Which Program is Best Suited for Me?

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

  • Novice
  • 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.

Pickleball Clinics Available

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.


Poster for clinic McKenzie

SPC Fall Tournament

On September 7, 2019 the Summerland Pickleball Club held a fun and well attended fall tournament.  19 teams were organized in Groups A, B and C with Group A representing the most advanced level.  Not only did the tournament provide hours of fun exercise and socializing, we also raised over $500 towards the construction of new courts.  Winners were (left to right) Angie Milne/Barrie Borrett (Group A), Ken & Dawn Pratt (Group B) and Margaret Wouda/Jerry Flaman (Group C).

Winners Group A-B-C
The Finalists Group A/B/C

Thank you to our sponsors and those club members who developed the program, acted as referees and contributed in many other ways.

The Sponsors
Our generous sponsors
The Organizing Committee
The Organizing Committee

Over 70 members and friends either participated or observed and supported the players.  We had a great time and hope to organize a similar event next year.

The crowd of spectators
Watching the Group C Finals
Presenting the trophy
Organizing Committee Member Mark Siemens presenting the trophy
Referee instructing the players
Referee Carol Hermesh instructing Group B players for their champion game
Group A Finals 4
Group A Finals
Group B Finals
Group B Finals
Group C Finals
Group C Finals

2019 Annual General Meeting

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)

Summerland Pickleball Club members participate in the 2018 Seniors Tournament

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

SPC Annual General Meeting

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 summerland.pball.club@gmail.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

Court tape installed by club, then removed immediately by unknown person

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.

Brian Christopherson,

President, Summerland Pickleball Club

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!