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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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Trail – Flagship for the Kootenays

” Trail – Flagship for the Kootenays “

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On Saturday,  August 16,  Doug and Kathy Stanley, the founders of Trail Pickleball, celebrated their 50th anniversary with a lovely reception with friends and family.  Rita and I were there to mark this milestone in their lives and honour their achievements.

Although not as active as they were, they are still interested and supportive of the growth of this new sport in Trail.  Honourable mention was made at their reception, that Pickleball was a FAST GROWING new option for Trail . On our way home, on Sunday morning we met a robust group of 10 local players, playing on their new courts, partly funded by their sponsors and the city.

Creston was to arrive this week to join in a celebratory playtime with the locals to kick off their new courts bringing 20 players from Creston.

There are four new dedicated pickleball courts and two double marked on tennis courts to allow tennis players ( of which there are few ) to still play.  If numbers allow, a Tennis hopper can be used to retrieve balls when the hopper is empty which will help with the amount of retrieving one must do on our smaller pickleball court.  Hoppers can be purchased for about $20.00.  While here, BCPickleball learned that Creston, Castlegar, Nelson, Oliver, Cristina lake and Grand Forks all have programs and are One Happy Recreational family.

How nice ! . They also have a couple of social tournaments enjoyed by all and contributing to the some 60 tournaments in BC this year.

Since Pickleball began as a family sport, it will be a challenge to keep it that way so that we might better meet the provincial goal of 20% fitter by 2020.  How are you doing?  It is important that we encourage and recruit youth, and do camps for our youth in order for our sport to grow and expand.  This group -  the 19-50 group – are the hardest for the recreation centers to attract, in part, because they are all working.   However, they do have holidays, evenings, and shift work times off that can accommodate many different playtimes.  So, do not be shy to ask for evening, morning, weekend and camp times for kids.  Instructor courses are available through BCPickleball assoc. 604-536-9602

Along with new outdoor courts in Vernon, South Surrey, North Vancouver, Langley, Fuller Lake, Cumberland, Whistler, and others Pickleball is growing nicely thanks to all the efforts of the many who have worked to accomplish this amazing feat.  Keep up the good work.

Finally I would like to acknowledge those who funded the Trail dedicated courts :

1. Columbia Basin Trust
2. Kootenay Savings
3. Community Fooundation
4. Teck Trail operations
5/ City of Trail

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Pickleball goes to Powell River, Savary Island and the Sunshine coast

Instructor Trained on this trip =  # 216 for the Province of BC.

July 29th to August 2nd Rita and I took a holiday on the Sunshine coast visiting friends on Savary Island near Lund BC.  This is a location that I have often thought would make a good location for a Pickleball court or two.  This Island is the home of the adventure prone and wealthy with no docks and sandy shores and warm water.  Pickleball was discussed with some of the Pioneers and was recognized by some as a good sport esp for seniors.  So, we shall see, the seed has been planted. Perhaps a sand Pickleball group could easily get started – Pickleball does work – see article in archives.

While in Savary we stayed at the Riverside campground, public , in Powell River.  We phoned the Rec center and found out they had our go- to – sport on Wed night 6-8 pm.   So on our return from Savary we went to play and met a lovely teacher,  Madeleine Coudert, who played with us and agreed to take the BCPickleball instructors level 1 course so that she could be certified to teach in Rec centers and public programs in the province.  She is now the 216th provincial certified Instructor.  All programs in BC should have such a person ( or 2 ) which gives our sport more credibility with our public programs and points toward a consistency in training our new and aspiring players to help improve themselves.  This is a much better system than forcing people to rate themselves , or making others- uncertified – do so.  The rated players then do not welcome or play with others of a lesser skill rating,  or that person of lesser skill is not allowed to play in tournaments, only recreational play.  This is an American , not Canadian system which should be restricted to 1-2 provincial or national events per year, not used in recreational play when families wish to play with each other and their friends.

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We thank Powell River parks and Rec dept for the two new Pickleball courts made of plastic click flooring similar to those we played on at Christina lake and apparently also at Grand forks.  They are lovely.  The nets need adjusting downward,  a practice board would be helpful, a trial with jugs balls might produce less slippery effect as the ball bounces better and some type of shading….. My guess is that with the four tennis courts with the same surface, cost came in about 85M. These new courts join
Whistler ( Chekamus exit ) which we played at last week, Vernon, North Vancouver, Fuller Lake, South Surrey, Langley and perhaps others, in new outdoor courts being introduced to the pickleball community.  We hope more groups will organize to use the facilities in the open air.  A nice group of
locals and folks from Comox / Courtney were there to introduce the new courts .

On the way home , we stayed in our little camper under the Lion’s gate bridge in the RV park with a nice pool and hot tub.  While there we took in the Santana and Rod Stewart Concert as well as visited the two courts in West Vancouver on Marine and 29th St. listed on the www.bcpickleball.com
webpage for outdoor courts.  I took a couple of pix of them for you to see. Nice small double parked courts.

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Please continue to enjoy the summer outdoors, and of course the 60 or so tournaments we’ve had indoor this year.  The next is to come in South Surrey in Sept ( date to come soon ) and at Peace Portal Alliance Church Nov 14 with the Taiwanese society sponsoring. ( All welcome – no ranking or rating required )

Yours in sport and Health,

Chuck Lefaive

 

June 2014 Pickleball Newsletter

BC Pickleball Newsletter – June 2014

Now that we are in the full bloom of spring and early summer, it is time to consider Pickleball outdoors. Our southern neighbours will play at least 95% of the time outdoors all year. Many in the South have never played indoors. The games are similar with exception of the wind, rain, hail, cold, harder ball, and less hospitable surface, often having to contend with higher tennis net height and larger ( by far ) surface area to cover.

In spite of these formidable obstacles, outdoor courts continue to proliferate in private courts being built as well as public courts being double marked and in a few cases, dedicated courts by Parks and Rec have been put in place. The latter will, no doubt, be the most used. Several articles have appeared showing how to paint, chalk, tape and dot these courts so that folks can play on them. A list of usable courts appears on these pages. To join the dots, use a broomstick handle with a chalk , attached by wrapping an elastic band around it, and join the dots.

Since the non – snowbirds hold up the attendance at our Rec Centers all winter, perhaps the snowbirds might consider leading the outdoor programs in the summer, inviting the “ home group “ to join them……..

The USA banned paddle list has been posted so that IFP ruled tournaments might take into account the USA non – vested player opinion of what is an acceptable paddle?

The number of tournaments has increased again this year and we hope planning will be done to continue this effort in the fall and winter. The number of provincial programs now exceeds 210.

Efforts to court manage our various venues and the desire for integrated play is continuing with some success. It is amply apparent from watching the FIFA world soccer matches that sport is a great way to bring people together in an atmosphere of camaraderie and fun.

Let’s make Pickleball the most welcoming of all the sports and like our experience on a smaller scale, when we are all absorbed on the bench watching the game in progress.

Chuck Lefaive

Founding Director – www.pickleballcanada.org (ret)
Founding Director – www.bcpickleball.com ( active)
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