Newsletter of August 16, 2020
4030-117 Street, NW, Edmonton, AB T6J 2W5
August 16, 2020
To All EPC Members.
A few updates.
Now that we are well into play for the 2020 season, some usage trends have become apparent to the Board and a few changes will be made to the playing schedule at Royal Gardens starting Monday, August 17.
Monitors have reported that very few 4.0’s and Self-Rated (Provisional) 3.0 users have been taking advantage of the playing slots allocated to these groups each week. SUG sign ups verify this fact.
Starting on August 17, all 4.0 sessions will become combination 3.5/4.0 sessions and the 4.0 players will be allocated 16 spots (average has been less than 8 users per session) in each session with the balance of 26 spots allocated to the 3.5 players.
Starting on August 17, combined 3.0 club rated and 3.0 provisional sessions will be allocated 36 spots to 3.0 club rated players in each session with the balance of 6 spots (average has been 4 users per session) allocated to the 3.0 provisional players.
The updated schedule will be posted on the EPC website.
The EPC wants to give its members, who are interested in developing the skills and knowledge necessary to become a Pickleball tournament official, that opportunity. This is official’s program, that will be scheduled for late August, is set up through Pickleball Canada.
The course includes about 3 hours of classroom instruction, followed by 2 hours of on-court practice. An online test must be completed at some point following the in-person training. Trainers will be supplied by Pickleball Alberta.
In late August, the club will try to schedule one session on a Sunday and another on a Monday with openings for12 students per session. There is no charge.
Any EPC member interested, should send an email to the club’s Head Referee, Mike Gray, at “email@example.com”.
While on the topic of refereeing, Pickleball Alberta is compiling a list of experienced referees for use in recruiting for next year's provincial (site to be determined) and national (Red Deer) championships. If you would like to be added to this list and you have taken the training course and/or have significant refereeing experience, please send the following information to Mike Gray (email above). Your name, your phone number, your email address and the approximate number of games you've refereed in the past 3 years.
SPORT ROOM ACCESS AT ROYAL GARDENS
You will, no doubt, have noticed that the door code to the Sport Room at Royal Gardens has been changed. Access to the space was compromised this playing season and many unauthorized persons had access to the space. These people caused quite a bit of damage in the room and, in one instance in early August, Royal Gardens had to pay over $500.00 to have a plumber unclog the sewer system.
The fact that over 700 EPC members in 2019 had the door code makes the Board believe that it was not if, but when, someone in the community would get access to the code and share it with all their friends.
Going forward, only the EPC Board and the monitors will know the code to the Sport Room. That way we will be able to keep the code out of the hands of unauthorized people in the community.
If you require use of the facilities in the Sport Room, the monitor will be happy to open the door for you.
In total, we have conducted 18 ratings sessions from June 24 to August 3 in which we evaluated 216 EPC members.
While the original purpose of the ratings sessions was to identify the 3.0 members who were genuinely playing at the 3.0 level, in fact, these 18 sessions served to update players’ ratings at 2.5, 3.0, 3.5 and even at 4.0 levels.
To date, there are now 156 club rated 3.0’s and 78 Provisional 3.0’s.
As a result of the ratings sessions, 17 members achieved their 4.0 club rating and 41 members achieved their 3.5 club rating. Our current 2.5’s are no longer able to self-rate themselves as 3.0’s but, through these ratings sessions, 13 – 2.5 members achieved their 3.0 club rating.
The Board would now like to determine if there are still EPC members at the 2.5 or 3.0 rating level who would like to participate in a rating clinic. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Helen Thomson directly at “firstname.lastname@example.org”. If there is enough interest in the clinic, the Board will consider scheduling it.
PART TIME MONITORING POSITIONS
We are quickly approaching the end of summer and will soon have to say goodbye to Halle and Reem, our Canada Summer Job Program court monitors. They will both return to school at the end of August.
The Board has determined that the 2020 outdoor will run (weather permitting) until October 11and that all play will continue to be monitored.
We will need to employ 2 part time monitors to each work 3 or 4 daytime 8 hour shifts per week for about 5 or 6 weeks from August 27 to October 11. The shifts are 7 days per week and the 2 monitors will work out a schedule between themselves to ensure that all the shifts are covered. Monitor training will be provided, and the job will pay $15.00 per hour.If this opportunity sounds like something you, or someone you know, would be interested in doing, please send your/their name, email address and phone number to Ran Newby at “email@example.com”.
Line Calls - Is the ball in or out?
From the USA Pickleball Association rulebook:
Line Call – The preferred word to indicate a line call is “OUT”. Distinctive hand signals can be used in conjunction with a line call. Words such as “wide”, “long”, “no”, “deep” are allowed.
* The opponent gets the benefit of the doubt when line calls are made. Any ball that cannot be called “out” will be considered “in”. A player cannot claim a “let” (re-serve) because the ball was not clearly seen or there is uncertainty.
* A player should not question an opponent’s call.
* A player/team may ask the opponent’s opinion to make a line call on the player’s side of the court. If requested and the opponent makes a clear “in” or “out” call, it must be accepted. If the opponents cannot make a clear “in” or “out” call, then the ball is considered “in”. The moment the receiving player/team asks for the opponent's opinion, they lose their right to make any subsequent "in" or "out" call.
* Players should not call a ball “out” when looking across a line unless they can clearly see a space between the line and the ball as it hits. The player’s depth-of-field vision usually prevents accurate judgment in these cases.
* All “let” (re-serve) or “out” calls must be made “promptly”; otherwise, the ball is presumed to still be in play. “Promptly” is defined as calling “let” or “out” prior to the ball being hit by the opponent or before a dead ball is declared.
* In doubles play, if one player calls the ball “out” and the partner calls it “in”, then doubt exists, and the team’s call will be “in”.
The "Hover" Issue.
There is a lot of confusion in pickleball about the “hover” issue. This refers to how the ball can touch outside the line, but a part of the ball is still hovering over the line. Here is an image to illustrate.
Part of the ball is hovering over the line but, since no part of the ball is touching the line, the ball is out.
A good video to illustrate this issue:
The EPC Board.
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