Tuesday, December 24, 2013

All India Pickleball Association First National Pickleball Tournament Dec, 2013

All India Pickleball Association held the 1st National Pickleball Tournament in Mumbai.  By November-15th 2013, Nine states ( Mumbai, Delhi, Andhrapradesh, Karnataka, Bihar, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Gujarat & Maharashtra) conducted Inter-District Championship in their respective state, thereafter on Dec 19, the entire team from nine state arrived in Andheri Sports Complex -Mumbai. YouTube video  http://youtu.be/TWdOK69oVhk 

IFP Rules. Format: Men's Singles, Women's Singles, Men's Doubles, Women's Doubles, Mixed Doubles
YouTube video  http://youtu.be/TWdOK69oVhk  

Monday, December 23, 2013

2013 Pickleball Christmas Tree

 I decorated this Christmas tree with Pickleballs.  Happy Holidays!!! Happy pickling in 2014!!!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

International Pickleball Tournament Amsterdam May 16-18 2014

Registration form is now online for the first International pickleball tournament in Amsterdam May 16-18, 2014. http://picklebal.nl/?page_id=509 They will help people to find hotel, B& B and B& B houseboat in Amsterdam.
International Pickleball Tournament Amsterdam May 16-18 2014
A skill level tournament for players of all levels to promote pickleball in the Netherlands
Organized by the Amsterdam Pickleball Players. The venue will be Sporthal de Pijp Lizzy Ansinghstraat 88 Amsterdam (indoor)   Skill levels: 2.5-3.0 3.5 4.0-5.0  Format of play will be round robin with players self reporting their skill level (but subject to the tournament committee’s final review). Matches will be 2 out of 3 games.
Friday May 16 5 pm – 9 pm free playing, referee briefing, clinics.
Saturday May 17 8.30 am-7.30 pm women doubles and mens doubles, 7 pm dinner+social event
Sunday May 18 8.30 am – 5 pm women’s doubles and mixed doubles, 5 pm award ceremony
Entry deadline: Entry closes May 1st 2014 (or when the maximum is reached) Entry Fees: €20 for the first event and €10 for an additional event. Dinner €15 & T shirt €10. Registration Chairman Carine Thesingh (00 31)( 0)6 22221098

Saturday, December 21, 2013

2013 Year in Review Pickleball Canada

Year in  Review Pickleball Canada Organization (PCO) in 2013 
PCO Website sponsors - 3 new sponsors in 2013,  increased from 3 to 6 sponsor ads.
Sanctioned tournaments: increased from two sanctioned tournaments in 2012 to four sanctioned tournaments in 2013 (Nationals, Nanaimo, Osoyoos, Ontario).
Membership numbers: increased from 539 in 2012 to 730 in 2013.
Club Memberships: started in July, 2013, two Club Memberships added about 130 new members.
Places to Play: added about 50+ new Places to Play in Canada, number of start-up groups, indoor and outdoor courts, new players have also increased.
National Tournament: number of National Tournament participants increased from 165 in 2012 to 230 in 2013.
Tournament Points: number of players with Tournament Points increased from about 30 players in 2012 to 80 players in 2013.
Skill Rated tournaments: number of tournaments have increased, some tournaments in B.C. have started skill rated tournaments such as BC Senior Games, Vernon, Penticton.
Clubs and Groups: many more new clubs and groups are formed in B.C.(e.g. Nanaimo, Victoria and Vernon Pickleball Club, Thompson Okanagan Pickleball Enthusiasts) , Ontario and other provinces.
Ambassadorsnew Provincial Ambassador for Saskatchewan Carol Martens-Clappison, Number of Area Ambassadors have increased in all provinces.
All in all, 2013 has been a good year for PCO !!!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Pickleball Canada National Open Championship July 4, 5 and 6th, 2014 UPDATED REGISTRATION FORM

UPDATED Registration Form:  2014 Pickleball Canada National Open Championship will be held at Abbotsford Recreation Centre on July 4, 5 and 6.  
FRIDAY July 4:  55+, 60+, 65+, 70+ Men's Doubles and Women's Doubles
SATURDAY July 5:   55+, 60+, 65+, 70+ Mixed Doubles, Open Mixed Doubles and Under 55 Mixed Doubles
SUNDAY July 6:  Open Men's and Women's Doubles and Under 55 Men's and Women's Doubles, Open Men's Singles and Women's Singles, Junior Doubles.
Entries must be received no later than June 12, 2014.
Sanctioned by Pickleball Canada.  PCO members are eligible for Tier 1 Tournament Points.
Registration Form is located at the top right.  




Tuesday, December 10, 2013

2013 Christmas Pickleball Potluck Party



2013 Christmas Pickleball Potluck Party was well attended by about 50 people at ARC.  Lots of great food, laughter and friends to celebrate Christmas together!  Our special guest John Kusch (#1 player of Canada) from Langley and Ron and Vi from Lynden, WA.  Thank you everyone for bringing the delicious assortment of appetizers, entrees and desserts.  We wish everyone a very happy Christmas and New Year!!!

