Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Special Hotel rates for 2012 Pickleball Canada National Championship

Special Hotel rates for 2012 Pickleball Canada National Championship.
Pickleball Canada is pleased to announce special accommodation rates. For those attending the Pickleball Canada National Open Championship July 7 - 8, 2012 to be held in Abbotsford Recreation Centre at 2499 McMillan rd., in Abbotsford, B.C. that require accommodation:

Sandman Hotel will offer a discount room rate of $99.00 per night for a one bedroom suite with a king bed, full kitchen, washer and dryer. In order to receive this rate, all guests will have to book directly with the hotel. Group Name: Pickle ball Tournament and Group # 15300
Sandman Hotel & Suites
32720 Simon Avenue, Abbotsford, B.C. V2T 0B8
(604) 556-7263 (800) 726-3626

Coast Hotel will offer a discount room rate of $114.00 sgle or dble occupancy. The rooms are on the 3rd and 4th floors and contain a king size bed. In order to receive this rate, all guests will have to book directly with us.
Coast Abbotsford Hotel & Suites
2020 Sumas Way, Abbotsford, British Columbia V2S 2C7
Tel: 604-853-1880 / Fax: 604-853-1951 / Res: 1-800-716-6199

Super 8
Abbotsford will offer a discount rate of $109.00 plus taxes (breakfast included). Regular rate is $139.00. In order to receive this rate, all guests will have to book directly with us, under the group name of Pickleball Association
1881 Sumas Way
Abbotsford, BC V2S 4L5
604-853-1141 or toll free 1-800-663-9842
Christmas Pickleball Potluck Party at ARC Senior Room

Friday, December 2, 2011

Pickleball Canada National Open Championship July 7-8, 2012

2012 Pickleball Canada National Open Championship will be held on July 7 - 8, 2012, hosted by Abbotsford Recreation Centre, 2499 McMillan Road, Abbotsford, B.C. The 2012 Pickleball Canada National Open Championship will be open to all players including USA. There will be open (singles and doubles), 55+, 60+, 65+, 70+, under 55 in mixed, mens and womens doubles divisions.
There are 20 events with limit of players:

OPEN Singles Mens,
OPEN Singles Womens,
OPEN Doubles Mixed,
OPEN Doubles Mens,
OPEN Doubles Womens,
Under 55 Doubles Mixed,
Under 55 Doubles Mens,
Under 55 Doubles Womens,
55+ Doubles Mixed,
55+ Doubles Mens,
55+ Doubles Womens,
60+ Doubles Mixed,
60+ Doubles Mens,
60+ Doubles Womens,
65+ Doubles Mixed,
65+ Doubles Mens,
65+ Doubles Womens,
70+ Doubles Mixed,
70+ Doubles Mens,
70+ Doubles Womens

You can register at ARC or mail your completed registration form and payment to "City of Abbotsford", Abbotsford Recreation Centre 2499 McMillan Road, Abbotsford, B.C.
Spaces are limited. Please register early !!!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Pickleball Canada Ambassador Peachland, B.C.

Peachland Pickleball News

The little town of Peachland is really BIG on Pickleball. We have over 40 members who play at various times. There are four courts available and we have recently implemented a Fair Rotation/Participation System which seems to work when there are players waiting.

Through the Peachland Recreation Centre, there have been three beginner clinics, and one advanced clinic in October and one more scheduled on December 5th. More beginner and advanced clinics are being planned for the new year as follows:

Beginners’ Clinic: Monday, January 9, 2012 from 1 to 2:30;
Advanced Clinic: Monday, January 23, 2012 from 1 to 2:30.

Registration may be done through the Peachland Recreation Department by calling 250-767-2133. These clinics are definitely worthwhile and the cost is only $5.00. Space is limited to 16 per clinic. As these clinics fill up quickly, please sign up ahead of time to ensure your spot on the courts.

Maria Dagis
Peachland Pickleball Canada Ambassador

Monday, November 21, 2011

Pickleball Canada Ambassador Victoria, B.C.

From Greater Victoria:

In addition to all the regular places and times to play, some local centres have increased their availability.

The George Pearkes Arena Field House (behind Tillicum Mall in Victoria) added a second session. Their Pickleball times are Tuesdays and Wednesdays 100-300pm with four courts and usually intermediate to higher level participants, although beginners are always welcome. In fact some picklers from Ladysmith came down for a change of venue and said it was loads of fun and a great facility for PB.

Brentwood Community Hall in Brentwood Bay expanded its times to include Sunday afternoon during the summer months whereas the locals usually play outside during that time. It seems that some picklers just like an indoors venue - which is close to facilities if you know what I mean - and BCH is well suited with its "Wimbledon" green walls and good lighting. The hours are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from 100-300pm-ish. And it accommodates some very skilled picklers!

Saanich Commonwealth Pool Gym with its two indoor courts added a Thursday evening to its lineup: Monday & Friday 100-300pm, Thursday evening 7-9pm... And it offers a free one hour skill session every Saturday morning from 8-9am!

Another option for pickleball are the two courts at the Esquimalt Rec Centre: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 115-315pm.

Around town outdoor tennis facilities are being double-lined for pickleball. Recently the courts at Carnarvon near the Oak Bay border have been adapted and a local tennis coach gave a free demo to fourteen tennis instructors. How cool is that!

Well the temperature has plummeted to ten degrees so that means half the retirees on the island are off down south and that includes many local pickleball enthusiasts. Sooo... if you know someone who wants to learn now is the time as most of our courts are open to just about anyone wanting to hit a plastic ball over a net with a large paddle.

See you on the other side of a net...

Len Taal
Pickleball Canada Ambassador
BC Seniors Games Zone 1 Pickleball Coordinator

Thursday, November 17, 2011

2012 Pickleball Canada National Championship July 7-8, 2012, Abbotsford, B.C.

Great News !!!
2012 Pickleball Canada National Championship will be held on July 7 - 8, 2012, hosted by Abbotsford Recreation Centre, 2499 McMillan Road, Abbotsford, B.C. The 2012 Pickleball Canada National Championship will be open to all players including USA. There will be open (singles and doubles), 55+, 60+, 65+, 70+, under 55 in mixed, mens and womens doubles divisions. Full information will be on the registration form which will be printed soon. It will be posted on our websites, blogs and newsletters.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Provincial Ambassador Quebec, Pickleball Canada

We are very pleased to announce that Terry Madden has been appointed as Pickleball Canada's Provincial Ambassador for Quebec effective 16 November, 2011. Congratulations Terry on your appointment !!!

Terry has played pickleball in Florida and Ontario for 4 years. He is very willing and capable to promote and help pickleball grow through the game's exposure within Quebec and beyond. He and his wife travel extensively throughout Canada and the USA.

Pickleball Canada now has 8 provincial provinces formally represented, leaving NL, PEI and the Territories Nunavut, Yukon and Northwest to go.

Monday, November 7, 2011

South Delta, Ladner, Richmond, Pickleball New Schedule

South Delta, Ladner, Richmond new Pickleball schedule by Area Ambassador Peter Darvill:
There has been a change in the schedule below for Sundays at South Delta RC. It is now 1:30 to 3 pm , no longer 3:30 start.

As well please note that on Wednesday November 9th, PBall will be played at the Richmond Olympic Oval, from 10 to 12 noon. The cost is a little high at $10. Please let me know if you want to attend.

