Sunday, December 22, 2013

2013 Year in Review Pickleball Canada

Year in  Review Pickleball Canada Organization (PCO) in 2013 
PCO Website sponsors - 3 new sponsors in 2013,  increased from 3 to 6 sponsor ads.
Sanctioned tournaments: increased from two sanctioned tournaments in 2012 to four sanctioned tournaments in 2013 (Nationals, Nanaimo, Osoyoos, Ontario).
Membership numbers: increased from 539 in 2012 to 730 in 2013.
Club Memberships: started in July, 2013, two Club Memberships added about 130 new members.
Places to Play: added about 50+ new Places to Play in Canada, number of start-up groups, indoor and outdoor courts, new players have also increased.
National Tournament: number of National Tournament participants increased from 165 in 2012 to 230 in 2013.
Tournament Points: number of players with Tournament Points increased from about 30 players in 2012 to 80 players in 2013.
Skill Rated tournaments: number of tournaments have increased, some tournaments in B.C. have started skill rated tournaments such as BC Senior Games, Vernon, Penticton.
Clubs and Groups: many more new clubs and groups are formed in B.C.(e.g. Nanaimo, Victoria and Vernon Pickleball Club, Thompson Okanagan Pickleball Enthusiasts) , Ontario and other provinces.
Ambassadorsnew Provincial Ambassador for Saskatchewan Carol Martens-Clappison, Number of Area Ambassadors have increased in all provinces.
All in all, 2013 has been a good year for PCO !!!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Pickleball Canada National Open Championship July 4, 5 and 6th, 2014 UPDATED REGISTRATION FORM

UPDATED Registration Form:  2014 Pickleball Canada National Open Championship will be held at Abbotsford Recreation Centre on July 4, 5 and 6.   This will be a three day event:
FRIDAY:  55+, 60+, 65+, 70+ Men's Doubles and Women's Doubles
SATURDAY:   55+, 60+, 65+, 70+ Mixed Doubles, Open Mixed Doubles and Under 55 Mixed Doubles
SUNDAY:  Open Men's and Women's Doubles and Under 55 Men's and Women's Doubles, Open Men's Singles and Women's Singles, Junior Doubles.
Pickleball Canada National Open Championship
Entries must be received no later than June 12, 2014.
Registration Form (please click to enlarge and print):


Friday, December 6, 2013

Inaugural pickleball tournament in Osoyoos Nov 30 - Dec 1, 2013

 Inaugural pickleball tournament in Osoyoos gets rave reviews from many visiting players on Nov 30 - Dec 1, 2013  published by Osoyoos Times, Dec 4, 2014 
Glenn Cho was an avid squash player for almost a decade before giving pickleball a try this past summer.  At age 58, his squash playing days are officially over after becoming addicted to pickleball, said Cho, who along with his wife Louisa Lee-Kwon, made the long trip from Vancouver to Osoyoos to compete in the inaugural Thompson Okanagan Pickleball Enthusiasts (TOPE) Pickleball Tournament this past weekend at the Sonora Community Centre.
Close to 50 players from across the Okanagan Valley and beyond competed in the tournament on Saturday and Sunday.   Read more:

2013 PICKLEBALL CANADA TOURNAMENT POINTS

2013 PICKLEBALL CANADA TOURNAMENT POINTS  (Sanctioned tournaments: Nationals, Nanaimo, Osoyoos, Ontario) Congratulations to these players for their acheivements in 2013.
Tier 1  Gold 1600 points  Silver  800 points   Bronze 400 points
Tier 2 - Gold 1000 points, Silver 500 points,  Bronze 300 points
Tier 3  Gold 700 points  Silver  400 points   Bronze 200 points
Tier 4  Gold 400 points  Silver  200 points   Bronze 100 points

