Thursday, December 17, 2015

ARC Winter/Spring Pickleball schedule January 4 to May 31, 2016

ARC Winter/Spring program guide January 4 to May 31, 2016 - Pickleball schedule:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: Pickleball (16+) 1:00 - 3:00 pm, 7:30 - 9:45 pm
Sunday: Family Pickleball 11:15am - 1:15 pm  Recreational Pickleball 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Competitive Pickleball 3:45 pm - 5:45 pm (see page 44 in winter/spring guide)

Competitive Pickleball: If you are looking for a competitive time to play the sport of pickleball this program is for you. The program is based on a ladder format where participants will draw for court numbers at the beginning of each class. Abbotsford Recreation Centre Singles Jan 10 - 31 Su 3:45pm - 5:45pm 4/$45.50 285490 Feb 7 - 28 Su 3:45pm - 5:45pm 4/$45.50 285492 Mar 6 - Apr 3 Su 3:45pm - 5:45pm 4/$45.50 285494 Apr 10 - May 1 Su 3:45pm - 5:45pm 4/$45.50 285496 May 8 - 29 Su 3:45pm - 5:45pm 4/$45.50 285498 Doubles Jan 10 - 31 Su 3:45pm - 5:45pm 4/$91 285491 Feb 7 - 28 Su 3:45pm - 5:45pm 4/$91 285493 Mar 6 - Apr 3 Su 3:45pm - 5:45pm 4/$91 285495 Apr 10 - May 1 Su 3:45pm - 5:45pm 4/$91 285497 May 8 - 29 Su 3:45pm - 5:45pm 4/$91 285499

Chilli-Paddle-Wac Tourrnament Dec 30th, 2015

Upcoming Pickleball tournament in Chilliwick:
Chilli-Paddle-Wac Tourrnament Date: Wednesday Dec 30th, 2015
Time: Registration for the Random 3.0, 3.25 and 3.5 events@ 9:00AM. Games start at 9:30AM. Registration for the Random 3.75, 4.0 and 4.5 events@ 1:00PM. Games start at 1:30PM.
Cost: $20.00 for your event and will be collected AT THE EVENT WHEN YOU REGISTER.
Location: Yarrow Community School, 4595 Wilson Rd, Chilliwack (in Yarrow), BC

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

2015 ARC Pickleball Christmas Potluck Party Photos

Thank you everyone for coming (about 50 people) to the 2015 ARC 7th Pickleball Christmas Potluck Party yesterday. There were an array of delicious food including quiches, sausage rolls, wraps, shrimps, dips, veggies and fruit platters, desserts.  Special thanks to Gerry for providing the Christmas music and sing along songs. It was wonderful for our Pickleball group to celebrate Christmas together!
Wishing everyone a very happy Christmas and New Year!

Saturday, December 12, 2015

ARC Christmas Potluck Party and Winter/Spring Schedule

Dec. 19 - Jan 3 -  Pickleball Monday, Tues and Wed 12:30 - 2:30 pm, Sunday 12pm - 4 pm.  Pickleball on Tuesday evenings, Christmas Eve and New Year Eve are cancelled.

Christmas Pickleball Potluck Party on Tuesday Dec. 15 at 3:30 pm after Pickleball at ARC Senior Centre.  Please bring a dish.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Winter/Spring Schedule Jan 4 to May 31, 2016:  
Pickleball on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Pickleball on Tuesday and Thursday 7:30 - 9:45 pm
Pickleball on Sunday 1:30 - 3:30 pm

Sunday, November 29, 2015

International Pickleball Associations All Over the World

Pickleball France
Pickleball Spain
Pickleball Finland
Pickleball Netherlands
Australia Pickleball Association
UK Pickleball Association
Ukrainian Pickleball Association
All India Pickleball Associaiton

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Pickleball Safety and Court Etiquette:

Last Thursday Mila had a fall playing pickleball at ARC.  She had a complicated triple fracture of her left wrist and had surgery on Friday morning.  The injury had nothing to do with a collision. It was just a fall. However, players should be very careful about running into another court to return a shot for the possibility of crashing into someone  Two months ago Janet also had a fall and injured her wrist and it took two months to heal.

