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Posted June 29, 2022 - Railway City Pickleball Tournament Aug. 14. 2022
It's back! The 5th RCPT is coming to Pinafore Park this August. The flyer & registration form are posted above.
Posted June 20, 2022 - 5th Annual STPC Skills Event Coming Up
When: Rescheduled to July 10, 2022 from 9 am to noon. Where: Pinafore Park Courts.
This is a fun event for club members which will test each player's ability on 8 different pickleball skills. Players are divided into teams of 4 or 5. Each team must complete all 8 skills with individual scores being tabulated to arrive at a total team score for the 8 activities. Highest team score wins. The public is invited to watch this event at the Pinafore Park courts starting at 9 am on Sunday, June 26, 2022. All 8 courts will be reserved from 9 until noon. See you there!
Posted May 2, 2022 - STPC Annual General Meeting
Attention all STPC members. The Annual General Meeting of the St.Thomas Pickleball Club is scheduled for Tuesday, May 31, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. The location will be the Lakeside Pavilion at Pinafore Park. Additional information regarding a light lunch for attendees will follow.
We are currently looking for two new Board members for the upcoming year. If you are interested in being considered for a position on the Board of Directors please let us know so your name can be added to the slate.
If you would like to suggest amendments to the Club's Constitution they must be submitted at least 2 weeks prior to the Annual General Meeting (by 17 May 2022). The Constitution is posted on the Club website: http://www.stthomaspickleball.ca
There are 5 rule changes that every player should be aware of. For an explanation of
each change, the reason for the change & the impact it will have on the game please
Posted Oct. 26, 2020 - SWOPS Poster: Click on Poster to Enlarge
Posted Oct. 2, 2020 - St. Thomas/Elgin County Committee To Promote SWOPS Centre
The St. Thomas/Elgin County SWOPS Committtee was established on Sept. 31, 2020 to promote the new 13 court pickleball & squash centre planned for southwest London. The immediate goal is to involve all pickleball enthusiasts in our area by encouraging them to complete the SWOPS Survey & donate to the cost of the feasibility study. Please take 5 minutes to complete the survey. There are no strings attached & it will help the main steering committee to determine if the project should move forward.
For complete details read the promotional email below. Links are provided to the survey & other valuable information.
Dear Fellow Pickleball Enthusiasts,
Welcome to the most exciting pickleball initiative to take place in our area since the beginning of the sport. You can do your part to make this a reality by giving us five minutes of your time.
Unless you have spent your days under a rock you must have heard by now that Pickleball is the largest growing sport in NorthAmerica! A common issue however is that community infrastructure has not been able to keep up with the growth. St. Thomas is lucky to have outdoor courts at Pinafore Park however there is an extreme lack of indoor facilities in all communities. Indoor multi-use cramped poorly lit courts which are being offered in some locations are subject to availability and the whim of the community centre. Did I mention that you can change pickleball as we know it today with only five minutes of your time?
There is an initiative underway for a new indoor pickleball facility, with 13 dedicated pickleball courts! You read that correctly “indoor dedicated pickleball courts”! The exact location of this gem is expected to be in south west London close to the 401 corridor. This facility will have proper lighting, proper court surface, pickleball court lines only, heated in the winter, air conditioned in the summer, permanent nets and a court divider system for uninterrupted play. That information was just about the courts!
This new facility is for pickleball players of every level. There will be a Pickleball Director who will facilitate youth programs for those 6 years and up, intro clinics, lessons, ladders, tournaments, social round robins and of course personal court bookings.
This may all sound too good to be true but it is not! The success of stage one of this endeavour, called the Feasibility Study will be measured in survey responses. It has been determined that we need about 2000 survey responses to prove the interest in this world class facility located in your backyard! The steering committee for this endeavour wants to build this facility with all the components that are most important to YOU! This is where you come in with your five minutes to fill in the survey to let us know what is important to YOU. Please go to www.swopsc.ca/survey! As if you don’t already have enough incentive; filling in the survey gets you one-month FREE membership!
If you are as excited about this as we are and you would like to be an Ambassador for this mind blowing venture then please go to www.swopsc.ca/survey and fill in your name and email address to receive your Ambassador Kit!
The feasibility study costs are significant but are necessary to prove to all the large stake holders that the players really want this facility. If you would like to contribute to the $20,000 cost of the feasibility study please go to email@example.com.
We are contacting you as the St. Thomas/ElginCounty SWOPS committee. Since this is the first contact we have made we will let you know who we are so you can contact us at any time to share your excitement, ask questions and give us your ideas!
St. Thomas/Elgin SWOPS Committee: Lyle Mclean President St. Thomas Pickleball Club, Teresa Hastings President Railway City Pickleball League, Dave HalL a founding father & charter executive member of Pickleball Ontario and a founding father and Past President of St. Thomas Pickleball Club and Manitoulin Pickleball Club, Rick Stevens a founding father and Past President of Pickleball Hamilton, Valentyna Stevens past board member and Webmaster of Pickleball Hamilton.- SWOPS Centre -> www.swopsc.ca
- SWOPS Survey -> www.swopsc.ca/survey
- SWOPS FAQ's --> www.swopsc.ca/faqs (regularly updated)
- SWOPS Facebook -> https://www.facebook.com/groups/swopsc (please"Join" the group)
- Donate via e-Transfer -> firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted Sept. 25, 2020 - Fabulous New Indoor Facility Planned for Southwest London
Looking for a great non-profit venture to donate some funds to. Plans are in the works for the SouthWestern Ontario Pickleball
& Squash Centre to be located in southwest London near Lambeth. Watch the video clip for details.
Photos & video relating to pickleball were all taken at the Pinafore Park outdoor courts with the assistance of players from the
St. Thomas Pickleball Club. This facility will be within easy driving distance of St. Thomas & will feature 13 dedicated pickleball
courts in a year round climate controlled indoor environment.
The SWOPS CENTRE will be a great addition for St. Thomas players & deserves your support. Information on how to donate can be
found on the SWOPS website at: https://swopsc.ca
Posted Aug. 19, 2020 - STPC Notice of Annual General Meeting 2020
· Where: Lakeside Pavilion in Pinafore Park
· When: August 25, 2020 5:00 pm.
· Who May Attend: Any member who has paid their 2020-21 membership fee. This includes regular
members & NAM’s. If you have not already paid the $15.00 fee and wish to renew your membership please send
an e-transfer to: email@example.com or mail a cheque payable to the St.Thomas Pickleball Club to
our Treasurer, Jill Noad at 102 - 2 Wood St. St.Thomas ON N5R 4HK or bring with you to the meeting.
Meeting starts promptly at 5 pm; Agenda, financial statement & amendments to the Constitution have
been forwarded to all members.
Please advise by 22 August, 2020 if you will be attending. If you plan to attend please bring copies of the
agenda, financial statement & amendments to the Constitution that were emailed to all members. Also
bring your own chair as the City has not provided any picnic tables in the pavilions this summer.
Posted Aug. 3, 2020 - More Good News Re Play @ Pinafore Courts
Doubles Play & Club Play Resumes at Pinafore - but take care (see below in red)
The City has approved our reserved club playing times (Monday 9am - 11am, Wednesday 7pm - 9pm, Saturday 8:30am - 10:30am) at the outdoor courts at PInafore Park until 30 September 2020. Members who wish to play at these times are welcome to use the 6 reserved courts at their own risk.
Although the club has always encouraged inclusivity in play, due to potential transmission of COVID19 we are asking that you limit the number of people with whom you play. As we all have varying degrees of comfort regarding possible exposure to the virus, each of our "bubbles" may be different (family, friends, social). Your comfort level will determine how many potential players you may play with. As indicated in previous correspondence from Pickleball Ontario, it is a good idea to keep track of who you play with to aid in contact tracing, if necessary.
The City has provided hand sanitizer at the courts. If you wish to take additional precautions (i.e. sanitizing balls and/or paddles) as previously recommended, you will need to bring your own supplies (sanitizing wipes or spray). Although masks are not required they can be worn for additional protection.
We ask that you play responsibly and be considerate of other players and their choices. Maintain social distancing of at least 2 metres as much as possible when playing and waiting to play (on benches). We all want to stay safe so we can continue to enjoy the game.
With the resumption of outdoor play we are requiring that all members who wish to renew their memberships do so prior to the Annual General Meeting scheduled for 25 August, 2020. The fees for the outdoor season (2020/21) have been set at $15.00. We encourage payment be made by e-transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org. Cheques made payable to the St.Thomas Pickleball Club can also be mailed to the club Treasurer, Jill Noad at #102 - 2 Wood Street, St.Thomas ON N5R 4K9. Fees for indoor play will be determined if/when we secure the gymnasium at St.Joe's.
If you have any questions regarding the above information please contact any member of the Board of Directors. Thank you,
STPC Board of Directors
Posted July 26, 2020 - Update on COVID Playing Restrictions from May 22 Post (see below)
As part of Ontario's Phase 3 step to reopening, all 8 courts at Pinafore can now be used for SINGLES PLAY ONLY.
The washrooms at Pinafore Park will also reopen on Aug. 8.
Posted July 9, 2020 - All 2020 STPC Events Cancelled
The Directors & Convener Committee
St. Thomas Pickleball Club
On July 9 the STPC Convener Committee decided to cancel the final two tournaments scheduled for 2020.The 5th Annual Railway City Tournament (Aug. 16) & the 3rd Annual Iron Horse Invitational Challenge (Sept. 13) join
our list of events cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Earlier in May, the 2nd Annual High School Tournament, 3rd Annual Beginner Tournament & 3rd Annual Skills
Competition were also cancelled.
Thank you to all the players who have participated in these events over the years. We are hopeful that the club
will once again be able to stage these events in 2021.
Posted June 6, 2020 - What Are You Waiting For, Go Hit Some Balls At Pinafore
Based on what we have seen not a lot of players have been out to the Pinafore courts which opened a couple of weeks ago.
At this point, only singles play is allowed. Social distancing is pretty easy with only 4 courts open. There is also a big
dispenser of hand sanitizer to use as often as you wish.
1. You should probably go with one other person as there do not seem to be a lot of extra players waiting to play.
2. This is a perfect opportunity to practice some of those shots you need to improve on. A half hour of practice
followed by a half hour of singles will give you a good workout.
3. Half Court Singles Play - most of us will not want to play full court singles as it is pretty exhausting. Here are 3
variations of half court singles (skinny singles) for you to try: https://youtu.be/NFMLlzQt2TY.
4. Full Court Singles Play - if you want to try full court singles here are some pointers on how to score & how to play the game properly: https://youtu.be/x1ZL9tdP87k.
Whatever you do, be safe & have some fun!
Posted May 22, 2020 - COVID-19 PLAYING RESTRICTIONS AT PINAFORE COURTS
NOTE: While the playing restrictions are in place there will be no reserved
court time for STPC play or the Railway City Pickleball League.
Effective May 21, 2020 until further notice St. Thomas Parks & Recreation requires
that all players abide by the following restrictions at the park outdoor pickleball courts:
PICKLEBALL & TENNIS RESTRICTED PLAY RULES AS OF MAY 21, 2020
• Feeling sick? DO NOT PLAY
• Been in contact with someone who has COVID-19 symptoms? DO NOT PLAY
• Doubles is prohibited. Singles ONLY
• Certain courts are closed temporarily to allow for social distancing. There are signs to determine closed courts.
• Keep six feet apart from other players. No physical contact.
• Avoid using your hands to pick up balls. Use your racquet/foot to pick up balls and hit them to opponent
• Avoid touching your face after handling a ball, racquet or other equipment
• Bring different numbered/marked balls for each player to allow serving. Otherwise use rally scoring (no serving) if this is not possible
• If a ball from another court comes to you, send it back with a kick or racquet
• Avoid handshakes and high fives
• Avoid sharing food, drinks or towels
• Avoid gatherings. First come/ first serve basis. Arrive max of 10 minutes before play and vacate the court when game is complete.
No public restrooms available. Come prepared with your own water. Take any garbage/recyclables home with you.
Posted Apr. 29, 2020 - STPC Donates $1000 to Local Food Banks
The Board of Directors of the St.Thomas Pickleball Club have decided, in support of those most in need in our communities,
to make monetary donations to the St.Thomas Elgin Food Bank (The Caring Cupboard) ($500), the Port Stanley Community
Cupboard ($250) and the Grace Café ($250).
The St.Thomas Caring Cupboard food bank has been our charity of choice for a number of years. Because our opportunities
to collect non-perishable food items through donations at tournaments and special events will likely be curtailed this year due
to COVID-19 we thought a monetary donation would be the best way to help. If you wish to donate to the St.Thomas Elgin
Food Bank you can do so in person at 803 Talbot St., St.Thomas, by mail at PO Box 20025, St.Thomas ON N5P 4H4, or
on-line at www.stthomaselginfoodbank.org
We have quite a few members who reside in Port Stanley so the food bank in the village was included in our donation. They
are located at the Christ Anglican Church, 203 Colborne St., Port Stanley N5L 1B9 if you wish to make a donation.