Points     Winners Name

3200       John Kusch, Elaine Lerner, Jennifer Lucore
2400       Nancy Stern
2000       Brian Lam, Henry Meerkerk, Kathy Parkes, George Pool, Claire Pool, Russ French
1700       Theresa Orcutt
1600       Denis Zhekhovskiy, Terry Saunders, Brenda Jmaeff, Dan Jmaeff, Debby Holley, Diane Hill, John Savoy, David Ulis, Maurice Parobec, Roberta Meakin, 
1500       Merrie Lee
1300       Pierrette Hebner
1200       Luba Zhekhovskaya, Brian Parkes, Peter Darvill
1000        Barry Bissonette, Caroline Bissonette, Lorne Strumecki, Grant Brittain, James Alberga, Bud Hebner
800          Dave Hall, Matt Khan, Jim Saunders, Shirley Knorr, Wendy Porteous, Susan Nigh, Inge Scholz, Trudy Pitcher, Vera Loskot, Diane Gillis, Dee Pitcher, Evelyn Kaatz, Bill Dumper, Tom Staites
600          Helen Hall
500         Ron Pitcher, Glenda Jackson, Roy Wilson, Peter Neumann
400         Beryl Kusch, Pat Khan, Sue Fosbery, Pat Fosbery,Gene Latray, Shirley Edwards,Karen Peniuk, Colin Caldwell, Ken Franz,Feige Li, Karen Peniuk, Pat Thompson, Mary Wu, Henry Paynter,Glenn Cho, Magdalene Choy                  
300         Will Orcutt, Margie McWilliam, Barbara Moody, Mary Allard, Carol Doughty, Gordon Young, 
200        Karen Heinsrichs, Dorothy Telford, Yasan Athukorala, Brianne Hearle, Erick Hearle
100        Carol Chiswell, Fion Chou, Uli Atzler, Kim Nun Kopp

Monday, December 2, 2013

Pickleball was all the rage Saturday at the Langley Events Centre

Hudson Lebold kept his eye on the whiffle ball during the Try It! Fair Saturday at the Langley Events Centre. Eight-year-old Hudson was trying pickleball which will be one of the sports included in the BC Seniors Games hosted by Langley Sept. 9-13, 2014. Photograph by: Troy Landreville - See more at: http://www.langleyadvance.com/news/lec-visitors-give-variety-of-sports-a-try-1.716056#sthash.7HtDf9v7.dpuf

Pickleball was all the rage Saturday at the Langley Events Centre. Racquets in hand, kids and adults tried the unique sport, a hybrid between tennis, ping pong, and badminton.
They bounced a whiffle ball back and forth over a lowered net during the Township of Langley-hosted Try It! Fair held inside the LEC’s Building B.  The free annual event is part of Sports Day in Canada and is put on in partnership with the LEC, Pacific Sport, and the City of Langley. The day offered a dozen different sports and activities.
Just some of the stations included ball hockey through the Valley Ball Hockey Association, gymnastics hosted by the Langley Gymnastics Foundation, and martial arts demonstrations from Shorei-Kai Canada Karate and Woo Kim Tae Kwon Do.
Fair organizer and Township of Langley Recreation Coordinator Stephanie Eby said the event recognizes the importance of sport and being active for life.  “We wanted people to try the different sports that are out there,” she added. “We tried to pick some local sports organizations that you might not have heard of before.”
Basketball and pickleball were two of the more popular activities, Eby said, noting that pickleball will be included in the next BC Seniors Games hosted by Langley Sept. 9-13, 2014.
“It’s something we wanted to highlight at this event,” Eby said, regarding pickleball. “We definitely want people to find a way to be active for life. We know that a certain sport isn’t for everybody so that’s why we’re showcasing as many as we can, so they can find their way to get active.”

Monday, November 25, 2013

RBC Sports Day (Pickleball Open House) in Canada on Nov 23-30, 2013

RBC Sports Day in Canada, presented by ParticipACTION, CBC and True Sport, will be held this year on Saturday, November 30 in communities from coast to coast to coast. This national celebration of sport, from grassroots to high-performance, is an opportunity for all Canadians to celebrate the power of sport, build community and national spirit and facilitate healthy, active living.  Enter the Tweet to Win Contest!  

Vancouver,BC
Nov 30 2013
Burnaby,BC
Nov 29 2013
Pitt Meadows,BC
Nov 30 2013
Barrie,ON
Nov 23 2013
Spruce Grove,AB
Nov 30 2013
Bridgewater,NS
Nov 30 2013

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Pickleball Canada Area Ambassador for Penticton, B.C.

