Your Weekly Los Angeles Clubs Update: May 29, 2023

Dear Member,

Happy Memorial Day to all!

Wishing you a beautiful and memorable Memorial Day! And a heartfelt thank you to all of our Members that have served.

This week, I decided to partner up with my pal, TK, our Head of Athletics, and talk about the sport of the summer, Pickleball! If you haven’t joined in the fun yet, now is the time.

A Little History – Flashback to 1965, when a group of friends in Washington State returned home from a round of golf to, you guessed it, their children bored at home. Lucky for us, those bored kids helped spark the creation of Pickleball–first through a combination of misfit equipment (a lowered badminton net, a perforated plastic ball, table tennis paddles) and a driveway. By the early 1970’s, pickleball was becoming a fully formed sport, with a corporation created to protect its integrity. Soon to follow would be organized tournaments, and with competitive play came the first official rulebook in 1984, created by the US Amateur Pickleball Association. In 2005, the USA Pickleball Association was established, and the rest is history. You’ll hear various opinions on whether the sport was named after the creator’s dog, Pickles, or the dog after the sport, but however it came to be, we’re thankful to have it as part of our racquet sports culture.

Is Pickleball for Me? – The best part, no previous racquet sports experience is needed, just a willingness to have fun! If you’ve ever played ping pong, you’ll find pickleball to have a very similar feel, using a paddle that’s slightly larger than ping pong but far smaller than tennis. This smaller paddle makes it easier to control, which leads to consistent contact with the ball much more quickly as you learn. Rallying (successfully hitting the ball back and forth over the net) comes naturally, and within minutes, you’re chasing the ball around the court, having a blast!

What do I need to play? – You don’t need much. Wear comfortable clothing and non-marking athletic shoes. We have all the rest of the gear you’ll need at the Club. If you would like your own paddles, check out this month’s Perk with Recess. Style, quality, and member savings! LINK to PERK.

Courts Galore – Did you know we have over 100 courts across the Clubs, and growing!? We are working hard to keep up with the growing demand.


A Little T.L.C.

Are pickles good for you? You know I had to tie them into the subject somehow. Pickles are actually great for you! They’re great sources of both vitamin K and vitamin A, two essential antioxidants that are found in many fruits and veggies. These natural antioxidants fight free radicals, which are chemicals in the body that can cause cancer and heart disease. Now, not all pickles are fermented, but the fermented kind have the most health benefits. Fermentation creates good bacteria (you may have heard of probiotics) that support a healthy digestive system and boosts the immune system. Look for fermented pickles in the refrigerator section of the store. Another hint, look for “live cultures” on the label. Now, go grab a spear (and a paddle)!


Ponder This

“Happiness is the absence of the striving for happiness”.
~ Chuang-Tzu


In health,

Tracy Cioffi
Chief Marketing Officer
The Bay Club Company

In health,

Todd Kramer
Executive Vice President Sport
The Bay Club Company


Bird’s Eye View

Bay Club El Segundo:

Summer Basketball Clinics
Session 1 | June 19-22 | 12:30 pm-2:30 pm
Session 2 | June 26-29 | 12:30 pm-2:30 pm
Get your high schooler (ages 12-17) ready for the Freshman, JV, and Varsity team in this fun clinic. Improves strength, conditioning, and team play skills! Enroll on Connect. Questions? Email

Clubhouse Hip Hop
Tuesdays 4:00 pm-6:00 pm (ages 3-5); 5:00 pm-7:00 pm (ages 6-9)
Drop your kid off at the Clubhouse for a 45- minute Hip Hop session hosted by Miss Dani. After class, she’ll return your kids childcare to play! 2 hours of childcare. $140 for 6 sessions.

Kid’s Night Out in the Clubhouse
Every Friday | 5:00 pm-7:00 pm
This themed drop-off event includes games, creative activities, bounce house play, and a pizza dinner! Enroll on Connect. Email if you have any questions.

Small Group Training
Classes are taught by Personal Trainers on Strength and Conditioning, Boxing, TRX, and Core. $20 per drop-in class or unlimited classes for $80 per month. Email for more info.Small Group Training

Bay Club Redondo Beach:

Summer Parties at Bay Club Redondo Beach
Saturday, June 3 | 4:00 pm-7:00 pm
Some of the best things about summer at the Bay Club are our Summer Member Parties! Beautiful weather, fun activities, and some pretty awesome people. Come and enjoy refreshments, activities, music, and more. Also, guests are welcome! RSVP here.

Shape up at Redondo Beach
Tuesdays & Thursdays | 9:00 am
Join Shae in the Performance Studio for this 4-week, ongoing program for women. Focuses on mobility, activation, full body strength, and core. 8 Classes: $320, 4 Classes: $200, Drop-In: $60. Sign up on Connect or email

TRX Suspension Trainer at Redondo Beach
Tuesdays | 9:00 am
Join Paula for this 6-week program where you will be pushed and challenged with the TRX suspension trainer. All you need is your body weight and gravity as resistance to build strength, balance, coordination, flexibility, core and joint stability! $250 for the 6-week program.


In health,

Annie Batista
Senior Vice President of Membership
Southern California