Thanks to all of you who participated in our recent survey. 235 out of 1000 members is a pretty great survey response. Click here the survey results.
(Many thanks to Ford Stewart, who developed the survey for us and created the great charts.) People's comments are summarized on the attached chart, but be assured that the FODP Board is reading all of the detailed comments. Overall, people are very happy with the pickleball program in Dennis.
That's not to say there are not areas for improvement, some of which we can address and some we can't really fix. For example, there is not space to run fences between individual courts or a walkway down the middle of the courts, much as I'd personally love to do both of those. We have asked for the tennis lines to be removed the next time the courts are painted (years in future) but have been told that is unlikely. Lights are too expensive (at lease for now), but people can play pickleball on the lighted tennis courts at John Kelly park.
On the positive side, better between-court ball-stopping barriers will arrive before the 2024 season. We also expect exterior gates at courts 7 and 8 to be installed over the winter, to allow for better flow of players and fewer people walking through courts of play. For those not wishing to cross Old Chatham Road, parking is available in the Wixon school lot on the pickleball court side of the school. The FODP Board will consider other suggestions from the survey in the coming months.
Many thanks to all of the people who volunteered to help with FODP operations, including monitoring. This was a fabulous response and we will be in touch with the volunteers before spring.
Please send any questions or responses to this email directly (click here), rather than just clicking "reply," which will go to all 1000+ members.
FODP held the "FALL MEMBERSHIP DINNER"
Where: Dennis Highlands Golf Club
When: October 27th at 6:30 - Dinner at 7:00
Menu: Buffet of steak tips, chicken marsala, garlic roasted potatoes, roasted vegetables, salad, and rolls. YUUUUMMMYYY!
FODP provided the cheese and cracker tray for a little munch upon arrival and for the cake for dessert.
BEING SO CLOSE TO HALLOWEEN -
COSTUMES were ENCOURAGED BUT NOT REQUIRED.
We pickleball players are, after all, just big kids still having fun playing a great sport.
Was a great fun night!
Thanks to all those who made this event such a success.
Looking ahead to the winter, Dennis again will offer monitored indoor Pickleball play this winter. However, unfortunately we will not be able to use Wixon School in the mornings for at least the first session, as we had hoped. The town select board must first make some decisions about Wixon’s future, and that process is ongoing.
FODP has received permission to offer pickleball from 6-8:45 pm Monday through Thursday at Ezra Baker Elementary School. The first session will run from November 6 - January 18. A second session will run from January 22 - March 31, hopefully adding time at Wixon school, but possibly still just at Baker.
Registration for the first session will open on October 10 for Dennis residents, and on October 16 for non-residents. Cost is again $40 for Dennis residents, $60 for non-residents. There are only three courts at Baker, so the cap on participants will be fairly low. There will be a waiting list and we expect to add people from the waiting list. Please look for an email from Joanne Iochetta (Town of Dennis Rec Dept) on October 10 announcing that resident registration is open. Registration is NOT open now - this email is just to let you know what is being planned. There will not be another email announcing non-resident registration; you'll have to put a flag in your calendar.
Outdoor morning play will continue at Wixon through the winter, without monitors. We expect a lot of people to continue to play outdoors whenever the weather is bearable. You can also play outdoors in the evenings under the lights at John Kelley Park (using the tennis court nets).
Please contact Marta Cahill if you have questions about winter indoor pickleball. Thank you.
Mother Nature certainly cooperated for the Fun Member Tournament held at Wixon Courts today!
As a testament to the positive culture that is Dennis pickleball, several members stepped in during the last few days, and EVEN AS LATE AS THIS MORNING, to fill slots for many drop outs!
After all, Massachusetts invented the Minutemen and now, Minutewomen who were ready to go in at a minute's notice! Thank you!
A big shout out to the INCREDIBLE SOCIAL COMMITTEE who were the organizers and welcoming smiles at the refreshment table! Thanks, also, to all of the folks who brought treats for the table! There's something about "breaking bread" with others that lends such an air of kindness and comradery to any event!
An event like this, which involved participation of 80 people, certainly takes a village to organize and run. Many people helped out with days and hours of planning and organizing, running the sign in and scoring, setting up, cleaning up, and even blowing up the pickles for the coveted GRAND PRIZE!
So, a huge THANK YOU to everyone who volunteered their time to orchestrate and run this event!
PLAYERS...YOU ALL ROCK with your positive welcoming attitudes toward partners and opponents! There aren't many places on the planet where those characteristics are VALUED and PROMOTED! We are all so lucky to be part of such a great organization which approaches 1,000 members!
Now for the results!!! DRUMROLL PLEASE!
RUNNERS UP: LuAnn Burke, Ken Wear (who had to step out during the final because of a pulled muscle) and Joe Nieman, who stepped in to finish the final with LuAnn
GRAND PRIZE WINNERS: They will proudly display their pickles on their mantels!
Betsy Manteiga and Jim Sotell
Over the next few days, check the website dennispickleball.org for photos and videos from the tournament!
Again, thank you to one and all who were part of this great event!
A Volunteer Appreciation Celebration was held September 25th for all of the wonderful folks who have volunteered their time, talents, and efforts in varying capacities this season, to contribute to the success of Dennis pickleball!
Special thanks to Aaron and Julie for hosting.
Wixon “ getting to know you” Tournament
Members only Pickleball Social
Thursday, September 28, 2023. (8am – 12:00pm)
Get to know and play with other members regardless of your level! Teams will be decided by a Co-Ed Blind Draw. There will be 2 groups A + B ( Group A sign in at 7:30am and Group B sign in at 8:30am ). In an attempt to have balanced teams, we are asking that you let us know if you are a less or a more experienced player when you register. A less experienced player will be matched with an experienced player when drawing the teams.
** Pre-registration is required to participate**
Registration by email only! Please send the below information to:
Please provide the following information in your email:
Email must be received by Friday, September 15 for you to be included in the fun! You will receive an email confirmation with your group (A or B) before the day of the event.
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CRAZZZZZZY that September begins in 2 days! Please read changes coming up for September.
1. Monitored AM hours are 9:00-12:00. EVENING HOURS STAY THE SAME.
2. Beginning September 5, on days when only 1 monitor is scheduled, the PADDLE RACK will be used for the 3.5/4.0+ side so that the single monitor can work on the Beginner/Intermediate side which is busier on most days.
3. We are ALWAYS looking for more volunteers to monitor. Perhaps members who are longterm members and understand how monitoring works would like to volunteer to help out. Contact email@example.com
Of course, new members are also welcome to monitor!
