Tuesday, December 20, 2016

It's a Wrap...

The "Whistle-Stop Mixed-up Tournament,"

held on Thursday, December 8th, was a grand success with 40 players in 2 groups changing courts, partners and opponents every 10 minutes or 15 points. A wild morning at the Wasatch Rec Center and so so much fun! Thanks to tournament directors Bill Miano and Ken Fakler, and assistant scorekeeper/recorder Karen Fakler, who kept us all on track and moving! And to Leslie Oksner who provided snacks to keep our energy flowing!

First and second-place winners were announced and prizes awarded at the holiday party on Friday night. In Group 1, honors went to Myrna Lueck (1st) and Kevin Priebe (2nd) and in Group 2, Dale Beeman (1st) and Warren Dinter (2nd). Sportsmanship awards were presented to Alyce Weisiger and Carol Lee. Congratulations to them and to all who participated!

Penelope Peterson, Myrna Lueck, and Mickey Oksner
We hope to continue a tradition of fun tourneys in 2017! Your input is always welcome!

The Mingle Jingle holiday party and annual meeting,

held on Friday, December 9th, was attended by about 50 members who loaded the appetizer table with great food. Board members outdid themselves with a wide assortment of delectable desserts.

Doug Rosecrans and Leslie Oksner check members in and collect dues for 2017.
Also pictured: Marianne Wicks in back, Alyce Weisiger, and Beth Lawrence
Outgoing President Lynn Keller spoke about the ongoing effort to build new courts in the Heber Valley and how the club's growth can be a motivating force with the city and county officials. The club will continue to make presentations and lobby for funds to accomplish this goal. If any club members are willing to help with this important project, please let the new Board know.

President Lynn congratulates the tournament winners:
Warren Dinter (seated center)
and Myrna Lueck (seated front right, back to camera)

USAPA (USA Pickleball Association) and the Ambassadors program

Kris Beer talked about the USAPA, encouraging all to check out the website (www.USAPA.org) and to consider joining the organization, which offers several benefits to members. She also explained the purpose of the USAPA Ambassadors and her role to help grow the sport of pickleball in the local area. The Ambassadors Forum is a discussion center for all types of issues, rules, etiquette, tournaments, etc. Such things as the color of balls and how to break in the new Onix 2 ball (microwave, 40 rubs...and on and on), plus really important info about how to fundraise for new courts. The latest initiative of the Ambassadors is to reach out to the schools to start a pickleball program. Look for how the Heber Valley Pickleball Club could help in this effort in 2017. Members' ideas on how to proceed with this initiative would be great!

Across the country the sport is growing at about 10% annually, now with approximately 2.3 million players. With growth, however, comes the challenge of not having enough courts, a problem all areas face. Another common challenge is to provide good competition for all levels of players. The Club will be working on different ways to address this issue so everyone's needs are met. Also a self-ranking system will be published in the next blog for interested players.

At the conclusion of the meeting, Lynn thanked the board members who have served the past year and led the unanimous election of the new board, who will take over January 1st:

President - Mike Duggin
Vice-President - Cary Hobbs
Secretary - Karen Fakler
Treasurer - Carlos Monssen
Membership Chair - Doug Rosecrans
Social Co-Chairs - Alyce Weisiger & Judie Eaton
Training &Tournaments Co-Chairs - Ken Fakler & Mike Eaton
Past President - Lynn Keller

Mike Duggin promises to keep his words to a minimum
while Ken Fakler and Mike Altieri look on
President-elect Mike Duggin made a few remarks before the party resumed. It was a festive and fun evening in the beautifully decorated Valais clubhouse.


The following was submitted to the blog by ardent pickler,
 Jack Richardson, not sleeping but counting pickleballs....

"Ode to Pickleball"

Summer, Winter, or Fall
I dream of the Ball;
The feel of the Smash;
The sound of the Bash;
The adrenaline Clash;
     The Dash to the Net -
The shot I'd like to forget,
The angle Perfect!
The Camaradarie;
Friends full of Glee.
Can't wait for tomorrow,
To meet on the court;
What a Wonderful Thing,
This Pickleball Sport!




Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Pickleball for Christmas

If you're thinking about getting or giving "anything pickleball" for Christmas or, for that matter, any time...there's a way for you to save money and to send some the Club's way too. What a deal, huh?

Not only would your purchase benefit you with a 5% discount, but a 5% credit would go to the Club as well. Here's how it works...

Log on to www.pickleballcentral.com and check out all the equipment, clothing, and gift ideas available. You can buy and try a paddle for 30 days and if you're not completely satisfied, send it back for a refund or exchange for a different one. They also guarantee the lowest price for identical products. There is a lot of information about paddles by weight, grip, type, use and brand. Use the Pickleball Paddle Guide to assist you in your choice. Balls, clothes, bags, nets, etc. are all available in one place. Even the new Onix PURE 2 balls are for sale. Free shipping on orders over $69 too!

