It’s springtime in Alberta….
The start of the outdoor season is always very hectic as we try to get all the moving parts of our club’s operation into gear and on the road, so to speak….
Please bear with us if we have some lapses here and there as we get going.
Also, please understand that we will hit 600 EPC members this week – and with so many new members to onboard, yes, there will be emails from me to let everyone know what is happening at EPC.
So, here goes with today’s updates –
What happens if it is raining? Do we play as scheduled?
The short answer is no. The events will be considered cancelled. If we can, we will send out a cancellation notice to sign ups through SUG but, generally, use your best judgement. Wet courts are slick and slippery and risky.
We have squeegies and rollers to mop up water on the courts. We now keep them in the tall shed. Feel free to use them, no particular skill needed, if it looks like the skies are lightening up, but if it is raining, go for coffee with your pickleball friends. You’ll have more fun.
I am not getting my SUG Invites –
We have had 120 new members since our last upload to Sign Up Genius and while I have got some of you onto SUG, I know I am missing some. My apologies. We will do our next SUG upload on Wednesday, May 8 at about 6:00 pm.
That means that if you want to change your self rating on our system, please do it now. Go onto the website, check your current self rating and if you want to correct it, do it now. Remember that only members at 2.0, 2.5 and 3.0 can self rate. Members at 3.5, 4.0 and beyond cannot self rate.
What is the difference between Beginner, Orientation to Pickleball and 2.0?
Orientation to Pickleball is for folks who know very little about pickleball but have an interest and want an overview.
Beginners want to play pickleball at EPC but don’t yet know enough about our sport or the game to feel confident at 2.0. They need a beginning session with Glenn Vickers who very ably “gets them going”.
And 2.0s are members who generally understand the game and want to start playing with others.
When can I go to play at Jasper Park?
The short answer is soon but not yet. We have not yet firmed up our “deal” with Jasper Park and when we do, we will share a Jasper Park Court Schedule with you. Please be patient.
What About Westridge? Can I Play there?
This year, Edmonton Pickleball Club has no affiliation with Westridge Community League for pickleball play on their courts.
If you have played there in the past, it is important that you understand the following information.
Your membership with Edmonton Pickleball Club includes membership with Pickleball Alberta and Pickleball Canada. Your Pickleball Canada membership provides you with insurance at EPC club authorised events where only EPC members participate.
So, if you play at EPC events with EPC members, you and the EPC events are covered by Pickleball Canada insurance.
If you play at other non EPC events where some participants are not EPC members, such as at Westridge, for example, the events are considered uninsured and if you are injured there, you are considered uninsured by Pickleball Canada insurance at that event.
Westridge may well have their own insurance coverage for play on their courts but Edmonton Pickleball Club will assume no responsibility for play there this year.
Contrastingly, events at Jasper Park will be EPC authorised events for EPC members and will be insured events.
Now on to other topics – like Skills Development Clinics
We will again invest in you by bringing you opportunities to attend Skills Development sessions. There will be a modest cost to participants and the club will again partially subsidise the cost of the sessions.
Our single largest rating group is 3.0 and we plan to start there with sessions on June 13 and 14. You will get lots of notice for the sign-ups for these sessions, I promise.
There will be more news in the coming days. Stay tuned.
Pickleball Club is a registered non-profit organization in Alberta.