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The news blogs below contain the rest of our news.  Here's where you will find the content we used to put into member emails.  Come back often to read the latest news. 

Our club also uses Facebook for unofficial and social inter-member communications. Sometimes, sudden play or clinic changes are also announced on Facebook. Only SAPC members are granted access to our closed group on Facebook.  Follow us on Facebook.

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  • 2020-07-07 16:55 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    One of our members has tested positive for Covid 19.

    We truly hope our precautions and your own level of care provide some assurance during this possibly anxious news.

    Review your Playing days: June 27?..28?..29?

    We just received a call from Alberta Health Services, and we're relaying what we know. No names were shared.

    For your own information, here's what we understand.

    • The member played at the "3.5 Level" on Sat-Sun-Mon, June 27-28-29.
    • We don't know which sessions, or which times.
    • The Saturday & Sunday play was Unorganized.
    • Monday was Organized play.

    Members are advised to monitor themselves.

    If you wish to get a test, you can call 811, or go online to book an appointment to get tested.

    Covid Test Info


  • 2020-06-21 17:02 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear Member - click the newsletter title to read articles on:

     Organized Play: Coming Very Soon

     Red Willow: Hoping For Mid-July

     Play: Shoot Outs

    All Play: Mixed Recreational Play

     Harmonious High Road: Alpine Resident

     Facilities Task Force

    Report On The AGM

     Call For Volunteers


    Organized Play: Coming Very Soon

    The City is busy arranging for us (and many other sports) to resume league play.  St. Albert is indeed approaching this with an “abundance of caution.” In the meantime, many of us are safely enjoying spontaneous play, and are thankful to shed the “Covid cocoons” of Spring 2020!

    We anticipate the City announcing the go-ahead very soon in the coming days/weeks, and we want to be ready. 

    Members and Captains at Alpine will need to conform to some extra “duties of caution” in ensuring proper social distancing, registration and “clean play” (ball handling).  For this eventuality, could every member please put the following in their playbag: a pen (for signing in), your own ball, and sanitizer.

    By the way, to help manage health safety, all our outdoors play this season on club courts will be “Members Only.”  Only members get the email alerts on new news posting, so if you know some former member who hasn’t yet renewed their membership for 2020-21, let them know this is a good reason to renew. (Still a great value at $28.57 per year ($30 with GST).

    When organized play begins with sessions for each level of play, those members must have a rating of that level. Rating clinics will also be scheduled in the coming weeks to take care of those interested in this progress for their game.

    Red Willow: Hoping For Mid-July

    The club has requested Indoor play at Red Willow over the summer, and the venue is finalizing their protocols for safe play. The latest update is that we’re still a few weeks away (mid-July).  No doubt many of us will enjoy this future indoor play option to relieve our sunburns!

    Play: Shoot Outs

    When organized play is able to resume, our club coordinators will be using our website system to schedule and register members for these weekly play events! Stay tuned for instructions and invites to participate in Shoot Outs (according to play levels).

    All Play: Mixed Recreational Play

    We have had suggestions for more of the mixed, spontaneous play that some members recall from days of yore. This play is focuses on “just having fun” and less on winning. This is unrated play that mixes people of different skill levels. Well here it comes- we’re calling it “All Play” in our upcoming calendar.  For those that want to join in a relaxed game, or to even invite others that may have been shy, come be a part of this mixed, recreational fun!

    Harmonious High Road: Alpine Resident

    The Alpine facility is nestled within a community of residents, and there is actually one posted guideline for all players: to avoid play on Court #1 when possible, and use other courts if available). When we abide by this, we are helping maintain the peace with the residents, who acceptably tolerate a daily soundtrack of Pop n’ Thwack.

    Our advice to all members if approached by a resident complaining of any play, is to “Not engage, but Report” to the SAPC Board:  communications@pickleballstalbert.ca 

    This advice is to help avoid escalation and distractions with your enjoyment. The City is aware of the “noise” issue a few residents have about the courts, and are actively involved, having instructed residents to avoid interference with the playing public. 

    Let’s continue to be guided by principles of harmony and respect for this outdoor community venue, and project our values as congenial ambassadors of Pickleball in St. Albert.

    Facilities Task Force

    Come help us realize the vision of SAPC independence, with our own self-managed, four-season play venue. Imagine us all enjoying a full-time indoor facility where we can meet, play and celebrate our favorite pastime, all the time!  Other clubs have led the way, and there are opportunities to do the same.

    Come join this strategic committee and help create what our future can be for pickleball in St. Albert. Having some experience with capital projects and financial planning and stakeholder relations is welcomed.  If interested, please email: secretary@pickleballstalbert.ca.

    Report On The AGM

    We had dozens of members successfully participating in the recent online AGM. It would also be accurate to say that no other previous AGM has lended to the enhanced acquaintance of members like this online meeting, due to our shared views of homescapes, scenic backdrops and living room togethernesses!  Indeed, when could it ever be said, that being “all in each other faces” could be such an enjoyable pleasant time.

