Thursday, November 26, 2015

Byrne Creek Leos Charity Pickleball Tournament, Burnaby, B.C. Jan 16-17, 2015

Byrne Creek Leos Charity Pickleball Tournament No.2  
By: Byrne Creek Leos
Sat 01/16/16 thru Sun 01/17/16
Byrne Creek School, Burnaby, BC
Hosted by Metro Vancouver Pickleball Club. Current IFP Rules apply, Pickleball Canada Members $5 discount. EVENTS (8:30 am start time) Men’s singles (Sat) - 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, Open Men’s/Women’s Doubles (Sat)- 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, Open Mixed Doubles/Women’s Singles (Sun) - 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, Open. Cost $35/Registrant (includes lunch, fruit, & drinks) & $10 for each event.  To register: http://www.pickleballtournaments.com

Saturday, November 21, 2015

International Indoor Pickleball Championships Centralia, WA May 11-15. 2016

International Indoor
Pickleball Championships 2016
Wednesday through Sunday, May 11-15, 2016
Northwest Sports Hub
701 Allen Avenue, Centralia, WA
 Cash and prize awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in each Skill event.  Amount will depend on the number of entries and sponsors.   Final amounts will be announced ~2 weeks before the start of tournament but we are confident it will be about $10,000!
·         Categories:  Age Group and Skill Level for MD, WD and MX.  Junior Singles, MS and WS will only be Skill Level
 Divisions:
-          Open    (Top players)            -  4.5  (Advanced)          - Age Groups: Juniors, 19+,35+,50 to 75+ in 5 yr increments
-          4.0    (Intermediate)               -  3.5  (Adv Beginner)    - 3.0 (Beginner)                     
ENTRY FEE: 
·         $50 Registration Fee if paid before April 18th and $70 to May 2nd
·         $10 event fee for each Group and Skill level event and $25 for each Open event.  You can only play in 1 event per day.  You have to be USAPA member to play in a sanctioned tournament (new rule).  Register/Pay Online at:  http://www.pickleballtournaments.com
Tournament update: 352 men and women competing over the five-day event (on 25 full-size courts and 6 mini-courts),making it the largest indoor non-cement pickleball tournament in the world. For players and spectators, six large monitors were brought in for scheduling and bracketing information. Multiple sets of bleachers provided excellent viewing for the hundreds of players and spectators. Over $9,000 in prize money was awarded to age and skill winners.

Friday, November 20, 2015

2016 Vietnam Tour with Pickleball Guru Prem Carnot

Vietnam and Pickleball Tour
With the Pickleball Guru: Prem Carnot

Join us for a pickleball trip of a lifetime. Experience the food, the culture and the history of Vietnam with yet unmade friends who share your love of adventure, experience, travel and pickleball!   Check it out at pickleballgo.ca
Enjoy the company and instruction of Prem Carnot, the Pickleball Guru. Prem is the premier pickleball instructor in the world and author of the number one best seller, “Smart Pickleball – The Pickleball Guru’s Guide
March 15 - 27, 2016
China and Pickleball
September 2016
India and Pickleball
November 2016

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Vernon Pickleball Tournament Jan 23-24, 2015

  PICKLEBALL TOURNAMENT Jan 23 + 24 2016
                                        PCO SANCTIONED
                                         SATURDAY    23
                    3.5           Womens  /  Doubles        Start time      9:00    am
                    3.5           Mixed      /  Doubles                            12:00  pm
                    3.5           Mens       /  Doubles                             3:00   pm
                                           
                                              SUNDAY        24
                   4.0+        Womens   /  Doubles          Start time    9:00   am
                   4.0+        Mens        /  Doubles                             9:00   am
                   3.0          Womens   /  Doubles                             12:00  pm
                   4.0+        Mixed       /  Doubles                             12:00  pm
      COST   $ 35  single event  $15  each additional / Non PCO Members add $5
                                     * Lunch   and   * Prizes   Included
                    Deadline for sign-up Jan 16/ No refunds after this date.
                  REGISTER @   VERNONPICKLEBALL@GMAIL

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Aloha State Games Senior Olympics, March 11-13, 2016

