Saturday, November 30, 2013

Pickleball Canada National Championship T-Shirts Available Soon at Pickleball Depot

PICKLEBALL DEPOT is happy to announce that a Canadian Signature line of T-shirts are now available for sale. These shirts range in price from $24.95 to $33.95, with 5 more shirts in various colours and sizes still to come. Pickleball Depot looks forward to expanding the line and logos as they move forward.  Pickleball Canada National Championship T-Shirts will be available soon at PICKLEBALL DEPOT.  Contact Bryan Banerd, web site:

Friday, November 29, 2013

Pickleball Canada 2013 Year in Review

As we move towards the end of 2013, Pickleball Canada is very pleased with the great progress we have made so far this year. Our membership numbers have reached over 700. There is a substantial increase in the number of players, clubs and groups, tournaments, Ambassadors, indoor and outdoor courts, start-ups and Places to Play in Canada.

The growth of pickleball in Canada and the United States is unprecedented. Every month we receive many emails from groups that are starting up in every corner of the country. PCO promotes good sportsmanship, supports tournaments and recreational play, and helps with the formation of new groups across Canada.

Pickleball Canada has successfully sanctioned four tournaments this year. All PCO sanctioned tournaments use IFP Rules. Winners of sanctioned tournaments will receive PCO Tournament Points. Pickleball Canada will announce the 2013 top PCO Tournament Points players at the end of each year.

PCO offers many member benefits: website, newsletters, places to play, ambassadors, tournaments, tournament points, player ratings, rules and policies, advertising, pickleball updates, information, advice and support for players, clubs, tournaments, start ups, liability insurance for sanctioned tournaments, news and much more.....If you are not a member or need to re-join, please visit

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Videos of 2013 USAPA Nationals Finals Open Mixed Doubles

videos of the semifinal and final games of the 2013 USAPA Nationals in Open Mixed Doubles with the Top Canadian player Luba Zhekhovskaya (Surrey, BC) winning the Gold medal with Michael Gates (CA) with 89 teams split into 4 groups of 22 teams each, then the winners of each group played in the finals.
Here are two links to the semifinal and final games of the USA Nationals (Open Mixed Doubles).

Monday, November 25, 2013

Sports Day (Pickleball) in Canada on Nov 23-30, 2013

RBC Sports Day in Canada on Nov 23-30. Some recreation centres are holding Pickleball open house. Click to see the link on the Sports Day in Canada:

Nov 30 2013
Nov 29 2013
Pitt Meadows,BC
Nov 30 2013
Nov 23 2013
Spruce Grove,AB
Nov 30 2013
Nov 30 2013

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Pickleball Tournament Nova Scotia Nov 24, 2013

Pickleball Tournament in East Dartmouth Community Centre, Nova Scotia on Nov 24, 2013:

*****Pickleball Christmas Social*****
Friday November 29, 5 pm to 11 pm $25.00 per person, Dinner and Dance + Cash Bar
Contact the EDCC for more info
!! PICKLEBALL Tournament Sunday Nov. 24, 9 am
Come Join the fun !
Contact the EDCC for more information  

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Vernon Pickleball Tournament: July 26, 2014

Vernon Pickleball Tournament:
3.5+ tournament July 26, 2014 Paddlewheel Park, Vernon
limited to 64 participants
contact: Cheri Burgess
International Federation of Pickleball Rules apply. Non-compliant equipment is not permitted.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Congratulations to all the winners of 2013 USAPA Nationals Nov 11 - 17, 2013

Congratulations to all the winners of 2013 USAPA Nationals! 
Special Congratulations to the Canadian women's winners:
Luba Zhekhovskaya (Surrey, BC) won the GOLD MEDAL in Open Mixed Doubles, a Silver Medal in 50+ Mixed Doubles and bronze Medal in 35+ Women's Doubles.    
Brenda Jmaeff (Kelowna, BC) won Bronze in Women's Doubles 60+ 
Carol Haworth (Chilliwack, BC) won Bronze in Women's Doubles 70+
Congratulations to our American friends:  
Jennifer Lucore (CA) won GOLD MEDAL  in Open Women's Doubles, GOLD MEDAL in 35+ Women's Doubles, Silver medal in 35+ Mixed Doubles and Silver medal in Open Women's Singles.
Billy Jacobsen (WA) won Silver medal in Open Mens Doubles and Bronze medal in Open Men's Singles. 
Darcie Jacobsen (WA) won Silver medal in 19+ Women's Doubles.
Chris Miller (WA) won GOLD MEDAL in 35+ Mixed Doubles and Bronze medals in 35+ Men's Doubles.
Christine Barksdale  (WA)won GOLD MEDAL in 19+ Mixed Doubles,GOLD MEDAL in 35+ Women's Singles.
Trish Graham  (WA) won Silver medal in 50+ Women's Doubles and Silver medal in 60+ Mixed Doubles.
Kimberley Bennett (CA) won Silver medal in 35+ Women's Singles.
Many other winners include Enrique Ruiz, Mark Friedenberg, Bob Youngren, Ione Grienger, Ron Hohman, Rosalie Knutsen and Alice Tym.....Congratulations to you all!!!

