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  • June 19, 2022 2:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    June 19, 2022


    Hi all,

    Here are the latest updates for LPC:

    LPC COURT RESERVATION POLL RESULTS

    Thank you to everyone who took the time to answer our poll on court reservations. A summary of the poll results and the submitted comments can be found here.

    Based on the comments we received, 2 additional courts have been reserved on Tuesday and Thursday from 8 - 10 am at Centennial for Advanced play starting in July. 

    Please take the time to read through the summary!

    VANN/YATES CLINIC

    Tyler Vann and Kyle Yates are conducting 4 clinics next month with each clinic open to 16 people. You can sign up for one of these clinics today on our website in the Events Calendar.

    For more information, see the clinic flyer.

    If we are unable to fill all these spots with LPC members, we will open the clinics to the public.

    PICKLESKILLS

    PickleSkills has been a great success again this year! For those of you participating in PickleSkills, please show up at 5:30 to help set up nets and courts and get ready to play. We need to make sure all players are checked in on their nets before 6:00 so we keep the drills running on time!

    LADDER LEAGUE

    Once again, July Ladder League filled up in 24 hours. We will send out an announcement when the August Ladder League Registration is about to open. Put a reminder in your calendar to sign up the day registration opens if you want to play.

    Also remember that Loveland Parks and Recreation offers Ladder Leagues on Saturday mornings at Osborn. You can find additional information in the Summer 2022 Activity Guide.

    UPDATE YOUR SELF-RATING

    Please also remember to update your Self-rating in your Profile if necessary. This is especially important if you're signing up for LPC events. Instructions for updating your Profile are on the Home page of our website under the topic, Update Your Info.


    See you on the courts!


  • May 26, 2022 9:08 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    May 26, 2022


    Hi all,

    Here are the latest updates for LPC:

    LOCK YOUR CAR AND SECURE YOUR VALUABLES

    During the LPC Spring Mixer at Mehaffey Park, 3 vehicles were broken into and purses were stolen. Unfortunately, this also happened last year at both Centennial Park and Spring Canyon Park.

    Always lock your vehicles! If you must leave valuables in your vehicle, keep them out of sight or inside locked compartments.

    The Loveland Police Department was notified of the break-ins. 

    RESERVERD COURTS FOR LPC MEMBERS

    Please remember that LPC reserves courts every week so that LPC members can drop by and play. The court reservations are on our website. Each reservation has skill level recommendations, though all members are welcome. Please be kind and inclusive to others!

    We'd appreciate it if you'd sign up on Playtime Scheduler for the LPC reserved sessions you attend. Sign up data helps us make better decisions on reservation times, locations, and skill levels. Thank you in advance!

    In the next few days, we're going to send out a poll to all our active LPC members about your experiences with our reserved courts and play times. Your answers influence future court scheduling!

    LPC ADMINISTRATOR FOR PLAYTIME SCHEDULER

    One of our LPC members very generously gave LPC a Playtime Scheduler Power User account so that we can post our reserved play times. We're looking for a volunteer to administer Playtime Scheduler for the LPC. Please respond to this email if you are interested. 

    See you on the courts!


  • May 03, 2022 1:07 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    April 27, 2022


    Hi all,

    Here are the latest updates for LPC:

    SIGN INTO OUR WEBSITE TO ACCESS MEMBER CONTENT

    If you click a link you know you should be able to access, but you get an error, it's probably because you're not signed in to our website. If you are trying to sign up for an event, look up contact information for an LPC member, or look at any other content just for LPC members, remember to sign in! 

    To sign in, click the Person icon in the upper right corner of the HOME page:

    TAKE PICTURES AT SPRING MIXER

    We're asking for volunteers to take pictures at our Spring Mixer. We need some new pictures for our website! If you're interested, contact Mark Henry, mehenry1002@gmail.com.

    UPCOMING PICKLEBALL TOURNAMENTS

    Here are some fun tournaments coming up this summer. Grab a partner and sign up!

    7th Annual NOCO Classic in Loveland, CO

    Steamboat Pickleball Summer Classic in Steamboat Springs, CO

    2nd Annual Pickle in the Peaks in Silverthorne, CO

    Rally in the Valley in Salida, CO

    2022 RESERVED COURTS

    Don't forget that LPC Active Members have access to reserved courts starting in May! Remember to have your newest Membership Card with you in printed or electronic form when playing during LPC reserved court times. The reservation schedule is here: 2022 Summer Court Reservations.gif. You can also find the most recent schedule on our website, under Members > Play. Again, make sure you're logged in to access this page!


