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!