Welcome to BC Pickleball

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]

Link to intro movie on Pickleball 

Link to Video Clips of a Lesson


 

Sanctioned Vs. Non-Sanctioned Tournaments

Sanctioned vs. Non -Sanctioned Tournaments

In BC. , and indeed in Canada, we have had many sanctioned and non – sanctioned tournaments. South Surrey will be hosting its Eighth non – sanctioned tournament this September and all have had around 100 players, some more.

What is the difference between the two types of tourney?  In the USA, in the past, to hold a sanctioned tournament, we needed at least 100 players (now likely more). The USAPA rules of tournament play applied to these sanctioned tourneys only and venues were free to use their own variations of the game in non – sanctioned play. There was, and is, one proviso – a short phrase – that stated ” we expect that you will use these sanctioned rules in all play “. This inserted phrase empowered the ranked and rated players to enforce the above rules in recreational play.

The result has been a shunning of paddles and therefore players who, in good faith, purchased paddles that ended up not meeting the deflection test -or reflection test – which has been discredited many times in many publications as irrelevant to our sport but relevant to the manufacturers and retailers sitting on the board of the USAPA. Another outcome of the sanctioning document is that players shunned players who preferred the newer 3g paddles to the point that partner would not play with partner, husband with wife, friend with friend.

Further, the acceleration of the introduction of a quieter paddle was delayed several years, which suited the graphite manufacturers just fine. The noise lawsuits continued…. See articles on NBC, ABC, etc. In addition, tournaments in our country, Canada, in USAPA/ IFP sponsored tourneys boldly state that IFP – non- conforming paddles will not be allowed. We have had 80-year olds who have had their paddles taken away and substituted on site. How sad is that! All the while BC. rules welcome all and their chosen equipment.

In Canada, this sport is fueled and hosted by public recreational centers who welcome all players and give them the right to play and not be shunned because of their skill levels, or paddle (as they are all safe) or by the ranked and rated players. Many locals are non- competitive by nature and just want to have fun and exercise.  When put into a competitive environment, some will run a greater risk of injury as they will not be used to competition at a level seen and practiced in the USA – who have had this sport for 45 years. In spite of that, most tournaments in the USA are non-sanctioned and recreational in nature. The most recent major tournament reversal is the Huntsman games that will now be non- sanctioned. Also Surrey, Canada’s largest municipality is on record that they will not do any sanctioned tournaments, only fun ones, for their recreational centers.

Of interest, is that in the South, many have never played in an indoor facility.  In the north, we spend little time playing outdoors due to weather, availability of courts, and the willingness of the snowbirds to play outdoors upon their return. Also the quality of the courts here are inferior to those in the USA and most are double marked on tennis courts – not desirable for several reasons.  In the end, this discussion will not be ended here and you are welcome to weigh in with your opinion on the direction of BC Pickleball. What direction should we be following? Recreational or competitive- and in what mix? This In order to accommodate both groups in our recreational settings?

Your opinions will be recorded and considered in the direction of this publication.

Yours in sports and health,

Chuck Lefaive

Founding director

www.bcpickleball.com

Ph – 604-536-9602

Pickleball North

Pickleball Nova Scotia Style

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Many Canadian Snowbirds fly South and take up playing Pickleball wearing T-Shirts and Shorts.  Those left in the Great frozen North are forced to don parkas and fight frostbite to play Pickleball outdoors.

What do curling and Pickleball have in common?  A parking lot.  Pickleball began in June 2013 in Windsor on the asphalt of the Windsor Curling Club’s parking lot.  The money for the equipment came from membership dues, donations and a fun fund-raising jam session.  Volunteers painted the court and Pickleball was born in Windsor, Nova Scotia.

Our membership stands at twenty-four and we are planing to expand adding another court for the summer of 2014.  We love the game!

To be honest, Pickleball is played in a gymnasium during the winter in Windsor.

— Those in the photos:  Carol and Craig Hopkins – members of both the Curling Club and are Picklers—

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