Aloha State Games Senior Olympics, March 11-13, 2016
This will be the first ever Senior Olympics Pickleball Tournament on Kauai. Proceeds go to the Kauai Ho'ohui Recreation Foundation, an organization that works in partnership with the Department of Parks and Recreation to help promote the involvement of Kauai's people in fun and worthwhile recreational activities and events.  https://kauaipickleball.shutterfly.com/

Sunday, November 1, 2015

USAPA Nationals VII Pickleball Tournament Nov 9 - 16, 2015

USAPA Nationals VII Pickleball Tournament just one week away! This year’s National Tournament, presented by Aetna, will be bigger and better than ever. With a new venue, more dedicated pickleball courts, increased prize money, entertainment, clinics, seminars, social events, vendor demonstrations and more; whether you are playing or spectating, we guarantee you'll have a good time. It’s going to be a great eight days of pickleball in the Southwest with over 900 registered attendees celebrating the golden anniversary of pickleball, this year’s event will be the best yet.

For those pickleball fanatics looking to get in on the action at Casa Grande, you will tune-in to the live-streaming of the Open Tournament which starts on Friday. Thanks to Enetlive.TV, a custom channel for the USAPA has been created at USAPAnetwork.com; this is a brand new channel and not yet finished. The USAPA page will be fully functioning in the coming days.
Broadcast Schedule:
  • Fri., Nov. 13: Open & Senior Open Men's and Women's Doubles (6 hr. block - times TBA)
  • Sat., Nov. 14: Open & Senior Open Mixed Doubles (6 hr. block - times TBA)
  • Sun., Nov. 15: Open & Senior Open Men's and Women's Singles (6 hr. block - times TBA)​

Friday, August 7, 2015

Penticton's "Indoor for Outdoor" Tourney Oct 3 - 4, 2015

Oct 3 - 4, 2015
Penticton's "Indoor for Outdoor" Tourney
Location: Penticton Community Center, 325 Power St., Penticton, B.C.
IFP rules, PCO Tier 4 Sanctioned $5 discount for PCO members
Skill rated 3.6, 4.0, 4.5+ Mens, Womens and MIxed Doubles

Contact Penticton Community Center at 250.490.2426 or Stop by to Register 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Pickleball Fundamentals Book

Pickleball Fundamentals offers detailed descriptions, drills, gamelike activities, and photos so readers can quickly master the sport’s essential techniques: groundstroke, serve and return, volley, dink shot, overhead smash, lob, and drop shot. Visit www.humankinetics.com to see full book details. 

Sunday, July 5, 2015

September Smash Tournament Spruce Grove, Alberta Sep 12-13 2015

September Smash Tournament, September 12th and 13th, 2015
Location: Henry Singer Courts located on South Avenue, Spruce Grove, Alberta
IFP Rules apply. PCO Tier 4 Sanctioned.
Skill rated 2.5, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0+ Mens, Womens and Mixed Doubles
Name of Tournament Director: Rick Carruthers &/or Mike Cooper
Email Address: Rick - rc9202@telus.net Mike - mikecooper06@gmail.com

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

PCO NEWSLETTER EDITOR/PUBLISHER WANTED

NEWSLETTER EDITOR/PUBLISHER URGENTLY NEEDED!
PCO is looking for a Board member who will take on the position as the Newsletter Editor/Publisher to produce a monthly newsletter and distribute it by email to all the PCO members.  If you are interested in serving as a PCO Board member and Newsletter Editor/Publisher, please send your resume to president@pickleballcanada.org

PCO Annual General Meeting postponed

We regret that the 2015 PCO Annual General Meeting on July 20 has been postponed.  We will reschedule the AGM for September and publish the date and time of the AGM in the August newsletter.  We apologize for the inconvenience it may have caused. 

Friday, June 26, 2015

PCO Area Ambassadorfor Comox, B.C. Harold Osborne

We are very pleased to announce that Harold Osborne has been appointed as Pickleball Canada Area Ambassador for Comox, B.C. effective June 26, 2015. There are over 70 PCO Area Ambassadors across Canada; congratulations on being part of this network of grassroots support for pickleball.