Finally we had an impromptu outdoor session at Cromie Park on Saturday. Who says you have to be in Palm Springs in November to play outdoor PBall!!! It was quite comfortable in Ladner! If we get a nice day, we will try it again.
And don't forget the Christmas Eve PBall event will be held at 2 pm Dec. 24th outdoors @ Cromie Park. Santa has promised a nice day and I'm bringing the beer to toast him!

My PBall list is building slowly... but surely. We should have an "Olympic" event soon....
Please be reminded the Schedule from now on....

Sundays Richmond Thompson CC from 1 to 4pm
SDRC from 1:30 to 3:00pm

Mondays and Wednesdays SDRC from 12:30 to 3 pm

Tuesday and Thursday LadnerCC fro 3 to 5 pm.

See you there!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

New Place to Play in Prince George, B.C.

Prince George - New Place to Play
New Pickleball program at the Family YMCA of Prince George. The address is 2020 Massey Drive. The phone number is 250-562-9341 . There are 2 indoor courts.
The updated times for pickleball play as of April 16th, 2015, are as follows: 
Advanced Level
Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday: 1:30PM to 3:00PM

Beginner Level
Friday: 1:30PM to 3:00PM
Sunday: 9:00AM to 11:00AM

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Paddle Material Specifications

Oct 22, 2011 USAPA and International Federation of Pickleball have determined that the POP paddles with the cork core (model Q-1), both graphite skin and aluminum skin have been disallowed for sanctioned tournament play. This is because the paddles, as manufactured, to not meet the deflection test. It is highly recommended that all players be notified of this as soon as possible so they can have correct paddles at the tournaments.

From the USAPA and IFP websites: List of Commercial Paddles Not Meeting Specifications of the International Federation of Pickleball (IFP)

Paddle Name Reason
Apike Fails the deflection test. See Paddle Material Specifications.
Hush Fails the deflection test. See Paddle Material Specifications.
Performance One Paddles (POP). Model Q1 (graphite and cork), Model Q1 (aluminum and Cork) Fails the deflection test. 10-22-11 Fails the deflection test. See Paddle Material Specifications.
Pickleball Now Whomper Some paddles have been slightly oversize. Models at tournaments can be measured for compliance.


Sunday, October 9, 2011

South Delta Rec.Centre & Ladner Community Centre and Ladner Outdoor Courts

Pickleball Canada Area Ambassador Peter Darvill asked the City of Ladner to paint pickleball lines on some newly surfaced outdoor tennis courts in Ladner, B.C. He purchased one USAPA portable net and then he bought another one because there are too many players coming out to play. He has organized a league of more than 12 players and they play almost everyday !!!

At South Delta Rec Centre { Tsawassen } Starting this Monday we will have 3 days alloted for PBall. Mondays and Wednesdays from 12:30 to 3pm, and Sundays from 3:30 til 5:30. We have the 4 courts available for all these times. Let's try and show up as much as possible so we can keep these times for us, and pls. pass the word around to others who may be interested.

At Ladner Community Centre, effective November 1st, the times are changing on Tuesday and Thursday to 3 pm to 5:30 pm rather than the past start time of 4pm.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Pickleball Canada September Newsletter

Pickleball Canada September newsletter

Left to right: Henrietta Waters, Iris, Tom Hill, Michelle, Nigel Dance, Mike, Ken Witt, Beryl, Jane, Herman, Lesley, Bill Vroom, Shirley, Gerry Logan, Sheryl, Rod 

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Sechelt Seniors Activity Centre, Sechelt, B.C.

Sechelt Seniors Activity Centre
5604 Trail Avenue, Sechelt, BC, V0N 3A0
Phone Reception: 604-885-8910
Hours - Winter: 9 AM to 3 PM Summer: 10 AM to 2 PM
Monday 6:30 - 9:30pm
Tuesday 3:00 - 5:00pm
Wednesday 3:00 - 5:00pm
Thursday 3:30 - 5:30pm
and 5:30 to 9:00pm

Friday, September 30, 2011

Karen Renfrew, Pickleball Canada Area Ambassador Sunshine Coast, B.C.

We are very pleased to announce that Karen Renfrew has been appointed as Pickleball Canada's 13th Area Ambassador for Peachland, B.C. effective Sept 30, 2011.Congratulations Karen on your appointment !!!

Karen said "I have lived on the Sunshine Coast for 19 years and I know many people, so that made it was easy for me to start pickleball on the Sunshine Coast. Only one year ago there was no pickleball or organized pickleball here, now we are 65 strong. Organized a clinic here (Sept. 28th) with Grant Brittain and Ken Witt for instruction to improve our game. We are now in the process of organizing our first mini invitational tournament with other Zone 4 picklers to be held Oct. 22nd. Am now Zone 4 pickleball co-ordinator for B.C. Senior Games.

My stewardship of the program here on the Coast has allowed me to secure playing times at the Sechelt Seniors Activity Centre for now and into the future. There are no other dedicated courts outside of the Seniors Centre at this time, however I am looking at places to expand the availability of courts, indoors and outdoors. I was asked to teach at Elementary School and look forward to doing so. Pickleball is my passion and believe I will be a terrific ambassador for the Sunshine Coast of B.C."

New Brunswick, Pickleball Canada Provincial Ambassador for NB, New Website

New Brunswick New Place to Play

If you have any questions about pickleball, the rules, or are looking for somewhere to play, drop us a line. As we work to get the sport off the ground in New Brunswick, we can help you find a court or help arrange a match.

Raymond Doiron

Pickleball Canada Provincial Ambassador – New Brunswick

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Prince George - New Place to Play

Prince George - New Place to Play
New Pickleball program at the Family YMCA of Prince George. The address is 2020 Massey Drive. The phone number is 250-562-9341. There are 2 indoor courts. The facility is open to the public. There will be 2 times to begin: Monday 1:30-3 pm for Seniors and Thursday 7-8:30 pm for all ages. There will be a $3 drop in fee.

We have been active promoting the game. We had a table at the recent Leisure Fair in Prince George. We will be holding another session at the Active Aging event at UNBC tomorrow. We are expecting more interest, and apparently CBC wants to do a story. Should be fun!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Maria Dagis, Pickleball Canada Area Ambassador Peachland, B.C.

We are very pleased to announce that Maria Dagis has been appointed as Pickleball Canada's 12th Area Ambassador for Peachland, B.C. effective Sept 25, 2011.Congratulations Maria on your appointment !!!

Maria has been playing pickleball for a year and participated in tournaments. She teaches the beginners pickleball clinic in Peachland. She plays regularly, four times a week for two hours at a time.

For a town of 5000 people, they have a very active pickleball group. Maria takes everyone’s name and email address and contact players regularly to let them know of important matters. They will do a “Pickleball Open House” to invite the community to watch the play. Lots of people still don’t know what the sport is all about, however, because a lot of the citizens there go south for the winter, they probably would be interested in learning a sport that can be played while they are in the Arizona/California area.

Saturday, September 17, 2011


Hello Everyone:

There was a recent article in the Senior Living Magazine that promotes pickleball here in Canada. Unfortunately, Chuck Lefaive had a heavy hand in its creation so the facts may be a bit distorted.

A copy of the article can be viewed at the following link.

I've written a response to the managing editor which outlines some of the longstanding issues we have had with Chuck and his organizations. I've copied my response here for you to view. It is quite a lengthy response so please forgive me for that.

Dear Ms. Reid:

As President of Pickleball Canada I’d like to comment on the attached news article by Jane Cassie.