4. THOSE SINGLE MONITORS WILL BE THE ONLY PERSON MAKING THE DECISION ABOUT BORROWING COURTS WHEN NEEDED. AGAIN, IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HELP OUT MONITORING, PLEASE CONTACT firstname.lastname@example.org
5. EVERY MONITOR APPRECIATES EVERY MEMBER WHO SUPPORTS THEM WITH KINDNESS AND RESPECT WHEN THEY NEED TO MAKE DECISIONS.
PADDLE RACK PROTOCOL REMINDERS:
1. Place your paddle in the rack when you want to play.
2. Full groups of 4 MUST WAIT until the incomplete group ahead of them fills and goes out to play. THIS PROTOCOL HAS BEEN HANGING ON THE DOOR TO THE COURTS.
3. This protocol is the way the monitors run both sides of the courts.
4. Observing this protocol shows which players are respectful of each other.
5. Respect is a quality embedded in sportsmanship and is an expectation held by the Recreation Department in Dennis and by Friends of Dennis Pickleball.
LOOKING FORWARD TO A WONDERFUL FALL!! PICKLE ON!!!
10 % Off on Select Friends of Dennis Pickleball Merchandise using code EOS10
Appreciated Event Comments and photos from Joyce's Teamreach 8/26/23/ post.
"Big shout out to all who organized the wonderful Pickleball social at Johnny Kelly pavilion yesterday. The heavy rains held off and did not dampen the festive atmosphere, great food, great company and surprise giveaways. Thanks again and see you on the courts!! "
Event Photos: See Event Gallery
FEELING HUNGRY AND SOCIAL? LET'S GET TOGETHER TO BREAK BREAD (AND OTHER YUMMY THINGS) AND ENJOY EACH OTHER'S COMPANY!
FODP has the solution! Read on TO THE END for ALL OF the important information!
We have rented the pavilion at Johnny Kelley Park at 180 Old Bass River Road in Dennis for FRIDAY, AUGUST 25th from 4:00-7:00 to have a pot luck dinner social!
RAIN or SHINE.
FODP will provide plates, napkins, and silverware - (not cups). SO WE WILL NEED TO KNOW THE NUMBER OF FOLKS COMING TO PLAN FOR THE PAPER PRODUCTS.
Folks who plan to attend, please let Joan Ryan know by emailing her at joancryan@gmail,com DEADLINE FOR LETTING JOAN KNOW IS AUGUST 20TH.
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO BRING? YOU ASK. KEEP READING!
1. A DISH to share.
SEE BELOW FOR SUGGESTED ITEMS, SO WE HAVE A NICE VARIETY OF FOOD TO ENJOY.
2. A BEVERAGE for yourself. NO ALCHOHOL IS PERMITTED ON THIS TOWN PROPERTY. Remember to bring your own cup, if needed.
3. A CHAIR. There are a few picnic benches.
***GOING BY LAST NAMES, WE DIVIDED THE ALPHABET WITH SUGGESTED ITMES FOR YOU TO BRING TO SHARE.
HOWEVER, IF YOUR PERSONAL CULINARY SKILLS LIE OUTSIDE OF YOUR SUGGESTED CATEGORY, BRING WHATEVER YOU'D LIKE.
M-S Main Dish
PLEASE EMAIL JOAN BY AUGUST 20TH SO WE CAN PLAN WITH AN ACCURATE NUMBER.
PARKING: Parking lots can be accessed from Old Bass River Road and from Bob Crowell Way.
We hope to see lots of folks there! WOOOOO HOOOOO!!
New England Pickleball Tour - Autumn Championships in October 7 and 8, 2023
Sherry Scheer has added two new pickleball clinics for September!
Both clinics will be "Coached Play" - How to move and put pressure on your opponents - Creating opportunities to win points. Pure Strategy
September 11, 12 - 1:30
September 25, 12 - 1:30
For more information and to register, go to Sherry's Website:
Wixon “ getting to know you” Tournament
Members only Pickleball Social
Thursday, September 28, 2022 (8am – 12:00pm)
Information about how to register will be sent by email to you on Friday, August 31. Registration will be limited to the first 80 members who register, plus a small wait list. Please do not respond to this email.
Here’s a little information about the social tournament for those new to Dennis Pickleball.
Get to know and play with other members regardless of your level! Teams will be decided by a Co-Ed Blind Draw. There will be 2 groups A + B ( Group A sign in at 7:30am and Group B sign in at 8:30am ). You'll be asked to designate yourself as a less experienced or more experienced player when you register. A less experienced player will be matched with an experienced player when drawing the teams.
· Due to space and time constrictions, the event will be limited to 40 less experienced and 40 more experienced players. Ten courts will be used for the event, the remaining 4 courts will be open to registered members for play.
· Winners from Group A will play winners of Group B to determine overall winner.
· You are guaranteed to play 6 games in 2 rounds, each round with a different partner.
On Friday, July 28, 2023 at 1:48:26 PM UTC-4 Dennis Pickleball wrote:
...Coming in September…. Wixon “ getting to know you” Tournament Members only Pickleball Social Thursday, September 28, 2022 (8am – 12:00pm) We will be sending out information to members in the beginning of …
… members for play. · Winners from Group A will play winners of Group B to determine overall winner. · You are guaranteed to play 6 games in 2 rounds, each round with a different partner. · No fee to enter.
Coming in September….
Wixon 3rd Annual“ getting to know you” Tournament
Members only Pickleball Social
Thursday, September 28, 2022 (8am – 12:00pm)
We’re looking for volunteers to organize, run, and help out on the day of the tournament. If you’re interested, please send an email to email@example.com and include your contact information along with how you’d like to help!
More details will come in August, but for new members, here’s a little information on how it works:
Get to know and play with other members regardless of your level!
Teams will be decided by a Co-Ed Blind Draw. There will be 2 groups A + B ( Group A sign in at 7:30am and Group B sign in at 8:30am )
Everyone will get to play 3 games with 2 different partners for a total of 6 games. Winner from Group A will play winner of Group B to determine who are the Wixon Big Pickles!
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to help
The Wixon courts will be closed until 1:00pm on Saturday, 7/29 for the Dennis Road Race. Please plan accordingly. Thank you for your cooperation, and good luck to those who are participating in the race!
Cape Cod Pickleball Championships will take place on August 12 and 13 in Marstons Mills (760 Osterville-West Barnstable Road).
The tournament director is offering a limited time discount to register. Using the code ‘Cape Cod’ each person signing up between now and August 4 can save $35 off registration.
Here is link to learn more and to register if interested.
