Friday, May 19, 2017

Camp Verde Pickleball In The News

Here are the two photos used in the article.  Janet (left) and Bobby.  Photos by Bill Helm.
Bill Helm of The Camp Verde Bugle wrote a great article on Camp Verde Pickleball that was published online May 18 and appears in the print edition May 19. Thank You, Bill!

Congrats to Janet & Bobby for the great coverage they received in the article.

The Big News is that the program hours and days have changed.  According to the article, "Pickleball is served in Camp Verde two days and one evening each week at the Community Center Gym, from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Sundays, and from 5:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. Thursdays."

Here is the link to the article: https://www.cvbugle.com/news/2017/may/18/what-pickleball/

Summary

Camp Verde Pickleball is played two days and one evening each week from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Sundays, and from 5:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. Thursdays.in the Camp Verde Community Center Gym on Hollamon Street.  There is no fee.  Equipment is also provided free-of-charge. No prior playing experience is required to participate.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Sunday Pickleball Continues

A total of 26 players attended the 1st Sunday Session, including five from the Cottonwood area; two from Clarkdale and a visiting couple from Michigan.  Two new players joined the roster and the remainder of the players were regulars.
(EDIT added 8 AM, May 19) -- Camp Verde Pickleball Sunday Sessions are now well established. Play is now from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM in the Community Center Gym.)

McCulla & Parsons
Sunday Indoor Pickleball has arrived! The 2 hour sessions of drop-in pickleball have been successfully conducted from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM, beginning Sunday, January 22 and continuing through Spring in the Camp Verde Community Center Gym.

Three regulation indoor courts are set up and typically kept fully occupied for the entire 120 minute session.  There is no fee to play.  Paddles and balls are available to use.

We created a Kiddie Kort on the gym's old performing stage are.  During winter on any given Sunday, there were usually at least 4 children enjoying the Kiddie Kort.  During Spring Summer and Fall, the Kiddie Kort will only be set up "on demand". Typical Sunday attendance during the winter averaged around 24 players.  Current Spring usage is less but still offers enough players for some good pickleball action.

The January 22nd Camp Verde Pickleball Sunday Session was an experiment to see if there would be any interest with Camp Verde and Verde Valley pickleball players. Interest shown was a resounding success so the Sunday Sessions will continue. Many THANKS to Jerry P. for his volunteer to help cover future Sunday Sessions.

Camp Verde Pickleball volunteer coordinator John Parsons and Susun McCulla have been  delighted with the Sunday Sessions so far.  Parsons & McCulla's last  Sunday Session was April 30.  Volunteers Bobby and Sandy are available to carry the Sunday sessions forward through the Spring, Summer and Fall until we return in early November 2017.

We are currently using the standard paddle line up for player rotation through each court as it opens and becomes available.

Click here for location information about Camp Verde Pickleball:

http://campverdepickleball.blogspot.com/p/location.html

There are some great players in attendance at each Sunday Session. Beginners are welcome.

Friday, January 13, 2017

CV Bugle News Article

The Camp Verde Bugle newspaper published a fine Vyto Starinskas photo feature on Camp Verde Pickleball in the January 6 edition.  A note appeared on the front page and half of Page 3 was devoted to Vyto's pickleball photos.  Comments are located below each photo.
 Above is a photo of the front page of the January 6th issue.  Note the ample space the Editor gave to the pickleball note.
 Photographer Vyto Starinskas captured an exceptional image and the Editor correctly keyed into that image for the front page notation.
 Here's graphic of the entire photo layout.  As usual, Vyto captured great images that truly capture the action.
Here's a larger version of Vyto's photo of Snow Bird Jerry Peasley returning a volley.  Pickleball is notorious for being a "hard to photograph" sport.  By setting up the background to utilize Camp Verde's endearing mural in the Community Center gym, Vyto put together a great frame.  Vyto's depth of field control and his camera's excellent shutter speed really produced an outstanding piece of work.  Way to GO, Vyto!!!!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Set Up


(Edited 5/19/17) Camp Verde Pickleball (CVPB) is served in Camp Verde two days and one evening each week at the Community Center Gym, from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Sundays, and from 5:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. Thursdays.