While some of the historical information in the article was indeed correct there are a few statements that are inconsistent with the truth. It is understandable that there may be confusion due to the name of our long-standing organization known as Pickleball Canada which is run by a volunteer non-profit Board of Directors and the recently formed Canada Pickleball Association which is an organization for profit operated by Brent Johner of Calgary in conjunction with Mr. Lefaive. To my knowledge their organization is operated without a formal Board of Directors.

The article gives the impression that Mr. Lefaive was the sole founder of our national organization, Pickleball Canada. Mr. Lefaive was one of five original founding members that formed Pickleball Canada. To imply that he was the founder of the sport here in Canada does a disservice to the other founding members from various provinces who worked equally long and hard to promote the sport.

In fact, Mr. Lefaive is no longer a member of our national organization, Pickleball Canada. Over a year and a half ago Mr. Lefaive resigned from Pickleball Canada because our Board of Directors voted to join the IFP (International Federation of Pickleball) and to adopt the global set of rules that govern the sport and outline equipment conformance requirements.

You may well ask why would Mr. Lefaive chose to do that if he is such a proponent of the game?

Mr. Lefaive has for the past few years had a vested interest in selling two specific paddles. He worked with a gentleman from South Surrey to manufacture and promote these paddles. Unfortunately for Mr. Lefaive and the paddle designer when the paddles were submitted for testing and approval to the regulatory group, USAPA (US Pickleball Association) they both failed the test and were subsequently banned from all sanctioned tournament play. Due to that ban Mr. Lefaive broke with the USAPA and continues to promote the sale of these paddles here in BC and throughout Canada.

When the Board of Directors for Pickleball Canada adopted the IFP & USAPA rules including standards for all paddles to be used in sanctioned tournaments, Mr. Lefaive chose to withdraw from Pickleball Canada and set up a partnership with Mr. Johner’s Racquet Network in Calgary. Mr. Lefaive and Mr. Johner formed their own association. They named it Canada Pickleball Association.

Earlier this year Pickleball Canada prepared and filed an Allegation of Confusion with Corporations Canada against Mr. Lefaive’s newly formed association Canada Pickleball due to the infringement and confusion that the name represented. That allegation was upheld by Corporations Canada and Mr. Lefaive and company changed their name to Canadian Pickleball Federation.

As your article mentions Mr. Johner and Mr. Lefaive promoted what they called a National Tournament. This tournament was not sanctioned by the national association Pickleball Canada. What Mr. Lefaive failed to mention was that the tournament was so poorly attended (less than 30 players) that they were forced to shorten the event. To put it bluntly, their national tournament was a bust.

Mr. Lefaive was quick to point out that he attends at elementary schools to share his pickleball pointers and passion. What he fails to share is that his organization, Canadian Pickleball Federation or Canada Pickleball in association with Mr. Johner’s Racquet Network charges for teaching pickleball in their area. See the fee structure listed on Mr. Johner’s web site.

Pickleball Canada does not charge for any training sessions and does not promote the sale of any specific paddles.

Your article lists web sites to contact for more information on pickleball. All of the noted web sites are connected to Mr. Lefaive’s many groups and online retail services. I was very disappointed to note that while reference was made to our national organization, Pickleball Canada, we were not referenced along with Mr. Lefaive’s links.

I strongly suspect that Mr. Lefaive did not point out to the author that he was not associated with Pickleball Canada. In fact the cover page picture shows Mr. Lefaive wearing one of our Pickleball Canada name tags. So I can see how Ms. Cassie could have been confused by Mr. Lefaive’s representations.

I’m sure it is an industry standard to check the accuracy of any story before publication. Our web site, which was quoted in your article, has a contact link and it would have been a welcome courtesy to vet the article with us given the fact we were referenced in the article.

Mr. Lefaive is a passionate promoter of pickleball and certain paddles. But in my personal opinion he is promoting pickleball for a price.

Your magazine article has helped to promote our sport by providing much needed exposure in the print media. We at Pickleball Canada appreciate your effort but wish to point out that there were errors in content.

If you require any further information or clarification please feel free to contact me by email or by phone.


Colin Caldwell – President
Pickleball Canada Organization


After a long and arduous battle it was announced yesterday that Corporations Canada has finally approved our name Pickleball Canada Organization effective August 28, 2011.

This puts to rest the name battle with Canada Pickleball which tried to usurp our name. Many thanks to Bill Franzman, Shirley & Dave Shepherd and Jim Dixon for all their hard work in making this happen.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Peter Darvill, Pickleball Canada Area Ambassador Richmond/South Delta, B.C.

We are very pleased to announce that Peter Darvill has been appointed as Pickleball Canada Organization's Area Ambassador for Richmond/South Delta, B.C. effective Sept 14 , 2011. Peter is our 12th Area Ambassador in B.C. Peter is an active player and group organizer in Richmond and South Delta, B.C. He has successfully arranged for new outdoor pickleball courts with the local municipality and formed an outdoor group who play regularly in addition to playing indoors. He made pickleball available seven days a week. He will continue to promote pickleball in Richmond and South Delta, B.C. and help to teach new players rules and good sportsmanship.

Congratulations Peter on your appointment !!!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Pickleball Canada Wins the Name Battle

Pickleball Canada Wins the Name Battle by Pickleball Canada President Colin Caldwell
Pickleball Canada has received a notification from Corporations Canada that Canada Pickleball Association has changed its name to Canadian Pickleball Federation effective August 18, 2011. The Canada Pickleball name was the name Brent Johner and Chuck Lefaive had registered and now they have changed the name.

Pickleball Canada filed an 'Allegation of Name Confusion' to Corporations Canada and defended our name Pickleball Canada and successfully won the name battle.

It has been a long hard battle to preserve our name and to prevent confusion as to who truly is the representative for pickleball in Canada. Pickleball Canada is therefore truly the governing body of Pickleball in Canada. Don't be fooled by imitations.

This confusion has led to many questions being asked of our Board members. The most frequent question is "I've been approached to join Canada Pickleball for free, is that you guys?" To that question I responded, "Absolutely not".

The group Canada Pickleball or Canadian Pickleball Federation who has been offering free memberships so they can pad their numbers with the hope that players and Sports Canada will recognize them as representatives of Pickleball in Canada. If anyone in Canada approaches you to join their group for free, be advised that they are not Pickleball Canada. If you have any concern, feel free to contact me via our website or at

Ladner Outdoor Pickleball Courts

Ladner Outdoor Pickleball Courts - by Peter Darvill
Cromie Park will be resurfaced with a new membrane next week and with Frank's help we have a comittment from Delta Engineering to have PBall lines permanently installed. It's a great venue and washrooms to boot! New fencing, world class surface,in Ladner... yipppee. I see PBall on Christmas Eve, outdoors, a great holiday tradition...
We are working on getting permanent times for our PBall group.

Finally...... some things in life are uncertain... but one thing is certain.. there will be Outdoor PBall in Ladner.