We are very pleased to announce that Roberta Meakin has been appointed as Pickleball Canada's Area Ambassador for Penticton, B.C. effective November 21, 2013.  Roberta was the Area Ambassador for Osoyoos but moved to the Penticton area.  She is conducting workshops for beginner pickleball players in Okanagan falls and Penticton, and also 2 workshops in Penticton in January 2014. Thank you Roberta for promoting Pickleball in Penticton !!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Photos of 2013 USAPA Nationals Winners

Some Photos of 2013 USAPA Nationals:
35+ Women's Doubles Winners:
Gold: Adina Jones - Heidi Hancock
Silver Jennifer Lucore - Alex Hamner
Bronze: Luba Zhekhovskaya - Gigi LeMaster


Open Mixed Double Winners:
Gold: Luba Zhekhovskaya - Michael Gates
Silver Heidi Hancock - Steve Wong
Bronze: Lydia Willis - Enrique Ruiz

50+ Mixed Doubles Winners:
Gold: Roxanne Pierce - Scott Lennan
Silver Luba Zhekhovskaya - Mark Friedenberg
Bronze  Carolyn A. Ebbinghaus - Larry Moon 
Congratulations to all the winners of 2013 USAPA Nationals! 
Special Congratulations to the Canadian women's winners:
Luba Zhekhovskaya (Surrey, BC) won the GOLD MEDAL in Open Mixed Doubles, a Silver Medal in 50+ Mixed Doubles and bronze Medal in 35+ Women's Doubles.    
Brenda Jmaeff (Kelowna, BC) won Bronze in Women's Doubles 60+ 
Carol Haworth (Chilliwack, BC) won Bronze in Women's Doubles 70+

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Pickleball Canada Area Ambassador Cloverdale, B.C.

We are very pleased to announce that Mani Billan has been appointed as Pickleball Canada's Area Ambassador for Cloverdale, B.C. effective November 13, 2013.  Mani has been playing Pickleball for over 2 years at the Cloverdale Recreation Center and thinking about setting up a Pickleball Club.  He is constantly promoting Pickleball to anyone he meets and he is working with the Rec Center to introduce more evening slots for players to have more time to play.   Thank you, Mani for promoting Pickleball in Cloverdale!!!

2013 USAPA National Tournament Nov 11-17, 2013

2013 USAPA National Tournament 11/11/13 - 11/17/13 Sun City Festival, Buckeye, AZ  http://www.pickleballtournaments.com/cinfo.pl?tid=162  Six hundred forty-four USAPA members from 39 states and as far away as Canada and the Netherlands will converge on Sun City Festival in Buckeye, Arizona November 11-17 for the USAPA National Tournament. Registration for this year’s event reached an all-time high; Nationals V will be the largest tournament in the history of the sport. 

Canadian players include: John Savoy, Stewart Mcwilliam, Harold Osbourne, Laura & Mike Schwarz, Mike Epp, Dave Touchet, Theresa Orcutt, Dan and Brenda Jmaeff, SJ Lehman, Carol Haworth, Luba Zhekhovskaya, Nancy Stern.  We wish everyone traveling to Arizona a safe trip and the very best of luck to all participants of 2013 USAPA National Tournament.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Video of Slamma Jamma Pickleball Tournament

Video of Slamma Jamma Pickleball Tournament on Sept 21-22, 2013 at The Hub Sports Center, Spokane, WA  Click Here:  https://vimeo.com/78400055   
Mike Carter from Oliver, B.C. did an outstanding job of singing both the Canadian and American National Anthems on both days at the Slamma Jamma.  Many more Canadian players are expected to make the trip for next years tournaments at the HUB. It would be wonderful to see a play off between the top American and Canadian teams.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Vancouver Island Pickleball Association League

