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  • 11/19/2020 11:02 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Did you know that Pickleball BC/Pickleball Canada has an officiating program? If you are a Pickleball Canada member, after logging in, you can find the information here.

    Under "Resources" there is a self-administered rules quiz to test your knowledge of the rules. Take it. It is quite eye opening.

    Finally, if you're interested in watching  videos of the most recent Pickleball BC introductory refereeing tutorial (November 2020), you can find them on YouTube here.

    P.S. There were a bunch of rule changes for 2020. Are you aware of them? In early 2021 expect to hear about 100 more rules changes!

  • 11/13/2020 5:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We're pleased to announce that, for 2021, we have once again lined up Mark Renneson and Steve Deakin to lead clinics for our members.  Save the dates.  Mark Renneson will be on the court May 14-16, 2021.  Steve Deakin will be with us July 20-21, 2021.  More information is forthcoming, including how to take advantage of member advance booking and discounts.

  • 11/06/2020 9:49 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In this, the club's off-season, you can continue to improve your pickleball skills. In particular, Mark Renneson (one of the club's external clinic leaders) has a series of 14 strategy sessions that will get you thinking about how you play your game. It's already had a positive impact on my game - I hope my opponents agree!

    You can signup and get access to the sessions through the Selkirk site through this link.

    P.S. Mark has been re-engaged to provide clinics during our 2021 season. Stay tuned for more information on that.

  • 09/18/2020 10:28 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Surrey Pickleball Club held its 2020 Annual General Meeting by Zoom last night (September 17).  Despite a few “learning curve” moments, the virtual meeting went well, with several members hoisting glasses of wine during the meeting – something that probably wouldn’t have been possible in an in-person AGM.

    Highlights of the meeting include:

    • Balanced income and expenditures for 2020 despite significantly reduced income from memberships and tournaments
    • A balanced 2021 budget
    • Plans for over 220 court-hours per week of both competitive and non-competitive playing time for 2021, including evening play and the introduction of a club-wide ladder
    • An additional tournament in 2021, making 3 club-run tournaments
    • Membership fees in 2021 identical to 2020, discounted for members who have been with the club throughout 2020 and are renewing their memberships
    • Due to new charges imposed on us by the City of Surrey, the introduction of a club-subsidized “court usage” fee for all members in 2021
    • Extensive mentoring and coaching programs in 2021 for all skill levels including two special clinics from world renowned pickleball coaches
    • Minor changes to our bylaws
    • Six board members from the 2020 board and one new nominee elected to the board for 2021
    • And, best of all, a move in 2021 to play on new dedicated pickleball courts at the South Surrey Athletic Park…with club-provided wind screens.

    Thanks to everyone who attended or provided their voting proxies to those members who did attend.  Expect a member survey coming out shortly to help inform the 2021 priorities.  Here’s looking forward to a great 2021 season!

    P.S.  The club’s Directors have some other very interesting developments in the early stages of investigation and planning.  As soon as they firm up, we’ll let you know.

  • 08/06/2020 1:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Yup, it’s been a strange year for the world and for pickleball, and the Surrey Pickleball Club has not escaped the strangeness.  First, we had to put the season on hold and then we had to cancel the season, even though as individual players, everyone was free to go out and play as individuals (and eventually as self-organizing groups).

    So, will next year be better?  Better from a coronavirus perspective maybe, but with new strangeness entering into the club’s operations.  By next season, hopefully the coronavirus implications will be out of the way – with a vaccine available; if not, then there’s more complications – but below is what we will see impacting the Club next season, and what the Board of the Club has been discussing over these past months. 