    The meeting was just under an hour, and included various reports, discussion and unanimous voting. Special thanks to the following: 

    James Porter -or arranging & training our Zoom platform where members were able to view, listen and participate smoothly during this virtual realm!

    Douwe Spriensma- our club Secretary for his inordinate patience with the voluminous task of organizing club information, and for choreographing the 30+ AGM items into a flowing, scripted experience.

    Ray Keroack- our club Treasurer, for his scrupulous attention and many monthly hours in managing club finances and compiling the financial statements for last years and the unanimously approved budget for our next year.

    Lawrence Taylor- our auditor, for professional hours contributed to advising and reviewing our finances. And thanks for agreeing to continue on as Auditor Lawrence.

    Claude Michaud- for years of service (retiring)as our Director-at-Large and club Equipment Coordinator, ensuring our steady supply all our play essentials for all venues.

    Mike Bowen- our Nominating Committee Chair  (retiring from service), helping recruit and prepare incoming club volunteers with sage advice and direction.

    Eileen McClean- our club President, for facilitating an orderly meeting (with barely an accent from her recent extended urgencies on the British Isles).  And thanks Eileen, for taking on the position of President for another two years!

    Nicole Synowec -guest attendee from St. Albert Parks & Recreation, in being a supportive City liaison with our club.

    Gary Marcellus – thanks for taking on another two years as Vice President Gary.

    Carol Mah – thanks for standing and winning the Director-at-Large position on our board.

    John Sandmoen, Scott Henderson and Gillis Hermanns- thanks for agreeing to serve as our Nominating Committee for the next year.  And thanks to retiring Nominating Committee members Candace Morgan and Mike Bowen.

    Melanie Malchuk- thanks for continuing on as our Ombudsperson.

    Call For Volunteers

    Equipment Coordinator: there’s a vacancy for this vital role, to help our indoor and outdoor venue coordinators with all the physical details that us members depend on for play.  Have a look at the things detailed in the Equipment Coordinate job description that you would be valued for in taking care of on behalf of your club!  Job Description

    Email your interest to: secretary@pickleballstalbert.ca

    Alpine Captains for 2.5, 3.0 and All Play: these organized play groups can only be included on the calendar if we have volunteers for Captains. Currently there are none for the 2.5 level, and too few for All Play and 3.0 levels. Consider being a Captain, to ensure your playing peers can enjoy a reserved slot for having fun together. To volunteer, email: venuemanager@pickleballstalbert.ca 



  • 2020-05-17 12:30 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear Member - click the newsletter title to read articles on:

     Re-Opening for Organized Play-when?
     Alpine Courts Noise Complaints
     Call for Captains At Alpine
     Facilities Task Force
     Membership Directory
     Website Coordinator: Position(s) Available
     Equipment Coordinator: Position Available
     Pre-AGM Registration Reminder
     St. Albert Community Recreation Newsletter- May 2020


    Re-opening For Organized Play- When?

    You likely know that the Province released some “Phase 1” guidelines effective May 14th for Outdoor Recreational Play (link to these rules).  In accordance with this Provincial Government direction, the City of St. Albert announced soon after that “spontaneous, public, unorganized, non-contact “play can resume at a “selection” of the Larose courts (St. Albert COVID updates).  No doubt, some of you are lining up your sunscreen and outdoor gear! Unfortunately for a little while longer, league play that includes round robins or paddle play continues to be banned.

    So, what’s happening for “organized club play?  Can we affect what the “Phase 2” rules for safe play will be?  We do know that St. Albert is indeed underway with considering how to re-open organized play at Alpine courts, and that the timelines and conditions for full re-opening are evolving.  While the City has asked for our input and we appreciate that, we also recognize that the City will has its own prerogative for deciding what will be allowed for subsequent Phases.  We are certainly very pleased to see that serious COVID cases are low enough for our hospitals to handle, and that pickleball play is beginning to open back up.

    Alpine Courts Noise Complaints

    We are pleased to announce some positive news about the Alpine Courts.  Those two courts that were closed off last year will now be opened and available (when more public play and league play resumes)!  We appreciate how the City was put in a position of conflict last year with some noise complaints.  During the year we have been monitoring the situation and last month on April 24th, the SAPC Board provided the City with this letter, stating our hopes and interest in having those courts opened.  The City responded with an invitation for a meeting that occurred on May 13th.  That’s when we heard directly from the City that courts 1 and 2 will not be closed this year.

    Call For Captains At Alpine

    With a positive view towards when organized play resumes, we have need of helpful folks to please step up for volunteering as Captains at Alpine.  Let our Alpine Courts Venue Coordinator know.

    Facilities Task Force

    To further our club goals for having more opportunities for members to play, we have created a mandate for a Facilities Task Force. If you have business experience with strategic planning and capital projects, or have other experience that could be useful on this Task Force, please consider serving on this ad hoc team.  Take a look at this mandate for more detail on the website.  We hope you will consider being a part of examining some exciting possibilities for future public and private sports facilities, and for helping our club be at the forefront of these new developments. If you are interested, please email the Secretary, at stalbertpickleball@gmail.com.