Hi pickleball players,
Hopefully everyone is having a great time playing pickleball. Wait times seem to be reasonable so far, but we don't know how long that will last, so please be prepared to be patient. Mid-season, I wanted to send a few reminders to everyone:
Willy’s will be hosting a Minor League DUPR tournament next weekend, July 22-23. There are still spots available in both 16 and 18 DUPR divisions.
To learn more about DUPR, the tournament, and to register:
Our own Sherry Scheer won the Gold in Mixed Doubles 4.5 and Silver in Women’s Doubles at the National Senior Games in Pittsburg over the weekend. Congratulations!!!
Dennis Pickleball is highlighted in "Massachusetts Ranked #1 State Obsessed With Pickleball" on hot969boston.com
"Dennis Pickleball - South Dennis, MA" is listed as #3 of "Five Great Places To Play Pickleball in Massachusetts"
There are still a few spots available for the following clinics in July:
3 slots available for the Mixed Doubles Strategy clinic on 7/17 & 19 3:00-4:30 and the 7/24 & 26 Clinic on Beat the Banger. 4:30-6:00.
There are a lot of great clinics happening in August as well, sign up before they fill!
To register and for more information: Scheer Force
On this rainy Tuesday, with no pickleball to consume your morning, you at least are getting a pickleball email. (Happy to help!)
Starting this Saturday, July 1, the time for monitored morning play at Wixon will be 8 am - 11 am, instead of the current 9 -12. We do this so it will be cooler during monitored play time - though unfortunately so far this year that seems pretty unnecessary. This earlier time will run through the end of August.
In addition, we want to invite beginners to continue to come on Wednesdays and Fridays from 10-11 in July, to play with other beginners. (Beginners are welcome, of course, during all monitored play time; the Wednesday/Friday focus is an effort to have more beginners together to have the opportunity to play with more people.) We may have coach volunteers during some of those times, but cannot guarantee that.
We look forward to seeing you on the court - hopefully with sunshine, not rain. If you have any questions, please do NOT reply to this email (it will go to all 900 registered players); email us through this link. Thank you.
OnLine Store Kickoff at Wixon June 23 and 24
Samples of many of the items available on the online shop will be on display at the Wixon courts on Friday and Saturday morning.
T-shirts, Sweatshirts, Hats and more!
Men’s and women’s styles in an assortment of colors and sizes
Any orders placed through the online store in June are eligible for a 10% discount!
Use Code June10 at check out
FODP On line store
Sherry has a few openings remaining in her clinics this summer! To register go to
6/26 & 6/28 Women’s Doubles strategy
7/13 Skills and Drills 2.5/3.0 Topspin volleys 1 spot
7/17 & 7/19 Mixed Doubles Strategy 7 spots
7/24 & 26 Positioning, strategy, Live Ball 1 spot
7/24 & 26 Beat the Banger 6 spots
7/31 & 8/1 Blocks & Resets 9 spots
Clinic openings in August as well - to register go to Scheerforce
THE 2023 Summer Series Cape Cod Pickleball Championships, sponsored by New England Pickleball is coming to Barnstable in July!
New England Pickleball Tour
Taking place at Barnstable Pickleball and Tennis Courts Complex, on July 15 and 16.
Women’s Doubles, Men’s Singles, Men’s mini singles and Mixed Doubles on Saturday, July 15
Men’s Doubles, Women’s Singles, Women’s mini singles and Mixed Doubles on Sunday, July 16
$75 for first event, $15 to each additional event if registered by June 23
$85 for first event, $15 for each additional if registered after June 24
For more information, contact Mickey Cahoon email@example.com
PLAN FOR JUNE.
The scheduled Beginner times in May with scheduled coaching was well received. Naturally, all members are always welcome to play anytime and any day. However, in thinking about how to continue to support Advanced Beginner and Beginner players, we thought it would be helpful to those players if we suggested 2 days and times a week that you could plan to come (if your schedules permit) so that you would know that other players at your skill levels would all be aware of those days/times so that there would perhaps be a better chance of having a larger number of same skilled players to make up groups, get to know each other, and perhaps even exchange phone numbers to communicate about when folks were planning to play besides the set times below.
Wednesdays and Fridays went well for the scheduled coaching, so we thought of keeping those days and using the hour of 11:00-12:00 as the time frame. General play usually lightens a bit at that time, so we thought it would be a good time to try. Please be aware that coaches are encouraged to let monitors know if they are available whenever they come to the courts, but as of now, there is not a set schedule for coaches like there was in May. These Wednesdays and Fridays are to encourage like skilled players to be able to enjoy many others at the same level to play together and work on their skills together.
We will try this for June, starting this Friday, the 9th, to see how it goes.
See you at the courts!
Introducing The New Friends of Dennis Pickleball On-Line Store!
We are excited to announce the launch of our new Dennis Pickleball Online Store.
Browse customizable apparel and accessories for the whole family from the comforts of home with our new logo designed by one of our talented members! You can pay directly online with a credit card and have the items shipped directly to you with free shipping.
This store is an online extension of Friends of Dennis Pickleball and will be open year-round. There is a large selection of items for men and women including T-shirts, hoodies, sweatshirts, hats and more! Included are brands like Adidas, Nike, North Face, and many others. Check back often for new items and brands for the whole family.
To celebrate the FODP Online store launch we’re offering members 10% off on every order placed in June by using the code JUNE10 at checkout!
The store can be accessed through the link below. It can also be found on the Friends of Dennis Pickleball website. https://dennispickleball.org/logo-merchandise If you have any questions, please let us know.
This is a fundraiser for FODP and we will receive a percentage of every sale made.
All the products in the shop are custom made, on-demand, so please allow for 5-10 business days for orders to ship from the decoration workshop.
We will be displaying some of the merchandise available through the online store at the courts on Friday and Saturday morning, June 23 and 24.
Looking forward to seeing lots of new Dennis Pickleball logo apparel on the courts soon!
The Town’ of Dennis Request for Expressions of Interest for the Wixon School Disposition.
(Link to info about this process at https://www.town.dennis.ma.us/sites/g/files/vyhlif3016/f/bids/wixon_school_dispositon_rfei.pdf.)
The FODP felt it would be helpful to provide a pickleball perspective on this property.
This Linked document is response to the Town’s Request for Expressions of Interest for the Wixon School Disposition.
