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April 2020 Update - 2  (Released May 4, 2020)

President’s Message

Welcome to an amended April installment of the Pickleball Alberta News.  Some of the clubs did not receive the earlier April installment so I am sending out to those clubs now with my apologies for the delay.    

Spring has finally made it with the warmth of the sun, the grass turning green and the days getting longer.  I hope that you are all able to take advantage of the nice weather and doing other forms of exercise with walks, bike rides, and for some you kayaking!

Resumption of Play The government of Alberta this past week started to ease isolation restrictions.  Different cities are having different approaches to both tennis and pickleball.  The clubs I have talked to, our presenting a phase-in process to their respective municipalities.  Please check with your club or municipality to get clear guidelines and instructions on play.

Membership Contest This past month we had a Membership Contest through our Pickleball Alberta Facebook page.  The contest was to guess the percentage of women players that are members of Pickleball Alberta.  The winner receiving an official StormTec Pickleball Alberta jacket.

We had two big winners, Janet Foisy of Edson and Connie Trynchy of the Parkland Pickleheads!  Congratulations to both these ladies, coming within hundreds of a percentage point, with the correct answer being 53.60%. 

To join our group on Facebook, search for “Pickleball Alberta” and click “Join Group” below the cover photo.  

2021 Nationals I am excited to announce that the Red Deer Pickleball Club is putting together a strong bid package for the 2021 Canadian Nationals.  I know I can speak for all Albertans and say that they have our full support and wishing them all the best in their bid.

Pickleball Canada

Pickleball Canada’s AGM has been moved to Tuesday, June 16th, at 3pm PDT.  They will be using an electronic system to connect the membership and will be posting details on the PCO website:  https://pickleballcanada.org/news_manager.php?page=20425

The Canadian Nationals that were to be hosted by the Kingston Pickleball Club at the end of June have been cancelled.  Unfortunately, there will not be a national competition this year in Canada. 

Become a Certified Official!   Pickleball Canada has formalized a Canadian standard for officiating that comprises of three levels.  The officiating process and requirements for each level can be found at the link: https://pickleballcanada.org/officiating_program_process.php

There are review sessions along with tests that you take for each level.  For review sessions and the tests you will be required to login.  When asked for an access code enter AB2020.

With many of us having spare time on our hands, it would be great time to look at becoming an official.  Without officials we could not have as effective or sanctioned tournaments.  Officiating is a great way to give back to the game!

2020 IFP Official Rulebook The rule book for 2020 has been updated with some minor rule changes.  For the changes for 2020 see: https://pickleballcanada.org/docs/2020-Change-Document-FINAL.docx.pdf

For the complete 2020 IFP Official Rulebook see: https://pickleballcanada.org/docs/2020-IFP_Off._Rulebook.pdf

Faces around the Court

Talking to individuals of interest and who have made an impact on our game. This month we visit with Beverly Walker, the first president of Pickleball Alberta.

In 2011, Bev and her husband Peter had both retired and heading south for the winter as snowbirds and landing in Surprise, Arizona.  Bev had always loved racquet sports that included squash, badminton and table tennis.  So when she was introduced to the pickleball at Sun Village, she quickly picked up the game and fell in love with it.

When they returned to Calgary in the spring, they found a pickleball program at West Hillhurst.  She realized that Calgary should form a pickleball club to grow the sport in the city.  The first meeting for the Calgary Pickleball Club (CPC) was March 25, 2012 at her home with 13 people attending.  Gordon McLure was elected president and Bev as secretary.  When Gordon stepped down in 2016, she was elected president of the CPC. 

At the time Val Vollmin was president of Pickleball Canada (PCO).  PCO had a strategic plan with one of the initiatives to have pickleball become a recognized national sport.  One of the main requirements was to have provincial associations.  She contacted Bev, Brenda Feser and several other key leaders in the province to consider forming Pickleball Alberta (PAO).  Reaching out to the clubs from across the province there was a keen interest in forming a provincial governing body. 

Each June, Kevin Doucette organized a major tournament in Calgary.  With many of the players from across the province being present, they scheduled the first meeting to be held at the completion of the tournament. The held the meeting during a fortuitous rain delay and had a whopping 60 people show up!  On June 25, 2016 to a packed house, a brave group of individuals stepped up and became the inaugural board of directors for Pickleball Alberta. They were:

President Bev Walker Calgary, Vice President Doug Fogg Edmonton, Secretary George Frohlich Calgary, Membership Director Brenda Feser Red Deer, Communications Director Brian Popovitch High River, Director At Large Mike Cooper Spruce Grove

Fast Facts at the Net:

  • Current Level 3.5
  • Favorite shot:  Top spin cross court dropshot at the net.
  • Favorite players:  Sarah Ansboury
  • Most Memorable Moment:  Playing in her first tournaments in Arizona and winning silver and bronze medals with Janice Menard.
  • Favorite place to play: JVCentre
  • One thing would like to see in PB: To continue developing pickleball for all skill groups and ages.

Competitions

All tournaments in Alberta through June have been cancelled or postponed.  PCO has set out a guideline to all tournaments to decide go/no go six weeks out from the tournament date. At that time, if PCO feels that the tournament is not following government guidelines, they have the option to remove sanctioning.  Continue to watch for updates on the website and Facebook as the situation with government regulations continues to be fluid.

Provincial Power Rankings

With tournament play being suspended across the province the rankings will remain frozen until the tournaments start back up.  For the last rankings refer to the February 2020 update.

Into the future if your club is putting on a clinic or tournament, please let us know so we can include it in our monthly updates. Email president@pickleballalberta.org providing the location, date, time, levels, and whether it’s sanctioned. 

Match Point

We owe a great deal of thanks to the volunteers that make our game what it is.  So many work tirelessly behind the scenes to make our game as enjoyable and as popular as it is. To Bev and the inaugural board of directors, thank you for your courage taking on the daunting task of establishing our association for the clubs, players and future of the game.  Pickleball Alberta has come a long way in five years and is recognized as one of the leaders in Canada.

Our movement has consumed us and been so determined by the federal and provincial guidance over the past 6 weeks.  I look forward to the last of it getting out on the courts, playing with friends, and hearing banter and laughter across the courts.  Never again will I complain about the wind, the sun in my eyes or a bad bounce.  Let that vision and hope carry us to that day.  Together we go.

Be well!

Kirk Jensen
President

2020 Update




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