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Update to Members - January 9, 2019

Hello Everyone,

We have several important matters to discuss with you this morning.  This email will be a long one, so please bear with me.  The information matters.

Referee Development

At the recent tournament at the Glenora, we were very fortunate to have faithful, steady, trusted volunteers who refereed match after match, day after day.  And, we are grateful.  However, it was painfully clear that we just don’t have enough referees. It’s that simple.

Being a referee is “part of the cycle of life” in pickleball.  Our tournaments fill up very quickly with player registrations but we cannot not have sanctioned tournaments without referees. So, folks, it is time to “bite the bullet”, swallow hard and take the referee training, practice refereeing with your mentor and be ready to volunteer to referee at our next tournament which will be our very own “Battle of the Paddle”, May 31, June 1 and June 2.

To help you get ready to referee, EPC will offer Free Referee Training Sessions, Set Up Referee Practice Sessions, Provide Referee Trainees with a Referee Mentor

Stay tuned for details about dates and locations and signups.

Head Referee

EPC is looking for a member to serve as our Head Referee.  Our EPC Head Referee will work with Ran Newby, EPC Vice President, to develop and coordinate our Referee Program.

If you are interested in being our Head Referee or if you just have questions about this, please contact me directly at

Pay for Referees

On a trial basis at our “Battle of the Paddle”, we are going to pay our referees $3 per match.  We know this amount is modest and will hardly help anyone pay off the mortgage, but it is a token of our appreciation for their service as a referee.

Ratings Matter

There continues to be a lot of discussion in pickleball circles about player ratings.  While we have always said that ratings matter, I think it is important to remember that the purpose of player ratings is to group players so you can have fun playing with other players of similar ability.  Ratings are meant to enhance player enjoyment. They are meant to increase the fun you have at pickleball!

Both St Albert Pickleball Club and Parkland Pickleheads have decided to implement a strategy that requires all their members have a formal club rating and they are providing one free rating session to all their members.  The St Albert Club has already begun to rate their members and Parkland Pickleheads will start their ratings sessions later this month.

At EPC, we will not require all our members to have a formal club rating.

Instead, we will modify our approach and require that all EPC 3.5 members have either a tournament rating of 3.5 or a confirmed club rating of 3.5.  To achieve this, we will provide one free rating session for all EPC 3.5 self rated members who need a confirmed club rating.

Dates and times will be published for signups once our outdoor courts are open but before the Royal Gardens Courts schedule takes effect.  Once the Royal Gardens Courts schedule takes effect, only players with a confirmed club rating of 3.5 may take part in EPC 3.5 events.

By requiring that all 3.5 self rated players take part in the formal club rating process, 3.5 self rated players who demonstrate 4.0 caliber of play will be moved up to 4.0.  Conversely, players who do not yet meet the requirements for 3.5, will receive the appropriate lower club rating.

At a later date, we will invite any strong 3.0 players to request a club rating session for admission to 3.5 club events.

I suspect this process will not make everyone happy but it is a manageable attempt to address the issue of players participating in club events at the appropriate levels.  

Pickleball Canada is currently trialing a quantitative program with a large PB club in western Canada and it may prove to be an alternative to our current assessment practices.  We will watch for the outcome of the trial and try to learn more about how it works.  But until then, our practice will be as outlined.

Our Club is Maturing

While we will continue to focus on providing you the best possible playing experience, our club is maturing and now we need to develop and implement some governance structures… that means policies and regulations that govern how we operate.

Board Policies are developed and approved by the EPC Board of Directors.  We already have three board policies in place:

Youth Play Policy, Guest Play Policy and Non Member Play Policy.  These three policies were developed and approved by the 2017 Board of Directors.

The current Board of Directors is working on three more policies:

Privacy Policy, Intellectual Property Policy and Advertising Policy

The Privacy Policy is the most urgent at the moment and it should be ready and in effect by the end of January.  This policy will specify how your personal information is collected and how it is used.

The Intellectual Property Policy - our intellectual property is our club logo.  The policy will define its use.

The Advertising Policy will provide a framework for individuals and entities which want to advertise with us.

 It is our intention to have all our club bylaws and policies posted together in the website under a tab that is easily accessible to anyone with a yen to review them.

Membership Has Benefits

The referee clinics and the ratings clinics will be available to 2019 members only.  Be sure you renew your 2019 membership in order to participate in these and other 2019 EPC events.

That’s all for now,


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Edmonton Pickleball Club is a registered non-profit organization in Alberta.
Postal address: c/o 304 Caldwell Close NW, Edmonton AB, Canada T6M 2W9

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