Pickleball….a game for all ages

STPC Founded October 18, 2013

Almost anyone can play this sport: "Say goodbye to being a spectator"
Like to sing along? Try the St. Thomas Pickleball Song: https://youtu.be/UBTktqjS16w

Pickleball is a racquet sport combining elements of tennis, ping pong and badminton. It is played indoors and outdoors on a doubles badminton court using a large paddle and whiffle ball.
Founded in 1965 the sport has grown exponentially in North America during the last decade. Pickleball is a culture on to itself because of the following ingredients: it is a) easy to learn
b) fun c) good exercise d
) very social e) inexpensive to play and f) extremely addictive.
It is a game for all ages.

"One of the best things about the sport of pickleball is that it is the only sport which I have ever participated in, win or lose, whoever I have played with and competed against, at the
end of the day, I always have a smile on my face!"
- Coach Wayne Clark, The Pickleball Academy of Southwest Florida

I Want To Play Pickleball:
Drop in play at the Joe Thornton CC is available for anyone with a paddle. Cost is $3 per
session (2 hours).
There are 11 sessions/week, 4 are open play and the
remaining 7 sessions
are divided into 3 levels of ability....Beginner, Intermediate
& Advanced.
For the benefit of all players please play in the level that is best suited
to your playing abilities. However, if you don't know how to play you will need to
a beginner lesson. Check our Contact Us, Lesson Info page for information on lessons.
Playing times at JTCC and other venues are listed on our Playing Schedule page.
Come out anytime, have a look and chat with the players before deciding to take up the game.

Club Goals:
1. Promote Pickleball as a sport for all ages in St. Thomas and Elgin County.
2. Provide opportunities for club members to play outside of programs offered by the city.
3. Provide opportunities for club members to interact socially.
4. To work with the Parks & Recreation Department to improve and expand
playing facilities for all players in St. Thomas.
5. Where applicable, to assist and advise the Parks & Recreation Department with

municipally organized Pickleball programs.
Club Membership:
You must be a resident of St. Thomas or Elgin County in order to join the STPC.
Our club membership year runs from July 1 to June 30. Due to facility
limitations, our current membership is capped at 50 players. We do take extra
members for summer play as we have more courts available at Pinafore Park.
If the cap is raised or current members retire the club will also add new members.
The Regular Playing Membership (RPM) fee is $60 per year.
Email us if you are interested in joining.
A second option is to take out a Non-Playing Affiliate Membership (NAM). Anyone
who wants to
support the club's efforts in promoting the sport, attend
our AGM
or social events may join as a NAM.
The NAM fee is $10 per year. Contact us for details.
Club Playing Time:
Club members play at the Pinafore Park outdoor courts in the summer.
In the fall, winter and spring the club plays Mon. & Fri. evenings at St. Joe's High School.
times for both venues are listed on the Playing Schedule page.

Club Try It Day for the whole community - Video at Pinafore Park Aug. 25, 2015

Video Produced, Directed & Edited by Ezra Nicholson, St. Thomas ON

Affiliated Organizations:

Pickleball Association of Ontario (PAO)


Pickleball Canada Organization (PCO)


2022-23 Executive

President - Jan Sykes (middle)
Vice President - Vicki Loucks (first left)
Secretary - Catherine Upfold (
2nd from right)
Treasurer - Jill Noad (first right)
Director At Large - Kim Van Patter (2nd from left)

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