New Pickleball Web Site Vancouver Island Pickleball Association (VIPA)  http://vipickleball.weebly.com   developed by Ken Holman featuring a idea to pursue Pickleball League play on Vancouver Island, B.C.
Find information about where to play on the Island, playing schedules,
details of up-coming tournaments & events and links to related sites.
Is there any interest in having an Island-wide Pickleball league?
Read the suggested format and rules.Let us know what you thinkleague@vipa.ca

Friday, November 8, 2013

Reminder: Osoyoos Pickleball Tournament Nov 30-Dec 1, 2013

Osoyoos Pickleball Tournament November 30-December 1, 2013 at Sonora Community Centre, 8505-68th Ave., Osoyoos, B.C. No partners or skill ratings required. IFP Rules apply. Open to all levels of play. $30 two events. Registration deadline Nov. 24, 2013. contact: Mike 250-485-0245 mike.carter108@gmail.com

New Pickleball Website Vancouver Island Pickleball Association

New Pickleball Web Site Vancouver Island Pickleball Association (VIPA)  http://vipickleball.weebly.com   developed by Ken Holman featuring a idea to pursue Pickleball League play on Vancouver Island, B.C.
Find information about where to play on the Island, playing schedules,
details of up-coming tournaments & events and links to related sites.
Is there any interest in having an Island-wide Pickleball league?
Read the suggested format and rules.Let us know what you thinkleague@vipa.ca

International Pickleball Tournament Amsterdam May 16-18, 2014

International Pickleball Tournament Amsterdam May 16-18, 2014

International Tournament

What: Promotional skill level tournament
Why: to promote pickleball in the Netherlands
When: Date May 16-18 2014
Where: Sports Hall ‘De Pijp’, Lizzy Ansinghstraat 88, Amsterdam
Programm:
Friday May 16 5 pm – 9 pm draw party, clinics, free playing
Saturday May 17 9 am – 7 pm matches, 7pm dinner
Sunday May 18 9 am – 4 pm matches, 4 pm award ceremony
We will try to arrange housing for participants from abroad.
More information and registration forms will follow soon!

Monday, November 4, 2013

2013 New Places to Play Pickleball in Canada

2013 New Places to Play Pickleball in B.C. 
Vancouver Island:
Fuller Lake Tennis Courts, Chemainus, BC
Comox Community Center, Comox, B.C.
Courtenay Native Sons Hall, Courtenay, B.C.
Island Savings Centre, Duncan, B.C.
Sportsplex, Campbell Rive, B.C.
Frank Jameson Community Center, Ladysmith, B.C.
Kerry Park Recreation Centre, Mill Bay, BC
Ballenas High School, Parksville, B.C.
Lacrosse Box Community Park, Parksville, B.C.
Greenglade Community Centre, Sidney, B.C.
North Saanich Middle School, Sidney, BC
Cedar Hill Recreation Centre, Victoria, B.C.
Henderson Recreation Centre, Victoria, B.C.

Fraser Valley:
Yale Court, Abbotsford, B.C
Rosedale Traditional Community School, Chilliwack, B.C.
Silver Creek Elementary School, Hope, B.C.
Community School Gym, Yarrow, B.C.

B.C. Interior:
Dufferin Elementary School, Kamloops, B.C.
First Lutheran Christian School, Kelowna, B.C.
Kaleden Elementary School, Kaleden, B.C.
Sonora Community Centre, Osoyoos, B.C.
Club Shuswap, Salmon Arm, B.C.
Vernon Christian School, Vernon,B.C.

