Thursday, February 19, 2015

Byrne Creek Leos Charity Pickleball tournament, Burnaby, B.C. April 18-19, 2015

Byrne Creek Leos Charity Pickleball tournament, Byrne Creek Secondary School 7777- 18th Street, Burnaby, B.C. Date: April 18th- 19th, 2015
PCO Sanctioned (Tier 4) IFP rules Apply.Cost $35/ Person (includes lunch, fruit,drinks)
$10 for each additional event *Pickleball Canada Members Receive a $5 discount
Mens and Ladies Singles, Doubles and Mixed doubles 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, Open

To register go to: http://www.pickleballtournaments.com

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

PCO Area Ambassador Kelowna, B.C.

We are very pleased to announce that Ray Timbers has been appointed as Pickleball Canada's Area Ambassador for Kelowna, B.C.effective February 4, 2015.  Ray is very interested in teaching and training referees in Kelowna and the Okanagan valley.  He teaches new players and students and would like to initiate pickleball as part of the P.E. program in schools. He organized a PCO sanctioned tournament with Mike Carter in the Peachland Winterlude Pickleball Tournament last month.  He is organizing the upcoming Pickleball Kelowna Indoor Spring Tournament May 9, 2015. He is on the Western Nationals Committee in Kelowna. Thank you Ray for promoting Pickleball in Kelowna, B.C.  

Monday, February 2, 2015

International Federation of Pickleball (IFP) Ratings

Pickleball Canada (PCO) and United States of America Pickleball Association (USAPA) have implemented the International Federation of Pickleball (IFP) Rating system. This allows players to have the same player ratings in both Canada and the USA.


Pickleball Canada publishes the official IFP rating on the IFP website http://ipickleball.org under Player Rating (USA & Canada). More specifically, your rating is viewable at the following website: http://www.usapa.org/ratings-usapa/

Fraser Valley Pickleball has held four PCO sanctioned tournaments in B.C. last year. They have submitted 235 player ratings to PCO. We have published their IFP Ratings on the IFP website. We encouage all PCO Affiliated Clubs to submit recommended IFP player ratings to PCO.

Many PCO sanctioned tournaments are skill rated, some players have IFP ratings but most players have self-rated ratings. Tournament Directors make recommendations to PCO to assign official IFP Ratings for the players based on their recent tournament results and observing their play. Your rating may have changed from the one you assigned yourself. Higher ratings are the result of players receiving medals and their displayed skill level during tournament play. You may appeal your rating if you don't agree with your assigned rating.

IFP Rating may be listed as "S" for self rating, "T" for Tournament rating and "A" for appealed rating. We advise players to use the official IFP rating when they enter skill rated tournaments in Canada and the USA. If you have already registered for an upcoming skill rated tournament, it is your responsibility to inform the Tournament Director of your skill rating change.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

12 Outdoor Courts in Kelowna, B.C.

More Pickleball outdoor courts are coming to Parkinson Recreation Centre, Kelowna, B.C. 
Pickleballers will be taking over all the tennis court area next to PRC in time for the Annual Pickleball Canada National Western Open Tournament scheduled for mid July 2015. With many thanks to the Kelowna City Council budgeting $25,000.00 to convert 2 tennis courts into 6 pickleball courts, thus providing 12 dedicated pickleball courts, for the outdoor season. Together with the city's contribution of $25,000.00, the Kelowna Pickleball Group will provide an additional $10,000.00 toward this conversion project.

PCO Area Ambassador for Red Deer, Alberta

We are very pleased to announce that Jane White has been appointed as Pickleball Canada Area Ambassador for Red Deer, Alberta effective February 1, 2015. Jane has played pickleball for six years.  She finds pickleball an easy sport to teach/share/enjoy at different level.  She shows interest in promoting the sport and to see it grow and succeed.  She is looking for the possible working relatonships with other facilities.  


The true growth and development of pickleball occurs at the grassroots level. Promotion and marketing, clinics and instruction, and finding and securing places to play, are all initiatives of Area Ambassadors. We thank all our Ambassadors for their hard work and dedication in promoting pickleball in Canada!



Monday, January 19, 2015

PCO Area Ambassador for Westlock, Alberta

We are very pleased to announce that George Oko has been appointed as Pickleball Canada Area Ambassador for Westlock, Alberta effective January 19, 2015 George and many players do not go south for 6 months and they play pickleball indoors all winter in Alberta.  He sees that pickleball is only played outdoors in the summer, he would like to promote it as a winter sport as well.  He runs a pickleball program in Westlock and has done a demonstration in Athabasca.  He holds at least two "Introduction to Pickleball" clinics during the winter.  He would like to promote pickleball as an indoor sport by indicating to 55+ groups that it should be a part of both the Winter and Summer Games. There is no question that grassroots initiatives are driving pickleball's tremendous growth. Tournaments, new members and places to play, and player development are all spawned in communities. 

Monday, January 12, 2015

Peachland Winterlude Pickleball Tournament January 31, 2015

Peachland Winterlude Pickleball Tournament  Saturday January 31/2015 at Peachland Recreation Centre BC. 4446 6th street. Registration deadline: January 20, 2015  Cost: $20 includes lunch.  Guaranteed 7 games. Skill rated 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, 5.0, PCO Tier 4  Sanctioned Tournament   Round robin format. Contact: Michael Carter <mike.carter108@gmail.com> or Ray Timbers’ email: zumba.ninja.ray@gmail.com 250 860 2153