Janie Morris
LHCPBA President

WELCOME MEMBERS!

 

Greetings LHCPBA Members!

I am excited for the 2022-2023 season of Pickleball in Lake Havasu City and, on behalf of the full time local players, would like to welcome back our Snowbird players both new and existing members! The Our current Membership has 365 players so far in 2022, including over 110 new members.  Here's some of the things the Lake Havasu City Pickleball Association has planned or completed so far this year.

1. Final Four Courts Construction

The biggest news of this year was the anonymous donor that provided $250K in funds to build the Final Four pickleball courts at Dick Samp Memorial Park completing the 16 court complex that started in 2017.  After the final bids were received in June, we were told that the bids came in higher than expected requiring an additional $122K for the contractor that was selected. This could have ended the project but our amazing donor agreed to pay for the additional cost! We are eternally grateful for this amazing donation and expect the final four courts to be complete by year end 2022. 

Although the courts themselves will be constructed, the lighting for the courts is not included in that cost so we have fund raising ongoing to secure the dollars needed to pay for lights on the Final Four courts.  The sleeves will be installed during construction so we are ready to go with light installation once the funding is secured. 

2. PickleFest Annual Tournament

Our biggest fund raising event each year is our annual tournament. This last tournament in March, PickleFest 2022, was our first sanctioned tournament and utilized all twelve courts. We had a great turnout and the most amazing volunteer team ever assembled! Now we look forward to PickleFest 2023 in late February (will be non-sanctioned) and include the final four courts for a total of sixteen courts. Look for more information coming soon.

3. DSP Courts Assignment by Skill Level Group

We conducted a five week “Trial Run”, with the City's approval, last February through the end of March, to organize recreational “open” play on the DSP courts by skill level groups. After making an adjustment in court allocations in week two, the “Trial Run” successfully met its goals and objectives.Based on feedback and results, we recommended to the City Parks & Rec Department that this new procedure be implemented and they agreed. Signage is in place depicting the courts assignments along with the associated paddle racks by skill level groups.

4. Custom Brick Fundraising

Custom brick sales began in March 2022 with all proceeds earmarked for lighting on four courts. Phase 1 of bricks sales completed on 9/20 and the first batch of bricks will be installed by the City around the 1st week of November this year in the area between the upper courts known as the “alley”. 

5. Association Member Only Activities

We are offering Association sponsored Member activities again this year such as weekly Round Robins by skill level, King of the Hill Challenge play, Singles/Mini Singles play, intermediate/advanced intermediate clinics,etc To meet that goal, I am creating a new committee called Organized Recreational Play to define, plan and organize recreational play events for members. I need some folks willing to volunteer to be on this very exciting committee including someone willing to be the Chair. If you are interested, please email me (Janie Morris) directly.

6. Education and Community Outreach Committee

We are in need of volunteers for the Education and Community Outreach Committee that David Rossing is currently chairing. This involves scheduling, organizing and teaching beginner/novice lessons, conducting skills training and clinics and responding to community requests for public pickleball events.

Membership renewals are coming soon. As per previous years, we will have an online Signup Genius renewal option available for existing members and the paper membership application forms will also be available at DSP and on our website for download. There is no change in membership pricing for 2023.

​Feel free to contact me with any suggestions, concerns or observations that will help improve our mutual pickleball experience.

See you on the courts!

Janie Morris, President 

LHCPBA

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