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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]

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]


Pickleball at Richmond Country Club

Entrance to Richmond Country Club

 

 

BC PICKLEBALL GOES TO THE PRIVATE CLUB
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  On Mar 2 and 4th 2017 , BC Pickleball was invited to do a two – part introduction to Pickleball for the members of the Richmond Country club on Steveston Rd in Richmond. Recently , this venue has been rated as the #1 golf and tennis facililty in Canada. We hope that with the introduction of the fastest growing sport in North America, it will serve as a model for other golf course to introduce Pickleball as a new income stream as many tennis clubs in the USA have done.

   The big reason for clubs to do so is that they have found their players, who are mostly athletic to begin with, find the variety of playing another sport, even in the same day to be fun, additive to their exercise routines and social over and above what they have experienced before. If nothing else, Pickleball is addictive, fun and social – so many will engage in both sports even in the same day. With a four – on – one format , 32 people can play on one tennis court or facsimile of same. Portable sets can be used with delineated courts with paint or throw-down lines as done at this center. Also, this private club used a new mat surface that rolls out on a tennis court and forms two pickleball courts , seen below. It is made up of three sheets per court and has a small lip . This can be taped as well as the “ joiners” between the lines to form an acceptable and visually pleasant surface without affecting the tennis surface ,which relatively quickly ,can be restored. The surface is quite expensive but not bad for a private club.

    Our level 1 course, abbreviated due to time , with this group started with 18 on the first day and 32 on the first night . All achieved the level of rules, short game, soft game and serve as well as counting in the first session. The group was a mixed skill level – the most difficult to teach esp with a large number. We have had some 8 volunteer instructors help with this project which is still ongoing as we have been asked to do 5 more sessions with another 50 players throughout April. Our instructors have come from Vancouver , South Surrey and White Rock . Richmond now joins the Arbutus club, Holleyburn and possibly the Richmond Oval as well as Pise in Victoria as Private venues that could now entertain tournaments here ( potentially 32 courts) or outdoor at Queen Elizabeth park ( potentially 88 courts ) .

   I believe that other clubs will join us in this effort to bring Pickleball to the Private sector – perhaps joining with the Academic institutions yet to be explored, with our huge cohort of young players who have learned this sport in Elementary and high schools, throughout the province . These would include UBC, Simon Fraser, BCIT, Trinity College, Kwantlen, etc. Some already have – The College of the North, Fraser Valley college , Laurentien University Sudbury etc. Over 8000 schools teach it ! Wow eh.

   Finally , I would like to thank Mark Jones – manager of the Richmond Country club for inviting us to his lovely golf and tennis club. No doubt this will result in many tennis players trying pickleball as the Pro tennis players have done in the South and found it to be creative to their tennis games – they all play better and so do we.
Yours in sport and health,
Chuck Lefaive
Founding director
BCpickleballassoc
ph- 604-536-9602

The POLICE on the Pickleball courts

                                                                             “ The POLICE  on the Pickleball courts” This spring BC pickleball had the pleasure to teach the children of Forsyth elementary school – principal Amber Flanagan – a core inner city school in the heart of    Whalley – 200 … Continue reading

 Spring 2017 Newsletter   Camosun College – Center of Sports Excellence “  A NEW LAYER OF COMPETITIVE PICKLEBALL FOR BC “   Springtime in BC is always a time of renewal, beauty, planning for the summer and especially, excitement for … Continue reading

“ MORE PRESS ARRIVES IN VANCOUVER “

http://www.btvancouver.ca/videos/5153397367001/ The Sun video below shows the other pickleball games in and outdoor. http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/vancouver-tennis-players-make-space-for-pickle-ball-upstarts Vancouver tennis players make space for pickle ball … If tennis, ping-pong and volleyball got together and had a strange-looking baby, that baby would be the … Continue reading