The Grace Café in St.Thomas is a completely volunteer and donation funded organization that provides meals, free of any
charge, to some of the most vulnerable people in our community. Donations can be dropped off or mailed to Grace Café,
323 Talbot St., St.Thomas N5P 1B5. Hours are 8 am - 1 pm Mon. - Sat. (10-11 am best time for in person donations).
We would encourage all of our members to donate what they can to local charities to help those most affected during these
challenging times. We realize there are many very deserving organizations that would benefit from some additional support.
The Board of Directors hope all members and their families are well and coping with the restrictions and uneasiness during
this period of social isolation. We miss seeing our Pickleball Pals! Stay safe.
Lyle, JiIl, Pam, Jan and Catherine
STPC Board of Directors
Posted Apr. 22, 2020 - Just For Laughs - You Gotta Watch These
Miguel Encino has way too much time on his hands during lockdown! But he has some great
videos posted on YouTube. Here are three just for laughs.
Posted Apr. 22, 2020 - STPC Couple Show Dinking Skills on CTV Breakfast Television
BT Toronto used this clip as an example of how folks are finding ways to beat the
COVID-19 lockdown. STPC members Marilyn & Bruce Graham set up a net in their
garage to practice their dinking skills & never missed a shot! Here is the link to
the clip. Go to the 1:40 mark if you prefer not to watch the first 2/3 of the clip.
Posted Apr. 22, 2020 - April Newsletter from Pickleball Canada
Posted Apr. 21, 2020 - Pickleball Withdrawal Symptons Pt. IV
Posted Apr. 11, 2020 - Pickleball Withdrawal Symptons Pt. III - Fabulous video!
How many big name players can you identify in this video?
Posted Apr. 11, 2020 - Pickleball Withdrawal Symptons Pt. II - More Indoor Play!
Posted Apr. 3, 2020 - Pickleball Withdrawal Symptons Pt. I - Do this indoors!
2. Off The Wall Drill - in your unfinished basement or garage put up a piece of drywall or
plywood. Measure 32" from the floor & mark a horizontal line representing the top of the
net. Practice dinking or hit forehands & backhands from up to 10 or 12 feet away. How
many can you hit in a row before missing? Targets can be marked on the surface to
work on accuracy.
3. Want a bigger challenge? Using the same piece of drywall of plywood try some of the games in the Nickleball Challenge as outlined in
a recent STPC Tipbits email. Click on the link below for instructions:
PS - We are not responsible for noise complaints.
Posted Mar. 21, 2020 - Pickleball Shoes
Here are some suggestions that can be done indoors.
1. Pop Up Drill - bounce a ball off your paddle. Do forehands & backhands then
alternate from forehand to backhand. This simple drill can be done anywhere &
it helps with hand eye coordination as you have to focus on the ball & keep the
paddle steady. See how many you can hit in a row?Not many court shoes are made specifically for pickelball but that is sure to change in the futureas the sport continues to grow. K-Swiss has seen the light! Check out this shoe which is made specifically
for pickleball players: https://thevolleyllama.com/kswiss-express-light-review/
Posted Mar. 7, 2020 - Trivia Contest For STPC Members, Mar. 26, 2020
NOTE: This event is cancelled due to COVID-19
WHERE: Port Stanley LegionWHEN: Thurs. March 26 2020TIME: 1 pm - 5 pmCOST: No chargeREFRESHMENTS: The bar will be openWHO CAN ATTEND: All regular members & NAM members (first 25 to sign up). Spouses who are not members may attend this & other selected events by taking out a Non-Playing Affiliate Membership (NAM) for the annual fee of $10.WHAT DO I BRING: An appetizer/snack + food donation for food bankREGISTRATION: RSVP to email@example.com by March 23 2020
Posted Feb. 6, 2020 - London To Get New Outdoor Pickleball Courts?
This article appeared in the Londoner on Feb. 6, 2020. The exponential growth of the sport is mentioned as well
as the possibility that London will be getting new outdoor courts in the not-too-distant future. Read the complete
Posted Jan. 3, 2020 - Draft of Parks & Rec 10 Year Plan Now Available
A draft of the 10 Year Plan for the St. Thomas Parks & Rec Dept. has just been released. The document should
be read in it's entirety to see all references to pickleball & to the need for more recreational opportunities
for seniors as that part of the demographic increases in the next decade or two. The link to the entire draft can
be found here: https://www.stthomas.ca/positionedforgrowth.
Responses to the draft must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by Jan. 24 & a public open house session will be held at
the Memorial Arena on Wed. Jan. 15 from 6-8 pm.
The key references & recommendations to pickleball are included below. Please note that these are only recommendations
which will need to be adopted by city council. The plan does mention that all but 13% of the previous 10 year plan's goals
were achieved by the city.
1. Key references to outdoor pickleball facilities:
St. Thomas has been at the forefront of pickleball growth and development in the province, as one of the first municipalities to invest
in a dedicated pickleball complex. Municipal provision of dedicated pickleball courts was not considered in the original 2008 Master Plan
as it emerged after this time. However, given the tremendous growth of the sport in St. Thomas, a community and sport-specific
provision target is now recommended. St. Thomas’ population is growing, particularly in the older adult age cohort (a common age
group for pickleball participation) and popularity of the sport continues to expand. To reflect the unique demands of the pickleball
community in St. Thomas, a provision target of one pickleball court per 4,000 residents is recommended.
This target should be reassessed regularly due to evolving participation patterns. The City currently supplies one (1) outdoor
pickleball court per 4,864 residents, suggesting that the current courts are at capacity and demand for additional facilities exists. Application
of a 1:4,000 provision target equates to future demand for12.0 outdoor pickleball courts and indicates long-term need for four (4) additional
pickleball courts by 2041. Local pickleball enthusiasts have demonstrated sufficient demand to warrant provision of additional
indoor (discussed in Section 5.3.2) and outdoor play opportunities. Development of future outdoor court facilities should be considered
for the north end of St. Thomas; this was identified as a distribution gap and geographic barrier by stakeholders. Additionally, future court
facilities should be developed in a minimum of 2-court pairings (both tennis and pickleball), preferably as 4-court complexes (for pickleball only)
to accommodate league play, drop-in opportunities and social interaction among players. Single-court developments are not recommended;
although a single tennis court may be installed on a site paired with multiple pickleball courts.
Develop four (4) additional pickleball courts (short-to-medium term) and one (1) additional tennis court(long-term).
Development should be designed in multiple court complexes (and / or multi-sport designs), preferably in the north end of the City.
2. Key references to a new indoor gymnasium:
Survey respondents also indicated program and activity gaps for both volleyball and pickleball due to a lack of indoor facilities.
Those supporting development of a municipal gymnasium further indicated that the facility would support use by multiple indoor court sports
including volleyball, pickleball, basketball, badminton and more. Gymnasiums were highly-supported by survey respondents, ranking
8th out of 25 listed facilities with support for additional investment from 79% of contributors. Investment in community meeting/event
space was supported by 64% of survey respondents, ranking 13th of the 25 listed facilities. These results indicate interest in and support for
indoor recreation facilities in St. Thomas. The survey results were further supported by consultations with stakeholder groups,
particularly regarding investment in a municipal gymnasium. Court sports were well represented during stakeholder consultations.
Representatives from local pickleball, volleyball and basketball organizations were present to discuss demand for an appropriately-sized
gymnasium facility in the City. Each of the organizations represented discussed growth in their sport accompanied by difficulty accessing
suitable and consistent facilities. Many discussed sport-specific design requirements, such as regulation ceiling heights, setback distances
between court perimeters and surrounding stanchions/walls, and multi-court/competition ready facilities. Concerns were expressed over
the current lack of access to gymnasiums, and inconsistent access to external providers. This gap hampers usage and program function
for active indoor recreational pursuits. It is expected that projected population growth for St. Thomas will further increase demand for multi-use
recreational facilities. A common provision rate in comparable municipalities across Ontario is one municipal gymnasium per 50,000 residents.
Considering population projections for St. Thomas (increasing to 52,700 by 2041), it is recommended that the City initiate a feasibility study and
site selection process in the medium-to-long term to assess options and viability of a multi-use recreation facility. Timing and priority may be
influenced by future planning for an indoor aquatic facility and / or new private recreation (i.e., YMCA of Southwestern Ontario) development.
It is important to consider external service providers to avoid duplication of services and market-saturation.
In the short-term, prepare a feasibility study and site selection to assess options and viability of a multi-use recreation facility
containing flexible spaces capable of supporting multiple sports and activities (e.g., gymnasium, meeting rooms / multi-use spaces, etc.)
Posted Jan. 3, 2020 - An Afternoon of Fun With Board Games & Cards!
WHERE: Port Stanley LegionWHEN: Thurs. Jan. 23, 2020
TIME: 1 pm - 5 pm
COST: No charge
REFRESHMENTS: The bar will be open
WHO CAN ATTEND: All regular STPC members & NAM members (first 35 to sign up) . Spouses who are
not members may attend this & other selected events by taking out a Non-Playing Affiliate Membership (NAM)
for the annual fee of $10.
WHAT DO I BRING: Your favourite board/card game + an appetizer/snack + food donation for food bank
REGISTRATION: RSVP to email@example.com by Jan. 15, 2020 with names of attendees
Posted Dec. 12, 2019 - STPC Christmas Social @ St. Joe's
Our annual Christmas celebration will be held on Monday, December 16th this year at St. Joe's from 6:30-9:30 pm. Please bring some Christmas goodies to share with your fellow Pickleballers. As usual, we expect to see some North Pole residents dropping in - Elves, Santa Helpers, etc., but hopefully no Scrooges or Grinches (unless the funny kind). In the spirit of the season we ask that you bring non-perishable food items on Monday night to be donated to the Caring Cupboard. As always, your generosity is greatly appreciated
St.Joe's will be closed from December 21st until January 5th so no Club play between those
dates. We have also been advised of another cancellation date in the new year; Friday, Jan. 10th.
Hope to see you all on the 16th. Catherine
Posted Dec. 8, 2019 - Results from U.S. Study of Pickleball Injuries 2019
An analysis was performed of pickleball-related injuries using data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance
System (NEISS) of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission during 2001-2017.
A total of 300 pickleball-related injuries were identified, resulting in a national estimate of 19,012 injuries.
The annual estimated number of injuries increased during 2013-2017. Patients 50 years or older accounted
for 90.9% of the patients; 50.4% were male. The injury occurred at a sports or recreational facility in 74.3%
of the cases. The most common injuries were strain or sprain (28.7%) and fracture (27.7%). The affected
body part was the lower extremity in 32.0% of the cases and upper extremity in 25.4%. The patient was treated
or evaluated and released from the ED in 88.0% of the cases.
Based on NEISS data, pickleball-related injuries have been increasing in recent years. Although pickleball-related
injuries have many similarities with those associated with other racquet sports, there were various differences
(e.g., increasing trend and older patient age) that may need to be considered for the prevention and management
of injuries related to the sport.
Posted Dec. 5, 2019 - STPC Schedule of Summer Events 2020**
a) 2nd Annual High School Tournament - this event cancelled due to COVID-19
Date & Time: Monday May 25, 9:30am-4 pm. Rain date Fri. May 29, 2020
b) 3rd Annual Skills Competition
Date & Time: Sunday May 31, 1-4 pm
c) 3rd Annual Beginners Tournament
Date & Time: Sunday June 14, 9 am-4 pm
d) 5th Annual Railway City Pickleball Tournament
Date & Time: Sunday August 16, 10 am-4 pm
e) 3rd Annual Iron Horse Invitational Pickleball Challenge
Date & Time: Sunday September 13, 10 am-4 pm
f) Club Reserved Playing Time @ Pinafore Park will be the same as 2019
Mon. 9-11 am (6 courts), Wed. 7-9 pm (6 courts), Sat. 8:30-10:30 am (6 courts)
**Subject to approval by St. Thomas Parks & Recreation
Posted Nov. 21, 2019 - Pickleball Founder Barney McCallum 1926-2019
Photo from 2013: Barney with Jennifer Lucore's Bainbridge Is. Legacy paddle & Jennifer
holding Barney's first wooden paddle
The last surviving member of the three founding fathers of pickleball passed away on Nov. 18, 2019 at the age of 93. Along with Bill Bell & Joel Pritchard, Barney invented pickleball in 1965 while vacationing at their cottages on Bainbridge Island near Seattle. It is said that the sport was named after Pritchard's dog Pickles.Here are a couple of articles detailing Barney's life & his contribution to the sport:
Posted Nov. 21, 2019 - Items From the Nov. 5 STPC Director's Meeting
1. A thank you will be sent to the rec dept. for the improvements made at the Pinafore
Park courts this year. This includes the addition of a washroom & the paving of the parking lot.
A request will be also included for additional garbage/recylcing containers near the pickleball courts.
2. Thanks go to St. Thomas Wendy's for donating $500 for naming rights to next year's high
school tournament. Here is the logo for the 2020 tournament:3. 2020 dates for all club events at Pinafore Park plus our request for reserved playing time have beensubmitted to the rec dept.
4. The trophy that was announced at the AGM to honour retiring President
Dave Hall has been purchased & will be called the Dave & Helen Hall Cup.
This will be presented annually to the team with the best overall record at the
high school tournament.
