New Member Welcome

Welcome to the Bend Pickleball Club!  We’re glad you’re here and we hope we can help you achieve your pickleball goals.

Some of the common questions we are asked by new members are: “Now what do I do? How do I use the courts? What’s happening?” Some of those questions, of course, will be answered more completely along the way as you gain more experience with your club. But the following may help you take your first steps!

If you haven’t already checked out the website, take a look around.  You’ll find the latest club news, area tournament information, and what’s going on with the courts at Pine Nursery Park. We offer organized play opportunities, clinics, and a assisted play program to help you develop your pickleball skills. See the links below for more on some of these programs. Our website is intended to be useful to you; use it often!

SIGNING UP FOR ACTIVITIES:

Most club activity sign ups are managed through Sign Up Genius.  Sign Up Genius is separate from the Bend Pickleball Club member database. You must create an account with Sign Up Genius using the same email you registered with the Bend Pickleball Club.  After you join the club, the Administrator will add your email to the Sign Up Genius group which will allow you to sign up for any Member Only events. Please note that it may take up to 48 hours for the Administrator to add you to the member group.

Here is a link to our Sign Up Genius pages: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/508094ea8ab2aa75-20147

There are also links to the Sign Up Genius pages in several places on the BPC website.

All of our sign ups are grouped together under Tabs.  To access the sign up you are interested in, click on the tab.  Please read all of the instructions on the page before you use the Sign Up.  Changes to sign ups and other special information will usually be posted at the top of the page.  You should check this page frequently to make sure you are up to date with the latest information.

NEW PLAYERS:

We highly recommend that anyone who has just joined the club from beginner training take a 2.0-level assisted play session. You can sign up for an assisted play session under the Drills & Training tab of the Sign Up Genius pages if you are ready to sign up.

ORGANIZED PLAY OPPORTUNITIES

From May to October we offer organized play sessions called ROUND ROBINS and COEDMXR (See definitions of these events below). These are structured by skill-level (starting at the 2.5 level) and are typically held Monday through Friday at Pine Nursery Park.  You will be able to sign up to play in sessions for the skill level you selected when you joined.  For information on what skill-level you should be playing at, go HERE for a definition of the skills that you should demonstrate to play at certain levels. (Hint: players just through beginners’ training will typically “graduate” at a 2.0-level. If you participate in the Saturday morning assisted play session, one of the mentors/assistants will let you know when you’re ready to move up to the 2.5 skill level.)

You may be able to move to a higher Skill Level in several ways:

  • If you are notified by the USAPA that your rating has been changed. This type of rating change usually occurs as the result of medals won during tournament play.
  • If you score 92% or higher over 25 games in Round Robin play, you may request to have your rating changed.
  • You may attend a rating session during which your play will be evaluated.  Sign up for rating sessions on under the tab for your CURRENT RATING on the Sign Up Genius pages.
  • For complete information on BPC rating procedures, go HERE.

Round Robin Play:  Players are grouped according to skill level.  A Captain establishes the play rotation. Each player will play 6 matches, each match with a different partner.  Match scores are kept and recorded to establish a player’s scoring percentage.  Show up for play and register at least 10 minutes before the scheduled session starts so the Captain can get the rotation set and play will start on time. Registration is usually held at the picnic tables on the south side of the courts, west of the storage shed.

Coed MXR Play:  Players are grouped in mixed sex and skill level groups.  A Captain establishes the play rotation. Each player will play 6 matches, each match with a different partner.  Match scores are not maintained.  Show up for play and register at least 10 minutes before the scheduled session starts so the Captain can get the rotation set and play will start on time. Registration is usually held at the picnic tables on the south side of the courts, west of the storage shed.

CHALLENGE COURT PLAY is a form of morning organized play that does not require sign-up. To better understand Challenge Court Play, go HERE.

Other Skill Development opportunities:

Drills & Training:  Several days a week, one or more courts are set aside for players to practice drills.  These sessions are not led by a trainer.  Players should know what drills they wish to work on and have a partner or partners present to work with them.

Simon:  Simon is a ball machine that can be set up to allow a player to practice different aspects of the game.  A session leader is on hand to show players how to set up and utilize the machine.  Up to 3 Players may sign up for a 30 minute session on dates the machine is available.  There are videos of Simon in action under the Clinics tab on the BPC website.

Other group training sessions and clinics featuring “Pros” from various places in the U.S. are offered from time-to-time, typically May to October. You will get regular emails from the BPC President or others when they are available. You are now on our email list for these and for other news. But you can check HERE for any current clinics that may have been set before you joined.

From late October through April, we offer organized indoor play opportunities Monday through Saturday. Indoor play is also organized by skill level.  These sessions are offered at the Boys & Girls Club in Bend.  For more information and a link to the sign up page, click HERE and scroll down to the Boys & Girls Club listing.

Lastly, you may have already decided you want to be a volunteer with the club. We always need volunteers for our many club activities. If so, contact our Volunteer Coordinator!

The above should get you started in using your new membership. We hope you will take advantage of all of the opportunities the club has to offer.  We also welcome your COMMENTS AND SUGGESTIONS as to how we can make your member experience more valuable.

Thanks for joining us and we look forward to seeing you on the courts!