Saturday, August 31, 2013

Kelowna Pickleball Grand Opening Outdoor courts

Kelowna Pickleball Grand Opening June 22, 6 outdoor Pickleball courts.
Want to learn Pickleball outdoors?A free one hour lesson is available from Pickleball Kelowna at the Parkinson Rec Centre outdoor courts.  Paddles and balls are supplied.  This is your chance to learn about the game and see if it's for you.
Lessons are: Monday mornings - 9:00 am to 10:am, Thursday evenings - 5:00 pm to 6:00pm

Pickleball Canada Sanctioned Tournament, Tournament Points and Player Ratings

This year Pickleball Canada has sucessfully sanctioned three major tournaments: the 2nd Pickleball Canada National Open Championship, Nanaimo Pickleball Tournament and the 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.

PCO can give official International Federation of Pickleball, IFP player ratings which are published in the IFP website http://ipickleball.org  IFP Player Ratings -- For players in the U.S. and Canada. If any of our members would like to get an IFP rating because they play in the USA and Canada, please contact PCO to post an IFP player's rating (a self rating approved by our Ambassador 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.

Monday, August 26, 2013

2013 B.C. Seniors Games Kamloops, B.C.

Results of B.C. Seniors Games in Kamloops Aug 20-23, 2013  http://www.bcseniorsgames.org
Fraser Valley had 157 gold, 129 silver and 87 bronze medals from the 24 sports which comprise the Games.

Pickleball grows from humble origins 

A hit at the B.C. Seniors Games AUGUST 22, 2013  BY ADAM WILLIAMS
DAILY NEWS INTERN REPORTER http://www.kamloopsnews.ca/article/20130822/KAMLOOPS0201/308229999/-1/kamloops02/pickleball-a-hit-at-the-bc-senior-games

Dave and Shirley Shepherd


Monday, August 19, 2013

Tournament Points for The 2nd Annual Investors Group 50+ Ontario Pickleball Tournament

The 2nd Annual Investors Group 50+ Ontario Pickleball Open was held at Kingsway College in Oshawa, Ontario on Aug 14 - 16, 2013.  115 players attended with 40 mixed teams, 24 women's teams and 29 men's teams.  . 
Below are the 2013 Tournament Points for the 2nd PAO Tournament:


PCO Tournament Points for Tier 2 - Provincial Tournaments
1st Place - 1000 points
2nd Place - 500 points
3rd Place - 300 points
Name Tournament Points
Russ French 2000
Merrie Lee 1500
Pierrette Hebner 1300
Bud Hebner 1000
James Alberga 1000
Dave Hall 800
Helen Hall 600
Roy Wilson 500
Mary Allard 300
Carol Doughty 300

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Parksville, B.C. Outdoor Pickleball Courts on Tennis Courts

http://www.pqbnews.com/sports/216599961.html
By James Clarke - Parksville Qualicum Beach News
Published: July 23, 2013 9:00 AM 
The sport of pickleball is flourishing in its new home down at the outdoor lacrosse box, as evident last week by the spirited rallies and the sounds of laughter.
Soaking up the sun and having a ball as part of Parksville Golden Oldies Sports Association (PGOSA’s) Pickle-ball Club.“We started the summer with 24 or something and within three weeks we were at 86 which is the most ever,” Howarth said when asked about the league’s numbers.
There is a waiting list, and as of Monday the number of registered players was reported to have climbed to 95.
Key to the increased numbers are the extra courts added to the outdoor lacrosse box.
The City of Parksville put the courts in quickly for them pointed out one of the players, explaining how the city marked out two courts on the tennis courts nearby “and then we just grew so fast they just slammed these six courts out for us (here in the lacrosse box). They did a great job.”“We started the summer with 24 or something and within three weeks we were at 86 which is the most ever,” Howarth said when asked about the league’s numbers.
There is a waiting list, and as of Monday the number of registered players was reported to have climbed to 95.  Key to the increased numbers are the extra courts added to the outdoor lacrosse box.
The City of Parksville put the courts in quickly for them pointed out one of the players, explaining how the city marked out two courts on the tennis courts nearby “and then we just grew so fast they just slammed these six courts out for us (here in the lacrosse box). They did a great job.” “It’s excellent,” confirmed Howarth, “it’s $15 a year to join PGOSA for seniors, so it’s cheap, and pickle-ball is $10 a year play.”
The league plays outdoors May to October and move inside to area gyms in the winter.
Players have to be a member of PGOSA, the local sports association for 55’s and over.