Posted Nov. 4, 2019 - A Simple Formula For Pickleball Success
Our TIPBITS #173 was right on the money. David Weinbach, a U.S. National Champion,
identified the basics for success in pickleball as follows:
1. Consistently hit "unattackable" dinks by keeping the ball low & in the kitchen.
2. Consistently hit serves & return of serves into the back half of your opponents court.
3. Consistently hit a third shot drop that allows you to get to the net.
The first two are not that difficult to achieve. The third shot drop requires practice
drills until you get the touch you need.
Concentrate on perfecting these three things & watch your game improve.
APosted Oct. 16, 2019 - STPC Halloween Social Coming Up
ttention All Regular Club Members & NAM's: You are invited to attend the first social of the winter season on Mon. Oct. 28 from 6:30-9:30 pm at the St. Joe's gym. Wear your best Halloween costume if you have one and don't forget to bring some"treats" to share with your fellow club members.
Oh and by the way.....we will be playing pickleball as well.
Photo from Oct. 28, 2019 Halloween Pickleball Night
Posted Sept. 20, 2019 - "Pickleball" Now Officially a Word
Merriam-Webster just added 530 new words to the pages of it's dictionary. We can all rest easy as the word "pickelball"
is now officially a word according the M-W. The only question is....what took so long? Here the link to the news item:
Posted Sept. 8, 2019 - Great Day At the Iron Horse Tournament Sept. 7, 2019
Congratulations to everyone who participated in the STPC Iron Horse Invitational Pickleball Challenge yesterday in St. Thomas.
The weather co-operated & everyone had a great day.
Prize money for top three players in each division was $200, $100 & $50. Winners as seen in the photos above were:
Men's: 1st - Bob Butnari (centre) 2nd - Larry Whitnell (right) and 3rd - Ralph Hackbarth (left)
Women's: 1st - Heather Cannom (centre) 2nd - Joyce Reid (right) and 3rd - Sandy Perryman. (left)
Group photos of all 24 players are posted to the slideshow on the main page of this website.
It's interesting to note that 6 women were still jockeying for 2nd and 3rd place at the end of round 10 (Heather had 1st sewn up by that time). Also, 5 men were still jockeying for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place after the end of round 10. There were a number of ties that were decided by calculating the total point differential for each player.
Thanks also go to the club conveners & those club members who assisted with the organization & running of this event. It was a job well done.
Posted Aug. 18, 2019 - 4th Annual Railway City Tournament Dodges the Rain Sat. Aug. 19, 2019
A lot of water was swept & mopped off the courts from the early morning thunderstorm but the tournament started on time at 10 am. The 84 players (14 teams) enjoyed the rest of the day as everything went according to schedule. When the last games ended at 2:15 pm three teams emerged with medals. The winners were: 1st Place - Lime Team, 2nd Place - Maroon Team & 3rd Place - White Team. Congratulations to all the teams for contributing to a successful tournament. Thank you to the
many club members who helped organize & run this event.
Approximately 200 lbs. of non-perishable food items were donated for the local food bank.
Photos of the winning teams are posted to the slide show on the main page of this website.
Railway City Pickleball Tournament 2019
Posted Aug. 4, 2019 - STPC Members - Your Chance To Be a Movie Star?
Ever dreamed about being in front of the camera or being "discovered" on a pickleball court in St Thomas? Well here's your chance! Below is a note from Mark Renneson of Third Shot Sports who is filming an instructional coaching video in St Thomas on Tuesday, August 13 from noon to 2pm at Pinafore Park courts. We are not certain how many people are needed as only 2 courts are booked but all genders and skill levels are eligible. I'm very excited to do the Pickleball Video Shoot in St. Thomas on Tues. August 13. We are looking for a few volunteers who might like to be featured in some of these videos. If people would like to participate, they can get more information about the project and fill out the consent form here.
This is not an STPC sponsored undertaking nor are we involved in any way other than making you aware of this video.
If you are interested, please follow the link below. Good luck!
This is an exciting project for Third Shot Sports and Pickleball Association of Ontario.
Third Shot Sports
Posted July 30, 2019 - Pickleball Set To Explode in West Elgin Thanks to $25,000 Grant
This just in from the West Elgin news media - https://www.thechronicle-online.com/news/local-news/pickleball-set-to-explode
Posted July 12, 2019 - Report on STPC 2019 Annual General Meeting
The 6th Annual General Meeting of the St. Thomas Pickleball Club was held at the Lakeside Pavilion Pinafore Park on July 9, 2019. Over 40 club members attended this business/potluck/social & by all accounts everyone had a great time. Thanks go to everyone who worked to make this an enjoyable experience for all clubmembers.
Highlights of the evening included:. Business:
a) Treasurer’s Report: Treasurer Jill reported a bank balance in excess of $17000.
b) President’s Report: President Dave provided details on all club activities from June 30/18-June 30/19
c) Amendments to the Constitution: Six minor wording changes were approved unanimously by vote of the membership.
d) Special Business: Presentations were made to retiring President Dave Hall. These included Honorary STPC Memberships to both Dave & Helen Hall, a $100 gift certificate to Of Courts and a trophy in Dave’s name to be presented annually to the winners of the club tournament of his choosing.
e) Election of Officers: 5 Directors were elected for 2019-20 as follows – LtoR: Secretary - Catherine Upfold President - Lyle McLean, Vice-President -Pam Moore, Director - Jan Sykes, Treasurer - Jill Noad.
2. Potluck – This was one of our the best potlucks ever. Members enjoyed a great choice of dishes this year plus some wonderful desserts.
3. Draw Prizes – Approximately $800-900 worth of prizes were won this year with the lion’s share taken up by 2 coupons from Wendy’s worth $250 each (1 free cheeseburger each week for the next year).
Thank you Wendy’s & thank you to everyone who donated prizes.
4. Entertainment – Jerome Thomas did a great job on guitar & vocals. He also performed the winning song from our STPC Songwriting Contest. Congratulations to club member Jan Nicholson who wrote the song & received the $50 prize.
To see the song performed by Jerome Thomas at the 2019 AGM click on this link: https://youtu.be/UBTktqjS16w
Posted July 2, 2019 - 50 Players Enjoyed Our Canada Day Pickleball Event
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Posted June 28, 2019 - Canada Day Pickleball
POST PLAY: Head over to the dance pavilion for a cold one & a hot dog at the Kinsmen Club
beer garden & barbecue starting at 11 pm.
NOTE: Courts close at 12 noon. Parking lot is closed ALL DAY. Park on Parkside Dr. or
in the Curling Club lot.
CANADA DAY PICKLEBALL AT PINAFORE PARK : It's Open Play for all players from 8-12 noon. Wear your Canada Day apparel. There will be a prize for the best dressed player. Group photo & prize presentation at 10 pm. Bring your cooler & foldup chair to sit in the shade beside the courts.
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Posted June 23, 2019 - 2nd Annual Iron Horse Invitational Challenge 2019, Sept. 7 2019
Posted June 22, 2018 - 4th Annual STPC Railway City Fun Tournament Aug. 17, 2019
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Posted June 16, 2019 - Fun Time Had By All Players At 2nd Annual STPC Beginner Tournament
32 players enjoyed a great morning of pickleball at the 2nd Annual STPC Beginner Tournament at the Pinafore Pickleball Courts in St.Thomas on Sat. June 15. Four pools of eight players completed in a round robin mixed format with the top player in each pool entering a playoffround. When the smoke cleared the results were: 1st Place - Norma Crocker;
2nd Place - Murray Booy; 3rd Place - Bentley Need; 4th Place - Darlene Newell. The winner
of the draw for a new Head paddle courtesy St. Thomas Canadian Tire was Peggianne Wright.
Congratulations to all those who participated & thank you to all the STPC members who helped
to organize & run this tournament. Photos are posted on the slide show on the home page of
Posted May 28, 2019 - High School Tournament A Big Hit
Judging from the comments of visiting players & coaches, the 1st Annual STPC Secondary School Tournament held at Pinafore Park on May 27 was a big hit. 8 schools from the TVDSB & the LDCSB competed in this 5 hour event.Winners were: Boys Doubles: Gold - St. Joseph's HS Team 1, Silver - St.
Joseph's HS Team 2, Bronze - East Elgin SS; Girl's Doubles: Gold - Central
Elgin CI, Silver - Holy Cross SS, Bronze - Strathroy DCI; Mixed Doubles: Gold - East
Elgin SS, Silver - Strathroy DCI, Bronze - Westminster SS
Congratulations to Connor McMillan who won the draw for a new Head Paddle
donated by Canadian Tire. For a CTV News feature on the tournament click on
the CTV logo below. Photos of the winning teams have been added to the slide show on the main page of this website.
Posted May 27, 2019 - Beginner Pickleball Tournament June 15, 2019
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Posted May 11, 2019 - STPC 3rd Annual Skills Competition Lots of Fun
It was a great day for 36 club & non-club players at the Pinafore Park courts. When the smoke cleared
Team 4 consisting of Lyle McLean (Capt.), Clayton Watters. Al Pretty, Richard Lenz & Brenda Cairns
topped the score sheet. Second place was taken by Team 6 - Jan Sykes (Capt.), Rod Nicholson, Valentyna
Stevens, Valerie Stone & Vern Huston. Third place honours went to Team 1 - Marianne Campbell (Capt.),
Catherine Upfold, Harold Berger, Chris McQuiggan & Dwayne Pyper.
Nine players are $5 richer as they hit the money cones for some extra cash.
70 lbs. of non-perishable food items & $15 in cash were collected for the local food bank.
Thanks go to the Conveners & others who helped make this event possible.
Posted Apr. 13, 2019 - CBC Reports on Toronto Cup Pickleball Tournament Apr. 12-15
The inaugural Toronto Cup Pickleball tournament was covered
in a CBC news report on Apr. 12, 2019. Canadian tennis stars
Milos Raonic & Daniel Nestor attended with Nestor trying his
hand at the sport.
Posted Apr. 11, 2019 - May 10 Deadline For Input to Rec Dept. Master Plan
Attention Pickleball Players: You have until May 10 to have your say in the St. Thomas Parks and Recreation Master Plan which will guide
decisions over the next 10 years. As a pickleball player or supporter this is your opportunity to tell the city that we need better indoor
facilities for our sport and other indoor sports.
You can do this by completing a 10 minute survey and by using the interactive recreational map of the city
Remember, if you don't participate you can't complain about decisions that are made later.
St. Thomas Pickleball Club
Posted on Feb. 25, 2019 - Coming Soon: Referee Training ClinicWhen: Tentative date is May 13, 2019
Where: St. Joe's High School Gym
Time: 6:30-9:30 pm
Instructor: Karen Hill, USAPA/PCO Certified Referee
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested
WHERE: Port Stanley Legion
WHEN: Friday Jan. 18, 2019
TIME: 6-10 pm
COST: No charge
REFRESHMENTS: The bar will be open
WHO CAN ATTEND: All regular members & NAM members (first 35 to sign up) . Spouses who are not members
may attend this & other selected events by taking out a Non-Playing Affiliate Membership (NAM) for the annual fee of $10.
WHAT DO I BRING: Your favourite board/card game + an appetizer/snack
REGISTRATION: RSVP to email@example.com by Jan. 10, 2019 with names of attendees
Posted Nov. 15, 2018 - STPC Schedule of Events for 2019
a. STPC Skills Competition 2019 - Sat. May 11, 2019 (no rain
b. High School Tournament - Mon. May 27, 2019 (no rain date)
c. OSGA 55+ Tournament – Sat. June 1, 2019 (rain date is Sat.
June 8). Subject to change. CANCELLED
d. Beginner Tournament 2019 - Sat. June 15, 2019 (rain date is
Sat. June 22)
e. STPC AGM Tues. July 9, 2019.
f. Railway City Tournament 2019 - Sat. Aug. 17, 2019 (no rain date)
g. Iron Horse Invitational Challenge 2019 - Sept. 7, 2019 (no
h. STPC Golf Tournament 2019 - Sun. Sept. 22, 2019
i. Halloween Pickleball Event – Mon. Oct. 28, 2019
j. Christmas Pickleball Event - Dec. 16, 2019
Posted Oct. 30, 2018 - Fun Evening at Halloween Pickleball Event, Oct. 29, 2018
Posted on Dec. 2, 2018 - STPC Games Night Is BackThat's right....the STPC Games Night is back! There is no pickleball at St. Joe's
on Jan. 18 so we have rented a room at the Port Stanley Legion.
Happy Halloween!! 28 club members had a great time at our 4th annual Halloween PickleballEvent held at St. Joe's on Oct. 29. Members feasted from a table full of treats & the prize for
best costume could have been shared by any number of people but eventually went to Randy Grose.
Posted Oct. 11, 2018 - 4th Annual STPC Halloween Pickleball Night
WHEN: Mon. Oct. 29 from 6:30- 9:30 pm at St. Joe's.
WHO: All regular members, PAM's & NAM's are invited to attend.
WHAT TO WEAR: Costumes are not mandatory but feel free to wear your best Halloween attire.
MUNCHIES: Bring some Halloween munchies to share if you are so inclined.
PRIZE: Best costume wins a fabulous prize.....well maybe not that fabulous.