    Web Coordinator: Position(s) Available

    The club has need of some volunteers who can help with some aspects of our expanding internet / website world. Would you like to help us post info updates, suggest web page enhancements and other technical matters?  If you have an interest and some aptitude for learning and contributing to this role as part of a larger Communications team, please peruse the Web Coordinator job description for more detail and let us know! Interested persons are asked to email the Treasurer at  Treasurer@pickleballstalbert.ca. No web experience is necessary and lots of training and guidance can be offered.

    Equipment Coordinator: Position(s) Available

    This key role of coordinating and maintaining the availability of equipment is very appreciated by all members.  We have need of someone who will work with our Venue Manager to help keep operations running smoothly.  Please visit the Equipment Coordinator description on the website for more detail and email the Secretary at stalbertpickleball@gmail.com with your interest in volunteering!

    Membership Directory

    You may now enjoy searching the club website Member Directory for member players and discover it can help with a few things! You can you find players at your skill level to play with, team leads can connect with team members or recruit more team members, and you can now more easily connect socially with members.

    By default, we display member’s Names, Rating, Home Phone and “Interest in Volunteering” (to help with Venue coordination etc).  Individual members can override their defaults if you wish, but we hope most will continue to allow at least this information to be contained in the directory. 

    Also by default, member email addresses are NOT displayed, but members can nevertheless use the directory messaging capability to send messages to each other. Neat feature!  Note: the directory is only available to members. No member should use any posting information for any purpose other that club play or for individual social connections. 

    We hope this ability to find and connect with your club community increases your fun with pickleball play dates and social events!

    Pre-AGM: Registration Reminder

    Registration for this AGM “practice session” is now open.  If you are interested in testing your online “web conferencing” equipment and abilities, we will be conducting a Pre-AGM on May 26th.  Simply get your information registered (click the "REGISTER" black box)  so you can connect with us online! Registration for this pre-AGM closes May 24th.

    St. Albert Community Recreation Newsletter- May 2020

    The SAPC was featured in the recent St. Albert Community Recreation Newsletter, detailing our club’s efforts to connect members online during this period of social distancing.  We appreciate being contacted for the article (link here) and receiving local community attention to our club’s existence and organization for pickleball!


  • 2020-04-11 10:47 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Opportunity to contribute to our Club: please reply by April 30th

    ·         Do you take pride in being a member of the St. Albert Pickleball Club?

    ·         Do you have an eye for what it takes to make things happen?

    ·         Do you have ideas that would make our club thrive?

    ·         Do you enjoy seeing your ideas and efforts make a difference for other people?

    ·         Do you see possibilities rather than problems?

    ·         Do you want to be part of a team that has fun making our club the best it can be?

    ·         Do you seek opportunities to use and expand your skills?

    If you answer yes to these questions, then you are just the kind of person we are looking for!

    In preparation for the June 2020 SAPC AGM, the Nominating Committee is providing notice to our members of upcoming Board, and Committee opportunities. 

    Of the seven Board positions, four (4) are open for nominations in June:

            Position:   (Incumbent)

    • President    (Eileen McClean)
    • Vice-President   (Gary Marcellus)
    • Member-at-Large   (No Incumbent)
    • Communications Director   (Gary Spencer)  Gary was appointed this March to step into the role vacated by Alf Otto)

    Committee Positions: open for election

    Position:   (Incumbent)

    • Auditor   (Lawrence Taylor)
    • Nominating Committee Chair   (No Incumbent)
    • Nom. Committee members (2)     (one incumbent, John Sandmoen)

    Recognizing that incumbents may have their name stand for re-election in their current position or another open position, all positions are deemed "open" for election.  With this in mind, we encourage all interested members or members who know of potential candidates to step forward and make your interest known to Mike Bowen no later than April 30, 2020.

    Mike can be reached at:  bowenm@telusplanet.net

    Full job descriptions of each Board Member and the Nominating Committee can be found on the SAPC website at: https://www.pickleballstalbert.ca/Team-Mandates ,along with bylaws, strategic and annual plans, and policies – all of which helps to frame the Board’s responsibilities and governance structure.  

    All Board positions are charged with the effective governance in matters of policy, finance, programs, volunteers and advocacy.  The Board meets monthly and the time commitment is 3-4hrs per month, including pre-reading for the meeting.  There may be additional time requirements for other roles. 

    Overall Board Responsibilities:

    Following is a short list of responsibilities for each of the open positions to give our members a basic understanding of the commitment required to fill a position successfully. 