Friday, December 6, 2013

2013 PICKLEBALL CANADA TOURNAMENT POINTS

2013 PICKLEBALL CANADA TOURNAMENT POINTS  (Sanctioned tournaments: Nationals, Nanaimo, Osoyoos, Ontario) Congratulations to these players for their acheivements in 2013.
Tier 1  Gold 1600 points  Silver  800 points   Bronze 400 points
Tier 2 - Gold 1000 points, Silver 500 points,  Bronze 300 points
Tier 3  Gold 700 points  Silver  400 points   Bronze 200 points
Tier 4  Gold 400 points  Silver  200 points   Bronze 100 points

Points     Winners Name

3200       John Kusch, Elaine Lerner, Jennifer Lucore
2400       Nancy Stern
2000       Brian Lam, Henry Meerkerk, Kathy Parkes, George Pool, Claire Pool, Russ French
1700       Theresa Orcutt
1600       Denis Zhekhovskiy, Terry Saunders, Brenda Jmaeff, Dan Jmaeff, Debby Holley, Diane Hill, John Savoy, David Ulis, Maurice Parobec, Roberta Meakin, Randy Bourne
1500       Merrie Lee
1300       Pierrette Hebner
1200       Luba Zhekhovskaya, Brian Parkes, Peter Darvill
1000        Barry Bissonette, Caroline Bissonette, Lorne Strumecki, Grant Brittain, James Alberga, Bud Hebner
800          Dave Hall, Matt Khan, Jim Saunders, Shirley Knorr, Wendy Porteous, Susan Nigh, Inge Scholz, Trudy Pitcher, Vera Loskot, Diane Gillis, Dee Pitcher, Evelyn Kaatz, Bill Dumper, Tom Staites
600          Helen Hall
500         Ron Pitcher, Glenda Jackson, Roy Wilson, Peter Neumann
400         Beryl Kusch, Pat Khan, Sue Fosbery, Pat Fosbery,Gene Latray, Shirley Edwards,Karen Peniuk, Colin Caldwell, Ken Franz,Feige Li, Karen Peniuk, Pat Thompson, Mary Wu, Henry Paynter,Glenn Cho, Magdalene Choy                  
300         Will Orcutt, Margie McWilliam, Barbara Moody, Mary Allard, Carol Doughty, Gordon Young, 
200        Karen Heinsrichs, Dorothy Telford, Yasan Athukorala, Brianne Hearle, Erick Hearle
100        Carol Chiswell, Fion Chou, Uli Atzler, Kim Nun Kopp

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Pickleball Canada 2013 November Newsletter

www.pickleballcanada.org/news/nl_2011_november.pdf
Pickleball Canada has postponed the introduction of a new website until further notice.  Please continue to visit the original website http://pickleballcanada.org 

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Pickleball Canada National Championship T-Shirts Available Soon at Pickleball Depot

PICKLEBALL DEPOT is happy to announce that a Canadian Signature line of T-shirts are now available for sale. These shirts range in price from $24.95 to $33.95, with 5 more shirts in various colours and sizes still to come. Pickleball Depot looks forward to expanding the line and logos as they move forward.  Pickleball Canada National Championship T-Shirts will be available soon at PICKLEBALL DEPOT.  Contact Bryan Banerd, pickleballdepot@gmail.com web site: www.pickleballdepot.ca

Friday, November 29, 2013

Pickleball Canada 2013 Year in Review

As we move towards the end of 2013, Pickleball Canada is very pleased with the great progress we have made so far this year. Our membership numbers have reached over 700. There is a substantial increase in the number of players, clubs and groups, tournaments, Ambassadors, indoor and outdoor courts, start-ups and Places to Play in Canada.

The growth of pickleball in Canada and the United States is unprecedented. Every month we receive many emails from groups that are starting up in every corner of the country. PCO promotes good sportsmanship, supports tournaments and recreational play, and helps with the formation of new groups across Canada.

Pickleball Canada has successfully sanctioned four tournaments this year. All PCO sanctioned tournaments use IFP Rules. Winners of sanctioned tournaments will receive PCO Tournament Points. Pickleball Canada will announce the 2013 top PCO Tournament Points players at the end of each year.

PCO offers many member benefits: website, newsletters, places to play, ambassadors, tournaments, tournament points, player ratings, rules and policies, advertising, pickleball updates, information, advice and support for players, clubs, tournaments, start ups, liability insurance for sanctioned tournaments, news and much more.....If you are not a member or need to re-join, please visit www.pickleballcanada.org

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Videos of 2013 USAPA Nationals Finals Open Mixed Doubles

videos of the semifinal and final games of the 2013 USAPA Nationals in Open Mixed Doubles with the Top Canadian player Luba Zhekhovskaya (Surrey, BC) winning the Gold medal with Michael Gates (CA) with 89 teams split into 4 groups of 22 teams each, then the winners of each group played in the finals.
Here are two links to the semifinal and final games of the USA Nationals (Open Mixed Doubles).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jpNfE2JrEGA&feature=youtu.be
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTOj_7oA3QI

Monday, November 25, 2013

Sports Day (Pickleball) in Canada on Nov 23-30, 2013

RBC Sports Day in Canada on Nov 23-30. Some recreation centres are holding Pickleball open house. Click to see the link on the Sports Day in Canada:

Vancouver,BC
Nov 30 2013
Burnaby,BC
Nov 29 2013
Pitt Meadows,BC
Nov 30 2013
Barrie,ON
Nov 23 2013
Spruce Grove,AB
Nov 30 2013
Bridgewater,NS
Nov 30 2013

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Pickleball Tournament Nova Scotia Nov 24, 2013

Pickleball Tournament in East Dartmouth Community Centre, Nova Scotia on Nov 24, 2013:  http://edcc.ca/

*****Pickleball Christmas Social*****
Friday November 29, 5 pm to 11 pm $25.00 per person, Dinner and Dance + Cash Bar
Contact the EDCC for more info
!! PICKLEBALL Tournament Sunday Nov. 24, 9 am
Come Join the fun !
Contact the EDCC for more information  