Posted Sept. 16, 2018 - Sign Up For Beginner Pickleball Lessons
Learn the right way to play the game. The STPC offers lessons in the spring & fall each year.
Must be a resident of St. Thomas/Elgin County. Sign up for our final set of lessons this fall.
Email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
****Update as of Oct. 11 - both fall classes are full. Sign up early for our spring classes in April/May 2019.
Where: St. Joe's High School gym in St. Thomas (4 courts)
When: April-May, 2019
Time: To be announced
Equipment: All equipment is supplied.
What Do You Bring: Water bottle, gym attire & sneakers (court shoes if you have them), your enthusiasm
Cost: $20 per person paid in advance
Agenda: All the basics are covered including safety, different shots, strategy, scoring. where you can play etc. About half the time is devoted to coached playing.
Posted June 11, 2018 - Beginners Luck of the Draw Pickleball Tournament Sept. 8, 2018
Flyer & Registration Form (1 page). Waiver to be signed at tournament.
Posted June 3, 2018 - 5th Annual OSGA Pickleball Tournament At Pinafore Park June 2, 2018
On Saturday June 2, 2018 the 5th Annual OSGA District 31 Summer Games Pickleball Tournament was hosted by the St. Thomas Pickleball Club (STPC). 44 players mainly from St. Thomas, Port Stanley, Dutton, Woodstock & Aylmer competed at Pinafore’s fabulous 8 court facility which
opened last year. This was the first time the tournament was held outdoors & the weather
was ideal for the competition.
Play commenced at 8:30 am and finished by 2 pm. St. Thomas players took home the
majority of the medals. Gold & silver medalists qualified for the OSGA Provincial Summer Games Tournament in Mississauga
in August. Pictured above are the medal winners in the Mixed Doubles 55-64 age category.
The STPC we would like to thank the OSGA for their financial and administrative assistance. An extra big thanks goes
out to the three Convenors and the other volunteers who put on a well organized tournament. A final thanks to all those
who contributed to our food drive as 100 lbs. of dry food goods was collected for our charity of choice, the St. Thomas
Elgin Food Bank.
Congratulations to the following medal winners:
Mixed Doubles 55-64: Gold - John Kupisz & Jackie Davison (Woodstock); Silver - Chris & Bob McQuiggan (St.T);
Bronze – Mark Wright (St. T) & Tina Vanderwallen (Aylmer)
Mixed Doubles 65+: Gold – Kathy & John Bole (ST T); Silver – Don Perry & Jane Perry (St. T);
Bronze – Mary Tully & Richard Lenz (St. T)
Men's Doubles 55-64: Gold - Bob McQuiggan & Larry Whitnell (St. T); Silver - John Kupisz & Allan Robertshaw (Woodstock);
Bronze – Mark Wright (St. T) & Scott Revell (Woodstock)
Men's Doubles 65+: Gold - Robin Hewson & Richard Lenz (St. T); Silver – Albert Visser & Bill Robinson (St. T);
Bronze – Rick Hodges & Ron Hutchings (St. T)
Women's Doubles 55-64: Gold - Barb Gonyou & Marianne Campbell (St. T); Silver – Catherine Upfold & Chris McQuiggan (St. T);
Bronze – Jan Nicholson & Pam Moore(St. T)
Women's Doubles 65+: Jane Perry & Kathy Bole (St. T)
Posted May 27, 2018 - STPC Players Win Medals At London Tournament
The 6th Annual London Pickleball Tournament was held at Fanshawe College in London on May 26 & 27.
The following STPC members brought home medals:
Women's Doubles 3.0 skill level, 60+ age bracket: Catherine Upfold/Chris McQuiggan (Silver), Marianne Campbell/Pam Moore (Bronze)
Mixed Doubles 4.0 skill level, 65+ age bracket: Bob McQuiggan/Chris McQuiggan (Silver)
Men's Doubles 3.0 skill level, 60+ age bracket: Randy Grose (Gold). Randy teamed with non-club player Harry Knibbe.
Congratulations to everyone on a job well done.
Posted May 10, 2018 - Spring Skills Competition A Blast
All participants had a great time & the winning teams as pictured on the left were:
Top, 1st Place: L-R Brenda Cairns, Clayton Watters, Jane Perry, Mary Tully. Larry Whitnell
Seven teams made up of 5 players each completed a circuit which tested players on 8 different shots (one on each of the 8 courts). Players could score points for their team by hitting targets and points were deducted for hitting out balls. $5 cones were included on 6 of the 8 courts. Anyone hitting a cone instantly won $5. $85 in cone money was dished out bythe end of the two hour event.
On Sat. May 5 the STPC first event of the summer season was held at Pinafore Park.
Bottom, 3rd Place: L-R Joyce Blair, Mark Wright, Rosanne Smith, Catherine Upfold
Middle, 2nd Place: Back Row L-R Larry Doan, Lyle McLean Front Row L-R Helen Hall,
Marianne Campbell, Wilf Reicker
1. History of Pickleball - Book
2. The Art of Pickleball - Book
3. Smart Pickleball: The Pickleball Guru’s Guide - Book
4. Pickleball Zen: The Inner Game - Book
5. Mind Game: A Quantum Leap for Competitive Pickleball and Tennis - Book
6. Pickleball: Less is More - Book
7. At the Line: Pickleball - Book
8. USAPA Pickleball: 2018 Official Tournament Rulebook - Book
9. A Pickleball Playbook: A Guide for Instructors and Self-Instruction - Book
10. Pickleball 5.0 - Book
11. 20 Drills & Games to Play Better Pickleball - binder
12. Pickleball Clinics: Strategies & Techniques, by Coach Mo - DVD
13. Pickleball Clinics: Percentage Pickleball, with Coach Mo and Coach Matty - DVD
Posted Mar. 10, 2018 - Results of Mini Tournament Mar. 5/18
Rear Centre - Gold Medal Team; Front Right - Silver Medal Team; Front Left - Bronze Medal Team
Posted May 2, 2018 - Great Collection of Resources Now Available To Club Members
Our club resource centre is now open for business. The list includes a variety of resources
from books about how to play the game, books about the mental approach to the game,
a compilation of drills & games to improve your play, instructional DVD's by Coach Mo & an
interesting book on the history of the game.
To start, these are available to club members only on short term loan. Requests to borrow
should be emailed to our club address. If anyone would like to take a look at all the resources
before borrowing that can be arranged OR find summaries, reviews etc. through google
Posted Feb. 13, 2018 - STPC Mini Tournament At St. Joe's Mar. 5/18
Attention All STPC Members (regular members & PAM's)
You are invited to sign up for a mini fun tournament to be held at the St. Joe's gym.
This tournament will help you perfect certain elements of your game.
Where: St. Joe’s Gym
When: Monday, March 5. This is a regular playing night but the courts will used for tournament play only.
Time: 6:30 pm to conclusion
Cost: No charge. Open to all regular members & PAM's.
a) Teams of 4 players will be selected by the Convenor
b) Play a total of 6 games (two with each of your team members)
c) Rally Point Scoring (either side can score a point on each rally not just the serving team)
d) First team to 15, win by 1 is the winner
e) You will be required to play 3 different types of games with each game concentrating
on a different skill e.g. the serve, the backhand & the lob. The details on each of
these will be explained by the Convenor prior to the start of play.
Registration: If you want to join in the fun please respond by Fri. Feb. 23 to email@example.com OR give your name to
Clayton when you see him at St. Joe's.
Questions? – talk to Clayton Watters at the gym or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted Feb. 8, 2018 - Pickleball Expanding At Greenhill's in Lambeth
Hi Pickleball Enthusiast,
LOOK What's New at the Club.......for PIckleball Players
Free Introductory Pickleball clinics: Wednesday, February 21 from 11:30am to 12:30 & Saturday, March 3 from 12:30 to 1:30pm with coach Michael Brandon. Register for this clinic on line as space is limited, in the 'Programs' then 'Adult Lessons' section. Members and Non Members are welcome.
Expanded HOURS for Pickleball Play Policy:
- Tennis Club members may book the court up to 7 days ahead
- Non Members may book up to one day ahead (bookings start at 8:30am precisely day before)
- Pickleball can NOW be booked any hour that the club is open provided the court is available
- There are a few loaner paddles at the club if you would like to try this fun game
- $4 per player for 2 hours during normal 'Pickleball Hours' 11:30am - 4:30pm Weekdays & 12:30 to 4:30 Weekends.
NEW: For All hours outside of these 'Pickleball Hours' - $4 per player whether 2 hours or ONLY 1 hour is booked due to availability.
TABLE TENNIS - We have purchased a high quality new table tennis table with paddles to be used when you are at the club. The table will be located in the upper viewing area in the 'glassed' section behind court #2. Equipment is to be borrowed and returned to reception.Reminder: The club will close at 4:30pm on Family Day, Monday, February 19.
Visit www.totaltennis.ca/london to learn more about the club and to sign up for pickleball - Free Clinics (once on website clibk on "Non Member" Registration)...space is limited.
Posted Jan. 21, 2018 - Games Night @ The Legion Jan. 19 = Lots of Fun
You can get your won foursome or two foursomes and book courts for 2 hours by calling Susan at 519-652-5033.
About 30 club members attended the 2018 version of Games Night at the Port Stanley Legion on the evening of Jan. 19. A variety of card games & board games were available for everyone to play. This was a fun evening for everyone and a very big thank you goes out to Clayton & Caroline Watters for organizing this event. Do you have suggestions for additional events? Please forward them by email. We make no guarantees but we will consider all suggestions.
Posted Jan. 6, 2018 - Today Was Open House Day At Greenhill's in Lambeth
Jan. 6 was Open House Day at Total Tennis London at Greenills (Lambeth). The lines for two indoor pickleball courts were added on Jan. 2. Despite the freezing temperatures outside some hardy souls from St. Thomas & London showed up today to try out the new courts. Click on photo at right.
One player had this to say about the facility:
"It is chilly in there but dress warm (layered) and it’s not bad. Footing, lighting and space were all good. You can book the day of or the day before. The four of us have decided to play there twice a week as it’s the only place where we can practice and be in control of what we do. We practiced an hour and rotated partners playing for the next hour. Great stuff."
Posted Jan. 3, 2018 - Board Games & Cards Night Coming for All STPC Members
First - Happy New Year to everyone!
With play cancelled at St. Joe's on Fri. Jan. 19 the STPC will substitute a games night at the Port Stanley Legion from 7-9 pm. All regular members, NAM's and PAM's are invited to attend. This event was held last Jan. and a fun evening was enjoyed by everyone.
Cost is $2 to cover the cost of snacks etc. The club will cover the rental cost for the room.
The room holds 35 people so the first 35 to send a reply to email@example.com will get to join in on the fun.
We hope to see you there,
Posted Nov. 15, 2018 - STPC Christmas Party is Coming to St. Joe's on Mon. Dec. 18
All regular members & NAM's are invited to attend the STPC Christmas Pickleball Party
at St. Joe's on Dec. 18.
Come out for a fun evening of play & socializing but remember to bring:
a) Your festive hat or outfit to show your Christmas spirit
b) A canned food of dry food item for the local food bank
c) Some Christmas snacks or treats to share with your fellow club members
Posted Nov. 15, 2018 - New Place to Play Pickleball for St. Thomas & London Area Players
The indoor tennis facility at Greenhill's Golf Club in Lambeth is under new management. The STPC met with the new manager and he has agreed to paint lines for 2 pickleball courts on one of the indoor tennis courts.
If you are interested in making the short drive to Greenhill's to play pickleball here is what you need to know.
1. Opening Day: Monday, Jan. 3, 2018.
2. Number of Courts: 2 indoor courts with portable nets. More may be added next September if there is sufficient demand.
3. Cost: $4 per player for a 2 hour session tax included.
4. Booking A Court: This is not drop in play. Players must book a court for two hours Mon.-Fri 11:30 to 4:30 pm & weekends 12:30-4:30 pm. Get a group of 4 or more players together and call 519-652-5033 ONE DAY IN ADVANCE OR THE DAY OF to reserve your court.
5. Nets: Players may be required to put up & take down the portable nets depending on when they are playing.
6. Facilities: Washrooms are available but no showers.
7. Rules: Water is allowed on the courts but no food or other drinks.
Come Have A Look: Players are welcome to see the facility. Drop in and have a look anytime during regular hours.
Posted Oct. 26, 2017 - St. Joe's Pickleball Season Starts With Halloween Special
Unofficial STPC play starts at St. Joe's on Mon. Oct. 30/17 with our Halloween Pickleball Night. This will be our third
Halloween special so feel free to dress up and show up next Monday @ 6:30 pm. This event is open to both regular
members and NAM members. There will be a prize for best costume.
Official club play for regular members will commence on Fri. Nov. 3/17.
Regular members please read the following carefully before coming out to play at St. Joe's on Nov. 3:
1. Again this year play will be on Monday 6:30-9:30 pm & Friday 6:30-8:30 pm. A loonie will NOT be collected each
evening as that is now covered by your membership fee. As in the past, the two box system will be used from
6:30-8:30 pm on Monday & Friday. Open play will be on Monday 8:30-9:30 pm. INITIAL THE ATTENDANCE SHEET
EACH NIGHT AND KEEP TRACK OF YOUR ATTENDANCE. YOU MAY REQUEST AN UPDATE ON YOUR ATTENDANCE BUT
DO NOT RELY ON THE EXECUTIVE TO KEEP YOU INFORMED OF YOUR STATUS.
