Saturday, January 12, 2013

Special Hotel Rates for 2013 Pickleball Canada National Open Championship

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.
COAST HOTEL AND SUITES 2020 Sumas Way, Abbotsford, BC V2S 2C7 (604) 853-1880 Special Group Rate: $99.00 plus tax, 2 Queen beds or King, includes breakfast.
SUPER 8 HOTEL 1881 Sumas Way, Abbotsford, BC V2S 4L5 (604) 853-1141 Special Group Rate in new building: $89.00 plus tax, Double occupancy,  includes breakfast
SANDMAN HOTEL 32720 Simon Avenue, Abbotsford, BC V2T 0B8 (604) 556-7263 Special Group Rate: $104.00+ tax, Double occupancy.  Group No. 28832
BEST WESTERN REGENCY HOTEL 32110 Marshall Road, Abbotsford, BC  (800) 771-3077 Preferred rate: $99.99+ tax Double occupancy, 2 Queen beds or 1 King bed, includes breakfast.
BEST WESTERN BAKERVIEW INN 1821 Sumas Way, Abbotsford, BC  begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 1-877-336-6156 FREE end_of_the_skype_highlighting
RAMADA INN 36035 North Parallel Road, Abbotsford, BC V3G 2C6 (604) 870-1050 $115 +tax Double occupancy, 2 Queen beds, includes breakfast.
SWEET DREAMS LUXURY INN 32288 King Road, Abbotsford, BC V2T 5Z5 (604) 851-5101
Eagle Wind RV Park 26920 - 52nd Ave.,Aldergrove, BC 604-856-6674
Aloha Trailer Park and Campsite  29666 Fraser Hwy, Abbotsford, BC

Sunday, January 6, 2013

2013 Pickleball Canada National Open Championship FAQ

2013 Pickleball Canada National Open Championship FAQ:
Q. What is the difference between Open event and Under 55 event?
A. Open events are open to players of any age. In the Under 55 event, one of the partners must be under 55 years old.
Q. Is there any skill level restrictions in Open and Age events?
A. No, there is no skill level restrictions in Open and Age events.
Q. If my age is 59, my birthday is in October, which age event do I enter?
A. You will enter in the 60+ event. The event you enter is the age you will be on Dec.31/2013.
Q. What age bracket will an older player enter with a younger partner?
A. An older player may play down with a younger partner in the younger partner's age bracket, but a younger player may not play up with an older partner in the older player's age bracket.
Q. Are the games played indoors, what balls and rules will be used?
A. All indoor games using Jugs pickleballs. Rules are International Federation of Pickleball rules, non-conforming paddles such as Apike, Hush and Edgeless are not allowed.
Q. How many events can I enter?
A. You may enter a maximum of 2 events,
Q. Where can I get a registration form?
A. You can get a registration form from ARC. The registration form is posted on many websites:
Q. What is the cost of the registration?
A. Registration fee is $30.00 plus $5.00 each for 2 events-total $40.00.  If you are a current Pickleball Canada member, your registration fee will get a $5.00 discount for a total of $35.00.
Q.  How do I become a Pickleball Canada member and receive a $5 discount?
A.  You can become a Pickleball Canada member for $12 for one year.  Please send your payment with your Membership application form located at   ARC will confirm your membership with Pickleball Canada.
Q. How do I register?
A. You can register in person, by phone ARC 604-853-4221 with credit card or by mail with payment to 'City of Abbotsford' and mail to Ryan Coreau, Recreation Coordinator, Abbotsford Recreation Centre, 2499 McMillan Road, Abbotsford, B.C. V2S 7R3.
Q. When is the deadline for registration?
A. The deadline for registration is June 12, 2013.
Q. What is the cancellation and refund policy?
A. Cancellations and refund requests must be received by June 5, 2013. Requests sent after this date will not qualify for a refund. Registration fees will be refunded less a $10 adminstrattion fee.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Creekside Recreation Centre in Vancouver, B.C

Photo of pickleball players at Creekside Recreation Centre in Vancouver, B.C.  Dave and I enjoyed helping to teach two new players and playing with Bob, Georgia and all the other players.  It's always a pleasure to play at Creekside, all the players are very welcoming and friendly, rotating after each game.  Creekside is very modern, clean and bright with 4 indoor courts at the Athlete's Village, south side of False Creek  at 1 Athlete's Way, Vancouver.  Drop-in is $2 each, free parking outside or $2/hour underground parking.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

High Street Mall in Abbotsford, B.C. Open Spring 2013

Pickleball Canada National Open Championship will be held in Abbotsford on July 6 - 7, 2013 and invites all visiting participants from all over Canada and the USA to visit this large exciting new mall in the city:  High Street Mall, Abbotsford, B.C. - a new large outdoor mall will be open in Spring, 2013 with 600,000 sq.ft.of shops, restaurants, banks, cinemas with underground or outdoor parking, Walmart, London Drugs, Starbucks, Cineplex theatres etc. You can click on the Youtube video (sorry no sound on the video):
Highstreet will be a future 600,000 square foot outdoor shopping centre anchored by Walmart SuperCentre, London Drugs and a Cineplex VIP Cinemas, bringing urban lifestyle shopping to the region. The three level project concept will feature fashion, food, services and entertainment on the upper podium level with a large format anchor tenant, Walmart Super Centre, on the lower level. This densified suburban development will deliver a higher order of density than traditional regional retail projects, and is also working towards Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, which would make it one of the first in Canada for a large scale retail project. The launch of Highstreet is scheduled for Spring 2013.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

New Year's Day Polar Pickleball in Canada

New Year's Day Polar Pickleball at Yale Court, Abbotsford, B.C. About a dozen brave Pickleball players played two hours of pickleball on 3 outdoor pickleball lined courts.  Players include Dave, Grant, Gene,  Ken, Pat, Matt and Pat, George and Claire and two junior players (Grant's son and Gene's son).  Temperature was -3C at 10 am, Grant put salt to melt a little ice off the courts and treated everyone to Tim Horton's coffee and hot chocolate.  Dave brought two USAPA portable nets, Gene brought a portable net that was a Christmas present.  What a great way to celebrate New Year's Day!  Canada not only has New Year's Day Polar Swim, we now have New Year's Day Polar Pickleball !!!