Pickleball is growing at near exponential rates in Canada and the membership of Pickleball Canada increases at a near daily rate. The growth of Canadian pickleball, and its success, is in significant measure attributed to the PCO Area Ambassadors who promote the sport, facilitate clinics and instruction, are instrumental in finding new playing venues - and on and on. We thank all our Ambassadors for their hard work and dedication in promoting pickleball in Canada!

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Costa Rica Pickleball Tours by Pickleball Costa Rica

Tour Costa Rica and play Pickleball! Tour Date; 8/26 - 9/8 2015 Price: $3,630.  14 days; 12 days touring with Pickleball play, 2 days travel to and from Costa Rica
Tour 6 major areas of Costa Rica. You’ll see:  The city of San Jose, Volcanos, Beaches, Zip lines, Waterfalls, Rain forest, Costa Rican wildlife galore, See more under Pickleball Tours:
http://costaricanphototours.com/

Monday, May 11, 2015

Arena Bowl Pickleball Tournament, Sunshine Coast, B.C. June 6 - 7, 2015

Arena Bowl Pickleball Tournament June 6 - 7, 2015 at Gibsons Community Center. Mens, Women and Mixed doubles 2.5, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5 skill levels, round robin format, IFP rules apply. Entry fees $25.00 for 1 event and $15.00 for the second event.  Snacks and lunch are included in your entry fee. To register: www.sunshinecoastpickleball.org  

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Pickleball Spain International Tournament Madrid, Spain September 18 - 20, 2015


Pickleball Spain International Tournament I By: Pickleball Spain at La Chopera Sport Center, Madrid, Spain  September 18 - 20, 2015. To register: http://www.pickleballtournaments.com
 Age-Based Tournament
Limited to 200 participants
Minimum of 4 matches guaranteed in each event entered
IFP sanctioning rules will apply
 Early Registration Fee = $40: April 22 - June 30, 2015
Registration Fee = $50: July 1 - August 23, 2015
Event Fees = $10 per event entered

2015 PCO Tournament Points for Byrne Creek Leos Charity Pickleball Tourney, Burnaby, B.C.

Pickleball Canada would like to welcome Metro Vancouver Pickleball Club of Vancouver, B.C.as the sixteenth Affiliated Club.  142 players competed in Byrne Creek Leos Charity Pickleball Tourney by Metro Vancouver Pickleball Club which raised $1600 for the Lions Clubs International.
Byrne Creek Leos Charity Pickleball Tourney
2015 PCO Tournament Points
1000 Points Marco Jankowiak
800 Points - Rick Houghton, Fion Chou
700 Points Gord Young
600 Points Patrick Kim, Josh Lockington, Magdalene Choy, Terri Welch
500 Points Andrew McKimmon, Lee Manansala, Idan Zer
400 Points: Lou Sunshine, Tom Watson, Yoram Zer , Kary Taylor, Cathy Campbell, Mary Dallas Lori Beechinor, Pat Davison, Matt McGee, Lily Kwan, Kin Wong, Leah S, Charles Neufeldt, Daryl Dix, Wendy Sofiak, Brenda Martel, Lynn Cheyne, Sharon Vaage, Ann Hale, Ken Endo, Chuck Jung
300 Points Peter Tsao, Ryan Rostek, Karen Sawatsky, Debby Holley, Susanne Paterson
200 Points: Ryan Doray, Frank Luey, Mark Dana, Kathy Holley, Rita Ward, Debby Morgan, Dawn Dueck, Hongyan Yu, Chuck Jung, Barry Mckeown, Gitte Gerhard, Shaaron Small, Eileen Dowell, Darrell Pearse
100 Points: Rheal Leon, Rick Dillon, Peter Northcott, Binu Brar, Donna Dew, Pauline Owen, Claire Pool, Willie Baase, Grace Hoyrup, Gordon Walker, Ashley Chang, L Yeo, Garrett Cheung, Tom Windt, Esther Giang, Kathleen Owens

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Battle of the Paddle at Pinetree Tournament Coquitlam, B.C. June 26 - 28, 2015

