Pickleball

PICKLEBALL

ARC Pickleball

Have you tried pickleball yet??  ARC’s 8 New Pickleball Courts are open!

  • For our ARC Platinum and Gold members, pickleball is included in your membership.  For our Silver members, the cost is $15 to play pickleball.  Whether you have played before or not, we welcome and encourage you to come to give it a try!  It is a great sport to play with the entire family.
  •  We want to encourage non-members to come to see our courts and find a pickleball community that they love and want to belong to. Non-members will be able to use a guest pass three times per year at $15 per guest pass. After the three guest passes are used membership is required to continue using the club.
  • 8 newly constructed, dedicated pickleball courts at ARC South

Leadies league - ARCFall 2021 ARC Ladies League
Ladies League is now open and will last 8 weeks.

ARC members are only eligible to sign up and the cost to join is $20 per person.
You pick your partner and play with the same person each week. If you are not able to play, find a substitute who has a similar skill level. If you cannot find a substitute, you will have to default.
League will be split into 2 divisions called the Morning League and Evening League.

Playing dates for Morning League are September 7th,14th, 21th, 28th, and October 5th,12th,19th, 26th. This league will begin at 9 AM.

Playing dates for Evening League are September 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th, and October 4th, 11th, 19th, 25th. This league will begin at 5 PM.

Each week is a round-robin format of play.
There will be 2 rounds of play in which you get to play each team twice with a total of 6 games. Games are played to 11, win by 1.
There will be a 15-minute time limit for each game to stay on track with time.
Ranks will be based on points, followed by wins.
Limited to 4 teams each based on skill level.

Please email arcladiesleague@gmail.com if you are interested in participating in the Fall 2021 Ladies League or being a substitute. When emailing, please state which division and line you and your partner will be playing. Spots are limited so please sign up as soon as possible with your partner in the division that you want to play.
The deadline to sign up is August 20th.

Teams will be announced on the week of August 23rd for teams to get to know each other before play starts.

Morning League– this division plays Tuesday Mornings at 9:00 AM (max # of players: 32, 4 teams for each line)
Line 1 3.75 to 4.5
Line 2 3.4 to 3.9
Line 3 3.2 to 3.6
Line 4 lower than 3.4

Evening League– this division plays Monday Evenings at 5:00 PM (max # of players: 32, 4 teams for each line)
Line 1 3.75 to 4.5
Line 2 3.4 to 3.9
Line 3 3.2 to 3.6
Line 4 lower than 3.4

Fall 2021 ARC Pickleball Men’s League
Sign ups for the Men’s League are now open. The league will last 7 weeks.
ARC members are only eligible to sign up and the cost to participate is $20 per person. Hold onto your payment until
teams are announced.

There will be two flights: the Upper Tier and the Lower Tier. To play in Upper Tier, you and your partner’s combined
club skill rating cannot exceed more than 8.5. To play in the Lower Tier, you and your partner’s combined club skill
rating cannot exceed more than 7.5. (If you do not have a club rating, we will use our best judgement to place you in
the right tier.) Each tier will have 8 teams each; 16 players total.

You may sign up individually or with a partner. If you sign up as an individual, state the tier that you’re interested in.
Just note that if you signed up individually, you may be assigned to a partner. (I would suggest you find a partner you
would enjoy playing with to make your experience great.) If you sign up with a partner, make sure both your combined
ratings meet the criteria for either tier.

There will be 2 rounds of play, you will play with at least 3 teams in your tier twice, with a total of 6 games. In the
following week, we will rotate teams in their tier to play with other teams that they may not get to play with the week
before. Games are played to 11, win by 1. There will be a 15-minute timer for each game to stay on track with time and
a 5-minute break between each game. ***Disclaimer-All this may change depending on how many teams signed up.

If you are not able to play on certain dates, find a substitute who has a similar skill level. Therefore, when finding a
sub, he cannot be rated any more than.1 point higher in the club rating but anyone with a lesser rating is okay to avoid
sandbagging. If you cannot find a substitute, you will have to default. (We will compile a substitute list to help sub.)

Playing dates for the League are Thursdays, September 16th, 23th, 30th, and October 7th,14th, 21th, 28th. This
league will begin at 9 AM and end at 11 AM. We will start right at 9 AM. If you want to warm up, come early. (For now,
we will only have a morning league. Once our indoor courts are built and our evening schedule frees up, we will start a
men’s evening league to accommodate our other players.)

Each week is a round robin format of play.
Team ranking will be based on wins, followed by points to break ties.

Please email Cenyu Yang at arcpickleballleague@gmail.com if you are interested in participating in the Fall 2021
Men’s Pickleball League or being a substitute. When emailing, please state which Tier you and/or your partner are
interested in playing. Spots are limited so please sign up as soon as possible.

The deadline to sign up is September 3rd. Teams will be announced on the week of September 6th. Stay tuned for
more information.

