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BC PICKLEBALL GOES TO WHITE ROCK - FOR THE SECOND TIME

BC PICKLEBALL GOES TO WHITE ROCK - FOR THE SECOND TIME   A Couple of years ago, BC Pickleball in conjunction with parks and Rec White Rock attempted to start a program of Pickleball in the curling rink during the summer. It proved a big task for several reasons – some structural, some promotional,  some managerial ( several sports at the same time )  and some just a lack of players. They did however provide instructors  and those who played there enjoyed it especially when the courts were run length-wise  as opposed to   width – wise. On Thursday, June 25th , as indicated, the new outdoor courts ( 4 in number ) were opened up for our use and the adjacent lock box unlocked with keys from the parks and Rec office next to the skating rink at Centennial park. Four portable sets are on the way , but I used two of BC Pickleball’s sets, available to any member to sign out and [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]


 

BC PICKLEBALL GOES TO WHITE ROCK – FOR THE SECOND TIME

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A Couple of years ago,

BC Pickleball in conjunction with parks and Rec White Rock attempted to start a program of Pickleball in the curling rink during the summer. It proved a big task for several reasons – some structural, some promotional,  some managerial ( several sports at the same time )  and some just a lack of players. They did however provide instructors  and those who played there enjoyed it especially when the courts were run length-wise  as opposed to   width – wise.

On Thursday, June 25th , as indicated, the new outdoor courts ( 4 in number ) were opened up for our use and the adjacent lock box unlocked with keys from the parks and Rec office next to the skating rink at Centennial park. Four portable sets are on the way , but I used two of BC Pickleball’s sets, available to any member to sign out and use for family gatherings, play areas that do not have nets etc. With the practice board, these courts have lots of room  to play on, and , with a donated ball hopper to service the four courts should they need fresh balls, we have a workable system..  The green or white jugs balls can be used when there is no pronounced wind and the harder Dura balls,  Ornge, yellow, white or Blue for when It there is more wind than normal. With donated balls and paddles as  well as  numerical court markings for tournaments ( laminated ) and the one page set of rules – also laminated and the times posted for teaching and play as well as the length that players can hold a court during non – teaching , open times, we have a system that pleases all and allows the tennis fraternity to use their court when we do not.

The key to the lock box which contains the portable sets ( Harrow ) with instructions is held at the parks and Rec office next to the skating rink at Centennial park . You may sign it out !

There are plans to do a promotional kickoff of these courts with the Mayor, Alder-persons and the public .

Finally ,  the vision sees a banner, sign , or poster on the fence above the practice board facing 16th Ave to announce that Pickleball has arrived in White Rock. ( Like Taylor box for lacrosse.)
The signage at these four courts will read :

Monday and Thursday lessons from 9-10am then play from 10:00 am to noon. Other times of the week are open and both sports (Tennis and Pickleball) can use the courts on a first come, first serve basis for an hour.

We thank Eric Stepura – Parks and Rec director and John Stech operations manager for their diligence with this project which has taken several months to put into place. It is hoped these lovely courts will be full all summer and many will take advantage of the donated time by instructors .

Yours in Sport and Health

Chuck Lefaive

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

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