Thank You to Outgoing FODP President: Charlene O'Brien
Play has certainly been busy for the start of our 2023 season! Weather has cooperated, too! All great things. Formal coaching has been very busy, too, with the last scheduled coaching session being this Friday. Please read through all the items to help continue to run play smoothly and to provide some clarity as to everyone's responsibilities as to forming groups with equal or close to equal abilities and to filling boxes without holding up play.Monitors have received these items as to the running of the board.With SO MANY NEW PLAYERS (not just Beginners) to Dennis, knowing the level of the players in your group is important for everyone when going out on the court. The following items will help all groups form as EQUALLY as possible. Please read each section. THANK YOU for doing your part to help Wixon courts run the best it can!
Beginners/Advanced Beginners Responsibilities
We sincerely hope that these items help to clarify everyone's part in helping monitors and players make each day at the courts smooth and enjoyable for all. ZERO, ZERO, 2!
Looking to improve your pickleball skills?
Sherry Scheer still has some spots remaining in her
Specialty Clinics and Skills and Drills this summer!
For more information and to register:
If you are a registered member for Dennis Pickleball, come to the courts today from 9:00-11:00, or next week on Wednesday and Friday, same time, and let the monitor know who you are and that you would like to be connected to a coach that day. If you haven’t picked up your tag yet, let the monitor know that, too, because mornings are reserved for registered members only and you will need a tag to play.
Coaching takes place on the Beginner/Intermediate side of the courts located where the picnic benches are on the side for courts numbered 7-14. There is a monitor there who can help you with all of the above.
Hope you can make it!
The address for future questions, etc. is
Please read this entire email for important information.
Opening Day for Registered and Monitored Play begins Monday, May 15th, 9:00-12:00 at Wixon Courts. Please read these reminders as things run differently during registered play time than play during the off season.
Monitors are wonderful volunteers who are very grateful to all members who show them respect and who follow the set rules and protocols decided upon by the town and FODP to help play run smoothly, safely, and respectfully for ALL players.
· Membership Tags may be picked up starting on May 15th at Wixon Courts during the hours for registered play.
· Be patient when asked to show your tag or if you need to pick up your tag. Monitors have not memorized the faces/names of over 800 members.
· Sometimes NONMEMBERS are playing BEFORE MEMBERSHIP hours begin. NONMEMBERS MUST EXIT THE COURTS AT 9:00/8:00-July and August, REGARDLESS AS TO WHETHER OR NOT THEIR GAME IS FINISHED. THIS IS A TOWN RULE WHICH MUST BE FOLLOWED. If you are a member playing with nonmembers, it is your responsibility to stop your game and exit the courts at start of membership play. NONMEMBERS MAY NOT BE ON THE COURTS DURING MEMBERSHIP HOURS.
Members ask the monitor to sign them up on the board indicating their skill level of play.
· Monitors sign up groups to go out to play in order. If you are in a group of 4, but the box ahead of you is waiting to make a complete group of 4, you MAY NOT GO OUT ON THE COURTS AHEAD OF THEM even if there are courts available.
· Monitors will number the boxes to show the sequence for which groups will be called.
· Monitors and players alike will honor the sequence of groups of players in the queue.
· You must exit the courts upon completion of your game and have the monitor sign you up if you want to play another game.
· NO ITEMS are to be placed on the courts during the monitored play times.
· NO ITEMS are to be hung on the fence or on the nets.
· When parking along the road, MAKE SURE all 4 wheels are between the white line and the woods. The police do take notice and have thanked us for being diligent about this.
· DO NOT PARK within 15 feet of the fire hydrant on Old Chatham Road.
Remember that you may park in the Wixon School parking lot. We all look forward to a wonderful 2023 season!
It was a wonderful turnout at Wixon courts today for our Welcome to Wixon event! Great to see new faces who are enthusiastic about pickleball. A big, “Thank you!” goes out to all of the volunteers who helped plan and run today’s event. It was gorgeous weather to enjoy some games today, too!
During the presentation, information was provided about the courts and the skill levels for players to see where they may fall to decide on which courts their skills best match. Please click on the link below for information about levels provided on Sherry Scheer’s website where you will also find information about Sherry, her clinics, and lessons she offers. Sherry’s banner with her website is also at the courts near court 14.
Our official registered play begins on Monday, May 15th. Reminders about how registered play is run and the rules used for registered play will be out soon.
We are all looking forward to a great start and a great official season of pickleball in Dennis at Wixon courts! Zero, zero, 2!!
Willy’s in Eastham will be hosting Minor League Team Pickleball competitions this summer!
The first tournament will be held on June 10 and 11. If you’re interested in participating or finding out more - go to website
Or email Willyspickleball@gmail.com
Announcing… Welcome to Wixon Day!! THIS IS EXCITING! Come and meet other people who are new to pickleball in Dennis!
FOR: BEGINNER players who have REGISTERED to play pickleball in Dennis OR who are REGISTERED ESTABLISHED PLAYERS but are NEW to playing at the Wixon Courts and would like to hear about how monitored play is run during registered times. A short presentation will be made at 9:15 about the culture of Dennis pickleball, the courts, how monitored play is run, and other fascinating information! Then, you are welcome to play. People will be there happy to help any BEGINNERS who would like to familiarize themselves with the basics of the game or any other help they might like.
WHEN: May 10th (Raindate May 11th) A message will go out if we need to move to the rain date.
WHERE: Wixon Courts at 145 Old Chatham Road, South Dennis
GATHER: at the picnic benches for courts 7-14
BRING: A GREAT ATTITUDE, your paddle, water, a chair (if you’d like), and wear court shoes, (We have a few loaner paddles, if needed.)
REFESHMENTS will be provided by the FODP (Friends of Dennis Pickleball) hospitality folks. They’re GREAT!!!!
Hope to see many new faces there and welcome you to our wonderful pickleball community!
NUTS AND BOLTS INFORMATION FOR THE 2023 SEASON
Other information will be coming soon.
For any communication, please use : https://dennispickleball.org/contact-us
Hope to see you all there!
Attention Monitors and Those Interested in Monitoring
We will have a monitoring training session on MAY 4th at 4:00 at the Wixon Courts on the shed side.
We have some new procedures for the upcoming season.
Also, there will be an exciting prize drawing you won't want to miss!! FEELING LICKY??
For any communication, please use: https://dennispickleball.org/contact-us
Hope to see you all there!
Openings in Sherry Scheer’s Clinics
Sherry Scheer has openings in her popular Skills & Drills clinics which begin in June at the Wixon courts.
For more information and to register, go to https://www.scheerforce.com/clinics
Local Tournament Registration Open
The New England Pickleball Tour Summer Kickoff Tournament is now open. It will be played in Barnstable at the end of May.
