November 2, 2023

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 Herts Inter Club League

Many of you will be aware the first Herts Inter Club League was held last year.  It was a trial league and some lessons have been learned but overall it was very successful. The matches are very sociable and players enjoyed competing against other clubs. 

The second Herts Inter Club League will be starting in mid March. BaD had lots of interest  from members wanting to be part of the team last year and I hope there will be lots of interest again ! 

If we get enough interest we would be able to enter 2 teams, West Herts Wizards had 2 teams in the league last year.  The teams would be distinct and once a member has played for one team they could not play for the other.  We therefore need a large pool of players to enable us to enter 2 teams (and maybe 2 captains) The number of matches you may be asked to play will be around 4 matches over the 4/5 month period. 

Please let Christine know as soon as possible if you would like to take part in the second Herts leaegue. If you were part of the team last year please also let her know if you would like to be in the team again.

Three Counties Doubles League

As some of you may be aware Trudie & Rex Ellis are organising a 3 Counties Doubles League across locations in Herts, Beds and Bucks across 2024.
Each league date will be restricted to 24 players entering as individuals who will be organised into 4 courts of 6 players playing with each other and against each other.
The Herts venue will be Batchwood Golf & Leisure Centre in St Albans with the following dates:
11th Feb, 14th July, 4th August, 8th Sept, and 13th Oct.
The Beds venue is in Luton (1 date) and Bucks at Wendover, Aylesbury (4 dates)
Cost is £20pp for each session.
Full details on this new League are available on the Pickleball England website at: 3 Counties Pickleball League – pickleballEngland

Club drill sessions announced

The recent BaD AGM agreed for the committee to investigate the possibility to have a drills session  possibly on alternative Fridays from midday until 1pm prior to the regular pickleball session.  Mike Varney has kindly agreed to lead the sessions. Dates for new sessions to be updated soon.

The drills session is for players who want to improve their game and possibly want to participate in tournaments etc.  There will not be any social games at the drills session.

We need multiples of 4 players and have provisionally booked 3 courts to accommodate 12 players for each session.  There may be less players interested, in which case we will reduce the number of courts.  However, there may be more players interested and it will be first come first served for the session.  We intend to set up a WhatsApp group so we can check/confirm who is attending at the next session and include others on the list of interested players if appropriate.  Someone from the BaD committee will be administering the session.  We will be charging £4 for the drills session on Sumup.

If you are interested in participating in the drills session please let Christine cc to Neil know at the earliest opportunity  and 

Club playing guidelines

As the sessions are becoming busier, the committee would like to remind members of the guidelines and introduce them to our newer members.
There are a few changes so please spend some time to read them. In particular, note that the composition of play can be different during the second hour of a session. Whilst play should be inclusive with variety for the first hour of a session, in the second hour players can choose to have games wholly with players of similar abilities. 
Please always be considerate and respectful.
The guidelines include pickleball England and USAPA codes of conduct on pages 2 and 3. Not all of the points are directly applicable to our club, but the general principles are the same and are worth a read.
Above all. Enjoy. Have fun.

Click here for updated guidelines

New Saturday sessions

BaD will soon be starting a regular session at Wodson Park on Saturdays. Initially this will be once every four weeks 1pm to 3pm. All members (and members of HTC) are invited to attend.

There will be graded play on 3 or 4 courts, depending on numbers interested. The grading will be determined by people’s performance at these sessions (after an initial ranking) and it is hoped that players will be able to participate on a regular basis. The charge will be £5.

The other 2 or 3 courts will be used for beginners, coaching and play for members who are unable to attend week-day sessions. The exact use will depend on requests from members or prospective members. The charge will also be £5 for the two hours.

The first two sessions will be on January 13 and February 10.

Please let Pam know if you would like to attend and, if so, for graded play or otherwise.
If these sessions are popular there will need to be a team of six people to manage the sessions, two at a time in rotation. Therefore, each manager will be in attendance once every 12 weeks or so.