spots on Vantage Point Rd. just past the playground and about 12 parking spots in back of the tennis courts.
 
There will likely be leaves on the court as there are some large trees that partially cover the court but we should have a blower to clear off the courts.
   

Public Hearing on Building Pickleball Courts in Howard County - The public hearing will be held this week on Wed. evening, 10/16, starting at 7 pm at the Recreation and Parks headquarters at 7120 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia on Wednesday.   We appreciate all those who have signed up for attending and have about 40 people as of Monday morning.  We would like as many members to attend either wearing their pickleball shirts or carrying their paddles.  We do anticipate some opposition to some of these proposals.  It would be nice if we had more numbers showing greater interest in building more pickleball courts.  Please provide your address when you sign-in so they know you are within Howard County.  Here's the doodle poll if you haven't signed up yet.

Registration for HCR&P Public Hearing

  

Howard County Recreation & Parks will not be able to accept testimony via email. If any citizens would like to sign up to either speak at the hearing or provide online testimony if they cannot attend, they can use the links listed below. Citizens are reminded that internet testimony is considered public information and is subject to the Maryland Public Information Act. Citizens who do not wish to sign up online, will still be able to sign up in person at the public hearing beginning at 6:30 PM on the night of the hearing.

Recreation and Parks Advisory Board - https://www.howardcountymd.gov/advisoryboard

Online Testimony - https://apps.howardcountymd.gov/E_RAPTestimony/

Lack of Attendance on Thursday Mornings - due to the lack of people showing up on Thursday mornings, we are setting up nets at the Ice Rink on Tuesday and Saturday mornings and dropping Thursday mornings.

Wednesday Late Afternoon Drop-in - We will be starting our Wed. afternoon drop-in this coming week, 10/16 from 4 pm to 6 pm.  This should give people time to make the public hearing meeting held at the Howard County Recreation & Park's headquarters located off of Oakland Mills Road that same evening.

Chapelgate Monday Evening Sign-up - The sign-up doodle for Monday evenings at Chapelgate from 7 pm to 9:30 pm can be found on the "Organized Play" page after logging into our website.  It get's posted on Thursday mornings and will be active till Monday evening.

Public Hearing on Building Pickleball Courts in Howard County - The public hearing will be held in a week at the Recreation and Parks headquarters at 7120 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia on Wednesday, October 16th at 7 pm.  We would like as many members to attend either wearing their pickleball shirts or carrying their paddles.  We do anticipate some opposition to some of these proposals.  It would be nice if we had more numbers showing greater interest in building more pickleball courts.  Please provide your address when you sign-in so they know you are within Howard County.  If you are able to attend, please use the following link to access the doodle we put together so we have an idea of how many folks will be attending.

Registration for HCR&P Public Hearing

Howard County Recreation & Parks will not be able to accept testimony via email. If any citizens would like to sign up to either speak at the hearing or provide online testimony if they cannot attend, they can use the links listed below. Citizens are reminded that internet testimony is considered public information and is subject to the Maryland Public Information Act. Citizens who do not wish to sign up online, will still be able to sign up in person at the public hearing beginning at 6:30 PM on the night of the hearing.

Recreation and Parks Advisory Board - https://www.howardcountymd.gov/advisoryboard

Online Testimony - https://apps.howardcountymd.gov/E_RAPTestimony/

 

Use of Owen Brown Tennis Club Pickleball Courts - I have received several questions on why we aren't using the OBTC Pickleball courts.  The contractor working on the lights is still at it and CA's Tennis and Pickleball staff are not sure when they will be finished.  We have been requested by Sonny Tannan, the CA Pickleball Coach, not to use the PB courts until further notice.  We are hoping they will complete the task by the end of the month but we can't count on it.

Wednesday Evening Drop-in Session for Oct. - we have received a small number of folks interested in playing late in the afternoon on Wednesday.  Stephanie Lauer will be bringing the nets to the courts behind the Oakland Mills Ice Rink starting next Wed., 10/15 around 4 pm.  She will setup one net and if enough people show up, additional nets can be setup later.  The session will go till 6 pm or when it gets too dark to play.  If there is a question on the weather, check the top of the home page on our website.

Winter Drop-in Session on Saturday Morning - we had enough people showing interest in playing at the Lake Elkhorn gym and cafeterias from January through March.  I have put in a request for that gym and I'm waiting to hear if we can use it or not.  It will likely be sometime in Dec. before I learn if this is possible.  Once I find out we will setup up the means to register to play as well as a substitute system.  Stay tuned.

Informal Individual Tournament Planned for Nov. 9th - Our association will be sponsoring an event on Saturday November 9th at two different venues- The event will be a random draw doubles event with entrants individually signing up for either advanced or intermediate play. The venue for each has yet to be determined. You will switch partners for each round. Play will start at 10.00 am with the nets to be set up at 9:30 and check in is also at 9:30 am.  

