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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 – SPRING OF 2015 newsletter

THE ONE PAGE (and a bit )  NEWSLETTER   – BC PICKLEBALL – SPRING OF 2015

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FLASH  – As the trees are in bloom on the West Coast of Canada we are reminded of how lucky we are to have had many days from October to now that we could have played outdoor pickleball. With that in mind , as well as the fact that seniors are creatures of habit, we will need the cooperation and planning skills of all to fill the new projected outdoor courts in the province. Surrey Parks and Rec have promised 16 courts – 8 dedicated and 8 dotted for tournament use for South Surrey Athletic Park and four dedicated for White Rock Centennial park. Thanks to all for participating in the 128 person petition and proposal to these city parks and rec. More are to come, joining a provincial effort to increase usage of these outdoor facilities.

Also  in this edition is a report from Marcel Lemieux regards his winter sojourn in Naples Florida , where the Francophone contingent there organized a 120 person pickleball play and learn social gathering on 16 courts that they rented and the day ended with a BBQ social outdoor. Of  course they have been invited back to do the same next winter. This speaks to the fact that many  Canadians are running successful programs in the USA and have for many years. They deserve our thanks for sending us so many “ ready – to – go players. The USA is  celebrating their 50th year of  pickleball this year  and BC 10 years. Considering that when I started Pickleball Canada there were only three programs in BC (now 220 + ) we should be proud of our accomplishments.

Last week I was informed that all Surrey High schools now have pickleball on their core curriculum which means that 37 high schools teach it and students play it daily. This will be the single biggest boost to memberships and players the future of our sport could hope for. Our Thanks go to Glen Young , over-seerer of the sports programs for the board and great advocate of pickleball.

He and his teacher group were the first to play Pickleball in the Richmond Olympic Oval which now routinely hosts elementary and high schools for their toournaments. We are in his debt.

Good luck with your respective summer programs , playtimes at your Rec centers, and tournaments both indoor and outdoor. We are attempting to put together the first outdoor social for Maple Green Park – 150th St. and 88th Ave. Surrey for April 11 9-3 pm – some refreshments to be served. 15.00 entry fee, no partners needed – all players, all ages – all paddles welcome.
Call – 604-536-9602 if interested, Should it rain we will do it the 12th.  A turkish social and  Smorgasborg is available  on the 11th evening.

Have a happy Spring !

Chuck Lefaive

 

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FOOTNOTE : LAST WEEK I WAS APPROACHED BY TWO PEOPLE WHO WERE TOLD THEIR APIKE PADDLES  WERE ILLEGAL . NOT TRUE.  ALL PADDLES ARE WELCOME IN ALL USE AND TOURNEYS SPONSORED BY BC AND THE CANADIAN FEDERATION SANCTIONED TOURNEYS – ONLY THE IFP / USA SANCTIONED TOURNEYS HAVE RESTRICTIONS. SO GO TO CANADIAN TOURNAMENTS . ALL SURREY REC CENTERS HAVE A POLICY THAT, BECAUSE THERE HAVE NEVER BEEN ANY INCIDENT IN ANY REC CENTER ATTRIBUTABLE TO ANY PADDLE, WE CANNOT RESTRICT USE OF ANY PADDLE IN ANY ACTIVITY IN ANY REC CENTER.

QUOTE FROM DENIS DACEY – RULES CHAIR – USAPA  MAR 13-2015 IN ANSWER TO PICKLEBALL QUEBEC INQUIRY ON THIS TOPIC.

“ Actually any paddle can be used for general play. The apike paddle is just not allowed to be used for play in usapa sanctioned tournaments . The reason is it does not pass the deflection tests that are part of the International Federation of Pickleball rules.“

IFP rules are owned by Bill Booth former president of the USAPA and the deflection test has been shown as being meaningless in actual play. Americans only produce hard paddles ( and noisy ).