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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]

BC, Quebec, and Alberta Players in Mexico

BC, Quebec, and Alberta Players in MexicoPICTURE OF  PART OF THE PICKLEBALL GROUP IN LO DE MARCOS, MEXICOA GOOD MIXTURE OF CANADIANS FROM QUÉBEC, B.C. AND [more]

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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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, took one swing and down I went knocked out cold. As befits the moment my brother, acting as his own referee, counted me out 1—-10., then proceeded to help me.

Now, it is my time to exact revenge. My brother, a young 71, a former athlete of some note, has developed a highly competitive attitude(killer instinct), to the game of Pickle ball. I plan to challenge him to a match(without him knowing of my plan to perfect my skill), emerge victoriously, thereby striking a blow of revenge for all younger brothers. Who says sibling rivalry fades with age.

Thus,early on a crisp October Saturday morning I found myself entering a west end high school to learn the fundamentals of pickle ball. After registration and signing a waiver not to sue the sponsoring organization, I found myself in the middle of a group of seniors all anxious to learn the intricacies of the game. The beginner group as opposed to the intermediate group, consisted of a coed  cohort,equal numbers of both sexes, ranging in age from early 60s to a petite senior-senior woman.

A gentleman, Patrick, who had played before, reluctantly took charge of explaining the rules of the game to us. Soon after we were divided into 2 groups of 4,assigned to a court and explained the boundaries of the court, For example, the net is 36 inches high, one of the rules I latter broke ,states there is no spiking(hitting the ball directly without letting it bounce, in the kitchen area(3 feet on either side of the net. The rule is there to protect the player from injury.
After a short warm up we were set to play. Dusting off my old athletic skills, I found despite the ravage of time, my eye-hand co-ordination was still operative, and the killer instinct alive and well.
In a totally inappropriate move, I entered the kitchen area, and blasted a spike that came within inches of decapitating my senior-senior opponent. Indeed David the athlete is back!
After realizing my indiscretion, in the interest of fair play, I scaled back my killer instinct, and a highly enjoyable time was had by all.

Afterwards, I apologized profusely to my senior-senior, and learned “Bunny” is 93 years young and a socially delightful woman.

The following day, I am beset with muscle aches I have not felt in 30 years. Nevertheless, I consider the days’ activities to be a roaring success and look forward to a long and fruitful career as a Pickle Baller.

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  ” Je suis Charlie “

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I never knew that my name would become famous – I do not even have a PB court named after me or tournament named after me as many have. I do however feel a need to comment on actions taken in Paris to Muzzle free speech at the premises of the organization that was world famous for publicizing Charlie Brown’s cartoons and of later fame,  political satire aimed at leaders who have not acted in a welcoming and fraternal manner worldwide or those who have promoted illogical positions on the world stage.

We have some of this in our Pickleball sport as well. If you are not aware, USAPA and Pickleball Canada do not promote any tournaments or programs that do not support IFP rules which shun players who do not adhere to American rules which discriminate against some Canadian players who use Canadian paddles that are quieter , more colourful, and more fun to play with than theirs. Hence an unwelcoming, illogical, unproven position is displayed on the USAPA website under IFP rules that suggests Canadian paddles are unsafe – yet empiric data proves they are not dangerous . The legal position of Surrey and others, like Quebec, is that they and we cannot bar people from participating in any tournament in Canada or play area because of the paddle they use . There is no proof of impending harm and lots of proof that many players could benefit from a softer paddle, easier to use and more fun and helpful with noise and some elbow and shoulder injuries.

Recently, a member of South Surrey went to Casa Grande, Palm creek to rent a place in the sun and play pickleball. Needless to say in a retirement enclave like Palm Creek – some 40% of players are from Canada. This member of South Surrey was appalled that his ( he thought ) approved paddle would be taken from him – but he is Canadian so he said nothing – and played on. Upon return he asked me to explain their actions based on he said was a  “deflection” test on a machine that throws a weight at a paddle that is 1) hard as diamonds – graphite or 2) on a softer paddle core like snowbird . Which do you think vibrates more ? Of course the softer one. Therefore the result was known before the test was invented. But does it matter ? No ! In tests done with Pros in Calgary , only 4.5 and above show any difference in speed and since when did 5% extra speed make any difference anyway – just deflect or block or drop the shot – right ! We need to move on from IFP rules and make Pickleball the welcoming sport “” A Game for ALL ” by welcoming all paddles and players and GROW THE SPORT instead of shunning players from other countries, other paddles and lesser skills . In Canada we have only nine years experience in recreational centres and from Day 1 it has been a struggle to keep the 50 year ( this year ) players from the south at bay, while we learn to play and have fun fun fun.

I hope the leaders of programs in Canada will take notice and start pointing their efforts inward to this great country – Canada for their direction and rules. Although I expect no accolades, I will continue to be THE Canadian advocate in BC. Charlie is my name. Be proud Canadians. Parisians today are honking their horns for Freedom.

Best,
Chuck Lefaive

BC PICKLEBALL GOES TO COAL HARBOUR – VANCOUVER

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Yesterday, Jan 6, 1:45 – 3:15 some 16 new players arrived with and without invitation to do drop – in Pickleball . It was a free play / free instruction effort on the part of the Rec center and Erica Mark, the programmer. We thank the center and the programmer for this effort on their part, working in conjuction with BCPickleball and the program leader. All programs entered into in this way – have been successful – the key being instruction provided. Why is this important?  Well, since the average time allotted to play is 2 hrs and the time required esp with seniors to do the level 1 course is 7/12 hours, something doesn’t fit right. In this case, it is required not only to teach the course, monitor the players, but also condense the salient points to the bare minimum in order to get people into game, practice and ultimately, FUN.

Aki Takeda is the resident instructor here and is very pleasant and easy to learn from.He recorded all attendees so that an email contact list might be started . He also has supplied the green and white jugs balls that are lighter and less intrusive than the snowbird outdoor Dura ball that causes welts . Canada uses all jugs balls in all indoor tournaments recreational or competitive,in this country. The USA does few indoor tournaments at all.

An advertising brochure was attached to a tripod outside the front door of this Rec center so that passersby jogging or walking might see that Pickleball is offered . A neon sign would be better eh!  Also nearby variety, grocery, and hotels were informed by flyer.  Contacts and signups were put at all affiliated Rec centers.  It was suggested that the Stanley park lawn bowlers would be a good catch as they do not play in the winter.  Also, if any ESL classes take place in the area, this is a good way to integrate new arrivals to our culture – and it’s fun too.

Bcpickleball is looking at ways to let people know through the website that a new program is coming and to key in friends to those programs. Meantime, at South Surrey we have the opposite problem, people arriving 1 hr prior to play time, encroaching on the courts ahead of time to get more games, overfull courts with empty courts adjacent,  and people trying to select who they play with, which suggests a court captain may be in order. Ladder leagues may help in this regard.  In the interim,keep posted to the website and we will let you know ” what is new in Pickleland.

Proposals and petitions to White Rock and South surrey parks and Recs for dedicated outdoor courts for spring and summer of 2015 and the motto for South Surrey is ” 26 courts or bust ” !

Best,

Chuck Lefaive

PB - CH - Adult - Flyers - Winter 2015 - Pickleball FREE TRIAL