ORGANIZING THE EVENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN 2018

2018Submitted by Sill Lyra

Hi, fellow athletes!

We are at in February 2018–wow! Time flies!

Well, it is time to choose the tournaments to participate in this year. By choosing the events now, we can set our calendar of training and preparation, the budget for the trips with reservations, etc, and, most importantly, our partners for each competition.

In any sport the ideal is to have space between training and competitions. During the training we practice skills and plays. Then the event. After that, the assessment on what to work on next. This suggestion can give the athlete the opportunity to fix current mistakes and be ready for the next competition. Those mistakes could be personal errors or lack of coordination with your partner.

Now considering the subject above, of course we have to place at the table the location of the event, because distance, cost and coordination with other life responsibilities are necessary to consider. In my opinion, another important point is the level of competition. It is an event arranged by age or by skills? What will the format be? All of these facts are important to see if that event will fulfill the aspirations of the athlete or not.

Then we have the partner issue. You see, it is important to have the maximum possible leverage on the moment to choose your partner. The skills and personalities of each individual must align. I think that is harder to find a good pickleball partner than a partner for marriage! Well, in that department Iím already in my forth in 66 years. But that is another storyÖ

So, play some games together and feel the balance between you before make an invitation to compete together.

If you can access the Pickleball Magazine from July/August 2017, you will find a wonderful article from BY ALEX HAMNER & JENNIFER LUCORE about points to consider when choosing your partner. Important details like: Personality; Chemistry; Lefty/Righty; Poaching; How will you and your partner deal with poaching?; What if you both like to poach?; Play Style; Do you want a partner who will take every opportunity to smash the ball, or do you want his/her game to be more dink-oriented?; And  of course–Who is available?!

All these topics are important for your choice of events to participate in.

Last year, I participated in 5 events: two in Meridian, one in Kuna, one in Bend, Oregon and the other in Brigham City, Utah. From that first event till now, I can feel my improvement. I improved from a 3.0 ranking in those competitions to my last event in Kuna, where my partner Sarah Hart and I conquered the gold. From now on, I will participate at the 3.5 level, starting this month in Meridian. This year will be a new frontier for me. I can’t wait for this great challenge!

So, below I will share with you my program of events for 2018.

This way, I hope I can see you guys also participating and creating a bigger Boise presence in regional events.

As I said before and have repeated over and over–participation in competitions is the best way to improve your game and challenge yourself.
Can you imagine this coming indoors event in Meridian, with 107 participants? How many different players we will face, with all different styles and strategies, to show us our reality, and from that, what is necessary to elevate our game?

Let’s participate, learn, play better, have fun and help to make Meridian the Mecca of Pickleball in the North West Region!

Paddles up and if you decided to participate in any event, please go to PickleballTournaments.com to learn more about each event and sign up.  Sometimes, we have a trip to a city in a different state. So, just check that region if they are having a competition and sign up if it is suitable with your travel plans…have a trip to a city in different state. So, just check that region if they are having a competition and sign up if is suitable with your travel plans…

Best regards,
Sill

TOURNAMENTS TO GO TO IN 2018

Heart of the Treasure Valley Pickleball Tournament 2018
Meridian Homecourt, Meridian, ID, United States
Sat 02/17/18 thru Sun 02/18/18
Registration Starts: 12/12/17 12:00am
Early Registration Deadline: 01/19/18
Final Deadline: Wed 02/07/18
Participation: Mix doubles with Sarah. DONE
Men doubles  ?

This event, as of today, has 107 signed athletes from Boise, Meridian, California, Sun Valley, Wood River, Caldwell, Nampa, Twin Falls, Ketchum, Salmon Valley, Eagle, Bellevue, Hailey and Kuna. THE FINAL DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION IS FEBRUARY 7th.

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Twin Falls Father’s Day Bash

Frontier Field, Twin Falls, ID, United States
Thu 06/14/18 thru Sat 06/16/18
Registration Starts: 02/01/18 12:00am
Early Registration Deadline: 05/01/18
Final Deadline: Tue 06/12/18
Participation: Mix Doubles: Saturday 16th: Sarah. DONE!
Men doubles: Friday 15th – ?

