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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

 Board Minutes

The November and December Board Minutes have been posted.  To view or download click on Nov and Dec Minutes on the lower right side of the page.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Voyager Pickleball Board Meeting Agenda

VOYAGER PICKLEBALL BOARD MEETING AGENDA
NOVEMBER 19, 2016
10:00 AM Santa Rita Room

1. Meeting called to order: Skip Deming
2. Introductions of 2016-2017 Board Members and people assisting Club operations
Skip Deming
3. Changes to the agenda (suggestions/items from the audience or Board)
4. Approval of the minutes from the March meeting
5. Treasurer’s Report: Terry Lavigne
* Questions/Comments
* Approval of the report
6. Public Comment (Non Agenda items/issues): 3 minutes per speaker; sign-in to speak
7. Social Activities: Lisa Hyde/Kedith Wickware
8. Tournament Director: Cindy Meekin/Sandy Black
9. Structured Play: Steve David
10. Player Improvement: Kerrie Palermo
11. Court Maintenance: Roy Morris
12. Court Usage: Victor Ray
13. Old Business: 
* Board Goals for 2016-2017
* Budget Priorities for 2016-2017
14. New Business:
* Process to identify new board member/s and committee chairs to fill current vacancies
* Meet with current Tennis Club leaders to improve communication and cooperation between clubs
* Schedule meeting dates for the rest of the season (December-March)
* Schedule Board member meeting with Rick
15. Next Board Meeting date and time:
16. Motion to Adjourn:


Thursday, October 20, 2016

2017 Tucson Senior Olympics will be at Voyager

The Tucson Senior Olympics Festival pickleball events will be held at Voyager RV Resort on Feb. 2-4, with a raindate Feb 5.  Registration opens online on Dec. 5th at www.pickleballtournaments.com.  Get more information by clicking on the link at the right, under the Tournaments heading.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

10th Annual Voyager Holiday Open Skill Level

10th Annual Voyager Holiday Open Skill Levelhttp://www.pickleballtournaments.com/Tournaments/2016_VHOS/logo.gifhttp://www.usapa.org/images/usapa_sanctioned_event_logo.gif
By: Voyager RV Resort
Thu 12/01/16 thru Sun 12/04/16
Voyager RV Resort, Tucson, AZ, United States
Website: 
http://www.voyagerpickleball.blogspot.com
Note: All deadlines are 23:59 Arizona time on the specified date

NEW THIS YEAR - ONLINE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  PAYMENT BY CREDIT CARD OR WITH PAYPAL ACCOUNT ONLY.   You must be a USAPA memberto play.   Mixed doubles are now on Friday with Men's doubles Saturday.
This is an open skill level tournament, open to all ages, for skill levels 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5 and 5.0.
Entries limited to 20 teams per skill level.  Entry order and place on event limit list will be determined by the online registration & payment dates of the LATTER partner of the team to register & pay (i.e. both team members must create their own online registration).  Registration is not complete until the waiver is signed and fees are received.  Registration may also be closed when the tournament director deems the day's event is full.
See event schedule below.
Events begin at 8:00am & check-in opens at 7:00am.  Check-in at least 30 minutes prior to start time each day.
Staggered start times will be sent out, via email only, the week of the tournament.
Rain delay makeup date - Sunday, Dec 4.
Special Event: Thursday, December 1, 6:00 pm in the Voyager Ballroom – Meet and Greet Social.  Join us for dinner.  Bring your favorite drink (alcohol allowed).  No charge.  

Pets are not allowed in the areas surrounding the pickleball courts.  Please leave them at home or in your RV.

Voyager 2017 Holiday Tournament

Attention Pickleball Players:  Registration for our 10th Annual Holiday Tournament December 1, 2, & 3 will open on September 19th.  So for all of you who want to participate, remember to sign up as soon as possible at pickleballtournaments.com.  There are three changes this season: You must be a USAPA member,  mixed doubles will be held on Friday with Men’s doubles on Saturday, and Sandy Black and Cindy Meekin are the new tournament coordinators.  

Hope everyone has had a great summer and I look forward to seeing you in November!

Sincerely,
Louise Wershey
Tournament coordinator (until Oct. 1)

Voyager Pickleball Website:


Dear Voyager players,

Our annual Voyager Holiday Open Skill Level pickleball tournament will be held on December 1st - 3rd this year, with a rain day on December 4.  It fills up fast so we are sending you advance notice that registration opens on September 19th.  You must register and pay online. 

The tournament is USAPA sanctioned so you must be a USAPA member to play this year.  Please apply for USAPA membership first if you need to join or renew.  There are links to the USAPA membership page on the tournament's Info Page and also on the registration page.  You will not be able to register without a valid USAPA membership number.

Also new this year: mixed doubles will be played on Friday with men's doubles on Saturday.