The Club Rewards Program:

When you check out, provide the club code CRHeber in the coupon code box and hit the "apply" button.. You can also call them at 888-854-0163 and provide the club name. Every February the club will receive a gift card for the value of whatever is in the club's Reward Account from the preceding year. The can be used to purchase anything Pickleball Central sells.

There is still time for the Club to earn rewards before the end of the year!
Again, the website is www.pickleballcentral.com.

Happy Shopping!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Yay, HVPC is 2 years old!

We've almost made it through 2016 and to 2017. What a great year we've had! The club has been going strong and growing for 2 years. 

2017 Board

Election for the Heber Valley Pickleball Club Board will occur at the Holiday Party, and the new board will take over the first of January. Nominations will be taken before the meeting by email and from the floor Friday night. The current Board is recommending the following people for Board positions:

President - Mike Duggin
Vice President - Cary Hobbs 
Secretary - Karen Fakler
Treasurer - Carlos Monssen
Membership Chair - Doug Rosecrans
Social Co-Chairs - Alyce Weisiger and Judie Eaton
Training & Tournaments Co-Chairs - Ken Fakler and Mike Eaton
Past President - Lynn Keller

Mixed Up Whistle Stop Tournament and Jingle Mingle Holiday Party

Note: You must be a member of the HVPC to participate in the tournament and also to attend the party.

Remember to renew your membership. Regular $15 or social $10. Cash or Check to HVPC

The next blog will include lots of details about the tournament and the party. Pictures too! And winners! And pictures of winners. And pictures of the outgoing 2016 Board and the incoming 2017 Board. And random pictures of random members...

Bring your cameras/cellphones and submit photos to Kris Beer at kbeer62@msn.com.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016


Catch the Holiday Pickleball Spirit

So much fun stuff to report and coming up.

Save These Dates:

Thursday, December 8th - The Jingle Mingle

Mixed-Up Doubles Round Robin Whistle Stop Tourney - More details to follow after Thanksgiving

Friday, December 9th - Annual Holiday Party at Valais Clubhouse from 6 to 8 pm

More details to follow including date by which to RSVP, what to bring, and who's invited (You!)

Caught Up in the Halloween Pickleball Spirit

What a fun day of play. Costumes were abundant and creative. Lunch at Soldier Hollow Grill where audience-voted best costumes to Judie, Pirate Girl, and Rod, Pickleball Pumpkin Head.


Here are some of the best and worst dressed, masked and unmasked.       


Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Action-Packed Pickleball

News from the HVPC

With almost 100 members, the club is a force to be reckoned with, at least on the pickleball court! We will continue to grow as members talk about the game to their family, friends, and neighbors. The HVPB Board has talked about expansion and the Catch-22 when we don't have many courts. But we think growth is inevitable as more people start playing. We all know it's ADDICTIVE!!!

Even with all 4 outdoor courts busy every morning, we're making it work. And while we're sitting and waiting our turn, we have a great time socializing.

We may want to explore setting up afternoon and/or evening play, or having certain days/times designated for different levels or men's/women's matches.

We are continuing to talk with Wasatch Co., Heber City, and Midway City about building new courts or converting existing ones to accommodate pickleball. If you have any ideas about ways to accomplish these goals, please let a board member know. And if you don't know your board members, see names and contact info below:
  • Lynn Keller, President - kellersiep@gmail.com
  • Cary Hobbs, Vice-President - caryhobbs@comcast.net
  • Alyce Weisiger, Secretary - ajweisiger44@gmail.com
  • Carlos Monssen, Treasurer - carlosmonssen@msn.com
  • Doug Rosecrans, Membership - dcrosecrans@gmail.com
  • Bill Miano, Co-Director, Training - jetlagbill@yahoo.com
  • Brenda Blackham, Co-Director, Training - bbbg3946@aol.com
  • Leslie Oksner, Co-Director, Social - 2lolo@earthlink.net
  • Carol Lee, Co-Director, Social - caleeinpc@aol.com
  • Kris Beer, Past-President and Blogger - kbeer62@msn.com


Women's and men's tournaments were held on Thursday, August 24th and Friday, August 25th. Fun, most certainly. Competitive, most definitely. Both mornings were cool but the matches were HOT!

Participants were as follows:

Women: Jan Altieri, Kris Beer, Kerry Belcher, Christina Berg, Bev Chaidez, Kim Clifton, Susan Dinter, Judie Eaton, Connie Greene, Karen Handler, Lynn Keller, Beth Lawrence, Carol Lee, Leslie Oksner, Myrna Perez, Sandy Smiley, Pat Sullivan, Alix Thayne, Jill Trimble, Alyce Weisiger, Marianne Wicks, and Barbara Gardner.

