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              Pickleball Community Email Group -- Invitation

The Pickleball Community Volunteer Group (PCVG) consists of 10 members functionally organized to train and provide volunteers for Rec. Dept. Pickleball lessons, clinics, and tournaments for the enjoyment of the Pickleball community in The Villages.
The PCVG has a sizable list of accomplishments; however, we tend to fall a tad short in distributing information.  The frequently occurring response to the question of why didn’t you watch the XXX tournament, or why didn’t you participate in the ABC Beginner Tournament, attend the Intermediate Clinic to learn new skills, etc., always seems to come down to I wasn’t aware, or I didn’t know, or I was never told. 
PCVG has been using Daily Sun newspaper articles, postings at court and Recreation Center Bulletin boards, and announcements made verbally to participants at lessons, clinics, tournaments -- to  “Get The Word Out.”  PCVG is proud of it’s web site, which contains a PCVG Calendar page of scheduled events, and a Beginner Schedule page, alas -- all these efforts have been wanting for 1 reason or another.  The grape vine method fails to reach many people, the newspaper is not read every day, and when read -- sometimes the “word” is in the single section of the paper that many people do not read or didn’t peruse the day it appeared.  Our web site is only as good as people visiting it, and opening the link (page) where the information appears.  It requires an action, rather than being passive.  PCVG believes the answer lies in a Pickleball Community Group EMAIL List.

PCVG now has a master list of EMAIL addresses.  To be on the list, you simply have to email your name and desired email address to
The sole purpose of this list is to disseminate information of interest to the Villages Pickleball community.

If any group decides to conduct a Pickleball social, or get together, and they want to get the message out, they only have to email with the information.
The item will be reviewed by the 2 person PCVG Email committee for relevance and appropriateness, and then be promptly transmitted to everyone in the group.

Email has numerous advantages over every other means of disseminating information.  It is fast, everyone receives the email within minutes of each other, it is free, and because the recipient doesn’t even have to do anything but glance at the subject (doesn’t even have to open the email), it is passive.  Most all Villagers use email each day as a means of communicating with friends, relatives, social groups, business entities, etc.  By joining the Villages Pickleball Community group, you will be kept informed of all Pickleball activities of general interest to Villagers.  The email address list will be accessed/maintained solely by 2 PCVG members, and not be available to the public, nor disclosed to any group or organization.  However, since the PCVG is under the auspices of the Recreation Department, a government entity, when a District employee receives any PCVG email, the emails become public record.

To join the Pickleball Community EMAIL Group, you have merely to email your name and preferred email address to:  

Hope to hear from you, and wish you and yours good health,

Steve Richter
PCVG Chairperson mailto:pickleballcommunity@gmail.commailto:pickleballcommunity@gmail.commailto:PickleballCommunity@gmail.comAnnouncements_files/PropPballEmailLtrv4.pagesshapeimage_2_link_0shapeimage_2_link_1shapeimage_2_link_2
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FREE Advanced Drills Clinic conducted by our resident professional -- Deb Harrison, Fridays from 10 to 11:30 at Lk Miona, 1½ hours of concentrated drills and guided practice time for players rated 3.5-4.5 in the PCVG Villages Rating System.  (See our Men’s Ratings or Ladies Ratings pages on this web site by mouse clicking at the top of this page).  “Take It To The Next Level” by drilling muscle memory and skill repetition in a controlled environment.  Deb will select 3-4 particular components of the game each week and design drills that repeat the correct technique and end result with consistency.  It would help if continuity is established by weekly attendance but not mandatory.  Sign up Friday’s at Lake Miona Recreation Center.  There is NO WAITING LIST after the 24 available spaces are filled.
FREE Intermediate Strategies Clinic scheduled 1st Wednesday of each month at 10 AM at Lake Miona Courts.  This clinic has been designed (and is conducted by) by Jeff Shank, a national pickleball medalist, to teach an intermediate player (3.0 to 3.5) the skills and strategies needed to move up to the advanced level.  In order to participate, you must sign-up at Lk Miona Recreation Center.
FREE Intermediate Skills Clinic scheduled for Mondays at Churchill Rec Center courts from 3-5 PM.  This clinic is comprised of 2 sessions and is taught by our national medalist Richard “Coach Mo” Movsessian.  Prerequisites are PB 101 and 102 classes, an intermediate skill level or above ( a Rating level of 3.0 or 3.5 -- see website FAQs page by mouse clicking on FAQs  or at the top of this page).
Coach Mo will also be conducting a pickleball clinic every Thursday at the Big Cypress Recreation Center courts from 3:00 to 4:30 pm.  In order to participate, you must sign-up in advance of the clinic.  You may either phone Big Cypress (674-8385) and provide your name/number, or stop by the Recreation Center to sign-up.