2. 40% Rule. As per our Constitution, you must attend 40% of the St. Joe's sessions in order to renew your
membership next June. Oct. 30 is an unofficial play date....the 40% rule is in effect starting Nov. 3/17. There
are 43 official play dates scheduled at St. Joe's between Nov. 3/17 and Apr. 30/18. It may be longer if we can't
move outdoors to Pinafore by May 1. In order to renew your membership next June you need to participate for a
minimum of 17 out of the 43 play dates.
3. Exemptions: If you are ill or injured for an extended period or are on an extended travel vacation, this time will
NOT be counted as part of the 40% participation requirement. As approved at the AGM, there is a change from last year.
You must be absent for a minimum of four consecutive playing sessions before you can apply for an exemption.
For your convenience, an Absentee Notification Form has been added to the club website at:
http://www.stthomaspickleball.ca/contact-us . If you are eligible for an exemption, fill out the form and
click Submit. Exemption requests should be submitted as soon as you know it is needed NOT at the end of the year.
Corrections to an exemption request can be done by submitting another form if necessary. Let us know by email if you
have any problems using this form.
It should be noted that at the end of June anyone who does not meet the 40% requirement is still eligible for a
Non-Playing Affiliate Membership (NAM). A $10 fee would apply and would go to support club goals. NAM's can
participate in most special events organized by the club, attend the AGM, etc. A NAM membership is easily worth
the $10 and we currently have over 20 NAM's.
4. To protect the gym floor, please change into your court shoes once you arrive at the gym.
5. PAM Memberships: Currently we have 50 RPM's (Regular Playing Members). Optimum number for play at St. Joe's
without extended waiting time is about 35 players per night. We will be offering some temporary
memberships (PAM's - Playing Affiliate Memberships) again this winter once we know how many club members are
away for the winter months.
We look forward to another successful season and hope to see everyone at St. Joe's on Oct. 30.
Posted Oct. 9, 2017 - Great First Season For STPC At the New Outdoor Courts
Attention All STPC Members:
The outdoor season at Pinafore will soon be over. As noted in the list below, this has been a busy first season since the
outdoor courts opened on June 30.
1. Club reserved play was scheduled on 6 courts for 2 hours every Mon., Wed. & Sat.
2. Three instructional clinics lasting 2 hours each, were held on July 29 for 36 participants.
3. The Railway City Tournament was held on Aug. 26 with 84 participants.
4. A Skills Event was held on Sept. 30 for 35 participants.
5. Three sets of beginner lessons were held between Aug. and Oct. with a total of 48 participants.
6. A two hour Try It Session was held for a retired teacher's group (Elgin RTO) on Sept. 13.
Off the courts, 35 golfers had a fun day at The Bluffs playing in the 2nd Annual STPC Pickleball Golf Tournament on Sept. 9.
Thank you to everyone who participated in any of these events but a special thanks goes out to the executive and other club
members who worked hard to make these events a success.
In September an arrangement was negotiated with a local supplier for purchasing paddles and court shoes. Of Courts in
London now offers substantial discounts for group orders placed by the STPC and will also give discounts to club members
who purchase equipment directly from their store. Make sure you mention that you are an STPC member if you go to their
store at Richmond & Oxford.
We are hoping to meet with the Rec Dept. to review the first season of play at Pinafore and make suggestions for
improvements etc. If anyone has suggestions please forward them by return email to our club address.
Thanks again for a great summer. Outdoor play will continue until the weather forces us indoors. Information on the
winter season at St. Joe's will be coming shortly.
Posted Sept. 30, 2017 - STPC Skills Event Today At Pinafore Courts
Congratulations to the 35 pickleball players who participated in the STPC Skills Event today at the Pinafore Courts. Each of the 8 courts provided players with an opportunity to test themselves on a different skill. Everything from the serve, drop shots, dinking, overheads, forehands, backhands, return of serve & lobs was included. Participants were able to accumulate points by hitting targets or lose points by hitting out balls. Five courts included a "money cone"....players could instantly win $5 by hitting the designated cone. This was as much a fun event as it was competitive. The top three point scorers were: Larry Whitnell (82 points), Dave Hall (79 points), Barb Gonyou/Rick Hodges (tied at 75 points). All received $15 gift certificates for STPC pickleball apparel at Union Sports in St. Thomas. In addition, six participants managed to hit a cone and take home $5 each.
Thanks go to the club convenors who organized this event. Several boxes of food were collected as admission was free
with a donation to the local food bank.
Posted Sept. 17, 2017 - STPC Test Your Skills Event On Sept. 30, 2017
Posted Sept. 15, 2017 - STPC Equipment Discounts for All Local Players
Here are your choices. All prices include HST.
1. Wilson Profile. Good beginner paddle. Retails for $79. Club price = $60 (24% discount).
2. Head Paddles. Check ‘em out at: https://ofcourts.com/store/ HEAD-c24335358
New on the market. Great graphics, nicely balanced, feel good weight, feel good grip.
a) Head Radical Elite. Retails for $79. Club price = $65 (15% discount).
b) Head Xtreme Elite. Retails for $89.27. Club price = $75 (15% discount).
c) Head Radical Pro L. Retails for $111.87. Club price = $85 (25% discount).
d) Head Xtreme Pro L. Retails for $112. Club price = $95 (15% discount).
SHOES: Of Courts is the best place to buy outdoor & indoor court shoes as they have a large selection & offer a discounted price.
BALLS: Onix outdoor balls can still be ordered from the club at our cost of $3 each, tax included.
Posted Sept. 11, 2017 - Pickleball Golf Tournament A Good Time
HOW DO I ORDER: Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org specifying your order & we will
arrange for payment. Deadline is Sept. 30.
All players including non-club players can take advantage of this pricing.
The St. Thomas Pickleball Club final equipment order of the year is going in shortly.
Of Courts in London has agreed to offer discounts on some new to the market Head paddles and
a beginner level Wilson paddle. These discounts of 15-25% apply to group orders of 12 or more
paddles placed by the STPC. Please note that the STPC is providing this pricing as a service to
players with no money going to the club.
The 40 or so golfers who participated in the 2nd Annual STPC Golf Tournament at The Bluffs on Sept. 9 had a
great time. It was a weather perfect day & the operative word was fun as everyone enjoyed the best
ball scramble with some pickleball elements thrown in for good measure. A tasty meal was served up by
the Bluff's staff and this was followed by a draw for door prizes with a pickleball putting contest closing out the day.
The Champion's Trophy was won by the team of David Loucks, Bryan Van Patter, Rick Hodges & Larry Whitnell.
Other prizes winners included: closest to the pin prize Bryan Van Patter, longest putt Bob Graham & putting contest
Thanks go to Convenor Rick Hodges & also to the staff at The Bluffs for all their hard work in putting this together.
Posted Aug. 27, 2017 - Railway City Tournament Makes CTV News & Local Newspaper
Our tournament on Aug. 26 was featured on the CTV London News. You can see the feature
A feature also appeared in the St. Thomas Times-Journal at:
Posted Aug. 12, 2017 - National Pickleball Day Celebrated in St. Thomas
Aug.12, 2017 was National Pickleball Day in Canada. Pickleball Canada, in conjunction with ParticipAction, encouraged all pickleballers across Canada to get out and play and celebrate our great game. A group of players at the new Pinafore Park courts in St. Thomas celebrated with a photo which is included on the left. Photo Credit: Sharon Harbaruk, Sign & Flags: Jan & Rod Nicholson
Posted Aug. 11, 2017 - London Store Expands Pickleball Inventory
Of Courts (https://ofcourts.com/) in London is under new ownership and they are expanding their pickleball inventory. For example, they stock the new line of Head pickleball paddles and
there have been some excellent reviews of these paddles. Until Sept. 26 they are offering a 13%
discount on all in store products. The discount can be obtained by using promo code STPB13.
Posted Aug. 4, 2017 - STPC Golf Tournament Coming Up On Sept. 9
Attention All St. Thomas, Aylmer, Port Stanley & Area Pickleball Golfers:
See the attached flyer for further details and registration information.
All pickleball players from St. Thomas & area (Elgin County) are eligible to register and join the fun. There will be a cap on numbers so don't wait to register.
Not a golfer - come out for the food & fun....only $10.
The St. Thomas Pickleball Club is hosting the 2nd Annual Pickleball Golf Tournament on Sept. 9 at the Bluffs in Port Stanley.
This is mainly a golf event which will test some of your pickleball skills on some holes....you have to see it to believe it! If you didn't play last year you missed a great time. There will be food, door prizes, a trophy for the winning team and whatever else Convenor Rick has up his sleeve.
Posted July 27, 2017 - STPC Clinic Held At Pinafore Park
A successful clinic featuring instructors Sid & Carolyn Stevens from Sauble Beach was held at the new Pinafore pickleball courts on July 26. This was the inaugural event for our club at this location and many favourable comments were heard from the 36 players (3 groups of 12 - see photos) that were present. Participants will now be working on their warmup exercises (don't forget the 2"run!), varying their serves, hitting serves/return of serves deep & keeping the proper spacing between partners when playing, among other things. Thanks go to Sid & Caroline who did a great job.
Posted July 12, 2017 - 4th Annual General Meeting of the STPC Was The Best Yet
A lot of positive comments were heard last night after the club AGM. 54 club members and 2 guests had a great time at this event which was
held at the Lakeside Pavilion in Pinafore Park. The turnout was the best the club has had in the 4 years that the AGM has been held at Pinafore.
The business portion of the evening featured a financial & membership report from Treasurer Jill Noad. President Dave Hall summarized club activities
from 2016-17. A number of amendments to the club constitution were passed and a board of directors consisting of Dave Hall, John Harbaruk,
Cynthia Rutledge, Jill Noad & Catherine Upfold was approved for the 2017-18 year.
A number of items were also raised under the New Business part of the agenda. Peter & Barb Burtoft are moving to Mexico and they were presented
with a card & best wishes by V-P John Harbaruk. A draw for a table full of great door prizes was held at the conclusion of the business portion of the meeting.
Some rather hilarious entertainment was provided by Peter Burtoft & Vern Huston. It seems that Peter is a singer and Vern had Morris Livermore suing the club because his wife Mavis gave him up for a bad ass biker. Vern, assisted by Joyce Blair, Kay McLean & Jan Nicholoson, also demonstrated the many uses of the new water bottle holding apparel presented to President Dave while also presenting him with a fabulous pickleball crown.
The potluck that followed was unbelievable & members were invited to finish off the evening with play at the nearby Pinafore courts.
Thanks to everyone who made the AGM an enjoyable, fun experience which combined business & socializing. This only served to emphasize what we already knew......pickleball players are a great bunch of people!
Posted July 12, 2017 - STPC Court Storage Box For Sale ****SOLD NOV. 2017
Large commercial quality, steel storage box similar to those used for storing tools on construction sites. Used for two years by the St. Thomas Pickleball Club to store portable nets and balls at local tennis/pickleball courts. With new dedicated courts, the box is now redundant. Comes with: four, removable, heavy duty castor wheels, two padlocks (recessed when locked for security), side handles for carrying. Does not include contents as seen in photo. $400 firm. Email to:email@example.com. Posted June 30, 2017 - State of the Art Pickleball Facility Now Open At Pinafore Park
An official grand opening with a full day of festivities and special guests will take place in the fall.
For further information contact:
Ross Tucker, Director of Parks, Recreation and Property Management
City of St. Thomas
(519) 631-1680 ext 5201
http://www.stthomastimesjournal.com/2017/07/03/pinafore-park-gets-new-tennis-and-pickleball-courts PRESS RELEASE June 30, 2017ST. THOMAS —
The City of St. Thomas Parks, Recreation & Property Management Department is proud to
announce the opening of the new Pinafore Park Tennis and Pickleball Courts.
The newly completed courts consist of 8 tennis and 8 pickleball courts and are now open for
public use 7 days a week 8am – 11pm (weather permitting).
From the St. Thomas Times-Journal July 3, 2017:
Posted June 21, 2017 - Read This Before Playing At the New Pinafore Pickleball Courts
1. Opening Day: The Pinafore courts will be completed soon. We will notify everyone when they are open and when the official ribbon cutting takes place. These courts are a game changer for our sport and the best outdoor facility in Ontario. We would like to see as many players as possible at the ribbon cutting.
2. Reserved STPC Playing Time Confirmed: We requested 4 two hour sessions of reserved playing time and received 3. The fourth session was for league play so it will have to wait until next year if we can get the extra time. This will be run as a pilot program in order to determine our needs for the future.
The 40% participation rule is NOT in effect as that only applies to St. Joe's. However, as part of the pilot we will keep track of usage. If club members don't use this time it may be cancelled or the number of courts reduced for next season.
a) Mon. morning 9-11 am (6 courts reserved).
b) Wed. evening 7-9 pm (6 courts reserved)
c) Saturday morning 9-11 am (6 courts reserved)
NOTE: This represents only 4.2% of the total playing time available each week
Please keep in mind that you can start play before reserved time kicks in and you may play when it is over although you will have to respect the right of non-club players to use the courts.