Men: Mike Altieri, Mike Duggin, Ken Fakler, Jerry Habeck, Cary Hobbs, Doug Jenkins, Ron Lee, Bill Miano, Ken Mickelsen, Carlos Monssen, Mickey Oksner, Jack Richardson, Doug Rosecrans, Mike Scheuer, Franz Siep, Chesley Smiley, Hans Stocker, and Jim Stuart.

Thanks to the superb organizational skills and expertise of Brenda Blackham. Assisted by Leslie Oksner and Pat Sullivan, there were very few hiccups, even when injuries forced some last minute substitutions. 


Saturday night at Valais Park, about 50 members gathered for some great food, with barbequed pork and chicken prepared by Mike Eaton. Two tables were loaded with side dishes, salads, and desserts...can you say, "Fabulous!!!"?

Leslie presented the awards to the winners of the tournament.


Sundance - Runner up: Beth Lawrence & Jill Trimble; 1st place: Christina Berg & Karen Handler

Beth & Jill
Chris & Karen
Wasatch - Runner up: Judy Eaton and Barbara Gardner; 1st place: Connie Greene & Kim Clifton;

Connie & Kim
Timpanogas - Runner Up: Kerry Belcher & Jan Altieri; 1st Place: Myrna Perez and Bev Chaidez



Wasatch - Runner Up: Mickey Oksner & Cary Hobbs; 1st place - Jerry Habeck & Carlos Monssen

Timpanogas - Runner Up: Chesley Smiley & Ken Fakler; 1st Place: Mike Altieri & Hans Stocker

A rousing game of Charades led by the Altieri's, followed by a "stupid game" of jelly beans led by Susan Dinter ("stupid" was indeed her description) rounded out the evening. Surprisingly, there were no winners of either of these events. But no losers either. A lot of good sports, though.

Stay turned for announcement of the next tournament for Mixed Doubles, some time in the fall. 

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Member Signup Form
 Yes, I want to become a member of the Heber Valley Pickleball Club and play
one of America’s fastest growing sports enjoyed by all ages!
Address __________________________________________________________________________
City ____________________________   State _____    ZIP________ Phone____________________
I would be interested in serving on a committee or helping the Club with the following:
________________________Social events and activities
________________________Other Training Opportunities
________________________Fundraising Efforts
________________________Community Outreach
 Annual fee of $15 payable every January 1. If join after June 1st, $10. Social member $10.

Mail check, payable to Heber Valley Pickleball Club, and completed form to: 
                Carlos Monssen
                1143 W Sunburst Lane
                Midway, UT 84049
For more information, call Carlos at 801-358-9786 or email carlosmonssen@msn.com.
I hereby release and discharge the Heber Valley Pickleball Club and its officers from any and all actions, causes of action, claims and demands for, upon, or by reason of any damage, loss, personal injury or death which may result from or in connection with my participation of any nature in any of the Heber Valley Pickleball Club activities.  I understand that this release is binding upon myself, my assigns, my personal representatives & heirs.

Signature ___________________________________________________   Date ________________
If under age 18, Guardian Signature ______________________________________________________

Monday, July 11, 2016

More Clinic and Round Robin Details

Past Event - Wednesday, June 2

The Strokes and Strategies for Tournament Play was taught by Sarah Gaines, a 5.0 player and Huntsman Games gold medalist. This was not a drills clinic but individual evaluation for those players who may be interested in entering competition other than our local play and who may not yet have rankings by wonder what division they should enter.

Monday, July 11

A very busy day for the Heber Valley Pickleball Club. Fun, fun, and more fun!!

Brenda, Lauran, and Judy - Awesome instructors!
Judy gives Carol, Mike and others some tips
Mike, with partner Dale, serves as Brenda watches.
16 players joined Brenda, Judy, and Lauran Anderson on the Southfield Courts for more great instruction on basic strokes and strategies...and who doesn't need this? We are so fortunate to have such awesome players in our club who want us all to improve and are willing to spend time giving us tips and practice on a wide variety of skills.

13 others played a Whistle-Stop Round Robin at the Rec Center. The final championship game was a hard-fought battle hard for the honors, with Gary and Hans edging out Bev and Steve.

Steve and Bev take on Gary and Hans
The Southfield Park Pavilion was the gathering spot for a picnic lunch, attending by about 25 people. Thanks to Leslie and Bill for organizing the clinic and Round Robin play and to Leslie and Carol for once again mastering the details of the HVPC social event, complete with prizes going to those who answered the Pickleball Quiz correctly.
A beautiful day for a picnic!

Kimber gave a big thanks and lots of indoor and outdoor balls to the club for "including me in your activities these last couple of months, I am so grateful for any chance to play pickleball, and I have enjoyed meeting all of you. Play safe and Pickle on." She is heading north in her motorhome. Save travels, Kimber. Come back and play anytime!

