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?