Upper Tier: Combined Club Rating No More Than 8.5 (8 teams each; 16 players total)
Lower Tier: Combined Club Rating No More Than 7.5 (8 teams each; 16 players total)

Private Lessons

ARC’s Pickleball Director is available for private lessons. For any questions about private lessons, please contact Michael at mkinnear@ashevilleracquetclub.com

Ongoing Clinics

CLINIC – Pickleball 101– 1 hour class – FREE CLINIC for Members/$15 guest fee nonmembers (no additional cost) – max 16 – a beginner’s introduction to Pickleball!  Here you will be taught the basic rules and flow of a pickleball game as well as the fundamental skills you will need to get started.  Great for new and beginner players learning and developing their game.

NEW CLINIC—Let’s Play Pickleball!

Intro to Pickleball, everything you need to know to get you started.

This is a 3-week clinic is designed for people who have never played racquet sports before. Each week we will cover the next steps to learning how to play pickleball.  There will be no more than 8 players to one instructor, loaner Paddles, and balls provided, each session is 60 minutes.
All clinics are taught by experienced ARC-certified instructors.
Cost is $60 for all 3

Week 1
● Grip & Grip Pressure
● Movement and safety
● Dink
● Serve
● Court layout – Kitchen, serve box
● How to score and line calls
● The two bounce rule
● Simple gameplay
● Simple drills skills to practice before the next class

Week 2
● Game terminology
● Building on the basic strokes
● Volley
● Ground Strokes
● Court positioning
● Keeping score
● Gameplay
● New drills and skills to practice before the next class

Week 3
● Adding to stroke skills
● The perils of the Kitchen
● When to take the ball out of the air
● Blocking
● Movement and safety
● Real gameplay
● Now that I am having so much fun, what’s next?
● Improver Clinic, Drop-Ins, Open Play & Ladders

NEW CLINIC—Pickleball Improver Clinic (Players rated 2.5 – 3.0)

I now have a basic understanding. How do I get better at Pickleball?

This comprehensive 4-week clinic progression will lift your game to the next level. This clinic also works for beginners who have a good racquet sports background. There will be no more than 8 players to one instructor. All clinics are taught by experienced ARC instructors.
Each session is 90 minutes and the cost is $100 for all 4 sessions.

Week 1
● How to warm up before play and why- preventing injury
● The Serve
● The Receiver of the Serve
● Effective Stance, Knee flexion
● Play a game
● Body rotation
● Contact Point and correct follow-through
● Gameplay

Week 2
● Different Grips
● Server Court positioning for serve return
● Effective Forehand and Backhand options
● Body and shoulder rotation
● Correct paddle take back and contact point, the importance of follow-through
● Player etiquette
● Let’s play a game!

Week 3
● Introduction to the soft game
● The importance of Dinking
● Relationship of the kitchen and dinking, bounce or no bounce
● The transition zone
● Punch volleys and blocking
● Learning not to hit out balls
● Game Play

Week 4
● Warming up at the net using the soft game
● Effective overheads and lobbing options
● Introduction to the 3rd shot drop
● Play strategy and learning to live with bad calls
● Drills to practice in your own time
● Competitive Game Play
● Now what – Get signed up for the Intermediate Clinic

NEW CLINIC—Pickleball Intermediate Clinics (3.5 – 4.0)

I am having so much fun, but I want to get better!

This comprehensive 4-week clinic progression will lift your game to the next level. Maximum of 8 players to one instructor.
To be sure you have a good experience ARC will ensure all players are at equal skill levels. All clinics are taught by experienced ARC instructors.
Each session is 90 minutes and the cost is $100 for all 4 sessions.

Week 1
● Effective serves
● Return of serves options
● What is topspin and why does it work
● Effective slices, flat ground strokes
● Ground reaction force
● Drills to improve
● Play strategy, gameplay, and player analysis
Week 2
● Forehand Backhand stroke options
● Dinking placement and strategy
● Revisiting the 3rd shot drop and why it is effective
● Getting stuck in midcourt, the split step
● Approaching the net from the serve
● Game Play
● Player analysis
Week 3
● Respecting the 5th player on the court
● Doubles strategy
● Working with your partner, the difference between Rec play and tournament play.
● Tactical focus
● Other Dinking options
● Gameplay analysis discussion
Week 4
● Revisiting the Serve and serve options
● Why play the soft game?
● Oh no, a tennis banger, what are my best options?
● Smart Lob retrieval
● Introduction to stacking
● Gameplay analysis discussion
Mini Round Robin Tournament

 

Indoor Pickleball Opportunties

  • Thursday night 4.5+ Pickleball Drop is offered at ARC DT from 4 – 8 pm.
  • Spaces are limited.  Only 8 players are permitted for each 2-hour block
  • Cost is $5 for ARC members and $15 for non-members
  • Contact Michael Kinnear at mkinnear@ashevilleracquetclub.com for more information about getting signed up
  • Indoor backup will be provided on Saturdays and Sundays when there is inclement weather prohibits the use of our outdoor courts for our Social Ladder Events.  The indoor back up will be at ARC DT.

