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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


 

June 2014 Pickleball Newsletter

BC Pickleball Newsletter – June 2014

Now that we are in the full bloom of spring and early summer, it is time to consider Pickleball outdoors. Our southern neighbours will play at least 95% of the time outdoors all year. Many in the South have never played indoors. The games are similar with exception of the wind, rain, hail, cold, harder ball, and less hospitable surface, often having to contend with higher tennis net height and larger ( by far ) surface area to cover.

In spite of these formidable obstacles, outdoor courts continue to proliferate in private courts being built as well as public courts being double marked and in a few cases, dedicated courts by Parks and Rec have been put in place. The latter will, no doubt, be the most used. Several articles have appeared showing how to paint, chalk, tape and dot these courts so that folks can play on them. A list of usable courts appears on these pages. To join the dots, use a broomstick handle with a chalk , attached by wrapping an elastic band around it, and join the dots.

Since the non – snowbirds hold up the attendance at our Rec Centers all winter, perhaps the snowbirds might consider leading the outdoor programs in the summer, inviting the “ home group “ to join them……..

The USA banned paddle list has been posted so that IFP ruled tournaments might take into account the USA non – vested player opinion of what is an acceptable paddle?

The number of tournaments has increased again this year and we hope planning will be done to continue this effort in the fall and winter. The number of provincial programs now exceeds 210.

Efforts to court manage our various venues and the desire for integrated play is continuing with some success. It is amply apparent from watching the FIFA world soccer matches that sport is a great way to bring people together in an atmosphere of camaraderie and fun.

Let’s make Pickleball the most welcoming of all the sports and like our experience on a smaller scale, when we are all absorbed on the bench watching the game in progress.

Chuck Lefaive

Founding Director – www.pickleballcanada.org (ret)
Founding Director – www.bcpickleball.com ( active)
604-536-9602

 

After School Pickleball For At Risk Children, “A Spark”

   THE " A SPARK " PROGRAM

 " AFTER SCHOOL PICKLEBALL FOR AT RISK CHILDREN "

              PICKLEBALL GOES TO THE SCHOOL BOARD, THE YMCA, SPORTS BC AND THE CANADIAN TIRE CORPORATION

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  Having been recommended by White Rock Parks and Rec, for teaching Pickleball in the Surrey School System – to at risk children in grades K-6, we embarked on a recruitment program .  Players who had an interest in helping to teach children  our  go – to – sport were screened and signed on . If taught at a young age ,Pickleball could turn into a lifetime sport for these children – who, for many reasons had dropped out of all sports. Hence the name " A Spark " program to re-energize them into sport . It was suggested we start with 50 students – we had over 100.

 How did we do ? Some 22 of our seniors and youth players volunteered, with 14 coming to help in three schools, widely separated geographically . Green Timbers was Central Surrey, Adams Rd on the Surrey / Langley Cloverdale border , and Cedar Hills was located on the Surrey , North Delta border. This necessitated two crews for half of the times. Those YMCA volunteers who knew the children, in the main , had never heard of Pickleball , so were observers and helpers, which earned them all an instructors certificate at the end. We hope they will carry on with teaching  the sport , downloading the level 1 course from our www.bcpickleball.com website for free. Many YMCA's in North America offer Pickleball as a main sport. 8000+ schools teach Pickleball – the fastest growing sport in North America.

  All children from kindergarten to 6 learned the skills needed to play, attempted and played a tournament on the fourth day, and one group had a play session with their parents who enjoyed the interaction immensely and programmed some play time with their children in adjacent parks for the summer . Clayton park, Maple Green park , and Sungod Arena were promoted to them as adjacent facilities and some are free play areas. We thank all parents, YMCA  volunteers and South Surrey volunteers for this month of volunteer effort. We thank the Province for the funding.

All instructors had a background check.

A Sports BC article is to follow. We will attempt to send a copy of this report to the principals of the involved schools for distribution in their newsletters . Several students and staff indicated an interest in participating  as they had never heard of Pickleball before our arrival. We will ask parks and recreation surrey to provide more courts in Cloverdale, North Surrey and the North Delta border area so that these students can play in their off times eg: Summer holidays. We will also ask Guildford Rec., Cloverdale Rec., Sungod Rec. and South Surrey Rec. to provide times for children to play this sport with their own age groups as this has not yet been done in any lower mainland facility.

Commentary : Although each venue taught was different in demographic and ages, all were able to learn in spite of some at risk behaviour and learning difficulties . Of course expectations for the little ones is lower , but a beginning is always worthwhile.

The older ones looked forward to the competition and were paired with a younger and other gender partner wherever possible. The older ones then helped teach the younger ones. Parental involvement was helpful and promises some follow up. Our elementary school program takes a full school of 500 and teaches them within one week ending with a tournament. Teachers, principal, and parents all get involved and it is a very popular course.

We try to get the best return by suggesting grades 4-5-6-7 participate – so 250 students approx. These ages allow for faster learning and better hand / eye co-ordination. The absence of teachers, principal, or actual school involvement did not hamper the enthusiasm of the students but did not produce the school spirit for the sport shown by previously taught schools like Green Timbers.

  Paddles supplied at some schools were too large and too heavy. Diller, Swinger or the Canadian Woody from Manta Sports can be used ( they will put the school photo on it ) with a jugs ( MVP Sports Burnaby) ball – green or white.

Thanks to the school board, BC Sports , and the YMCA – Canadian Tire Corp. jumpstart program for all their support and co-ordination.

YOURS IN SPORT AND HEALTH,

CHUCK LEFAIVE

FOUNDING DIRECTOR

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