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,
ph — 604-536-9602