Battle of the Paddle at Pinetree June 26 - 28, 2015  Pinetree Community Centre, Coquitlam, BC 
IFP rules apply, PCO Tier 3 tournament. 
Registration Fee: $30 plus tax  Event Fee: $10 per event (food included)
Men’s and Women's Singles 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 and Open on Friday, June 26 starting at 5:00 p.m.
Men’s and Women’s Doubles 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 and Open on Saturday, June 27 starting at 8:30 a.m.
Mixed Doubles 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 and Open on Sunday, June 28 starting at 9:00 a.m.
For more information: http://www.pickleballtournaments.com/

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Byrne Creek Leos Charity Pickleball tournament, Burnaby, B.C. April 18-19, 2015

Byrne Creek Leos Charity Pickleball tournament, Byrne Creek Secondary School 7777- 18th Street, Burnaby, B.C. Date: April 18th- 19th, 2015
PCO Sanctioned (Tier 4) IFP rules Apply.Cost $35/ Person (includes lunch, fruit,drinks)
$10 for each additional event *Pickleball Canada Members Receive a $5 discount
Mens and Ladies Singles, Doubles and Mixed doubles 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, Open

To register go to: http://www.pickleballtournaments.com

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

PCO Area Ambassador Kelowna, B.C.

We are very pleased to announce that Ray Timbers has been appointed as Pickleball Canada's Area Ambassador for Kelowna, B.C.effective February 4, 2015.  Ray is very interested in teaching and training referees in Kelowna and the Okanagan valley.  He teaches new players and students and would like to initiate pickleball as part of the P.E. program in schools. He organized a PCO sanctioned tournament with Mike Carter in the Peachland Winterlude Pickleball Tournament last month.  He is organizing the upcoming Pickleball Kelowna Indoor Spring Tournament May 9, 2015. He is on the Western Nationals Committee in Kelowna. Thank you Ray for promoting Pickleball in Kelowna, B.C.  

Monday, February 2, 2015

International Federation of Pickleball (IFP) Ratings

Pickleball Canada (PCO) and United States of America Pickleball Association (USAPA) have implemented the International Federation of Pickleball (IFP) Rating system. This allows players to have the same player ratings in both Canada and the USA.


Pickleball Canada publishes the official IFP rating on the IFP website http://ipickleball.org under Player Rating (USA & Canada). More specifically, your rating is viewable at the following website: http://www.usapa.org/ratings-usapa/

Fraser Valley Pickleball has held four PCO sanctioned tournaments in B.C. last year. They have submitted 235 player ratings to PCO. We have published their IFP Ratings on the IFP website. We encouage all PCO Affiliated Clubs to submit recommended IFP player ratings to PCO.

Many PCO sanctioned tournaments are skill rated, some players have IFP ratings but most players have self-rated ratings. Tournament Directors make recommendations to PCO to assign official IFP Ratings for the players based on their recent tournament results and observing their play. Your rating may have changed from the one you assigned yourself. Higher ratings are the result of players receiving medals and their displayed skill level during tournament play. You may appeal your rating if you don't agree with your assigned rating.

IFP Rating may be listed as "S" for self rating, "T" for Tournament rating and "A" for appealed rating. We advise players to use the official IFP rating when they enter skill rated tournaments in Canada and the USA. If you have already registered for an upcoming skill rated tournament, it is your responsibility to inform the Tournament Director of your skill rating change.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

12 Outdoor Courts in Kelowna, B.C.

More Pickleball outdoor courts are coming to Parkinson Recreation Centre, Kelowna, B.C. 
Pickleballers will be taking over all the tennis court area next to PRC in time for the Annual Pickleball Canada National Western Open Tournament scheduled for mid July 2015. With many thanks to the Kelowna City Council budgeting $25,000.00 to convert 2 tennis courts into 6 pickleball courts, thus providing 12 dedicated pickleball courts, for the outdoor season. Together with the city's contribution of $25,000.00, the Kelowna Pickleball Group will provide an additional $10,000.00 toward this conversion project.