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Vernon Pickleball Tournament: July 26, 2014

Vernon Pickleball Tournament:
3.5+ tournament July 26, 2014 Paddlewheel Park, Vernon
limited to 64 participants
contact: Cheri Burgess brianburgesslaw@hotmail.com
International Federation of Pickleball Rules apply. Non-compliant equipment is not permitted.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Congratulations to all the winners of 2013 USAPA Nationals Nov 11 - 17, 2013

Congratulations to all the winners of 2013 USAPA Nationals! 
Special Congratulations to the Canadian women's winners:
Luba Zhekhovskaya (Surrey, BC) won the GOLD MEDAL in Open Mixed Doubles, a Silver Medal in 50+ Mixed Doubles and bronze Medal in 35+ Women's Doubles.    
Brenda Jmaeff (Kelowna, BC) won Bronze in Women's Doubles 60+ 
Carol Haworth (Chilliwack, BC) won Bronze in Women's Doubles 70+
Congratulations to our American friends:  
Jennifer Lucore (CA) won GOLD MEDAL  in Open Women's Doubles, GOLD MEDAL in 35+ Women's Doubles, Silver medal in 35+ Mixed Doubles and Silver medal in Open Women's Singles.
Billy Jacobsen (WA) won Silver medal in Open Mens Doubles and Bronze medal in Open Men's Singles. 
Darcie Jacobsen (WA) won Silver medal in 19+ Women's Doubles.
Chris Miller (WA) won GOLD MEDAL in 35+ Mixed Doubles and Bronze medals in 35+ Men's Doubles.
Christine Barksdale  (WA)won GOLD MEDAL in 19+ Mixed Doubles,GOLD MEDAL in 35+ Women's Singles.
Trish Graham  (WA) won Silver medal in 50+ Women's Doubles and Silver medal in 60+ Mixed Doubles.
Kimberley Bennett (CA) won Silver medal in 35+ Women's Singles.
Many other winners include Enrique Ruiz, Mark Friedenberg, Bob Youngren, Ione Grienger, Ron Hohman, Rosalie Knutsen and Alice Tym.....Congratulations to you all!!!

2013 USAPA Nationals Prize Money

Question 39: What is the Prize Money for the Open Division Winners?
Answer:  The Open Division Winners (each participant) will Receive the following:
Gold - $500.00 USD  Silver - $250.00 USD  Bronze - $125.00 USD
NOTE: This is only for OPEN DIVISION and NOT age Divisions.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Canadian Player Won Gold in 2013 USAPA Nationals

Congratulations to the top Canadian women's player Luba Zhekhovskaya (Surrey, BC) winning the GOLD Medal in Open Mixed Doubles (this event had 89 teams in 4 groups) with Michael Gates (CA) in the 2013 USAPA Nationals.  Luba also won a Silver medal in 50+ Mixed Doubles with Mark Friedenberg and a Bronze medal in 35+ Women's Doubles with Gigi LeMaster.  Luba is the top women's player in Canada!!!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

4rd Day of 2013 USAPA Nationals

Today is the 4th day of 2013 USAPA Nationals in AZ.  Men's Singles and Women's Singles 19+, 35+, 50+, 56+, 60+, 65+, 70+, 75+, 80+, 85+ are playing today.  644 players from the USA, Canada and as far as Netherlands are competing in this largest National Pickleball Tournament.  You can watch the top players of the world playing their top notch matches.  Some exciting matches to watch are coming up:
Friday Nov 15 - 76 teams in Open Men's Doubles and 43 teams in Open Women's Doubles 
Saturday Nov 16 -  92 teams in Open Mixed doubles
Sunday Nov 17  -  54 players in Open Men's Singles and 21 players in Open Women's Singles
Men's Singles 70+ winners: Bill Smith, Ron Holman and Bob Youngren
Men's Singles 85+ winners: Earl Schalin, Frank Dunlap and Lee Subke

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Mixed Doubles 2013 USAPA Nationals Winners

Congratulations to 2013 USAPA Nationals Winners!  Below are some of the USAPA Nationals winners who were also Champions at the 2013 Pickleball Canada Nationals.  Mixed Doubles Nov13/13:
Luba Zhekhovskaya (Surrey, BC) won a Silver medal in 50+ Mixed Doubles with Mark Friedenberg (AZ)   Jennifer Lucore (CA) won a Gold medal in 35+ Mixed Doubles with Chris Miller (WA)
Christine Barksdale (CA) won a Gold medal in 19+ Mixed Doubles with Wesley Gabrielsen (OR).

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

2013 USAPA National Tournament Canadian Winners Women's Doubles

Congratulations to 3 Canadian women who won Bronze medals at the 2013 USAPA National Tournament:  Luba Zhekhovskaya (Surrey, BC) won Bronze in Women's Doubles 35+  Brenda Jmaeff (Kelowna, BC) won Bronze in Women's Doubles 60+  Carol Haworth (Chilliwack, BC) won Bronze in Women's Doubles 70+

2013 USAPA National Tournament Nov 11-17, 2013

2013 USAPA National Tournament 11/11/13 - 11/17/13 Sun City Festival, Buckeye, AZ  http://www.pickleballtournaments.com/cinfo.pl?tid=162  Six hundred forty-four USAPA members from 39 states and as far away as Canada and the Netherlands will converge on Sun City Festival in Buckeye, Arizona November 11-17 for the USAPA National Tournament. Registration for this year’s event reached an all-time high; Nationals V will be the largest tournament in the history of the sport. 

