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BC PICKLEBALL GOES TO SNOWBIRD LAND

BC PICKLEBALL GOES TO SNOWBIRD LAND A SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTION TO PICKLEBALL FROM CANADIANS IN THE USA Recently, Rita and I took a holiday in the sun to celebrate her " celebration of life " after surviving a health issue for the past 18 months. Palm Springs as host of Lee Chadwick was the first stop for one week  where we found that by clicking on Palm Springs - pickleball on their website a whole list of places to play popped up even with an instructor -  listed for people to access. . Second we discovered Freedom Park , a lovely public facility in Palm Desert , next door to Ronald Reagan elementary school , which was in the process of being painted over with eight designated pickleball courts on two under-utilized  tennis courts ,-  .colours were beige on the outside and a strong blue on the courts themselves - see pix above. This park was to host the California seniors games in the [more]

BC Pickleball goes to Turkey

BC Pickleball goes to TurkeyBC Pickleball goes to Turkey A Beginning Rome was not built in a day, nor will Turkey have places - to  -play in their country overnight. However a start has occurred, thanks to the enthusiasm of one family, and support from BC Pickleball . As you know , Turkey has long been a favourite destination for Canadians for tours and to see the ancient and holy places of Christiandom as well as Muslim holy places. The first time I stepped foot into a mosque was in Turkey. One of the thrills of our tour was to go walking ( open air ) on the main street in Istanbul, ( the largest city in Europe) with thousands of young people walking together, 20 deep, for miles on a Saturday night. Amazing ! Well, back to Pickleball ! From the humble beginnings of two clay courts - on a unique surface called a "threshing area" [more]

Pickleball in Paradise – Maui 2015

Pickleball in Paradise – Maui 2015Pickleball in Paradise – Maui 2015 We are avid pickleball players from Winnipeg, Manitoba who recently returned from a wonderful vacation in Maui. Our holiday was made even better by the kindness of Chuck Lefaive of the B.C. Pickleball Association. He was able to connect us with Dave Wagner, a resident of the beautiful Wailea Point Condominiums in Waliea, who was our gracious host during a morning of pickleball on the most beautiful courts you will find anywhere. Wailea Point is located just south of the town of Kihei. To say that the courts of this condo complex are beautiful is an understatement. The courts are surrounded by swaying palm trees, hibiscus shrubs and colourful foliage. Tropical birds are singing in the background. We have never played in such peaceful and beautiful surroundings. Usually we are clearing leaves off the courts but at Wailea Point, you must first remove the Hibiscus flowers [more]

Brothers Pickleball

Brothers Pickleball PICKLE BALL-ONCE AN ATHLETE ALWAYS AN ATHLETE Pickle ball, a sport in which players use paddles to hit a whiffle ball (perforated polymer ball) over a low net, is the latest craze to be adopted by fit seniors. The sport, which was named, not after the inventor's dog Pickles, as is widely believed, but from the term "pickle boat", referring to the last boat to return with it's catch.After hearing about the sport from my brother, a retired criminal lawyer, who resides in B.C., I secretly formulated a plan to get him back for a deed he committed some 60 years ago. My father, a man's man, figured if his 2 sons were going to fight, they should learn to do it properly. Thus one evening he came home with 2 sets of professional boxing gloves for his young gladiators. The big moment came, my brother 2 years older with massive arms, [more]


 

BC PICKLEBALL PODS OF ACTIVITY IN THE PROVINCE

On our tenth anniversary it is a worthwhile time to  look at the  BIG PICTURE for pickleball  in our province of BC. Initially,  when I started www.PickleballCanada.org  there were three  Locations in the lower mainland , and about  about the same in the Okanagan, a little in Medicine hat , a little in Regina, a little in Winnipeg , a little in Toronto. That was it folks !

Fast  forward  to today,  and we have vibrant programs growing in almost every province and territory. It can be helpful to categorize them into areas or “ Pods” of activity where  growth in BC has been rapid and in some cases almost complete. In BC we have :

1) The Kootenay Pod which might comprise Trail, Creston, Castlegar, Cristina Lake, Grand Forks, Oliver, Rossland, Nelson, Osoyoos, Cranbrook, and Kimberley .

2)  The Okanagan Pod  with Kelowna, Penticton, Summerland, Peachland, Westbank, Vernon, Armstrong, Salmon Arm Sicamous, Revelstoke and Golden.

3)   The North Pod comprising Chetwynd, Fort St John, Dawson creek, Tumbler Ridge, Mackenzie, Moberly Lake, Hudson Hope,

4)   The Mile pod  with 100 mile house,  108 mile house, Clinton, Cache creek, Ashworth, Lytton, Lillooet, Logan Lake, Kamloops, Hope, Princeton,  Williams lake,  andMerritt.

5)   The  middle Pod with Vanderhoof, Burns Lake, Houston, Smithers, Terrace, Kitimat and Prince Rupert as well as Hazelton and Rio Tinto mines in the Yukon and Prince George.

6)   The North Shore pod – comprising Whistler, Horseshoe Bay, Pemberton, West Vancouver, North Vancouver, and Port Moody as well as Sechelt, Powell River , Gibsons Landing , Savary Island.

7)   The Vancouver Pod  – Coal Harbour, Sunset, Hillcrest, Trout Lake, Creekside Rec , Champlain Heights Rec, Kitsilano Rec, Kitsilano seniors, Arbutus club,  Burnaby has  Edmunds  Rec center,  and reservoir hill .

