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Seniors Week 2015! June 1 – 7th! Richmond Oval

Seniors Week 2015!  June 1 – 7th!  Richmond OvalSeniors Week 2015!  June 1 – 7th!   Free Oval Admission for Seniors all week!  Plus a free Oval day pass will be given to every senior that comes in during the week to come back another time. June 1, Monday: Pickleball  2-3:30pm June 2, Tuesday: Facility Tour** 2-3pm June 3, Wednesday: Badminton 2-3:30pm June 4, Thursday: Skating*** 2-3:30pm. June 5, Friday: Facility Tour** 11-12pm http://www.richmond.ca/parksrec/seniors/programsevents.htm. Vivien Chiu Member Care Consultant Membership | Fitness | Sports Community | High Performance Richmond Olympic Oval 6111 River Road Richmond BC V7C 0A2 richmondoval.ca E| mailto:dtolentino@richmondoval.ca P| [more]

Pickleball Demo and Workshop, Douglas Park Tennis Courts, Langley

Pickleball Demo and Workshop, Douglas Park Tennis Courts, LangleySunday June 7th 2015   10:00AM - 3:00PM A lively Racquet Game for all ages and abilities. Bring your family, bring your friends -all ages [more]

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]


 

Summer 2015 Newsletter

THE SUMMER HEAT WAVE HAS ARRIVED IN BC  – TIME TO CHECK OUT THE OUTDOORS

Hello fellow picklers, and friends of BC pickleball,

As summer is upon us early this year, we have lots of news of new, impending new and existing courts for you to try on the Nice Days in the province. So , let’s get started !

In the beginning there were few players, and few venues indoor . At that time, I was asked “ how many courts would you like us to mark up for pickleball ? “ Not knowing how many would play outdoor , as the numbers grew indoor, I said to parks and Rec “ one court on one tennis court should do the trick ! “ Well , now we know and have seen in videos from our American counterparts that one little court on one big court is not ideal. So, now we have a movement and traction afoot to put more courts on these disused tennis court and make it easier for the picklers to play the game .   Four courts on one tennis court with colour markings different for each sport is better and now being done.  This allows for 16 playing on four tennis courts and 16 waiting ( 32) instead of 8. As a business person , this is a no – brainer for parks and rec as it makes the facililty usable by both sports when not used by one or the other. These then become dedicated but shared courts for tennis and pickleball – usable by tennis when not used by pickleball and Vice Versa.

There should be signage on the fence indicating rules of engagement and that these courts are dedicated to two sports. Any Elementary school in Canada has multiple sports on one badminton court. why not us ?  When wind plays a factor, we can use the Dura outdoor ball, and when wind is negligible, use the jugs balls ( green or white – white gets dirty quickly ) . To mitigate the distance  and running you have to do, get a lock box and put the four portable sets, a hopper for the balls, a Chute for more balls, and put them as well as free paddles and balls ( donated by members and BC
www.pickleball.com)  in the box with a combination lock to be shared with your members. Further, if parks and Rec will go for it, request a wind block sheet on the two sides that are not affected by  stands and people viewing the games being played. A Practice Board like the one at Centennial park in White Rock is a good idea.  Successful programs have been put into place with parks and Rec by getting signatures on a petition and submit it with your proposal for whichever courts you wish to access,

Successful outdoor  programs have ocurred  this year , using this format ,  in Tsawassen, Creston, Kelowna, Nanaimo, Maple Ridge, Haney , Vancouver, White Rock, South Surrey and North Delta.
We thank all of these parks and Rec departments for their support of Pickleball, the fastest growing sport in Canada , with some 500 locations in Canada and 60 tournaments. This year Kelowna will join Oakridge Rec center ( Calgary ) in offering the second only outdoor national  for the Pickleball Canada / IFP / Usapa group. The other national, because no one from the rest of Canada was attending the  Abbotsford tournament will be held at the Rim Center in Kitchener / Waterloo . The original National was open only to Canadians and featured a “ Woody “ tournament at the end. It was lots of fun and all players and paddles were welcome to participate.

Flash :  next week White Rock will install a program as described above at Centennial Park and in the next month Surrey will do the same at South Surrey, making it the 3rd largest program in North America.

See you on the court this summer !

Chuck Lefaive

Founding Director – www.pickleballcanada.org ( ret )
Founding Director –  www.bcpickleball.com ( active)
ph – 604-536-9602

Seniors Week 2015! June 1 – 7th! Richmond Oval

Seniors Week 2015!  June 1 – 7th!  

Free Oval Admission for Seniors all week!  Plus a free Oval day pass will be given to every senior that comes in during the week to come back another time.

June 1, Monday: Pickleball  2-3:30pm
June 2, Tuesday: Facility Tour** 2-3pm
June 3, Wednesday: Badminton 2-3:30pm
June 4, Thursday: Skating*** 2-3:30pm.
June 5, Friday: Facility Tour** 11-12pm

http://www.richmond.ca/parksrec/seniors/programsevents.htm.

Vivien Chiu
Member Care Consultant

Membership | Fitness | Sports
Community | High Performance
Richmond Olympic Oval
6111 River Road
Richmond BC V7C 0A2
richmondoval.ca

E| mailto:dtolentino@richmondoval.ca
P| 778.296.1492

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