    See you on the courts!


  • May 03, 2022 1:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    April 14, 2022


    SIGNING UP FOR EVENTS

    All of our upcoming events can be found on our website on the Event Calendar page. When you receive a notice that an event is open for registration, go to this page to register for the event. Make sure you're logged in! The events that are open for registration will have a REGISTER button. Click the button to register for the event. 

    If an event is full, it may have a JOIN WAITLIST button. If someone cancels out of an event, the top person in the waitlist will be notified so they can register.

    2022 RESERVED COURTS

    LPC Active Members have access to reserved courts starting in May. Remember to have your newest Membership Card with you in printed or electronic form when playing during LPC reserved court times. The reservation schedule is here: 2022 Summer Court Reservations.gif. You can also find the most recent schedule on our website, under Members > Play. Again, make sure you're logged in to access this page!

    "UP YOUR GAME" PICKLEBALL TRAINING IS BACK!

    Wendy Rexroth, a Level 2 certified IPTPA instructor and a member of the Loveland Pickleball Club, began her summer coaching season on April 12th.

    If you are looking for a private coaching session or have a few friends you'd like to work with on placement, strategy, and partnering/team work, Wendy has reserved court times on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Mehaffey on court D from 7:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., starting on April 12th through August 30th.

    Wendy is now taking reservations for private and group sessions. For more information or to schedule a session, contact Wendy at 970-646-3959.


    See you on the courts!


  • March 09, 2022 11:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    March 9, 2022

    Hi Everyone,

    Here's the latest news from LPC:

    UP YOUR GAME PICKLEBALL CAMP

    We still have a few openings left in the Advanced Session. Make sure you sign up on our website on the Events tab, lovelandpickleballclub.com.  

    PICKLEBALL CLASSES AT CHILSON CENTER

    Mentored Play (Level II) is going to be offered through Loveland Parks and Recreation this summer! You'll be able to sign up when the Summer Activity Guide is released.

    ROCKY MOUNTAIN CHAMPIONSHIPS

    The 2022 Rocky Mountain Championships, sanctioned by USA Pickleball, will be held at the Gates Tennis Center in Denver, July 27th-31st. Sign up to play with your partner or go watch the pros compete! For more information, go to the Rocky Mountain Championships website.

    LOVELAND PICKLEBALL CLUB MEMBERSHIP CARD

    Pickleball season is almost upon us which means you will have access to many courts reserved exclusively for ACTIVE LPC MEMBERS

    Remember, your yearly membership dues cover the cost of LPC court reservations. It's important to keep your membership active in order to participate. 

    Make sure you have your newest Membership Card with you in printed or electronic form when playing during LPC reserved court times. You may be asked for proof of active membership when playing on LPC reserved courts. You can print or save a copy of your Membership Card from your profile on the website: lovelandpickleballclub.comAlternatively, your membership information is available from the Wild Apricot mobile application.

    Have fun. Be kind. See you on the courts!

    Donna


  • February 19, 2022 11:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Greetings all,

    Here are some notes and thoughts to keep you up-to-date on LPC plans and activities for the 2022 season:

    CAMPS AND CLINICS ARE BACK

    Up Your Game Pickleball Camp will be hosted by Wendy Rexroth and Daniel Smith as the first professional clinic of the 2022 Season. Three sessions are being offered. Each session includes 3 hours on Saturday, April 30th and 3 hours on Sunday, May 1st.  Participants must attend both days. More information will be sent out shortly.  

    Sarah Ansboury Clinic - more news to follow as we coordinate calendars and details for mid-July.

    Strategic Pickleball Camp - will be hosted by Adam Johnson and Justin Hamel August 23rd - August 25th. Three Novice Camps (2 hours each) are offered on August 23rd. One session each of Intermediate Camp, Advanced Camp, and Hotshot Advanced Camp will be offered for 2 hours on August 24th and August 25th. Attendance is required for both days. More to follow.