There is no fee to play pickleball at the Camp Verde court in the CVCC gym. Donations are welcome.

Three USAPA-approved tournament-grade nets are available to set up on the historic hardwood floor of the old basketball gymnasium. The floor was recently refinished and is in excellent playing condition.

Three regulation pickleball courts have been laid out and marked by adhesive court tape.  The tape lies flat and does not present a tripping hazard.

Twelve wooden paddles are available for free (in gym) loaner use during the Tuesday and Wednesday time slots.  Many USAPA-approved balls are also available for free use by participants. If desired, the same participants may play as part of the same foursome for the entire session.  Every effort is make to facilitate a speedy and equitable rotation during the session.

Netting is placed between the three courts to help cut down on stray balls interfering with play on an adjacent court.

CVPB is played according to USAPA Rules.

Participants must sign in on Camp Verde Parks & Recreation's official sports sign in sheet. with their full name.  By signing in, you acknowledge Camp Verde's various sports activities waivers and liability forms.  Signing in also provides your consent to have your photo used on this blog for the purposes of promoting CVPB.  Please inform a CVPB coordinator if you wish to opt out of photo sharing.

An email address is requested but is optional.  If you provide your email address it will be used ONLY for purposes of community important information about CVPB and will NOT be shared with anyone for any reason.

Other than following USAPA rules, the only other rule is that non-marking shoes MUST be wore on the gym floor.  If you shoes leave marks on the hardwood, you will not be allowed to participate in CVPB.

A short introduction to pickleball may be provided free-of-charge prior to or following the normal CVPB play during posted hours.  Typically, the CVPB coordinator will be in the gym setting up an hour before officially posted playing time and will remain for at least a half hour afterwards.

If you have never played pickleball, please read the basic information posted on this blog prior to attending your first session of CVPB.


Thank You for your interest. We look forward to playing pickleball with you soon!




Location

Camp Verde Pickleball action takes place in the Camp Verde Community Center Gym.  This fine, historic facility once served for decades as the old Camp Verde High School gym.  Online information lists the address as 385 S. Main Street.  While technically correct, that address is a little bit confusing.  The entrance to the gym faces Hollamon Street and that's where you should enter.

There is ample free parking across Hollamon Street from the gym entrance.  Do not use the Main Street door of Camp Verde Parks & Recreation Offices to access the gym.  Please go around to the Hollamon Street side of the facility to enter the gym.

Above is a map that shows the CVCC Gym's location relative to many well known landmarks.


The above view clearly shows the side entrance to the gym in relation to Main Street and Fort Verde State Park.  Note the large free parking lot across Hollamon Street from the gyn.



This view above shows the driver's view looking down Hollamon Street toward Fort Verde State Park.  The small building on the left is the historic 1930's Camp Verde Jail.  Simply pass the jail and turn left into the large free parking lot.  Cross Hollamon and use the main gym entrance.

One more view above showing the relationship of the parking lot of the gym's entrance.

Contact

John Parsons & Shawna Figy
There are three primary contacts for your inquiries, ideas, suggestions, input and concerns about Camp Verde Pickleball (CVPB): Camp Verde Parks & Recreation Department Divisioin Direction Mike Marshall, CV P&R Recreation Director Shawna Figy and CVPB volunteer John Parsons.

Mike and Shawna can be contacted at the Camp Verde Parks & Recreation Department during regular business hours 7 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Thursday and 7 AM to 11 AM on Friday.

The Department's address is 395 South Main Street in Camp Verde and the phone number is: (928) 554-0820

Parsons can only be contacted via email at: happytrailsforever@gmail.com
Mike Marshall

Mike, Shawna and John are dedicated to "all-inclusive" CVPB play.  Both continually invite & welcome any and all comments about the conduct and future of CVPB.  THANK YOU!

Camp Verde Pickleball greatly appreciates the awesome assistance and gracious hospitality of The Town of Camp Verde Parks & Recreation Staff, especially Division Manager Mike Marshall and Recreation Director Shawna Figy.  Without their help CVPB simply wouldn't be happening!