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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]


Pickleball becoming MAGNET for private sports clubs

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Pickleball becoming MAGNET for private sports clubs

 “… and I especially enjoyed meeting all of you with such wonderful enthusiasm. I appreciate your fitting 5 sessions into 1 for us. I am certain we will get together again soon,” Pat MacKen, a kind and personable tennis instructor at the prestigious Arbutus Club told us after completing the Level I instructor’s course on January 5, 2016.  The certification workshop was joined by five other players from Metro Vancouver area.

The two-hour, fun-filled workshop was provided by the BC Pickleball Association in preparation for the Club’s new installation of the pickleball game to add more options for their existing members as well as to lure new members. The set up of the game could be easy with little additional cost; pickleball courts can be easily created using any existing badminton courts by just lowering the nets to 36”H at side poles and 34”H at center of the nets.  If played outdoors, one tennis court may be converted into/shared with 4 pickleball courts, accommodating 16 doubles players at once, compared to just 2 players for a single tennis match.

As pickleball is played on a smaller court, typically in doubles, many seniors adopt it into their retirement hobby.  The game’s smaller court and slower pace of the ball movement are perfect for seniors who want to stay active – much easier on the joints and lungs than tennis.  Pickleball is an easy sport to pick up for novices, as players notice their skills progressing each time they play. It is fun enough that kids and their grandparents can play on the same court.

Shortly after the workshop took place, BC Pickleball Association received an inquiry from a country club located in Lower Mainland with strong interest to introduce the game to their members.

Article and photo contributed by Aki Takeda

 

 

Pickleball – booming in downtown Vancouver!

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Pickleball – booming in downtown Vancouver!

The New Year brought the game to another Vancouver downtown community centre with a BANG! Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre was packed with over 30 mostly new and intermediate players on its opening Friday, January 15, 2016.

The centre started the program after a BC Pickleball Association board member approached their programmer in the fall. As the Centre was initially not too convinced that the game would attract any participants, the Association (PCPickleball.com) loaned a set of paddles and balls to start the game, and the Centre provided the existing badminton and volley ball nets and poles for trial in their roomy gym.

The first day arrived without any rehearsal and the poles and nets had to be improvised to accommodate this new recreational program within 20 minutes of preparation time.  With three volunteers helping the Centre staff and the instructor, the President of BC Pickleball Association, over capacity crowd poured into the gym, causing the equipment shortage. The new program finally got going after the initial struggle, with 10 intermediate and 20 plus brand new players, who were introduced to the basic rules and techniques of this exiting racket ball game.  After 1 hour of training, however, the new players were able to hit the balls, having a good time despite some struggle to get themselves familiar with the scoring system.

By the end of the first day, the number of registrants for the winter season reached 23 with only 5 spots left, and after the second week’s play, it was all filled up with 28 regulars and 3 remaining on the waiting list!  The Centre could now justify their new set up expense to purchase their own equipment as the program turned out to be an instant success!

This winter, besides Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre, Britania and Dunbar community centres also started offering the pickleball programs.  At this writing, the fun game is being offered at altogether 12 community centres in Vancouver. The game started in Seattle USA has now well settled in its neighbor to the North, Vancouver BC, offering another popular attraction to the potential visitors to this    “one of the world’s most livable cities.”

Article contributed by and photo courtesy of Aki Takeda