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MENTOR PICKLEBALL
MAY 2022 NEWSLETTER

Below is information about Pickleball in the Mentor, OH area.

1.  Tournament Results - April 24th Shootout
2.  Tournament Schedule (May - Oct) - Note: for May 14th, openings still remain in 4.0 and 4.5/5.0 divisions
3.  Outdoor Play (Mentor Civic Center Park) - open now
4.  Outdoor Leagues (Mentor Civic Center Park) - start April 30 - limited availibility
5.  Beginner Clinic - May 28
6.  Places to Play - Cleveland/Akron area
7.  About Us


1.  TOURNAMENT RESULTS

MENTOR PICKLEBALL MXD SHOOTOUT - Sponsored by Classic Painesville GMC Buick
APRIL 24, 2022 - Mentor Heisley Racquet Club
 
4.5/5.0 Division
1st - Mary Cinker / Tim Piper
2nd - Laura Boske / Matt Hackenberg
3rd - Erika Battaglia / Marc Loutzenhiser
 
4.0 Division
1st - Jen Conover / Billy Pobega
2nd - Michele Barratt / Gary Conroy
3rd - Brittany Levkulich / Rob Johnston
 
3.5 A Division
1st - Shelly Harper / Rick Neff
2nd - Mary Lynn Bush / David Witsaman
3rd - Kim Walden / Jim Blizzard
 
3.5 B Division
1st - Angie Hart / Mark Hart
2nd - Hua Xie / Ivan Barna
3rd - Tricia Wilson / Dan O'Neal


2.  TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

Outdoor Shootouts are held at Mentor Civic Center Park, 8600 Munson Rd, Mentor, OH 44060.  Cost is $20 per person, which covers tournament, medals for top 3 teams in each division, and pizza at end of the event.  Events run approximately 3 hours.  Teams will play a game against each other team in their skill division, and divisions will normally max out at 10 teams.

To register, e-mail you and your partner's names and e-mail addresses, along with desired division (4.5/5.0, 4.0, 3.5A, or 3.5B) to info@mentorpickleball.org (Note that 3.5A division is a normal 3.5 division, the 3.5B division is closer to a traditional 3.0 division).  We will accept registration of full teams on a first-come, first-served basis.  We will e-mail back with confirmation if there is room.  We also place teams on a wait list if a division is currently full.

Don't get shut out - these events often fill up and we have to turn people away!

If there are any questions, best to e-mail Ken Werner at info@mentorpickleball.org.  Or you can call/text at 440-478-6542.

*** MAY THROUGH OCTOBER SHOOTOUTS WILL BE HELD OUTDOORS AT MENTOR CIVIC CENTER PARK ***

MAY SHOOTOUT (any type team accepted) - Saturday, May 14th, 11:00 am.  Registration is OPEN.

JUNE MXD SHOOTOUT (Mixed Doubles only) - Saturday, June 11th, 11:00 am.  Registration is OPEN.

JULY SHOOTOUT (any type team accepted) - Saturday, July 9th, 11:00 am.  Registration will open May 14.

AUGUST MXD SHOOTOUT (Mixed Doubles only) - Saturday, August 13th, 11:00 am.  Registration will open June 11.

SEPTEMBER SHOOTOUT (any type team accepted) - Saturday, September 10th, 11:00 am.  Registration will open July 9.

OCTOBER MXD SHOOTOUT (Mixed Doubles only) - Saturday, October 1st, 11:00 am.  Registration will open August 13.


3.  OUTDOOR PLAY

Outdoor play is available at Mentor Civic Center Park, 8600 Munson Rd, Mentor, OH 44060.  Courts are located behind the outdoor pools.

Courts are available to groups on a first-come, first-served basis from sunrise until about 11:00 pm when lights go off.  We do not have organized open play, meaning there is no requirement for players to rotate off/on the courts.  Having said that, most Pickleball players are accommodating, and will usually allow players of similar ability to join their group for a game or two.  Long-term, it makes sense to find a regular group of people with similar ability to play with.


4.  OUTDOOR LEAGUES

There is very limited availability for league participation at Mentor Civic Center Park.

We s are currently taking sign-ups for the following leagues.  Each week, league participants will play 6 games which will take approximately 1-1/2 hours.  Cost is $25 per league each session (2 months).

