Written by: Doc Savarese Cartoon by: Peter Copen
We are all social beings. Relationships help us achieve the basic need of belongingness. Research has shown the importance of friendship as a means to alleviate stress by promoting a strong sense of belongingness which is often associated with happiness and relaxation. The decision to reside in Oakmont presents an opportunity to incorporate a life style of strong social networking. There is evidence that strong social relations increase our survival rate with enhanced physical and emotional health. While there are a myriad of clubs and activities in Oakmont, I can’t think of a better way to draw people together than pickleball. Pickleball brings us together because of the factors of proximity, similarity and complementarity. Strong friendships are formed with people who mirror our lives with coming together with shared interests and interdependent (complementary) attributes. Subsequently these factors develop the support, encouragement and mutual benefits essential for the development of true friendships.
The primary purpose of the pickleball community in Oakmont is to have fun. Everyone with various skill sets are welcome with plenty of opportunity to access court time. While some subgroups, pairing players with similar skill sets has evolved, the “esprit de corps” attitude prevails. Most players exhibit the common spirit of the group by inspiring others to live up to their best potential along with positivity, where smiling, complementing, and caring are common place. Through this medium, true friendships have evolved characterized by honest and open interactions. These new friendships can survive the test of time equal to well established friendships. How lucky are we having found the spirit of pickleball!
July OPC Meeting
The July OPC meeting was held in the newly remodeled East Rec Center with approximately 60 members in attendance (see attached picture). Our astute president, Fred Merrill, was thorough in conducting the meeting in less than an hour. Included were presentations on the new awning where half was paid by donations from OPC members. Iris Harrell was acknowledged for all of her efforts in completing the East Rec project.
A discussion ensued on new player orientation with the majority of members stating that there should be more opportunities for players who finish the orientation and are ready for the next step, but do not feel confident to engage higher skilled competitive players. It was decided to pilot a “soft play” option on Tuesdays from 9-11 am which includes the availability of mentors. The meeting concluded with members relaxing under the awning with snacks donated by the Social Committee.
Note: OPC Dinner Party, August 29th, 5:00 pm, ERC, $35.00 per member, $40.00 non-member, limited seating. Place completed registration form and money in the OPC folder in the OVA office.
WHERE: East Rec. Center lower courts, Courts #1 and #4.
WHEN: New players (strictly beginners) Introduction to Pickleball and Coached Play (for beginners & novices), Tuesday from 9:00 – 11 a.m. The first hour is for newbies and the second hour is for coached play.
ATTIRE: Court shoes with non-marking soles.
EQUIPMENT: Balls are provided. Loaner paddles are available for introduction and coached play. These balls and paddles are for use only on the Oakmont Pickleball Courts. WEBSITE: https://oakmontpickleball.shutterfly.com
NEW PLAYER CONTACT: Pauly Uhr, email@example.com, 707-984-4186, and/or Nancy Lande, Nancy_lande@comcast.net, 707-978-299