Thursday, January 27, 2011

Feb 1, ARC Meeting & Round Robin Tournament

Many new players joined us to play on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Wednesdays 'New to Pickleball' also had great success with about 12 new players learning to play pickleball yesterday.

We will be having a round robin doubles tournament at ARC next Tuesday like the one held last month with a maximum of 16 players, to play six games. 16 players already sign up, please arrive by 1:30 pm. on Feb 1

A meeting is scheduled with Kim Wilkinson, ARC Community Recreation Programmer on Feb. 1st at 3:30 pm. in Meeting Room 1 or in the Senior Activity Centre.

Notice to All Members of Pickleball Canada

Notice to All Members of Pickleball Canada As Chairman of the Nominating Committee of Pickleball Canada, I am asking for the names of players that you want to have considered for election to the Board of Pickleball Canada at the Annual General Meeting on Saturday, February 19, 2011.

If you know of a player, that would be willing to serve in a position on the Board, please recommend them. We are looking for fresh ideas. We need players to put their names forward so we get the best candidates for the job. We want a democratic process and we can only get that if we have several candidates running for the same position.

So that the nominating committee can have time to review the names and prepare a list prior to February 19, 2011, we ask that all names be submitted to the chair, no later than February 15, 2011.

Please forward your nominations to Wayne Roswell at
Your nominating committee,
Beverley Butt, Donna Robins, Wayne Roswell

Application Form for Area Ambassadors of B.C.

Please note that we have an additional new site name -

Pickleball Canada has a new Board of Directors. They have made some changes to the Ambassador Program. The Provincial Ambassador is a new position and one of our responsibilities is to make recommendation for Area Ambassadors to be approved by Pickleball Canada.

The new Ambassador Program requires completed applications from new applicants as well as from previously appointed ones (to be documented). The new Ambassador Program does not have any 'At Large' Ambassadors, so if you have been 'At Large', please choose a specific location that you would like to represent.

For those who are interested to become an Area Ambassador in B.C., please read the Ambassador Program policies, Procedures and Guidelines in Pickleball Canada website

Application Form for Area Ambassadors of B.C.

Please forward your application form to David and Shirley Shepherd at so that we can send it in with our recommendation.

Pickleball Canada - Provincial Ambassadors for B.C.

We are very pleased to announce that David and Shirley Shepherd have been appointed as Pickleball Canada Association's Provincial Ambassadors for British Columbia effective January 26, 2011.

Pickleball is one of Canada's fastest growing sports and we look forward to being part of the continued growth in B.C. We will be recruiting new area Ambassadors in B.C. for Pickleball Canada.

We invite and encourage players to join Pickleball Canada Association as new members - official membership application form:

Monday, January 24, 2011

B.C. Seniors Games Playdown May 8, 2011

B.C. Seniors Games - Pickleball Playdown May 8, 2011 will be held at the South Surrey Recreation Centre 14601 20th Avenue, South Surrey, B.C. from 12:30 - 4pm.

Please sign up/register for the Playdown with Ken Witt, Event Coordinator. You can only enter in one Division (Competitive or Recreational Division), but you can enter (in one of 6 age brackets) Mixed doubles, Mens doubles or Womens doubles and Singles. Ken and Mandy will be away in Arizona in February and March. So try to find your own Doubles partner yourself in the meantime. For more information, please contact Ken Witt at

Saturday, January 22, 2011

NEW!! Pickleball in Newton Seniors Centre, Surrey

The Newton Recreation Centre, formally known as the Newton Wave Pool, now includes a new Gymnasium, Weight Room, Youth Centre, Spin Bikes, Fitness Room, Multi-purpose Rooms and the only Wrestling Room in all of Surrey's Recreation Centres. For more information, (604) 501-5010
Newton Seniors' Centre
13775 - 70 Avenue, Surrey, B.C. V3W 0E1

NEW !!! Pickleball Drop-In (Newton Seniors members only $1.00 per drop-in)
Fridays 9:00 am - 11:30 am

Monday, January 17, 2011

New Recreation Centre for Cloverdale, B.C.

A New Place to Play Pickleball in Cloverdale, British Columbia:
A new $15 million, 60,000 sq. ft. multipurpose complex is being built at the corner of 176 Street and 62A Avenue. This new centre will meet the needs of Cloverdale’s rapidly growing population, which has jumped to 53,000 and is projected to grow in the next five years.

Some of the highlights of this new facility will be a triple gymnasium, a wellness centre and fitness and exercise rooms. There will be activities like drop in sports, arts and cultural programs, preschool and children’s programs as well as a wide range of programs for seniors, like carpet bowling and pickleball.
Location: 6188 - 176th Street, Surrey, BC
The Centre is expected to open in early 2011.

Pickleball in South Surrey Recreation Centre

South Surrey Recreational Centre 14601-20th Avenue, South Surrey, B.C.V4A 9P5 Phone: 604-592-6970
Mon (55+)11:00-1:00pm., Tues(55+) 10:45 am - 12:45 pm
Wed (55+) 11:30-2:30 pm., Thurs (55+) 12:30-2:30 pm
Fri (55+) 12:30-2:30 pm., Wed (open) 8:15 - 9:45pm
Sun (Open) 12:30-4:00 pm

Dave, Shirley, Ken, Annette, Matt and Pat carpooled together (40 minutes drive) to play pickleball in South Surrey Recreation Centre.

South Surrey Recreation Centre has a very good system. Eight courts were divided into two gyms like ARC. In each gym, one court at the far end is marked 'A+' for A+ players, so there are two 'A+' courts. (Updated Jan 21/11 - a new notice announcing only one 'A+ court is available for eight courts). The other seven courts are for all other players.

