Thursday, March 15, 2012

Pickleball Canada Volunteer Instructions in Schools

During Spring Break this week, Dave, Mike, Herb and I volunteered to be Pickleball instructors for three days for Pickleball Canada as requested by Surrey School Board for their 'Dream Camp' Program. We taught about 300 students in 10 elementary schools, morning and afternoon classes, ages from Grade 4 - 7.

The game the children enjoyed the most is the 'pickleball relay race': 10 boys in team 1 and 10 girls in team 2, each balances a pickleball on their paddle and ran to the end of the gym and back without the ball falling off. The team that finishes first won. They had a blast !!!

Most children cannot hit a ball at first, but after one and half hour, they can even rally. They learned how to serve and how to play a game. We would like to thank ARC and Maclure Elementary School for lending paddles for the students use. We used 2 USAPA portable nets and they were great. The teachers were very helpful and the students loved it.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

120 Players Registered Pickleball Canada National Open Championship July 7 - 8, 2012

Pickleball Canada National Open Championship July 7 - 8, 2012.
120 players have registered. Some events are already full. Please register as soon as you can so you won't be disappointed.

We will have 20 events in a two days tournament. ARC has 8 indoor courts and we will use an additional 6 indoor courts at Yale Secondary School next to ARC which gives us a total of 14 indoor courts for our National Tournament.

Teams are coming from all over Canada and the USA. Some players are coming as far as Ontario and Texas. This will be the largest Pickleball tournament in Canada !!!

USAPA's National Tournament last year had about 400 players. We will have at least 150, almost half that number, unbelivable!! They had a week to do it, but we only have 2 days, therefore, we have to limit the numbers of players.

We will invite the Mayor of Abbotsford to give a speech at our Opening Ceremony on July 7. We will also invite Shaw TV and newspaper reporters to report this large National event.

Please make sure you and your partner register as soon as possible to ensure that both of you are registered in each event. If you are registered but your partner is not registered, you may not be able to play in that event because spaces are limited. You may enter a maximum of 2 events.

If you have not received your registration confirmation, please contact ARC at 604-853-4221 to make sure that you are registered. You can register in person, by mail or call ARC to register if you are paying by credit card.

We look forward to seeing you there !!!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Central Okanagan Pickleball Association Spring Pickleball Tournament May 19, 20, 2012

Central Okanagan Pickleball Association Spring Pickleball Tournament
May 19 - 20, 2012
Mt. Boucherie School Gym
2751 Cameron Road, West Kelowna, B.C.
Registration starts March 5th. Play starts at 8:30 am.
Mens, Womens, Mixed Competitive Doubles and recreational Doubles,
IFP Rules. All paddles must conform to IFP regulations.
Registration deadline: May 11, 2012. Entry fee: $25.00
To register: call the District of West Kelowna Recreation at 778-797-8800 cash, Debit, MC or Visa accepted.

Peachland Pickleball Tournament April 28-29, 2012

2012 Pickleball Tournament
Peachland Community Centre, 4450-6th St., Peachlnad, B.C.
Tournament Date: April 28-29, 2012
Time: 9am - 3pm
Divisions of play: 49 and under, 50 to 64, 65 and over,
Mens & womens Singles and Mixed Doubles.
Registration Deadline: April 20, 2012.
**Current IFP Rules, No non-conforming equipment permitted**
Total Registration Fee: $35.00
Tournament t-shirs available $11.20 (250)767-2133