Trail, B.C. New Outdoor Pickleball Courts

Trail pickleball getting its day on the court  By Guy Bertrand - Trail Daily Time Published: August 01, 2013 1:00 PM

In a city rich in sports history, another chapter was quietly being written out in chalk Wednesday morning in East Trail.  A flurry of activity at the Butler Park tennis courts signalled the official arrival of sport that has been growing in popularity by leaps and bounds.

Although pickleball has been a mainstay in Trail for over five years, Wednesday marked a day when the sport was ready to leave its mark on the city’s impressive list of sporting facilities.Armed with grant money from the Columbia Basin Trust and Teck, the pickleball volunteers were busy marking out the court dimensions that will transform the Butler Park courts into a dual-purpose facility.

Wayne Kissick, a volunteer with the pickleball group, said it has taken three years to get the sport to this point in the Home of Champions.“What finally got it going was the city designating one (Butler Park) court for pickleball,” he explained.

Once it’s all done and approved, the courts will feature two tennis courts and up to four pickleball courts.
Before Wednesday’s initial outlines of the pickleball area, the players used temporary netting in the Cominco Gym and Fieldhouse for winter play and used the tennis courts and nets at Butler Park for summer play.

They drew up lines on the existing tennis court to allow for play.Now they’ll have their own dedicated outdoor space with permanent posts installed, hopefully before the end of the year.

Kissick explained that moving from the existing tennis nets to the standard pickleball nets will improve the quality of the game for the growing legion of participants.  Read more: http://www.bclocalnews.com/sports/217994311.html 

Salmon Arm Club Shuswap 4 New Outdoor Pickleball Courts Grand Opening

On behalf of the Board of Pickleball Canada we would like to congratulate Linda Brown, Area Ambassador for Salmon Arm, and all the volunteers on the opening of 4 beautiful new outdoor pickleball courts at Club Shuswap Golf and RV. It is extremely gratifying to see what community cooperation and personal commitment can accomplish.  Happy pickling to you all!

Grand Opening of 4 outdoor pickleball courts in Salmon Arm last evening. "We had hoped for 50 people and set up accordingly. WE had 140 people young and old !!! It was flippin’ amazing !!!! Kitchen had to go to town 3 times for more food, we just kept getting more tables and chairs out. Everyone was eating hamburgers, hot dogs, chips.....and beer and wine !!!!! And EVERYONE wanted to get in a play a game of FREE pickleball......and then kept coming back to get signed in again and again.  Speeches and the mayor cutting the ribbon. And read the greeting from our pickleball CANADA president via email. I signed up 23 folks that wanted to join the club right now.......several bought paddles. And we had a company come in with demos. It went amazing" reported by Linda Brown.


Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Burnaby 8 Outdoor Pickleball Courts

 Location: Westridge Park Outdoor Tennis Court 
Inlet Drive and Pandora, Burnaby, B.C.
 
Come play pickleball!
The two tennis courts at Westridge Park are now lined for 8 pickleball courts. Please bring your own equipment and your own portable pickleball nets. Your portable nets can be set up while permanent tennis nets are still in place. The courts are first come, first served basis. There is no fee and no advanced booking. Enjoy the fresh air and this fun game! Each tennis court has four pickleball courts as illustrated in the diagram below. 
 