The Villages Singles Pickleball Challenge Ladder 11/22/2013 Guidelines

All players must be Villages residents, and age 50 or over!

Challenge Ladder Enrollment is “open-ended,” to permit players to join (or withdraw) at anytime.

1. All players are required to sign a current Villages sports waiver, and to have a RATING on our website (see Men’s Ratings or Ladies Ratings at the top of this page). 

2. All players must read and agree to the guidelines of The Villages Singles Ladder to participate.

3. All players are required to provide a phone number (which will appear next to your name on the Singles Pickleball Challenge page of this web site) and email address for contact purposes.

4. Player Activity Standard: Players are to participate in at least 1 match per calendar month.  The standard may be met by accepting a challenge and playing 1 match per calendar month, or issuing 1 challenge per calendar month.  In short, if a player has not been challenged ( or not accepted a challenge) as he or she enters the final week of a calendar month, they will have to issue a challenge that is accepted to meet the 1 per month activity standard.  Failure to meet the standard would result in the player's position being moved downward 3 positions.

New members of the Singles Pickleball Ladder will be listed at the lowest ladder position.

You may challenge players 1 or 2 rungs above you on the Ladder.  A Victory results in the players ladder  positions being flipped.  For example: If player 4 challenged player 2 and won the match, player 4 would move into position 2 and player 2 would move down to position 4.

The challenged player shall either accept the challenge and agree to play the challenger for the position within 7 days (unless there is an agreement between the players for an extension of time), or decline the challenge; whereupon, the challenger and challenged player ladder positions will be reversed, i.e., the challenger in position 5 challenges position 3, and the challenge is declined.  Challenger moves up to position 3 and “Decliner drops to position 5 on the ladder.

Following completion of a match, the losing player may NOT re-challenge the winner for 7 days. 

Courts and times are to be mutually agreed upon by both players.

Once a match is scheduled, the challenger must send an email as soon as possible (ASAP) to the  The email will state the player’s names, date, time, and place where the match has been scheduled.  This information will enable the VillagerPickleballRatings web site to maintain a page that publicizes all scheduled matches (and results).  This will make it extremely easy for all members of the pickleball community to observe scheduled matches of their choosing.

The match format is a flip of a coin (or such) to decide serve/receive, or side of the court.  Best of three games to eleven determines the winner.  Note: Third game to flip for serve or side, and sides to be rotated upon one player scoring six points.  Should a match be tied at a score of 11, sides would switch a second time when one player scores 12 points.

The winner of the challenge match will be responsible for emailing the with the results of the match within 2 days.

To access the Singles Pickleball Ladder web site page, please copy and paste the below address into your web browser address window : and mouse click SINGLES CHALLENGE LADDER at the top of the page.


In the initial contact to the Singles Pickleball Ladder, a player must provide their Name, Pickleball Rating ( 3.0 to 4.5), phone number and email address where they desire fellow Ladder players to reach them.  

Players will promptly receive a return email acknowledging receipt of their information, and a link to the Pickleball Community Volunteer Group (PCVG) website.  Players are advised to place this link in their favorites list for further use. 

A player unable to accept a challenge to their Ladder position for more than 30 days (e.g., snowbird, vacation, or injury) must notify the Singles Pickleball Ladder via an email to

Their name/situation will be so annotated on the web site and their position on the ladder adjusted as if they had just entered the ladder. 

When the player wishes to return they shall notify the Singles Pickleball Ladder via an email to  The player’s ladder position will be adjusted to to the bottom of the ladder.

