A Message From Pickleball BC

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4 pm December 3, 2020

We are in receipt of the ORDER OF THE PROVINCIAL HEALTH OFFICER titled GATHERINGS AND EVENTS – December 2, 2020.

After clarification from viaSport pickleball doubles play is NOT permitted effective immediately. 

There are two exceptions – youth under the age of 19 and high level athletic individuals.

These restrictions are being placed in response to recent COVID transmission activity surrounding adult sporting activity.

This restriction on doubles pickleball play applies to ALL pickleball play – indoor and outdoor – in the Province of BC – Pickleball BC members AND non members alike. Pickleball singles play is not restricted by the Order.

We ask that all Club Presidents reinforce this message by sending it out via their Club media mechanisms.

Walter Knecht                             Karen Watson
President                                    Vice President
Pickleball BC                            Pickleball BC

Lost and Found

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When emptying the cabinet at the courts a number of ‘lost and found’ items were discovered. Photos of all items are below. Please have a look and let me know if anything belongs to you. All items remaining after November 1 will be delivered to the Lost and Found at the Community Centre.

Thank you.

Terri Draude
PPC Secretary

President’s Message – Oct 18, 2020

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Fellow PPC Members,

Wow, who ever thought when we started 2020 that the season would be filled with so many changes, challenges, COVID-19 guidelines and precautions, not to forget the pandemic that threatened the new courts and pickleball play! Well, for the most part, we rose to the challenge and had a great season.

I want to personally say a huge thanks to all the Executive who made this season happen and especially to Dave Burgoyne, who worked in close contact with the City, to let us continue playing with COVID-19 guidelines and keeping our members as safe as possible.

Thanks to our Court Hosts who continued to keep our courts clean and procedures followed during club time. Thanks to the members for understanding the needs and following the guidelines. I hope the season was enjoyable for you all.

The club’s season is now over, but we have asked the City to leave the nets up until the weather makes it impossible to play safe. We ask that you follow the City’s posted rules and play safe as long as the weather allows.

We have removed the supplies from the cabinet at the courts to store safely offsite for the winter and remind you to have basic first aid supplies handy when you play, should the need arise.

The Executive is doing some wrap up work for the season and will share additional info with you before we call it a wrap for the season.

Thanks again to all who helped make the 2 new courts possible and the season as great as possible.

Graham Perrie
PPC President


President’s Message – Sept 4, 2020

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Hello Members,

We hope everyone is having a great summer! Let’s hope this incredible weather holds out so we can play pickleball to the end of our extended season (October 17).

In the meantime, a few updates that need to be passed along……

  1. New Courts/Fundraiser– A big thank you to everyone involved in getting the new courts constructed and ready for use. Also, many thanks to all the generous donors who contributed to our very successful fundraiser which helped to make this possible. Without you, we would not have the new courts! I think everyone is very excited about the new courts and the Executive is looking forward to receiving feedback on them once we get a few finishing details dealt with.
  2. Parking– As in previous years, we need to be mindful of where we are parking. Please DO NOT park in the handicapped stalls – if you are playing pickleball, chances are you do not qualify for a pass to legitimize parking there! Also, word has it that the Drop-In Centre will be opening soon. When this happens, it would be appreciated if PPC members parked in the grassy area, or on weekends, in the church parking lot or the school parking lot.
  3. PPC Equipment– Please remember the use of club supplies (paddle rack, paddles, etc.) is NOT AUTHORIZED during public play times. It would be unfortunate if we had to change the combination to the cabinet to prevent this from happening.
  4. Public Play and City COVID Rules– It is very disappointing to see so many pickleball players on the courts during public time who are not complying with the City of Penticton COVID-19 Regulations, specifically, limiting play to singles and household doubles only. As you know, the PPC was extremely fortunate to have been given authorization by the City to play in organized groups. This would not have been possible without the enhanced protocols and controls that are in place during club time. It would be extremely disappointing if the PPC lost those privileges due to violations of regulations/requirements. So, please respect the rules when playing and be careful and safe!
  5. PPC 2020 AGM– Thanks to those of you who responded to the email. Out of the 30% of the PPC members who responded, all but 9 members preferred postponing the AGM to sometime in the spring. The date and other details will be announced at a later date.
  6. Update from Dave Burgoyne, Program Director– Please see previous post.

Graham Perrie
PPC President