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
Although the Registered play season has come to an end, it is wonderful to see folks still out playing at Wixon! Below is information that the FODP Board have discussed so far this fall.
Peace, Love and Pickleball at Wixon September 29
There was some peace, love and a lot of pickleball happening at Wixon this week! On Thursday, September 29, the Friends of Dennis Pickleball hosted a pickleball social for members. Sixty- four players mixed it up, competing in two groups. Many additional members came out to watch and enjoy the fun! Congratulations to our top point scorers: Debra Bishop, Elle Sucarte, Bob Guilbert and Bill Henderickson, who won all of their games. Thank you to all of our volunteers who helped to make the event a success! See Photos
Here is a list of new Beginner and Beginner II clinics. You will find them on the Town of Dennis Recreation website where you can register at Town of Dennis Recreation Dept. (activityreg.com)
Beginners Class size 12 2 day clinic $60
Monday, July 19 and Tuesday, July 20 Time 3-4:30 PM
Monday, August 2 and Tuesday, August 3 Time 3-4:30 PM
Beginners II Class size 12 2 day clinic $60
Monday, July 26 and Tuesday, July 27 Time 3-4:30 PM
Beginners Class size 8 2 day clinic $60
Monday, August 16 and Wednesday, August 18 Time 9-10:30 AM
Beginners II Class size 8, 2 day clinic $60
Monday, August 16 and Wednesday, August 18 Time 10:30-Noon
See you on the courts!
There will be no Monitored Play at Seaview and Kelley Courts as of July 1, 2021
To each of our wonderful members who love the sport of pickleball and who value the great people we have met and the culture of fun, respect, and sportsmanship which accompany Dennis Pickleball, we are sending along the Friends of Dennis Pickleball Code of Conduct along with the town of Dennis Rec Department's expectations for all who participate in the town's recreation offerings. See you on the courts!
Friends of Dennis Pickleball Code of Conduct (Credit: USA Pickleball Association Code of Conduct)
Only equipment approved by the United States of America Pickleball Association (USAPA) will be used by FODP members.
Below is a statement from the town of Dennis Recreation website concerning conduct.
It is the policy of Dennis Recreation that courtesy and sportsmanship are always required of our participants. Please note that inappropriate behavior, fighting, cursing, etc. will result in immediate removal from our program without refund.
Thank you FODP Board members
We want to take this opportunity to send a sincere message of gratitude to each of the former Friends of Dennis Pickleball Board members who worked tirelessly over the past few years to establish the wonderful program we enjoy today. We know that the membership joins the present Board members in thanking these trail blazers for all of their hard work: Dave St. Onge, Ron Thibodeau, Christine Contonio, Rick Vogeley, Jeff Treiber, George Levesque, Diane Treiber, and John O’Brien.
The present board members strive to follow in their footsteps of dedication to the Dennis Pickleball program and to its members. Your present Board members are: Charlene O’Brien, Mike Noonan, Gary Nowitz, Beth Crowell, Jackie Walker, Mary Piltch, Jane Leclaire, and our newest members, Paul Campbell and Beth Deneen.
FODP June Meeting Highlights
Organized monitored play will take place during June at the following locations and times for pickleball season pass holders:
Seaview Park – Monday, June 7, 14, 21 and 28 from 400pm – 6:00pm
Johnny Kelley Recreational Area - Wednesday June 9, 16, 23 and 30 from 5:30 – 7:30
Per the Town of Dennis masks are not required to play pickleball at Wixon courts, as of 5/10/21.
Players should still keep their distance and can still wear them as preferred.
See all on the courts....
Highlights from May 4, 2021 FODP Meeting
See you on the courts!
Congratulations to all our fellow Dennis Pickleball players participating in the Minto US Open in Naples Florida!!!
Minto US Open Pickleball Championships
Naples, Florida. Saturday, 4/17 thru Saturday 4/24/21
Mens Skill/Age Doubles 3.0:70+
Rick Knight and Jeff Buckley
Mixed Skill/Age Doubles 3.5:65+
Liz and Kerry McNamara
Womens Skill/Age Doubles 3.0:65+
Liz McNamara and Karen Kear
Parapickleball Mens Singles
Joe Sullivan and Joe Dowling
Mixed Skill/Age Doubles 2.5/3.0:70+
Maryann and Bryce Suydam
Mens Skill/Age Doubles 80+
Organized/Monitored play for registered members will begin May 1st from 9:00-12:00 . The town has limited the first round of registration to 500, which has now been met, but may open later in the season depending on the number of players who come during monitored times, so that everyone can play without long wait times between games.