Monday, August 22, 2011

B.C. Seniors Games 2011

B.C.Seniors Games 2011 Aug 16-20 Castlegar/Nelson/Trail Winners:
Abbotsford and Chilliwack - 13 Gold, 6 Silver and 7 Bronze medals:
Womens Doubles Competitive 65-69 Gold Carol Haworth/Diane Hill
Womens Doubles Recreational 70-74 Gold Jane Squires/Bjarnasan
Mens Doubles Recreational 55-59 Gold Dave Shepherd/Mat Khan
Mens Doubles Recreational 55-59 Gold Dave Shepherd/Mat Khan
Mens Doubles Recreational 70-74 Gold Danny Garinger/Cain
Mixed Doubles Competitive 70-74 Gold Carol Haworth/Andy Mezer
Mixed Doubles Competitive 60-64 Gold Kathy Parkes/Henry Meerkerk
Mixed Doubles Competitive 60-64 Gold Kathy Parkes/Henry Meerkerk
Mixed Doubles Recreational 55-59 Gold Mat Khan/Pat Khan
Mixed Doubles Recreational 55-59 Gold Mat Khan/Pat Khan
Mixed Doubles Recreational 70-74 Gold Herb Peters/Jane Squires
Mixed Doubles Recreational 70-74 Gold Herb Peters/Jane Squires
Mixed Dobules Recreational 60-64 Gold Jerry Ruldoph/Beryl Kusch

Womens Doubles Competitive 60-64 Silver Kathy Parkes/Laura Zanen
Mens Doubles Recreational 60-64 Silver Ken Witt/Fred Hubbick
Womens Doubles Recreational Silver Annette McEwen/Pat Khan
Womens Doubles Recreational Silver Annette McEwen/Pat Khan
Mens Doubles Competitive Silver Henry Meerkerk/David Ulis
Womens Doubles Recreational Silver Mandy Witt/Beryl Kusch

Womens Doubles Recreational 55-59 Bronze Shirley Shepherd/Val Priebe
Mens Doubles Recreational 60-64 Bronze Herb Peters/Jerry Ruldoph
Mens Doubles Recreational 60-64 Bronze Herb Peters/Jerry Ruldoph
Mixed Doubles Recreational 60-64 Bronze Ken Witt/Mandy Witt
Mixed Doubles Recreational 60-64 Bronze Ken Witt/Mandy Witt
Mixed Doubles Recreational 65-69 Bronze Gerry Logan/Danny Garinger
Mixed Doubles Recreational 65-69 Bronze Gerry Logan/Danny Garinger

Monday, August 15, 2011


Abbotsford News - Sports
Sports in brief: B.C. Selects set to face Blaze


By Staff Writer - Abbotsford News

Published: August 04, 2011 3:00 PM

Local teams showed well at the second annual Abbotsford Pickleball Tournament, held last month at Abbotsford Recreation Centre.

The duo of Rhys Martel and Mike Shepherd won silver in the men's doubles under-55 category, while Elaine Griffiths and Kathy Parkes (ladies doubles 55-plus) and George Pool and Ganbat Tsend (men's doubles under-55) won bronze.

Pickleball, a racquet sport that combines elements of badminton and tennis, is said to be one of the fastest-growing sports in North America.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

USAPA Regional Ambassadors

National Senior Games Winter Championships, Rochester, NY

National Senior Games Winter Championships
Rochester, NY
September 28 - October 2, 2011

Registration is now open for this year's Winter Championships. This year PICKLEBALL will be played in a new venue, the Gates Chili High School's Spartan Stadium.

You have until September 1st to register so you can get in on all the excitement of this NSGA National Tournament, cosponsored by the USA Pickleball Association. With great playing, two outstanding free socials, and some fabulous sight-seeing opportunities, this year's Pickleball competition is shaping up to be the best yet. Rochester, NY is the host city for this 4th Annual NSGA Senior Games Winter Championships. This year pickleball will be held at the Gates Chili High School's Spartan Stadium, at 1 Spartan Way, just 5 miles from the Rochester Airport. This is a world class facility with an outstanding wood floor, great lighting, and plenty of space to accommodate the tournament. While in the area you will want to visit some great places such as a trip to Niagara Falls, the Finger Lakes area, the Wine Trails, and other local famous places like the Susan B Anthony and George Eastman Houses. Friday and Saturday will end with a happy hour where drinks, food, entertainment, and great company can be had, all at no extra charge. Last year this alone was worth the cost of registration. So get on board and register for this exciting event.

For our pickleball RVers, there is dry camping available at the site. Contact us for additional information.

See you in Rochester.

David & Nancy Jordan

To Register: NSGA Senior Games Flyer (pdf)

Additional information:

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

New Pickleball Canada Member Pete

New Pickleball Canada Member Pete by Dave Shepherd
Pete is a golfing friend of mine who joined Pickleball Canada recently. I introduced Pete to pickleball about one year ago. He plays in Ladner and Richmond about 3 times per week, also plays in Cloverdale maybe once a week. He also plays golf 5 days a week with me. He also plays baseball and racquetball although golf and pickleball are his main sports today.

He grew frustrated at trying to get a local municipality to convert an unused tennis court to pickleball so he bought a portable net from USAPA as well as a chalk line and constructs his own outdoor court any time he needs to. Having played some outdoor games in Mesa, he wanted to have that opportunity here as well as the indoor facilities. Now he can play anytime, anywhere in Canada and USA.
The net is the $140.00 net from USAPA website.
Congratulations, Pete and welcome to Pickleball Canada!!

Delta Parks and Rec are in the process of revitalising the 3 tennis courts at Cromie Park [adjacent to Ladner elementary School] and are willing to line us some PBall courts! They will meet with us prior to painting the lines, in order to accomodate both tennis and us!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Abbotsford News - Eye on the Ball
PHOTO: Eye on the ball by John Morrow
Published: July 14, 2011 10:00 AM
Updated: July 14, 2011 10:24 AM
Beryl Kusch connects on a return during the second annual Abbotsford Pickleball Tournament on Saturday at Abbotsford Rec Centre. The event drew 67 entries from across B.C. and Washington State. Pickleball, a raquet sport that combines elements of badminton and tennis, is said to be one of the fastest-growing sports in North America

Sunday, July 10, 2011


July 9, 2011 Abbotsford 2nd Annual Pickleball Tournament was a great success !!!

ARC was swarmed with players arriving as early as 7 am and our tournament was finished at about 6 pm. We had about 67 competitors from all over B.C. including Nanaimo, Ladner, Port Moody, Kelowna, Chilliwack, South Surrey and two from Washington State. We were lucky to have a visitor from Sacramento who was able to fill in for a player unable to make it. We took a group photo at 8:30 am with about 52 players in attendance, about 15 players under 55 arrived later. We had many of the top players in the province playing. The level of play was fantastic, 3.5 to 5 levels.

An Abbotsford News photographer stayed for some time taking many photographs. He had never seen pickleball before but he is enthused about the game and can't wait to play. An ARC Senior Newsletter photographer was also there taking some pictures.

A big thank you to Laura Kerr and Ryan from ARC who helped all day in setting up, player registrations, supplying beautiful medals and excellent food, organizing both gyms for the tournament.

Thanks to our sponsors who provided the door prizes: ARC, Pickleball Canada, Murray GM, S-Type Sports, North Bellingham Golf Course and other anonymous donors.

Thanks to all our volunteers: Colin, Catherine, Dorothy, Leslie and Nigel. Referees: Pat, Mandy and Elaine. Line judges: Ken and Grant..

