SCW Pickleball Club
Questions & Answers (A to Z)

BALL MACHINE: There is a ball machine available for members of the club. You must be certified in its use before requesting. If you wish to be certified to use the club pickleball machine contact Mike Maloney at 630 337 8716 or email Mike. A standing class is scheduled for Thursday at 10 a.m. meet at the ball machine shed in the gathering area.

Once you are certified you may contact any of the following to arrange for machine access:

BALLS & BALL HOLDERS: Balls are provided for play by the Club. There are 20 ball holders on the courts containing new pickleballs. Please return balls to the holders when leaving a court. You may also purchase balls for personal use from the Club.

BROKEN BALLS: Please place all broken or cracked balls in the green metal boxes marked Broken Balls, located next to each court.

BUYING A PADDLE & BALLS: The Pickleball Club sells paddles for a special price. Balls are also available to purchase. Cost to members is $37. Call Ron Mullen at 243-5141 or email Ron.

CLUB LOGO MERCHANDISE: Merchandise is available for purchase by contacting  Tim Zimmer: 701-471-9843 or email Tim.  Club merchandise is also always available for purchase at all Club General Membership Meetings.

CLUB MEETINGS: Meetings are held monthly, September thru May. Check the Meetings schedule for exact dates and locations.  All members are encouraged to attend.

DROP IN & SKILLED LEVEL DROP IN: Open to men and women of all skill levels. Play with familiar friends or meet new players! Courts are set aside for skill level and open play.

ENTRANCE TO COURTS: There are currently two entrances to Liberty Courts Pickleball Center (Palm Ridge Recreation Center). The main entrance is located by the restroom building and you may also enter from the north parking lot side.

FIRST AID: Three First Aid Kits are located on the courts. They are attached to the fence on Court 8, Court 16, and next to the restrooms. IMPORTANT– Accident / Incident Report Forms are located Inside each kit and need to be filled out and turned Into the Palm Ridge Rec Center desk each time an accident occurs.

GUESTS: You must go into the Palm Ridge Rec. Center with a valid Rec. Card, and a Guest Fee Credit to register your guest(s) before bringing them into the courts. Club guest policy applies.

HOURS OF OPERATION: Times vary, depending on the season. Please cheek with the Club Website & the Palm Ridge Rec Center for current hours of operation. All play must end by 9:00 pm.

JOINING THE CLUB & RENEWING: Dues are S15 annually. Fill out the white envelope located on the bulletin board and enclose cash or check. Seal and place in the locked GREEN mailbox next to the Club bulletin board. For membership questions call Mary Steiner at 623-584-2054.

LADDERS: Women, Men, Mixed, & Age 75+.  The Ladders are scheduled competitive play. You work your way up the ladder as your game improves.

LESSONS: An orientation to Pickleball is provided to all interested. We are also beginning our PickleSkills Plus program for helping Club members improve their game. See the bulletin board for schedule & more information.

LESSON PADDLES: Paddles will be loaned to new players for the Introduction Class. They have a lime green handle and should be returned to the Coordinator at the end of play.

LIGHTS: To turn ON the lights for night play, the switches are located on the light posts In Courts 1, 5 & 7, and next to each court gate on Courts 11·18. Please turn lights OFF when play is finished. All lights will be turned off automatically at 9:05 pm.

LOANER PADDLES: Paddles are available for Rec Card holders and their Guests at the Palm Ridge Rec Center desk. Just ask for them when you check a Guest in.

MONEY: All money for membership, events, socials, badges, etc. goes in the GREEN locked mailbox, next to the Club bulletin board. Please put all pertinent information on the outside of the envelope. (Make checks to SCW Pickleball Club).

NAME BADGES: Badges are $5. When your name badge is ready, you will receive an email and you may pick up your badge in the WHITE mailbox next to the club bulletin board. Name badges are required to be worn.

NOVICE NIGHT: Open to beginning or fairly new players. Play is similar to a Round Robin, rotating players.

PICKLESKILLS PLUS: This program is for members only to advance their skills taught by trained volunteers at various skill levels. Registration for classes is required. See bulletin board for details.

RESERVING A COURT: Call the RH Johnson Tower at 623-544-6151 to make a court reservation. Tower hours vary. See club bulletin board for hours. This is for BOTH Liberty Courts and RH Johnson Courts.

ROUND ROBIN: Different groups meet and rotate players at set time intervals. Usually grouped by skill level, such as Newbies, Novices, Intermediate or Advanced. PLUS Mixed Couples, Team Play, Reciprocal Play and More!

SAFETY: Wearing appropriate workout clothing and proper footwear will help ensure your safety during play. No loose fitting or hanging clothing or things jangling in pockets etc. Proper shoes is a must. Visors, hats, sunglasses, sunscreen and water are also advisable.

SOCIAL EVENTS: Many social events are held throughout the year including New Member Social, Snowbird/Sweatbird Tourney, Dink Invitational, Breakfast Drop-In, Turkey Shoot, Holiday Parties, plus much more. See website under Club Activities for more information.

SPONSORSHIPS: The SCW Pickleball Club is very fortunate to have many individuals and businesses that support the club financially through sponsorship programs. We have many different ways to sponsor the club. If you have an interest in becoming a sponsor or recommending a sponsor, please email Ken Holtz.

TOURNAMENTS: The SCW Pickleball Club has an annual tournament every March, called Fun in The Sun or FITS, for short. Go to pickleballtournaments.com and check out our FITS tournament and other local tournaments for participation.

WAYS TO HELP VOLUNTEERING: The Club has our very own V Club Honor Roll. It is made up of people just like you who Volunteer for different things to help the Pickleball Club have lots or fun. Contact Mary Steiner at 623-584-2054 to sign up as a Club volunteer and belong to our V Club.

911: If an emergency or needing assistance during an accident while at Liberty Courts, please dial 911 and give the courts address: 13800 W Deer Valley Drive,  SCW,  AZ 85375. Signs are posted on the Courts.

If you have other questions and answers you would like added to this list. Please let us know. Thanks!