Pickleball Safety and Court Etiquette:

Check the playing area for uneven or wet surfaces, inadequate lighting, poor maintenance that could contribute to an injury.

Running backwards to get a ball should be discouraged. Instead, turning then running forward or arranging for the doubles partner to retrieve those shots is preferable.

Running to return a shot close to a fence, railing, wall etc. should be discouraged to avoid injury.

 A “Ball on Court” call should be standard practice to signal a stop in play so that an errant ball landing in the court can be returned to its respective court and avoid injury.

Running into another court to return a shot should be discouraged to avoid crashing into a player causing injury.

Do not roll or kick a ball out of your way, but walk to the back of your court with ball in hand, find out who's missing their ball and throw or hit it back to a player on the court from where it came.

 Players should be wearing court shoes with ankle support and a sole designed for the particular playing surface (indoor /outdoor).

Safety approved eyewear is recommended to avoid risk of injury and help protect a player’s eyes.

An opponent's skill level should be respected to avoid causing them injury.

Safety and etiquette rules should be communicated to players and form part of regular play.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Chilli-Paddle-Wac Tourrnament Nov 21, 2015

Chilli-Paddle-Wac Tourrnament
Date: Saturday November 21st, 2015
Cost: $20.00 for your first event, $15 per additional event,
Lunch: Lunch and/or supper will be provided and is included in your registration fees.
Location: Yarrow Community School, 4595 Wilson Rd, Chilliwack (in Yarrow), BC
Format: Random Partner Doubles (Time ~8:30am to 4:00pm)
Doubles games, with a different random partner each game. At the end of the day
the player with the highest individual score in each event wins. There will be 6
events 3.0, 3.25, 3.5, 3.75, 4.0, and 4.5+ with each event consisting of 8 players.
First 8 to register will play. This event is Co-Ed tournament with men and women
playing together/against each other. We've made a slight change in that everyone
is now guaranteed 7 games, with the top 4 players in each event awarded an
additional 3 playoff games to decide the winner. The arranging of games is now
improved with EVERYONE playing with everyone exactly once, EVERYONE
playing against everyone exactly twice. We'll also be starting fewer (probably only
3 events at one time) so that there will be VERY little wait times between games.
Fixed Partner Doubles (Time ~4:00pm to 7:00pm)
These events will be the standard fixed partner doubles games. This will be round
robin play with playoffs to determine the winning team There will be 4 events:
Women's Doubles 4.0, Women's Doubles Open, Men's Doubles 4.0, and Men's
Doubles Open. This event is NOT Co-Ed. Everyone is guaranteed at least 4 (this
will probably be 5) games, and at least 1 playoff game.
Singles (Time ~7:00pm to 10:00pm)
These events will be the standard singles games. This will be round robin playoffs to determine the winning player There will be 3 events: Women's Singles
Open, Men's Singles 4.0, and Men's Singles Open. This event is NOT Co-Ed.
Everyone is guaranteed at least 4 (this might be 5 or could change depending on
the number of players who sign up) games, and at least 1 playoff game.
Contact: For further information please contract us at  

Monday, August 3, 2015

Statistics of Pickleball Players, Places to Play and courts in Canada

Pickleball is widely recognized as one of North America’s fastest growing sports with an estimated 250,000 players, 10,000 courts and 3,500 places to play in North America.
Total estimated number of player in Canada:
2011  6,072
2012  8.173
2013 10,128
2014 14,135
2015 20,003 

As of Oct 30, 2014, Canada has a total estimated number of players is 14,135, 290 Places to Play and 710 pickleball courts.

As of Aug 3, 2015, Canada has  a total estimated number of players is 20.003376 Places to Play and 1077 pickleball courts.