Boise Awesome Pickleball Adventure 2018 and Open

Settlers Park, Meridian, ID, United States
Fri 05/25/18 thru Mon 05/28/18
Registration Starts: 03/01/18 12:00am
Early Registration Deadline: 04/27/18
Final Deadline: Wed 05/16/18
Participation: Mix Doubles: Friday 25th Sunday 27th with Sarah (confirmed)
Men Doubles: Saturday 28th Monday 28th with Mark Olmstead (to be confirmed)

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Pickleball Zone Bend
USAPA Pacific Northwest Regional Tournament

Pine Nursery Park, Bend, OR, United States
Fri 08/10/18 thru Sun 08/12/18
Registration Starts: 04/06/18 8:00am
Final Deadline: Wed 08/01/18
Note: Restricted to players already registered or as partners
Participation:
Friday 10th: Men Doubles – ?
Saturday 11th: Mix Doubles – ?
Sunday 12th: Singles. YES.

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2018 Inland Northwest Spring Pickleball Classic (Hosted by Tyson McGuffin)

Peak Hayden Tennis Center, Hayden, ID, United States
Sat 03/10/18 thru Sun 03/11/18
Registration Starts: 01/02/18 12:00am
Final Deadline: Mon 03/05/18
Participation: Saturday 10th: Singles. YES.
Tournament of Champions 2018
Brigham City Pickleball Courts Pioneer Park, Brigham City, UT, United States
Fri 08/24/18 thru Sun 08/26/18
Registration Starts: 12/31/17 11:00pm
Final Deadline: Mon 08/20/18†
DONE: Friday 24th: Mix Doubles: Partner: Sarah.
Saturday 25th: Men Doubles: ?

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KUNA’S FIRST PICKLEBALL TOURNAMENT – A GIFT FOR THIS CHRISTMAS

By Sill Lyra

It was a very cold morning and the first official snow fall in the Boise area: Saturday December 16,2017.

I was up at 6:00 AM and brought my gear to Kuna for the “First Kuna Pickleball tournament… …..organized by Glenn Spivey and Zack Pancheri. Glenn is a top Pickleball player and a member of BAPA. This year he won the Gold Medal at Nationals at the singles 50 4.5. Zack Pancheri, also a member of BAPA, is a local Idahoan who served the Air Force for 6 years. Zack started playing pickleball about 2 years ago and has developed into a very strong player and competitor. He currently has a USAPA rating of 4.5 but has been playing 5.0 tournaments as of late. Expectations for Zack are very high, his age athleticism and work ethic will take him deep into the 5.0 fields very soon. As we all can see, this is the level of the organizers of this event and their contribution to the growth of this wonderful sport in the Treasure Valley.

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You see, there are so many kinds of pickleball players. The recreational player, who plays for fun with friends for the love of the sport and exercise, as this sport is for everyone. And there are the athletes, who always love to improve, dedicating time to do drills, general daily training, and participating in every possible event, as this is the only way to improve in any sport.

So, Glenn and Zack, being extremely serious athletes, organized this wonderful event, in all aspects, for all of us who desire to work towards high levels in our sport. I can say it was a real Christmas gift for all of us who participated.

They make miracles with the total of 78 competitors; 47 teams in 9 events, representing Twin Falls, Mountain Home, Hailey and the Treasure Valley. A total of 154 matches refereed by 9 Refs.

At the site of the competition, there was just space for 3 nets. As for any Regional big event, the range of ranking players went from 3.0 to 4.0 +. An opportunity for everyone.

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Of course, in order to accomplish all the matches, time was not a priority. Any active competitor knows that an event can take a full day, even in places with several more nets in comparison with the number of participants. But this is something that recreational players don’t know and don’t understand, unfortunately. However, this first Kuna event was for hard core athletes, who faced intemperate weather and went to that Idaho town with hearts, bodies and minds ready for anything.

A very important note for the presence of a young athlete Keegan. A 11 years old athlete who played at the 3.0 rankings group and then at the 3.5. This is an example of the future of your sport…

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On Saturday, we had men’s and women’s doubles. We started at 8 AM and the games lasted until 11 PM…a reality of the necessary dedication and hard work of a real athlete, no matter the sport. And what about the dedication of the volunteers, who were always ready to help and keep the event as smooth as possible, always with a smile on their faces?

Can you imagine? We had one referee for each game! What professionalism and a great opportunity to train our referees! They refereed, and then they played as athletes when their game time arrived. This is the core of the amazing real athletes we have in this wonderful valley.

