New information and reminders

Hello Pickleball Club,

I have some news and reminders for you.

There is a new ladies only pickleball group Tuesday afternoons, 1:00-3:00, at Optimist Recreation Center.  This group has been set up by the Huntsville Parks and Recreation Department and is open to all women.

Our club trainers will be teaching pickleball lessons to beginners for the next 4-6 weeks, at various times, on the Sandra Moon courts.  There will be one trainer per four beginners.  The maximum number of beginners and trainers on the court at any one time should be 10 people on 2 courts, so it should make minimal impact on your play at Sandra Moon.  These new players will be trying to improve their skills in the next weeks and months.  Let’s welcome them, be patient with them, and include them in our play.

Huntsville Pickleball Club was organized and still operates under the umbrella of the Huntsvile Senior Center.  The Senior Center would like us to view and share this video of how they are being affected by the Covid virus during this shut down.  https://youtu.be/TyyC0ypw7WI

Reminders:

     They mow Thursdays at Sandra Moon.  Don’t park near the grass then or risk a few car dings!

     Please submit all artwork you’d like us to consider for the new club logo by August 20.

I hope I haven’t forgotten anything.  Play on.  Stay healthy.

Kate Lahti

A lot of new information for Huntsville Pickleball players.

Dear Pickleball Friends,

This is going to be a long, informative email so please keep reading to the end!  It probably won’t be the last email you receive from me this week, either.  Sorry!

Here is the information I received from Mr. Ivey, the director of Huntsville Parks and Recreation.

Max Luther – the gym is about 30 days out from completion.

Berachah – the earliest opening would be October for both the gym and outside courts.

Sandra Moon Outdoors – The restrooms were vandalized and work orders have been placed to have those fixed, but there is no completion date at this time.

Because of extenuating circumstances, windscreens are still 2-3 weeks away.

Trash cans were delivered today.  Please remember to pick up after yourselves.  Water and gatorade bottles have been left behind.  Even if club members didn’t leave the trash, let’s help pick up the courts and the surrounding area.

Sandra Moon Indoors – completion for pickleball is at least one to two years out.

Hampton Cove will not open until late October and pickleball will be scheduled once opened.

The Huntsville Sports Commission is looking into scheduling pickleball tournaments in the future.

I did add a follow up question asking if there is any projection when the recreation centers will be open evenings and weekends.  I’lll update when I know.  I have not heard back about a firm date for the Senior Center opening for pickleball.

Other important information:

If you are playing indoors, PLEASE sign in legibly and also PLEASE put a check mark after your name if your age is 60+.  Our site reps must report attendance numbers to the Senior Center and your cooperation will make their jobs a bit easier.  We do not report your name but need to report numbers of regular club members (why we need to be able to actually read your name) vs visitors and numbers for those over 60.

Registration for the Alabama State Games in Dothan can be found at https://www.asffoundation.org/alabama-state-games.  If the games were to be canceled a full and immediate refund for registration will be given. Pickleball events are scheduled for Friday, July 31 and Saturday, August 1.

Registration is also open for the USAPA USA Atlantic South Regional Tournament in Foley, AL.  Dates are August 21-23.  Some events are already full.  You must be a USAPA member to play in this tournament.  Information can be found at https://www.pickleballtournaments.com/tournamentinfo.pl?tid=3584.

Reminder that all members of the Huntsville Pickleball club can receive a 5% discount on all items ordered from Pickleball Central.  In addition, our club will get a dollar value equal to 5% of your purchase added to our club’s Reward Account that can be used to purchase equipment for our club. To get the discount enter the following information at checkout:  Club name: Huntsville Pickleball Club.  Club discount code: CRHuntsville

FINALLY, at our board meeting on June 22 we will be discussing if and how our club could financially contribute to making the pickleball experience in Huntsville even better.  Some ideas include purchasing court dividers, bleachers or sun shades for our outdoor venues.  If you have any other ideas for us to consider, please let me know.

If you have read this to the end, may the net be your friend!

Kate Lahti

Alabama Senior Olympics Online registration for 2020 is now OPEN!

Click Here to view the registration page.

Registration Fees and information:

* Individual and Doubles Registration fee is $45.

This $45 registration fee allows athletes to participate in as many sports/events as they would like with the exception of Team Sports and as long as there are no scheduling conflicts.

* Team Sports will have a $150 Team Fee + $15 Per Player Fee for each team sport – Basketball, Softball & Volleyball.

  • Bowling ($10 per athlete/per event) & Golf ($65) have an additional  site fee. Bowling and Golf site fee includes one lunch per day.
  • Archery participants may only participate in one archery division.
  • Swimmers may enter a maximum of six swimming events.
  • Tennis players are only allowed to participate in 2 events.

Registered athletes will receive an event t-shirt.

Drinks (water/sport drink) & snacks (fruit/snack bars) will be provided at locations sites for the athletes if venue allows.

Huntsville Pickleball Club — Annual Charity Tournament 2019

Registration for the Huntsville Pickleball Club Charity Tournament for (WOC and Meals on Wheels) is open.  The tournament will be held at the Madison Crossroads Community Center, 11329 Pulaski Pike, Toney, Alabama 35773, on December 28th 2019, starting at 9:00 am.   The last day to register is December 10, 2019.  You do not need to be a member of HPC to participate in the tournament.  Each participant must register and pay separately.  Click Here for additional information and to register for the tournament.

View Charity Tournament Participants

Charity Tournament for Food Pantries

Registration for the Huntsville Pickleball Club Charity Tournament for Food Pantries is open.  The tournament will be held on December 27, 2018.  The last day to register is December 10, 2018. Each participant must register and pay separately.  Click Here for additional information and to register for the tournament.

Click Here if you need a partrner for the tournament.