2013 USAPA Nationals Prize Money

Question 39: What is the Prize Money for the Open Division Winners?
Answer:  The Open Division Winners (each participant) will Receive the following:
Gold - $500.00 USD  Silver - $250.00 USD  Bronze - $125.00 USD
NOTE: This is only for OPEN DIVISION and NOT age Divisions.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Canadian Player Won Gold in 2013 USAPA Nationals

Congratulations to the top Canadian women's player Luba Zhekhovskaya (Surrey, BC) winning the GOLD Medal in Open Mixed Doubles (this event had 89 teams in 4 groups) with Michael Gates (CA) in the 2013 USAPA Nationals.  Luba also won a Silver medal in 50+ Mixed Doubles with Mark Friedenberg and a Bronze medal in 35+ Women's Doubles with Gigi LeMaster.  Luba is the top women's player in Canada!!!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

4rd Day of 2013 USAPA Nationals

Today is the 4th day of 2013 USAPA Nationals in AZ.  Men's Singles and Women's Singles 19+, 35+, 50+, 56+, 60+, 65+, 70+, 75+, 80+, 85+ are playing today.  644 players from the USA, Canada and as far as Netherlands are competing in this largest National Pickleball Tournament.  You can watch the top players of the world playing their top notch matches.  Some exciting matches to watch are coming up:
Friday Nov 15 - 76 teams in Open Men's Doubles and 43 teams in Open Women's Doubles 
Saturday Nov 16 -  92 teams in Open Mixed doubles
Sunday Nov 17  -  54 players in Open Men's Singles and 21 players in Open Women's Singles
Men's Singles 70+ winners: Bill Smith, Ron Holman and Bob Youngren
Men's Singles 85+ winners: Earl Schalin, Frank Dunlap and Lee Subke

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Mixed Doubles 2013 USAPA Nationals Winners

Congratulations to 2013 USAPA Nationals Winners!  Below are some of the USAPA Nationals winners who were also Champions at the 2013 Pickleball Canada Nationals.  Mixed Doubles Nov13/13:
Luba Zhekhovskaya (Surrey, BC) won a Silver medal in 50+ Mixed Doubles with Mark Friedenberg (AZ)   Jennifer Lucore (CA) won a Gold medal in 35+ Mixed Doubles with Chris Miller (WA)
Christine Barksdale (CA) won a Gold medal in 19+ Mixed Doubles with Wesley Gabrielsen (OR).

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

2013 USAPA National Tournament Canadian Winners Women's Doubles

Congratulations to 3 Canadian women who won Bronze medals at the 2013 USAPA National Tournament:  Luba Zhekhovskaya (Surrey, BC) won Bronze in Women's Doubles 35+  Brenda Jmaeff (Kelowna, BC) won Bronze in Women's Doubles 60+  Carol Haworth (Chilliwack, BC) won Bronze in Women's Doubles 70+

2013 USAPA National Tournament Nov 11-17, 2013

2013 USAPA National Tournament 11/11/13 - 11/17/13 Sun City Festival, Buckeye, AZ  Six hundred forty-four USAPA members from 39 states and as far away as Canada and the Netherlands will converge on Sun City Festival in Buckeye, Arizona November 11-17 for the USAPA National Tournament. Registration for this year’s event reached an all-time high; Nationals V will be the largest tournament in the history of the sport. 

Canadian players include: John Savoy, Stewart Mcwilliam, Harold Osbourne, Laura & Mike Schwarz, Mike Epp, Dave Touchet, Theresa Orcutt, Dan and Brenda Jmaeff, SJ Lehman, Carol Haworth, Luba Zhekhovskaya, Nancy Stern.  We wish everyone traveling to Arizona a safe trip and the very best of luck to all participants of 2013 USAPA National Tournament.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Video of Slamma Jamma Pickleball Tournament

Video of Slamma Jamma Pickleball Tournament on Sept 21-22, 2013 at The Hub Sports Center, Spokane, WA  Click Here:     
Mike Carter from Oliver, B.C. did an outstanding job of singing both the Canadian and American National Anthems on both days at the Slamma Jamma.  Many more Canadian players are expected to make the trip for next years tournaments at the HUB. It would be wonderful to see a play off between the top American and Canadian teams.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Vancouver Island Pickleball Association Pickleball League

