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 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]






The Sun video below shows the other pickleball games in and outdoor.


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 sport of pickleball – and it’s growing. On Thursday, the …



Well, now that the leaves have produced the lovely colours of fall in BC – it is time to turn our attention to “ winter pickleball”.
For some this will mean heading south to the warmer climes, as Rita and I will  do in  Palm Springs in November – December. Others will play indoors in multi –million dollar Recreation centers throughout the province who have welcomed pickleball for 12 years and make up a large part of the player group. There are over 300 programs in BC and 1000 in Canada. This is the largest Public program in the world . Recently, at Pintree Rec center in Coquitlam, they hosted the seniors games –55 + which entered 441 players, ranked and rated, who competed in all categories . The whole USA only recruited some 800 for their National . Pickleball in  Canada has arrived.

With the above as background, Centennial park in White rock will attempt this winter to run all winter on four courts shared with tennis. We will We will see how many days we will be able to use the courts . October has not been too encouraging as we have had a record rain month. We will use mitts, touques and cravates if needed and report to parks and Rec at the end of the spring as to what ocurred and show parks and Rec how tough picklers really are. We do not anticipate too much competition for the other sport.

Recently , BC pickleball with the Vancouver parks board , introduced pickleball to Queen Elizabeth park on the hill above Nat Bailey stadium and Hillcrest Rec center where we have a successful program. There are four courts marked and shared with  one tennis court- with a practice board adjacent. A lock box and portable sets are to arrive soon. This park has 22 tennis courts and oversees the city. In the month prior to ceasing play for the winter here, we provided several times more players than tennis on the other 21 courts . Some of them came to try pickleball. If all courts were marked and shared we would have 88 courts with 350 players playing and 350 waiting to play . This would be amazing to see! With this type of response, with such short notice and lack of equipment, perhaps the Board will consider giving us a couple more courts next year. eh ! The Vice president was at these courts and saw the discrepancy in the number of players so hopefully this will be reflected going forward. Trout Lake and Dunbar will be added next year. This type of enthusiasm for Pickleball is being seen in many parts of the province with long lineups indoor, and record  sign-ups and big crowds outdoor.

This fall and winter will see many tournaments, both Recreational and Sanctioned being held throughout the province – don’t forget to let the Press know you are putting on a tournament and you may get some nice press. Have one of your own in your area and let us know how it turned out with a pix and we will be pleased to publish it on the website.


“Pickleball is Addictive”, Notes on the History of Pickleball in BC – Maureen Cadden

I read a website account of Pickleball in BC and those that “brought the sport” here.

I would like to revise the history for you to let you know that I and many others played pickleball in Vancouver back in the early 80s.  I worked for Chevron Canada Limited and we had courts on the roof of 1050 W Pender Street.  I believe these were installed when Daon Development built the building in the 70s, when Jack Poole and Daon were the primary tenants.  After Daon moved to the Daon building (across from the Marine building), the courts were open to lease by the next primary tenant which was at the time I believe BC Forest Products, and subsequently Chevron Canada Limited.News

We had both open recreational play and a full open round robin format (doubles and singles) throughout the year, followed by top 8  double elimination playoffs.  I ran the draw and schedule for our little league for Chevron and played with Rowan Edwin Ley in doubles.  Chevron Canada Limited internal newsletter at the time has pictures including us winning doubles.  We played doubles as well as singles, with communal wood paddles most of which had chips and delaminations but we didn’t care.. White whiffle balls were regularly collected from the streets and gardens around the building when winds and errant shots carried them over the chest high walls surrounding the roof.

I believe the second Daon building had courts as well.  I think Jack Poole may have known the initiators of the game in neighbouring Washington State.

Pickleball 1980Oct.

I recently returned to the game this year and have met a lot of politics and organizations who claim to own the sport here and in the USA.  I was shocked at how they have made up “new rules” including how lines are called (based on the lack of compression of a pickleball relative to a tennis ball), which were never part of the original game.  When we played we played that if the ball were to continue on its path through the imaginary plane of the court line and any part of the ball would contact the line then the ball was in — nothing about compression or the lack thereof.

I tell people we didn’t use the word DINK, and in fact that would have been considered a bad word in my day.  While we didn’t dink we did develop our own strategies to success as there were no “gurus” to tell us what our strategies should be — just a court and the rules of play.  We used a lot of doubles tennis strategies, including the up and back style (which led Pospisil and Sock to a Wimbledon Tennis doubles victory in recent years) as well as the two up strategy which is the predominate doubles pickleball strategy these days.  We did drop shot (the old-timer word for dink) as well as employ a good offensive lob to get those two up players away from the net.  It was great fun and great exercise.

If you are going to write the History of Pickleball in BC, perhaps the old timers should be given some consideration for a sport that was played for fun and corporate spirit.


I have greatly improved my health through playing this past year and am thankful every day that I have some old muscle memory still inside me of a game we enjoyed in our youth. I encourage everyone to try pickleball, especially the youth who will benefit from the fun today and the court sense they develop for when their bodies are less agile in the future.

As I see the coverage of the National Championships in Kelowna this week, the press are quick to point out that the knee braces on display aren’t from pickleball but from other sports — we are a safe bastion for other sports enthusiasts whose bodies are recovering from injury.  In Hawaii and the Comox Valley we get tennis players rehabilitating at pickleball and we welcome them.

The fastest growing sport in North America is also good for body, mind and spirit.

Maureen Cadden




THANKS TO OUR 2016 VOLUNTEERS FOR TEACHING WITH BC PICKLEBALL PROJECT —————————————————————————————————————- It is with pleasure that I present to you the volunteers for 2016 without which we would not have  been able to expand Pickleball to others , young … Continue reading


                             BC PICKLEBALL GOES TO THE RANCH IN ARIZONA – A PRIVATE ENCLAVE RUN BY CANADIANS ————————————————————————————————————————- On  Feb 1 -2016 my wife Rita and I flew to Sky Harbour Airport in Phoenix and met in- laws who were spending … Continue reading