Pickleball--Week of 06/20/2021

Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers. Here’s hoping for an amazing day for you today with family and loved ones. Maybe, get in a little pickleball…….if the weather allows !!
 
This also happens to be the first day of Summer !!
 
An update on the resurfacing of our complex: Talbot Tennis, the contractor, has postponed the start date once again due to weather delays caused by rainy conditions in the region. The new estimated start date is somewhere between June 24th and July 1st. If that holds true, that will impact play during the July 4th weekend, which is unfortunate but unavoidable.
 
We had a special visitor here last Friday. Nicky Golowich, the 17-year old young man who has his pickleball roots here at our complex, came by to play with us Friday morning. Nicky moved to Ft. Meyers, FL with his parents about 3 years ago and, from there went on to bigger and better things. He secured a contract with Onix Sports, and later signed with his new sponsor, Paddletek. Since leaving our area, he has achieved a very impressive tournament resume including 3-time U.S. Open Gold medalist and 4-time National Champion. On top of all that, he’s very mature and humble for any age and he’s one of the youngest IPTPA Level 2 pickleball instructors ever to receive certification. What were you doing when you were 17 ??

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There are still some openings for our Fall Classic in the Mens and Ladies Doubles. Head on over there and get registered very soon before it’s too late. The Mixed Doubles is currently full, but, you can still get on the waitlist and have a chance to get in the main draw.
 
Fall Classic Registration


Dean McCoy has organized a charity tournament:  Georgia Mountain Pickleball Summer Fund Raising Tournament to be held on August 14th and 15th.  Registration for this tournament will begin on Monday June 21st.  It will be a round robin format for 3.0, 3.5, and 4.0 skill levels.  Men's and women's doubles will be held on Saturday August 14th and mixed doubles on August 15th.  We will send out another email on Monday with more info on how to register.  Click on the following link for more info:  

Summer Fund Raising Tournament


Our club membership continues to grow. Since converting from a non-member club to a dues club, we now have 172 members. There are still a lot of the players who haven’t joined the club yet, but, we’d encourage you to do so. This will allow you to participate in many new and expanded activities such as drill sessions, “King of the Court”, leagues, club wars, mini-tournaments, pickleball educational functions, and other activities, social and otherwise. 
There is No Enrollment Contribution for the remainder of 2021 and you don’t need to be a resident of Towns County to join. If you wish to be a member of the GA Mt. Pickleball Club, go to the following link and click on “Join Our Club” on the top right of page.
 
Join Our Club
 
We’re continuing to see a lot of new subscribers to our weekly newsletter. We’re happy to see this because this is our main system to communicate with all of you. There also is a lot of sharing of this weekly communication from many of you. I know my Joan forwards this to several of her friends…….and, some of them aren’t even pickleball players !!? :) The number of email addresses on this list is now 676. If you know someone who may want to receive this weekly emailing, send them over to Weekly Newsletter to subscribe.
 


There is a “Teach the Teacher” workshop coming up in Nashville, TN on July 10th, 2021. This is put on by the International Pickleball Teaching Professional Association (IPTPA) and the Master Teaching Professional is Stephanie Lane, Founding IPTPA member and Senior Professional Player. If you have a desire to learn how to teach pickleball, this is a good a way to learn how to properly do that. Even if you don’t follow up with becoming an instructor, this workshop is a great learning experience because they teach you the methods and mechanics on how to properly execute all the shots. Here’s more information and you may contact Stephanie at stephanie@pickleballrocks.com.

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Here’s a great tip from Sarah Ansboury on how to improve your forehand volley. A side note on the main purpose of this short video is to note how she always hits the ball in “front” of her instead of letting the ball get in to her body.
 
Improve Your Forehand Volley
 
Investment Opportunity: Thought you might want to consider getting on board early....
A British Engineer just started his own business in Afghanistan.
He's making land mines that look like prayer mats. It's doing well.
He says prophets are going through the roof.
 
Ok, admit it:
 
How many of you have closed the refrigerator door slowly, just to see when the light goes off……..or, tried to balance a light switch between ON and OFF?
 
A couple of memes for you animal lovers !!

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Well, that’s a wrap for this week. Stay safe out there.

John Hall

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Playing Schedule this Week:  

 

Go to our web page for the all the daily times for the week at all the venues in Towns, Clay, White and Rabun counties. 

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