3. Balls: Durafast 40 neon balls will be supplied for reserved club time. However, we have no place to store balls at the courts so bring a ball with you in case none are available.
4. Why use reserved club playing time? Obviously you can form your own playing groups and play outside of club time. The great thing about reserved time is that only club members can use the 6 courts. Everyone who shows up will know how to play the game and how to properly follow the rules. As a club we can set our own rules (see 5. below) and determine how we want to use the time. We can run practice drills, mini-tournaments, clinics, try it sessions etc. Once in awhile we may need to use reserved time for beginner lessons but we will give lots of notice and try to leave a couple of courts open.
5. New Rec Dept. Rule for All Play Outside of Club Time: Please note that this is a rec department rule which does not apply to club play.
Rule: If all 8 courts are occupied & players are waiting, those using the courts will be limited to a maximum of one hour of play and then they must give up the court (applies to both tennis & pickleball)
Rec. Dept. Rationale: "We do not want to rush those people off the courts that are just learning the sport or coming out to simply have fun. We want to have the entire facility (tennis & pickleball) as consistent as possible."
Enforcing this rule is problematic as there will be no rec. dept. staff on duty. The only way to determine how long someone has been playing would be to ask the players on all 8 courts. When courts are full, you could be waiting a half hour or even a full hour before a court opens up.
The STPC and the Timken Pickleball Committee lobbied for the following universally accepted rule but to no avail: If courts are full and players are waiting, players should play one game and rotate off the courts to allow the first four in line to move on to a court. This is the protocol followed at Timken, St. Joe's and all other venues that we know of. We will follow this protocol during club reserved time on Mon., Wed. and Sat.
Outside of club time, we would hope that all our club members would show good sportsmanship and not tie up a court for 30-60 minutes when your fellow players are waiting.
Complaints about waiting time, disputes over court access etc. should be addressed to the rec. dept. but you can also let the STPC know if there any problems.
6. Can the STPC book court time in addition to our reserved playing time? Yes. One off events like the Railway City Tournament on Aug. 26 and the clinic sessions on July 26 have already been booked.
7. Can other groups book reserved time? According to the rec dept. the answer is yes if they are an established entity in this municipality i.e. another club or association. However, they must have their own insurance coverage. The STPC pays $1200 per year for General Liability plus Director's & Officer's insurance so we are fully covered.
8. Code of Conduct: The rec dept. code of conduct is attached. Please be familiar with the contents and how to register complaints.
9. Parking: The parking lot at the south end of the courts can accommodate 25-30 vehicles. There is limited parking by the administration building north of the courts. Staff spaces can be used after hours in the evening & on weekends. In the summer, players may be able to use the Curling Club lot on the other side of Parkside Dr. but that has yet to be determined.
10. Evening Play: The lights can be turned on manually when needed. They will shut off automatically at 11 pm.
11. Seating: 16' of space exists on the south side of the courts between the baseline and the fence. Players will utilize about half of that when playing so this allows those who are waiting to line up or sit on the 4 benches located on that side. There should also be enough room on that side to set up folding lawn chairs along the fence if you wish to bring your own seating. Please stay close to the fence so as not to interfere with play. For larger events, players and spectators can sit outside the courts on the grass as the windscreens are semi-transparent.
12. Washrooms: The new washroom facility in the centre of the park is a fairly long walk from the courts. Plan accordingly before leaving home.
13. Hydration: This is especially important during the summer when playing outdoors. Drink lots of water before coming to the courts and bring your water bottle. Guess there is a good chance you could be walking to the washroom?
This summer at Pinafore will be a bit of an experiment to work out the kinks. Based on what happens we will be able to make adjustments for next year so your patience is appreciated for the first few months.
As usual, questions are welcome. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or talk to an exec. member.
Posted June 20, 2017 - STPC Donates to St. Joseph's High School
receives a cheque for $500 from STPC President Dave Hall (left) on behalf of the St. Thomas Pickleball Club. The donation was the club's way of thanking the school for providing our club with a great indoor playing venue. Custodians also received a gift card for the help they provided to the club during the 2016-17 indoor season.
Posted June 12, 2017 - Indoor Season at St. Joe's Extended to June 23, 2017
With the delay to the opening of the outdoor courts at Pinafore, the executive has arranged for an extension of the
indoor playing season & added two extra Wed. play dates. All sessions start at 6:30 pm on the following dates:
June 12, 14, 16, 19, 21 and 23. See you on the courts.
Posted June 11, 2017
1. Notice of STPC Annual General Meeting 2017
· Where: Lakeside Pavilion in Pinafore Park
· When: July 11, 2017 4:30-6:30 pm. Please note correction from previous date of June 27.
· Who May Attend: Any member who has paid their 2017-18 membership fee. This includes
regular members & NAM’s.
· Agenda: Meeting starts promptly at 5 pm. Business, potluck, door prizes and socializing to follow.
· Post Meeting: If the courts are ready, open play for everyone including NAM's will follow at the
Pinafore courts so wear proper attire to the meeting if you want to play.
· Please let Jan Nicholson know the number attending ASAP for potluck planning purposes. Jan will supply further
details about what to bring etc. Contact Jan email@example.com or 519-782-3065.
2. Membership Renewals
Current STPC memberships expire June 30. The deadline for Regular Playing Members (RPM’s) and Non-Playing Affiliate Members (NAM’s) to renew is June 23, 2017.
The NAM fee is set at $10. The RPM fee has been raised to $60. That's a $40 increase BUT the $1 per session fee to play at St. Joe's for the fall/winter/spring season has been eliminated. For those that play regularly this will work out to be about the same as you paid last year when we were collecting the loonie. Some players may come out ahead or behind depending on how much they play.
Deadline for renewals is June 23. You must renew your membership in order to attend the AGM on July 11 and also to play in any of the three reserved time slots per week that the club has booked for Pinafore Park (details to come later). Cheque or cash can be submitted to Treasurer Jill Noad at St. Joe's or mail to Jill at: 2 Wood St., Apt. 102, St. Thomas, ON N5R 4K9. Make cheques out to St. Thomas Pickleball Club.
Posted June 3, 2017 -
St. Joe's Head of Physical Education Richard Mommersteeg (right)
OSGA Dist. 31 (Oxford-Elgin) Pickleball Tournament ResultsOver 50 players mainly from St. Thomas, Aylmer, Woodstock & area converged on St. Joe's High
School today for the 4th Annual Dist. 31 tournament. Convened by the St. Thomas Pickleball
Club, this was the largest turnout to date which is an indicator of how rapidly the sport is growing.
Play commenced at 8:30 am and when the smoke cleared by mid afternoon St. Thomas players
took home 14 of the 16 medals that were up for grabs.
List of Medal Winners - See pictures of winners on Photo page
Mixed Doubles 55-64: Gold - Chris & Bob McQuiggan (St.T); Silver - John Kupisz & Jackie Davison (Woodstock);
Bronze - Larry Whitnell & Catherine Upfold (St. T)
Mixed Doubles 65+: Gold - Terri & Chris Boss (ST T); Silver - Richard Lenz & Mary Tully (St. T); Bronze - Bernie
Peschutter & Marilyn Graham (St. T)
Men's Doubles 55-64: Gold - Bob McQuiggan & Larry Whitnell (St. T); Silver - John Kupisz & Allan Robertshaw (Woodstock);
Bronze - Robin Hewson & Bryan Van Patter (St. T)
Men's Doubles 65+: Gold - Rick Hodges & Richard Lenz (St. T); Silver - Terri Boss & John Rutledge (St. T);
Bronze - Larry Doan & Bill Robinson (St. T)
Women's Doubles 55-64: Gold - Chris McQuiggan & Catherine Upfold (St. T); Silver - Kathy Zyburra & Barb Gonyou (St. T);
Bronze - Marianne Campbell & Pam Moore (St. T)
Women's Doubles 65+: Mary Tully & Marilyn Graham (St. T)
Gold medalists may advance to the OSGA Southwestern Ontario Regional Tournament in Sarnia on Aug. 16 in Sarnia.
Congratulations to all the winners! A big thank you goes out to the Convenors and the other volunteers who put on a well
organized tournament. A second big thank you goes out to all those who contributed to our food drive as 120 lbs. of dry food
goods were collected for our charity of choice, the St. Thomas Elgin Food Bank.
Posted May 30, 2017 - 2nd Annual Railway City Pickleball Tournament Set for Aug. 26
Click to enlarge Flyer or Registration Form
Posted May 29, 2017 - St. Thomas Players Compete in London Pickleball Tournament
Congratulations to a group of St. Thomas pickleball players who competed in the London Tournament, May 27-28 at Fanshawe College.
1. Participating STPC regular members & PAM members included: Peter Burtoft, Marianne Campbell, Robin Hewson, Rick Hodges, Bob & Chris McQuiggan,
Pam Moore, Bernie Peschutter, Catherine Upfold, Lyn Levandoski (Silver medal in Open Women's Doubles), Richard Lenz & Larry Whitnell.
2. Non-Club players included Wes Bogart & Scott Elliott (Bronze medal in Men's Double 3.0 rating level).
Posted May 26, 2017 - Dates Changed for two Events and Set For Two Others
1. The July 18 grand opening of the new Pinafore courts has been cancelled as tennis pro Daniel Nestor is no longer able to attend.
A new date for the ribbon cutting ceremony will be announced as soon as the courts are completed.
2. The STPC Annual General Meeting date has been changed to Tuesday, July 11. Details to follow.
3. The date for the Railway City Pickleball Tournament will be Aug. 26. All 8 courts at Pinafore are reserved. This tournament is
open to all Elgin County players. Details to follow.
4. The STPC Pickleball Golf Tournament is booked for Sept. 9 at The Bluffs in Port Stanley. Again, this is open to all area players.
Posted Apr. 21, 2017 - Civic Award For Two STPC Members
Last night at the Honours and Awards Banquet in St. Thomas, STPC club members Dave and Helen Hall received an award for "Special Contribution to the Community." Only one of these is given each year so they are very honoured to be the recipients for 2017. The recognition is for everything they have done to introduce and promote pickleball in St. Thomas. City Councillor Joan Rymal, shown on the right, made the presentation. Thanks go to the 30 or so players and family members who turned out to help celebrate the event.
Posted Apr. 11, 2017 - Bits and Pieces from Apr. 9 Club Executive Meeting
1. 2017 AGM set for July 11 @ Pinafore Park
2. Official ribbon cutting ceremony for new Pinafore courts to be announced.
3. Spring lessons: Apr. 22 class is full, with a few spots left for our Apr. 29 class
4. Three major club events returning in 2017: OSGA Dist. 31 tourney (June 3), STPC Railway City Tournament
Aug. 26 & STPC Golf Tournament Sept. 9 at The Bluffs. These events are open to all area players not just club members.
5. Discount Paddle Order: Apr. 22 is the deadline to order your club discounted paddle
6. STPC recommended balls for club play: Outdoor - Durafast 40 (neon), Indoor - Onix Pure 2 (orange)
Posted Mar. 20, 2017 - Florida League Winners Includes STPC Member
The Villages, FLA, Mar. 20/17: The championship finals of the Intermediate Mixed Team League were held today
at the 18 court Rohan Pickleball Centre in The Villages, FLA. Over 100 players comprising 12 teams completed a
season of competition leading up to the championship match to determine the winner of Sneaker Bowl II.
Team Thunder ‘N Lightning defeated the Volley Lamas 9 wins to 7 in the Sneaker Bowl II finals.
STPC member Dave Hall and partner Anita Poynter (no not one of the Poynter Sisters) went 4-0 in mixed doubles
to help pull off the win. Man did that sneaker smell bad!
Posted Mar. 20, 2017- March Break Kid's Camp At the Sally Ann in St. Thomas
For the third year running, volunteers helped introduce pickleball to children attending the Salvation Army’s March Break Children’s Day Camp, March 13-17, 2017.The format is always the same, namely:
Day 1 - children (ages 6 to 11) learn how to serve the ball.
Day 2 - returning the ball plus some rudimentary warm up drills are taught.
Day 3 - volunteer’s day off. The kids have a field trip that they attend.
Day 4 - we break into groups of 4 and play a game while we introduce them (slowly) to the rules.
The rules introduced are:
· Serving diagonally
· No serves into the kitchen
· Two bounce rule
· Scoring (we have them call out the score before each serve)
Day 5 – More games & rules while reinforcing the rules from the day before.
At the end of the week, we handed out a certificate of accomplishment (hats off to Rick Hodges for
creating it) and a small bag of candy. The kids, as always, provide very positive feedback as is demonstrated
by the most popular question from them: “Are you going to be coming back for the next camp?”.
Once again, we had so many volunteers that we actually didn’t use all of them, but a heartfelt “Thank You” to all the volunteers
who offered and who helped make this a memorable experience for the kids. Volunteers were: Marianne Campbell, Barb Gonyou,
Richard Lenz, J.D. Neill, Betty Ann Schleihauf, Catherine Upfold, Larry Whitnell.
A great time was had by all, kids and volunteers alike.