 

Friday, August 9, 2013

PICKLEBALL CANADA TOURNAMENT POINTS

PICKLEBALL CANADA TOURNAMENT POINTS  Aug 8, 2013
Tier 1  Gold 1600 points  Silver  800 points   Bronze 400 points
Tier 2 - 1st place 1000 points, 2nd place - 500 points, 3rd place - 300 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
1700       Theresa Orcutt
1600       Denis Zhekhovskiy, Terry Saunders, Brenda Jmaeff, Dan Jmaeff,
               Debby Holley, Diane Hill, John Savoy, David Ulis, Maurice Parobec
1200       Luba Zhekhovskaya, Brian Parkes, Peter Darvill
1000        Barry Bissonette, Caroline Bissonette, Lorne Strumecki, Grant Brittain  
800          Matt Khan, Jim Saunders, Roberta Meakin, Shirley Knorr,
               Wendy Porteous, Susan Nigh, Inge Scholz, Trudy Pitcher,
               Vera Loskot, Diane Gillis, Dee Pitcher, Evelyn Kaatz, Bill Dumper, Tom Staites
500         Ron Pitcher, Glenda Jackson
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                  
300         Will Orcutt, Margie McWilliam, Barbara Moody

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Pickleball Canada's First Club Member Nanaimo Pickleball Club

Nanaimo Pickleball Club
First to Sign Up for New PCO Club Membership
Great news! Pickleball Canada would like to welcome all sixty-three members of The Nanaimo
Pickleball Club of B.C. as the first Affiliated Club members. Thank you Nanaimo Pickleball Club for
joining Pickleball Canada, your National governing body.

Monday, August 5, 2013

2013 Pickleball Canada Tournament points for the Nanaimo Pickleball Club members

2013 Pickleball Canada Tournament points for the Nanaimo Pickleball Club members:
Name                         Points
Barry Bissonette          1000
Caroline Bissonette    1000
Will Orcutt                     300
Lorne Strumecki         1000
Grant Brittain               1000
Ron Pitcher                    500
Glenda Jackson            500
Margie McWilliam         300
Barbara Moody             300
Theresa Orcutt            1700 (Gold 1000 + Bronze 300 + National Bronze 400)
John Savoy                 1600 (National Gold 1600)
Nancy Stern                2400 (National Gold 1600, National Silver 800)
Dee Pitcher                  800 (National Silver 800)
Evelyn Kaatz                800 (National Silver 800)
Karen Peniuk              400 (National Bronze 400)
Bill Dumper                  800 (National Silver 800)
Pat Thompson             400 (National Bronze 400)


Tom Staites                  800 (National Silver 800)

Results of Nanaimo Pickleball Tournament July 26-28, 2013

Results of Nanaimo Pickleball Tournament July 26-28, 2013. Tournament Director: John Savoy
Event - 1st place, 2nd place, 3 rd place
Mixed Doubles = Barry and Caroline Bissonette, Ross Wallwin and Lynn Hodge, Will and Theresa Orcutt
Men's Doubles -  Lorne Strumecki and Grant Brittain, Ron Pitcher and Mike Bellis, Andrew McKimmon and Marco Jankowiak
Women's Doubles - SJ Lehmann and Theresa Orcutt, Nadine McKay and Glenda Jackson, Margie McWilliam and Barbara Moody

Pickleball Spain Video

Pickleball Spain Video:
http://vimeo.com/67864269
The Great Rallies of Pickleball by Pickleball Spain video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Z1tatmF9Imc&t=0

International Federation of Pickleball New Member Country Spain

Pickleball is the fastest growing sport worldwide !!!   International Federation of Pickleball (IFP) has a new website http://ipickleball.org   Spain is a new member country.  IFP has four member countries: USA, Canada, India and Spain.  Now there are new places to play in Spain, read more on Pickleball Spain by the Spanish Pickleball Association:  http://www.pickleballspain.org/en