For more information and to register:
A number of Dennis pickleball players participated in the Florida Open tournament in Daytona Beach, FL, earlier this month. Congratulations to these winners:
Pro Sherry Scheer is offering Beginner Clinics at the Wixon courts beginning May 1, and there are still openings available. A great way to be ready for outdoor play this spring!
There are also many clinics for intermediate and advanced players to work on their skills.
To learn more about Sherry's clinics and to register, go to her website: https://www.scheerforce.com/
If you have any questions, please contact Sherry at Sherryscheer@gmail.com
Summer Outdoor 2023 Pickleball memberships for NON-RESIDENTS are full at this time.
To be put on the NON-RESIDENT waitlist go to
and select the tab “PB NON-RESIDENT WAITLIST”
Dennis residents may continue to register for the Outdoor 2023 season.
Registration for Sherry Scheer’s Clinics Now Open
Sherry Scheer will be offering pickleball clinics again this season at Wixon. Clinics are being offered for beginners, advanced beginners, intermediate and advanced level players.
To sign up, please go to her website: https://www.scheerforce.com/
If you have any questions, please contact Sherry at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please read this entire message for information about the 2023 outdoor pickleball season at the Wixon Courts! Thank you!
REGISTRATION INFORMATION for the 2023 outdoor pickleball season of organized play:
DENNIS RESIDENTS: Registration begins on FEBRUARY 27th. Fee, set by the town, is $50.
NON-DENNIS RESIDENTS: Registration begins on MARCH 6th. Fee, set by the town, is $70.
All registration is done through the Dennis Recreation Department
*** No registrations will be taken PRIOR to the dates listed above.
Our organized season will begin on:
MAY 15th and will run until the close of play on OCTOBER 9th,
7 MORNINGS A WEEK AND 2 EVENINGS A WEEK See below.
HOURS OF PLAY:
MAY, JUNE, SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER: 9:00-12:00 (Tuesdays & Thursdays 5:00-7:00 PM)
JULY AND AUGUST: 8:00-11:00 (Tuesdays & Thursdays 5:00-7:00PM)
We hope that the weather cooperates as we finish up winter play and look forward to the start of our 2023 season!
A number of Dennis players participated in the Naples Pickleball Tournament, winning 13 medals! Congratulations to all who participated.
Naples Pickleball Championships in Naples Florida. 6 Gold, 6 Silver, 1 Bronze
Sherry Scheer 2 GOLDS
- Women’s doubles 60+ 4.5
- Mixed Doubles 65+ 4.5Naa 65+ 4.0 SILVER
Chris Taormina Men’s Doubles 50/55+ 4.5 BRONZE t Boughton & Bob Guilbert Men’s Doubles 60+ 4.0 GOLD
Aaron Brochu & Kara Pritchard Mixed Doubles 50+ 4.0 SILVER
Nat & Nancy Boughton 55+ 4.0 GOLD
Maryann & Chris Taormina 55+ 4.0 SILVER
Gail Jacobson & Maryann Taormin
1. End of Year Survey: The FODP Board of Directors reviewed the feedback from the End of the Year Survey which offers the membership the opportunity to present their input, thoughts and suggestions. The Board takes the survey results seriously and does its best to discuss and determine those items that are foremost on the minds of the membership. The Board shares information with the town of Dennis to then plan for the next season and to implement items that will serve to improve and strengthen the outdoor pickleball program which runs from May through October (exact dates TBD before the start of the 2023 season).
The Board would like to take this opportunity to THANK those from the FODP membership who took the time to complete the survey where they expressed their thoughts and suggestions.
2. When time draws nearer to the 2023 outdoor season, we will communicate any decisions and plans regarding the season.
3. Indoor play at Ezra Baker School was discussed in regard to the numbers of players attending which presently range from single digits to numbers in the 20s.
4. We are currently monitoring the timeline for access to the Wixon School for indoor play. We will let membership know when more is decided on our ability to use Wixon School.
5. There will be no FODP meeting in December due to the holiday season.
We wish everyone a very healthy and happy holiday season!
Please View the results from the Dennis Pickleball annual survey. Thanks to all participants.
Our first night of indoor play was November 1, and all went smoothly. About 25 players showed up, so the wait times weren't too bad. The monitors and early-arriving players got the nets set up and gym ready by 5:55 so that play could start at 6. (Thanks to those players who helped out.) And the gym was put back to order before 9.
Please note that only water is allowed in the gym - no food, sports drinks, coffee, sodas, etc. Please keep your water bottles away from the playing courts.
That's all for now, I think. Enjoy!
Dennis Pickleball group email announcement from Board president : Charlene O'Brien on 10/28/22:
As of November 1, I will remain as a member of the PB BOD, but I am passing the baton for leadership of the Friends of Dennis PB BOD and organization to Marta Cahill who is a current BOD member and is both eager and very capable of assuming this role. Prior to moving to Dennis, a couple of years ago Marta has supervised the Team Sports Programing in Arlington, Virginia, and Managed the Arlington Travel Soccer Club among her many volunteer activities. She is currently working with the town to get our indoor play at Baker School organized with the help of Jean Hetherington.
It has been a pleasure to have served as the President of the FODPB organization. The current BOD members (Gary Nowitz, Mary Piltch, Jackie Walker, Jane LeClaire, Bob Guilbert, Aaron Brochu, and Paul Campbell) are extremely capable and very dedicated group of individuals who have worked very hard to serve our membership. We have created a committee structure of roles and responsibilities which is attached for you to see. Along with the BOD there are many other members who volunteer such as the monitors, people who help with court maintenance, socials, selling tee shirts, etc. who have contributed greatly. It takes a lot of work to keep this organization running and many people have and continue to volunteer to help.
I want to thank everyone for their support and I’m sure this will continue as Marta takes over because we all want the Wixon courts to be known as a friendly place where people are welcome, respected and encouraged to learn to play and enjoy the game of pickleball.
See you on the courts.
Congratulations to Sherry Scheer on winning gold in 55+ 4.5 to secure a Golden Ticket for 2023 Nationals next year!
Some familiar faces placed this weekend in the Nutmeg Fall Pickleball Classic - congratulations everyone!
Registration for winter indoor pickleball is now open for Dennis residents. Non-residents can register beginning October 17 (keep this email; there will be no reminder). Play will be 6-8:45 pm Monday through Friday at Ezra Baker Elementary School, 810 Rt. 28, West Dennis. The first session will run from November 1 - January 20. The cost is $40 for Dennis residents, $60 for non-residents. There are only three courts at Baker, so the registration cap will be fairly low. There will be a waiting list and we expect to add people from the waiting list once we have a sense of the turnout.
Please follow the instructions attached to register for indoor winter pickleball.