    No more “pickleball preferred” time.  Up until now, the City of Surrey has set aside “pickleball preferred” time on the South Surrey Recreation Centre's tennis courts.  So, pickleball players have been able to play pickleball on the courts during certain hours knowing that tennis players would not be able to exercise the City of Surrey’s 30-minute rule and kick us off the courts. That is no longer the case.  Starting immediately, no dual/multi purpose courts in the City will have preferred hours for pickleball.  So, if you’re playing on dual/multi use courts - any Surrey dual/multi use courts - be prepared to relinquish the court.  What will the Club have to do to guarantee court time for its members: reserve the courts under a City permit.

    Reserved court time = costs.  The Club has always had to pay to reserve the courts for special events such as the Spring Launch, the Grip & Rip and instructor clinics.  The cost for each rental has been baked into the cost of the event.  Starting in our 2021 playing season, with no “pickleball preferred” times, the Club will have to reserve the courts to guarantee even regular weekly play times.  For that, the City will be charging the Club court rental fees.  And those costs will, in one way or another, be paid by the Club’s members.  We’re somewhat fortunate in that the City has prime time charges and lower non-prime time charges.  Historically, most of our playing has been during non-prime time, which is subject to those lower court fees.

    Prime-time play.  One of the strong requests from the membership poll done in the fall of 2019 was – for those members unable to play during the day – for evening play time.  Evenings are prime time for the City and so would carry higher fees than daytime play.  Nonetheless, the Club is planning to schedule evening play.

    Additional pickleball court inventory.  Pickleball has been fortunate in the past several months that the City of Surrey has made many more facilities pickleball friendly, with Greenaway’s dedicated courts, Crescent Park resurfacing and made dual-purpose, Clayton upgrade (so there are now 7 dual/multi purpose courts) amongst others.  And more to come.  With the increase in decent places to play, it is expected that many players may decide to stay with drop-in or self-organized play and not join/rejoin the Club.

    Self-organized play.  One of the effects of the coronavirus situation has been for a lot of self-organization of pickleball playing groups.  Whether it has been word-of-mouth, email groups, Sign-up Genius, or Whats-App playing groups, there has been a lot of self-organization groups arise.  Some of those groups play in the morning, some in the early afternoon and some in the evenings.  With that self-organization, the question arises of whether dedicated Club-organized (and structured play) time slots are necessary.

    Court demand uncertainty.  With all of the above, the Club is faced with huge uncertainties for next season.  How will the City’s development of other pickleball courts and City court reservation fees affect the demand for Club court time?  How will members react to increased costs because of court fees?  What is the best way to implement those increased costs?  How many members will there be in the Club?  Will the members play primarily through the Club or primarily through drop-in or self-organization?  Will there be sufficient prime-time demand for playing time? Etc.

    SSRC courts may not be ready.  If the above weren’t enough, the City has advised us that there is a reasonable possibility that some or all of the 12 dedicated pickleball courts planned for the top of the SSRC reservoir will not be ready in time for the start of our 2021 season.  While we won’t have to make a decision immediately, by the late fall we will be faced with deciding if we:

    • Reserve and play for at least some (all?) of the 2021 season on the SSRC tennis courts, as we have done previously
    • Reserve and play (temporarily or permanently) at facility that will be available for the start of the 2021 playing season
    • If we start (and end?) the season elsewhere, where should it be?  Greenaway? Crescent Park? Other?

    Zoom AGM.  Yes, uncertainty over how many members will show up for the AGM has meant that we can’t risk contravening the size limit for gatherings imposed by BC’s public health authorities.  So, this year’s AGM will be held via Zoom.  It will make for a bit of awkwardness trying to manage speaking and voting, but hopefully will also mean that more members will attend.

    So, the strangeness will continue into 2021, although hopefully not beyond.  By the end of our 2021 season it should be much clearer what the Club’s path will be.  Thanks to all our current members for sticking with the Club as the Board sort through these issues.  And for past and prospective members, we look forward to having you join us for 2021.

    Board of Directors, Surrey Pickleball Club

  • 05/21/2020 12:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Board of Directors of the Surrey Pickleball Club is very disappointed to announce that the club’s 2020 playing season is cancelled.

    Entering into Phase 2 of the Province’s “return to normal” plan, it was our hope that the provincial and City of Surrey operating guidelines for this and subsequent phases would allow us to provide an increasing degree of organized play sessions beginning as early as possible and lasting until the end of the outdoor playing season, in the fall.

    Unfortunately, the provincial guidelines, as issued through BC’s viaSport, prohibits organized play in any sport. The viaSport directive can be found here: viaSport return-to-play. As a result, the club cannot provide organized pickleball play for our members for the foreseeable future.

    The Board of Directors would like to thank all members for renewing their memberships and new members for joining the club. Your membership has provided you with membership in Pickleball Canada, Pickleball BC, and the Surrey Pickleball Club, provided you and the club with insurance coverage and as has allowed the club to cover its basic operating expenses. In recognition of that, the club will be offering a loyalty discount when then-current members renew their membership for the club’s 2021 season.

    Over the next several months, the Board of Directors will continue working on your behalf, monitoring developments and providing input to City, provincial sport organizations, preparing for the club’s Annual General Meeting (September 17 – further announcements coming) and planning for the 2021 season.

    Despite the club’s cancellation decision, we strongly encourage all pickleball players to get out on the courts to stay fit and to hone your skills while respecting the individual-play guidelines from Pickleball Canada, Pickleball BC, the Province of BC and the City of Surrey.

    Stay safe, stay well.

    Ken Nowlan

    President Surrey Pickleball Club

  • 02/18/2020 8:02 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    SPC will be trialing a new two step ratings process in 2020 which uses performance-based criteria (think “ladder system”) to determine eligibility to be assessed for the various playing levels. After working out the logistics this season, we hope to fully implement performance-based competitive play in the 2021 season. Performance-based assessments/play is being recommended by Pickleball Canada and is in various stages of implementation at pickleball clubs across Canada. 

    For an explanation of our 2020 two step ratings process, see our Ratings page.

  • 02/04/2020 7:36 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The newly formed Richmond BC Pickleball Association, on behalf of the Games organizers,  is looking for volunteers for the 2020 55+ BC Games being held September 15 - 19 in Richmond BC. For more information about the games and volunteer opportunities, see the RBCPA website here

  • 12/22/2019 9:26 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The USAPA has released the 2020 update to its rulebook, the first update since 2010. See the revised rule book here

  • 10/13/2019 8:53 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The City of Surrey has opened its first dedicated pickleball courts. Yay!

    Located in the Greenaway Park in the 17900 block of 60th Avenue (immediately east of the racetrack), the 8 courts are available for play. I had the opportunity to join 19 other pickleball nuts on Saturday afternoon to play on the new courts. Fantastic!  

    While the courts were wet at 1:30, by 2:30 they had, except for one small wet spot, dried out. And that wet spot was gone 1/2 hour later. So drying them up for play after a rain should be easy. The surface is great: non-slip, non-skip, even the lines. 

    A few negatives:

    • No inside the fence seating, and really no room to put any without interfering with play. Bring your chairs but, on busy days, expect to put them outside the fence. 
    • No water. So bring lots. 
    • The inside centre fence is just a bit too high off the ground. It’s possible for a ball to roll under the fence and end up in the other 4 courts, requiring either an around-the-fence-through-the-end-gate run, or players on the other courts having to interrupt their game to return the ball. 
    • No lights. No after-dark play. 
    • No sun protection - we’ll see how warm it gets in the summer. 
    • No wind screens - but the courts are surrounded on 3 sides by trees. 
    But who’s complaining!?  Not me. It’s just so nice to have dedicated courts with real nets (very little ball roll-over), a great court surface and decent court separation.  Now that we’ve seen and played on these, I can hardly wait for the courts in Crescent Park (late summer 2020) and our own in the South Surrey Athletic Park (probably 2021) to come online. Yay! Well done City of Surrey. 

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