Congratulations to all the medal Winners:

Mixed Doubles 55+
Gold John Kusch/Elaine Lerner
Silver Colin Caldwell/Theresa Orcutt
Bronze Pat Copp/David Touchet

Mens Doubles 55+
Gold John Kusch/David Touchet
Silver Del Iggulden/Paul Ellis
Bronze Ronnie Pitcher/Garth Watkins

Ladies Doubles 55+
Gold Elaine Lerner/Theresa Orcutt
Silver Pat Copp/Terry Saunders
Bronze Elaine Griffiths/Kathy Parkes

Mixed Doubles Under 55
Gold Luba Zkekhovskaya/Danis Zhekhovsky
Silver Del Iggulden/Karen Iggulden
Bronze Brenda Ellis/Reg Skinner

Mens Doubles Under 55
Gold Reg Skinner/Danis Zhekhovsky
Silver Rhys Martel/Mike Shepherd
Bronze George Pool/Ganbat Tsend

Ladies Doubles Under 55
Gold Karen Iggulden/Luba Zhekhovskaya
Silver Madalene Choy/Jody Yeh
Bronze Dee Pitcher/Trudy Pitcher

Fantastic prizes: Pickleball shoulder holders, paddle covers and T-Shirts from Pickleball Canada, a new Storm Paddle from S-Type Sports, two golf passes from North Bellingham Golf Course, two 'Cadillac' teddy bears and Upholstery cleaners from Murray GM, paddle cover from Grant Brittain, ARC personal training session passes, ARC one month passes, other prizes from pickleball friends include Cross pen, silver tray, two silver sandwich trays, glass salad bowl, electric juicer, kitchen utensil holder, 5 boxes of chocolates, water bottles and thermal mugs.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Certificate of Thanks from Simonds School, Langley, B.C.

Pickleball Canada Association received a 'Certificate of Thanks' from Simonds Elementary School, Spring 2011, signed by Ms.T.Rogers, Principal.

Dave, Shirley and Mike Shepherd gave 18 hours of free Pickleball instructions at Simonds Elementary School in Langley, B.C. on June 8, 2011.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

International Federation of Pickleball (IFP)

Bill Booth, President, USAPA
The USAPA is pleased to welcome Pickleball Canada to the International Federation of Pickleball (IFP) that was initially founded by the All India Pickleball Association (AIPA) and the USAPA.

The IFP was organized to perpetuate the growth and advancement of pickleball throughout the world. The member organizations representing their respective countries have agreed to conduct the business of the IFP in conformance to the Constitution and Bylaws of the IFP. Member organizations also support the International Rules of Pickleball. The IFP website,, was established in April 2010.

The international rules were adapted from the rules of the USAPA that were first published in March 1984 and include all revisions to date. The next published version of the rulebook will contain IFP rules and replace the current USAPA version.

The three member organizations are currently the only organizations that are the governing bodies of the sport in their respective countries. Pickleball is played in other countries, but the sport has not developed in any of those countries to the point where a formal organization exists. That will change as the sport continues to grow.

The IFP sets the stage for all countries to join in future international competition with a common set of rules.

Who is the new Canadian Pickleball Federation?

By Colin Caldwell, President of Pickelball Canada.
There has been a recent development here in Canada. The new profit centre, Canada Pickleball, has decided to change its name to The Canadian Pickleball Federation and along with that its owner, Brent Johner from Calgary, has appointed his "federation" the governing body for the sport of pickleball in all of Canada. See the announcement on the web at

I'm amazed at the audacity of Mr Johner and company but maybe I shouldn't be so amazed as Chuck has been self appointing himself any number of things in the past months and years.

This proclamation along with the the article on Mr Johner's web site titled "Our Hidden Agenda" outlines their intent to become the governing body for pickleball in Canada to secure funding from Sports Canada. Once again, this all comes down to money.

By definition a "federation" is a group of states with a central government but with independence in internal affairs. Mr Johner could have joined the truly international federation of pickleball, the IFP, but because he insists on promoting the Apike and Hush paddles they cannot.

The IFP is the true federation of pickleball with representatives in the USA, India and Canada. Pickleball Canada is a proud member of that federation and we fully believe in promoting pickleball nationally and internationally through the federation.

Mr Johner and the Canadian Pickleball Federation can call themselves what they want and represent themselves however they wish but in the end they are fooling no one. It is a money grab and that's all it is.

Where will this all end? I don't know but I am sick and tired of these self appointed guns for hire entrepreneurs that think only of what kind of profit they can make out of pickleball.

Friday, June 17, 2011

West Kelowna, Area Ambassador, Pickelball Canada

We are very pleased to announce that Jim Saunders has been appointed as Pickleball Canada Association's Area Ambassador for West Kelowna, B.C. effective June 17, 2011. Jim is our 11th Area Ambassador in B.C.

Jim has been working in the past year with the District of West Kelowna to develop pickleball courts in his community. He has been successful and work will begin this fall regarding this project. Organized clinics with a 5.0 Rated player from Arizona...well received. Jim recently organized the Central Okanagan Pickelball tournament in May in West Kelowna.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Volunteer Pickleball Instructions at Langley School

Pickleball Canada volunteers Dave, Shirley and Mike Shepherd gave 18 hours of free Pickleball instructions at Simonds Elementary School in Langley, B.C. They taught 4 P.E. classes to about 120 students, grade 5-7. The school has the pickleball equipments and they lowered the badminton nets for us. The students and teachers were very happy to learn how to play pickleball. At first the students could hardly hit the ball, but after one and a half hours, they were even rallying, laughing and having a great time!!! Two teachers play tennis so they were excellent at it and we even played a game with them during the lunch hour. It was a very satisfying experience for us to see them learning this new game of Pickleball and enjoying it!!!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

The Great Canadian Pickleball Wars by Colin Caldwell, Director / Chairman Sanctioning Committee, Pickleball Canada

There is currently a battle raging in Canada between two organizations, Pickleball Canada Association and a newly formed group out of Calgary, Canada Pickleball Association.

One might very well ask two questions: why are there two separate groups vying to represent pickleball across Canada and why is there so much animosity between the two?

A brief history of pickleball in Canada is in order. Five founding members formed Pickleball Canada in 2009. The object of the association was to increase awareness of pickleball across Canada through demos, radio, TV interviews and a monthly Pickleball Canada Newsletter. Membership grew through 2009 and into 2010 to 400 members across Canada.

In 2010 the founding members stepped aside in favor of a Board of Directors, who would create a set of Bylaws and establish the mission to promote the sport and spread the opportunity for players to find places to play. That mission is still evident to this day. Pickleball Canada offers guides and instruction materials on the game and does not charge for training or associated materials.

In the fall of 2010 Mr. Brent Johner of the Oakridge Racquet Club in Calgary requested that Pickleball Canada sanction what was to be billed as the Canadian National Pickleball Championships to be held in Calgary in July 2011. Mr. Johner’s group does not support the International Federation of Pickleball (IFP) or the USAPA rules concerning paddle material specifications. They insisted that the tournament be open to all people and all paddles. Mr. Johner is a promoter and retailer of the Apike and Hush paddles and sells these paddles through his many web sites including and

An Annual General Meeting of Pickleball Canada was held in February 2011 in Arizona, where many of the board members reside during the winter months. At that time Mr. Johner made an unsuccessful bid to be elected to the Board of Directors of Pickleball Canada. Also at that meeting a motion was passed to adopt the International Federation of Pickleball Rules and USAPA Rules that include the guidelines on paddles. See Paddle Material Specifications.

Upon learning of the vote to accept the IFP Rules, Mr. Johner took three actions: he denounced the decision to standardize the rules for all sanctioned tournament play in Canada; he dropped the Pickleball Canada sanctioning for what was now his Canadian National Pickleball Championship Tournament; and he announced that his tournament would be open to all paddles, but not all players. He disallowed all US player participation, even those that had previously registered.

Since that time Mr. Johner, along with Chuck Lefaive from British Columbia and Marcel Lemieux from Quebec (who by the way were two of the founding members), have waged a war against Pickleball Canada. It is interesting to note that of the five original founding members, three have chosen to remain on Pickleball Canada’s Board of Directors. They are Bev Butt, Wayne Roswell and Bill Franzman.

One of the first volleys was to officially register the name Canada Pickleball Association with Corporations Canada, even though the name they chose closely matches the existing Pickleball Canada Association brand that had been in existence for over 2 years. Next the upstart group offered free memberships to attract new members hoping, I suspect, to legitimize their claim to be a bona fide association and not just a vehicle to sell Apike paddles. All new members must take the “Players’s Pledge” that includes the words “--- respect every player’s right to choose their own paddle.”

Their web site has included articles such as “Study Stated Apike Pickleball Paddle Safe”. Interestingly enough, there seems to be some disagreement between the two gentlemen relative to Apike performance. Chuck Lefaive has long insisted that the Apike is no different from any other paddle when it comes to the speed it can produce or the spin it can apply to the ball. Mr. Johner, on the other hand, states in his article that, depending on the level of player, there can be up to a 10% increase in the speed at which the ball can be propelled with an Apike. He also states in his article “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Apike?” “Some prefer it (the Apike) because it offers (and delivers) superior spin and control”. These admissions are very interesting considering that the promoters of the Apike have long shied away from admitting there is any advantage when it comes to velocity or spin. I wonder if Mr. Johner vetted his remarks through Frank Wu (the designer) or Chuck Lefaive? Obviously, they have failed to get their story straight.

So, the battle will continue between the two groups. On one hand you have the founding organization, Pickleball Canada, a non-profit organization whose primary goal is to promote the sport and provide free training tools to all. On the other hand you have the new association, Canada Pickleball, a for-profit group that promotes and sells Apike and Hush paddles and charges considerable fees for teaching pickleball and hosting tournaments. I was amazed at the cost for lessons that Mr. Johner is charging through his Racquet Network site. Check it out for yourself at Pickleball Lessons in Calgary. Mr. Johner’s Canadian National Pickleball Championship costs $65.00 per event, fairly pricey if you play in 2 or 3 events.

Mr. Johner and Canada Pickleball do not believe in volunteer pickleball programs. He does believe in making money. The only way to grow pickleball, in his estimation, is to make a business out of the sport. He states, “In general, volunteer-run programs work only where very special (and rare) volunteers can be found to make them work. In the absence of such a special person, there has to be an economic motive for somebody else to make it grow. It doesn’t matter if that person is a facility manager, a program leader, a racquet dealer, a teaching pro or a club owner. The sport will grow successfully only in those areas where somebody earns income by making it grow.” Furthermore, he believes the only way to grow our sport is to pay professionals to organize the game. “At the end of the day, pickleball is like any other sport. It has to pay both its court costs and the wages of the people doing the work. If it is unable to do this, pickleball will not be taken seriously by facility managers and will eventually be pushed aside by other sports who are able to pay their way. Equally important, though, is that pickleball will not be taken seriously by the players if the fee structures are unsustainable. The most important thing I have learned as the Executive Director for Racquet Network is this: FREE PROGRAMS ATTRACT FREE RIDERS. It is impossible to build anything sustainable around free riders.”
Let me make something very clear. Pickleball Canada did not ban the use of the Apike and Hush paddles for everyday use. If one chooses to play with an Apike or Hush paddle, that’s up to the individual. What Pickleball Canada maintains is that only approved paddles can be used in Pickleball Canada Sanctioned Tournaments.

Personally, I have chosen not to use them and I try not to play in any tournament where they are allowed. I don’t even like to play against them at the recreational level and avoid doing so whenever possible. Both the Apike and Hush paddles provide an unfair advantage to those that use them.

In conclusion, my opinion as a proud member of both Pickleball Canada and the USAPA, is that Mr. Johner is manipulating and manhandling the sport I love so dearly in order to market his products and services. He is using Canada Pickleball to promote that agenda. In addition, Mr. Johner and Chuck Lefaive have put profits ahead of the sport, and, frankly, I find their attack on Pickleball Canada, the original legitimate organization, self serving and distasteful.

All of us true patrons of the sport hope that in the coming months we can put an end to this debate and get on with promoting the true sport of pickleball here in Canada.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Abbotsford Pickleball Tournament

Abbotsford Pickleball Tournament at ARC on July 9. Hurry to Register!!!
About 35 players have signed up already, spaces are going fast!!! Many players from Kelowna, South Surrey, Cloverdale have registered. 8 more Abbotsford players have signed up for our Pickleball Tournament yesterday. Our maximum number of participants is 76 players, double elimination format, mixed, mens and ladies doubles 55+ and under 55. Please register before it is full.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Salmon Arm, B.C.Area Ambassador, Pickleball Canada

We are very pleased to announce that Linda Brown has been appointed as Pickleball Canada Association's Area Ambassador for Salmon Arm, B.C. effective May 18, 2011. Linda is our 10th Area Ambassador in B.C. She has played pickleball for 3 years. She is trying to get summer outdoors courts there.
Congratulations Linda on your appointment !!!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

New Creekside Community Centre Vancouver

NEW Creekside Community Centre
1 Athletes Way
Vancouver, BC V5Y 0B1
(604) 257-3050
Tuesday and Thursday 9:30-11:45AM
Friday 2:00-4:45PM
Dave and Colin went to Creekside Community Centre to hold a pickleball clinic: volleys, drop shots, dinks, non-volley zone and positional play. They met Bob, Georgia, Hugh and Manabu. The facility is brand new and modern. It is located in the Athletes Village on False Creek. Free parking available on the street or underground parking $2/hr. Drop-in pickleball $2.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Surrey Schools Recognition to Pickleball Canada .

This is a plaque from Surrey School District #36 for Pickleball Canada Association:

"In gracious recognition of Pickleball Canada Association for their generous support of the DREAMS Spring Break Programs in the Surrey School District, signed by Laurae McNally, Chair, Board of School Trustees, School District No. 38 (Surrey), April 4, 2011"

During this Spring Break Program, Dave, Shirley, Mike Shepherd and Herb Peters from Abbotsford gave free 20 hours of Pickleball instructions to approximately 180 students at five schools in Surrey, B.C.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Kelowna Pickleball Tournament May 14, 2011

It was an excellent tournament, well attended and everyone had a good time, note all the smiling faces, 77 in photo. There was a table with about 25 homemade cakes, muffins, cookies, fruit and coffee which we could snack on all day and a very nice lunch included.

Colin and his partner's won GOLD in Men's Doubles and also Mixed Doubles, competitive. Dave Shepherd won Bronze in Men's recreational. Jim Saunders (organizer of this event and his partner Doug Ross won Silver in Men's Doubles. Then Jim & Terry (his wife) Saunders won Silver in Mixed Doubles.

Two of the best players in Canada, SJ Lehman and Ronnie Pitcher were there, as a team they won every game they played but had to leave before the final game so had to accept 3rd Bronze. It was both fun and entertaining to watch all players. There were many amazing games.

The great news is we signed up 14 new members on the spot and might get a few more in the mail. Pickelball Canada now has over 400 members.

