Good day we are starting a festival in Saskatoon for July 15 to 17 and I was wondering if we could get this poster link added to your website for info on the pickle tourney. .
From: Anke Harpe <>
Subject: WIND UP Tournaments….#1, #2, #3.. pls indicate if you are planning to join the social… & T-shirts? & summer schedule…
Date: June 14, 2016 at 2:05:52 PM PDT
Hello ALL you AMAZING WONDERFUL Pickleball players! We THANK YOU for your continued support & FUN & JOY!!
Yes, we are organizing our wind-up tournaments! CHECK out ALL 3 & sign up to as many as fit or you prefer! Please specify when emailing … 1, 2, or 3…. social? ALL tournaments have a social following play.. #1 & 3 at Cheshire Cheese Inn [1blk N on west side on Dunbar] & #2 Dunbar Public House[2 blk N on west side of Dunbar]? NO DROP-IN for these dates!!
TOURNAMENT guidelines… timed playing, every round a new partner, individual scoring, guaranteed good games for all on all 3 events, social to follow…
1. Sat. June 25 ALL LEVELS NO FRILLS, NO PRIZES…. 11:00 – 12:15 pm – max 18 players
2. Tues. June 28 ALL LEVELS NO FRILLS, NO PRIZES…. 5:30 – 7:30 – max 24 players
3. Wed. June 29 ADV/INTER PRIZES [3.5 level or better] 4:00 – 6:00 pm [3:30-4:00 warm up… 6:00 – 6:30 nets down, presentations & prizes in the gym] max 24 players. We are looking for prizes, donations, re-gifting? wine? chocolates? etc… Please bring these to the gym the day of tournament. THANK YOU! WINNER receives bottle of Champagne [TY Carole!] & Pickleball Art Work for 1 year, your name to be engraved [Thank you to Rick Barker].
SUMMER Session at Dunbar CC 4747 Dunbar St [Dunbar & 31st] July 5 – Aug 27
ADV/INTER Tues 6:00-8:00 p.m.
ALL LEVELS Wed. 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Outdoor unofficial drop in [July 2 to Sept. 4] every Sat. [all levels] & Sun. [adv/inter] 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. at Tatlow Pk [2nd & McDonald] – no spare paddles – if you bring outdoor balls pls put on your name!! TY!
Tony is taking orders for I LOVE PICKLEBALL t-shirts ph# 604-908-1916… TY Tony for all your good works & patience & ordering & delivering, & phoning ….etc…!!
We are looking forward to a FUN SUNNY summer!!
Best & JOY & see you on the courts,
Anke & Carole
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 ).
Peace Portal Alliance Annual Tournament
November 7, 2014
Many people have indicated they cannot do much with one, two, or three courts. At South Surrey we have the potential to have four Church led groups with up to 4000 families in one program. The Peace Portal Alliance Church has a large congregation and three courts in a nice gym with short ends and generous sides.
They have offered a Friday only program , stratified with beginners in the morning, teaching mid-day or early afternoon and accomplished players in the Friday evening. After Four years they now have over 100 players , some of whom play on other days of the week in our South Surrey Rec center, the largest program in Canada. On Fridays, combining South Surrey and Peace Portal Alliance we would approach 200 players . This augurs well for our planned campaign to bring 26 courts to South Surrey – 10 indoor and 16-18 outdoor.
This would put South Surrey into the position of an A park for Pickleball, appropriate as they have no tennis indoor program here but do have eight courts for tennis two blocks away. The South Surrey park outdoor courts have been substandard for years in terms of finish and design . The pickleball people would bring usage for the 10 months of the year that tennis is not seen here. If the weather is not raining , we would be playing.
Finally, this 50 person tournament at Peace Portal is restricted to those who had payed their club fee and have a 3.5 rating by USA standards., so , although it is free to play there, there are restrictions ( IFP is OK ) and religious (not OK) to compete there. One player at our center today indicated he was not allowed, although a member of the church as he is not a 3.5 player in their opinion. He is an octogenarian. In Canada, we can be more welcoming eh.
In contrast, the USA Nationals in Buckeye AZ this week will have some 800 players on eight courts for a whole week instead of one day. Many Canadian 5.0 players will be there like Luba Jehovic and Dave Touchet from South Surrey. The American system runs on competitive play , whereas the Canadian System operates on a recreational model primarily.
Let’s hope more of our programs will follow the lead of Peace Portal Alliance, Sechelt,
and Dufferin Park at the Truck Crossing Border to do a tournament as well.
Yours in Sport and health,
In BC. , and indeed in Canada, we have had many sanctioned and non – sanctioned tournaments. South Surrey will be hosting its Eighth non – sanctioned tournament this September and all have had around 100 players, some more.
What is the difference between the two types of tourney? In the USA, in the past, to hold a sanctioned tournament, we needed at least 100 players (now likely more). The USAPA rules of tournament play applied to these sanctioned tourneys only and venues were free to use their own variations of the game in non – sanctioned play. There was, and is, one proviso – a short phrase – that stated ” we expect that you will use these sanctioned rules in all play “. This inserted phrase empowered the ranked and rated players to enforce the above rules in recreational play.
