Articles are in order of Date posted with the oldest at the top and the newer near the bottom.
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Chetwynd – Report on Pickleball – June 6 – 10, 2013
Photos to follow
Four days of introducing the game by Chuck LaFaive, Head of the BC Pickleball Assoc. with instruction for Level One Instruction on Monday.
Held at the Recreation Centre in the Curling Rink using 20 Juggs Balls, 4 Manta paddles, 10 Diller paddles, and two portable nets purchased with grant money and seniors contribution. The Recreation Centre has purchased a portable net as well.
65 people signed in throughout the training period (this is a tremendous response to the introduction of a new sport at the Centre according to Tyria Plamondon, Rec. Centre Programmer), with 16 of the attendees over the age of 55.
Four people took the instructors course.
Unfortunately, there was a miscommunication with the Hudson’s Hope Seniors and they prepared for the instructor on the previous Thursday and were not interested in doing so again. An invitation was extended to participate in the Chetwynd sessions.
Made contact with the person whose number I was given from FSJ but she said instruction was not particularly their need, but a place to play in the city. One person did attend from Fort St. John though and that person is registered for the Seniors Games in another sport and is looking for partners in order to play pickleball as well. That person is Grant Spelsberg.
Did not receive a reply from the Tumbler Ridge contact and late in the day contacted the Rec. Centre there to make a connection and to promote the opportunity to join the Chetwynd sessions or for us to travel to TR on Monday. Did not receive a follow-up request.
Did not phone anyone in Dawson Creek but also did not receive a request following the invite that Keith sent out.
Also visited and played at Moberly School on Thursday afternoon. 18 students, one Aboriginal Intervention Worker, and one teacher had the game introduced to them and played.
The recreation centre in Chetwynd is super supportive and intends to have courts and equipment available to the public following this week after Graduation winds up and the Curling Rink is available again. While the final times and fees are not yet determined, they will be frequent and low. Still need to meet with Seniors and the Rec. Centre to finalize where equipment will be stored and how it will be accessed.
While Chuck was here on Monday, he and Keith marked the placement of four courts on the tennis court across from the Pine Valley Seniors. There is a bit of maintenance to be done on the court and the final lines need to be drawn but there is a good backboard on the court that can be used for practise.
So far am delighted with the interest shown and know that we must act soon in continuing to promote the game while interest is high.
We are presently over-budget by about $300.00 as the equipment came in higher than anticipated because we were unable to get the bottom line price because we did not meet the minimum order number in order to do so.
Our local sporting goods store owner (Lonestar Sporting Goods) ordered everything for us at no profit to him.
Marcie Fofonoff, Community Connections Project Manager, SD59
June 11, 2013
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
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
BCPICKLEBALL GOES TO CITY HALL – LANGLEY
City Hall Langley and the Mayors office has moved to the new Timms Community center in downtown Langley accross from the Army and Navy store Mall . The Rec center has 6 new pickleball courts, 10 times per week that one can play , including two times per week for kids after school in OPEN time when , if they are first they can request pickleball be set up and the other kids then learn pickleball when they arrive. What a great opportunity for the teens of Langley and younger to learn to play.
For the past 5 weeks BC Pickleball has been teaching a cohort of some 20 seniors to play this new sport . After four hours of Play/ Teaching they played their first tournament last Friday – some had never played a tournament of any kids in their lifetimes. When finished, Christine Daum , programmer, invited the whole staff of City Hall to come, try, play, watch this new sport in action – rather than having coffee and donuts . This was a great idea, most participated and in 30 minutes, were playing a game. Would that all breaks for politicos were the same eh ! I was impressed with the energy this group put into the task – and I am sure this will augur well for the future of pickleball at Timms Community center as they come in contact with many and varied groups. As with South Surrey Rec and Cloverdale Rec I predict pickleball will become Timms most popular program. This current group were the first to sign up for the level 1 course in April 2016. We hope that the May group will add another 20 players to the play numbers as well as the open house where some 15 new players learned to play. Of course City Hall and all their barefoot players are welcome to have another go at it ………
I would like to thank John and Berryl Kusch, Brian Sullivan, Bill Macgregor , and Christine Daum, for their help and assistance in making these lessons happen.