8 )  The Richmond, Surrey, New West Pod –  Richmond  – Richmond Olympic Oval,  Thompson rec center, West Richmond Rec center , Cambie Rd Rec center, Richmond Golf and country club,

Ladner – Mckee house Rec center,  community center and youth club, Tsawassen – South Delta Rec center ; North Delta –  Sungod Rec  center .  Surrey has –  Guilford Rec center, Chuck Bailey       Rec center, Newton Rec center,  Cloverdale Rec center, South Surrey Rec center ,  centennial park , White Rock, Tims in Langley, community center, Walnut Grove Rec center,  Douglas park,       Clayton park, Sullivan park,  Maple green park, South Surrey athletic park. New Westminister has Queensboro Rec center and  Edmunds Rec. as well as Poirier Rec center in Coquitlam.

9) The new pod includes, Pitt Meadows Rec , Maple Ridge Rec , Coquitlam Pinetree Rec center, and Hyde Creek Rec center as well as Mission Rec center and Harrisoin Hot springs as well as        Chilliwack , Abbotsford and Aldergrove Rec.

10)  The Main Island Pod has Victoria – Commonwealth Rec, Pearkes Rec etc, Duncan, Ladysmith, Port Alberni,Nanimo, Parksville, Comox, Courtney, Campbell River, Qualicum beach and          Cumberland.

In addition to these pods of places, there are 37 private and public high schools in Surrey alone that teach pickleball and many elementaries that we, with volunteers from different local  areas have taught this sport  . Pickleball is now a core sport in All Surrey High schools. Further, many churches have gyms that can accomodate our sport and support up to 200 players with a simple announcement in the church bulletin.  See article coming on” 5 churches “  to bring support to South Surrey Rec ‘s 26 courts indoor and outdoor.

Finally, each of these pods has the potential to do their own “ local , recreational tournaments with about 100 players over time. Sanctioning and ratings are not necessary and reflect the desires of our REC CENTERS  to provide recreation, exercise and social interaction for ALL . In order to be a “ game for All , it must be available to all eh !  A small number of provincial or  National tourneys can be done with PRE ranking and ratings done locally. We have seen many injuries occurring in these tourneys and  the original request of our players was to learn to play and have fun  “ WITHOUT HURTING THEMSELVES “  .  I hope this guideline above will help the many players who come from the southern climes and ask “ WHERE CAN I PLAY PB ? “

Yours in Sport and Health,

Chuck Lefaive

Founding Director

www.pickleballcanada.org ( ret )

Founding Director

BCpickleball assoc  ( active)

ph – 604-536-9602

MAPLE RIDGE COMES TO BC PICKLEBALL AT MAPLE GREEN PARK TO LEARN

MAPLE RIDGE COMES TO BC PICKLEBALL AT MAPLE GREEN PARK TO LEARN

THE GENTLE ART OF PICKLEBALL

On  April 21st 28 students, drivers, teacher and four dedicated volunteers came to help teach a cohort of grades 6 & 7”s from Maple Ridge Haney who drove from Alouette elementary- Woodhouse  near Haney just off of 216th ave to Maple Green park in Surrey.  The drive was about 40 minutes, arriving about 9:30 . Meanwhile, Bert C Coates, Doug Joyce, myself and Maxine Boroko were busy setting up  and marking with chalk ( by joining the premarked dots previously painted by parks and Rec )  four courts in the mid – tier with  portable sets from Bc pickleball . The lower tier had a dedicated PB court but no net which bc pickleball has kindly supplied for free –  to anyone who has access to a key to the lock box, ( I have copies ) .

The lock box was supplied by parks and Rec. on Condition that we keep it stocked with free paddles and balls  FOREVER .  A sign on the front FENCE  says “ THIS IS A TENNIS – PICKLEBALL FACILITY “

At 8:30 AM  a class from Surrey Christian HIGH school , located in the area was already playing lacrosse in the open area . They finished as we were to start our instruction – so in fact, on this day ,
some 75 people used the park to play, or recreate. Considering that the park does not even have a washroom, that is very good.We thank Brianna Kirkham for the port-o-potty for such a large group. By  9:45 we were ready to go and start the level 1 instruction and warmups. By noon , and lunch, some provided by bc pickleball , although most had a lunch packed, the students were ready for a mini – tournament. By 1:45 pm,  a gold, silver and Bronze medal winner had been declared amist much excitement from the kids. The sun shone on us all day , even though it rained in the evening.

This class is one that is unique in their school system and that the student direct a lot of the learning into areas not in the curriculum . Even though Surrey  high schools have pickleball on their   their core curriculum does not mean that all schools do. We hope that this was a good learning experience for these students and that they will carry it forward to the other classes at their school.

Pickleball is “ a game for all “  “ un jeux pour tous “  our Motto. It is also a sport that can be lifetime, with few injuries, and fun as well as social – all of these characteristics were demonstrated on  Tuesday by these very respectful young people. We , at bc pickleball are honoured to have been allowed to teach them.

We invite other elementaries and high schools to do the same and help us put this sport on all school curriculums.

Yours in Sport and health,

Chuck Lefaive

Founding Director

BC pickleball assoc

www.bcpickleball.com

ph – 604-536-9602
Photos to Come