The outdoor season is now in full swing and, as usual, we have lots on the go at EPC. Here is a condensed update on matters large and small:
We are expecting the delivery of our new windscreens today. Please expect a shout out soon from Glenn Vickers to help install them.
Our 3.0 Skills Development Clinics by Sean and Leslie are underway at Jasper Park and, as always, are well received by our members.
We have moved the 3.0 Track It Hub Ladder from Wednesdays at 3:00 to Mondays at 1:00. Sorry for any convenience to members but this is a much better time slot for Kareem who previously was court side until almost 6:00 PM on Wednesdays.
Planning to offer 2.0 and 2.5 Skills Development sessions is underway and details will be confirmed and announced soon.
Competitive League play begins next Wednesday where EPC 3.5 team will challenge Parkland Pickleheads 3.5 team. The EPC League play will take place at the Jasper Park Courts – 8751-153 Street on June 19 & 25 and then shift to Spruce Grove and Sherwood Park in the following weeks.
We have secured indoor school gym space at Riverbend Junior High School starting in September
We have made a police report following our Large Shed break in last week and we expect to replace the items stolen almost immediately.
Royal Gardens Community League is installing cameras in the next few weeks and is also installing a new locking system for the Sport Room and for the Large Shed. More on that as details emerge. Until then, access to the Sport Room is limited to Kareem’s hours at court side.
We Need Help – And I am Not Above Offering Bribes….
We are lucky to have secured playing time at the Jasper Park Courts ( 8751 153 Street) this season but we are in need of your help to make sessions run smoothly there.
We have three morning time slots where we need club volunteers to regularly open the courts up, set up nets and organise the players and then close down the courts and put away the nets. Specifically,
Tuesdays 9:00-11:00 3.0 Round Robin and 11:00-1:00 2.0/2.5 Round Robin
Wednesdays 9:00-11:00 3.0 Round Robin and 11:00-1:00 2.0/2.5 Round Robin
Thursdays 9:00-11:00 2.0/2.5 Round Robin and 11:00-1:00 3.0 Round Robin
You do not need to undertake all of these time slots – for example, you might volunteer to open, host and close the Tuesday sessions for the next four weeks. That would be awesome!
You do not need to be a 3.0 or a 2.0/2.5 to volunteer for these times – for example, you might be 4.0 and want to help others enjoy the game. That would be awesome!
If we had volunteers to cover these time slots, we might be able to offer some drop in play at Jasper Park. That would be awesome!
So, what’s in it for you? Well, there’s always the personal satisfaction that comes from helping others. As well, we are offering some possible tangible perks like a sports bag or two? Some free balls? A paddle? Some free lessons from Leslie and Sean? A tee-shirt? Something we haven’t thought of yet?
Please think about it and if you can help us, kindly contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
And one more thing –
As much as we all love pickleball and want to share our unbridled joy with other players, please be careful about giving unsolicited pickleball advice to other players. Unsolicited pickleball advice is very much like the unsolicited advice your mother in law gives you. Trust me, it feels the same….
I know your intentions are honorable and you only want to help but please hold back and give your best advice only when you are asked.
That said, please be mindful of players who have restricted mobility and try not to hit lob after lob over their heads. As we age, and we all do, running backwards is not as easy as it once was and we don’t want to risk anyone’s injury.
That’s all for today – enjoy your evening!
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