Spring Cleaning

Sparkling pickleball courts at Peach Orchard.

Thank you to our volunteer maintenance crew for a good springtime scrubbing!  The court surface is as good as new.  No more gooey soft drink puddles or dried up  chewing gum!

First Day of the Outdoor Season was Ladies Day

The 2018 SPC Outdoor Season came off to a great start.  Fifteen lady pickleball players enjoyed Round Robin games organized by Ladies Day Captain Angela Sielmann.  It was a perfect morning to transition from indoor to outdoor pickleball.

Our indoor venue at the Harold Simpson Hall is now closed until the fall.  On rainy days the Badminton Hall will be available during established winter program time slots.  Fell free to drop in if it’s too wet to play outside.  Just know that there won’t be any assigned court hosts and that net installation and removal is up to the players.  A $3 drop in fee applies.


Switching from the Winter to the Summer Program

Finally spring has arrived and with it the demise of the winter, and the birth of the 2018 summer program at Peach Orchard.

All members will have received invitations through Sign Up Genius to attend our programs and to volunteer as court hosts.

Using self-assessment skill criteria please register for the appropriate programs.  You can find the criteria on this website under the “Rules of the Game” tab.

The summer season begins with Ladies Day (all skill levels) on Tuesday May 1st.

Please follow these simple rules:

  • Park in the designated parking areas outside the campground.
  • Be aware that washroom facilities will be closed until the campground opens – be prepared!
  • Once the campground is open for the season, pickleball activities and use of the leaf blower cannot start before 9 am.
  • New players and guests are welcome to join during club-designated hours but will have to sign an insurance waiver form.
  • Insurance waiver forms and membership forms are available in the binder kept in the locker.

Please consider volunteering as a host during drop-in sessions.  In this role you are the ambassador representing the Pickleball Club.  Responsibilities include:

  •             Unlock cabinet

–           Ensure courts are clean, dry and safe to use

–           Set up paddle rack system and explain how the system works

–           Meet and greet any new members or public players

–           Any complaints should be directed to an SPC board member or the District Recreation Department

–           Ensure all equipment is returned to the cabinet and locked after play

–           The cabinet cannot be accessed outside designated SPC and public play times. A member is not permitted the use of club equipment to play with guests/friends, etc.

–           Report any injuries to an SPC board member. 

You can register as a Court Host on Sign Up Genius for any time slot.

Club Times for Peach Orchard Courts

A few days ago the Summerland Parks and Recreation Commission met to discuss our request for club-exclusive access to the Peach Orchard courts.  Commission members fully supported our request for dedicated club time as follows:

  • Monday morning 9:00 – 10:30 and 6:30 – 8:30 pm
  • Tuesday morning 10:30 – 12:00
  • Wednesday morning 9:00 – 10:30
  • Thursday morning 10:30 – 12:00
  • Friday morning 9:00 – 10:30
  • Saturday morning 9:00 – 10:30

The SPC Executive will meet over the next couple of weeks to determine what kind of programming we can offer during these time slots.

Commission members also endorsed our request to reserve all three courts for pickleball from 9 am until noon from Monday through Friday.  There will be public access incl. SPC members outside club-exclusive time slots.  The tennis court may be used for other racket sports in the afternoon during the week and all-day Sunday.

In addition commission members recommended that the SPC pay a $300 user fee for the 2018 outdoor season.

All these recommendations will be presented at the next council meeting at 7pm on April 23 with a recommendation for council approval.


First frigid play starts the 2018 outdoor season

Nine brave souls gathered at 5 C temperatures and wacked the ball around freshly cleaned-up courts at Peach Orchard.  We had a great time and were even able to welcome two soon-to-be members Dale and Art.  Kudos to Angela, Vijai, Gwen, Sue, Mark, Pat and Henry.


Drop-in play at Peach Orchard available beginning April 3rd

The Peach Orchard outdoor pickleball courts will be ready for use starting on Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018.   Court Hosting is mandatory at this point since the entrance gate to the courts must be kept locked until the campsite opens.  Therefore a Court Host must sign up in advance, obtain the key from the lockbox at the Badminton Hall and unlock the west gate at the courts.  At the end of the session the Court Host will return the key to the lockbox at the Badminton Hall.

The court host is responsible to ensure that the court surface is safe to play on.  Clean-up may be required to ensure that there is no debris.  The surface must be dry and not slippery.
Sign Up Genius for Court Hosting has been set up for the month of April on Tuesdays (10:00 am – 12 noon)Fridays (1:00 pm to 3:00 pm) and Saturdays (10:00 am to 12 noon).  This is for drop-in (all skill levels) and the paddle rack system of play is in use.

At this point there is no sign-up for players, only for the court host.  Players can just show up and play.  We will start our regular summer program at the beginning of May.

Updates to our winter program

The Summerland Pickleball Club is pleased to announce that we have worked out an agreement with the Summerland Badminton Club for the use of their hall.

Our members are now able to play there five days a week.  A detailed schedule is attached.  Court hosts will be onsite whenever our club is using the Badminton Hall.  Please consider signing up as a court host by visiting SignUp Genius.

We have formed two new groups for those members who wish to play at a more competitive level.  These games take place in the Harold Simpson Hall.  Our most competitive group is the SPC Focus Group.  If you are an advanced level pickleball player and would like to try out for this group, please send us an email and the group leader will get in touch with you.

The gyms in the Trout Creek Elementary School and the Baptist Church will no longer be used.

With one large venue for social games and another venue for competitive games we hope to address the needs and preferences of all SPC members.   Adjustments to the schedules will be made as necessary.

SPC Update

Wrapping up our first summer season

Great attendance and lots of fun at our end-of-season social gathering this morning. Casual pickleball play and great food. Thanks to all who contributed! Awards were given to Carol and Michael Hermesh (highest overall point count during round robin), Carol Siemens and Jurgen Kahl (runner-ups) and to Elaine Begley for most improved player.

We’ll continue to play at Peach Orchard as long as the weather permits. Remember that the washrooms are now closed and parking is across the street.

Introduction to the paddle rack system of play

The Summerland Pickleball Club is using the paddle rack system of play at the Peach Orchard courts.  Upon arrival all players are asked to place their paddle into the rack installed on the fence separating the small courts from the large court.  The system works as follows:

If there are paddles on the paddle rack, players who just finished their game MUST exit the court so that the waiting players can come on to the vacated court.  This is not optional!

A stack of paddles is complete when there are 4 paddles.  You can add your paddle to any stack that does not already have 4 paddles.  If all the paddles are in sets of four, you start a new set by putting your paddle beside the last stack to the right.

As a court comes available the players with the set of paddles on the far left take their paddles and access the court.  All the paddles are shuffled up one bracket to the left to make more space on the right.  The paddles must remain in the same order when they are moved.  Even if a stack has less than 4 paddles, it moves to the left just like the 4 paddles stacks.

If your paddle is in a “3 paddle” (or fewer) stack and it is your turn for the next court, you should yell out that you NEED ONE (two) MORE”.  That “one more player” can come from anywhere, even if they do not have a paddle on the rack, including the 4 players who have just come off the court to let your group on.

When you come off the court, you can put your 4 paddles back up together OR you can mix it up by placing your paddles in different brackets that don’t already have a set of 4 paddles.
Enjoy the game!

We are inviting non-members to play with us

We are extending our welcome to non-members and are inviting you to join us every weekday morning starting at 9 am.  Simply sign a waiver form and enjoy the game without paying a membership fee.  This is a limited time offer while we are developing a new court use policy with the District of Summerland.  Participation in club programs will require a membership.  See you on the courts!