Open House at UNISUS

SPC held an Open House at UNISUS school Oct 29. Forty-two members showed up to tour the gym and play on 4 courts. It was an overwhelming success and the exit survey indicated that the members are interested in adding this venue to our playing opportunities.

The program committee has since met and has drafted some requests for times and programs that the Club will now take to the school staff for discussion.

Thanks to everyone who made it happen and to all members who showed up.

AND a big thanks to the UNISUS school for donating their gym to our Club.

Unisus School and Survey Results

The Board members have been negotiating the use of a new facility that has come available to us. This facility currently has three marked Badminton courts with the other half of the gym presently unmarked. We have permission to put down court tape if we need to.

The Board has arranged for an open house of this new venue on the 29th of October. We will set up three courts for people to play and test it out. There will be a survey with regards to your impressions and how you would like us to use the facility that you can fill out afterward. You will be invited to sign up for this event through the sign-up genius. Your membership will have to be current as well.

We have a good response from the Survey that went out to everyone a little while ago. The programs committee will have its first meeting on Thursday, October 4th and everyone who has expressed interest in working on this committee has received an email with the time and the place. We hope to at least have most of the Winter programs created by the 15th of October.

In the interest of transparency, I am posting the survey results on this page in the form of a bar graph and pie chart so that you can see the challenges that the Programs Committee are facing. It will be a massive undertaking to keep every group satisfied.

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

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.