Canadian players include: John Savoy, Stewart Mcwilliam, Harold Osbourne, Laura & Mike Schwarz, Mike Epp, Dave Touchet, Theresa Orcutt, Dan and Brenda Jmaeff, SJ Lehman, Carol Haworth, Luba Zhekhovskaya, Nancy Stern.  We wish everyone traveling to Arizona a safe trip and the very best of luck to all participants of 2013 USAPA National Tournament.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Video of Slamma Jamma Pickleball Tournament

Video of Slamma Jamma Pickleball Tournament on Sept 21-22, 2013 at The Hub Sports Center, Spokane, WA  Click Here:  https://vimeo.com/78400055     
Mike Carter from Oliver, B.C. did an outstanding job of singing both the Canadian and American National Anthems on both days at the Slamma Jamma.  Many more Canadian players are expected to make the trip for next years tournaments at the HUB. It would be wonderful to see a play off between the top American and Canadian teams.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Vancouver Island Pickleball Association Pickleball League

New Pickleball Web Site Vancouver Island Pickleball Association (VIPA)  http://vipickleball.weebly.com   developed by Ken Holman featuring a idea to pursue Pickleball League play on Vancouver Island, B.C.
Find information about where to play on the Island, playing schedules,
details of up-coming tournaments & events and links to related sites.
Is there any interest in having an Island-wide Pickleball league?
Read the suggested format and rules.Let us know what you thinkleague@vipa.ca

Reminder: Osoyoos Pickleball Tournament Nov 30 - Dec 1, 2013

Osoyoos Pickleball Tournament November 30-December 1, 2013 at Sonora Community Centre, 8505-68th Ave., Osoyoos, B.C. No partners or skill ratings required. IFP Rules apply. Open to all levels of play. $30 two events. Registration deadline Nov. 24, 2013. contact: Mike 250-485-0245 mike.carter108@gmail.com

Thursday, November 7, 2013

International Pickleball Tournament Amsterdam May 16-18, 2014

International Pickleball Tournament Amsterdam May 16-18, 2014

International Tournament

What: Promotional skill level tournament
Why: to promote pickleball in the Netherlands
When: Date May 16-18 2014
Where: Sports Hall ‘De Pijp’, Lizzy Ansinghstraat 88, Amsterdam
Programm:
Friday May 16 5 pm – 9 pm draw party, clinics, free playing
Saturday May 17 9 am – 7 pm matches, 7pm dinner
Sunday May 18 9 am – 4 pm matches, 4 pm award ceremony
We will try to arrange housing for participants from abroad.
More information and registration forms will follow soon!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

2013 New Places to Play Pickleball in Ontario

2013 New Places to Play Pickleball in Ontario
Beacon Presbyterian Church, Beaverton, On
Senior Activity Centre, Cobourg, On
Comber Community Centre, Comber, On
Community Centre, Fenelon Falls, On
Kingsville Parks and Recreation, Kingsville, On
Victoria Park Armory, Lindsay
Alexander Park, Oshawa, On
The Rama Centre, Orillia, On
Community Centre, Port Hope, On
YMCA, Sault Ste Marie, On
Vandorf, Stouffville, On
Timken Community Centre, St Thomas, On

Monday, November 4, 2013

2013 New Places to Play Pickleball in Canada

2013 New Places to Play Pickleball in B.C. 
Vancouver Island:
Fuller Lake Tennis Courts, Chemainus, BC
Comox Community Center, Comox, B.C.
Courtenay Native Sons Hall, Courtenay, B.C.
Island Savings Centre, Duncan, B.C.
Sportsplex, Campbell Rive, B.C.
Frank Jameson Community Center, Ladysmith, B.C.
Kerry Park Recreation Centre, Mill Bay, BC
Ballenas High School, Parksville, B.C.
Lacrosse Box Community Park, Parksville, B.C.
Greenglade Community Centre, Sidney, B.C.
North Saanich Middle School, Sidney, BC
Cedar Hill Recreation Centre, Victoria, B.C.
Henderson Recreation Centre, Victoria, B.C.

Fraser Valley:
Yale Court, Abbotsford, B.C
Rosedale Traditional Community School, Chilliwack, B.C.
Silver Creek Elementary School, Hope, B.C.
Community School Gym, Yarrow, B.C.

B.C. Interior:
Dufferin Elementary School, Kamloops, B.C.
First Lutheran Christian School, Kelowna, B.C.
Kaleden Elementary School, Kaleden, B.C.
Sonora Community Centre, Osoyoos, B.C.
Club Shuswap, Salmon Arm, B.C.
Vernon Christian School, Vernon,B.C.