    All Board members:

    • Attend Board meetings, develop a working knowledge of governance; promote the values and mission of the SAPC
    • Assist the Board in making sound decisions, seeking out all relevant information before deciding, and supporting Board decisions that have been made
    • Monitor the effectiveness of bylaws, policies and manuals in achieving the objects of the SAPC and propose improvements
    • Contribute to the development and execution of the SAPC strategic plan
    • Assist with special events and promotion of SAPC, as required
    • Act as a signing officer, as required
    • Comply with the Board Code of Conduct
    President

    In addition to Board member duties:

    • Provide oversight to ensure the Board adheres to relevant legislation and provide guidance to Board governance processes
    • Ensure bylaws are upheld, reviewed and changes brought before members for consideration and approval
    • Lead the Board in its’ strategic direction setting and in developing and completing annual plans
    • Represent and speak on behalf of the Board
    • Supervise the affairs of the Board
    • Call and preside at all meetings of the club and the Board
    • Ensure that committee chairpersons, managers and team leaders are appointed and have the needed resources and training
    • Serve as ex-officio member of committees and attend their meetings, as needed
    • Chair the SAPC Strategic Planning and Advocacy Committees
    • Prepare Board agendas with input from the secretary and Board members
    • Ensure that risk assessments are conducted and liabilities are adequately managed
    • Lead an annual process to evaluate the effectiveness of the Board and Board members

    Vice-President

    In addition to Board member duties:

    • Assist the president in the performance of the president’s duties
    • Fulfill the duties and responsibilities of the president in his/her absence
    • Chair one or more committees to develop the skills to fulfill the duties of the president
    • Keep informed on key issues
    • Fill in for other executive positions or tasks when needed, or for skills development

    Member-at-Large

    In addition to Board member duties:

    • Assist the Board as needed
    • Lead and/or assist with special assignments or projects that align with their skillset

    Auditor(s):

    • Provide independent assurance to the members of the financial results of the Club and operational efficiencies of the Board.  (if a CPA, just one person; if non-CPA, two.)

    Nominating Committee:

    The Nominating Committee is a committee of the SAPC established to support the Club’s Membership and Board of Directors. They help to identify suitable candidates to serve as Officers and Directors of the Club.

    (The eligibility and composition of this Committee is up to 5 members, with 3 being the optimum number)


  • 2020-04-10 14:23 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Help the Board make our Club be the best it can be for you!

    The Board has an "open door" policy that invites members to bring suggestions or concerns forward; here are three ways.

    1. Contact a Board member directly (scroll to the bottom of the our Home Page for email addresses)
    2. Email the Secretary
    3. Arrange to attend a video-conference Board Meeting to present your ideas.
  • 2020-03-30 10:48 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear Member - click the newsletter title to read articles on:

     NOT Business As Usual  Welcome Gary Spencer
     AGM Online Solution  Membership Renewal
     Facebook Presence  More Leaders Training
     Non-Competitive Play  Closing Thoughts

    NOT Business as Usual

    These are definitely trying times.  We feel your pain, we share your anguish.  But we also know, and hope you know, that we can all get through this.  Our world, our communities, our families, and we as individuals can and will get through these trying times.  

    It is definitely NOT business as usual, in any part of our lives.  But knowing we will get through this, we carry on with our planning, with our caring, and our doing.  Perhaps, for some of us, "carrying on" is therapy -- a diversion. For others, it is confidence, or duty, or honour, or love for our fellow pickleball player and fellow inhabitant of this small planet.  Whatever the reason, we hope you know this newsletter and all our actions, are carried out with you, our members, in our hearts.

    Be well, stay safe and stay strong.

    Your caring board, Eileen, Gary, Douwe, Ray, Claude, and Gary

    Welcome Gary Spencer, Communications Director

    Yes, we now have two Gary's on our board. Please join us in welcoming Gary Spencer, our new Communications Director. Gary, a new and active club member, graciously and generously offered his time to serve on our board.

    We quickly jumped at the opportunity to take advantage of his expertise in communications, business management, and strategic planning, not to mention his information technology skills. As is our practice, Gary was informally interviewed by our Nominating Committee (thanks Mike Bowen) and at our March 28 online board meeting, he was unanimously voted in. 

    We are very much looking forward to working with Gary and spreading the workload out even more -- an objective the board has been successfully pursuing all year, as recommended by our Nominating Committee and by you, our members.

    Annual General Meeting (AGM) - Online Solution


    We are required to have one of these AGMs every year, and you deserve the annual opportunity to review the progress our club has made, provide input to the club's future directions, review our finances, elect new board directors, and (if you've let us know in advance) to raise any other matters you'd like the club to consider.

    Of course, we can't meet in person unless we get a big space to keep everyone separated and limit attendance, but that still has some health implications -- and your health and safety is too important to risk for this purpose. So we are looking to have this AGM online. That means you would use a computer and some software to connect in a video-conference call.  If you are familiar with Facetime on an iPad or iPhone, or Skype on other devices, you already know how to do this with those programs.  Other video-conferencing apps or programs operate similarly.  We would need to use a program suited to a larger number of participants than Facetime can handle.