Vancouver and Lower Mainland:
Edmonds Community Centre - Burnaby, B.C.
Place Maillardville Community Centre, Coquitlam, B.C.
Hyde Creek Recreation Centre, Port Coquitlam, B.C.
Champlain Heights community Centre, Vancouver, B.C.
Hillcrest Community Centre, Vancouver, B.C.
Kerrisdale Community Centre, Vancouver, B.C.
Trout Lake Community Centre, Vancouver, B.C.
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2013 New Places to Play Pickleball in Alberta
Canmore Seniors Centre, Canmore, AB
Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre, Cochrane, AB
Saville Community Sports Centre, Edmonton, AB
2013 New Places to Play Pickleball in Manitoba
Headingley Community Centre, Headingley, MB
Bronx Community Centre, Winnipeg, MB
Norberry-Glenlee Community Centre, Winnipeg, MB
Rady Jewish Community Centre, Winnipeg, MB
Reh-Fit Center, Winnipeg, MB
Sturgeon Height Community Centre, Winnipeg, MB
2013 New Places to Play Pickleball in Saskatchewan
Church of Christ, Kenosee Lake, SK
North West Leisure Centre, Regina, SK
2013 New Places to Play Pickleball in Ontario
Beacon Presbyterian Church, Beaverton, On
Senior Activity Centre, Cobourg, On
Comber Community Centre, Comber, On
Community Centre, Fenelon Falls, On
Kingsville Parks and Recreation, Kingsville, On
Victoria Park Armory, Lindsay
Alexander Park, Oshawa, On
The Rama Centre, Orillia, On
Community Centre, Port Hope, On
YMCA, Sault Ste Marie, On
Vandorf, Stouffville, On
Timken Community Centre, St Thomas, On

Friday, November 1, 2013

PENTICTON WOMEN'S & MEN'S DOUBLES TOURNAMENT Nov 16

PENTICTON WOMEN'S & MEN'S DOUBLES TOURNAMENT
10:00am-3:00pm, Saturday, November 16, 2013. Skill Level 3.25-4.0. 5 total games: 2 Qualifiers plus 3 round robins. Entry Fee $ 20.00 per player ($40.00 per team). Awards for top 2 teams in each of the 5 round divisions. Entry deadline: 1 November, 2013.For further information contact Jack Byron 250-493-5087 jackbyron@shaw.ca

Monday, October 28, 2013

Pickleball Canada Accomplishments 2013

Pickleball Canada (PCO) has had great accomplishments in 2013.  The number of players, members (700+), Places to Play (number of Places to Play in Ontario 98+, B.C. 80+), number of indoor and outdoor courts, Ambassadors (100+), number of tournaments have all increased in Canada.

We have had requests from Global News, Toronto Star and CTV who wanted to write newspaper articles of Pickleball's popularity and made videos of pickleball in varous community and recreational centres. Many schools have implemented pickleball in the P.E. curriculum.  Many thanks go to our hard working Ambassadors and supporters in promoting Pickleball in Canada!

The 2nd Pickleball Canada National Open Championship was successfully  held in Abbotford, BC with a record 230 players on July 6 - 7, 2013.   Players came from all over N. America to compete.  Canadian Top players included Luba Zhekhovskaya, Denis Zhekhovskiy, Brian Lam, John Kusch, Teresa Orcutt.  Top USA players included Chris Miller, Billy and Darcie Jacobsen, Jennifer Lucore, Christine Barksdale, Kimberly Bennett.......

Skill rated tournaments are getting popular in Canada:  Aug/13- BC Seniors Games (100+ players), June/13 - Kelowna (80 players), Sept/13 - Vernon (72 players) ....

Pickleball Canada has successfully sanctioned 4 tournaments this year:  Nationals II, Ontario, Nanaimo and Osoyoos.  Winners of sanctioned tournaments will receive PCO Tournament Points. Pickleball Canada will announce the 2013 top players who received PCO Tournament Points at the end of each year.

Pickleball Canada New Website in November

Great news: We are excited to announce that Pickleball Canada will be launching a new website in the middle of November. Our new website will have new features and improvements. So, please come to visit our new website in November!   Photo of Dave and Shirley Shepherd (PCO President and Secretary)

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Registration Form Pickleball Tournament Osoyoos, B.C. Nov 30-Dec1 /13

Osoyoos Pickleball Tournament, Sonora Recreation Centre, Osoyoos, B.C. Nov 30 - Dec 1, 2013
Registration and payment must be received by Nov 24, 2013..All players must be members of Pickleball Canada.There is no added membership fee as it is included in the entry fee of $20.00. Add $5.00 for each event entered for a maximum of $30.00 if entering two events i.e. Men's/Ladies Doubles and Mixed Doubles. Players who are already members of PCO deduct $5.00 from your total cost. For further information contact: Mike 250-485-0245 mike.carter108@gmail.com 

