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Friday May 22 ~ 4:30 – 7:00
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HSV Pickleball Club News (emailed)

Updates and reminders from the President:

A court reservation system has been put into effect. You may now go to our website (hsvpickleball.org) and pull down the tab on the menu line. For your first visit, complete instructions are there.  Please start using this for two reasons. 1) You will be assured of having a court, or more if your group needs them, when you show up at the courts.  2) We will have a better idea of the court utilization.  The POA wants us to report what our usage is.?!?  If you have a question, feel free to contact me or the webmaster Bill Booth.

The ‘open – drop in’ time has been changed for the summer.  It is now 8-10am every day. In addition, There is now an ‘open – drop in’ time at 6pm on Thursday. I plan to be there the first few weeks to get this going. I encourage all of you to use these times when you want to play, and don’t have a group. We have quite a few new members, and want to be sure that they are welcome at these times.  That means that it may be necessary to calibrate play by skill level.

Ladder leagues are now in progress.  They are set up so that you do not have to commit to being there every week.  There are ladders for all skill levels, and you can join in now, even tho you have missed some weeks. See the Ladder info on our website.

The next Rec Committee meeting is Mon the 11th at 4pm, at the Coronado Center.   The pickleball courts future is on the agenda, and will be discussed.  It will be good if we can fill the room with players.

This Saturday, May 9th, is ‘Pepperoni Pickleball’, an outing for 4.0+ Club members. Information is available on the website. Please let Christie know you’re coming by May 7.

As always, If you have something you want addressed, please feel free to contact any or all of your Board members. (Jim, Bill, Al, Holly, Christie, Kent, or Susan)  We are here to serve you.

Keep ’em in play;       jim

Jim McPherson

Pickleball News (emailed)

Time Change for Morning Drop-in at the Desoto CourtsStarting May 1, morning drop-in will be from 8:00am to 10:00am for the hot months.

Other Time Changes

Ladder captains can coordinate with their players if it is desired to move to 10am starting in May. Group leaders should email if calendar changes are needed.

New Thursday Evening Drop-in

A new drop-in has been scheduled for Thursday evenings from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. It begins May 7 for all skill levels. If successful, additional evening drop-ins might be scheduled.

Pickleball Open House at the Desoto Courts.
Friday May 1, 3:00pm-7:00pm and Saturday May 2, 10:00am-2:00pm

The club is sponsoring an open house to introduce pickleball to residents of Hot Springs Village. It is a great opportunity to help your friends and neighbors get to know the game that you love. Experienced players will be on hand to help them play the game. Volunteers are needed to help with drinks and snacks. Email Jim McPherson to volunteer. Rating Clinics

The next rating clinic is for players going for a 3.0-3.5 rating on April 30, 1:00pm-3:00pm. The Skill Rating Committee of Hot Springs Village is offering rating clinics to the pickleball players of the HSV Pickleball Club. Each Clinic will consist of 8 to 16 players who have rated themselves at their skill level. Players will play games with and against other players of similar skill levels. Sign up at this link:
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0f48aeab23a4f49-hsvpickleball

Pickleball Winners at Texas Senior Games

Winners at Texas Senior Games

Winners at Texas Senior Games – L to R: Emile Borne, Jane Riffel, Christie Borne

The thrill of the win was experienced by Jane Riffel, and Emile and Christie Borne as they competed in a four day tournament at the Texas Senior Games in San Antonio, Texas April 14-17.

Jane and her partner, Dorinda Williams out-pickled the other opponents and landed the gold medal in 65-69 women’s doubles.  Emile and Roger Workman took the gold in men’s 65-69 doubles.  Christie took gold in 60-64 women’s singles, silver in women’s 60-64 doubles with Carolyn Bagley from Arizona, and bronze with Rick Mendenhall from in 60-64 mixed doubles.

With pickleball players from California, Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Oklahoma, and Arizona, it was tough competition for 193 players throughout the week at Mission Concepcion Park.  Hot Springs Village Pickleball Club was successfully represented!

HSV Pickleballers shine in Tennessee tournament

Diane and Dennis Ramsdell (with backs to the camera) play Mary and Lee Hendrix in the finals of B Mixed Doubles.

Diane and Dennis Ramsdell (with backs to the camera) play Mary and Lee Hendrix in the finals of B Mixed Doubles.

Eleven HSV Pickleball Club members were among 106 total players who descended upon the Bartlett, Tenn. coommunity center to battle for top honors in the second annual Spring Fling Pickleball Tournament April 10 and 11.

Located northeast of Memphis, Bartlett drew entries from Mississippi, Arkansas and Tennessee.

Competing in all doubles brackets, three Hot Springs Village doubles teams captured first place: Diane Ramsdell and Jane Riffel, Women’s A Doubles; Rick Gautier and David Tappe, Men’s A+ Doubles; and Diane and Dennis Ramsdell, Mixed B Doubles.

Coming in second place were doubles teams Jim McPherson and Lee Hendrix (Memphis), Men’s B+ Doubles; Jane Riffel and Jim McPherson, Mixed B+ Doubles; Larry Davis and his Tennessee partner, Mixed C Doubles.

Third place finishers were: Larry Davis and Dennis Ramsdell, Men’s B+ Doubles; and Bobby Roling and Dan Ellsworth, Men’s A+ Doubles.

Players enjoyed special hospitality from Olive Garden, Subway and Buffalo Wild Wings.

Many local upcoming events are in the works for pickleball activities this spring and the upcoming summer and fall.

Village residents are invited to stop by the DeSoto Family Recreation Center and check out an exploding new sport, a great way to exercise, have fun and meet new friends. Ask anyone who is playing, or consult the active website, hsvpickleball.org.