    Before the June AGM, we would provide specific instructions on how to access and use the software you can help us pick.  There appear to be two fairly economical software products that might suit our needs: Google Hangouts Meet and Zoom.  We know there are at least a dozen other products out there as well, but we're focusing our research on these two for now, as our own experience with Google Hangout Meet is favourable and Zoom is definitely an industry leader in this area.  More specifically:

    • There is no additional cost for us to use Google Hangouts Meet, it works well for our online Board meetings, and meets all of our requirements except for an integrated online voting capability.
    • The cost to use Zoom on a one time basis is very small, and Zoom incorporates online voting (polling) capability.
    • Both of these products have base (non-corporate) version that can apparently accommodate up to 100 participants.  However the free version of Zoom only allows meetings of up to 40 minutes, so we'd have to purchase the next version up to have a longer online AGM.

    We have two questions for you:

    1. Are you okay with this video-conferencing approach for an AGM?  (We really have no other choice if we wish to have an AGM in June and stay in compliance with our bylaws, but we'd like your input on this question anyway.  If you are not okay, do you have an alternative we may have overlooked?)
    2. Should SAPC:
      1. go with the cheaper product, even though it means our AGM would have to be broken into two parts: a video-conference session followed by voting via separate communications, or
      2. spend a few bucks and test out Zoom?

    If you have an opinion on this, or have experience using the low-cost version of either of these products with audiences of 50 to 80 participants, please email Info@pickleballstalbert.ca and treasurer@pickleballstalbert.ca

    Together, we're smarter, stronger and better.

    Membership Renewals

     


    Our new membership management system is set up to issue reminders to any member who has not renewed:

    • 60 days and 10 days before the Apr 30 membership expiry, and
    • Apr 30, the day of membership expiry.

    We understand some of you may not want to renew until some form of organized play resumes. That is okay, for the most part. We just wanted to let you know though that we still plan to have an Annual General Meeting in June (it will likely be online as described in the above article), and you need to be a member to participate in this meeting.  So please do renew your membership by April 30 if you plan to be part of our AGM -- and we sure hope you do!

    By the way, the requirement to be a member to vote in our AGM is something our membership agreed as part of our bylaws, and this is a typical requirement for non-profit organizations like ours.

    For those who would still prefer to delay renewing their membership:

      • After April 30, you will no longer get emails notifying you of club news postings, but you will still be able to read those postings on our web-site.
      • For up to 12 more months, you will be able to log-in with your password to renew your membership, without having to recreate your profile.
      • Until you renew your membership, you will not be able to:
      • purchase sticker cards,
      • participate in indoor organized play at member (1-sticker) rates, or
      • participate in member-only sessions such as shoot-outs, ladders or other reserved play.

    However, you will be able to participate in indoor organized play at visitor (2-sticker) rates.

    We don't know how long it will be before we can resume organized play.  Hopefully, it will be in time to catch at least part of the outdoor season.  But if it is not, the indoor season will provide more than enough value to justify your annual membership. 

    Frankly, your board did consider lowering the annual fee for 20/21 and giving a partial credit to those who have already paid their annual membership.  But a sober second thought prevailed, because:

    • Our fee is already extremely low, compared to memberships in other pickleball clubs and in other sports.
    • There is even better value in our club as we offer more play times per year, on a per-member basis, than others.
    • $10 of each membership goes to Pickleball Alberta and Pickleball Canada, so there is limited room for reduction.
    • It is administratively burdensome to generate manual credits and refunds or to administer  multiple or mid-year changes to membership fees.
    • There is also a growing need to build the financial capacity to have even more play facilities in future. Reducing fees reduces our capacity to keep building for the future.
    So the membership fee will remain at $30 per year for 2020/21, and we hope you still consider that to be great value, even with a reduced play season.

    Facebook Presence Enhanced

    We love it when members and leaders come forward with ideas.  Tara Tchir, our Facebook Coordinator, took a seminar on social media and spotted a hole in our Facebook presence. Facebook is another portal for organizations to the outside world, and we were missing a piece of that -- a page that would direct the curious, including potential members in St. Albert, to our website and to our club. Tara has now filled that void by creating such a Facebook page for us.  

    Note that this new Facebook page is different than the private (closed) Facebook group we already had, and it serves a different purpose. Our new Facebook page extends our reach into the community and helps secure our position as THE pickleball club in St. Albert. You can invite anyone on Facebook to join this page that you think would be interested in the world of pickleball.  Posts on the page will be limited to admin only, as it is solely to promote our club and website. 

    Thanks Tara, both for your idea and for implementing it for our club.

    Our members-only Facebook Group continues to be a place where members can share (post) information with each other about any pickleball or club-related matters.  Members can use this site, for example, to set up play times with each other, set up other social connections, communicate (non-officially) about lost and found items, and entertain each other with pickleball related humour and news. The club may occasionally use the site to communicate some urgent play changes, but these communications are unofficial and are not consistently provided -- the website play calendars, our other website content, and our emails are the only official electronic means of club communications to members. 