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Global News and Toronto Star videos Pickleball netting a growing number of fans across North America

http://www.thestar.com/life/health_wellness/2013/10/15/pickleball_netting_a_growing_number_of_fans_across_north_america.html By:Barbara Turnbull, Toronto Star. Living reporter, Published on Tue Oct 15 2013 Pickleball netting a growing number of fans across North America. Pickleball is offered at Milliken Park community centre in Scarborough twice a week from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. On average, 80 people play throughout the five-hour span. Global News video: http://www.globalnews.ca/video/904110/pickleball-anyone.html

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Pickleball in Costa Rica, Bora Bora and St. John's Newfoundland


From Costa Rica to Bora Bora and St. John’s Newfoundland Submitted by Audrey Phillips, USAPA Ambassador, Southern CaliforniaI just received an e-mail from the General Manager of the Westin Golf Resort and Spa, in Playa Conchal, Costa Rica that their property has opened the first dedicated pickleball court in the country.
Also, during a recent trip to Bora Bora, French Polynesia this group of USAPA members taught French guests the game of pickleball on a grass court. We are now sending paddles, balls and nets to them in Paris. And lastly, these pickleballs were sighted in the window of a sporting goods store in St. John’s Newfoundland.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Slamma Jamma Spokane, WA Tournament

USAPA Ambassador Spokane Valley wrote:

I want to thank the three brave Canadian Pickleballers who joined us here in Spokane for the Regional Tournament called the Slamma Jamma.  We had 82 players who played round robin format with eight games guaranteed and several played 18 games. We started at 8:00 A.M. and finished by 2:30 P.M.  Most players were very very tired.

I want to especially thank Mike Carter and Carol who worked tirelessly to help bring off a very successful tournament.  Mike sang the National Anthems of both Canada and America.  Mike practiced for months and his voice was beautiful.  Thank you Mike!

My dream is to have a large contingency from our Canadian friends and neighbors at next years Slamma Jamma.  Please put it on you schedule as a stop on your way south for the winter.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Results of Vernon Outdoor Pickleball Tournament

Results of Vernon Outdoor Pickleball Tournament September 14
Level 3.0
1. Jack Carriou, Vernon
2. Jackie Stakkestad, Vernon
3. Portia Dove, Kelowna
4. Pat Andrews, Vernon

Level 3.5 A Pool
1. Darrell Sherrin, Kelowna 
2. Rob McDougal,Vernon 
3. Helga Hepditch, Kelowna 
4. Hans Skudelny,Kelowna

3.5 B 
1. Tim Mah, Kamloops
2. Greg Thompson, Vernon
3. Bill Reid, Vernon
4. Carol Anderson, Vernon

3.5 C 
1. Andy Bokogeorge, Kamloops
2. Hugh Gordon, Kelowna
3. Dave Schatz, Summerland
4. Graeme Neil, Kelowna

3.5 D
1. Manfred Wolf, Vernon
2. Jim Lissa, W.Kelowna
3. Michael Raulin, Kelowna
4. Susan Black, Kamloops

Level 4.0 A Pool
1 .Matt Stodola, Kamloops
2. David Clark, Surrey
3. June Lohner, Kelowna
4. Jill Jackson, Kelowna

4.0 B
1. Bryan Jackson, Kelowna
2. Eric Tyler, Kelowna
3. Wally Herrmann, Vernon
4. Ross Priebe, Surrey

4.0 C 
1. Louis Lalonde, W.Kelowna
2. Ray Timbers, Kelowna
3. Chuck Barton, Peachland
4. Gilbert Guenette, Kelowna

Level 4.5 
1. Michael Epp, Vernon
2. Jim Saunders, W.Kelowna
3. Grant Britton, Surrey
4. Doug Dimery, Kelowna

Overall Winners 
1. Manfred Wolf, Vernon 92 points (a perfect score)
2. Bryan Jackson/Louis Lalonde, Kelowna 90 points 
3. Michael Epp, Vernon 87 points
Top female-----June Lohner, Kelowna