More events are being planned for later in the summer. Stay tuned for emails from hebervalleypickleballclub@outlook.com.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Return of the Blog

Current News

We finally started outside play after a very cool and wet May. June rolled in with plenty of sunshine and warm days. The Southfield courts are alive with picklers every morning. Still, some like to play at the Rec Center, so if you prefer, check out the courts there. Rainy days, too.

Thirty-two players participated in the first "Whistle Stop" Round Robin on Monday, May 23rd. All thought it was great fun and the good times kept coming at the Soldier Hollow Grill afterwards. Prizes were awarded to winners of A and B groups, with the most points scored in one game going to Chesley Smiley with 25! A Team Top scores: Carlos and Lea - 68; Mick and Kris - 59.  B Team Top scores: Chesly - 80, Myrna - 71, Steve - 68, Jack and Kevin - 66.

The limericks were great fun...if anyone still has one they'd like to publish here, send it to me...kbeer62@msn.com. You can achieve literary fame right here...well, with our members anyway. Thanks to Leslie Oksner, Bill Miano and Brenda Blackham for organizing this fun event.

Speaking of members, Doug Rosecrans, Membership Director, reports that the club is up to 85 with more joining regularly. Now that it's after June 1st, the dues are only $10. The clinics and tournaments are 2 benefits of membership. And, of course, any social activities aside from playing with a lot of very fun people!

With a growing membership, the need for more courts is clear. The club board has made a presentation to Midway City Council, and is meeting with both Wasatch Co. and Heber City to lobby for funds to be allocated. The ideal site would be Southfield Park where we already have 3 courts. Stay tuned for more information.

Brenda Blackham and Judy Mooster held a "dink and 3rd shot short" clinic on Wednesday, July 6th. About 20 people participated. We learned how challenging it can be to play the net game, and those who enjoy slamming the ball from the back of the court uttered many words of frustration. $#%$*& Keeping the ball in play with a softer, shorter game is difficult for most of us!

A second clinic was held for beginners and others who want to learn strategy on Monday, July 11th, again lead by Brenda and Judy. At the same time a Round Robin was held at the Rec Center for those who didn't take the clinic. Following both events was a picnic lunch at Southfield Park.

Wasatch Wave Article on May 25th

For those of you who may not have had a chance to read the article about pickleball in the Wave, here's a reprint.

There’s a New Game in Town

By Kris Beer
And many throughout the country have yet to hear of it. However, it’s considered the fastest growing sport in the United States, garnering the attention of young and old alike. Senior citizens love it because it’s easy to learn and easy on the body. Young folks love it because it’s fast-paced, fun, and can take a challenging level of skill. And all ages in between are getting hooked on it because it’s a social game that is as fun as it is competitive. So what’s all the hoopla about?
PICKLEBALL, the fun game with the funny name. Story is, according to its founder, that it was named after his dog, “Pickle.” Briefly, it requires a court that’s about 1/3 the size of a tennis court, a paddle that’s about 1/3 the size of a tennis racquet but solid, a whiffle ball a little bigger than a tennis ball, and a net a little lower than a tennis net. And yes, it’s sort of similar to tennis, except the rules are different, the learning curve is shorter, the fun factor is greater, and players can become addicted in a matter of minutes…it’s THAT fun!
Nearly two years ago, pickleball came to the Heber Valley when Midway allowed a small group of players to paint stripes on the two tennis courts at Valais Park. Since then, play has expanded to five indoor courts at the Wasatch County Rec Center and three dedicated outdoor courts at Southfield Park. A handful of players has grown to a regular group of 20 to 30 who play daily and another 50 or so who support the game by belonging to the Heber Valley Pickleball Club.
Drop-in players are always welcome, and everyone who plays will help newbies on their own path to addiction. The Club holds clinics and tournaments as well as recreational play combined with social events. Our mission is to grow the game in the Heber Valley. The only risk is that we don’t have enough courts for the number of people who want to play. So we’re hoping for more dedicated courts, both inside and out.
A few facts about the popularity of pickleball: It fills up within hours of opening registration at the Huntsman Senior Games, held in October in St. George; it brings in 100’s of players and spectators who spend $1000s on lodging and food for every tournament – Singles, Doubles, Men, Women, and Mixed Doubles – in towns across the country. It is REALLY BIG!
For more information, check out the USA Pickleball Association’s website, www.usapa.org. Closer to home, check out the club’s blog at www.hebervalleypickleballclub.blogspot.com. Better yet, check us out as we laugh and play every morning at the Rec Center or when the rain stops and the sun shines at the Southfield courts from 9 to noon. We’re hoping to get a regular group to play afternoons or evenings as well. We’d love to have you join us!