    Just less than half our members have joined the Facebook group -- but all are connected to our website. As long as one follows the guidelines, any added member can post in our 'St. Albert Pickleball - members only' group. You must be a current member to join or remain in our closed Facebook group.  

    More Leaders Training to Use our Technology

    As you may gather from past rating clinic advertisements, our Rating Clinic Coordinators Gerry Gartner and Karen Cabot were handling (and will someday soon again be handling) rating clinic registrations using our new Wild Apricot membership system.

    Next, Faye Hood, Gerry Hood, Ron Parker and Carolyn Ross, leaders of our tournament teams, were shown how to use the new system to handle online tournament registrations.  Whenever our next tournament is held, these fine folks are ready to go with the use of our new system too.

    With the suspension of all play, including reserved play, we have given up our subscription to Sign Up Genius (SUG).  Does that mean shootout play and other reserved play is dead?  Not at all!  When we are ready to go again, reserved play will be handled through our new Wild Apricot (WA) website and membership management system. This was part of the business case for adopting the WA technology, and we're happy to trim some of our IT costs by giving up SUG, knowing that our WA software can handle it all.  And, you guessed it, our Registered Play Coordinator, Carol Peabody, is eager to learn our software so she can post and manage our reserved play using WA in future.

    And last but not least, Gary Spencer, our new Communications Director, has already begun learning to use WA. He will be editing and producing our next newsletter and email alert, and then we know he'll be eagerly seeking even more ways to help all of us serve you, our membership.

    Non-Competitive Play

    Our survey results are still being analyzed and formatted for publication, but your board has already considered one of the apparent conclusions of the survey: many members are not rated, would prefer to never be rated, and are really only seeking some fun, non-competitive play.

    Yes, we already knew that, and we hear you now.  To respond, we will offer more non-competitive play opportunities in the future.  These are called "All Play" sessions in our calendar.  Captains at these sessions are hereby encouraged to pass on the message to members at these sessions that the emphasis at these sessions is fun, not winning. (Cheering a good shot is always appropriate, of course, but comments on a missed shot are never appropriate -- even if directed at yourself -- but especially if directed at someone else.)

    Now this promise of more All Play is conditional. As with any organized play changes, we will start small. Play at any level must be well attended or we will seek to change that play to a form that draws more participation. You wouldn't want it any other way, would you? 

    Captains are always in demand. Without captain volunteers, there can be no play.  When play resumes, we will especially need captains for All Play and for the 2.0-2.5 level play.

    Stay tuned for more survey results and responses.

    Closing Thoughts

    This club is yours. The board and all of the club's team leaders, managers, coordinators, captains and other volunteers, are only its temporary stewards, acting on your behalf.

    What role are you going to play in our club next year?  To paraphrase a President, "Ask not what your club can do for you, but what you can do for your club!"

    Until the next time, "Keep your paddle up!"


  • 2020-03-15 11:51 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    For the health and safety of members and the public, SAPC is suspending all club-organized activities until further notice.  This is effective immediately, as of March 15, and applies to captain-led play sessions, clinics, mentoring, beginner’s lessons, tournaments, and registered play.

    We will post notices and issue emails when play can resume. This may be eight weeks or more away, we suspect.

    Those who have already paid for the March 30 rating clinic will either have a credit on their account, which can be used against any future online club fee, or can get a refund by emailing Treasurer@pickleballstalbert.ca.  Please be patient as it may take three weeks or more to process the refunds.

    Stay healthy and keep that paddle up!


  • 2020-03-07 16:40 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear Member - click the newsletter title to read articles on:

     Finance and Technology Questions?  February Stats
     Sticker Purchase Reminder  Membership Renewals

    Always check the website calendars for the most updated play information. 

    Finance and Technology Questions

    Well over 98% of member's payments for sticker cards, rating clinics and membership renewals are entered readily by members and processed immediately by our credit card payment processor.  But with a new system (and a new payment processor), sometimes there are a few idiosyncrasies that give a few of us a bit of grief.  So we've set up a new website page to provide you with some tips when navigating the credit card payment screen on our system.  It is called the Finance and Technology FAQ page. You must be logged in as member to see the contents of this page. 

    February Stats

      - including membership numbers by level


    In the following tables, we report player attendance in terms of court capacity, which is the number playing on the courts at any one time. For example, if 16 players show up at Red Willow, which has a court capacity of 8, we divide the 16 by 8, convert the answer of 2 to a percentage (200%), and report the attendance as "200% of court capacity."  As a second example, a venue with 3 courts has a court capacity of 12, and if 18 show up to play, then the attendance is 18/12 = 1.5 or 150% of court capacity.

    These are monthly averages; attendance on any particular day may be above or below these averages.

    Most Crowded Indoor Play (Most Social Time!)