There were about 60 players in eight courts, their line-up system is excellent that players sat down at the end of the lineups after playing a game. They certainly asked the players who did not obey the lineup system (barge in) to go back to the back of the lineup.

Players can play in any court by self-ranking but they all look like A and B players. At first we played in one gym with about 15 minutes waiting for each game. After playing for two hours, we played in the other gym with less waiting and found that those players were also excellent players. We played for almost three hour although it was supposed to be two hours play time. We had a lot of fun with very competitive games. The level of play there was very high.

It was nice to see Luba who played in our tournament last June. We met a lot of very friendly players: Len, Wilson, Cary, Harold, two Janet, Gordon, Ore, Anne and many others. We had very interesting friendly conversation with new friends we met. They asked us to come back to play soon. It was so nice to feel welcomed and we thoroughly enjoyed this experience.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Thank You, Volunteers

Thanks to Catherine and Mike for volunteering to teach new players on Wednesday 'New to Pickleball' afternoons.

Happiness tip: Volunteer at least once this month. Want to feel great about yourself? Give to others. It’s a feeling beyond anything you could get from buying something for yourself or treating yourself in any way. And it’s extremely easy to do. It will be one of the best things you’ve ever done.

If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap.
If you want happiness for a day, go fishing.
If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune.
If you want happiness for a lifetime, help someone else.
- Chinese proverb

USAPA - Regional Ambassadors for Canada West

We are very pleased to announce that David and Shirley Shepherd have been appointed as USAPA Regional Ambassadors for Canada West effective January 6, 2011.

Pickleball is one of Canada's fastest growing sports and we look forward to being part of the continued growth in Canada West (B.C. and Alberta).

We invite and encourage players to join USAPA as new members:

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Successful Mixed Round Robin Tournament

Winners of Tournament: Dave, Matt and Ganbat

Round Robin Doubles Tournament (each player played with a different partner in each game): 16 players played 6 games in two hours. Andre, Dave, Mike, Shirley, Ken, Pat, Matt, Carol, Ganbat, George, Gord, Bill, Casey, Jerry, Terry and Rhys (13 men and 3 women). Everyone enjoyed many competitive games with mostly advanced players.
Matt won the first prize ribbon and a jar of 'pickles'. Dave won the second prize ribbon. Ganbat won the third prize ribbon.
Total scores of the top 8 players:
#1 - Matt 66
#2 - Dave 62
#3 - Ganbat 61
#4 - Andre - 57
#5 - Rhys - 53
#6 - Jerry 50
#7 = George 46 tie
#7 - Terry 46 tie
#8 - Ken 45
There were an additional 16 players filling up the other four courts. Unfortunately we were unable to use both gyms for our tournament so I will arrange another round robin tournament in one or two months.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Mixed Round Robin Tournament Next Tuesday

Eight courts were full with about 30 players. There were about 7 new players. We encourage new players to come on Wednesdays to 'New to Pickleball' at 1:30 - 3:30 pm. It is much better for new players to be able to learn how to hit a ball, rally over the net several times and know the basic rules and scoring first.

We will be having a mixed round robin tournament at ARC next Tuesday Jan 11 like the one held last September with a maximum of 16 players. (please arrive at 1:20pm to sign up)

This mixed round robin tournament will use four courts, 16 players to play six to seven games. All games will be played to 11 points, the first team to score 11 points wins the game. This will help us finish in two hours by 3:30 pm. The other four courts are available for the other players. For those who are not able to play in this tournament due to a maximum of 16 players, there will be another one soon !!!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

New Time Wednesdays @ ARC 'New to Pickleball'

Today we welcomed many new players to another new time at ARC: Wednesdays at 1:30 - 3:30 pm. is 'New to Pickleball' time. Mike, Catherine, Joel and I were teaching new players. Tom, Paul and his wife Joan played for the first time. Paul said "Yesterday we were watching from the walking track (upper level), the pickleball players look like very good players, so we decided to come today. I used to play paddleball years ago." Another new player's name is Betty White, she said "Not the famous one, but I wish I have her money."

Pickleball is gaining popularity because it's easy to learn and fun to play. Join in the fun, people who tried it today really enjoyed it !!!
Jan 4 - Shirley
Jan 11 = Dave
Jan 18 - Mandy & Ken
Jan 25 - Henrietta
Feb 1 - Joan
Feb 8 - Joyce

Monday, January 3, 2011

Health Reality Check - CBC, Canada Weighs In

Feeling overweight, overworked, tired and stressed out? You're not alone, according to a new exclusive CBC poll. When asked if they're overweight, 44 per cent said yes, with seven per cent admitting to being obese. The reality is worse,66% are overweight, 7% are obese.

"Right now we have two-thirds of the Canadian population being overweight," said Arya Sharma of the University of Alberta in Edmonton.

The poll shows 56% Canadians feeling out of shape, 37% clothes not fitting, 34% consistantly fatigued. Poll also shows Canadians feel not enough time to: 37% make healthy meals, 42% exercise, 36% sleep.

CBC's 'Live Right Now' Campaign to help Canadians get in shape. Get active and 'Stepping into Fitness' - four Canadians aim for 10,000 paces a day. Playing Pickleball will help you lose weight, reduce stress, boosts energy levels, feel better and get in shape.

One Canadian said "Wow...I'm ready for the weight and exercise & healthy eating challenge. CBC is giving all Canadians a challenge. Let's go for it Canada!"

We welcome new players to our new time at ARC: 'New to Pickleball' on Wednesdays 1:30 - 3:30 pm. Come to learn Pickleball, it is fun, exercise and social to meet new friends !!!