Posted Mar. 14, 2017 - 11-22% Discounts On New Paddles
STPC discounts on 5 different paddles are now available. Our supplier is offering the following prices for group orders placed
through our club. These are quality paddles good for all levels of play. The good news is that anyone can order a paddle even
if they are not a club member. Details are listed below. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested purchasing a
paddle through our discount program. Specify quanity and colour if applicable. Please note that we can also add balls to any
orders that are sent in. Indicate brand & colour from www.pickleballdepot.ca. We recommend the Durafast 40 (neon colour) for
outdoor play. Three day turn around on delivery.
Left: Apex Pinnacle Middle: Paddletek Element (first & seconds) Right: Paddletek Tempest (firsts & seconds)
1. Apex Pinnacle - Website price: $77.74 (includes HST & shipping).
Check it out at: https://www.pickleballdepot.ca/products/apex-pinnacle
Club Price = $60 (22.8% discount). Includes HST & shipping.
2. Paddletek Element Second (red only) Very Limited Availability. Minor surface imperfections. Playability not affected.
Website price: $90.34 ea. (includes HST & shipping).
Check it out at: https://www.pickleballdepot.ca/products/element-factory-seconds
Club Price = $70 (22.5% discount). Includes HST & shipping. Limited Availability.
3. Paddletek Element First (4 colours) – No blemishes. Website price: $112.94 (includes HST & shipping).
Check it out at: https://www.pickleballdepot.ca/products/paddletek-element
Club Price = $90 (20.3% discount). Includes HST & shipping.
4. Paddletek Tempest Wave Graphite First - Website price: $146.84 (includes HST & shipping)
Check it out at: https://www.pickleballdepot.ca/products/tempest-graphite
Club Price = $118.00 (19.6% discount). Includes HST & shipping.
5. Paddletek Tempest Wave Graphite Second - Website price: $101.64 (includes HST & shipping)
Club Price = $90 (11.4% discount). Includes HST & shipping.
Posted Mar. 7, 2017 - STPC Spring Beginner Lessons Scheduled for Apr. 22
Join the pickleball craze and get ready to play at the new outdoor courts in Pinafore Park this spring. It's easy to learn, fun, good
exercise, very social and inexpensive.
When: St. Joe's High School Gym, Sat. Apr. 22 from 8:30-12:30 pm
Cost: $20 for 4 hours of instruction & play
Class Size: the first 16 beginners to register are guaranteed a spot, extra classes will be added subject to demand
Format: Introduction, how the game is played, rules, different shots, practice drills, learning resources plus 2 hours of
coached playing time. You will be playing the game before the class is finished.
Paddles: Paddles & balls are supplied. Different paddles are discussed. Group paddle orders through our club receive
a 20-25% discount.
Who Can Register: Any Elgin County resident 18 years of age or older.
Registration: You must register in advance. The first 16 are guaranteed a spot. To register, send an email to
Posted Feb. 16, 2017 - STPC Membership for 2017-18 Includes Tips Booklet
BONUS: As part of the same program, starting the first week of July 2017, all members will also
be emailed a TIP OF THE WEEK not found in the booklet. Regardless of your level of play,
the tips contained in the booklet and the emails can help you improve your game.
The booklet is distributed in The Villages, FLA and is endorsed by top players/coaches
in The Villages such as Coach Mo, Deb Harrison and Jeff Shank.
Club membership renewals for the 2017-18 year are due June 15. As a bonus for our members the executive has decided that all regular members, NAM's and PAM's will
receive a free copy of this 47 page Tips Booklet. There is one tip for each week of the
year in this Year One booklet. Also included are some drills and interviews with top players.
Posted Feb. 3, 2017 - Photo Op in Florida
Feb. 3, 2017 - Shown here with Pickleball pro Deb Harrison (centre) at her weekly clinic in The Villages, FLA are STPC Vice-President John Harbaruk (left) and President Dave Hall (right).
Posted Jan. 27, 2017 - Want a Mexican Pickleball Vacation?
Canadians are playing in Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, Lake Chapala/Ajijic and a brand new resort dedicated to pickleball (10 courts) is opening Mar. 1, 2017 on the Baja Peninsula - www.trespalapasbaja.com
Posted Jan. 27, 2017 - Some Clarification On the Ball Approval Fiasco
The Pickleball Central Blog has a rather lengthy posting which clarifies recent news about ball approvals and the "conditioning" of new balls. Anyone who wants to take the time to read the blog should click here.
Posted Jan. 15, 2017 - Jugs Indoor Ball Saga Continues With Provisional Approval
On Jan. 15, 2017 (see below) the USAPA announced that the JUGS ball is acceptable until the end of 2017 as long as it is "conditioned" properly. Details on the "conditioning" process will be available soon. It would appear that the need for "conditioning" is to be eliminated by the end of 2017. In all likelihood this provisional approval is simply an extension granted to the JUGS company to allow them to come up with a ball that will pass testing even though they have already had a year to produce an acceptable ball.
Now the PAO, the STPC and other Ontario playing venues will have to decide which ball to use and there may no longer be a standard across Ontario. For tournaments, it would be up to organizing committees to decide which ball to use.
NOTE: Scroll down to find previous articles on ball testing (Oct. 18 and 23, 2016).
USAPA Announcement, Jan. 15, 2017:
The Jugs Bulldog ball has been retested using currently allowable conditioning standards. With proper conditioning, this ball passed the bounce height test and is now approved for sanctioned play until December 31, 2017. Conditioning is the practice of compressing the ball using a predefined method so that the ball will meet the bounce specification in IFP Rule 2.D.4. See manufacturer for specific conditioning instructions.
The USAPA is working with the manufacturers to eliminate conditioning beyond 2017. Companies manufacturing balls that require conditioning have agreed to pre-condition these balls this year when used in sanctioned tournaments. Details will be provided in the upcoming article: "The Future of Conditioning." Look for this in the next issue of Pickleball Magazine.
Posted Jan. 14, 2017 - STPC Games Night Was Fun For All
As a replacement activity for pickleball playing dates at St. Joe's that were cancelled in January a games night was held for club members at the Port Stanley Legion on Jan. 13, 2017 Photos are posted on our photo page and the following comments were submitted by organizers Clayton and Caroline Watters:
Card and Board Games Friday, January 13. 21 club members attended.
Games played: Apples to Apples; 6 - 3 - 2 - 1; Wizard; Play Nine; Take it Easy; shuffle board; euchre; to name a few.
Started at 7 and finished at 10.
Introduction and welcome, reviewed a few rules, then played first set of games until 7:45. Break for a drink then played next set of games. Then had a break with snacks and people refreshed their drinks. Norma and Jan brought snacks along with Caroline.
Then we played a few more games until it was closing time. Everyone pitched in to cleanup and headed home.
The feedback we received was that everyone enjoyed the evening and wanted to do this event again.
Caroline and Clayton
Thanks go to Caroline and Clayton for organizing this event. Pictures are posted on our Photo page.
Posted Dec. 20, 2016 - Christmas Pickleball at St. Joe's Dec. 19, 2016
Last night was Christmas Pickleball at St. Joe's for all club members. The 35 attendees enjoyed some Christmas goodies, a Santa skit complete with a rendition of Jingle Bells and lots of pickleball play. Thanks go to everyone who contributed to making this a fun evening. Pictures are posted on the Photo page of this website. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to all our club members.
News Item Posted in St. Thomas T-J: http://www.stthomastimesjournal.com/ur/story/1209952
Posted Dec. 14, 2016 - Special Club Activity Nights Scheduled For January, 2017
Here is something you may not know. After a lengthy study, the lime green JUGS ball was declared the standard indoor tournament ball within Ontario, about 3-5 years ago. As a result, most indoor venues in the province adopted this ball for indoor play. Over a year ago the certified testing of the USAPA came along and upset the whole apple cart. The JUGS ball did not pass certification and the JUGS people were given one year to come up with a ball that would pass the tests. This was disappointing because all clubs, more or less, had become use to playing with the JUGS ball and it appeared to be the most inexpensive ball on the market.
Once the certification rules took hold, then other manufacturers followed the USAPA standards to the letter, came out with new balls and up went the price of balls on the market. The orange Onix Pure 2 indoor ball which the STPC began using just prior to the end of 2016 is one example of this type of new ball. Some manufacturers came out with so-called 'hybrid' balls that they say can be played indoors but in reality were no safer than the Durafast 40 outdoor ball that was played predominately in Ontario prior to the PAO study and declaration for indoor play.
1. Fri. Jan. 13, 7:00-9:30 pm - Cards and/or Board Games evening in the Harbour Room, Port Stanley Legion. Cost to
cover room rental will $2-$4 per person depending on the number attending. Purchase your own drinks.
Organizer: Clayton Watters. Email Clayton at email@example.com by Jan. 5 if you want to participate.
The Executive, STPC
Posted Dec. 12, 2016 - Christmas Pickleball Comes to St. Joe's Dec. 19, 2016
Attention All STPC Members: this includes regular members, Playing Affiliate Members (PAM's) and Non-Playing Affiliate Members (NAM's)
Between Jan. 13 and Feb. 3 there are six St. Joe's play dates cancelled due to school activities. If there is sufficient interest your executive will arrange alternative activities as follows:
Click on image to enlarge. All club members including
Non-Playing Affiliate Members are invited to attend.
Stop in and see Santa and enjoy some Christmas treats.
Posted Nov. 24, 2016 - A Fun Evening at St. Joes
Photos: Top Left - Helen Davey/Robin Hewson Top Right - Larry Whitnell/Ken Rosevear. Bottom Left - Bob McQuiggan/Chris Andersen
Bottom Right - Bryan Van Patter/Brenda Cairns
On Monday Nov.21 a fun evening of play took place for 32 players who attended the club's mini-tournament
at St. Joe's gym. Everyone played 4 games with a different partner. The top 8 finishers then played in two
final games to determine overall winners. In one final the team of Helen Davey & Robin Hewson defeated
Brenda Cairns & Bryan Van Patter by an 11-3 score. In a very close and exciting match the other final saw
Ken Rosevear & Larry Whittnell defeat Chris Andersen & Bob McQuiggan by an 11-9 score.
Special Note: The organizers would like to sincerely apologize to Robin Hewson and Bob McQuiggan for the error that occurred at the end of the regular games. As a result of overall scores in the first 4 games,
Robin should have been partnered with Chris Andersen in the gold match while Bob McQuiggan should
have been partnered with Helen Davey in the consolation match.
Thanks to all the players who donated food items. Over 100 pounds of canned and dry goods were dropped
off at the St. Thomas food bank.
Posted Nov. 17, 2016 - 9 Reasons to Take Out An STPC Non-Playing Membership
The other night after pickleball a couple of our players got a bit gushy about the great job that has been done promoting pickleball here in St. Thomas. That got me thinking. Our regular club members certainly are aware of what the club has done and continues to do for them as STPC members. However, if asked, they probably could not come up with some of the items on the list below. I was a little surprised myself when I finished putting the list together. What about players who are not club members? Many don't know the history over the last 3.5 years and probably don't realize that our club has and still is providing services and opportunities that benefit all players in the St. Thomas area. Everyone knows that
our regular membership is capped but they are probably not aware that they can take out a Non-Playing Membership to support what
the club is doing.
Consider the following benefits which apply to all our pickleball players:
1. Lobbying For New Facilities. The STPC provided an entity and the credibility needed to lobby the city for more pickleball facilities in St. Thomas. Two presentations were made to Council and we worked closely with Parks & Recreation to attain this goal. All players benefit from these initiatives.
2. Pinafore Park Project. The approval of this project was a direct result of the club's efforts to obtain more playing facilities. Once this project was approved, the club executive was instrumental in providing design ideas. Recently, input was also provided with regard to rules and etiquette as well as other aspects of the day to day operation of the courts. Opening in the spring of 2017 these eight new courts will benefit everyone who plays the sport from May to October.
3. Local Tournaments:
a) OSGA Dist. 31 (Oxford-Elgin) Tournament. This tournament was started by the STPC three years ago at the urging of the Ontario Senior
Games Assoc. It is now an annual event run by our club for the benefit of all players in the Oxford-Elgin (Dist. 31) area.
b) Railway City Pickleball Tournament. Organized by the STPC in 2016, this tournament will be an annual event open to all players who
reside in Elgin County. Last August half of the 60 players in this tournament were not club members.
c) Pickleball Golf Tournament. Held in Sept. 2016, this will be another annual event organized by the STPC but open to all pickleball
players in the St. Thomas area. Three of the four teammates who got to hoist the trophy in Sept. were not club members.
4. Purchasing Equipment. The club arranges for group purchasing with discount pricing on select paddles and balls. In the past 2-3 years we have ordered approximately 200 paddles for local players. You do not have to be a club member to take advantage of this service.
5. Timken Pickleball. Negotiations with management led to an increase in the number of playing time slots from 2 to the current 10 and to the introduction of designated levels of play. At our request, two new nets replaced badminton nets and the NVZ line was painted on the badminton courts. The Rules & Etiquette sign
and the tarp that covers the west doors were supplied by the club. Our portable net was on loan to Timken for a year until it was needed at St. Joe's. Anyone who plays at Timken benefits from these initiatives.
6. STPC Website. There is a wealth of valuable information on our website which is available to the general public and to all players.