The result has been a shunning of paddles and therefore players who, in good faith, purchased paddles that ended up not meeting the deflection test -or reflection test – which has been discredited many times in many publications as irrelevant to our sport but relevant to the manufacturers and retailers sitting on the board of the USAPA. Another outcome of the sanctioning document is that players shunned players who preferred the newer 3g paddles to the point that partner would not play with partner, husband with wife, friend with friend.
Further, the acceleration of the introduction of a quieter paddle was delayed several years, which suited the graphite manufacturers just fine. The noise lawsuits continued…. See articles on NBC, ABC, etc. In addition, tournaments in our country, Canada, in USAPA/ IFP sponsored tourneys boldly state that IFP – non- conforming paddles will not be allowed. We have had 80-year olds who have had their paddles taken away and substituted on site. How sad is that! All the while BC. rules welcome all and their chosen equipment.
In Canada, this sport is fueled and hosted by public recreational centers who welcome all players and give them the right to play and not be shunned because of their skill levels, or paddle (as they are all safe) or by the ranked and rated players. Many locals are non- competitive by nature and just want to have fun and exercise. When put into a competitive environment, some will run a greater risk of injury as they will not be used to competition at a level seen and practiced in the USA – who have had this sport for 45 years. In spite of that, most tournaments in the USA are non-sanctioned and recreational in nature. The most recent major tournament reversal is the Huntsman games that will now be non- sanctioned. Also Surrey, Canada’s largest municipality is on record that they will not do any sanctioned tournaments, only fun ones, for their recreational centers.
Of interest, is that in the South, many have never played in an indoor facility. In the north, we spend little time playing outdoors due to weather, availability of courts, and the willingness of the snowbirds to play outdoors upon their return. Also the quality of the courts here are inferior to those in the USA and most are double marked on tennis courts – not desirable for several reasons. In the end, this discussion will not be ended here and you are welcome to weigh in with your opinion on the direction of BC Pickleball. What direction should we be following? Recreational or competitive- and in what mix? This In order to accommodate both groups in our recreational settings?
Your opinions will be recorded and considered in the direction of this publication.
Yours in sports and health,
Ph – 604-536-9602
BRITISH COLUMBIA TOURNAMENT UPDATE – FEB 2014
47 PLAYERS – 4 NEW COURTS
ALL PLAYERS AND ALL PADDLES WELCOME IN THE FIRST
QUIETER PROGRAM IN THE USA – FEB 2014
CONFORMING TO OPEN BC PICKLEBALL RULES :
OUT OF PROVINCE TOURNEYS
36- LONDON ONT – 2ND ANNUAL SUMMER TOURNEY – SUMMER
37- WINDSOR ONT – 2ND ANNUAL TOURNEY SUMMER
38 – TORONTO MILLIKEN – SPRING
39 – MONTREAL – QUEBEC – PROVINCIAL TOURNAMENT
40 – ALBERTA – PROVINCIAL TOURNAMENT – TBA
NON – CONFORMING TOURNAMENTS – EG NOT WELCOMING CANADIAN PADDLES
BUT WELCOMING THOSE WITH AMERICAN PADDLES. = IFP RULES = USAPA RULES
= PICKLEBALL CANADA RULES.
41 ) ABBOTSFORD OPEN NATIONAL TOURNEY JULY 4-5-6 – 201
NOTE ; IF TOURNAMENTS ARE NOT LISTED WITH YOUR PROVINCIAL ORGANIZATION
WE CANNOT PROMOTE THEM ON OUR WEBSITE FOR YOU.
THE FIRST REGIONAL TOURNAMENT SPONSORED BY THE TAIWANESE SOCIETY
OF SOUTH SURREY AND AREA – NOV 2ND ON THREE COURTS IN THE CHURCH GYMNASIUM
Of PEACE PORTAL ALLIANCE CHURCH .
Mr David Huang – tournament director, led his 36 players in a social competitive format featuring three
tranches of players A B and C levels of play with approximately 8 teams in each category. The
maximum number of players allowed was 42. The most points per category won the prize for each in a
doubles format featuring 5 games each. All players, all ages, all paddles were welcome in keeping with
www.bcpickleball rules which are inclusive of all players.
Following the tournament and awards, all convened to the Silver dragon restaurant in White Rock
where a no MSG smorgasborg was served. At $10.00 per entry fee, costs of rental of space and food
were covered . It was interesting that some players won all their games, yet did not wiin a medal as their
point score was not high enough within their skill category.
This format precludes that someone ( in this case the Director ) who knows the players was able to
fairly allocate the players into the various categories of skill levels. Perhaps with better communications
between heads of programs and perhaps heads in other provinces we could adapt this method or look at
The described Drop Flyte method to allow more tournaments and competitions , even social ones , to
complete the tournaments without the eliteist aura of “ rankings and ratings and points.
There are several churches surrounding South Surrey Rec that have similar facilities and could put on a
tourney of a similar nature. Let’s hope they do.
A sincere BOW goes to the Taiwanese society for their effort and we hope that they will make this an
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Photos from this event. Click on the thumbnail to see larger images.