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Pickleball Program in Mission BC

Pickleball Program in Mission BC Have you tried Pickleball yet? Get active, and join us for an introduction to this exciting and popular sport. This easy-to-learn game is played on a badmin- ton court with a lowered net, a whiffle ball and large hand-held paddles. It is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players. - Follow Us Online! - Mission.ca/Leisure 604.820.5350 - Parks Recreation & [more]

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Pickleball at Golden Village Palms in Hemet

Pickleball at Golden Village Palms in HemetIn Hemet and was amazed at their fantastic pickleball facility.  It is new, so not a converted tennis court. The layout was such that they had four courts, with a fully enclosed outer fencing, each court with a gate.  Between each court was an approx. 6' high fence, with an opening to walk between courts.  On each interior fence separating courts was a tube for ball storage (can be seen in one photo).  Behind the back fencing were several benches for waiting to play.  Each bench was shaded by these beautiful artistic-looking sunshades.  The courts were painted blue with green out-of-bounds colouring which made it so easy to see the in-bound court area. Was 99 degrees the other day, about 25 degrees above normal. Most of last week mid 90's so played a lot of pb at night. See you in 3 weeks. Cheers, Doug [more]

Teaching and Travelling with BC Pickleball

Teaching and Travelling with BC PickleballPart  of the fun of getting involved with the executive and our teaching program is that you get the inside track on requests from School boards, teachers, schools , senior centers, Rec centers etc for teaching opportunities. Our greatest strength are the many seniors from the lower mainland who have come and helped over the years to train our     youth. A  sport without youth will not grow. Two opportunities presented themselves in the past week. One was a travel club visit to the new Hillcrest Rec center in Vancouver across from Nat Bailey stadium and next to Queen Elizabeth park. Valentina Paasonen was teaching her first class of the fall session , and the South surrey travel club filled the courts to make an impressive beginning to the Hillcrest season. This is a magnificent  Olympic legacy building. The second opportunity was an instructors course offered to Players from Chilliwack, Kamloops, Vancouver , California [more]

Taking Lessons from South Surrey Rec center - a Seven year continuous experience

Taking Lessons from South Surrey Rec center - a Seven year continuous experienceArticle by Claire and Doug Joyce: 8 beginners in pickleball took level 1 lessons from Dennis every Friday Sept 21 to Oct 19. All of us wanted these lessons because we didn't expect seasoned players to be patient with us, teach us how to play, and learn the rules of etiquette on the courts. During the first session we were simply out of control when trying to walk while hitting the ball forehand and backhand from one side of the gym to the other. Our serves were just as humbling when we would try to simply hit it in one court instead of consistently hitting it anywhere in the gym. We cheered each other on and attempted to serve and play our first game. Dennis gave the group clear direction and challenges. We had ample time to practise his instructions while he would go around the gym giving independent feedback. His sense [more]

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A three court tournament in South Surrey

    A three court tournament in South Surrey

Peace Portal Alliance Annual Tournament

November 7, 2014

Many people have indicated they cannot do much with one, two, or three courts. At South Surrey we have the potential to have four Church led groups with up to 4000 families in one program. The Peace Portal Alliance Church has a large congregation and three courts in a nice gym with short ends and generous sides.

They have offered a Friday only program , stratified with beginners in the morning, teaching mid-day or early afternoon and accomplished players in the Friday evening. After Four years they now have over 100 players , some of whom play on other days of the week in our South Surrey Rec center, the largest program in Canada. On Fridays, combining South Surrey and Peace Portal Alliance we would approach 200 players . This augurs well for our planned campaign to bring 26 courts to South Surrey – 10 indoor and 16-18 outdoor.

This would put South Surrey into the position of an A park for Pickleball, appropriate as they have no tennis indoor program here but do have eight courts for tennis two blocks away. The South Surrey park outdoor courts have been substandard for years in terms of finish and design . The pickleball people would bring usage for the 10 months of the year that tennis is not seen here. If the weather is not raining , we would be playing.

Finally, this  50 person tournament at Peace Portal is restricted to those who had payed their club fee  and have a 3.5 rating by USA standards., so , although it is free to play there, there are restrictions ( IFP is OK ) and religious (not OK) to compete there.  One player at our center today indicated he was not allowed, although a member of the church as he is not a 3.5 player in their opinion.  He is an octogenarian.  In Canada, we can be more welcoming eh.