Number of Players (Oct 30/14)  Number of Players (Aug 3/15)           
BC   6971                                 9563                                          
ON   5385                                 6043                                              
AB   665                                   1845
MB  245                                     625
SK  270                                      770
NB  107                                      369
NS  290                                      530                            
QC  120                                      120
PEI  82                                        58

NL   0                                          80
Total  14,135                          20003

Places to Play   Places to Play    Number of courts  
   (Oct 30/14)          (Aug 3/15)           (Aug 3/15) 
BC   106                              128                                        485
ON  130                               152                                        330
AB   15                                 32                                         104
SK    8                                  16                                          43
MB   9                                   17                                         33
NS   7                                   10                                         27
NB   9                                   13                                         32
QC   6                                   4                                            6
PEI   3                                  3                                           13
NL   0                                   1                                             4
Total  290                          376                                         1077

Thursday, July 23, 2015

In Memory of Dave Shepherd Placque

Dave's placque to be placed on the 12th hole on a bench at North Bellingham Golf Course in Bellingham, WA. This plaque will surely improve many lucky golfers handicap.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Dave Shepherd Celebration of LIfe July 18, 2015

Dave Shepherd Celebration of LIfe July 18, 2015 was held at Phoenix Lounge in Abbotsford with about 80 people in attendance.  Thenk you to the emcee Jeffrey Young and Bill Ward Production produced the DVD photos and the speakers included my brother Henry, Allan Turner, Peter Darvill, David Dines bought a placque marked "In Memory of Dave Shepherd"to be placed on a bench at the 12th hole of North Bellingham Golf Course because Dave always hit his golf shot closest to the pin there and it was known as the "Shepherd's Spit".  Thank you to you all !!! 

Monday, July 13, 2015

Video CTV 2015 Pickleball Canada Eastern National Championships

CTV Kitchener Video 2015 Pickleball Canada Eastern National Championships July 10-12, 2015 

Friday, July 10, 2015

Mike, Wesley at outdoor Pickleball Courts Abbotsford

My son Mike enjoyed playing pickleball with Wesley, Ken and Kyle on 8 newly pickleball lines painted on outdoor tennis courts with a concert playing in Jubilee Park in Abbotsford. Wesley and Ken are on their way to compete in the Pickleball Canada Western National Tournament in Kelowna with 300 players including the top players from all over North America!  Update July 12 - Congratulations to Wesley Gabrielsen for winning 3 Gold medals in the Open Mens Singles,Doubles and Mixed Doubles at the 2015 Pickleball Canada National Western Tournament in Kelowna!  Congratulations to Jennifer Lucore for winning 4 Gold and 1 Silver medals at the 2015 Pickleball Canada Eastern National Championships with 200 players in Waterloo, Ontario! A total of 500 players competed in the Eastern and Western Nationals on July 10-12 in Canada. Top 5.0 players included Luba Zhekhovskaya, Christine Barksdale, Gigi LeMaster, Tonji Major, Chris Miller, Steve Wong, Puppet Master Nelson and many more....

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

PCO Annual General Meeting postponed

We regret that the 2015 PCO Annual General Meeting on July 20 has been postponed.  We will reschedule the AGM for September and publish the date and time of the AGM in the August newsletter.  We apologize for the inconvenience it may have caused. 

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Dave Shepherd Passed Away June 27, 2015

With extreme sadness, my husband Dave passed away peacefully in the Abbotsford hospital on June 27, 2015.  He has fought a brave battle against cancer for 16 months. We had a wonderful marriage together for over 40 years with two adult children. Dave had a very happy 76 years of life, especially enjoyed playing golf and pickleball.  

David was a very nice, kind, friendly, loving, honest, intelligent, athletic, generous and compassionate  man and a wonderful husband and my best friend.  I will treasure the lovely memories we have together.  As the PCO President from 2012-2014, Dave has helped PCO build a solid foundation.  PCO will continue to grow and have great success in the future.  

Friday, June 26, 2015

Video SoCal Summer Classic 2015

Held yearly at Oceanside, CA, the SoCal Summer Classic is one of the top pickleball competitions in the country - and Pickleball Channel was excited to be a part of it! There were no easy first round matches here - over 80% of the players were ranked 4.5 and above, but there were many new faces claiming bronze, silver and gold! Check out this short video of the event. When you watch it, you will get a real sense of the fun atmosphere and exciting game play. 

