Wednesday, March 21, 2012

140 Players Registered Pickleball Canada National Open Championship July 7 - 8, 2012

140 Players Registered in Pickleball Canada National Open Championship July 7 - 8, 2012. Some events are full so some players are put on waiting lists. There are still many spaces left but they are filling up fast. Please register as soon as possible.

Pickleball Canada will have about 6 Directors and 14 Ambassadors in attendance at our National Tournament. Some of them I have never met so I look forward to meeting them. I also look forward to meeting our pickleball friends from all over N.America!!!

Our National Tournament will have 14 indoor courts (8 courts at ARC and 6 courts at Yale Secondary School next to ARC).

We will have 20 events of Mens and Womens Singles and Doubles. Each player can play in a maximum of two events. There are about 300 event entries in total.

Players are coming from all over Canada and the USA to attend our National tournament. There are teams coming from BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Washington, California, Arizona, Texas etc. This will be the largest pickleball tournament in Canada!!!

Pickleball Canada has listed these possible accomodations for your convenience and makes no recommendations. All players must make their own arrangement for lodging.
Be sure to ask if there are special rates for participants of the Pickleball Canada National Championship.
2020 Sumas Way, Abbotsford, BC V2S 2C7  (604) 853-1880
32110 Marshall Road, Abbotsford, BC V2T 1A1  (800) 771-3077
36035 North Parallel Road, Abbotsford, BC V3G 2C6  (888) 411-1070
1881 Sumas Way, Abbotsford, BC V2S 4L5  (604) 853-1141
32720 Simon Avenue, Abbotsford, BC V2T 0B8  (604) 556-7263
32288 King Road,
Abbotsford, BC V2T 5Z5  (604) 851-5101

Aloha Trailer Park and Campsite

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Pickleball Canada Volunteer Instructions in Schools

During Spring Break this week, Dave, Mike, Herb and I volunteered to be Pickleball instructors for three days for Pickleball Canada as requested by Surrey School Board for their 'Dream Camp' Program. We taught about 300 students in 10 elementary schools, morning and afternoon classes, ages from Grade 4 - 7.

The game the children enjoyed the most is the 'pickleball relay race': 10 boys in team 1 and 10 girls in team 2, each balances a pickleball on their paddle and ran to the end of the gym and back without the ball falling off. The team that finished first won. They had a blast !!!

The children cannot hit a ball at first, but after one and half hour, they can even rally. They learned how to serve and play a game. We used 2 USAPA portable nets. We would like to thank ARC and Maclure Elementary School for lending paddles for the students use. The teachers were very helpful and the students loved it.

Monday, March 5, 2012

120 Players Registered Pickleball Canada National Open Championship July 7 - 8, 2012

Pickleball Canada National Open Championship July 7 - 8, 2012.
120 players have registered. Some events are already full. Please register as soon as you can so you won't be disappointed.

We will have 20 events in a two days tournament. ARC has 8 indoor courts and we will use an additional 6 indoor courts at Yale Secondary School next to ARC which gives us a total of 14 indoor courts for our National Tournament.

Teams are coming from all over Canada and the USA. Some players are coming as far as Ontario and Texas. This will be the largest Pickleball tournament in Canada !!!

USAPA's National Tournament last year had about 400 players. We will have at least 150, almost half that number, unbelivable!! They had a week to do it, but we only have 2 days, therefore, we have to limit the numbers of players.

We will invite the Mayor of Abbotsford to give a speech at our Opening Ceremony on July 7. We will also invite Shaw TV and newspaper reporters to report this large National event.

Please make sure you and your partner register as soon as possible to ensure that both of you are registered in each event. If you are registered but your partner is not registered, you may not be able to play in that event because spaces are limited. You may enter a maximum of 2 events.

If you have not received your registration confirmation, please contact ARC at 604-853-4221 to make sure that you are registered. You can register in person, by mail or call ARC to register if you are paying by credit card.

We look forward to seeing you there !!!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Senior Membership Schedule at ARC

Seniors can purchase a Senior membership at ARC. Become a member for only $25/year. Annual membership (55 yrs+). Valid from day of purchase. Seniors Membership Schedule at ARC includes free activities: Pickleball (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 1:30 - 3:30 pm), badminton (Tues and Thur 9am - 11:30am), billiards, bridge, art, euchre, happy gang singers, senior track time Mon-Fri 12:30pm - 3 pm. ARC's Senior Activity Centre offers access to a comfortable lounge area. You can register your Senior membership at ARC.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Central Okanagan Pickleball Association Spring Pickleball Tournament May 19 - 20, 2012

Central Okanagan Pickleball Association Spring Pickleball Tournament
May 19 - 20, 2012
Mt. Boucherie School Gym
2751 Cameron Road, West Kelowna, B.C.
Registration starts March 5th. Play starts at 8:30 am.
Mens, Womens, Mixed Competitive Doubles and recreational Doubles,
IFP Rules. All paddles must conform to IFP regulations.
Registration deadline: May 11, 2012. Entry fee: $25.00
To register: call the District of West Kelowna Recreation at 778-797-8800 cash, Debit, MC or Visa accepted.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Peachland Pickleball Tournament April 28-29, 2012

2012 Pickleball Tournament
Peachland Community Centre, 4450-6th St., Peachlnad, B.C.
Tournament Date: April 28-29, 2012
Time: 9am - 3pm
Divisions of play: 49 and under, 50 to 64, 65 and over,
Mens & womens Singles and Mixed Doubles.
Registration Deadline: April 20, 2012.
**Current IFP Rules, No non-conforming equipment permitted**
Total Registration Fee: $35.00
Tournament t-shirs available $11.20 (250)767-2133