I will have several matters to share with you over the next few days, so, my apologies in advance, for sending you several emails.
First things first…Saturday August 11 is National Pickleball Day!
Pickleball Canada is asking PB clubs all over Canada to host PB events to celebrate our sport in Canada. At Edmonton Pickleball Club, we are hosting a Come One, Come All casual event at the courts at Royal Gardens on Saturday August 11 from 11:00-1:00.
Come One, Come All is open to all members, all levels and all ages. We invite all members to join in and we encourage you to bring along your favorite non member friends, neighbors, children, grandchildren to join in as well. We will organize some casual round robins that will be sure to be fun for everyone! Very fun and very casual! Bring your lawn chairs, some light refreshments, and your good cheer!
No need to sign up – just show up at 11:00 on Saturday, August 11. See you there!
Did I Mention That It Is Already Mid-August?
That means the days are getting shorter…and the good news is that EPC has lights to extend our hours of play!
If you want to play PB under the lights, you will need to pre plan a little. Please let Kareem know by 3:00 pm of the day that you want toplay with lights. He will then prop open the door to the Lights Room. You just need to turn the lights on and when you are finished playing for the evening, please turn the lights off and close the door. (Don't worry - we can show you how to turn the lights on and off.)
We need this process because the key to the Lights Room is a master key which cannot be left in the lock box. Our plan is to rekey the Lights Room door from the master but we haven’t done that yet.
An IPTPA Training Opportunity on August 25
This opportunity is important for our members and for our club.
Our club is able to nominate one EPC member to take part in this IPTPA Training opportunity.
If we have several interested members, we will develop a selection protocol to identify the choice of participant.
Please see below for details about the session from Bev Walker, President, Pickleball Alberta.
“We’ve heard from clubs that training is an important priority as they respond to the influx of new players to our sport. Pickleball Canada (PC) is developing a coaching / instructor training program that will meet the requirements of the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP). Pickleball Alberta (PA) fully supports this initiative and will help out where we are able. Realistically it will take at least a couple years to complete.
In the interim, in order to promote consistent and professional training and coaching in Alberta, PA recommends the International Pickleball Teaching Professional Association (IPTPA) training program. We believe it is a well-structured program for training pickleball skills. IPTPA offers different levels of training certification and there are currently several certified IPTPA instructors in Alberta.
PA is sponsoring two IPTPA train the trainer clinics in late August; one in Edmonton and one in Calgary. We will pay the training cost for up to one member of each affiliated club in the province. This is a value of $200 per participant. The idea is that the person who receives training will go back to their club and help their club with training protocols and programs for entry level players.
There are currently 21 clubs who are affiliated with PA so there will be some extra training spots in each clinic. Clubs who wish to send additional members for this training will be able to do so depending on the number of openings and level of interest. The club or individual would be responsible to pay the $200 cost for the clinic. All participants in these clinics sponsored by PA must be a member of Pickleball Alberta and Pickleball Canada.
Complete details will be sent out early next week. Please discuss this in your club to see if you have one or more members who are interested in participating.
·Calgary – August 22 and 23 from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm each day
·Edmonton – August 25 from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm at Royal Gardens Courts