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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]


THANKS TO OUR 2016 VOLUNTEERS FOR TEACHING

THANKS TO OUR 2016 VOLUNTEERS FOR TEACHING WITH BC PICKLEBALL PROJECT
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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 and old, recreational and competitive :


Project  1-  Feb / march – STAR OF THE SEA School – South Surrey – for the 11th year in a row – 450 students – 5 sessions – one tournament

Lead instructor – Doug Wells , helpers Chuck Wilmot , Ray Cumberworth , Bill Macgregor – Canadian Pickleball federation , Ms Dorita Gaspar P/E instructor


Project  2-   April / may  TIMMS COMMUNITY CENTER  – new – Langley BC – recruitment of 42 new players for the 8 timeslots 19+

Lead instructor  – Chuck Lefaive , helpers Bill Macgregor , Brian Sullivan, John and Berryl Kusch , Jason Wu, and Gary Wilson, Carol Olesiuk


Project  3 – April –  EATON ARROWSMITH SCHOOL – White Rock –  soccer failed, baseball failed – pickleball worked- 26 students and staff

Lead Instructor – Chuck Lefaive , helper  Bill Macgregor – Canadian pickleball federation


Project 4 – St Anthony’s school Keith Rd – West Vancouver – 200 students

Lead instructor – Chuck Lefaive – helpers Ed and Lilly Orlovsky ( West Van )  Georgia Hunter and Gary Bonner ( West Van )  Aki Takeda and James Min ( Vancouver )  Bill Macgregor ( North Delta )


Project 5 –  The Arbutus club – Vancouver – private instructors course.

Lead instructor – Chuck Lefaive , participants –  Gary Bonner, Aki Takeda, James Min, Carole Saunders,  Gerry Macken, Anke Harpe , PeterG , Pat Macken


Two more teaching opportunities may present themselves but will be added when done.

Chuck

BC PICKLEBALL GOES TO THE CITY OF LANGLEY AND THE NEW TIMMS COMMUNITY CENTER

 BC PICKLEBALL GOES TO THE CITY OF LANGLEY AND THE NEW TIMMS COMMUNITY CENTER

A DOUBLE ASSIGNMENT
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The students were keen to learn, very respectful, and willing if not excited to compete. At the final day , the 29th,we hosted a tournament – perhaps their first in their lives – and all had fun doing it !
A gold, silver and bronze medal awards were presented.Many students ordered name tags so that when they join the regularly scheduled players , they would know their names right away.

At the same time, as we were already there , the programmer asked if we would take on teaching the city staff to play as a substitute for the coffee and donuts. This presented all ages, some in barefeet, who were keen to learn a new sport. So excited were they with the fun achieved in such a short time, that it was repeated the next week. How good is this, to have the city staff keen on a new sport available right below their offices. Wow.

I would like to thank Brian Sullivan, Bill Macgregor, John and Berryl Kusch and especially Chiristine Daum programmer for their invaluable help in this teaching effort. We , at BC pickleball wish Timms the greatest success in their new Rec center with city hall and the Mayor’s office located in the building.

Yours in Sport and Health,
Chuck Lefaive

BC PICKLEBALL GOES TO EATON ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

  BC PICKLEBALL GOES TO EATON ARROWSMITH SCHOOL
FOR THE HARD OF LEARNING KIDS

On the afternoon of April 14 , a group of 20 students and 6 teachers could be seen walking down 16th Ave in White Rock on their way to Centennial park where two BC Pickleball executive
members were waiting for them , having removed residual water from the night before’s rain, set up four portable sets on one tennis court,  with a practice board , two chairs, paddles and balls, ready for the arrival of the students. However , the staff took the students  first to a running track and ran them around the quarter mile track adjacent to the pickleball courts to burn off  some energy so their concentration would be better during the 2 hr class time on the courts. You see, all these kids have learning disabilities and are restructured and sent back into the school system.

That is what Eaton Arrowsmith does. They also have a school in Victoria.

The standard level 1 course was taught in the two hour period with a few minor omissions. The kids learned to do forehands, backhands, use the practice board 1 on1 or 2 on 2  etc  , serve, count, position, do short game rallys , lob and slam the ball. There were no injuries and after starting to play a game, they all seemed to be having fun and at the same time learning a new sport.   I was very impressed at how respectful the children were , how they related well to their teachers who participated in the exercises with them . Emily Cooper the Principal was very good at keeping order
and she also participated with the students on the courts. This example of staff is very important in student learning. Also I observed on several occasions that some small and short students were  helping other bigger and taller students who were having difficulty with a skill set . This was very good.

So, although we may have thought they were not learning as quickly as we might like, in fact they were learning lots – from each other. In summary, I would say that I was pleased at  our  first experience with Pickleball as a social, recreational, family sport for these children – with a touch of competition ( as there is a score eh ) . We hope the staff will repeat the experience for them  before they forget what they learned. My thanks go to Bill Macgregor – President of the Canadian Pickleball Federation for his help and all the staff of Eaton Arrowsmith for their enthusiasm, participation and Questions. Our next teaching effort will be with St Anthony’s in West Vancouver and BC Society for the Deaf  who wish instruction and an event  – stay tuned.

Yours in sport and Health,
Chuck Lefaive
ph – 604-536-9602

BC PICKLEBALL GOES TO THE RANCH IN ARIZONA –

                             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