On our tenth anniversary it is a worthwhile time to look at the BIG PICTURE for pickleball in our province of BC. Initially, when I started www.PickleballCanada.org there were three Locations in the lower mainland , and about about the same in the Okanagan, a little in Medicine hat , a little in Regina, a little in Winnipeg , a little in Toronto. That was it folks !
Fast forward to today, and we have vibrant programs growing in almost every province and territory. It can be helpful to categorize them into areas or “ Pods” of activity where growth in BC has been rapid and in some cases almost complete. In BC we have :
1) The Kootenay Pod which might comprise Trail, Creston, Castlegar, Cristina Lake, Grand Forks, Oliver, Rossland, Nelson, Osoyoos, Cranbrook, and Kimberley .
2) The Okanagan Pod with Kelowna, Penticton, Summerland, Peachland, Westbank, Vernon, Armstrong, Salmon Arm Sicamous, Revelstoke and Golden.
3) The North Pod comprising Chetwynd, Fort St John, Dawson creek, Tumbler Ridge, Mackenzie, Moberly Lake, Hudson Hope,
4) The Mile pod with 100 mile house, 108 mile house, Clinton, Cache creek, Ashworth, Lytton, Lillooet, Logan Lake, Kamloops, Hope, Princeton, Williams lake, andMerritt.
5) The middle Pod with Vanderhoof, Burns Lake, Houston, Smithers, Terrace, Kitimat and Prince Rupert as well as Hazelton and Rio Tinto mines in the Yukon and Prince George.
6) The North Shore pod – comprising Whistler, Horseshoe Bay, Pemberton, West Vancouver, North Vancouver, and Port Moody as well as Sechelt, Powell River , Gibsons Landing , Savary Island.
7) The Vancouver Pod – Coal Harbour, Sunset, Hillcrest, Trout Lake, Creekside Rec , Champlain Heights Rec, Kitsilano Rec, Kitsilano seniors, Arbutus club, Burnaby has Edmunds Rec center, and reservoir hill .
8 ) The Richmond, Surrey, New West Pod – Richmond – Richmond Olympic Oval, Thompson rec center, West Richmond Rec center , Cambie Rd Rec center, Richmond Golf and country club,
Ladner – Mckee house Rec center, community center and youth club, Tsawassen – South Delta Rec center ; North Delta – Sungod Rec center . Surrey has – Guilford Rec center, Chuck Bailey Rec center, Newton Rec center, Cloverdale Rec center, South Surrey Rec center , centennial park , White Rock, Tims in Langley, community center, Walnut Grove Rec center, Douglas park, Clayton park, Sullivan park, Maple green park, South Surrey athletic park. New Westminister has Queensboro Rec center and Edmunds Rec. as well as Poirier Rec center in Coquitlam.
9) The new pod includes, Pitt Meadows Rec , Maple Ridge Rec , Coquitlam Pinetree Rec center, and Hyde Creek Rec center as well as Mission Rec center and Harrisoin Hot springs as well as Chilliwack , Abbotsford and Aldergrove Rec.
10) The Main Island Pod has Victoria – Commonwealth Rec, Pearkes Rec etc, Duncan, Ladysmith, Port Alberni,Nanimo, Parksville, Comox, Courtney, Campbell River, Qualicum beach and Cumberland.
In addition to these pods of places, there are 37 private and public high schools in Surrey alone that teach pickleball and many elementaries that we, with volunteers from different local areas have taught this sport . Pickleball is now a core sport in All Surrey High schools. Further, many churches have gyms that can accomodate our sport and support up to 200 players with a simple announcement in the church bulletin. See article coming on” 5 churches “ to bring support to South Surrey Rec ‘s 26 courts indoor and outdoor.
Finally, each of these pods has the potential to do their own “ local , recreational tournaments with about 100 players over time. Sanctioning and ratings are not necessary and reflect the desires of our REC CENTERS to provide recreation, exercise and social interaction for ALL . In order to be a “ game for All , it must be available to all eh ! A small number of provincial or National tourneys can be done with PRE ranking and ratings done locally. We have seen many injuries occurring in these tourneys and the original request of our players was to learn to play and have fun “ WITHOUT HURTING THEMSELVES “ . I hope this guideline above will help the many players who come from the southern climes and ask “ WHERE CAN I PLAY PB ? “
Yours in Sport and Health,
www.pickleballcanada.org ( ret )
BCpickleball assoc ( active)
ph – 604-536-9602