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)
The newly formed 2019/20 Board of Directors held its first meeting on September 19, 2019. See meeting highlights here.
SPC Board Meeting 19Sep2019 – Highlights
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
The Summerland Pickleball Club announces its First Annual Fundraising Pickleball Tournament.
NOTE: Only the washrooms close to the camp site office will be open.
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 email@example.com.
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.
call for nominations 2018