F.O.D.P. Tee Shirts Ordering Information
Shirts are $15 each
Orders are due by Sunday May 23 .
Available for purchase will be Ladies’ short sleeve in cotton and moisture wicking; cotton tank top and long sleeve moisture wicking. In Men’s, there will be short sleeve in cotton and moisture wicking. The shirts will have will have the FODP logo on the front left chest. Order form and samples of the color choices can be found on the FODP website (below). Orders, along with payment, can be dropped off to a monitor on the Advanced/Challenge side of the courts.
Highlights from April FODP Board Meeting
As we draw closer to the May 1st start of our official 2021 pickleball season, the Board has been working on finalizing plans for this year.
Information about tag pick up was finalized, sent out from Dennis Pickleball via email and is on this website.
REMINDER: Anyone who is unable to come on those days and times can get their tags starting on May 1st during the time for organized play.
Planning for court monitor training has been completed so that players are welcomed warmly and so that play can be run as inclusively, safely, and pleasantly as possible.
As the season progresses, any new and updated information will be sent out via Dennis Pickleball Google group emails.
Information will continue to be posted on this website, also.
We all look forward to welcoming everyone to our new 2021 season.
Pickleball Registration Tag Pick Up Dates
Tags for players who have already registered for the 2021 season through the Town of Dennis Recreation may pick up their tags at the following times:
LOCATION: Wixon Courts, 145 Old Chatham Road, South Dennis, MA
DATES AND TIMES:
April 20, 24, and 27 from 10:00 to 12:00
April 27 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM
In order to make play run smoothly once the season starts, we would like as many people as possible to pick up tags on the scheduled days above. However, if it is impossible for you to pick up your tag on any of those days, you will be able to pick up tags only during registered play times at the courts starting May 1st, when registered play begins..
You must first register through the Town of Dennis Recreation website before picking up a tag. No registrations will be taken at Wixon Courts. https://dennisrecreation.activityreg.com/ClientPage_t2.wcs
We look forward to seeing you there and welcoming back our returning players as well as welcoming our many new members!
Clinic Registration Now Open
We are pleased to announce that pro Sherry Scheer will once again be offering pickleball clinics at all levels this season! Clinics are offered in the following areas/skill levels:
Beginner I – New players to learn fundamentals of the game
Beginner II – Players who have just learned the game and want to improve their skills
Intermediate – Bring your game to the next level! (Continuation of Beg I and II)
Skills and Drills – Each week a different skill clinic will be offered including Net Game, Baseline Strokes, Serve and Return, Coached Play, and more! The Skills and Drills clinics are for players who have completed Beginner I and II, or have at least equivalent skills.
All clinics will consist of a one and a half hour sessions, two days a week, $60 for each clinic.
To register, go to the Town of Dennis Recreation Department Website
Registration is online only – no in person registration due to Covid restrictions. Please do not call the town with questions. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
CONGRATULATIONS to 3 of our Dennis pickleball players who recently participated in a tournament in Florida! The Delray Beach Pickleball Open was held from March 18-21.
Participating were Aaron Brochu, Nat Boughton and Nancy Boughton who were all coached by our Court Pro Sherry Scheer.
Nancy Boughton won a GOLD medal with her partner Ailsa Moseley whom she had just met at the tournament and who is a resident of Florida! Nancy and Ailsa won GOLD in the women’s over 50 division for 3.5 players! CONGRATULATIONS to them on their win!
Other tournament results:
Men’s Skill/Age Doubles 3.5 (35+)
Aaron Brochu & Nat Boughton winning their first match but were eliminated
Lost to Gold and Silver medal winners
Mixes Skill/Age Doubles 3.5 (19+)
Nancy and Nat played
They won their first match but were eliminated in the consolation match
Lost to Gold and Bronze winners
Aaron Brochu played Men Singles
Skill/Age Singles 4.0 (50+)
Women’s Skill/Age Doubles 3.5 (50+)
Nancy and her partner Ailsa Moseley of Fl won Gold Medal
Great way to showcase the excellent caliber of players from our Dennis pickleball community! Congratulations to Aaron, Nat, and Nancy!
Looking forward to seeing everyone at the courts as we keep fingers crossed for continuing great weather!
A few of our members are playing in Delray Beach March 18 – 21 at “Pickleball Open 2021”. Aaron Brochu , Nat and Nancy Boughton.
Aaron is playing in Men’s singles 4.0
Aaron and Nat are playing in Men’s Doubles 3.5 for 35+
Nat and Nancy are playing in Mixed Doubles.
Wish them luck and we will hear more from them after the tournament!