Please remember that as a participant of The Villages Singles Pickleball Ladder you are representing the best of what pickleball is in The Villages.  You are encouraged to be the best skilled sportsman/sportswoman you can be and to have fun.  For further assistance contact Steve Richter at 352-751-7437.

                                     Open Singles Play @ Truman

When:  Wednesdays from 10 A.M. to 11:50 P.M. Recommended level of play for men and women is 3.5 and up.

     Rating Clinics  --  to establish a pickleball rating, are held at Lake Miona Courts on the 1st Thursday of each month.  The next clinic will be held April 2nd at 3:00 pm ) -- you must visit Lake Miona Rec Center in person to sign-up.  There are only 48 openings, first come first served.
Sign-up sheets open precisely ONE week prior to the date of each clinic at 8:30 am, and NOT before.  This policy precludes the Rec. Dept. staff at Lk Miona having to have more than 1 sign-up sheet open at any one time ( can easily cause confusion ).

It also prevents players reserving slots as far out in time as they like, and then becoming "no shows" and hurting other players that wanted to sign up by denying them spaces that actually turned out to be available because of "no shows." 
Due to the numbers of pickleball players seeking unbiased assessments of their skills, PCVG has been extremely fortunate to have acquired the services of our Villages Resident Professional Instructor, Deb Harrison, and her hand picked and trained all-volunteer staff.

Since sign-ups are limited in number (42), and each clinic to date has had it's respective sign-up sheet completely filled, we have analyzed the sign-up process and have put in place  procedures to allow more players access to our clinics.

 A player attending a Rating Clinic will not be allowed to attend another Rating Clinic until 2 consecutive Rating Clinics have been conducted.
 Any player signing up for a Rating Clinic spot that does NOT attend the clinic will be deemed to be a “NO SHOW.”   “No Shows” will not be allowed to attend another clinic until 2 consecutive Rating Clinics have been conducted.

For example, a player attending our Rating Clinic in February, would NOT be eligible to attend another clinic until May.   Similarly, a  February “No Show” would not be eligible to attend another clinic until May  --  unless they notified Lk Miona at least 24 hours ahead of the clinic that they had to cancel. 

Our goal is to conduct clinics with sufficient frequency to satisfy demand, not overburden our all volunteer staff, and prevent players from signing-up and then not showing up, or attending each clinic by being quicker on the phone or close to Lk Miona so that they can continuously attend clinics and minimize slots that would have otherwise been available.

Shout out THANK YOU to Deb Harrison and her all volunteer team of raters:
Ann Day , Bob Fox , Cathy Bluemling , Denise Boutin, Diane Bock, Dick Scott , Doug and Nancy Balne, Ernie Tomlinson, Jeff and Anita Shank, John Mrachek, Laurie Zacco, Margaret Morgan, MaryAnne Madak , Mike Guyot, Mike Rusaw , Nancy Nowak , Ron Jenkins , Rosemarie Pietromonoco , Ruth Weil , Susan Gapen



          Indoor Pickleball Play available both day and evening:-)

Pickleball Community has arranged evening Indoor Pickleball Court time at the gymnasium of the First Baptist Church of Oxford.  This 3 court facility has excellent lighting, AC and is heated (winter play).  It will accommodate all interested players on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month from 6 PM till exhaustion!

NOTE: Daytime play commences at 1:00 PM on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month, with play until 3:00 PM.

Reservations are needed:  To join the fun, simply phone Steve at least 1 day ahead of the Thursday date you are interested in playing  (352)751-7437.

The Villages Pickleball Championships were held last week with a record turnout of teams entered.  The games were played at the Mulberry Courts, and the Champions were as follows:

Mixed 1st place - Lydia Willis and Don Piper, with Gary Miller and Vivian Kneiper (Left) finishing 2nd

The Ladies Champions were Nancy Balne and Lydia Willis (lower LEFT of photo below), with Deb Harrison and Nancy Nowak finishing 2nd.

The Men’s Champions were Marc Bock and Ted Meyer (wearing the Green Shirts), with Tom O’Neil and Stu Hastings finishing 2nd.