Progress continues on the 6 new pickleball courts at El Mirador. The San Carlos Pickleball Association is working with local developer Octavio Llano and his manager Javier Lujan to convert the existing 2 tennis courts into 6 newly refurbished pickleball courts. Mr. Llano is generously covering the expenses of refurbishing and painting the surface of the courts and fencing around and between them.
The courts will be run by the San Carlos Pickleball Association and will be available for use by the community — for pickleballers of all levels. Yearly membership at the new Mirador Courts will be available starting in October, 2017 for a nominal fee (memberships and play may begin once the courts are ready, for those here over the summer).
Progress to date:
The perimeter fencing is fixed.
The posts for the fencing in between the courts is installed.
The sleeves for the net posts are installed.
Repairing the surface of the courts continues and should be completed next week. Then the repainting can begin.
Many people in the community generously donated enough funds for the Association to purchase 6 nets and 6 sets of posts which are now in San Carlos. Thank you to the following donors: Karen Stewart; Theresa (T) Melius; Kim and Deb Forrester; Wendy and Tom Kruetner; Sue Fehrle and Christa Thomas; Jeff Weinberg; Becky Lupo; Darren Thompson; Kellie Rich; Hillary Dembroff and Steve Szekely; Shelly Johnson and PJ Schramel; Barb Franecki and Jim Shane; Pam and Dave Spitler; Linda and Scott Swanson; Shannon Culham; Linda and Steve Holder; Art and Fannie Mackie; Nancy Steffy.
Bonifacio’s Restaurant is now open beside the courts. They have done a beautiful job remodeling the building, fixing the pool, and landscaping around the pool and restaurant.
San Carlos Pickleball Association Board Member, Darren Thompson, is organizing a summer Ladder League. See details below.
As soon as the courts are finished, we’ll either put on a Sizzlin’ Summer Round Robin Tournament or have a “Soft Launch Open Play” evening with cocktails and food at Bonifacio’s afterwards. Stay tuned for details.
5.0 Pro Pickleballer, Scott Moore, has agreed to put on a Pickleball Boot Camp at Mirador Courts in San Carlos in January, 2018, See details below.
The Boot Camp will take place right before the International Pickleball Tournament from Thursday, January 11 to Monday, January 15, 2018. Details to follow.
Stay tuned for more details on the new Mirador Courts as they develop. Pickle on!
Progress Photos: Anxious to see the courts completed, avid pickleballers Sue, Gail and Becky helped the crew clean the areas around the courts in late April.
By June 15, the posts for the interior fencing were installed and the fencing measured and ready to install.
On June 24, the sleeves for the net posts where installed. Work continues on the resurfacing.
Here’s a picture of the pool and patio at the new Bonifacio’s Restaurant, with the Mirador Pickleball Courts in the background.
This will be the view from the courts. Sunset pickleball, anyone?
Summer Pickleball Ladder League
San Carlos Pickleball Association Board Member, Darren Thompson, is organizing a summer Pickleball Ladder League here in San Carlos. It will be a fun way to meet and play with each other.
There is no cost except for whatever fee you would normally pay to play at the venue (for instance, gym fees to use the court).
If you are interested in playing in this league during the summer, please send Darren your phone number and your level of play (i.e. 2.5, 3.0, 3.5, etc — self-ranking is fine) so he can add this to the program. Once the schedule is sent out for the week, each 4-some will need to contact each other to determine location and time of the match. There will be 1 ladder match per week. You don’t have to be here every week to play.
Once the Mirador Courts are built, we will offer many benefits to paid members, including a Ladder League.
If you have any questions or would like to join, please contact Darren at email@example.com or call 622-116-1838. Looking forward to seeing you on the court!
5.0 Pro pickleballer, Scott Moore, has agreed to put on a Pickleball Boot Camp at Mirador Courts in San Carlos in January, 2018. Scott was the 2015 Player of the Year and is a 12-time National Champion.
Scott will run a 3-day Intermediate and Advanced level player Boot Camp from January 8 – 10, 2018. There will be 20 spots available, for players at 3.5 – 5.0 level.
Cost: $395 USD per person (Welcome dinner, and 1 working lunch included). You will also either need to be a member of Mirador Courts or purchase a day pass for each day of the boot camp.
Goal: Step up your game with intensive, semi-private training for 5 – 6 hours per day, focusing on every aspect of the game, guaranteed to improve your strategy, technique and understanding of the game with IPTPA certified instructor, Scott Moore. Together with a small group of other players, you will improve your mental game, shot making, shot selection, and learn new strategies and ways to become a better pickleball player, while implementing our 10 key principles of the game.
If you’d like to participate, please email Sue Fehrle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here’s a video of Scott on the Pickleball Channel giving tips on how to improve your forehand shot.
Check out this intense match-up where Cookie Drake & Scott Moore beat Alex Hamner & Scott Clayson in the 50+ Mixed Doubles Gold Medal Match at the 2016 Grand Canyon State Games.
Skills & Drills: improve your pickleball game
Drill to Improve your volley shot
The Myth of ‘Paddle Up’ by Mark Renneson / Third Shot Sports
Drill: redirects, flicks, pushes etc
Pickleball Drill with Sarah Ansboury: work on shots
Videos of Matches
Pro Mixed Doubles Gold from the 2017 Minto US Open Pickleball Championships
San Carlos Tournaments
July, 2017: Sizzlin’ Summer Round Robin Tournament or a “Soft Launch Open Play” evening — Date and event TBD pending Mirador Courts completion date.
Friday, December 8, 2017: Sun & Fun Round Robin Pickleball Tournament.
Thursday, January 11 to Monday, January 15, 2018: Sombrero Showdown and Amigos Cup. Under 60 & Over 60 (SSIPA) International Tournament.
February 8, 9 & 10, 2018: Dink ‘n Sea Pickleball Tournament. Thursday: Women; Friday: Men; Saturday: Mixed.
Several people from San Carlos will be participating in the USAPA Great Plains Regional in Colorado Springs from September 7 to 10, 2017 (more info). See you there?
New USAPA Member Rewards
The USAPA Member Rewards program has officially launched and all current USAPA members now have access. This new benefits package is an ‘AAA-style’ rewards program that gives all USAPA members discounts on hotels, rental cars and dining.As you explore the program, please be sure to click the ‘Travel’ category which opens the ‘My Deals’ search option, which is a more detailed Expedia-style search for hotels, rental cars and cruise discounts. There is even a price guarantee.
My Deals Mobile: as a USAPA member, you can enjoy your USAPA Rewards while using your smartphone or tablet by downloading the free app from the Apple or Android store.
Pickleball Around Town
Congratulations to Shelly Johnson and PJ Schramel who won Gold in mixed doubles in a tournament in Boise, Idaho. Shelly also won bronze in women’s doubles.
Discount on Pickleball Gear
Members of the San Carlos Pickleball Association get a 5% discount at PickleballCentral.com.
Click on “My Account” (in red font at the top of the page). If you have an account, sign in. Otherwise, go to New Customers, and click on Continue…and go through the prompts until you have an Account set up.
At Check Out, there is a box where you should put the following Coupon Code: CRSANCARLOS
Then click Apply.
This will give you a 5% discount on your order. You will see San Carlos Pickleball Association with the discounted amount beside it. It will also give our San Carlos Pickleball Association a 5% Club Reward that will accumulate over the year, and next year they will give our club a credit for that amount. It’s a win-win for both you and for our club!
Learn more about Pickleball
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