We can accommodate 16+ players at each event and there will be numerous games of 15 minutes each with each individual players total points be recorded. An additional 5 points will be awarded to the two individuals that win that specific game.
The top 4 point winners will go into the Finals.
To enter either event- please email both  Steve Orr and Joe Beitz and indicate which event you would like to play in

Steve Orr: 

steventorr1@gmail.com

Cost is $5.00 per player- cash- payable on the day of the event
We can always use volunteers to help out with this venue, please let us know if you can volunteer.
If you have any questions, please let both Steve and Joe know

Planned event for Nov. 9th -

Ho Co Pickleball Association will be sponsoring an event on Saturday November 9th at two different venues- The event will be a random draw doubles event with entrants individually signing up for either advanced or intermediate play. The venue for where play will be for each event has yet to be determined. You will be partnered with a player randomly on each round of play. 
We can accommodate 16 + players at each event and there will be numerous games of 15 minutes each with each individual players total points be recorded. An additional 5 points will be awarded to the two individuals that win that specific game.
The top 4 point winners will go into the Finals.
To enter either event- please email both  Steve Orr and Joe Beitz and  indicate which event you would like to play in- Advanced or intermediate. This is a chance for anyone to play in the advanced as this is a fun event and not a tournament.

Steve Orr-  

steventorr1@gmail.com

Joe Beitz - 

joedsp1125@gmail.com

Cost is $5.00 per player- 
Start time will be- 10.00
Warm up time will be approximately 30 minutes prior.
If you are available to volunteer to assist with the event, please contact Steve & Joe.
If you have any questions, please let both Steve and Joe know
Wednesday Evening Drop-in for Oct. - I have a volunteer who is willing to bring nets and setup for Wed. evening drop-in sessions from 4 pm to 6 pm (or dark).  I am attempting to gauge the interested from our PB community.  This would be all skill levels.
Please use the following doodle to show your interest.

Unable to make the public hearing for new PB courts - We were informed that Howard County Recreation & Parks can not accept emails for testimony in lieu of attending the public hearing.  If you would like to provide an online testimony then please use the link listed below.   Please do not send any other emails to Bob Liz as we incorrectly advised in the previous announcement.

https://apps.howardcountymd.gov/E_RAPTestimony/

The following was on HCR&P's public hearing notification, found via the following link.  "Citizens are reminded that internet testimony is considered public information and is subject to the Maryland Public Information Act. Citizens who do not wish to sign up online, will still be able to sign up in person at the public hearing beginning at 6:30 PM on the night of the hearing."

https://www.howardcountymd.gov/advisoryboard

This coming Monday evening at Chapelgate - I have posted the sign-up doodle for this coming Monday, 10/7, for the evening drop-in session at Chapelgate gym.  Unfortunately, we will be limiting the number of registrants to 16 due to the need to use two courts for the churches congregation instruction which we agreed to in order to have access to their gym.  You will find the doodle on the "Organized Play" page.

Additionally, we were informed by Jim McKee, the Church's Executive Pastor and a fellow association member, that the painters tape is effecting their resurfaced gym floor and we will have to stop using it.  We are in the process of acquiring a set of plastic lines and corners similar to what is used at the Glenwood Senior Center to mark the court lines.  I'm attempting to acquire these lines by Monday so we can test them out that evening.  If this impacts your desire to play at Chapelgate and you have already signed up, please send me an email to remove your name from the doodle; my email address is sneeringere@gmail.com.

 

Our Association has worked very hard to promote the growth of pickleball courts in Howard County.   We have had success in doing this but now we have the best opportunity to add a significant number of new pickleball courts.   Howard County Recreation and Parks (HCR&P) have tentative plans to add some additional courts within our county.  HCR&P have set up a public hearing meeting for public reaction to their proposed development of additional pickleball courts at Atholton Park, Centennial Park and Rockburn Park as per the following sign posted at various parks. 

The meeting will be at the Recreation and Parks headquarters at 7120 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia on Wednesday, October 16th at 7 pm.  We need as many members as possible to attend wearing their Association T-shirts or carrying their pickleball paddles. There will be some people attending this meeting opposing the addition of the pickleball courts because it will require re-purposing some tennis, skate and basketball spaces.  To do this re-purposing to pickleball facilities HCR&P will be looking at numbers attending this meeting.   We need to show up in great enough numbers to overcome any opposition to their plans.  When you sign in you will need to give your address so they understand where the public comes from.  Therefore, it is important that we have members from the communities close to where the new courts will be located.  If you can't attend the meeting you can still assist by sending an email supporting the development of the courts to Robert Linz, Acting Chief of Capital Projects for Recreation and Parks at: 

blinz@howardcountymd.gov

Below is a link to a Doodle to give us an idea of how many people plan to attend the meeting or sending an email.