Outdoor morning play will continue at Wixon through the winter. We expect a lot of people to play outdoors whenever the weather is reasonable. You can also play outdoors in the evenings under the lights at John Kelley Park (using the tennis court nets).
For help with registration, please contact Joanne Iachetta at 508-760-6159 or email@example.com. Thank you.
For the first time since 2019, Dennis will offer monitored indoor pickleball play this winter. FODP has received authority to offer pickleball from 6-8:45 pm Monday through Friday at Ezra Baker Elementary School. The first session will run from November 1 - January 20. A second session running from January 23 - March 31 will hopefully play in the mornings at Wixon school, after the school moves to the new location on Station Avenue (date TBD).
Registration for the first session will open on October 11 for Dennis residents, and one week later for non-residents. Cost is $40 for Dennis residents, $60 for non-residents. There are only three courts at Baker, so the cap on participants will be fairly low. There will be a waiting list and we expect to add people from the waiting list once we have a sense of the turnout. Please look for an email on October 11 announcing that registration is open. Registration is NOT open now - this email is just to let you know what is being planned.
Outdoor morning play will continue at Wixon through the winter, as in the past two winters, without monitors. We expect a lot of people to play outdoors whenever the weather is adequate (I almost typed “good” but we know our standards are lower than that). You can also play outdoors in the evenings under the lights at John Kelley Park (using the tennis court nets).
On Friday September 30, 2022 the Wixon School had a field day and when thy played the National Anthem all the players stopped play and stood at attention. Now that was a very special moment for our Pickleball community.
See Video (by Gary N.)
We had a fantastic turnout of 80 members and volunteers at Wixon’s second Social Tournament on Thursday!
Congratulations to overall winners Chris (Behind the back) Bushing and Terrific Tina Downey who played David Delcegno and Ann McKinney in a thrilling final game! David and Ann bested David Perrone and Meg Robstad in the Group B semi-finals to get to the final match. Shout out to Mike Bucciero who had a perfect score, but wasn’t able to stay to play in the final round.
Thanks to Mary Woods who got the day started with an invigorating aerobic warm up on the courts!
Many thanks go to the tournament committee volunteers, as well as everyone who brought snacks to make the day possible. Kudos to Terry, Ginny, Karen, Gary, Paul, Jane, Jean, Wendy, Lynn, Cheryl, Denis and Meg who made the day run so smoothly! Thank you to the FODP board for planning and sponsoring the event. .
Discussion Points from FODP Board Meeting
In appreciation for all that Volunteers have done for this season the FODP Board put on a Volunteer Appreciation Social on Sept ember 21.
Have you noticed the latest improvement to the Wixon courts? Windscreens were recently installed at the west side of the courts in order to mitigate the effect of wind on play. The FODP board worked with Dustin Pineau, Town of Dennis Recreation Director, to get approval for the project. It took hours of research by board member Bob Guilbert to find an acceptable solution that would provide protection from the wind while being transparent. The screens were purchased by the Town, and installed by volunteers from FODP.
Many thanks to Bob, Gary Nowitz, Rick Vogeley and Paul Campbell, for installing the screens last week in 90 degree heat!
One of the concerns of the town is the integrity of the fence, so they will be removed in late fall and then reinstalled in early spring.
A true team effort to improve play at Wixon!
Summer Social 2022 . August 11th at Eagles Nest Restaurant and Lounge at Dennis Highlands Golf Course. Thank you for all who helped.
Dennis Women’s pickleball team takes on Yarmouth in a recent home match at Wixon.
In response to membership requests, we will be returning to our original monitor system where there will be a monitor on the Advanced side and a monitor on the Beginner/Intermediate side beginning tomorrow, Friday, July 15th. THE PADDLE SYSTEM WILL NOT BE USED AS OF TOMORROW. The monitor on the Advanced side will use the whiteboard in the same way as it has been used previously to sign up groups of players.
1. REMEMBER that groups will be sent out in the order they are signed up. Groups of 4 may not go out ahead of a group that may still be waiting to be completed. Available courts are NOT A DECIDING FACTOR in groups of 4 wanting to “jump the order” in which they have signed up. They may not jump the line regardless as to whether or not there are available courts.
2. PLAYERS MUST COME OFF THE COURTS AT THE END OF THE GAME. They may not stay on the court and just switch around for another game.
3. Some monitors may be familiar with players who have shown their tags previously this season. However, you may be asked for a tag. Be respectful and show your tag, please.
4. If Advanced courts are not full, a challenge court may be set up at the request of the players. A winning team may only stay out for a total of 2 consecutive games and then must come off at which time another challenge group of 4 may go out again and reset the challenge protocol if requested.
We value input from our members to ensure that we address needs and concerns so that players are respected and so that pickleball is an enjoyable experience for everyone!
Please read the changes in registered member play, which will begin tomorrow, Monday, June 20th.
These changes were made as a result of the clear majority of our members playing on the Beginner/Intermediate courts. We hope that the changes will contribute to the comfort of all players and to the positive culture of Dennis pickleball.
1. Instead of having a monitor on the Advanced side, there will be a paddle system hung on the fence, for those players to use. However, monitors will check tags during the morning. Please be accomodating realizing that, with close to 800 members, everyone wants to ensure that registered members are using the very busy courts. Thank you!
2. The Paddle system follows the same respectful routine as the monitored whiteboard system where groups need to wait to play until the group(s) ahead of them are complete and have gone out to play. There is a "marker" on the paddle system that is slid along to show which group of paddles is next to go out to play.
3.The Beginner/Intermediate side has routinely been having 4 groups of players up on the whiteboard waiting to play by 9:30. Often, that side of play needs to drop to winning at 9. This imbalance continues well into the dedicated play time where courts 5 and/or 6 have been used daily to alleviate the wait times. Then, as the heavy side lightens, those courts are "returned" to Advanced play.
5. CHANGE IN COURT ASSIGNMENTS: So, starting on Monday, June 20th, courts 5 and 6 will be included with the other Beginner/Intermediate courts from the start of registered play time until play lightens on that side when one or both courts will be "returned" to Advanced play.
THIS DECISION WAS MADE AFTER DAILY NUMBERS OF PLAY HAVE CONSISTENTLY BEEN LIGHTER ON THE ADVANCED SIDE AND HEAVY ON THE BEGINNER/INTERMEDIATE SIDE.
6. CHANGE IN MONITOR DUTIES: Both scheduled monitors will work together on the Beginner/Intermediate side to run one board, direct traffic, hand out tags, and handle other monitor duties of set up and clean up. The cart will also be brought to the Beginner/Intermediate side, leaving a First Aid kit on the Advanced side.