Vancouver and Lower Mainland:
Edmonds Community Centre - Burnaby, B.C.
Place Maillardville Community Centre, Coquitlam, B.C.
Hyde Creek Recreation Centre, Port Coquitlam, B.C.
Champlain Heights community Centre, Vancouver, B.C.
Hillcrest Community Centre, Vancouver, B.C.
Kerrisdale Community Centre, Vancouver, B.C.
Trout Lake Community Centre, Vancouver, B.C.
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2013 New Places to Play Pickleball in Alberta
Southland Leisure Centre, Calgary, AB
West Hillhurst Community Centre, Calgary, AB
Canmore Seniors Centre, Canmore, AB
Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre, Cochrane, AB
Saville Community Sports Centre, Edmonton, AB
2013 New Places to Play Pickleball in Manitoba
Headingley Community Centre, Headingley, MB
Bronx Community Centre, Winnipeg, MB
Norberry-Glenlee Community Centre, Winnipeg, MB
Rady Jewish Community Centre, Winnipeg, MB
Reh-Fit Center, Winnipeg, MB
Sturgeon Height Community Centre, Winnipeg, MB
2013 New Places to Play Pickleball in Saskatchewan
Church of Christ, Kenosee Lake, SK
North West Leisure Centre, Regina, SK

Thursday, October 31, 2013

PENTICTON PICKLEBALLTOURNAMENT Nov 16

PENTICTON WOMEN'S & MEN'S DOUBLES TOURNAMENT
10:00am-3:00pm, Saturday, November 16, 2013. Skill Level 3.25-4.0. 5 total games: 2 Qualifiers plus 3 round robins. Entry Fee $ 20.00 per player ($40.00 per team). Awards for top 2 teams in each of the 5 round divisions. Entry deadline: 1 November, 2013.For further information contact Jack Byron 250-493-5087 jackbyron@shaw.ca

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Pickleball Halloween Round Robin Tournament Oct 26

Pickleball Halloween Round Robin and Chili Cook-off in Atlantic South on Oct 26.  After round robin, everyone put their costumes on for a few games of "dinking" competition using paddles with the shapes of pumpkins, ghost, and black cats.  They finished off the tournament with a chili cook-off with 19 chili chefs! Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Pickleball Canada New Website Launching in November, 2013

Great news: We are excited to announce that Pickleball Canada will be launching a new website in the middle of November. Our new website will have new features and improvements. So, please come to visit our new website in November!

Pickleball Canada Accomplishments Review 2013

Pickleball Canada (PCO) has had great accomplishments in 2013.  The number of players, clubs and groups, membership number is now 700+, Places to Play (number of Places to Play in Ontario 98+, B.C. 80+), number of indoor and outdoor courts, Ambassadors (100+), number of tournaments have all increased in Canada.

We have had requests from Global News, Toronto Star, CBC and CTV who wanted to write newspaper articles of Pickleball's popularity and made videos of pickleball in varous community and recreational centres. Many schools have implemented pickleball in the P.E. curriculum.  Many thanks go to our hard working Ambassadors and supporters in promoting Pickleball in Canada!

The 2nd Pickleball Canada National Open Championship was successfully  held in Abbotford, BC with a record 230 players on July 6 - 7, 2013.   Players came from all over N. America to compete.  Top Canadian players included Luba Zhekhovskaya, Denis Zhekhovskiy, Brian Lam, John Kusch, Teresa Orcutt.  Top USA players included Chris Miller, Billy and Darcie Jacobsen, Jennifer Lucore, Christine Barksdale, Kimberly Bennett.......

Skill rated tournaments are getting popular in Canada:  Aug/13- BC Seniors Games (100+ players), June/13 - Kelowna (80 players), Sept/13 - Vernon (72 players), Nov/13 - Penticton (3.25 -4.0) ....

Pickleball Canada has successfully sanctioned 4 tournaments this year:  Nationals II, Ontario, Nanaimo and Osoyoos.  Winners of sanctioned tournaments will receive PCO Tournament Points. Pickleball Canada will announce the 2013 top players who received PCO Tournament Points at the end of each year.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Registration Form Pickleball Tournament Osoyoos, B.C. Nov 30-Dec1 /13

Osoyoos Pickleball Tournament, Sonora Recreation Centre, Osoyoos, B.C. Nov 30 - Dec 1, 2013
Registration and payment must be received by Nov 24, 2013..All players must be members of Pickleball Canada.There is no added membership fee as it is included in the entry fee of $20.00. Add $5.00 for each event entered for a maximum of $30.00 if entering two events i.e. Men's/Ladies Doubles and Mixed Doubles. Players who are already members of PCO deduct $5.00 from your total cost. For further information contact: Mike 250-485-0245 mike.carter108@gmail.com 

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Toronto Star - Pickleball netting a growing number of fans across North America, Global News Video

http://www.thestar.com/life/health_wellness/2013/10/15/pickleball_netting_a_growing_number_of_fans_across_north_america.html By:Barbara Turnbull, Toronto Star. Living reporter, Published on Tue Oct 15 2013 Pickleball netting a growing number of fans across North America. Pickleball is offered at Milliken Park community centre in Scarborough twice a week from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. On average, 80 people play throughout the five-hour span. Global News video: http://www.globalnews.ca/video/904110/pickleball-anyone.html

Monday, October 14, 2013

AIl India Pickleball National open Tournament Dec 20-22, 2013

AIl India Pickleball Association takes pleasure in announcing the dates of first National open Tournament to be held on 20th , 21st and 22nd December 2013 at Mumbai ( Bombay) India.  Total eight State teams will be taking part in this tournament , each team will have 5 players as Men's team and 5 players as Women's team. This tournament will have 3 events, Singles , Doubles and Mixed Doubles.
The Venue of this tournament is scheduled at Indoor Badminton Court of  Andheri Sports Complex, Veera Desai Road, Andheri West, Mumbai 400053.  AIPA will be taking responsibility of Lodging , Boarding of the players and Prize money of tournament.
This tournament is also open to all International players of Pickleball.  May I earnestly request all players/members of Pickleball worldwide to visit Mumbai-India during December 2013 and take part in this tournament .
by Sunil Valavalkar, General Secretary, All India Pickleball Association  www.aipa.in