Here is a link to the tournament's info page: http://www.pickleballtournaments.com/welcome.pl?tid=740

We hope you are having a great summer,
Priscilla Scott
Cindy Meekin
Sandy Black
Louise Wershey

Voyager Pickleball Website:


Monday, April 25, 2016

The new Voyager Pickleball Structured Play Session Schedule for 2017 is now available.   Click on the 2017 Structured Play Schedule on the right side under Club Information.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

STRUCTURED PLAY

Structured Play – Steve David


Steve reported that to date, there were 2752 participants in the structured play sessions.

Steve advised that there will be two “shoot out” sessions starting in the fall at the 4 p.m USAPA rated 3.5 and 4.0 +.  These will occur on Tuedsays and Thursdays.

Steve also reported that he had received more volunteers to help with the 2.5 novice sessions and is looking at ways to lessen the time commitments for the volunteers, i.e. commit to one month instead of three.  A suggestion was made that providing a training session for the volunteers might encourage more people to consider helping.  This will be looked into at the beginning of the fall season.



SESSION  TOTAL DAILY AVG
Skill level 3.5 & 4.0+ USAPA Rated 462 11.27
Skill level 4.0+ Self-Rated Shoot-out 66 11.43
Skill level 3.5 Self-Rated Shoot-Out 214 26.67
3.0 Self-Rated Partner Switch 692 19.77
2.5 (Nov.) Self-Rated Partner Switch 375 11.03
Women's and Men's Partner Switch 509 29.94
3.0 - 3.5 Self-Rated Mix 218 24.22
Co-Ed partner Switch 216 24.00
GRAND TOTAL 2752 158.33

March Board Minutes

The March Board Minutes have been posted.  To view or download click on Mar 2016 on the lower right side of the page.

Friday, February 26, 2016

MARCH DRILLS 
Drills are provided by the Voyager Pickleball Club as a means to improve player skills.  Join in and you are sure to make advances.  Some drills are set to provide follow-up practice to the Wednesday clinic of the same week, while others offer practice for a variety of skills.  Drills are limited to 12 participants to allow individuals time to practice.  Sign-up sheets will be available the week prior to the drill at the bulletin board near Court 6.  Please note the skill level and plan on coming even if you are on the wait list in case there are openings. 
NOTE: The schedule may change due to volunteer availability or weather.

Thursdays and Fridays
11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Courts 9 & 10
Date
Proposed Drills
Level
March 4
Drop Shots
3.5+ (rated)
March 17
Serve, Receive & Return
ALL
March 18
All Skills Drills
ALL
March 24
Five Dink Drill
3.0+ (rated)
March 25
All Skills Drills
ALL
March 31
Drop Shots
3.5+ (rated)
MARCH CLINICS

Clinics are provided by the Voyager Pickleball Club to improve player skills. Some of the clinics are open to everyone, while others are limited to specific skill levels. Clinics are restricted to 12 participants to allow individualized attention and time to practice new skills. SIGN-UP SHEETS ARE LOCATED AT THE BULLETIN BOARD NEAR COURT 6. Please note the skill level and plan on coming even if you are on the wait list in case there are openings.

CLINICS ARE OFFERED ON WEDNESDAYS FROM 11:00 AM TO 12:30 PM. ON COURTS 9 & 10.

Date                Clinic                       Level                  Instructor
March 2      Drop Shots                     3.5+                Craig Palermo
March 3      Strokes & Strategy         ALL                 Dick Heebsh
March 16    Playing Singles               ALL                Ron Olivares
March 23    Promote Pickleball
                         in Your Town           ALL                 Skip Deming

March 30    Referee Line Judging    ALL                 Ron Olivares

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Voyager In-house Tournament

The deadline for signing up is rapidly approaching (March 3).  This is an easy going tournament that is all about having fun and maybe trying your hand at tournament play.  Click on the "Tournament Schedule - Pickleball Tournaments" link to the right of this post, then look for the Voyager announcement and you're on your way.
The board is reviewing a request to purchase a pickleball machine for the club to use in drills and/or for individuals to check out for their own drills.  There are many things to consider including how to manage check-out, maintenance, storage and other logistics.  In addition, the board will need to decide where the purchase fits into budget priorities and predict how much use the machine will get in the long run. 

WE WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM OUR CLUB MEMBERS TO HELP US MAKE AN INFORMED DECISION.   Please, take a moment to answer these three questions and place your note in the suggestion box:
  1. Do you support the purchase of a pickleball machine? 
  2. Do you plan to use it? 
  3. If so, how will you use it – organized drills? On your own? Both?

Bonus question? Are you willing to assist with drilling or providing logistical support?

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Voyager Facebook Page

VOYAGER PICKLEBALL CLUB FACEBOOK
Voyager Pickleball Facebook is a new forum for sharing photos and information about pickleball at Voyager Resort. You are invited to post messages and photos regarding pickleball at Voyager Resort.  To join click here:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/voyagerpickleball/ .