    Rank

    Average Attendance

    Venue

    Day/Time

    Level

    1

    184% of court capacity

    Red Willow

    Fri 9am

    All

    2

    169%

    Red Willow

    Fri 11am

    Mens

    3 (tied)

    150%

    Red Willow

    Mon 9am

    All

    3 (tied)

    150%

    Red Willow

    Thu 11am

    Wom 3.0+

    3 (tied)

    150%

    North Pointe

    Mon 11am

    3.5+

    Least Crowded Indoor Play (Most Play Time!) - excluding Reserved Play and Clinics

    Rank

    Average Attendance

    Venue

    Day/Time

    Level

    1 (tied)

     58% of court capacity

    Bertha Kennedy

    Fri 6pm

    2.0-2.5

    1 (tied)

     58%

    Sturgeon Hgts

    Sun 9am

    3.5+

    3

     83%

    Sturgeon Hgts

    Sun 9am

    3.0+

    4

     88%

    Sturgeon Hgts

    Tue 6pm

    3.0+

    5

     90%

    Bertha Kennedy

    Sat 12:30pm

    3.0

    Other Interesting Stats

     91 

     Play and training sessions this month, excluding rating clinics and beginner's lessons

    1129 

     Member-plays at the above sessions

     Visitor-plays at the above sessions

     Rating clinics this month (0 players)

    21 

     Ratings clinics since May 1

    258 

     Players rated by your club since May 1

    620 

     Club members as of Feb 29 (631 as of Mar 5)

    Open this file to see our membership numbers by level:  Membership PIe Chart 2020-03-06.pdf

    Sticker Purchase Reminder

       


    Returning snowbirds and others - please note!  It can take up to three weeks to have your ordered sticker card arrive in the mail, particularly if your order is placed right after the fulfillment process Marion so diligently carries out every week, and if Canada Post takes another two weeks.  Of course, Canada Post is usually quicker than that for local deliveries, but occasionally they are not.  And we won't even mention the delay related to you checking your mailbox, because you do that every day right? (I know, I don't either.)   In any case, thanks Marion for all you do!

    If you run out, don't panic!  All our friendly members will sell you a sticker for $3.35 (or $4.00 if you only have loonies and toonies.) Always round up folks!

    Membership Renewals 


    Renewal reminders went out to all members on March 2. If you didn't get yours, check your junk mail folder.

    You have until May 1 to  renew your membership, and you will get at least one more automated reminder if you haven't renewed by about April 20.  On May 2, unpaid memberships will lapse without further notice -- you don't want to get too many emails do you?

    We hope you stay and come out and play more this year than ever before. 

    Until the next time, "Keep your paddle up!"


  • 2020-02-27 10:05 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear Member - click the newsletter title to read articles on:

     Apr 4-5 Westlock Tournament  Welcome Tara
     Welcome Faye, Gerry, Ron, Douwe, Ken  Thanks Team Members!
     Survey Closing  Welcome Elsi and Karen

    Always check the website calendars for the most updated play information. 

    April 4-5 Westlock Tournament

    Westlock Spring Ahead Pickleball Doubles Tournament

    • Entry deadline: March 20, 2020.
    • Location: Westlock Spirit Center, 9603 - 100 St, Westlock
    • Entry form and more details: see linked pdf form. Submit entry with either pdf or MS Word form

    Welcome Tara


    Thanks to Tara Tchir for taking on the position of Facebook Coordinator for our club.  Welcome Tara!  Tara also captains some of the play sessions for you at our North Pointe Community Church venue.  

    Welcome Faye, Gerry, Ron, Ken and Douwe

     


    Thanks to Faye Hood for taking on the Tournaments Manager role and to Gerry Hood, Ron Parker, Ken Dentzien, and Douwe Spriensma for taking on coordinator leadership roles on our Tournaments Team.  Faye and the rest of the team look forward to using our new system to automate our club's tournament registrations and payments this year.

    Welcome Elsi


    Thanks to Elsi Lowe for taking on the Goods Sales Coordinator role.  Elsi and her team will be selling T-shirts and balls when warmer weather prevails.



    Welcome Karen


    Thanks to Karen Korotash for leading the Social Team this year. We look forward to the opportunity to chat, to make friends and to strengthen our connections with existing friends during the lunches arranged by the Social Team at our fun tournaments, and are very grateful for their work on the Volunteer Appreciation events each year. 



    Thanks Team Members


    And thanks to all the new and returning members of all our teams, including the captains that make up our venue teams and all those holding individual positions with our club.  We have an amazing number of contributors to our club's ongoing operations, and they all do a great job.

    Over the next few weeks watch for the names of these team members to appear on our Teams and Committees page or on our future Captains page.  (Note that access to these pages will continue to be for members only, so you need to log in as a member to get to those pages.)

    Survey Closing

    Club members were issued a survey via email a few weeks ago.  Thanks to those who have already responded.  For the rest of you, the survey closes end of day Sunday March 1.  We will be back to you with the results, but we'll be busy with the analysis for a while.