Pickleball Canada October Newsletter 2013

www.pickleballcanada.org/news/nl_2011_october.pdf

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Pickleball Canada National Open Championship July 5 -6, 2014

Great news: Pickleball Canada is very pleased to announce that they have selected Abbotsford Recreation Centre to be the hosting site for Pickleball Canada National Open Championship again next year. This prestige event will be held in Abbotsford, B.C. on July 5 -6, 2014.  Tournament Directors: Dave and Shirley Shepherd
We look forward to seeing you again at the Nationals III next year !!!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

B.C. Seniors Games 2014 - 2016 Dates Locations

B.C. Seniors Games  2014 - 2016 Dates and Locations.  www.bcseniorsgames.org
FYI, So you can plan ahead...
2014 Langley Games Sept. 9 - 13
2015 North Vancouver Games Aug. 25 - 29
2016 Coquitlam Aug. 23 - 27

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Video CBC News PEI Pickleball

Video of CBC News, Pickleball in PEI, Garth Matthews, Pickleball Canada Provincial Ambassador:
http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Canada/PEI/ID/2407768014/

Slamma Jamma Spokane, WA Tournament Sept 21-22

USAPA Ambassador Spokane Valley wrote:

I want to thank the three brave Canadian Pickleballers who joined us here in Spokane for the Regional Tournament called the Slamma Jamma.  We had 82 players who played round robin format with eight games guaranteed and several played 18 games. We started at 8:00 A.M. and finished by 2:30 P.M.  Most players were very very tired.

I want to especially thank Mike Carter and Carol who worked tirelessly to help bring off a very successful tournament.  Mike sang the National Anthems of both Canada and America.  Mike practiced for months and his voice was beautiful.  Thank you Mike!

My dream is to have a large contingency from our Canadian friends and neighbors at next years Slamma Jamma.  Please put it on you schedule as a stop on your way south for the winter.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Places to Play Pickleball — Player Estimates

Places to Play Pickleball — Player Estimates  Sep. 16, 2013  http://usapa.org/memberlist/ptp_player_estimate_amb.php
Estimated Players Canada West (B.C. and AB)   5991
Number of Indoor courts  206
Number of Outdoor courts  95
Total courts 301
Number of Places to Play 79
Pickleball growth in North America  from Mar/10 to Mar/13:
Pickleball Places to Play                      800 to 2000
Total Number of pickleball courts   2000 to 6000
Estimated number of players   60,000 to 105,000

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Results of Vernon Outdoor Pickleball Tournament

Results of Vernon Outdoor Pickleball Tournament September 14
Level 3.0
1. Jack Carriou, Vernon
2. Jackie Stakkestad, Vernon
3. Portia Dove, Kelowna
4. Pat Andrews, Vernon

Level 3.5 A Pool
1. Darrell Sherrin, Kelowna
2. Rob McDougal,Vernon
3. Helga Hepditch, Kelowna
4. Hans Skudelny,Kelowna

3.5 B
1. Tim Mah, Kamloops
2. Greg Thompson, Vernon
3. Bill Reid, Vernon
4. Carol Anderson, Vernon

3.5 C
1. Andy Bokogeorge, Kamloops
2. Hugh Gordon, Kelowna
3. Dave Schatz, Summerland
4. Graeme Neil, Kelowna

3.5 D
1. Manfred Wolf, Vernon
2. Jim Lissa, W.Kelowna
3. Michael Raulin, Kelowna
4. Susan Black, Kamloops

Level 4.0 A Pool
1 .Matt Stodola, Kamloops
2. David Clark, Surrey
3. June Lohner, Kelowna
4. Jill Jackson, Kelowna

4.0 B
1. Bryan Jackson, Kelowna
2. Eric Tyler, Kelowna
3. Wally Herrmann, Vernon
4. Ross Priebe, Surrey

4.0 C
1. Louis Lalonde, W.Kelowna
2. Ray Timbers, Kelowna
3. Chuck Barton, Peachland
4. Gilbert Guenette, Kelowna

Level 4.5
1. Michael Epp, Vernon
2. Jim Saunders, W.Kelowna
3. Grant Britton, Surrey
4. Doug Dimery, Kelowna

Overall Winners
1. Manfred Wolf, Vernon 92 points (a perfect score)
2. Bryan Jackson/Louis Lalonde, Kelowna 90 points
3. Michael Epp, Vernon 87 points
Top female-----June Lohner, Kelowna

The newly formed Vernon Pickleball Club held their first open invitational tournament this past Saturday at Paddlewheel Park A total of 72 players showed off their skills on a hot, beautiful Okanagan day. Many players came from out of town (Surrey, Abbotsford, Penticton, Kamloops, Kelowna, etc...). The courts were lined with spectators. Many had never witnessed the game of Pickleball. Vernon Pickleball Club members are already planning to repeat this years success. VPC would like to thank Royal Volkswagen for the use of their event tent.