As always, we will continue to watch how play/numbers are running so that we can address situations as they arise.
Thank you all for your cooperation and enjoy the improving weather!
Due to an overwhelming request, Sherry has added slots for all “Specialty” clinics starting June 27th through the end of August!
Before arriving to any clinic participants must sign and bring the waiver and general precautions forms located on the Dennis Pickleball Website. Availability is limited so don’t wait!
Any questions, please email Sherry Scheer at firstname.lastname@example.org
Every year we offer clothing with our logo "Friends of Dennis Pickleball",
Please note the deadline to place an order is JUNE 10th.
Should you have any questions, please email Diane Treiber at email@example.com.
I have had multiple players asking "what size am I, do the shirts run big, or small, what does the fabric feel like".... With that I will be at the Wixon Courts, Sunday May 29 and Monday May 30 between the hours of 9 - 11 AM will some samples of the clothing.
Again, thank you for supporting the "Friends of Dennis Pickleball", and remember to say "thank you" to all the volunteers that make FODP a great community!
Thank you and see you on the courts!
Sherry Scheer has spaces still available in the following clinics this summer!
Two Improver Clinics Just Added - July 25 and 27 at 3:00-4:30 and 4:30-6:00
Openings available in following clinics:
July 5 & 7 3:00-4:30 Drop shots and 3rd shot drives (6 spots)
July 5 & 7 4:30-6:00 Defending the Transition Zone (1 spot)
August 8 & 10 3:00-4:30 Improver Clinic (3 spots)
August 8 & 10 4:30-6:00 Improver Clinic (2 spots)
August 16 & 18 3:00-4:30 3rd and 5th shot drops (2 spots)
August 16 & 18 4:30-6:00 Speed ups and Dinking strategies (5 spots)
Click here for FODP May 2022 Information Sheet
We hope that this initiative is well received and that you look forward to having fun and learning the game!
In the National Senior Games this weekend in Fort Lauderdale -
Bob LeClair of Harwich won gold in Men’s 75+ 3.5 singles
Frank Sakata of Plymouth won bronze in Men’s 75+ 3.5 singles
Tom Quimby and Glenn Martin won gold in Men’s Doubles
Congratulations to All!!!
Please read THIS ENTIRE message! Important reminders for ALL LEVELS OF PLAY. We have over 750 members. These reminders are imperative for everyone. Everyone needs to abide by the rules to provide a positive and respectful environment for ALL MEMBERS.
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO KNOWS THAT RULES ARE THERE TO RUN A SUCCESSFUL PROGRAM AND PROVIDE A POSITIVE EXPERIENCE FOR EVERYONE! We look forward to a great 2022 season. See you on Monday!
Despite the raw, cold, misty morning, and wet courts, we had a huge turnout for the first ever Welcome to Wixon event this morning, May 11th!
We want to thank everyone who braved the lousy weather and who brought the “sunshine of their smiles” and positive attitudes with them to the courts to hear about the wonderful Dennis pickleball program!
Special thanks go out to the folks who planned, set up, and brought yummy treats for the event. Heading up the hospitality gang was Joan Ryan along with Diane Treiber and Ulla Clausen. Thank you to many others who brought treats to share. We also want to thank other “veteran” members who stopped by to say, “Hello,” to the new folks and support the event, among whom was Paul Campbell who graciously handed out tags to the attendees who hadn’t picked them up yet.
The next scheduled tag pick up is this Saturday from 11:00-2:00 at the courts. As we’ve said many times, you may always get your tag during monitored play times all through the season at the courts from the monitors.
Last but not least, a thank you to Bill and DeeDee Haltermann who heroically tried drying 2 courts in the hopes that we might get to play, but Mother Nature had other plans! Again, thanks to everyone who helped make our first Welcome to Wixon event a success!! Can’t wait for Opening Day, May 16th!!!
Jackie Walker, Jane Leclaire, and Mary Piltch
Congratulations to the many Dennis PB members who medaled at the Connecticut Masters Tournament this past weekend. This tournament was a qualifier for the National Senior Games to be held in Pittsburg in 2023!!! Winners are below:
PLEASE, PLEASE READ THIS WONDEFUL OFFER! In an effort to provide support to fellow members who are either new to pickleball or are beginning players, we are looking for members who are familiar with the game and who have played enough to know the rules, scoring, and basic skills for Beginners. DON’T STOP READING YET! WE ARE REALLY EXCITED TO BE ABLE TO HELP OUR NEW AND BEGINNING PLAYERS FEEL WELCOME AND COMFORTABLE WITH PICKLEBALL AT OUR WIXON COURTS! This plan is flexible and is nothing that you would need to schedule into your play. Below is how we envision the “coaching” to work.
1. On any monitored play day that you would be willing to be available to “coach”, you would simply let that day’s monitor know to list your name on the whiteboard in case a new or beginning player would like support (for about the time it takes for an average game). On any given day, there may be one or more available “coaches” who have their names on the board.
2. If no player has asked for some coaching yet, you would just begin playing, as usual. The monitor will let “coaches” know if and when the request for a “coach” is made.
3. Depending on the need of the player or players who would like some help, you may be going over the rules of the game or the scoring of the game.
4. You may be helping with basic skills such as serving or dinking or perhaps getting to the kitchen, keeping the paddle up and ready, and keeping your eye on the ball. BEGINNING SKILLS.
5. You may be working with one player or even a group of 2, 3, or 4 Beginners who might want you to give basic tips as you watch their play.
6. Perhaps 2 “coaches” would work with 2 Beginners, or 1 “coach” plays a game with 3 Beginners.
7. We envision flexibility in providing “coaching”. Any configuration will be great depending on the need each day!
WE HAVE A GREAT PICKLEBALL COMMUNITY IN DENNIS AND WE KNOW THAT MANY PLAYERS WOULD MAKE GREAT COACHES AND CONTINUE TO PROVIDE A WELCOMING AND POSITIVE CULTURE FOR OUR MEMBERS. PLEASE CONSIDER SENDING YOUR NAME TO THE EMAIL BELOW SAYING YOU ARE WILLING TO COACH AND CONSIDER YOURSELF A COACH WHENEVER IT FITS INTO YOUR SCHEDULE. OPENING DAY IS MAY 16th. THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
Please respond to firstname.lastname@example.org
As you know, we are fast approaching May 16th as the Opening Day of our 2022 pickleball season at Wixon in Dennis. It has been wonderful playing all through the winter. But now we are all looking forward to the official start of organized/monitored play. Our membership is already at the 700 mark which was our ENDING number last year. Therefore, in order to provide COMFORTABLE PLAYING CONDITIONS FOR OUR MEMBERS, THIS FRIDAY, APRIL 8th, WILL BE THE LAST DAY FOR OUT OF TOWN FOLKS TO REGISTER. DENNIS RESIDENTS WILL CONTINUE TO BE ABLE TO REGISTER THROUGHOUT THE SEASON WITH NO CAP. Reminders about Tag Pick Up Dates and Times will be sent out soon. Looking forward to a wonderful 2022 pickleball season.