To sign up or if questions, best to e-mail Ken at info@mentorpickleball.org.  You can also text to 440-478-6542.  Include name, e-mail address, cell phone number, and which league(s) you are interested in.  We also maintain a wait list in case of dropouts.

LEAGUE DAY / TIME / LEVEL
- Tuesdays at 12:00 noon - Intermediate / Advanced - currently FULL
- Tuesdays at 2:00 pm - Advanced Beginner / Intermediate - nearly FULL
- Thursdays at 12:00 noon - Intermediate / Advanced - currently FULL
- Thursdays at 2:00 pm - Advanced Beginner / Intermediate - nearly FULL
- Saturdays at 12:00 noon - All levels - Advanced Beginner / Intermediate / Advanced

To join a league, we expect that you will have your own equipment, know the rules, including serving and receiving rotations and keeping score.  It is also expected that players will have played enough (typically at least 3 months) to get a basic feel for the game.


5. BEGINNER CLINIC

Learn how to play the fastest growing sport in the country!
All equipment provided, just bring yourself and be ready to learn and play.

We have two dates to choose from.

Dates:  Saturday, May 28th
Time:  2:00-3:30 pm
Location:  Mentor Civic Center Park
Cost: $20 per person

You must make a reservation by e-mailing info@mentorpickleball.org.  Include name and desired date.


6. PLACES TO PLAY - CLEVELAND/AKRON AREA

Click here for detailed information on Places to Play in the Cleveland/Akron area.  This list has been put together and maintained by Rich Warsinskey who is a Cleveland Area Pickleball Ambassador.  It not only includes the addresses of available courts, but includes many notes on hours, activities, etc. at each location.  Thanks, Rick!!

We have also added a link on our home page (www.mentorpickleball.org) if you ever need to access the Places to Play list.


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ABOUT US:

WHAT IS MENTOR PICKLEBALL?
Mentor Pickleball is the collaboration of two brothers and a friend (Brian Murphy, Mike Murphy, Ken Werner) who enjoy and want to promote the sport of Pickleball in the Mentor, OH area. We work closely with the City of Mentor and help with maintaining facilities and organizing clinics, lessons, leagues, and tournaments. We also maintain a website (www.mentorpickleball.org), an e-mailbox (info@mentorpickleball.org), and publish this e-newsletter as a free service to help "spread the word".

E-MAIL LIST
If you are receiving this e-mail, you are currently on our e-mail distribution list and will periodically receive information on Pickleball in the Mentor and Northeast Ohio areas.  To unsubscribe or add an e-mail address, e-mail us at info@mentorpickleball.org.

WEBSITE / FACEBOOK / TWITTER
Check out our website, www.mentorpickleball.org, for general information on Pickleball in the Mentor (OH) area.  We also have a Facebook page (Mentor Pickleball) and Twitter account (MentorPickBall).

QUESTIONS? / FEEDBACK?

We would like to hear from you! E-mail us at info@mentorpickleball.org with any questions or feedback. Leave a phone number if you would like to talk with someone directly.

MENTOR CIVIC CENTER PARK
- Located at 8600 Munson Rd, Mentor, OH 44060
- 15 state-of-the-art outdoor Pickleball courts (located behind outdoor pools)
- High quality playing surfaces and permanent nets
- Individually fenced courts
- Courts available 7 days per week, with lights for night-time play (until approx. 11:00 pm)
- Currently open to residents and non-residents, with no cost to play.
We would like to thank the City of Mentor for providing one of the largest and finest Pickleball complexes in the country!

PICKLEBALL WORLD @ HEISLEY
- Located at 6000 Heisley Rd, Mentor, OH 44060
- Pickleball World is located in the back building, connected to Mentor Heisley Racquet and Fitness Club (there is a back parking lot)
- 4 dedicated indoor pickleball courts
- City of Mentor recently announced purchase of facility effective Dec 31, 2021.
- For all Pickleball World inquiries, contact Brian Murphy at 440-221-7487 or murphy5270@sbcglobal.net

Hope to see you on the courts!

Brian Murphy, Mike Murphy, Ken Werner
Mentor Pickleball





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