PCO Area Ambassador for Red Deer, Alberta

We are very pleased to announce that Jane White has been appointed as Pickleball Canada Area Ambassador for Red Deer, Alberta effective February 1, 2015. Jane has played pickleball for six years.  She finds pickleball an easy sport to teach/share/enjoy at different level.  She shows interest in promoting the sport and to see it grow and succeed.  She is looking for the possible working relatonships with other facilities.  


The true growth and development of pickleball occurs at the grassroots level. Promotion and marketing, clinics and instruction, and finding and securing places to play, are all initiatives of Area Ambassadors. We thank all our Ambassadors for their hard work and dedication in promoting pickleball in Canada!



Monday, January 19, 2015

PCO Area Ambassador for Westlock, Alberta

We are very pleased to announce that George Oko has been appointed as Pickleball Canada Area Ambassador for Westlock, Alberta effective January 19, 2015 George and many players do not go south for 6 months and they play pickleball indoors all winter in Alberta.  He sees that pickleball is only played outdoors in the summer, he would like to promote it as a winter sport as well.  He runs a pickleball program in Westlock and has done a demonstration in Athabasca.  He holds at least two "Introduction to Pickleball" clinics during the winter.  He would like to promote pickleball as an indoor sport by indicating to 55+ groups that it should be a part of both the Winter and Summer Games. There is no question that grassroots initiatives are driving pickleball's tremendous growth. Tournaments, new members and places to play, and player development are all spawned in communities. 

Monday, January 12, 2015

Peachland Winterlude Pickleball Tournament January 31, 2015

Peachland Winterlude Pickleball Tournament  Saturday January 31/2015 at Peachland Recreation Centre BC. 4446 6th street. Registration deadline: January 20, 2015  Cost: $20 includes lunch.  Guaranteed 7 games. Skill rated 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, 5.0, PCO Tier 4  Sanctioned Tournament   Round robin format. Contact: Michael Carter <mike.carter108@gmail.com> or Ray Timbers’ email: zumba.ninja.ray@gmail.com 250 860 2153

Friday, January 9, 2015

PCO Assistant Area Ambbassador Powell River, B.C.

We are very pleased to announce that Vivian Thickett has been appointed as Pickleball Canada's Assistant Area Ambassador for Powell River, B.CThe pickleball group has been playing for about a year and a half and  they now get up to 30 people coming out to play 3 times a week. Vivian is a fitness programmer and BCRPA instructor at the Powell River Recreation Complex with 4 indoor courts and 2 outdoor courts. They are planning a  first tournament on January 17th.  Thank you Vivian for promoting Pickleball in Powell River,

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Puerto Vallarta Pickleball Tournament in Mexico March 11-15, 2015

FIRST ANNUAL
Puerto Vallarta Tropical Pickleball Tournament
March 11-15, 2015
Tournament Venue: The Sheraton Buganvilias Resort & Convention Center
Blvd. Francisco Medina Ascencio. No. 999, Zona Hotelera Las Glorias, 48333 Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico.  Book your hotel stay with us: www.PickleballPuertoVallarta.com
Entry Fee  US$ 60 and $10 for an additional event. USAPA members receive a $10 discount
Register now: www.PickleballPuertoVallarta.com - "Player Registration"
Adopt-a-School Program
Not only are we indulging in the beauty and aura of Puerto Vallarta, but we are also leaving a lasting legacy in the community by introducing our amazing sport to middle schools and high schools throughout the city. We are having companies and individuals (or groups of individuals) sponsor a school, and through this sponsorship we are supplying paddles, balls, a net, and will be painting lines on their courts to allow them to practice and fall in love with Pickleball in the same manner we have. During the 3 days leading up to the tournament play dates (March 8-10) we’re inviting you to join us as we travel throughout the city to our sponsored schools, playing and teaching the students the game.
We decided since we have been blessed in our lives we don’t want to merely take, therefore, we are asking and inviting you to join us as we give back to the community from which we will be indulging, and help us prove their community with a new and healthy way of life. When we leave after our tournament there will be middle school and high school Pickleball tournaments throughout the city and we are excited to be a part of influencing this lasting change to the region! Come join us! www.PickleballPuertoVallarta.com - "Giving Back"  Tournament Regulations: All USAPA rules will apply. Limited registration, so register early!