Last weekend five members of the Summerland Pickleball Club participated in the first annual Super Seniors Tournament hosted by the brand new West Kelowna Pickleball Club. Ten beautiful courts were brimming with activity as players from various communities competed in doubles and mixed doubles.
In addition to a bronze and a silver medal, both won by Gwen Redfern, our members (Gwen, Nell and Bill Hinchey, Carol and Michael Hermesh) returned with lots of positive tournament impressions and some great ideas for raising the profile of tournament play in our own club.
Hopefully we’ll be able to send more players next time. This is a great way to connect with the sport at a more competitive level.
Poster published by the West Kelowna Pickleball Club
Our 2018 year end (August 31) is fast approaching and the date for our Annual General Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, September 6, 2018 @ 7:00 pm held at the Seniors Drop In Centre in Summerland. Everyone is encouraged to attend.
A Call for Nominations info sheet is shown below. Please review the document and give some consideration to joining the SPC Board for 2019. Job descriptions for the Executive positions are posted on the SPC website under the heading “About Us”.
If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the SPC Secretary by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Membership renewals are due September 1, 2018. Please download the form available under the heading “Membership” and submit your payment to Linda Curle. Linda will also be available at the AGM to accept 2019 membership renewals as well as new members.
The 2019 membership fee is $28.00/annum ($25.00 plus the $3.00 p.p. annual court booking fee as per Resolution passed at the Spring General Meeting). The court booking fees assessed by the District for the 2018 outdoor pickleball season were $3.00 p.p. based on 100 members.
The temporary court tape for two additional pickleball playing surfaces at Peach Orchard was placed on the dual use court on June 28 and 29. It took a number of us many hours, not to mention hundreds of Club dollars to purchase the tape and an additional cabinet for storage of the portable nets to be used on these newly marked courts.
On Sunday July 1, members found all the court tape removed, crumpled up and thrown onto the ground in front of our lockers.
I was notified by a club member. When I got to the court I contacted the RCMP to report this vandalism of District property. RCMP promptly attended, confiscated the tape as evidence and opened a file.
On Tuesday July 3, I meet with Lori Mullin, District Recreation Manager, and updated her on the vandalism. She then meet with District managers as well as the RCMP and posted a letter at the court requesting information from anyone who might have observed the incident.
However frustrated we as a Club may feel about the vandalism it only highlights the fact that we need to have dedicated permanent courts built ASAP.
Needless to say if anyone hears or knows something contact the District Recreation Department or the RCMP.
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.
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.
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.
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.