    Until the next time, "Keep your paddle up!"


  • 2020-02-14 10:06 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear Member - click the newsletter title to read articles on:

     Facebook Coordinator Needed

     Rating Clinics Open for Registration

     Welcome New Coordinators  January Stats

    Always check the website calendar for the most updated play information. See also our SAPC Facebook site for any last minute notices. 

    Facebook Coordinator Needed

    Our club members make good use our Facebook site to connect with each other, communicate with each other about club and pickleball-related activities, and post club-related photos.  We are better connected and more engaged through Facebook.

    The Facebook Coordinator's job is simply to:

    • periodically review content to ensure it meets the club's suitability requirements, and
    • review and approve about 1 or 2 requests per week from members to join our closed Facebook group.
    No Facebook experience is needed -- we will show you the steps needed to look up members, approve join requests, and review content. Please join our large and expanding team of volunteers and help your fellow club members by taking on this small but important role. If you are interested, please send an email to stalbertpickleball@gmail.com, our new email address for our corporate secretary Douwe Spriensma.

    New Rating Clinics Open for Registration

    Are you itching to play up?  Want to see if the skills you've been developing are ready for the big time?

    A new rating clinic for aspiring 3.0's will be held March 9 and a new clinic for aspiring 3.5's will be held March 30.  Maximum 12 per clinic. First "registered and paid," first served!

    How to register?  This process has changed.  It is now as automated as we can make it, further reducing your club's administrative workload on volunteers.
    • Find the rating clinic you want in the Rating Clinic calendar on our website. Click it to open it..
    • Press "Register" and fill in the next couple of screens.
    • Pay your $23.35 via credit card on the last screen.
    If the clinic is full, please put your name on the automated waitlist. This gives you a shot at registration if there are any cancellations, and the more people on the waitlist, the sooner we'll schedule the next clinic.  People going on the waitlist don't have to pay until and unless a spot opens up and they choose to fill that spot.

    Check out our Skill Levels and Ratings page ( https://www.pickleballstalbert.ca/Skill-Levels-and-Ratings ).  It contains valuable advice and links to the sheets that will be used by our evaluators during the clinic.  Practice the skills listed on these sheets.  And if you have any doubt about why skills like dinking are important, take one of our mentoring clinics or Google the many online videos available on pickleball tips and strategies.

    By the way, please think of these rating clinics as fun -- just like play. Think of them as simply another opportunity to get advice on skills needed to further develop.  We know any "test" can be a bit nerve-wracking, but try not to tie any ego or pride on this.  Contrary to Yoda's advice, "just try." Ignore the thought of "passing" or "failing." If you don't make it the first time, you'll know what to work on for your next try.  And to repeat, above all, HAVE FUN.  We are a friendly club and want you play at whatever level you aspire to.

    Welcome Rating Coordinators

    Thanks to Gerry Gartner and Karen Cabot for stepping forward and becoming our new rating coordinators.  Welcome to your new volunteer roles Karen and Gerry!

    January Stats

    In the following tables, we report player attendance in terms of court capacity, which is the number of players on the courts at any one time. For example, if 16 players show up at Red Willow, which has a court capacity of 8, we divide the 16 by 8, convert the answer of 2 to a percentage (200%), and report the attendance as "200% of court capacity."  As a second example, a venue with 3 courts has a court capacity of 12, and if 18 show up to play, then the attendance is 18/12 = 1.5 or 150% of court capacity. Note that these are monthly averages; attendance on any particular day may be quite a bit above or below these averages.

    Most Crowded Indoor Play (Most Social Time!)

    Rank

    Average Attendance

    Venue

    Day/Time

    Level

    1

    240% of court capacity

    Red Willow

    Fri 9am

    All

    2

    225%

    Red Willow

    Mon 9am

    All

    3

    213%

    JJ Nearing

    Thu 6pm

    2.0-2.5

    4

    211%

    Red Willow

    Fri 11am

    Mens

    5

    188%

    Red Willow

    Mon 11am

    All


    Least Crowded Indoor Play (Most Play Time!) - excluding Reserved Play and Clinics

    Rank

    Average Attendance

    Venue

    Day/Time

    Level

    1

    71% of court capacity

    Sturgeon H

    Sun 9am

    3.5+

    2

    75%

    Bertha Kennedy

    Fri 6pm

    3.0

    3

    86%

    Bertha Kennedy

    Sat 915am

    3.5+

    4

    97%

    Red Willow

    Wed 230pm

    3.0+

    5

    100%

    Sturgeon H

    Sun 9am

    3.0+


    Other Interesting Stats

     91

     Play and training sessions in January, excluding rating clinics and beginner's lessons

    1309

     Member-plays at the above sessions

    11

     Visitor-plays at the above sessions

    4

     Rating clinic this month (48 players)

    21

     Ratings clinics since May 1

    258

     Players rated by your club since May 1

    616

     Club members as of January 31


    Until the next time, "Keep your paddle up!"


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