Social Ladders

  • ARC hosts multiple fun social ladders throughout the week:
    • Tuesdays 5:30pm-8pm
    • Wednesdays for Beginners (2.0-3.0) 10am-12pm
    • Thursdays Ladies Ladder 4:30pm-7pm
    • Saturday 10am-12:30pm
    • ARC member and pickleball enthusiast, Joel Alnes, will be hosting a fun and friendly FREE Social Ladder on mostSundays from 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm.
  • Players of all levels are welcome
  • Sign-up is required via playtimescheduler.com.  Please reach out to mkinnear@ashevilleracquetclub.com if you have any issues signing up.
  • Sign up for all social ladders will begin on Sundays at 7:00 pm for the following week’s events.
  • Please note:ARC members are permitted to sign up for all weekday Social Ladders and one of the two weekend Social Ladders, but not both weekend Social Ladders unless it is within 24 hours of the start and there are openings.  In other words, at 10am Friday, if there are openings in the other weekend ladder, you can sign up for both.  If you sign up for both prior to this time, YOU WILL BE REMOVED FROM ONE OF THE LADDERS ON PLAYTIMESCHEDULER.COM.
  • Social Ladders are FREE for ARC members
  • Please arrive at the start time and be ready to play ASAP.  Players not present at the start of the ladder WILL NOT BE WAITED FOR AND YOUR SPOT MAY BE GIVEN TO BYSTANDERS LOOKING TO PLAY.
  • The format is that you will be assigned to a court with 4 or 5 players total of similar skill level.  Top two point scorers move up, bottom two scorers move down.  We track scores which feed into a club rating system used to seed future ladders.  The ratings from ladders are also the means of moving up from a beginner level to intermediate or advanced which opens the possibility to play in those level drop in sessions throughout the week.

Pickleball membership

ARC is offering a pickleball ONLY membership for $49/month for an individual and $64/month for a family.  You can also upgrade to our Gold membership for $10/month more for an individual and $19/month more for a family.  That would give you access to Pickleball, as well as our fitness facilities (including our group fitness classes) and pools at both ARC locations.

If you are interested in learning more about these membership opportunities, please reach out to our ARC Sales Team:

  • Roger Angel (ARC South): 828-707-7877
  • Mike Greene (ARC DT): 828-335-3137

Interested in learning more about our upcoming Pickleball programming or in taking lessons?

  • Michael Kinnear is the Director of Pickleball at ARC and is happy to answer your questions!
  • Reach out to Michael via e-mail at mkinnear@ashevilleracquetclub.com, 828-808-3260

ARC Pickleball Club Rating System Updates – September 23, 2021

ARC Pickleball Ratings
  • Pickleball is something of a mix between tennis, racquetball, and ping pong. Players use special paddles and a whiffle ball, and games can take place on tennis courts with specific pickleball lines or specific pickleball courts. Nets and court sizes are smaller than their tennis counterparts, and the most common game is doubles, although singles is also an option.
  • Join us Wednesday at either 4:30pm or 5:30pm for a one hour session of Pickleball 101 where we go over the rules, the basic shots, and facilitate your first games!  The clinic is free for pickleball members and gold level and platinum members.  All others including non members will need to pay a $15 guest fee at the front desk prior to participating.
  • To learn more about pickleball please watch this
  • ARC pickleball games are played on our retrofitted hard tennis courts outdoors at the ARC South location.
  • Pickleball is a great family sport and is growing in popularity.
  • ARC will have Pickleball paddles that members will be able to check out at the front desk.
  • Sign up on playtimescheduler.com to see drop in times and ladder signups.  It is required to sign up for ladders via playtime and it is helpful if you sign up for drop ins.  Clinics can only be signed up for at the front desk.
  • All pickleball events will be done outdoors on the hard courts at ARC South. In the event of rain, all pickleball events will be canceled.  Cancellations will be posted in the notes on the listing in playtimescheduler.com.
  • Join us for the Tuesday night Social Ladder from 5:30pm-8pm.  Please use playtimescheduler.com to sign up prior to participating.
  • The Wednesday Social Ladder is now from 10am-12pm and limited to 2.0-3.0 players to be more beginner friendly.  Please check Playtime Scheduler to sign up prior to participating.
  • We now host a Thursday evening Ladies Ladder from 4:30pm-7pm!  Please use playtimescheduler.com to sign up prior to participating.
  • The Saturday Social Ladder now runs from 10:00am to 12:30pm.  Please use playtimescheduler.com to sign up prior to participating.
  • Our Sunday Social Ladder runs 12:30pm-3pm.  Please use playtimescheduler.com to sign up prior to participating.

For all other Pickleball questions, you can contact the Director of Pickleball
Michael Kinnear at mkinnear@ashevilleracquetclub.com

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