NationalPBday – Video by Bill MacGregor
A beautiful day met 19 players at centennial park on Saturday Aug 12 to help celebrate National Pickleball Day. All four courts were in full operation all morning and produced many more
times the number of players that tennis had that morning. This has been an observable and growing trend with between 16 and 34 players showing up on most days. These include now, Monday,
Wednesday , Friday and Saturday 9-11 or so, Sunday morning , same time and Tuesday evening 6:00 to 8;00 pm. This gives us Thursday only for teaching new players or doing certifications for
instructors courses. We now have over 300 instructors certified by BC pickleball Assoc.
As Founding Director , I would like to thank all of those instructors from all parts of the province for their steadfast loyalty to BC pickleball and their efforts to grow the sport like they have done.
It is to their credit, not mine, that our sport is seen to be the fastest growing in Canada and indeed, North America. They have been active for 12 years in the schools, in the community centers,
in clinics, in the outdoor, with private lessons and group instructions . Anyone who plays our sport, and knows one of these certified instructors ,should tell them how much their efforts are
appreciated. Our provincial imitators – Pickleball BC , while posing as interested in BC , really represent pickleball Canada which is controlled and led by the Usapa, which is the official arm of
pickleball Usa. Their interest lies south of the border and their fees, aggressiveness in all the provinces show their bias in many ways. Pickleball is a simple, friendly sport, based on family values and relationships. If we can maintain that , it will grow much bigger. Even tennis realizes that it failed to bring youth to its sport due to cost concerns and eliteness of Its outlook.
More than one BC association is not needed, if each community would support the organization that they have. This requires communication from each program , a willingness to work together,
and celebrate the many local players and organizers at the grass roots level. It is always easy to ” let the other person do it ” eh . This spring BC pickleball assoc started two new programs , one in
Princeton and a second in Williams Lake . Both are thriving, Also in the mix was Marpole / Oakridge Rec center as well as Killarney and Douglas park Rec centers. To round out our program was a
12 week schedule of evening teaching at Timms Rec in langley, and the Richmond country club. To round out the effort was three elementary schools Forsyth elementary – Surrey, St Bernadette’s Surrey
and Star of the Sea school , Surrey.
This summer of 2017 will long be remembered as the best Pickleball summer in memory . Perfect weather, many new outdoor programs, many tournaments ( without rainouts ) and strong growth of
our sport. We have also received many mentions in the ” Coffee news “-( what’s happening section ) in newspapers and national magazines as well as Global TV nationally . The pickleball channel sponsored by ” leg cramps” in the USA is free and worthwhile for competitive players to download and we look forward to something similar in the near future for BC.
Recently, I have had several inquiries about the template for pickleball – a one week schedule to include all levels of play as well as beginner lessons and public open times for a 4 court system. This
would require about 2-300 players to make it work in its entirety but parts can be adapated by any group and to put it into use does not require ranking , nor ratings, nor a club ( for profit ) system. It is
posted for your convenience on the WWW.BCPICKLEBALL.COM website . Should you have any questions, you may e mail me or call direct 604-536-9602 . Just download it and post it on the fence.
Please enjoy the changing colours of the fall trees and blooms – Keep your shots low and true……
Yours in sport and health,
Founding Director – www.pickleballcanada.org ( ret)
Founding Director- www.bcpickleball.com ( active)
ph – 604-536-9602
Photos by Amber Oram