Copy and paste this link to see a video from Global TV on the West Kelowna Tournament Held Saturday May 14, 2011...there is a short commercial first

Friday, April 29, 2011

Cloverdale Grand Opening May 7, 2011

This morning Dave and Shirley played pickleball at the brand new facility at Cloverdale Recreation Centre, 6188-176 Street,Surrey, B.C. Eight courts were open but there were only four players from South Surrey Recreation Centre (we met Colin, Dee and Karen) and a few beginners. The lightings were very bright with white walls and white balls that it was hard to see the ball. One player brought his own blue ball so he can see it. The new facility was spacious and clean, the staff were very friendly and helpful.

Cloverdale Recreation Centre Grand Opening Celebration Sat. May 7, 2011 11am-2pm. Free family event, live music, dancers, entertainment and prizes. Pickleball drop-in: Mon. 2-4pm, Wed. 1-3pm, Fri. 10-12pm, Sat. 9-12noon, Sun.12-3pm.

Monday, April 25, 2011

PCA 9th Area Ambassador Chilliwack/Abbotsford, B.C.

We are very pleased to announce that Carol Haworth has been appointed as Pickleball Canada Association's Area Ambassador for Chilliwack/Abbotsford, B.C. effective April 4, 2011. Carol is our 9th Area Ambassador in B.C.

Congratulations Carol on your appointment !!!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Pickleball Canada Volunteer Schools Instructors

Dave, Mike, Herb and Shirley volunteered to be Pickleball instructors for Pickleball Canada as requested by Surrey School Board for their 'Dream Camp' Program. We taught about 200 students in five schools for two days, morning and afternoon classes, ages from Kingergarten to Grade 7.

We played different games with them. One tossed a ball and the other hits it, they switched sides after a few minutes(this gets them to be able to hit a ball). One game that they enjoyed: they line up to hit a ball, if they hit it back to the instructor, they go back to the back of the line, if it goes sideways, they have to pick up the ball and sit out, the last one in the lineup is the winner. Then boys in one line, girls in one line to play the same game. Most children cannot hit a ball at first, but after one and half hour, they can even rally. They also learned how to serve and the older ones even leaned how to play a game. Everyone enjoyed it including their teachers!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

West Kelowna Annual Spring Pickleball Tournament

West Kelowna Annual Spring Pickleball Tournament
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Mt. Boucherie School Gym
2751 Cameron Road, West Kelowna
Tournament Format: Double Elimination for Participants Age 50 and up. Only USAPA approved paddles allowed (no Apike and Hush paddles). Deadline for entry: May 6, 2011 Check-in Time: 30 minutes before first event (Entry limited to the first 60 players)
To register: call the District of West Kelowna Recreation and Culture Department at:
778-797-8800 cash, Debit, MasterCard or Visa accepted
Entry Fee: $25.00 (for up to 4 events) Registration form:

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Write-Up from Area Ambassador,Trail, BC

Hello fellow pickleball players,

My name is Carrie Lajeunesse, and I am the current Pickleball Ambassador for the Trail B.C. pickleball group. We are a pretty diverse group of men and women that vary in age from 16-70+ years young. Many players travel from Castlegar, Fruitvale, and Montrose to play in our group because we have the only organized pickleball group in the area. In the early spring, winter and late fall we can be found playing in the Cominco Gym and in the late spring, summer and early fall we can be found playing at the Trail Aquatic and Leisure center on the tennis courts. Our playing times are Tues/Thurs mornings and Wed evenings. This allows some of our players to play up to 3 times a week if they wish. Our Parks and Rec pickleball liaison, Lisa, is planning a fun tournament for sometime in June, which we are all very much looking forward to. Trail is also one of the towns hosting the Senior Games in August of this year. I believe Pickleball is being hosted here in Trail.

I have been playing for about 2 years and enjoying every minute of it. I have met some really great people. We have a lot of fun and get a great work out as well. Alas, I am still working so I cannot play as often as I would like. Some of us did not think we would see the day when we would wish we were a little older so we could participate as players in the Seniors Games!

We look forward to the day when our paths cross either at a tournament or the Senior Games one year. Happy volleying!
Regards, Carrie Lajeunesse

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Westside Paper - Peachland Area Ambassador. What is Pickleball?

Heather McDonald is featured in the Seniors column of the Westside newspaper as Pickleball Canada's Area Ambassador for Peachland, B.C. Heather has been playing in Peachland since 2005. She was recommended for this position and was accepted on Feb 3, 2011. She has helped to grow Pickleball from two to five times a week sessions and will be offering beginners/intermediate clinics in the fall.
Peachland Recreation Centre, 4550 6th St., Peachland, B.C. 4 courts.
Mon/Wed 9:05 – 10:30 am
Tues/Thursday 1:15 – 3:00 pm
Thursday 7:30 - 9:00 pm
Fees: Drop –in Fee $3.00
Beginners/Intermediate Clinics to be held in the fall of 2011.

WHAT IS PICKLEBALL? What sport is a mix of table-tennis, badminton
and tennis? Answer: Pickleball. Originating from the United States, the
game has been gaining steady popularity in Canada since its introduction
in the late 1980s.

Using a racquet similar to an enlarged table-tennis bat and a
perforated plastic ball the size of a tennis ball, the game is usually
played on badminton courts with the net lowered to 34 inches in housing estates and community centres (CCs). Played by two or four players at a time, its rules are similar to that of tennis while points are scored in the same way as in a badminton
game. Players race to score 11, 15 or 21 points to win a match. It is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players.

Friday, March 11, 2011

PCA Area Ambassador for Rutland, B.C.

We are very pleased to announce that Gary Everard has been appointed as Pickleball Canada Association's Area Ambassador for Rutland, B.C. effective March 11, 2011. Gary is our 8th Area Ambassador in B.C.

Congratulations Gary on your appointment !!!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Len Taal Pickling in Sun Valley in California

News from Len Taal, March 10/11 PCA Area Ambassador, Victoria, B.C.
Greetings from Sky Valley in California where,like many Canadian Picklers, we are winterizing until April and then returning to our home In Esquimalt to continue playing at our local Rec Centre. Of course while so many "northerners" are down south the local venues are lacking participants. Would you believe that at one time we had 16 picklers from the Esquimalt Rec Centre in our park near Palm Springs! But come April many return and will begin to tune up for the BC Seniors Games in August.

In Victoria pickleball is being played in several area Centres and one ambitious pickler is holding training session on Saturday mornings for those looking to enhance their skill level. I can't wait to get back home and find out how things are going. But wait. It is raining out on the west coat...huh... I'll stay in the sun down south just a tad longer. Pickleball in 30 degree heat anyone?

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Rules and Equipment Conformity by PCA

At the Pickleball Canada Association's Annual General Meeting Feb 19,2010, the Board has voted and approved to abide by the international rules and equipment conformity of International Federation of Pickleball.

The debate over rules and specifications has gone on much too long and has promoted divisions within the Canada's Pickleball community. PCA Board has finally put that debate to rest as it pertains to sanctioned tournaments.

This decision now paves the way so that the PCA can conform with the rest of the global Pickleball community. It means that Apike and Hush paddles will be banned from PCA sanctioned tournaments because they do not meet material specifications under the international rules of International Federation of Pickleball.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Victoria, B.C. Area Ambassador Pickleball Canada

We are very pleased to announce that Len Taal has been appointed as Pickleball Canada Association's Area Ambassador for Victoria, B.C. effective February 15, 2011.