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You can also see the toned physique of these athletes, as the picture below illustrates…

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Of course with this form he medal…

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And medal again…

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What happened during the time between games? Well, we had fun, with social conversations and also used the breaks to learn, watching great advanced players trying their best to make the most of each game. It was a very rare opportunity, to have a venue with stands, where family members and friends could watch and cheer for their athletes.

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On Sunday, with less snow and the start time a little later at 9, we had the mixed doubles in the same levels of rankings. Some people left the gym at 11 PM on Saturday, but there they were on Sunday morning to work, play and give to us this wonderful example of serious professional event.

I have to mention Mike Dougherty, who arrived home very late night on Saturday, but knowing how the athletes appreciated his brownies, dead tired, he baked some for the Sunday games. He accomplished his goal to produce such wonderful delight again, even with the disastrous circumstances that happened during the cooking, as his mind and body was so drained from the hard day. On Sunday, he brought the brownies…

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and guess what?…He achieved 3rd place in the mixed 3.5 doubles with his partner Dee Uyeki.

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Never underestimate the power of his brownies…

This is a wonderful example of the kind of people/athletes we have in this valley.

On Sunday, I left at 8:00 PM, but the finalists were still playing, the second game out of three games to the score of 21, for the gold and silver medals in the 3.5 rankings level.

I had the honor to be the line judge for the first game. A game that I can say didn’t lack any of the fighting spirit and hard core competition of a national event. These athletes played a diehard game, which was the tone of most of the games for the whole two-day tournament.

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Now the overall results:

MENS DOUBLES 4.0 PLUS
GOLD JIM MCMILLAN AND KEVIN REDDISH
SILVER MARK JOHNSON AND MARK COOLS
BRONZE SCOTT MICHAELSON AND ERIC RICH/ DAVE SLONAKER

 MENS DOUBLES 3.5
GOLD ERIC RICH AND TRAVIS RICHENS/ ROBERT MORTENSEN
SILVER TODD MCCLAIN AND KEN KROLL
BRONZE RUDY WHITTAKER AND GAYLAN MOORE

 MENS DOUBLES 3.0
GOLD ROBERT AND KYLE MORTENSEN
SILVER SILVINO LYRA AND YOUNG KEEGAN

 WOMENS 4.0 PLUS
GOLD SUSANNAH BARR AND KAREN BUICH
SILVER LISA GRIFFEN AND SUZIE CHRISTIE
BRONZE KATHY GETTO AND LORI SPIVEY

 WOMENS 3.5 
GOLD BECCA ROBERTS AND DEBBIE MILLER
SILVER BARBARA DUMLER AND EVA MCKELVEY
BRONZE DEB PAIGE AND THRESSA FOGLEMAN

 WOMENS 3.0
GOLD YVONNE HART AND DOREEN BURNHAM
SILVER TERRY BOWNS AND SARAH HART
BRONZE AMBER CORNWELL AND JUDY LOWE

 MIXED 4.0 PLUS
GOLD LORI AND DARYL SPIVEY
SILVER LISA GRIFFEN AND MARK JOHNSON
BRONZE SUSANNAH BARR AND SCOTT MICHAELSON

 MIXED 3.5
GOLD PAULA AND STEVE TERRANO
SILVER DRB PAIGE AND TODD MCLAIN
BRONZE DEE UYEKI AND MIKE DOUGHERTY

 MIXED 3.0
GOLD SARAH HART AND SILVINO LYRA
SILVER MARI ANNE BATTEN AND DWIGHT ECK
BRONZE YVONNE HART AND JOHN MCNICHOLL

Now a message from Glenn Spivey…

VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU TO MY WIFE. SHE HELPED ORGANIZE THE LIST OF PLAYERS AND SPENT HOURS ON THE COMPUTER AS WELL AS HELPING AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE TAPING COURTS AND ORGANIZING MATCHES…DEBBIE RICHTER, BARBARA DUMLER FOR THE IR HELP AT THE CHECK IN AND ORGANIZING NEXT MATCHES. BARBARA FOR PHOTOS

 VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU TO KUNA SCHOOL DISTRICT FOR GIVING US AN OPPORTUNITY AND A PLACE TO HOLD THE EVENT.

