THE ONE PAGE (and a bit ) NEWSLETTER – BC PICKLEBALL – SPRING OF 2015
FLASH – As the trees are in bloom on the West Coast of Canada we are reminded of how lucky we are to have had many days from October to now that we could have played outdoor pickleball. With that in mind , as well as the fact that seniors are creatures of habit, we will need the cooperation and planning skills of all to fill the new projected outdoor courts in the province. Surrey Parks and Rec have promised 16 courts – 8 dedicated and 8 dotted for tournament use for South Surrey Athletic Park and four dedicated for White Rock Centennial park. Thanks to all for participating in the 128 person petition and proposal to these city parks and rec. More are to come, joining a provincial effort to increase usage of these outdoor facilities.
Also in this edition is a report from Marcel Lemieux regards his winter sojourn in Naples Florida , where the Francophone contingent there organized a 120 person pickleball play and learn social gathering on 16 courts that they rented and the day ended with a BBQ social outdoor. Of course they have been invited back to do the same next winter. This speaks to the fact that many Canadians are running successful programs in the USA and have for many years. They deserve our thanks for sending us so many “ ready – to – go players. The USA is celebrating their 50th year of pickleball this year and BC 10 years. Considering that when I started Pickleball Canada there were only three programs in BC (now 220 + ) we should be proud of our accomplishments.
Last week I was informed that all Surrey High schools now have pickleball on their core curriculum which means that 37 high schools teach it and students play it daily. This will be the single biggest boost to memberships and players the future of our sport could hope for. Our Thanks go to Glen Young , over-seerer of the sports programs for the board and great advocate of pickleball.
He and his teacher group were the first to play Pickleball in the Richmond Olympic Oval which now routinely hosts elementary and high schools for their toournaments. We are in his debt.
Good luck with your respective summer programs , playtimes at your Rec centers, and tournaments both indoor and outdoor. We are attempting to put together the first outdoor social for Maple Green Park – 150th St. and 88th Ave. Surrey for April 11 9-3 pm – some refreshments to be served. 15.00 entry fee, no partners needed – all players, all ages – all paddles welcome.
Call – 604-536-9602 if interested, Should it rain we will do it the 12th. A turkish social and Smorgasborg is available on the 11th evening.
Have a happy Spring !
FOOTNOTE : LAST WEEK I WAS APPROACHED BY TWO PEOPLE WHO WERE TOLD THEIR APIKE PADDLES WERE ILLEGAL . NOT TRUE. ALL PADDLES ARE WELCOME IN ALL USE AND TOURNEYS SPONSORED BY BC AND THE CANADIAN FEDERATION SANCTIONED TOURNEYS – ONLY THE IFP / USA SANCTIONED TOURNEYS HAVE RESTRICTIONS. SO GO TO CANADIAN TOURNAMENTS . ALL SURREY REC CENTERS HAVE A POLICY THAT, BECAUSE THERE HAVE NEVER BEEN ANY INCIDENT IN ANY REC CENTER ATTRIBUTABLE TO ANY PADDLE, WE CANNOT RESTRICT USE OF ANY PADDLE IN ANY ACTIVITY IN ANY REC CENTER.
QUOTE FROM DENIS DACEY – RULES CHAIR – USAPA MAR 13-2015 IN ANSWER TO PICKLEBALL QUEBEC INQUIRY ON THIS TOPIC.
“ Actually any paddle can be used for general play. The apike paddle is just not allowed to be used for play in usapa sanctioned tournaments . The reason is it does not pass the deflection tests that are part of the International Federation of Pickleball rules.“
IFP rules are owned by Bill Booth former president of the USAPA and the deflection test has been shown as being meaningless in actual play. Americans only produce hard paddles ( and noisy ).