Congratulations Len on your appointment !!!

Some excellent ideas by Len for Promoting Growth:
1. Consider an Open House for Pickleball at other centres so that the curious have an opportunity to see and play the game for free.
2. At most locations, the picklers themselves set up courts, manage the games, teach the skills. The recreation centres provide the time and space, poles and nets and balls, and the picklers carry-on themselves.
3. Talk about running a higher level/challenging program for those wanting to refine their skills.
4. In the Spring, contact the local Centres to see what is happening and remind players that they might want to tune up for the August BC Seniors Games.
5. Discuss opportunities to provide a tournament in your area.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Positions Open for Area Ambassadors, B.C.

We are very pleased to announce that Pickleball Canada Association has appointed six Area Ambassadors in B.C.: Kamloops, Trail, Peachland, North Shore of Vancouver, Nanaimo and Abbotsford.

Area Ambassador positions are still open for Richmond, Surrey, Chilliwack, Port Moody, Port Coquitlam, Ladner, Tsawassen, Vancouver, Delta, Cloverdale, Point Roberts, Victoria, Salmon Arm, Oliver, Penticton, etc.

If you are interested to apply, please fill out the application form: and email it to Dave and Shirley Shepherd (PCA Provincial Ambassadors for B.C.) at for recommendation.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Area Ambassador for Abbotsford - Pickleball Canada

We are very pleased to announce that Mike Shepherd has been appointed as Pickleball Canada Association's Area Ambassador for Abbotsford, B.C. effective February 8, 2011.

Congratulations Mike on your appointment !!!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Pickleball Canada -Area Ambassador Nanaimo,B.C.

We are very pleased to announce that Ronnie Pitcher has been appointed as Pickleball Canada Association's Area Ambassador for Nanaimo, B.C. effective February 7, 2011.

Congratulations Ronnie on your appointment !!!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Pickleball Canada - Area Ambassador for North Shore, Vancouver, B.C.

We are very pleased to announce that Ed and Lilly Orlovsky have been appointed as Pickleball Canada Association's Area Ambassadors for North Shore, Vancouver, B.C. effective February 5, 2011.

Congratulations Ed and Lilly on your appointment !!!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Pickleball Canada - Area Ambassador for Peachland, B.C.

We are very pleased to announce that Heather McDonald has been appointed as Pickleball Canada Association's Area Ambassador for Peachland, B.C. effective February 3, 2011.

Congratulations Heather on your appointment !!!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Area Ambassador for Trail, B.C.- Pickleball Canada

We are very pleased to announce that Carrie Lajeunesse has been appointed as Pickleball Canada Association's Area Ambassador for Trail, B.C. effective February 2, 2011.

Congratulations Carrie on your appointment !!!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Area Ambassador for Kamloops, B.C.-Pickleball Canada

We are very pleased to announce that Andy Bakogeorge has been appointed as Pickleball Canada Association's Area Ambassador for Kamloops, B.C. effective January 31, 2011.

Congratulations Andy and welcome aboard !!!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Notice to All Members of Pickleball Canada

Notice to All Members of Pickleball Canada As Chairman of the Nominating Committee of Pickleball Canada, I am asking for the names of players that you want to have considered for election to the Board of Pickleball Canada at the Annual General Meeting on Saturday, February 19, 2011.

If you know of a player, that would be willing to serve in a position on the Board, please recommend them. We are looking for fresh ideas. We need players to put their names forward so we get the best candidates for the job. We want a democratic process and we can only get that if we have several candidates running for the same position.

So that the nominating committee can have time to review the names and prepare a list prior to February 19, 2011, we ask that all names be submitted to the chair, no later than February 15, 2011.

Please forward your nominations to Wayne Roswell at
Your nominating committee,
Beverley Butt, Donna Robins, Wayne Roswell

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Application Form for Area Ambassadors of B.C.

Pickleball Canada has a new Board of Directors. They have made some changes to the Ambassador Program. The Provincial Ambassador is a new position and one of our responsibilities is to make recommendation for Area Ambassadors to be approved by Pickleball Canada.

The new Ambassador Program requires completed applications from new applicants as well as from previously appointed ones (to be documented). The new Ambassador Program does not have any 'At Large' Ambassadors, so if you have been 'At Large', please choose a specific location that you would like to represent.

For those who are interested to become an Area Ambassador in B.C., please read the Ambassador Program policies, Procedures and Guidelines in Pickleball Canada website

Application Form for Area Ambassadors of B.C.

Please forward your application form to David and Shirley Shepherd at so that we can send it in with our recommendation.

Pickleball Canada - Provincial Ambassadors for B.C.

David and Shirley Shepherd
We are very pleased to announce that Shirley and David Shepherd have been appointed as the Pickleball Canada Association's Provincial Ambassadors for British Columbia effective January 26, 2011.

Pickleball is one of Canada's fastest growing sports and we look forward to being part of the continued growth in B.C. We will be recruiting new area Ambassadors in B.C. for Pickleball Canada.

We invite and encourage players to join Pickleball Canada Association as new members:

Saturday, January 22, 2011

NEW!! Pickleball in Newton Seniors Centre, Surrey

The Newton Recreation Centre , formally known as the Newton Wave Pool, now includes a new Gymnasium, Weight Room, Youth Centre, Spin Bikes, Fitness Room, Multi-purpose Rooms and the only Wrestling Room in all of Surrey's Recreation Centres. For more information, (604) 501-5010
Newton Seniors' Centre
13775 - 70 Avenue, Surrey, B.C. V3W 0E1

NEW !!! Pickleball Drop-In (Newton Seniors members only $1.00 per drop-in)
Fridays 9:00 am - 11:30 am

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

New Recreation Centre for Cloverdale, B.C.

A New Place to Play Pickleball in Cloverdale, British Columbia. A new $15 million, 60,000 sq. ft. multipurpose complex is being built at the corner of 176 Street and 62A Avenue. This new centre will meet the needs of Cloverdale’s rapidly growing population, which has jumped to 53,000 and is projected to grow in the next five years.

Some of the highlights of this new facility will be a triple gymnasium, a wellness centre and fitness and exercise rooms. There will be activities like drop in sports, arts and cultural programs, preschool and children’s programs as well as a wide range of programs for seniors, like carpet bowling and pickleball.
Location: 6188 - 176th Street, Surrey, BC
The Centre is expected to open in early 2011.

Pickleball - West Richmond Community Centre

West Richmond Community Centre
9180 No. 1 Road
Richmond, B.C. V7E 6L5
Phone: 604-718-8400

Tuesday 1:15 - 3:15 pm
Wednesday 7:30 - 9:15 pm
Senior drop-in fee: $3.50
Sid & Irene are volunteers that are working very hard
to keep the wonderful sport of Pickle Ball alive at the West Richmond
Community Centre located at 9180 No.1 Road.

It is a great sport for everyone. It is an easy sport to play and we will
take the time to teach you. It is wonderful for seniors. Everyone is
welcome! We truly love this sport and would love to share it with many others.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Pickleball British Columbia :

Pickleball British Columbia will inform our readers on 'Places to Play' Pickleball in B.C. We will encourage new Pickleball sites and clubs to start up in B.C. We will announce upcoming and post the results of Pickleball tournaments. We will update you with the latest top news stories, rules and policies changes, events information of Pickleball.

We welcome new players of all ages to join in this great game of Pickleball, and to join us as members of Pickleball Canada. Membership Application Form: