As we are approaching a return to organized outdoor pickleball our maintenance director Dale and his volunteer crew spent a few hours getting the courts ready. Nothing is more fun than splashing water and pulling weeds in the rain. Thanks guys!
According to the District of Summerland Recreation Department the conversion of the remaining tennis court to four new pickleball courts will happen in August. All courts may be closed during this period. We will keep our members informed as work progresses.
We will start organized play as soon as the requirement for COVID ambassadors has been lifted, hopefully at the beginning of July. We are in the process of signing a use agreement with the District that will give us exclusive access to the courts for a number of hours per week. Sign-Up Genius reservations will be introduced again for both group and individual play by skill level. While things may remain a bit unorganized until the court construction is complete, we will return to programming similar to what we offered two years ago once all six courts become available.
On December 2nd, 2020 BC’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry issued a directive suspending all organized adult sports. This order affects both indoor and outdoor pickleball. Therefore, effective December 3rd, the Summerland Pickleball Club has suspended all its programs until further notice.
We would like to thank our members for their collaboration in following COVID-19 protocols implemented by our Club. The 6-player pod system worked very well and we anticipate to commence our indoor programs following these same principles as soon as we are authorized to pick up our paddles again.
Enjoy the Festive Season, stay healthy and join us again soon!
We are now two weeks into our 2020/21 winter program. Our COVID-19 protocols have been ironed out at all three venues: the Summerland Badminton Hall, the Harold Simpson Memorial Hall and the UNISUS International School.
Establishing a system of 4-6 member pods has proven to be very effective. Pod Leaders are empowered to ensure COVID-19 protocols are followed and are charged with booking times for their pods. Our Sign-Up Genius booking application does double duty by also providing COVID-19 traceability reporting.
We currently have 20 pods playing regularly. Most pods have formed on their own by players recruiting each other based on skill level and compatibility. In some cases members of the SPC board help newer players find a suitable “home” for the season.
Thank you to everyone who continues to play by the rules while having fun and enjoying each other’s company.
Paddles up and stay safe!
Henry Sielmann – President, Summerland Pickleball Club
SPC Newsletter Sep 28 - Part 2
Highlights of the Board Meeting held on Friday, May 29, 2020 @ 10:30 am
President’s Report: Brian reported the DOS is still gathering information from various provincial sport organizations to ascertain what protocols are needed for sports clubs to resume their summer programs. The DOS is also waiting for information from their insurance provider to update their lease and booking agreements. Brian will continue to monitor the situation and follow up with the DOS.
A Motion was passed that the SPC request the same dedicated time slots as the 2019 summer season as along with dedicating the entire Peach Orchard court facility during SPC court time as a means of providing safe play as per COVID-19 protocols.
As soon as the DOS allows the SPC to resume its summer program, Carol Hermesh will call a program committee meeting to finalize the summer program schedule.
The SPC Membership to date is 139 paid members.
Mark Siemens has formed a Committee (Brian Christopherson, Henry Sielmann, Carol Hermesh and Dale Jenner) to finalize the design and oversee the eventual construction of the proposed new courts. There are a few issues to be resolved on the existing design (e.g. fencing, ambulance service) and the committee will meet in the near future to provide recommendations to the Board.
Timeline for new courts (from District of Summerland, Recreation Manager) “The report to review the 2020 capital projects which are on hold is going to Council for direction on May 25. The Director of Finance has included the Pickleball Court Resurfacing Project as one of the many projects recommended to be deferred to 2021 due to our current financial situation. Since the courts are now opening, I don’t think there will be a push to complete the work this spring.”
The SPC Program Committee announces the 2019 Holiday Scramble!
We were fortunate to obtain almost exclusive access to the Harold Simpson Memorial Hall for the better part of the Holiday Season. Though some sessions may have to be cancelled on short notice, we are happy to present a program of many diverse activities, some of them offered for the first time. All proceeds minus rental expenses will be allocated to our court construction fund. In addition participants in the team league competitions will be able to name a charity of their choice for a donation of 1 dollar per participant.
Members can use SignUp Genius to book programs that they are interested in. Please carefully read the instructions in the comment sections. Read the summary Holiday Scramble Notes and view the Holiday Scramble Schedule SPC to select sessions for you and your guests.
The Summerland Pickleball Club offers indoor pickleball programs in three different venues:
- The Summerland Badminton Hall (novice, practise, all level social)
- The Harold Simpson Memorial Hall (competitive)
- The UNISUS International School (competitive, all level social).
The entry level Novice Program is supervised by coaches and offers an introduction to the rules of the game and how it is played.
The Practise Sessions are open to all types of players and offer the opportunity to improve strategy, ball handling and team play. Here experienced players provide feedback and guidance to others.
The All Level Social Program is a great opportunity to play with a variety of players in a relaxed atmosphere. Basic ball handling skills and knowledge of the rules of the game are a prerequisite.
The Competitive Programs provide the opportunity to share the court with players of specific skill levels. We are using numerical ranking to indicate the skill level of the typical player participating in each program. These ranks are based on those established by Pickleball Canada (our members automatically are members of Pickleball Canada) which themselves are derived from the USAPA (USA Pickleball Association).
The USAPA ranks players from level 1 (lowest) to level 5 (highest). Pickleball Canada has developed specific guidelines and evaluation criteria. The Pickleball Canada Assessment Guide explains how to go about a self-assessment in order to determine the best program for you (see page 3-5).
Our programs are built around the levels
- 3.0 (Plus) – open to everyone except novice
- 3.0-3.45 – open to competitive players that are not yet 3.5s
- 3.0+ Strong – open to strong, competitive 3.0 players and better
- 3.5 Plus – our top level players
The best way to determine where you fit in is by doing the self-assessment available in the Pickleball Canada Guide and keeping track of how you are performing. If you have mastered the rules of the game and are comfortable handling the ball, register for All Level Social (relaxed game) or 3.0 (Plus) (competitive). Once you know how to move on the court and want to play competitively at your skill level try out 3.0-3.45. If you want to play competitively with a variety of experienced players choose 3.0+ Strong. Once you see yourself winning most of your games register for the 3.5 Plus program.
At this time our club is not using an official skill assessment performed by a certified instructor. All club members are encouraged to ensure that they register in those programs that best reflect their skill level and playing style. Our program captains are available to provide feedback.
Once in a while our members wish to share information to help other members acquire strategies and improve their skills on the court. While the SPC cannot verify instructors or endorse courses and clinics offered in our region, we do not want to hold back these kinds of tips. So if we publish a poster like the one shown below, it is really up to interested members to do their research and compare this clinic with other training opportunities. And do not forget that we offer coached practise sessions as part of our programming.
The Summerland Pickleball Club held a very well attended 2019 Annual General Meeting on September 3, 2019. The membership fee for the September 1, 2019 to August 31, 2020 period will be $35 and includes a membership with Pickleball BC and Pickleball Canada.
The new Board of Directors was confirmed as follows:
President – Brian Christopherson
Vice-President – Mark Siemens
Secretary – Angela Sielmann
Treasurer – Carol Johnson
Chair Membership Committee – Carol McCabe
Maintenance – Dale Jenner
Chair Program Committee – Carol Hermesh
Director at Large – Sue Simpson
The meeting minutes are here:
Minutes (AGM Sept. 3-2019)