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Breakers League surpasses 10,000 games of league pool


David “the Godfather” Mork, Chairman, IronOaks Breakers Pool League The IronOaks Breakers Pool League was


formally launched in July 2012, when the members voted for adoption of the by-laws. At that time there were less than 20 voting members. The league was about to play the fi rst championship in 8-ball and 9-ball in November 2012. The league was fi rst started in November 2011, with two guys who liked to play pool, Willie “the Wizard” Foster and myself, “the Godfather”; we wanted to have a group of fellow IronOaks members who were interested in playing competitive pool against other players of a similar skill level. Thanks to the Splash for being so kind in publishing the articles! We also attended the activity fairs, used pamphlets and fl yers, and generally talked the league up at every chance we could. In our fi rst year we continued to grow. It was during that time that the HOA was looking to expand into other spaces that were underused. Due to the growth of the league members and the days that the pool room was in use, the HOA revised their plans and the pool room stayed as it was, as a pool hall. The second year of the league will be


ending this October; we will play our second championships in 8-ball and 9-ball in seeded, bracketed,


single elimination


tournaments in both types of pool. Last year’s champions were Bill Lange, 8-ball and Willie “the Wizard” Foster, 9-ball. With over 50 percent growth of members this year, the two defending champions will have some great matches to play.


One of our league members has an 80 percent winning percentage in 8-ball, so the defending champion will be tested. Mark your calendars for November 7-9, for the championship tournament; come watch some great pool played by fellow homeowners! To compute the win loss percentage


cited above, the league counts the wins and losses for each member for each of the six seasons during the league year. Through the end of the fi fth season in August 2013, there were 6,025 games of 8-ball and 3,788 games of 9-ball, for a league total of 9,813 games. With the start of the sixth season, in September we have reached the 10,000 game mark. Recently the members of the league


board reviewed the game table usage of the four pool tables in the IronOaks Clubhouse pool hall. Using the Tuesday and Thursday organized play, (13,000+ games)


the


Women’s pool games played on Tuesday’s (6,000+ games) practice pool games played by the league members (5,000+) and the league play (11,000 games), the total games played from November 2012, to October 2013, are in excess of 35,000 games of pool on the four tables, or equating to over 8,750 games per table; the total does not include homeowners playing casual games of pool as there is no method to tally those games played. The pool hall is well used by the residents of our HOA and I know that all the pool players are thankful for a smoke- free environment to play a friendly game of pool. As Paul Harvey used to say. “Now you know the rest of the story!” 


Pickleball and tennis...a winning combination


Gary Williams You might wonder why pickleball is


the fastest growing sport in the country, especially in active adult communities. It is easy to learn, especially for tennis players; a very socially oriented, heart rate raising sport that requires good balance, hand eye coordination and concentration, with constant action and fun. Many of the best players are also tennis players. IronOaks has many tennis players with winning records like Darlene Williams, Karen Eastman, Janet Myrick, Michelle Mather, Bev Kruger, Linda Snider, Polly Giessing, Lil Harris, Bev Schalin, Marita Reed, Patti McElleny, Earl Schalin, Greg Mathers, Dave Zapatka and Pete Macksam, to name but a few players that have competed at high levels in tennis and now also play pickleball. Bev Schalin and her partner were ranked as high as number six in the country. Bev’s husband Earl was four


ranked as high as number in the country with his


doubles partner at one time. Darlene Williams along with her partner were ranked as high as number two in the country. Darlene was stricken with


peripheral


neuropathy and was no longer able to play tennis without debilitating pain. One day, some of the tennis club members were giving pickleball lessons and Darlene Williams and Bev Schalin were surprised at how much fun pickleball was. Darlene was able to play on the smaller court and with her partner Bob Heath was able to win the IronOaks club tournament. She re-discovered the fun and laughter on the court she thought was gone forever. Janet Myrick was diagnosed with fi bromyalgia and had to give up tennis. She tried pickleball and even after a knee replacement came in second in the IronOaks Pickleball Club tournament with her partner Dave Novacoff. Many of the people that have found pickleball have similar stories. Earl Schalin at over 80


years old was able to win the gold medal with his partner at the National Pickleball Tournament last year. The game of pickleball allows people to


continue to stay active in what the United States Tennis Association (USTA) considers “adaptive tennis” according to Ashley Redman, the southwest regional director of the USTA. Yes, the USTA considers pickleball to


be adaptive tennis. The USTA believes that everyone should be able to fi nd the joy of playing tennis. They believe the court size, net height, type of ball and racquet or paddle doesn’t matter. They believe it’s important that no matter if you’re in a wheelchair, fi ve or 95, you should be able to play and enjoy yourself. It’s very hard to tell a handicapped person or an age challenged person they can’t participate if they can’t play on a full sized court and the USTA


isn’t going to tell anyone they can’t play. They had commercials on TV during


the U.S. Open showing kids playing on makeshift courts. If you can play pickleball


both and tennis, as many of our members do, so much the


better. Many claim playing both has improved their play in both games. Having tennis and pickleball


clubs allows more people to stay


active and enjoy life. We already have many pickleball players that have won medals in pickleball tournaments against clubs that have been around for 20 years or more. When our players win at these tournaments people invariably ask, “Where are you guys from?” More and more they are hearing, “We’re from Sun Lakes!” So the question is do we want to play


tennis or pickleball? Or is the question why don’t we play both? More people playing equals more fun for more people. Tennis and pickleball is a winning combination. 


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