Youth Pickleball Clinic

Join us for our 2nd Annual Youth pickleball clinic. Free pickleball clinic for ages 10 to 15 years at the Prescott Pickleball Courts at Pioneer Park.

A fun-filled week starting Monday, June 10, from 9 am to 12 noon and ending with a doubles tournament on Saturday, June 15! For more info, call Jerry and Claudene at (928) 713-7283.

Four More construction to start April 29

The City plans to start the earthwork today, Monday, April 29.  Parking will probably not be impacted until Wednesday or Thursday. When it is impacted, the City will have the area blocked off with cones and barricades.  When the area is blocked off, please park elsewhere, out of the way.  The City will do their best to limit the closing. There will be a period of time (not firmed up yet) when they will need to close the access road/driveway as they will be hauling in and out material and the trucks will need all the space they can get. It’s probably a couple weeks out.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Pickle on!
Jeffrey Bray, PPA President

President’s Update 4/1/2019

Greetings Picklers!

Isn’t the weather great for getting outside and playing a little pickleball?  I know I am enjoying playing.

Here’s an update on what’s going on with PPA:

Our next Flash Mob Tournament for members is scheduled for 4/13/19, 1 – 3 pm at the Pioneer Park courts.  The February 23 Flash Mob Tournament was postponed to 3/16/19, due to the heavy snow in February. The March 16th tournament was designed for 3.0 and 3.5 players.  This time, the April 13th (Saturday) Flash Mob Tournament will be for 4.0 and 4.5 players. So come prepared to defend your out-of-town tournament titles against other talented PPA members!  No charge for PPA members!

Next, as mentioned in Roger Wolfe’s recent communication, the PPA Board of Directors (BOD) is going through a few changes.  Due to Roger Wolfe’s resignation, the BOD has appointed me, Jeff Bray, as President. Therefore, that leaves a vacancy in the VP role.  The VP role is responsible for the small, fun, member tournaments (e.g., Flash Mob Tournament, see above), provide guidance to the “social committee” (chairwoman is Helen Maland), and provide guidance for the round-robins, lessons, clinics, drills (leadership is provided by Rick Bothell).

Please contact a board members (Jeff Bray, Tracey Thompson, Doug Seefeld, Rick Bothell, Rick Hormann, Terry Booth) if you are interested in filling the VP role until the next election (October 2020).

Be sure to thank Ace (Jedediah) Montalban  for volunteering to be our club Webmaster and Facebook Manager.  However, since this is a daunting responsibility, he could use an assistant.  Please contact Ace or myself of your availability.

Don’t forget, we also need volunteers for our Prescott Granite Mountain Games tournament in September.  The planning meetings for the tournament is the second Wednesday of each month from noon to 1pm at Third Shot Coffee (3106 Gateway Blvd., Suite 400).  Please respond to volunteer coordinator, Joan Griffith, at Next meeting is April 10, noon.

Please be friendly, welcoming, and accommodating to visitors and newcomers to the courts. Your hospitality makes a huge impact on first impressions for those new to the courts.  Give our newcomers and visitors a little help.

Last, but not least, don’t forget about the pickleball fashion show on May 18 at 11am at Third Shot Coffee, 3106 Gateway Blvd., Suite 400.  Contact Helen Maland for more information.

Please keep Roger Wolfe’s family in your prayers.


President’s Update 3/11/19

Things are beginning to warm up, at least they’re supposed to…..just one last winter storm to get through and we’re off and running in that beautiful Spring weather (fingers crossed).

Tonight, I’d like to ask for VOLUNTEERS.  We need positions filled, and we need your help.  Your clubs growth (and health) is dependent upon volunteers…..but before I get to those positions, I’d like to thank Diane Cassidy, who’s been our Webmaster (and much more) since the beginning.  Great job Diane, much thanks for giving us that professional webpage look, and you deserve a break!  Now back to that volunteer thing………  Positions we’re need to fill are as follows:

  • Photographer(s) – We need to continue posting pics of all the fun we’re having…….so if you have a good camera (think they’re called cellphones now) and a great eye……sign up by contacting myself or Tracey, and we’ll set up a training session with Diane.
  • Facebook Manager – New position (Diane did it all, but the jobs just too big for one person).  If you love Facebook and would like to takeover our PPA Facebook responsibilities……come on down!  We need you!!  It’s an enormously powerful position, since you’ll have the power of the pen (errr keyboard).
  • Webmaster – It’s going to be difficult to replace Diane, but if you have any experience with Google or WordPress….…..we desperately need you!  You’ll be the face of PPA, so don’t be shy, Diane will spend the time you need to feel comfortable with taking over our web page….promise.
  • Landscape Manager – Work with local landscaping companies to get quotes for barriers, terrace, drainage and work with the city to make it happen.  Someone out there must have a green thumb, and a practiced eye for that perfect “balance”.

Beginning/Novice lessons went great (man did we draw a crowd) more to come, and same with Round Robbins.  I need a few more data points/input to make a time change for the 4.0’s (2 pm start now, but possibly moving to 4 pm start soon, keep watching for updates).  One fine point here, we’ve received several requests to “move up” (on the first outing)……be patient, we want 4 wks worth of playing time before considering any level changes (unless you have an IPTPA rating, or USAPA rating for the level you’re joining).  If you’re in a hurry, you can always go through IPTPA and get your own rating with a certified instructor/evaluator (we treat that the same as a USAPA rating).

New courts are in process.  Many of you have noticed some of the earthwork going on next door…….it’s all the prep we need to start the process of construction.  We’re close to that magic number, so please keep donating/pledging, we’re gonna make it happen one way or another.

We’ve done pretty good in terms of meeting our objectives (based on our strategic plan), by creating value for members via programs, lessons, RR’s, tournaments, Ref training, special pricing, early registration, socials etc, but we’re way behind on our efforts to get more volunteers.  So please consider one of the positions above, and please volunteer for our Sept Tournament and help Jeff.  It’s a huge undertaking and how we perform impacts the City and our Club.

As always, Pickle on,