Friday, September 30, 2011

Prince George - New Place to Play

Prince George - New Place to Play
New Pickleball program at the Family YMCA of Prince George. The address is 2020 Massey Drive. The phone number is 250-562-9341. There are 2 indoor courts. The facility is open to the public. There will be 2 times to begin: Monday 1:30-3 pm for Seniors and Thursday 7-8:30 pm for all ages. There will be a $3 drop in fee.

They have been active promoting the game. They had a table at the recent Leisure Fair in Prince George. They will be holding another session at the Active Aging event at UNBC tomorrow. They are expecting more interest, and apparently CBC wants to do a story. Should be fun!

New Brunswick Pickleball Canada Provincial Ambassador

New Brunswick New Place to Play

If you have any questions about pickleball, the rules, or are looking for somewhere to play, drop us a line. As we work to get the sport off the ground in New Brunswick, we can help you find a court or help arrange a match.

Raymond Doiron

Pickleball Canada Provincial Ambassador – New Brunswick

Friday, September 23, 2011

New Players and Back Pain Cure

We welcomed a new player Perry from Vancouver. Perry is Michelle's daughter and she is a busy mother of two. She started playing pickleball about two weeks ago and really enjoys it. At ARC, she can play pickleball, her daughter can skate. We enjoyed having them at snack time to chat about our life stories.

I met a new player Bill who started playing pickleball about 3 weeks ago. He played very well because he played tennis before.

Another new player told me that he learned pickleball in Las Vegas. He is five years from retirement and still works at a youth prison and they are teaching youths to play pickleball there. Pickleball is a good sport for youths!!

I heard from another new player who got rid of his back pain after he started playing pickleball for about three months. There are so many players got rid of their back pain from playing pickleball. One player told me that it certainly is cheaper than going to a chiropractor !!! More enjoyable too !!!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

ARC Pickleball Meeting with Laura

It was a well-attended ARC meeting with about 25 players with Laura after pickleball with lots of snacks brought by Ken and Mandy: delicious homemade cake and melons. Many topics of discussion:
1. Most players agreed to move the evening sessions to different nights: Monday and Wednesday instead of Tuesday and Thursday.
2. Laura will ask the City to get outdoor pickleball courts lined on tennis courts.
3. Matt may be able to use one court on Wednesdays to teach 'skill improvement'.
4. Pickleball nets may have to be put down at 3:30 pm instead of 4 pm if there are other activities scheduled.
5. Thanks Laura for booking 8 courts on Tues and Thur afternoons.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Thank You Notes from our Pickleball Friends

We are very happy to receive many wonderful thank You notes from our Pickleball friends:
Christine from West Bank, B.C. wrote "I would like to thank Dave and Shirley for welcoming me, when I came and played with them.. I had a great time and met some wonderful people.. I HIGHLY recommend all of us going to another venue and playing there.. I will have to make a point of only coming down there on tues/ thur so I can play.. will make sure that next time I am in town i will come.. say hello to all for me.. C."
Jesse from Abbotsford wrote "Special thanks to Dave, Shirley, Mike, Grant for "letting my Dad and I" in to the group to learn this great sport."
Beryl from Surrey wrote "Thanks so much for welcoming us whenever we come to play in Abbotsford."
Terry from Scotland wrote "say hello to all at the pickleball, not getting any PB over here in Scotland but have been getting lots of golf and walking. We will be heading back in January and will get back to some pickleball then."

Thursday, September 8, 2011

ARC Meeting on Tuesday Sept 13, 3:30 pm

Please note:
ARC Meeting on Tuesday Sept 13, 3:30 pm with coordinators Laura Kerr and Ryan Coreau. All players are welcomed to attend to ask questions and give feedback.

Last Tuesday afternoon, many players were upset that we only had 4 courts, many players were waiting to play. ARC staff said that we will only get 4 courts for the fall because there were other activities scheduled. Since we usually have about 40 players, we need 8 courts.

Pat emailed Laura requesting 8 courts. Pat said "I find it difficult to believe that such a popular activity would see the courts availability cut down without any consultation with the group that supports the activity and is loyal to playing at ARC. We have been actively promoting Pickleball and now have players that travel from South Surrey/Whiterock, Langley, Chilliwack and even Lynden WA to play competitive games with the group. No court availability would mean that players will no longer travel here if they virtually get no playing time." Many other players also expressed their frustrations over this problem. Laura told me she will look into it.

Laura said "I have looked into the schedule and have been able to move around several programs that will allow both gymnasiums to be used for Pickleball on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons".

Laura is also currently in the process of programming for the January-June session and she may be able to change the evening sessions to different nights than the afternoon sessions.

Today we get our 8 courts back and everyone is happy !!!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Pickleball Canada Newsletters. Snack Scheldule

Pickleball Canada August and September Newsletter


July 19 -Lesley & Nigel
July 26 - Shirley
Aug 2 - Michelle
Aug 9 - Iris
Aug 16 - Henrietta
Aug 23 - Bill
Aug 30 - Joyce