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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]

BC Pickleball goes to Turkey

BC Pickleball goes to TurkeyBC Pickleball goes to Turkey A Beginning Rome was not built in a day, nor will Turkey have places - to  -play in their country overnight. However a start has occurred, thanks to the enthusiasm of one family, and support from BC Pickleball . As you know , Turkey has long been a favourite destination for Canadians for tours and to see the ancient and holy places of Christiandom as well as Muslim holy places. The first time I stepped foot into a mosque was in Turkey. One of the thrills of our tour was to go walking ( open air ) on the main street in Istanbul, ( the largest city in Europe) with thousands of young people walking together, 20 deep, for miles on a Saturday night. Amazing ! Well, back to Pickleball ! From the humble beginnings of two clay courts - on a unique surface called a "threshing area" [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]


 

MAPLE RIDGE COMES TO BC PICKLEBALL AT MAPLE GREEN PARK TO LEARN

MAPLE RIDGE COMES TO BC PICKLEBALL AT MAPLE GREEN PARK TO LEARN

THE GENTLE ART OF PICKLEBALL

On  April 21st 28 students, drivers, teacher and four dedicated volunteers came to help teach a cohort of grades 6 & 7”s from Maple Ridge Haney who drove from Alouette elementary- Woodhouse  near Haney just off of 216th ave to Maple Green park in Surrey.  The drive was about 40 minutes, arriving about 9:30 . Meanwhile, Bert C Coates, Doug Joyce, myself and Maxine Boroko were busy setting up  and marking with chalk ( by joining the premarked dots previously painted by parks and Rec )  four courts in the mid – tier with  portable sets from Bc pickleball . The lower tier had a dedicated PB court but no net which bc pickleball has kindly supplied for free –  to anyone who has access to a key to the lock box, ( I have copies ) .

The lock box was supplied by parks and Rec. on Condition that we keep it stocked with free paddles and balls  FOREVER .  A sign on the front FENCE  says “ THIS IS A TENNIS – PICKLEBALL FACILITY “

At 8:30 AM  a class from Surrey Christian HIGH school , located in the area was already playing lacrosse in the open area . They finished as we were to start our instruction – so in fact, on this day ,
some 75 people used the park to play, or recreate. Considering that the park does not even have a washroom, that is very good.We thank Brianna Kirkham for the port-o-potty for such a large group. By  9:45 we were ready to go and start the level 1 instruction and warmups. By noon , and lunch, some provided by bc pickleball , although most had a lunch packed, the students were ready for a mini – tournament. By 1:45 pm,  a gold, silver and Bronze medal winner had been declared amist much excitement from the kids. The sun shone on us all day , even though it rained in the evening.

This class is one that is unique in their school system and that the student direct a lot of the learning into areas not in the curriculum . Even though Surrey  high schools have pickleball on their   their core curriculum does not mean that all schools do. We hope that this was a good learning experience for these students and that they will carry it forward to the other classes at their school.

Pickleball is “ a game for all “  “ un jeux pour tous “  our Motto. It is also a sport that can be lifetime, with few injuries, and fun as well as social – all of these characteristics were demonstrated on  Tuesday by these very respectful young people. We , at bc pickleball are honoured to have been allowed to teach them.

We invite other elementaries and high schools to do the same and help us put this sport on all school curriculums.

Yours in Sport and health,

Chuck Lefaive

Founding Director

BC pickleball assoc

www.bcpickleball.com

ph – 604-536-9602
Photos to Come

BC PICKLEBALL GOES To: 10O / 108 MILE HOUSE

On April 16 , at the invitation of the group here, Aki Tenaka , and myself drove up by car 6 hrs each way to bring a mix of level 1 and level 11 instruction to a very talented and keen group of 20 who have been diligently trying to secure a better venue to play in. They found it in the local high school gym, occupied by badminton. A local sports facility helped to make the six courts available — which we thank them for. Also, Lorne Landry and his wife Lynn billeted us for one night as the clinic was
from 7-9 PM.

Many questions arose from the session , positioning, soft game, lobs and slams, switching, communications, practice drills, warm — ups and warm downs , return of slams, court coverage, paddles when wrist, shoulder and elbow issues are present etc. All were keen and interested and the play action was quite intense as well as varied. Many new shots were tried and accomplished, The clear rules of all Surrey Rec centers regards play and tournaments allowing all to play with all was discussed. All of the associations claim “ a Game for all “ but do not practice same in tournaments ruled by IFP / usapa rules. No sanctioned tournaments are allowed in Surrey Rec centers.

Aki and I enjoyed the outstanding hospitality of the Sandhill Lea Ranch which is a Katahdin Hairsheep ranch and Dexter ( half size ) cattle ranch. We were treated to feeding the little 17 day old
baby sheep —- see pix below. It is always a worthwhile and knowledge growing experience when we extend ourselves and reach out to teach others. As the Authorized authority for British Columbia
Pickleball we offered to those wishing to teach others in the “ Pocket “ of 100 mile , 108 mile and other miles plus Lilloet, Cash Creek, Hope, Ashcroft and Merritt the opportunity to be certified with BCRU Pickleball as instructors. We now have some 240 instructors so certified in Level 1 instruction which is posted on the www.bcpickleball.com website under TEACHING .

Finally, several plans are being made with Tourism 100 mile house, the city website, old squash and racqetball players, sponsors, other venues, outdoor courts etc to expand the play at this location and 108 mile house. We wish them well and invite others in the province to do the same in partnership with BC Pickleball who has taught some 30 schools and many rec centers in the province.

My contact information is below :

Yours in Sport and Health,
Chuck Lefaive
Founding Director
Bcpickleballassoc
ph — 604-536-9602
clefaive@shaw.ca


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