Monday, February 8, 2016

Announcement - Pickleball Clinic Change

The “Strokes and Strategy” Clinic” planned for Wednesday, February 24th will be changed to a “Referee Training” Clinic.  This change is being made to help prepare volunteers to support our upcoming in-house tournament and future tournaments offered at Voyager (and elsewhere). PLEASE CONSIDER TAKING THIS TRAINING.  It will help you become more informed about pickleball rules and will help the Voyager Pickleball Club by having qualified referees so we can continue to offer tournaments at Voyager.   All Skill Levels are welcome – you don’t have to feel intimidated as you can request to referee games at the play level you are most comfortable overseeing. 

As always, the Clinic sign-up sheet will be available at the bulletin board near Court 6 on the Friday preceding the clinic.  The class will include instruction and practice.

REFEREE TRAINING
February 24th (Wednesday)
11 am to 12:30 pm
Courts 9 & 10
Instructors: Ron Olivaries and Skip Deming

Clinic Cost: Waived for this Clinic

Announcement - Pickleball Clinic and Drill Change

The “Dinking with a Purpose Clinic” offered Wednesday, February 10th and the corresponding Drill offered Thursday, February 11th have been modified to make both sessions a CLINIC.  This change is being offered to accommodate more people into the clinic format due in part to the clinic’s popularity and in part to apparent confusion over the clinic and follow-up drill format.   The drill sign-up sheet will be replaced with a second clinic sign-up sheet for Thursday.  If you signed up for the Wednesday clinic and Thursday drill don’t worry, you’ll get a chance to drill in the clinic.  If you are on the wait list for the clinic or signed up for the drill only, sign-up again for the Thursday clinic and you’ll get both the instruction and a chance to drill.

This announcement provides a good opportunity to say thank you to everyone for your interest and participation in our newly expanded clinics and drills.  Your instructors donate time and energy to make them happen and find it very gratifying to have so many enthused participants trying to perfect their skills.  Please also note a couple of details about the program for your consideration:
  • Lessons, Clinics and Drills are offered at the same time each week: 11 am to 12:30 pm.  
    •  Beginner and Beginner Lessons are on Mondays and Tuesdays   
    • Clinics are on Wednesdays  
    •  Drills are set for Thursdays and Fridays
  • Lessons and Clinics are instructional and usual do not involve a lot of practice or play.  For this reason, follow-up mentoring is offered for beginners during structural play and Drills are scheduled following most clinics to allow for practice.
  • The Clinic and follow-up drill should be signed up for as a “package deal”.  If you go to a clinic you do not need to sign-up for the corresponding drill, but it is encouraged.  If you have attended a previous clinic (on the same topic) you may sign-up for the drill.  If you have not taken the clinic, please don’t sign-up for the drill unless you have the instructor’s approval.  This allows the instructor to assist with drilling and not take time to redo the clinic information to a select few.
  •  The Player Improvement Program is a work in progress.  Bear with us as we try to perfect the format and information flow.  Your feedback is encouraged and you can always drop a note in the suggestion box or talk to a board member.

Monday, January 25, 2016

February DRILL DAYS
If you want to improve your game get out and Drill, Baby, Drill. Drills have been scheduled on Thursdays and Fridays from 11 am to 12:30 pm on Courts 9 and 10. There will be a little something for everyone at every level. Drills have been scheduled to compliment clinics held earlier in the week. Participants will be limited to 12. Sign-up the week prior at the bulletin board near Court 6.

Date
Proposed Drills
Level
February 4
All Skills Drills
ALL
February 5
Drop Shots
3.5+
February 11
Dinking with a Purpose
3.5+
February 12
Dinks
ALL
February 18
Serve, Receive & Return
2.5 - 3.0
February 19
All Skills Drill
ALL
February 25
Strokes & Placement
ALL
February 26
Dinks
2.5 - 3.0
Four clinics are planned for February.  The Tournament Preparation clinic will cover potential winning strategies along with mental and game groundwork.  The Dinking with a Purpose clinic will teach you why, how and when to dink and dinking strategy.  Serving and serve returns are critical to successful play, learn how to perfect these shots at the Serve, Receive and Return clinic.  An overview of all the strokes and where to be on the court during play will be covered in Strokes & Strategy clinic.  

All clinics are held on Wednesdays from 11:00 am to 
12:30 pm at courts 9 and 10. 
     Feb. 3 - Tournament Preparation 
     Feb. 10 - Dinking with a Purpose
     Feb. 17 - Serve, Receive and Return
     Feb. 24 - Referee Training

Clinics will be limited to 12 participants to allow individualized attention and time to practice new skills.  Sign-up sheets are located at the bulletin board near Court 6.  Please note the skill level and plan on coming even if you are on the wait list in case there are openings.