Monday, September 16, 2013

USAPA National V November 10-18, 2013

USAPA National V  November 10-18, 2013
Sun City Festival, Buckeye, AZ
Website: http://nationals.usapa.org
Registration:  http://www.pickleballtournaments.com/welcome.pl?tid=162
Registration Information
Final Registration Deadline 10/12/13
Tournament Sanctioning: USAPA Tier 1
Registration Fees
      Early Registration, Ages: 19-100 - Deadline: 09/14/13 - $35.00.  Each Event fee: $10.00
      Late Registration (after 09/14/13), Ages: 19-100 - $50.00  Each Event fee: $10.00
      Early Junior Registration, Ages: 8-18 - Deadline: 09/14/13 - $5.00  Event fee: $5.00
      Late Junior Registration (after 09/14/13), Ages: 8-18 - $10.00  Event fee: $5.00
When registering online, online waiver signature is used.
Online payment via PayPal is available.
Event Schedule:  

Mon, Nov. 11Men's Doubles: Ages 19+, 35+, 50+, 55+, 60+, & 65+
Tue, Nov. 12Women's Doubles: Ages 19+, 35+, 50+, 55+, 60+, 65+, 70+, 75+, 80+, & 85+
Senior Division Men's Doubles: Ages 70+, 75+, 80+, & 85+
Wed, Nov. 13Mixed Doubles: Ages 19+, 35+, 50+, 55+, 60+, 65+, 70+, 75+, 80+, & 85+
Thu, Nov. 14
Singles: Ages 19+, 35+, 50+,  55+, 60+, 65+, 70+, 75+, 80+, & 85+
6PM Ambassador Dinner, Sage Center Ballroom at Sun City Festival
Fri, Nov. 15Open Division (4.0 and Above) Men's & Women's Doubles
Sat, Nov. 16
Open Division (4.0 and Above) Mixed Doubles
Junior Division Doubles, Mixed Doubles and Singles
Sun, Nov. 17Open Division (4.0 and Above) Men's and Women's Singles
Mon, Nov. 18
Rain Day for Any Matches Delayed due to Rain
The Open Division Winners (each participant) will Receive the following:
Gold - $500.00 USD
Silver - $250.00 USD
Bronze - $125.00 USD
NOTE: This is only for OPEN DIVISION and NOT age Divisions.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

2013 SeaTac Fall Open Doubles Skill Tournament

2013 SeaTac Fall Open Doubles Skill  09/14/13 - 09/15/13
SeaTac Community Center, SeaTac, WA
Congratulations to the Canadian Medalists:
Marco Jankowiak (Langley, BC) - Men's Doubles 4.0  Gold and Mixed Doubles 4.0  Gold
Andrew McKimmon (Abbotsford, BC) - Men's Doubles 4.0  Gold 
Magdalene Choy (Richmond, BC) - Women's Doubles 3.5 Gold and Mixed Doubles 4.0 Bronze 
Laura Schwarz (Kelowna, BC) - Women's Doubles 4.5 Gold and Mixed Doubles 4.5 Silver
Sue Fosbery (Kelowna, BC) - Women's Doubles 4.5 Gold 
Mike Schwarz (Kelowna, BC) -  Mixed Doubles 4.5 Silver
Geof Kraemer (Delta, BC) - Mixed Doubles 4.0 Bronze
Sharon Kraemer (Delta, BC) - Women's Doubles 3.5 Gold

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Voila le Pickleball

Voila le Pickleball!!!   USAPA 2013 August newsletter.  Submitted by Arlene Knudsen:
When Ken and Mimi Knudsen moved to France last year, they took clothes, photographs, books and their pickleball paddles. As Ken’s mother, I had introduced the couple to the game of pickleball and supplied the basic equipment. “One of the first things we did when we got to Lauzun was to join the tennis club,” Ken said. “Since we live just a short walk from the courts, we can play pickleball whenever there was a break in the rain.”

In addition to two outdoor courts, Lauzun Tennis Club members can use an indoor court in the Salle de FĂȘtes, but it must be scheduled through the village town hall, with consideration to the other groups that use the building. The courts are marked, but Ken usually adds a kitchen line with masking tape.
It wasn’t long before Ken and Mimi’s new friends, both French and British, joined in the game. “Some of our friends had played tennis or badminton before, but others had never picked up a racket or paddle,” Mimi said. “It’s amazing how quickly everyone caught on. I usually end up being the weakest player, but I  keep trying because pickleball is so fun.”

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Dennis Forbes Memorial Tournament, Ogden, Utah Prize Money

Dennis Forbes Memorial Tournament, Ogden, Utah   07/18/13 - 07/20/13 Thirty-nine of the best players in the US and Canada, 25 men and 14 women, were invited by the Ogden Pickleball Association to Ogden, Utah last week for the first Tournament of Champions event. This was the first big money tournament in USAPA history, with $18,000 in total prize money.

Three thousand dollars was awarded to the first place teams in men’s doubles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles; $2,000 to each second place team and $1,000 for the teams that finished third. Wow, women rule! Gigi LeMaster was the top money winner ($3,000) with first place finishes in both women’s and mixed doubles. Alex Hamner went away with $2,000 by taking second place in women’s and mixed doubles.

This event was a test and it went great; all players commented on how smoothly it ran. We are reviewing and making plans for how in 2014 we can expand and open the event to all players who are USAPA rated 4.5 and 5.0, but it will not be in July -- too hot.

Our goal is to create a professional stand alone US Pickleball Open Tournament in Ogden. Stay tuned.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Alberta 55+ Provincial Pickleball Playoffs

The inaugural Alberta 55+ Provincial Pickleball Playoffs in Sherwood Park on Aug 22 for the Canada 55+ Games in 2014:  Pickleball barrels into Games
By Shane Jones, Sherwood Park News
Event organizer Linda Dane wasn’t gherkin around when she indicated that pickleball has really grown in recent years.