The newly formed Vernon Pickleball Club held their first open invitational tournament this past Saturday at Paddlewheel Park A total of 72 players showed off their skills on a hot, beautiful Okanagan day. Many players came from out of town (Surrey, Abbotsford, Penticton, Kamloops, Kelowna, etc...). The courts were lined with spectators. Many had never witnessed the game of Pickleball. Vernon Pickleball Club members are already planning to repeat this years success. VPCwould like to thank Royal Volkswagen for the use of their event tent.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Places to Play Pickleball — Player Estimates Canada West

Places to Play Pickleball — Player Estimates  Sep. 16, 2013  http://usapa.org/memberlist/ptp_player_estimate_amb.php

Estimated Players Canada West (B.C. and AB)   5991
Number of Indoor courts  206
Number of Outdoor courts  95
Total courts 301
Number of Places to Play 79
Pickleball growth in North America  from Mar/10 to Mar/13:
Pickleball Places to Play                      800 to 2000
Total Number of pickleball courts   2000 to 6000
Estimated number of players   60,000 to 105,000

Sunday, September 15, 2013

USAPA National V Event Schedule and Prize Money

USAPA National V  November 10-18, 2013
Sun City Festival, Buckeye, AZ
Website: http://nationals.usapa.org
Registration:  http://www.pickleballtournaments.com/welcome.pl?tid=162
Sun, Nov. 10Open Play at Sun City Festival
Mon, Nov. 11Men's Doubles: Ages 19+, 35+, 50+, 55+, 60+, & 65+
Tue, Nov. 12Women's Doubles: Ages 19+, 35+, 50+, 55+, 60+, 65+, 70+, 75+, 80+, & 85+
Senior Division Men's Doubles: Ages 70+, 75+, 80+, & 85+
Wed, Nov. 13Mixed Doubles: Ages 19+, 35+, 50+, 55+, 60+, 65+, 70+, 75+, 80+, & 85+
Thu, Nov. 14
Singles: Ages 19+, 35+, 50+,  55+, 60+, 65+, 70+, 75+, 80+, & 85+
6PM Ambassador Dinner, Sage Center Ballroom at Sun City Festival
Fri, Nov. 15Open Division (4.0 and Above) Men's & Women's Doubles
Sat, Nov. 16
Open Division (4.0 and Above) Mixed Doubles
Junior Division Doubles, Mixed Doubles and Singles
Sun, Nov. 17Open Division (4.0 and Above) Men's and Women's Singles
Mon, Nov. 18
Rain Day for Any Matches Delayed due to Rain
The Open Division Winners (each participant) will Receive the following:
Gold - $500.00 USD
Silver - $250.00 USD
Bronze - $125.00 USD
NOTE: This is only for OPEN DIVISION and NOT age Divisions.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Pickleball Canada Sanctioned Tournaments, Tournament Points and IFP Player Ratings

2013 Pickleball Canada's Sanctioned Tournaments:  The 2nd Pickleball Canada National Open Championship, Nanaimo Pickleball Tournament and Ontario 50+ Pickleball Tournament.

Pickleball Canada publish the results and photos of all sanctioned tournaments and tournament points on our newsletters and we also publish the top 50 players in Canada with the most tournament points of each year for recognition of their achievements.

Benefits of Tournament Points:

Tournament Points are awarded as recognition of achievement in Sanctioned Tournaments.
Tournament Points will be used to publish a list of the top 50 tournament point winners at the end of each calendar year.
Tournament Points may be used by Tournament Directors to determine seeding in tournament brackets.
Tournament Points may be used by the Ratings Committee to determine a player's rating at the end of each year.

IFP Player Ratings are available for players in the U.S. and Canada.  PCO publishes the official IFP player ratings on the IFP website http://usapa.org/ratings/   If any of our members would like to get an IFP rating because they play in the USA in the winters, please contact Pickleball Canada to post an IFP player's rating for them (a self rating approved by PCO Ambassador, Tournament Director or a committee). PCO and USAPA use the same IFP player ratings because we want to have the same player's ratings in each country so players can play in the same skill rated tournaments in Canada or USA.