New Pickleball Web Site Vancouver Island Pickleball Association (VIPA)   developed by Ken Holman featuring a idea to pursue Pickleball League play on Vancouver Island, B.C.
Find information about where to play on the Island, playing schedules,
details of up-coming tournaments & events and links to related sites.
Is there any interest in having an Island-wide Pickleball league?
Read the suggested format and rules.Let us know what you

Reminder: Osoyoos Pickleball Tournament Nov 30 - Dec 1, 2013

Osoyoos Pickleball Tournament November 30-December 1, 2013 at Sonora Community Centre, 8505-68th Ave., Osoyoos, B.C. No partners or skill ratings required. IFP Rules apply. Open to all levels of play. $30 two events. Registration deadline Nov. 24, 2013. contact: Mike 250-485-0245

Thursday, November 7, 2013

International Pickleball Tournament Amsterdam May 16-18, 2014

International Pickleball Tournament Amsterdam May 16-18, 2014

International Tournament

What: Promotional skill level tournament
Why: to promote pickleball in the Netherlands
When: Date May 16-18 2014
Where: Sports Hall ‘De Pijp’, Lizzy Ansinghstraat 88, Amsterdam
Friday May 16 5 pm – 9 pm draw party, clinics, free playing
Saturday May 17 9 am – 7 pm matches, 7pm dinner
Sunday May 18 9 am – 4 pm matches, 4 pm award ceremony
We will try to arrange housing for participants from abroad.
More information and registration forms will follow soon!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

2013 New Places to Play Pickleball in Ontario

2013 New Places to Play Pickleball in Ontario
Beacon Presbyterian Church, Beaverton, On
Senior Activity Centre, Cobourg, On
Comber Community Centre, Comber, On
Community Centre, Fenelon Falls, On
Kingsville Parks and Recreation, Kingsville, On
Victoria Park Armory, Lindsay
Alexander Park, Oshawa, On
The Rama Centre, Orillia, On
Community Centre, Port Hope, On
YMCA, Sault Ste Marie, On
Vandorf, Stouffville, On
Timken Community Centre, St Thomas, On

Monday, November 4, 2013

2013 New Places to Play Pickleball in Canada

2013 New Places to Play Pickleball in B.C. 
Vancouver Island:
Fuller Lake Tennis Courts, Chemainus, BC
Comox Community Center, Comox, B.C.
Courtenay Native Sons Hall, Courtenay, B.C.
Island Savings Centre, Duncan, B.C.
Sportsplex, Campbell Rive, B.C.
Frank Jameson Community Center, Ladysmith, B.C.
Kerry Park Recreation Centre, Mill Bay, BC
Ballenas High School, Parksville, B.C.
Lacrosse Box Community Park, Parksville, B.C.
Greenglade Community Centre, Sidney, B.C.
North Saanich Middle School, Sidney, BC
Cedar Hill Recreation Centre, Victoria, B.C.
Henderson Recreation Centre, Victoria, B.C.

Fraser Valley:
Yale Court, Abbotsford, B.C
Rosedale Traditional Community School, Chilliwack, B.C.
Silver Creek Elementary School, Hope, B.C.
Community School Gym, Yarrow, B.C.

B.C. Interior:
Dufferin Elementary School, Kamloops, B.C.
First Lutheran Christian School, Kelowna, B.C.
Kaleden Elementary School, Kaleden, B.C.
Sonora Community Centre, Osoyoos, B.C.
Club Shuswap, Salmon Arm, B.C.
Vernon Christian School, Vernon,B.C.

Vancouver and Lower Mainland:
Edmonds Community Centre - Burnaby, B.C.
Place Maillardville Community Centre, Coquitlam, B.C.
Hyde Creek Recreation Centre, Port Coquitlam, B.C.
Champlain Heights community Centre, Vancouver, B.C.
Hillcrest Community Centre, Vancouver, B.C.
Kerrisdale Community Centre, Vancouver, B.C.
Trout Lake Community Centre, Vancouver, B.C.
2013 New Places to Play Pickleball in Alberta
Southland Leisure Centre, Calgary, AB
West Hillhurst Community Centre, Calgary, AB
Canmore Seniors Centre, Canmore, AB
Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre, Cochrane, AB
Saville Community Sports Centre, Edmonton, AB
2013 New Places to Play Pickleball in Manitoba
Headingley Community Centre, Headingley, MB
Bronx Community Centre, Winnipeg, MB
Norberry-Glenlee Community Centre, Winnipeg, MB
Rady Jewish Community Centre, Winnipeg, MB
Reh-Fit Center, Winnipeg, MB
Sturgeon Height Community Centre, Winnipeg, MB
2013 New Places to Play Pickleball in Saskatchewan
Church of Christ, Kenosee Lake, SK
North West Leisure Centre, Regina, SK