Monday, May 11, 2015

Pickleball Spain International Tournament I, Madrid, Spain Sept 18-20, 2015

Pickleball Spain International Tournament I By: Pickleball Spain at La Chopera Sport Center, Madrid, Spain  September 18 - 20, 2015. To register:
 Age-Based Tournament
Limited to 200 participants
Minimum of 4 matches guaranteed in each event entered
IFP sanctioning rules will apply
 Early Registration Fee = $40: April 22 - June 30, 2015
Registration Fee = $50: July 1 - August 23, 2015
Event Fees = $10 per event entered

Arena Bowl Pickleball Tournament June 6 - 7, 2015

Arena Bowl Pickleball Tournament June 6 - 7, 2015 at Gibsons Community Center. Mens, Women and Mixed doubles 2.5, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5 skill levels, round robin format, IFP rules apply. Entry fees $25.00 for 1 event and $15.00 for the second event.  Snacks and lunch are included in your entry fee. To register:  

Friday, April 24, 2015

Naples, Florida to host 2016 US Open Pickleball Championships

The 2016 US Open Pickleball Championships will be held at East Naples Community Park in Naples, FL. This weeklong event, from April 26-May 1, 2016, will showcase the top professional and amateur pickleball players from the United States and around the world. April 2016’s US Open championship will have a cash purse of $20,000 and is expected to draw 1,000 participants and 10,000 spectators. The US OPEN Pickleball Championship will be produced and nationally broadcast on the Tennis Channel, reaching more than 40 million viewers.   

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Battle of the Paddle Tournament June 26-28, 2015

Battle of the Paddle Tournament at Pinetree Community Centre, Coquitlam, BC  By: City of Coquitlam and Fraser Valley Pickleball  Fri 06/26/15 thru Sun 06/28/15  To Register:  Tier 3 PCO sanctioned, IFP Rules.
Men’s and Women'sSingles 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 andOpen onFriday, June 26 starting at 5:00 p.m.  Men’s andWomen’sDoubles 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 andOpen onSaturday, June 27 starting at 8:30  a.m.  Mixed Doubles 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 and Open on Sunday, June 28 starting at 9:00 a.m.  Registration Fee: $30 plus tax. Event Fee: $10 per event (food included) PCO members $5 discount. 

Tuesday, March 31, 2015


This is a YouTube link to a new pickleball song called THE PICKLEBALL BLUES written by Richard Shine, a singer/songwriter who's a member of the Robson Ranch Pickleball Club in Eloy, AZ
Pickleball Boogie-Blues 

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Canadian Champions Palm Desert Senior Olympics pickleball 2015

Palm Desert Senior Olympics pickleball 2015  Photo: Right: Nancy Jordan (USAPA President's wife) and Judy VanAert won the bronze medals 65 to 69 division February 13th 2015. Judy is a regular player at ARC "12 teams, we lost first round and came back from losers bracket . There were two 4.5 , 5.0 teams in our division. Came fom 10-0 to win 16-14 , then from 8-0 to win second game to 15 , 3rd game from 8-5 to win. Strategy used: pick worst side with the shadows first and had a solid wall to look at on last half ;slowed down game against hard hitters" Congratulatins to Judy (Langley, BC) and Cookie Drake (Cold Lake, Alberta) won Gold (MX 60-64) and Silver (WD 50-54)medals!  See results:  

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Pickleball in the Comics

Pickleball in the comics this week in the Arizona Republic.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Rosebowl 2015 Tournament Feb 20-22, 2015

Rosebowl 2015 Tournament  by Fraser Valley Pickleball Fri 02/20/15 thru Sun 02/22/15  Rosedale Traditional School, Rosedale, BC Registration Fee: $30, each event $10, PCO Sanctioned, IFP rules apply. Round robin for doubles, double eliminations for Singles events. Men’s and Women's Singles 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 and Open on Friday, Feb. 20 starting at 5:00 p.m.Men’s and Women’s Doubles 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 & Open on Saturday, Feb. 21 starting at 8:30 am. Mixed Doubles 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 & Open on Sunday, Feb. 22 starting at 9:00 am. Website: