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MENTOR PICKLEBALL
JULY/AUGUST 2022 NEWSLETTER

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

1.  Beginner Clinics - July 23th and August 20th
2.  Outdoor Leagues (Mentor Civic Center Park) - openings available
3.  Outdoor Play (Mentor Civic Center Park)
4.  Tournament Results - June 11 and July 9
5.  Tournament Schedule (Aug - Oct)
6.  "3 and Me" Instruction
7.  Places to Play - Cleveland/Akron area
8.  Origins of Pickleball
9.  About Us


1. BEGINNER CLINICS


Learn how to play the fastest growing sport in the country!  This 90 minute clinic will give you the information and practice to begin playing this great sport!  Equipment provided, just bring yourself and be ready to learn and play.

There are two dates to choose from.

Dates:  Saturday, July 23rd or Saturday, August 20th
Time:  2:00-3:30 pm
Location:  Mentor Civic Center Park
Cost: $20 per person

You must make a reservation by e-mailing [email protected].  Include name and whether you will need a paddle.


2.  OUTDOOR LEAGUES

There is availability in our weekly leagues at Mentor Civic Center Park.  Each week, league participants will play 6 games which will take approximately 1-1/2 hours.  Players do not have to play every week, only those they can make.

BENEFITS OF OUR LEAGUES
- Meet other players
- Get some good exercise
- Provide some friendly competition
- Opportunity to improve your game
- Have fun!!!

Current session for the following leagues runs through August 31, and cost is $20 for the remainder of July and August.  Those participating in the July-Aug session will have priority to sign up for the Sept=Oct session.

LEAGUE DAY / TIME / LEVEL
- Tuesdays at 12:00 noon - Intermediate / Advanced (3.5+) - nearly FULL
- Tuesdays at 2:00 pm - Advanced Beginner / Intermediate (2.5-3.0)
- Thursdays at 12:00 noon - Intermediate / Advanced (3.0-3.5)
- Thursdays at 2:00 pm - Advanced Beginner / Intermediate (2.5-3.0)
- Saturdays at 12:00 noon - All levels (2.5-3.5)

To sign up or if questions, best to e-mail Ken at [email protected]  You can also text to 440-478-6542.  Include name, e-mail address, cell phone number, and which league(s) you are interested in.


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.

Busiest times of play are typically 8:00-11:00 am (all days) and 5:00-8:00 pm (Sun-Thu).

Courts will be UNAVAILABLE on the following days when tournaments are held:
- Saturday, August 13th from 10:30 am until 3:00 pm
- Saturday, September 17th from 10:30 am until 3:00 pm
- Saturday, October 1 from 10:30 am until 3:00 pm


4.  TOURNAMENT RESULTS

MENTOR PICKLEBALL MIXED DOUBLES SHOOTOUT - Sponsored by Classic Painesville GMC Buick
JUNE 11, 2022 - Mentor Civic Center Park
4.5/5.0 Division
1st - Jen Roach / Oto Hlincik
2nd - Mary Kozak / Matt Hackenberg
3rd - Katelyn Gregorin / Ryan Gregorin
 
4.0 Division
1st - Nina Regalbuto / Jason Blizzard
2nd - Molly Stevens / Roy Fash
3rd - Mindi Thal / Mike Humphries
 
3.5 A Division
1st - Jeanie Heyd / Braden Heyd
2nd - Dee Dee Jones / Jim Gallagher
3rd - Miki Lewis / Ed Lewis
 
3.5 B Division
1st - Susan Daris / Kajo Paukert
2nd - Amy Van Wagnen / Ken Van Wagnen
3rd - Karen Katz / Brian Kastner

MENTOR PICKLEBALL SHOOTOUT - Sponsored by Classic Painesville GMC Buick
JULY 9, 2022 - Mentor Civic Center Park
4.5/5.0 Division
1st - Stacy Moon / Evan Hetzel
2nd - John Paway / Alec Thomas3rd - Marc Loutzenhiser / Tim Roach
4.0 Division
1st - Ron McNulty / Keith Morris
2nd - Jason Blizzard / Jim Blizzard3rd - Scott Bobst / David Sommers
3.5 A Division
1st - Craig Huber / DJ Weiss
2nd - Maureen Gluntz / Mike Gluntz
3rd - Taylor Goudy / Willie Rendek
3.5 B Division
1st - Kathy Bean / Bernadette Thomas
2nd - Sally Fracasso / Jeannine Jones
3rd - Debbie Humbert / Allen Powell

5.  TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

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

AUGUST MXD SHOOTOUT (Mixed Doubles only) - Saturday, August 13th, 11:00 am.  All divisions are currently FULL

SEPTEMBER SHOOTOUT (any type team accepted) - Saturday, September 17th, 11:00 am.  Also, for the September Shootout only, we will add a Women's Open division for women's doubles teams only (players should be 4.0 or higher).  There will be a max of 8 teams per division.  Currently, the 4.0, 3.5A, and 3.5B divisions are FULL.  There are openings in the 4.5/5.0 and Women's Open divisions.

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

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.  Round robin format:  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 [email protected] (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 [email protected].  Or you can call/text at 440-478-6542.


6. "3 AND ME" INSTRUCTION

Tired of drills?  Want to improve your game in a new way?  Want to get more specific feedback on your own game?

Try "3 AND ME" Instruction:
- Play games with 3 players and an instructor
- Benefit from instruction in a game setting
- Feedback is more specific to your own game
- Cost is $20 per player for 1 hour

Call Brian Murphy at 440-221-7487 to book your time today.


7. 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 Rick 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.


8. ORIGINS OF PICKLEBALL

Click here for a very interesting video highlighting the true origins of Pickleball.  How did Pickleball really get its name?  Find out this and many other fun facts and insights.  We give the video two thumbs up!


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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 ([email protected]), and publish this e-newsletter as a free service to help "spread the word".

E-MAIL LIST / NEWSLETTER
If you ever need to access the latest newsletter, go to www.mentorpickleball.org and click on "Newsletter".
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 [email protected].

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 [email protected] 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
*** FACILITY IS CURRENTLY CLOSED AND UNDER CONSTRUCTION - EXPECTED TO OPEN IN FALL 2022 AS MENTOR CIVIC RECREATION CENTER ***
- 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 purchased facility effective Dec 31, 2021.
- For all Pickleball World inquiries, contact Brian Murphy at 440-221-7487 or [email protected]
Click here for answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Hope to see you on the courts!

Brian Murphy, Mike Murphy, Ken Werner
Mentor Pickleball

 

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