We are very excited to provide our pickleball community a preview of plans for the upcoming summer clinics will be taught by our wonderful court pro, Sherry Scheer. See: Sherry's Bio and Sherry's Instructional Videos
There is a new plan for the structure of the clinics this year:
-Each clinic will be comprised of 2 parts. The first part of the clinic will be taught on Monday. The second part of the clinic will be taught on Wednesday of the same week. So, you will receive instruction over the course of those 2 days which will comprise the completion of that clinic. The clinics will be held from 9 AM - 10:30 AM and 10:30 AM - Noon. Whichever time slot you choose will be the same for both days.
The total cost for the 2-day clinic is $60.
-There are a variety of specific focus skill clinics being offered this year as well as clinics for various levels of play.
If you decide to choose a clinic for a certain level of play (Beginner, Beginner+, Intermediate, Intermediate+) the attached rating sheet is a guide to help you decide which clinic level will be most beneficial for you.
-Registration will be through the Town of Dennis Recreation website only, there will not be registrations taken at the court.
-Each clinic will accommodate 8 players.
-If a clinic needs to be rescheduled due to inclement weather or another unforeseen reason, the make-up days will be the next day either Tuesday or Thursday at the same time.
-There is a possibility of adding a Saturday or an evening clinic depending on interest. Please use our website to let us know if you would be interest. Dennis Pickleball - Contact Us
We will let you know when all the plans are finalized and registration is ready to go. Hopefully in the next couple of weeks.
-You will then be able to find all of the clinics being offered on the Town of Dennis Recreation website and our Dennis Pickleball website.
Looking forward to another great summer of Pickleball in Dennis!
To help determine your level of play , see short video and slide presentation : What is my Level of Play.
Additional level of play resources can be found under "Skill ratings Defined" in our USAPA Resources menu selection..
Highlights from March FODP Meeting
We have been working hard on many items to prepare for our 2021 season and are very excited to get things rolling! Below are items in progress and will be updated when we are able to confirm dates and times.
Preparations are being made to schedule dates and times for the membership to pick up their new bag tags. Wixon Courts will be the site to pick up the tags.
We are working on setting up training for our wonderful volunteer monitors who will always greet you with a smile!
We are working on a user friendly calendar system for court monitors to use to sign up for court coverage.
Plans are being made for clinics with our court pro, Sherry Sheer. Presently, there are plans for clinics about specific skills which will be taught over the course of 2 days per clinic. There will also be clinics for various levels of players, such as Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced players. The structure of those clinics is being discussed.
The bounce back wall is set to be installed any day now! (See photo to the left)
We hope everyone is staying safe and keeping well as we all move toward the light at the end of the tunnel and while we look forward to wonderful weather and happy times with our great pickleball community!
Based on the Governor's Reopening Guidelines, and the directives of the Dennis Select Board, the following guidelines will be in effect until further notice.
Only players already registered and already in possession of a 2020 Dennis Pickleball blue tag will be allowed to play, seven days a week, 9:00 a.m. until noon. The courts will be locked except for these times for the foreseeable future. Register to play at: 2020 Pickleball at Dennis Wixon Courts
Practice social distancing (six feet apart) and/or wear a mask. This applies to play, and seating. You may play doubles without a mask. We may use all the courts. Skip the traditional gathering after a game.
Seating is limited; plan on bringing your own chair. There will be limited seating at picnic tables outside on the east side of the courts, and on the benches inside and outside on the west side. You should place your bag on your seat, not on the fence.
Avoid groups of more than 10 persons, closer than six feet apart, even when wearing a mask.
Bring your own hand sanitizer and clean your hands before and after you play.
Do not share equipment. Bring your own balls. Pass the balls with a gloved hand, using your foot, or using your paddle. If your ball goes off your court, you go retrieve it.
If you are at risk, please don't play. If you are feeling ill, please don't play. If you test positive for COVID-19, please notify us for contact tracing.
We are able to reopen based on our assurance to the Town we will comply with these guidelines.
We will be subject to inspection, so don't blow it for others.
Monitors will direct your playing time and location. They wear a white 2020 Dennis Pickleball hat and hang out by the white boards. Talk to them about joining a game. Only the monitors will use the white boards to manage your play.
Our monitors and our board members are volunteers - they do not get paid for what they do. Please be patient and kind when you interact with them.
If you choose not to follow these guidelines, or if you are not patient and kind to our mnitors, you will be ejected from play without refund of your fee.
Please let me know if you have any questions - but do not send them "reply to all." But for the serious concerns in our COVID safe start up, LET'S HAVE FUN!