“AT WHAT AGE OR SKILL LEVEL SHOULD I START MY CHILD / GRANDCHILD TO PLAY PB ? “

“AT  WHAT AGE OR SKILL LEVEL SHOULD I START MY CHILD / GRANDCHILD TO PLAY PB ? “

This Xmas will be a time of gathering of families, with special times for kids offered, and for families , to play at our many Recreational Centers located near YOU.

Please take the opportunity to bring your grandchildren to the local center and teach them. They can learn to play and then play for a lifetime ( 90’s in not unusual in our play centers. ) Teach them
how to  play. Since this is  ( our motto) A GAME FOR ALL – then all levels and all ages can play. Last week we had a lady come to play at Coal Harbour who is a wheelchair athlete ( tennis ) and played well.

We have had downs syndrome children play well, some adults with tremours play well, and some post stroke players too. So, in our school teaching program we favour grades 4-7 as the time when
most kids gain decent hand eye co-ordination and the school gets the best bang for their buck. Their are exceptions to this guideline as some elementary school kids are gifted and we have had kindergarten age children come and play with the seniors and play well too.

All things considered , and taking all these issues together , I believe about three is the right age to start them , serving from closer to the net and lots of rally practice for them will reap big rewards later , in tennis, badminton, table tennis, racquetball and squash. All high schools in Surrey (37) teach pickleball in P/E and the kids love it. Many! elementaries seek out www.bcpickleball.com to book spring or fall teaching weeks. It takes a full week to teach one elementary school properly ( Max 500 students ) and their tournaments are the largest in Canada. More than 150 seniors have helped to teach the kids and of course have gained much by giving of themselves .  It is fun . To help out – call 604-536-9602.

Historically , the community centers have been giving us times to play favorable to seniors and some centers, a weekday evening and perhaps a weekend time for working people and younger cohorts. With 2.5 million players in the US and approx 10% of that in Canada, it is now time to approach, give times to and engage the younger people. So ask your respective programmers to look at their calendars and see if they can give you another evening or weekend time.Timms community center in Langley city is a good example, All their times, well spread out, are 18 + .

Finally, Rita and I would like to wish you and yours Happy Holidays !  Stay warm ! light a fire !

Good luck in 2017

Chuck Lefaive


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