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 !!!