    PICKLESKILLS AND LADDER LEAGUE

    PickleSkills will be offered on Wednesdays beginning May 4th at 6 pm at Spring Canyon in Fort Collins. Volunteers are needed to help coach and coordinate. PickleSkills is intended for newer players who have completed both Pickleball Level I and II (or equivalent) at Chilson Center. PickleSkills sessions include multiple drills to help you improve your skills and understand strategies. The Simon X machine is frequently used to increase consistency and improve muscle memory. 

    Ladder League will be on Mondays with Session I beginning May 2 at Osborn Park. Work your way to the top of the ladder. Players will be seeded weekly based on previous week's score. Each player will be responsible to find an alternate with similar skill to fill in when required. If you can't commit for a month, consider being an alternate! 

    SPRING MIXER ROUND ROBIN

    Come join us as we kick off the season with our annual Spring Mixer! Join old friends and meet new ones! Players are grouped by skill levels for Round Robin play on Saturday, May 14th at 8am at Mehaffey Park.

    PICKLEBALL CLASSES AT CHILSON CENTER

    Beginning Skills (Level I) and Mentored Play (Level II) classes are offered at Loveland Chilson Center. Check out the Activity Guide for more information and to register.

    PICKLEBALL CENTRAL

    Just a Reminder, when making a purchase from Pickleball Central, please use the club's discount code CRLoveland at checkout. You get 5% savings and the Club receives a matching credit.  Win-win!

    FRANKLIN BALLS

    We've got them when you need them. Bag of five balls for $10.  

    MARK YOUR CALENDAR AND CHECK DETAILS

    Please watch for Events and Updates on our website, lovelandpickleballclub.com.

    We are busy working on finalizing dates and events so check back for updates. The success of your experience is based on volunteers so we encourage you to commit to help us by volunteering to ONE event and spread the love. 

    Have fun. Be kind. See you on the courts!

    Donna


  • December 28, 2021 2:20 PM | Robert Monroe (Administrator)

    December 28, 2021

    Good afternoon everyone,

    JOHN ERICKSON

    I am sorry to report that John Erickson lost his battle with cancer on Sunday, December 26. John and his wife, Sue, were two of the original pickleball players in Loveland. Those of us that knew John remember that he always had a big smile on his face and was always happy to see you. He will be missed by everyone that came in contact with him. Our thoughts and prayers are with Sue and the family as they go through this difficult time.

     

    END OF THE YEAR

    I will send my final end-of-the-year report to the membership next week. It has been another amazing year and it has been great to get to know you all and enjoy our time together on the courts.

    SUMMER CLINICS

    We will begin registration for summer clinics within the next few weeks. We are nearly finalized on plans for three separate sets of clinics again this year.  Wendy Rexroth and Daniel Smith will be leading the initial pickleball camp the weekend of April 30 – May 1. Sarah Ansboury is planning to come back in 2022 and we hope to have her in June this year. Justin Hamel will bring his championship-winning style in late July or August.

    All of our camps and clinics typically sell out very quickly, so be watching for the details when they come out.  Remember, your membership must be current to be able to register for the clinics!

    USED PADDLES

    I know that Santa brought some of you a new paddle for Christmas and that you might now have an extra paddle.  There are always new people learning to play the game that are in need of gently used paddles. If you have one of those and would like to sell it, please let me know.

    PICKLEBALL CLASSES

    Registration is open for people interested in learning how to play the game. Level 1 – Basic Pickleball Skills and Level 2 Mentored Play classes are now open for enrollment through the Chilson Center. Classes consist of four, two-hour sessions and cost $40 per person. The January classes are nearly full, but there is still plenty of room in the February Level 1 classes. February Level 2 classes are full.

    Contact the Chilson front desk at 970-962-2386 for more information.

    SUMMER PICKLEBALL LEAGUES

    The Parks Department is currently working on putting together plans for pickleball league play again this summer. If you have any thoughts and ideas for a format that you would like to see, please contact me as soon as possible. We’re planning to run three separate sessions again this summer, each session will be five weeks long.

    MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL

    The first renewal notices began going out to members on December 18. You will receive a notice two weeks prior to your expiration date and again 24 hours prior.  Your membership will lapse on your membership date if you have not renewed by then. You will receive one final notice thirty days past your lapsed date and will be dropped from the membership roles after that. Please be sure to get your membership renewed on a timely basis so that you don’t miss out on any of the news from the Club.

    NEW YEARS PICKLEBALL RESOLUTIONS

    By Frank Cerabino

    1. I will not blame the wind every time I hit a drop-shot into the net – especially when playing indoors.
    2. I will call kitchen-line foot faults against myself at all times during rec play (until the score reaches 8.)
    3. I will not hit a hard smash directly at a vulnerable opponent who hasn’t already left a red mark on me during the same game.
    4. I will avoid taking issue with an opponent’s line call, and if that’s not possible, I will avoid saying something like, “Even Stevie Wonder would have called that in!”
    5. I will be kind to new players learning the game, because you never know: One day one of them might be your orthopedic surgeon.
    6. I will not pretend to inspect the ball for cracks after I muff an easy return.
    7. I will not judge a book by its cover, but if I find myself playing against somebody who has one of those suction cups on the end of the paddle handle, I will keep the ball low.
    8. When playing pickleball with somebody who stops play to answer cell phone calls on the court, I will not derisively refer to that person as “Prime Minister” for the rest of the session.
    9. I will spend less time watching YouTube pickleball videos while on Zoom calls at work.
    10. I will not buy more than three paddles this year, unless I win the lottery or improve my skill rating by more than half-a-point.

    See you on the courts!

    Bob

    RobertMMonroe@gmail.com
  • December 18, 2021 9:39 AM | Robert Monroe (Administrator)

    December 18, 2021

    Good morning everyone!

    2022 BOARD ELECTION

    The annual election of the Board of Directors has been completed and here are the results:

    213 votes cast.

    Mark Henry – 207 For, 5 Against

    Donna Knopp – 197 For, 9 Against

    Julie Litt – 199 For, 8 Against

    Sandy Thayer – 208 For, 2 Against

    Lori Zink – 205 For, 6 Against

    The new Board has selected the following roles for each member. Feel free to contact any Board member at the listed email address.

    President – Donna Knopp.  djnknopp@gmail.com

    Vice-President – Sandy Thayer.  sandythayersells@gmail.com

    Secretary – Lori Zink.  Lori.reed.zink@gmail.com

    Treasurer – Julie Litt.  bugsyemail@aol.com

    Court Operations – Mark Henry. Mehenry1002@gmail.com

    Congratulations to the new 2022 Board of Directors!

    2022 LPC MEMBERSHIP

    Remember that your 2021 LPC Membership is good for 12 months from the date that you completed the registration process. Membership renewal notices were sent beginning December 18 for all of you that registered prior to January 1, 2021. Dues for 2022 remain at $30 per person.

    We are budgeted to spend over $19,000 on court reservations in 2022 and will be making a large deposit on that amount in early January. Please be timely with your renewal so that we can get our court reservations locked in for the year as soon as possible.

    We are currently working on the schedule of Camps and Clinics for the summer. Early information will be out in the next couple of weeks and players will be able to begin registering for camps and clinics soon. Remember, your membership must be current to be able to register!

    HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL!

    Twas the day before Christmas and out on the courts

    Were all types of people in tennies and shorts.

    All of them beaming and shouting with joy, happy as children with a new Christmas toy.

    Out of their bags, colorful paddles appeared. To the kitchen they scurried, lined up, and cheered.


    Let's dink it and drop it, let's volley and kill. The balls started bouncing as if without will.

    The sound from the paddles and balls as they rose, moved all of the players to the tips of their toes.

    Cross court and forward, balls had started to fly when appeared an old player with a wink in his eye.

    Dressed all in red from his head to his toe, a smile on his face and a warm, cheery glow.


    “0-0-2” he shouted as he served me the ball. He moved like the wind, barely saw him at all.

    Then all of a sudden, it was 11 to 0. As we lightly touched paddles, he said he must go.

    Before I asked where, he disappeared in a haze, but I heard his farewell while still in my daze

    "Keep playing and laughing and having your fun. Merry Pickleball to all, my work here is done!

     

    See you on the courts!

    Bob

    RobertMMonroe@gmail.com
  • October 28, 2021 1:03 PM | Robert Monroe (Administrator)

    October 27, 2021

    Good morning everyone!

    NEW ON THE LPC WEBSITE!

    Lori Zink has created a new way for us to use to help with two long-time issues; Lost and Found and Used Paddles to sell. Click on the link below to access the information on using these two new tools.  Thanks Lori!

     LPC Discussion Forum-1.pdf

    INDOOR PICKLEBALL

    This is the information that I have, as of now, for the various indoor playing locations in Loveland. Be sure to check with the individual facility for the official information on their playing times and cost.

    NORCO

    Masks are required going to and from the courts. Masks are NOT required when playing.)

    Tuesday and Thursdays. 8-10am, 10am – noon or noon – 2pm.

    Cost is $4 per person per session ($3 for age 55+)

    As they gain experience in pickleball, I expect this information will change after the holidays. Watch for updated information as I get it!

    CHILSON

    (Masks are required going to and from the courts. Masks are NOT required when playing.)

    Monday – Thursday: 6-9am, Fridays: 6-9am and again noon – 6pm

    Adults -$6, Age 62+ - $4.75, Silver Sneakers - free

    POWER2PLAY

    (Masks are required going to and from the courts. Masks are NOT required when playing.)

    Monday – Thursday: 9am – 1pm. $5 for everyone.

    GOLD’S GYM

    (Masks are required going to and from the courts. Masks are NOT required when playing.)

    Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. 10am – 1pm.

    Gold’s membership required. Silver Sneakers – free.

    PLAYTIME SCHEDULER

    Many local players use an app called PlayTime Scheduler to help find a place to play during the off-season. For those of you that might not have used PTS in the past, here is the information from Markk Pugh on how to get onto PTS:

    1. Go to www.playtimescheduler.com 
    2. Enter your email address 
    3. Press or click on [Register] 
    4. State - Colorado 
    5. Region – NOCO – LOV GRE BTH WIN LMT 
    6. Answer the New User Registration questions 
    7. Press or click on [Register] and you should be done.  

    GENERAL REMINDERS

    A few reminders as we head into the off-season:

    • We still have plenty of Franklin X-40 outdoor balls in stock. Sandy Thayer and I always carry a supply with us to the courts. Still $10 for a bag of five.
    • The holidays are right around the corner! If you make a purchase from Pickleball Central. use your LPC club discount code. CRLoveland That code saves you 5% and the Club receives a matching credit from PBC.
    • I still have a set of Selkirk demo paddles from Jason Aerni. Let me know if you’d like to try out one of these paddles.

    See you on the courts!

    Bob

    RobertMMonroe@gmail.com
  • September 27, 2021 4:45 PM | Robert Monroe (Administrator)

    September 27, 2021

    Good morning everyone!

    JERRY GREEN

    For those who may not have yet heard the sad news, we lost another longtime member of the Northern Colorado Pickleball community last week. Jerry Green passed away after a long battle with cancer.

    Many of Jerry's friends are planning a Memorial Extravaganza on October 24 at Spring Canyon in Jerry's honor.

    Join us for some great pickleball and friends sharing stories about Jerry. This will be a Northern Colorado regional event for all of Jerry's friends and acquaintances.

    Bring some food to share (pot luck style) and whatever beverages you'll enjoy. 

    We will run a paddle stack style event with courts designated for 2.5-3.0 beginner, 3.5 intermediate and 4.0+ advanced.

    Proceeds will go towards a memorial bench or plaque to commemorate Jerry's contribution to the pickleball community.

    https://focopb.club/event-4506953


    NORCO PICKLEBALL

    The Open House at NORCO last Tuesday was a great success! I'm still waiting on final numbers from NORCO, but I believe there were nearly 300 people that came to participate or observe. Great crowd!

    Thanks to all of you that volunteered your time and talents to assist in the event. It wouldn't have been as successful without you!

    Please click on the link below for more information on Tuesday and Thursday open play and a Friday evening league at NORCO.

    PB Flyer (4).pdf


    VACATION

    I will be gone for the next two weeks as Julie and I travel to Maine for some sailing and to Boston for Julie to run in the 125th Boston Marathon. Wish her good luck as she participates in one of the world's premier running events!

    Contact Sandy Thayer at sandythayersells@gmail.com with any questions. Simon ball machine is at Sandy's house and is available for those members who would like to check it out for a day.

    See you on the courts!

    Bob

    RobertMMonroe@gmail.com
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