Comments/Questions need to be sent to email@example.com.
Thank you and see you on the courts!
Good evening, All!!
Those of you who were at the courts this morning are aware of the work that George Levesque and Jeff Treiber did today adjusting all of the pickleball nets in preparation of our new season!! They worked with the precision of surgeons and we want to extend our SINCERE THANKS to them for volunteering their time and expertise to ensure our nets are of correct heights…although some of us may challenge that their side of the nets are indeed higher thus causing balls to have trouble clearing them on shots that are obviously on target to clear them!!!! But, seriously, we thank George and Jeff for their time and dedication to help prepare Wixon courts for the opening of a wonderful 2022 season! It’s this kind of unselfish willingness to volunteer time and talent to Dennis pickleball that makes our program so popular and enjoyable. So, again, thank you, George and Jeff, for your time and expertise. Looking forward to a WONDERFUL NEW 2022 SEASON!!
A number of towns on the cape, including Dennis, are participating in a Cape wide pickleball tournament this spring. Anyone who resides on the cape is eligible to participate. It looks to be a lot a fun, and a great way to play with others on the cape. A flyer is attached with information. Questions? email firstname.lastname@example.org
Our friend ( and yours) Rick Knight won Gold at the Del Ray APP Pro-Am this weekend. With Bob Hudson, a partner he just met. Congratulations, Rick! Dedication rewarded.
The previously published process was a 2 step process that required signing up for Pickleball Membership and then signing up for Pickleball activity. This process was revised by the town on 3/2/22. Going forward , the process for signing up for pickleball is now 1 step, signup for Pickleball Membership only.
Once on the registration web site https://dennisrecreation.activityreg.com/ClientPage_t2.wcs choose the BIG GREEN BUTTON – “Pickleball Membership”
You should receive confirmation emails for registration and payment (please check your Spam or Trash folder)
The Town of Dennis Recreation Department will be using a new format for registration this season.
You must sign up for a Pickleball Membership first, and then sign up for Pickleball Sign Up - Outdoor Pickleball 2022. Please see the attached flyer for more information.
This new process (including Membership registration) BEGINS ON FEBRUARY 28.
Registration will open for Dennis residents first and run from Feb. 28th – March 13th. Starting on March 14th, registration will be open to everyone,
PICKLEBALL CLINICS - SPRING AND SUMMER 2022 Pickleball Clinics are coming!!!
Cape Cod pro Sherry Scheer will once again offer pickleball clinics at the Wixon courts for beginners, intermediate and advanced players beginning in May
For more information and to register, please refer to the attached flyer or email email@example.com.
Happy New Year from your FODP Board! We are all looking forward to a GREAT 2022 pickleball season. Below important information about registration and our 2022 pickleball season. PLEASE READ THROUGH ALL OF THE BULLETS.
Results of the 2021 Survey letter to members
The Friends of Dennis Pickleball BOD wants to thank the 206 people for taking the time to respond to the survey. It is greatly appreciated. Your comments provide us with additional items to put on our agenda for the coming year.
There were some technical issues with the survey that we hope to eliminate for next year. Some people did not get the survey at all and some people who use comcast email had it go into their spam account. We know some of you wanted to respond and couldn’t for one technical reason or another. Also, some members, if they used their computer, rather than their phone, could only rate the items from 1-4. They did not have 5, the “excellent” rating as a choice. Many players approached us and said they would have used the 5 rating but couldn't access it. Given the lack of a 5 rating, and some of the above difficulties, the results are less reliable. However, given all of the above technical difficulties what we did get is very positive ratings (despite the lack of a 5 rating) and very positive comments. Again, next year we will work to fix these technical problems.
Below is a summary of the results of the survey and some of your wants for next year.
Based on your responses from last year’s survey and input we worked with the town and made the following changes and/or additions to monitored play at Wixon courts:
- Added Sunscreens
- Unlocked gates to allow access
- Instituted Different start times in July/August (8-11)
- Piloted self-sign up for courts
- Staffed 2 Healthy Connections instruction programs
- Tarred surface around the bleachers
- Added hooks to benches and sheds to hang bags
- Gave members access to squeegees and brooms
- Provided Two porta pottys at the courts, with one still available
- Ran a Social Tournament
- Added more clinics
Our 2021 survey results are as follows:
206 responded to the survey, about a 30% response rate which is great, and as we said more of you wanted to and may have not been able to respond.
· About one third of members live on cape year-round, and about one third of the members are in Dennis, with two thirds coming from other cape and off cape towns.
· Parking continues to be an issue.
Ranking on a scale of 1 to 5 (5 being excellent) of the following:
· Registration 4.53
· Parking 3.62 (There is no way to fix this at this time.)
· Facilities 4.28
· Clinics 4.21
· Community 4.38
· Wait Times 4.05
· Levels of Play 4.18
· Opportunity to Improve Play 4.06
· Schedule of organized play 4.37
· Change in Play Times July/August 4.37
· Effectiveness of Monitors 4.43
· Self-Sign up 3.72 (You expressed interest to keep monitored play)
Thank you for taking the time to let us know what was important to making your PB experience enjoyable. Below are the most popular comments for improvements for next year which the BOD will be working on for next season
- Clinics to take place outside of monitored playing times. This should reduce wait times.
- Expand opportunities to play outside of monitored times, such as Round Robins
- More local social and/or intertown PB activities and events
- Work to procure wind screens
- Support the town in locating indoor play
Find ways to help people who want to improve their play
Wishing you all a happy holiday season. See you on the courts!
Good Morning, Everyone,
Questions or comments can be sent using our "Contact Us Form"
Seven Pickleball Rule Changes for 2022
The Official Pickleball Rulebook is reviewed and, to the extent necessary, revised and updated every year, as pickleball rules continue to evolve as the sport evolves. As a result, it is important to stay up-to-date on pickleball rules changes so that you know the right call on the pickleball court (especially if you plan to play a pickleball tournament).
For the 2022 calendar year, there are some important additions, deletions, and other revisions to the rules of pickleball that you should be aware of. You may find information on all the changes at