In contrast, the USA Nationals in Buckeye AZ this week will have some 800 players on eight courts for a whole week instead of one day.  Many Canadian 5.0 players will be there like Luba Jehovic and Dave Touchet from South Surrey.  The American system runs on competitive play , whereas the Canadian System operates on a recreational model primarily.

Let’s hope more of our programs will follow the lead of Peace Portal Alliance,  Sechelt,
and Dufferin Park at the Truck Crossing Border to do a tournament as well.

Yours in Sport and health,


Dufferin Park Grand Opening with Pickleball Demonstration

Dufferin Park Grand Opening

October 18, 2014

Bring the family and celebrate the grand opening of Dufferin Park with us!

We’ll have refreshments and great activities like

  • Face painting
  • Children’s activities
  • a bouncy castle
  • Pickleball demonstrations
  • Music
  • Entertainment


Location: 17355 2 Avenue

Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM


Category: Community Kids and Family Parks and Environment

Town Centre: South Surrey

– See more at: http://www.surrey.ca/culture-recreation/15950.aspx#sthash.2QVpGPzu.dpuf

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BCpickleball visits outdoor facility at South Surrey Rec Center

” BCpickleball visits outdoor facility at South Surrey Rec Center freshly marked by parks and Recreation – Surrey.

There are two double marked courts and two tennis courts with Pickleball dotting. The potential for people with vision, is at least 16 courts outdoor to complement the 10 indoor courts . Also, two courts could be blended into the basketball court on the South side of the Recreation center. With 28 courts for Pickleball, this would be the largest facility In Canada, in keeping with the status of other sports like hockey, softball city for baseball and the multi-millions spent on Soccer over the past several years for artificial turf.

With the proliferation of outdoor Pickleball courts all over the province , Surrey needs to keep up with Powell River ( two dedicated courts ) Vernon ( three dedicated courts)  Trail ( four dedicated courts ) Fuller lake on Vancouver Island ( four dedicated courts ) North Vancouver ( three dedicated courts ) Langley ( four dedicated courts )Richmond ( one dedicated court )

Since; one tennis court will produce at least four generous Pickleball courts, 16 and up to 32 can play instead of 2. Simple math dictates that Pickleball is the more desirable sport for larger number of people to use these expensive facilities. I noticed today at south surrey several tennis courts with  2 people playing and others ( for the whole mid – day taken up with pros teaching the sport for pay ? ) This is not in keeping with recreational play in a public facility.

Finally, a few years ago when we started to grow Pickleball in the lower mainland and Okanagan as well as Vancouver Island, the greater need was indoor infrastructure. Now that is largely in place and what is needed as we are seeing much nicer weather on the West Coast is DEDICATED courts for the outdoor where people can play and not have to spend half their time chasing balls . Several examples of how to do it are on the website www.bcpickleball.com . In the meantime we shall have to be satisfied with dotting little used tennis courts to not offend the tennis fraternity while using these large courts. Even Tennis BC and Tennis USA is recognizing the need for smaller courts for All, esp. kids. We have had just that for 50 years in Vancouver and area.

As with all sports there is a need to think out of the box and recognize the need to accommodate the fastest growing sport in North America – chosen by ACE – the American Council on exercise – as sport of choice two years ago, because people could play a few games and be back to work by 1:00 pm and get calorie burn.

Some tips :

1- use a ball hopper if you are playing on a double marked court and perhaps a Chute with balls in it like baseball uses for the umpires. The hopper needs to have the two middle bottom links widened slightly and then the balls will pop right into the chute , so you need not bend down to pick up all the balls – just PRESS DOWN !
2-request from parks and Rec that they put in a practice board ( easy and Cheap ) so people can practice shots and timing.
3- Request from parks and Rec a lock box , like those used in baseball to hold the paddles and balls and portable sets, chutes, and hoppers. The keys can be held by the Rec centers, adjacent, local player head, and they just sign out the court and go and play.

This summer has been one of the nicest in history. Should this trend continue, I foresee more games, more tournaments, like Maple Green at Easter – time in Surrey and a bigger E mail list ( the key to outdoor play ) in the future. One person or more in each center should be designated to be the ” outdoor designated person ” and maintain and add to the list.

Best Wishes lots of outdoor fresh air Pickleball

Yours in Sport and Health,

Chuck Lefaive