 SPECIAL THANKS TO JOHN AND LEAH MCNICHOLL AND IDAHO PIZZA COMPANY FOR SUPPLYING DINNER SUNDAY NIGHT.

THANK YOU TO LISA AND KATHY AND B.A.P.A. FOR THEIR HELP IN GETTING INFORMATION OUT TO THE PUBLIC TO HELP MAKE THIS EVENT A SUCCESS.

LAST BUT NOT LEAST TO MY REFS. ZACK, LANCE, GAYLAN, JIM, TAMI, RUDY, DEB R., KATHY, HOPE IM NOT FORGETTING ANYONE. ABOVE AND BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY THANK YOU ALL.

 WE ARE LOOKING AT DOING IT AGAIN IN LATE JANUARY, AS SOON AS A LOCATION IS NAILED DOWN SO KEEP LOOKING FOR UPDATES ON THIS EVENT COMING SOON. THANK YOU ALL. MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR…

 GLENN SPIVEY

In conclusion, I would like to express my deep thanks to Glenn and Zack, volunteers, and all the athletes that participated in this wonderful weekend of well-organized, highly energized, and very fun pickleball competition!

A perfect closure for 2017, with the Thanksgiving event from BAPA and this first event in Kuna .

With all this said…in February we will have more!!! A BAPA event that will place Idaho on the map of the national events.

Go to https://www.secure.pickleballtournaments.com/welcome.pl?tid=1646 and see all the information that you need to know. Then, on the bottom of that page, you can sign up as I and my partner Sarah Hart already did. Maybe it is a little hard to navigate on the page, but if I could do it for the events in Bend and Brigham City last summer, you also can do it. We already have 17 participants registered!

Paddles up, guys…

My best regards…Sill

We Should Aim for Perfection — Stop Fearing Failure

From Sill Lyra

In pickleball, the game is a consequence of the athlete’s skills. Playing the game and improving the skills, run together. The participation in competition is also a key, as takes away the fear of failure from the athlete. Every game is a lesson. The improvement come from keep trying the right stuff, accepting the lessons and do what we can, to fix what’s wrong.

Train as you compete, because when you compete it will be like training.

Paddles up guys…

Sill Lyra

Thoughts…Analysis…Action…A Call for the Pickleball Community to Wake Up to Reality! (Part 3)

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Boise Area Pickleball Association.

By Sill Lyra

Returning from a great Thanksgiving trip to Portland, I went to Fort Boise to play some pickle ball on the morning of Friday 24th. Great games with amazing players, including John Sweeting’s family, his daughter and son in law and a visitor from Bend, Oregon. After a couple games with high level players, I spent the rest of the day at the intermediate courts. As we finished at 1:30 PM, because nothing was going on at that gym after 12 Noon, I received the first personal opinion about the discussion that these series of articles are about.

In this fellow athlete’s opinion, he doesn’t agree with the amount of money to build the 12 courts in Hobble Creek. In his mind, it could be a lot cheaper to have a series of tennis courts painted with the pickle ball lines, opening an infinity of opportunities for all the players of this area. He told me that he will write about his thoughts to BAPA site. I told him to do it, as we need to talk about and discuss the subject as a community. I disagree with him, as the main goal is to have a place that can hold great events, in order to place Idaho on the map of the national competitions. But I respect his point of view.

On the next morning, my choice was to try Settlers Park, and there was Timothy, Daryl, my competition partner Sarah Hart and Wayne. We played a couple games and then John’s family arrived to enjoy that cold morning outdoors.

We played from 9:30 till about 1:30 PM and at this time Joe had arrived half way to the end.

At that series of games, I played as a partner and against John Sweeting and his family. A very special note of appreciation for his daughter who shows the continuation of the quality of play of her father. She is an amazing athlete! During the game, she switches hands in a blink of the eye, without giving the opponents any clue if she is going left or right.

When I was partnered with John, I remembered our games at Bend last August, when he invited me to sub for his partner on that Regional competition. I think that this time he noted that I played a little better, as we had a great victory against our opponents. Well…humbling, I hope so…

As the morning went on with all the exciting and hard games, my mind was wondering about the presence of the real spirit of Pickleball. Here we are, me and John Sweeting, playing side by side, without one single word about our debate on the subject of Hobble Creek. What a great gentlemanly moment, in the name of sportsmanship and the pleasure to play this wonderful sport.