THANKS TO OUR 2016 VOLUNTEERS FOR TEACHING WITH BC PICKLEBALL PROJECT
It is with pleasure that I present to you the volunteers for 2016 without which we would not have been able to expand Pickleball to others , young and old, recreational and competitive :
Project 1- Feb / march – STAR OF THE SEA School – South Surrey – for the 11th year in a row – 450 students – 5 sessions – one tournament
Lead instructor – Doug Wells , helpers Chuck Wilmot , Ray Cumberworth , Bill Macgregor – Canadian Pickleball federation , Ms Dorita Gaspar P/E instructor
Project 2- April / may TIMMS COMMUNITY CENTER – new – Langley BC – recruitment of 42 new players for the 8 timeslots 19+
Lead instructor – Chuck Lefaive , helpers Bill Macgregor , Brian Sullivan, John and Berryl Kusch , Jason Wu, and Gary Wilson, Carol Olesiuk
Project 3 – April – EATON ARROWSMITH SCHOOL – White Rock – soccer failed, baseball failed – pickleball worked- 26 students and staff
Lead Instructor – Chuck Lefaive , helper Bill Macgregor – Canadian pickleball federation
Project 4 – St Anthony’s school Keith Rd – West Vancouver – 200 students
Lead instructor – Chuck Lefaive – helpers Ed and Lilly Orlovsky ( West Van ) Georgia Hunter and Gary Bonner ( West Van ) Aki Takeda and James Min ( Vancouver ) Bill Macgregor ( North Delta )
Project 5 – The Arbutus club – Vancouver – private instructors course.
Lead instructor – Chuck Lefaive , participants – Gary Bonner, Aki Takeda, James Min, Carole Saunders, Gerry Macken, Anke Harpe , PeterG , Pat Macken
Two more teaching opportunities may present themselves but will be added when done.
Pickle Balling on the Sea
It was one of those nice long days at the sea. My wife and I were on a cruise ship crossing the Atlantic for a visit to England when I saw this group of people playing an unusual game on the ship’s basketball court.
They had a portable net, paddles and a funny hollow plastic ball…. This was my introduction to Pickle Ball, courtesy of a Florida fellow who had boarded the ship with a full Pickle Ball set: Net, paddles and balls. I do not need to tell you that his efforts were very well received and a large group of men and women played the game every day in that cruising trip.
I was hooked and I have practice Pickle Ball at every possible opportunity since. It was natural, therefore, that when we planned our next cruise we looked at the possibility to play some Pickle Ball.
Although we could not find any cruise advertising the game, we chose to book a cruise to Hawaii in the Zaandam because this ship has a “practice” tennis court. We thought that we could at the very least practice our Pickle Ball in that court.
As it turn out, we met early in the trip the Social Activity Director for the ship, who got interested in learning about the “new” game. From there, was a matter of buying a couple of additional paddles in Honolulu, adding the lines for Pickle Ball (the Social Director did it himself), and we had a group of people playing the game on board every morning for the balance of the trip. We were delighted, and thought it had been a great experience.
But the best was still to come. We had already booked another cruise with the same company, this time a long one, from San Diego to Buenos Aires. To our surprise, few days after returning from Hawaii we got an email “from the office of the president” of Holland America.
The President wanted to thanks us for having brought the subject of Pickle Ball to their attention! He advised that Pickle Ball was going to be incorporated into the daily activities to our next cruise to Buenos Aires and that the company was considering incorporating Pickle Ball as a regular activity in all its ships and cruises in the near future.
So there you have it. I am not sure if other cruise companies do offer Pickle Ball, but the likely hood that you will have at least it in a Holland America cruise in the future is very high.