“Pickleball might be the fastest-growing sport in North America,” she said. “It’s very easy for people to learn and for people of all ages to play. People from eight to 80 are playing it, as we all saw at the upper age range of seniors for our tournament. It’s something that is now being included in the curriculum at schools. It can be played indoors in any gym or outdoors on tennis courts. We used tape and made temporary courts for our tournament and fit two pickleball courts on each tennis court.
“It’s just growing exponentially. In 2009 there was virtually no pickleball in Alberta and now I would hazard a guess that there are 1,000 to 1,500 players. It’s just gone crazy. In the Edmonton area I would say we have 300 to 400 players alone.”
Dane was thrilled with the turnout and how the recent Pickleball Provincials in the Park came off in general.  “We were very happy,” she said. “It has taken three years to get pickleball into the Canada 55+ Games, but now that it is we had just a fantastic turnout.”
“We weren’t included in the recent Alberta 55+ Games because we are considered a brand new sport, so we had to do our own thing to make sure Alberta would be in the national games next year,” Dane added. “Everything just went perfectly, and it was a nice way to kind of kick off next year’s games by having the provincials in Strathcona County.”
The Canada 55+ Games will take place from Aug. 27 to 30, 2014 in Strathcona County, AB.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

The International Federation of Pickleball (IFP) Member Countries

The International Federation of Pickleball (IFP) was organized to perpetuate the growth and advancement of Pickleball throughout the world. The member organizations representing their respective countries have agreed to conduct the business of the IFP in conformance to the Constitution and Bylaws of the IFP. Member organizations also support the International Rules of Pickleball. The IFP Member Countries are Canada, India, Spain and USADid you know that the IFP Rules are now available in Spanish? Visit http://ipickleball.org/

India National Tournament December 2013

India National Tournament December 2013
Pickleball is alive and well in India...the game is gaining a much wider acceptance and in December 2013 a first ever national tournament will be held. It is expected that players from 12 States of India will attend. It would add glory and sanctity to our event if we had guests from Canada and also give a great boost to the international movement of pickleball. For further information please contact: Sunil Valavalkar, Founder General Secretary, All India Pickleball Association. 

Friday, August 23, 2013

2013 B.C. Seniors Games Kamloops Medalists

Abbotsford/Chilliwack players won 9 medals in 2013 B.C. Seniors Games Kamloops Aug 20-23, 2013::
Brian Gaudat Men's 4.0 Singles Gold, Men's 4.0 Doubles Bronze, Mixed 4.0 Doubles Bronze
Brian Parkes Mens 4.0 Doubles Gold
Henry Meerkerk Mens 4.0 Doubles Silver
Matt Khan  Mens 4.0 Doubles Bronze
Pat Khan  Women's 4.0 Doulbes Bronze, Mixed 4.0 Doubles Bronze
Cathy Parkes  Womens 4.0 Doubles  Bronze
 http://www.bcseniorsgames.org
Fraser Valley had 157 gold, 129 silver and 87 bronze medals from the 24 sports which comprise the Games.
Always remember there are no ‘losers’ in pickleball only ‘runners-up’. Pickleball is a court game for all ages...a lifetime sport!

Monday, August 19, 2013

2013 PICKLEBALL CANADA TOURNAMENT POINTS

2013 TOTAL PICKLEBALL CANADA TOURNAMENT POINTS as of Aug 19, 2013 (Sanctioned tournament points: National, Nanaimo, Ontario)
Tier 1  Gold 1600 points  Silver  800 points   Bronze 400 points
Tier 2 - 1st place 1000 points, 2nd place - 500 points, 3rd place - 300 points. 

Points     Winners Name
3200       John Kusch, Elaine Lerner, Jennifer Lucore
2400       Nancy Stern
2000       Brian Lam, Henry Meerkerk, Kathy Parkes, George Pool, Claire Pool, Russ French
1700       Theresa Orcutt
1600       Denis Zhekhovskiy, Terry Saunders, Brenda Jmaeff, Dan Jmaeff, Debby Holley, Diane Hill, John Savoy, David Ulis, Maurice Parobec
1500       Merrie Lee
1300       Pierrette Hebner
1200       Luba Zhekhovskaya, Brian Parkes, Peter Darvill
1000        Barry Bissonette, Caroline Bissonette, Lorne Strumecki, Grant Brittain, James Alberga, Bud Hebner
800          Dave Hall, Matt Khan, Jim Saunders, Roberta Meakin, Shirley Knorr, Wendy Porteous, Susan Nigh, Inge Scholz, Trudy Pitcher,
               Vera Loskot, Diane Gillis, Dee Pitcher, Evelyn Kaatz, Bill Dumper, Tom Staites
600          Helen Hall
500         Ron Pitcher, Glenda Jackson, Roy Wilson
400         Beryl Kusch, Pat Khan, Sue Fosbery, Pat Fosbery,Gene Latray, Shirley Edwards,
               Karen Peniuk, Colin Caldwell, Ken Franz,Feige Li, Karen Peniuk, Pat Thompson                  
300         Will Orcutt, Margie McWilliam, Barbara Moody, Mary Allard, Carol Doughty


2013 Tournament Points for the 2nd PAO Tournament Aug 14-16 (Ontario) sanctioned by PCO: (this is included in the list above)

Tournament Points for Tier 2 - Provincial Tournaments
1st Place - 1000 points
2nd Place - 500 points
3rd Place - 300 points

Name Tournament Points
Russ French 2000
Merrie Lee 1500
Pierrette Hebner 1300
Bud Hebner 1000
James Alberga 1000
Dave Hall 800
Helen Hall 600
Roy Wilson 500
Mary Allard 300
Carol Doughty 300