Then I was wondering and watching this great athlete and imagining his great work with the Hobble Creek project, together with Carson Spencer, with whom I also played this summer with and against, during the Round Robins in Manitou Park.

You see, the ingenuity from these two athletes in creating that set of courts, was indeed an amazing initiative that deserves all our respect and praise.

Unfortunately, as I said before, time goes by, and at this moment, we are still struggling to arrive at the point of at least having a time table to break ground for the courts. The letter from Parks and Recreation clearly can show us that.

So, here one more thought to add to our brainstorm. Hobble Creek is a work in progress, as we know. Is it a great initiative? Yes, it was when the project started and even is today, if we can have the courts ready by the end of next Spring. I’m saying this placing aside any of my previous concerns about the location, etc., as I explained in my original post.

However, as with everything in life that takes longer than we thought to accomplish, we need to review it, change the terms, cancel it, or even start a parallel plan while we wait.

Why not continue with our efforts with Hobble Creek, and at this moment, look for a contingent plan to have something NOW, in a more reliable location, that will allow us to have great events?

I’m totally for it and I will do my very best to accomplish this goal. As a community, we can unite our efforts, our knowledge of the region to arrive there. Maybe we will succeed or maybe not. If not, anyway, Hobble Creek is continuing to go forward and I believe that one day will be a reality. I only hope that the ones who placed their chips on that project in the first days will be alive to see it completed. We are not in our 20’s anymore…

As Saint Francis of Assisi said, “Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”

However, one thing I will promise. If we succeed with this short term “Pickle Ball Events Complex,” I will do my very best to see that it will be named the “John Sweeting/Carson Spencer/Benefactor name – Pickleball Complex”. They deserve our respect and be honored by their initiative, dedication and interest in the growth of the sport in our Treasure Valley.

Thanks again for the attention and please, keep brainstorming and sending your ideas. We are all in the same boat on this. We need to place Idaho on the map of great pickle ball events.

I hope to see you guys on Kuna on December 16th and 17th for Kuna’s first Pickle Ball tournament. On the 16th Men and Women doubles and on the 17th Mixed Doubles. Players 3.0; 3.5 and 4.0+…my competition partner Sara Hart and I are signed up already.

Have a great week and paddles up…to be continued…

My best regards, Sill

Thoughts…Analysis…Action…A Call for the Pickleball Community to Wake Up to Reality! (Part 2)

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Boise Area Pickleball Association.

By Sill Lyra.

I would like to thank all fellow athletes that came to me to compliment my original article. One of them placed his arms around my neck and told me, “I read your article two times, then put it away. Then the next day, I read it again, trying to find something wrong with it. Nothing…I couldn’t find anything wrong and I would like to congratulate you. You are my hero! Someone needed to do something to find out how things were going.” Well, by that time, I thought that he would kiss me– nothing wrong with that, as
the Russians and Eastern Europeans do this all the time– but I’m glad that he didn’t arrive at that extreme. Thank you very much guys. There are no heroes here, just a fellow player showing his views about the reality and the actual needs of the sport in our day. A healthy, open discussion.

It is wonderful that Boise Parks and Recreation sent all the information about the project. I wouldn’t expect less from this great organization.

Now we have an official announcement about how the project is going, with the real numbers and not the ones that were inaccurately given to me before the article (my apologies for that).

So…now that the reality is on the table…any thoughts?

If you have any comments or ideas, please email me at SILLINTERCOACH@YAHOO.COM.

I will be glad to see what this pickle ball community is thinking and wishing for the immediate or long-term future. We all are in the same boat. No worries about speaking to me, as I don’t reveal my sources unless the person wants me to do that.

Please tell me what do you think, your suggestions, as this is the best way to engage in the goal to place Idaho on the map of the National events.

Congratulations to Dick Johnson and Glenn Spivey for their medals at Nationals this year.

Dick Johnson with

 Silver: 75 3.5 Men’s Singles
 Silver: 75 4.5-4.0 Mixed Doubles
 Bronze: 75 5.0-4.5 Men’s Doubles

And Glenn Spivey with the gold in singles 50 4.5.

Can you guys imagine having a Nationals here in our State?

We live in a free country, and I believe that to express our opinions and present them on the table for discussion is not only a right, but an obligation as a citizen.

My very best regards to all…paddles up…and a wonderful THANKSGIVING!

…Sill