7. Beginner Lessons. The STPC has introduced the game to approximately 400 adult and school aged beginners. One of them may have been you. We plan to
continue promoting the game to new players in the future.
8. Dissemination of Information. Our email lists provide a valuable service to club and non-club members. Almost 300 individuals are kept informed about
cancellation of playing time, upcoming tournaments and pickleball related news items. If you know players that are not on our mailing list and would like to be
added, please have them email us.
9. Future Considerations: Club organized league play at Pinafore next summer. All St. Thomas players would be eligible. Subject to approval by Parks & Recreation.
Non-club players who want to support our continuing efforts to promote the sport, provide services to all players and obtain more and better
playing facilities can request a Non-Playing Affiliate Membership (NAM). The annual fee is $20. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if
you are interested or have questions.
Posted Nov. 4, 2016 - 2nd Annual "Ur Chance To Wine" Mini-Tournament Coming Up
Special Events Co-ordinator Clayton Watters has just released the following information on this soon to be held tournament
DATE: Monday, Nov. 21, 2012
LOCATION: St. Joe's gym
TIME: 6:30-9:30 pm (please arrive by 6:15 for warmup, sign in etc.)
WHO CAN ENTER: Any club member
NO PARTNER REQUIRED: organizers will assign partners
HOW TO REGISTER: Email Clayton at email@example.com
REMINDER: The maximum number of players is 32, so the first 32 people to reply will be included in the tournament.
PLEASE BRING: canned good for the food bank.
Rules for the tournament:
1) Four games for each entrant and each game is a maximum of 15 minutes. There shall be a one minute warm up for each person's first game. The one minute is included in the fifteen minutes maximum time.
2) Leading at 15 minutes is three points, a tie is one point, points less than your opponent is zero. A whistle will be blown at the fifteen minute mark to end the game, no continuing until a fault occurred.
3) Maximum number of players is 32.
4) Each person has new partner for each game in the tournament. Only exception is the championship game (four players with the highest scores) and the consolation game (next four players highest scores).
5) The championship playoff game and the consolation playoff game shall be a one game, to 15 points with pickle ball rules.
6) If two or more players have the same points then the first tie breaker will be point differential, the second tie breaker will be a coin toss.
7) All decisions are made by the organizer.
Posted Oct. 29, 2016 - The Huntsman World Senior Games Pickleball Tournament Oct. 2016
What a blast it would be to go to the Huntsman World Senior Games as a player or even as a spectator.
Held in St. George, Utah over a two week period in October each year there are thousands of senior (50+)
athletes from all over the world competing in 27 events.
Pickleball alone had 633 players from 34 states and 2 provinces playing in 1530 matches. This great video
collage from the recently completed 2016 pickleball tournament not only shows why this is a great tournament
but it also illustrates why pickleball is such a great social sport even at the highest levels of competition.
Posted Oct. 23, 2016 - Something Smells A Little Fishy!
In case you didn't know, the rules we follow in pickleball are established by the International Pickleball Federation (IFP) which is the world governing body.
In November 2015 the IFP introduced new specs for balls and paddles which were aimed at standardizing the way the game was played. All IFP approved balls had to fall within certain specs for Diameter, Weight, Bounce, Hardness and Number of Holes (see Oct. 18 posting below). That was good news. As
long as you use an IFP approved ball the specs will be nearly the same and there shouldn't be a huge difference in play from one brand to another.
The deadline to meet the new specs was Oct. 1, 2016. Some balls, like the indoor Jugs ball which the STPC uses for indoor play, did not meet the specs
and are no longer approved as of Oct. 1. The Jugs company is working on a new ball but so far no replacement has been introduced.
Recently a video clip (see below) got me thinking that something might be rotten in the state of Denmark. In this clip, 3 outdoor balls are tested and there
was a very large differential in the bounce height. The two Onix balls both bounced at least 4-6" higher than the Durafast 40. However, when the IFP
tested and approved all three balls the recorded differential on the bounce was only 1" between the Onix balls and the Durafast 40. Is this poor quality
control on the part of the manufacturer, a gliche in the IFP testing system or something else?
So what gives and why should you care? The higher bouncing ball will favour the bangers (generally anyone rated 3.0 or lower) since the chances of hitting into the net are less. Players who use the 3rd shot drop and dinking game (generally 3.5 rated and above) will find it more difficult to keep the ball low and may end up getting more hard returns in the face or other body parts. If you play in tournaments or play in other communities when you travel you might find
a wide variation in how the ball plays if different balls are being used. It seems to me that this is exactly what the new ball rules were trying to eliminate .
The STPC uses the DuraFast 40 for outdoor play and with the new courts at Pinafore opening next spring the outdoor game is going to become a much bigger part of the playing scene here is St. Thomas. At least we will be using a ball that meets the standards set by the IFP.
NOTE: For indoor play our club has always used the lime green Jugs ball. We are currently testing the indoor Onix Pure 2 ball and are waiting for the
revised Jugs ball in order to test it out as well.
Posted Oct. 22, 2016 - STPC Beginner Lessons
16 beginners completed 4 hours of instruction and practice on Oct. 22. Another class scheduled for Nov. 5 is full but there are still openings for a third class scheduled for Nov. 19 at St. Joe's High School from 8:30-12:30 pm. Anyone interested in registering for this class should contact the STPC at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 519-207-1466.
Posted Oct. 18, 2016 - Clarification On New Specs for Approved Balls
For indoor use, the orange Onix ball that our club used on Monday at St. Joe's does meet the new specs. Our lime green Jugs ball does not. It did not pass the new bounce standards and is made of a softer plastic. This might account for why the orange ball seemed to be faster. So far Jugs does not have a replacement ball on the market but there is supposed to be one coming soon. We would like to test out the new Jugs ball when they are available before deciding which one to go with.
For outdoor use, unless the executive decides to try some different outdoor balls, we will probably stick with the Durafast 40 which is approved and has been the standard in North America for a number of years.
Rule Revisions: November 1, 2015
*2.D.1. Construction. The ball shall be made of durable material molded with a smooth surface and free of texturing. The ball can only be one single, uniform color, except for identification markings. The ball may have a slight ridge at the seam as long as it does not significantly affect straight flight characteristics.
*2.D.2. Size. The ball shall be 2.874 inches (73mm) to 2.972 inches (75.5mm) in diameter. The maximum out-of-round diameter variance shall not be greater than +/-0.020 inch (0.50mm).
*2.D.3. Weight. The ball shall weigh between 0.78 and 0.935 ounces (22 and 26.5 grams).
*2.D.4. Bounce. The ball shall have a bounce of 30 to 34 inches (76.2 to 86.4 cm) when dropped from a height of 78 inches to the top of the ball onto a granite surface plate that is a minimum of 12” x 12” x 4”. The test is to be performed at an ambient temperature of 75 to 80 degrees F (24 to 27 degrees C).
*2.D.5. Hardness. The ball shall have a hardness of 40 to 50 on a Durometer D scale at a temperature of 75 to 80 degrees F (24 to 27 degrees C).
*2.D.6. Design. The ball shall have a minimum of 26 to a maximum of 40 circular holes, with spacing of holes and overall design of the ball conforming to straight flight characteristics. The ball must have a manufacturer’s or supplier’s name or logo printed or embossed on it.
2.D.7. Approval. The Tournament Director will choose the tournament ball. The ball(s) selected for play in any IFP member’s sanctioned tournament must be named on the official list of approved balls.
Posted Sept. 10, 2016 - 1st Annual STPC Golf Tournament - Lot's of Fun
The goal was to establish a standard but as you can see from the revisions below this becomes quite technical and slight variances are allowed in terms of diameter, weight, height of bounce, hardness and number of holes. As a result not all balls will play exactly the same but they should be close.
At St. Joe's on Monday night there were a couple of questions about the new balls we were trying out.
The rule revisions for pickleballs were introduced a year ago (see below) and all balls had to meet the new specs by Oct. 1, 2016. Some balls only required minor changes or perhaps none at all.
A large number of door prizes were given out at the conclusion of the event.
Based on the success of this year's tournament it is quite likely that this will become an annual event for St. Thomas pickleball players.
Thanks go to: Rick Hodges (tournament organizer), Sharon Harbaruk (photographer), Rod & Jan Nicholson (trophy donation), Bryan Van Patter (trophy modifications),
all those who donated door prizes, Mark & SueTowman of the Bluffs for their hospitality & a great lunch. More pictures are posted on our Photos page.
Posted Sept. 7, 2016 - Attention Pickleball Golfers
At last count 32 golfers have signed up to play and attend the lunch social at The Bluffs Golf Course near Port Stanley. In addition eight non-golfers will also attend for the lunch social. The 9 hole event starts at 11 pm with prize presentations, lunch & social following at approximately 12:30-1 pm.
Teams of four players will be competing for the Champion's trophy and other prizes. At least one hole will feature a pickleball "element" (that’s a clue) incorporated into the play. The 19th hole will consist of a putting contest which allows teams to reduce their overall score if they do well putting the ball. A closest to the pin prize is included and there will be a draw for a wide range of door prizes. Should be lot's of fun for everyone!
All players should be at The Bluffs no later than 10:30 am or earlier if you want to hit the practice green for some warm up.
Posted Sept. 7, 2016 - St. Thomas Players Compete in Bayfest Tournament
The 36 golfers who participated in our first STPC Golf Tournament at The Bluffs on Sept. 9 had a great time. The weather co-operated & the operative word was fun as everyone enjoyed the best ball scramble with some pickleball elements thrown in for good measure. Nine non-golfers also showed up for the the lunch and prize presentations following the golf.
When the smoke cleared, the Champion's trophy (pictured below) was awarded to the team of Justine Howes, Helen Davey, Carl McCormick & Mike Howes. Closest to the pin prize winners were Harold Lang & Betty Ann Schliehauf, Most Honest Golfer was Dave Hall (this should be under review!).
Congratulations on a good tournament!
Posted Aug. 26, 2016 - Salvation Army Kid's Camp A Pickleball Blast!
Pictured at left are: Kneeling r-l: Marilyn Graham & Barb Gonyou Back Row r-l: Bruce Graham, Richard Lenz
plus the other two team members from Brantford, Brian & Robert.
Four players from St. Thomas were entered and their team finished a close second in the tournament.
The 4th Annual Bayfest Pickleball Tournament was held on Sept. 3, 2016. This was part of the
Bayfest Labour Day Weekend events held in Port Rowan. This was a fun tournament which
utilized a team approach to playing.
For three weeks beginning August 8, 2016 and ending August 26, 2016, volunteers helped introduce pickleball to children attending the Salvation Army’s Children’s Day Camp. Each week involved a new crop of kids and volunteers tried valiantly to bring order to madness, mayhem and chaos.
We were successful because, by week’s end, we had the kids playing pickleball correctly (as correctly as a group of 6 – 11 years olds can play). Plus, at the end of each week, we gave out a certificate and small bag of candy to each child. The kids had a great time and their feedback was very positive, especially after the candy was handed out.
We had so many volunteers that we actually didn’t use all of them, but “Thank You” to all the volunteers who helped make this a memorable experience for the kids. Volunteers were: John Bole, Terri& Chris Boss, Peter Burtolt, Helen Davey, Bob Esseltine, Barb Gonyou, Bruce Graham, Marilyn Graham, Rick Hodges, Harry Knibbe, Richard Lenz, Pam Moore, Betty Ann Schleihauf, Catherine Upfold, Larry Whitnell.
I was so involved in the day, that I completely forgot to get any "action" pictures but we do have a photo above of the kids from one week of the camp. However, I did remember to get a picture of some of the volunteers at the Post Day Camp Trauma & Convalescence Center. That picture is attached.
Note: Thanks go to Dave for taking on the job of organizing the pickleball portion of the day camp and to the volunteers who assisted. If you ask any of the volunteers, teaching kids aged 6 to 11 can be a hectic but rewarding experience. It's enough to drive you to drink! No wonder they had to attend a Trauma & Convalescence Center at the end of the three weeks.
Posted Aug. 18, 2016 - PAO President's Report Worth A Read
Please take a couple of minutes to follow the link below and read the President's Report that will be presented at the Pickleball Association of Ontario's AGM at the Markham PAN AM Centre on Sept. 23. Some of the comments in the report apply to our own situation here in St. Thomas. You will also notice two references to the goal of moving the sport forward so that someday it will be part of the Olympic Games.
The PAO had it's beginnings in 2010 and became an incorporated entity 5 years ago. Thanks to the hard work of PAO volunteers and also volunteers working for Pickleball Canada, I believe that our national and provincial associations, along with those from other countries, will be instrumental in pickleball becoming an Olympic sport. It may not happen in our lifetime but can you imagine how great it would be to watch our sport at the Olympics along with all the other sports being played in Rio as this is being written?
Your STPC membership no longer includes a membership in the PAO. Due to insurance considerations we opted out of compulsory PAO membership this year. In the future I think our members should reconsider this decision. In the meantime, once you read the President's Report I am sure you will agree that the $10 spent on a PAO membership is money well spent. Go to the PAO website where joining is as easy as a couple of mouse clicks.
Posted Aug. 9, 2016 - STPC Golf Tournament Coming Up On Sept. 9/16
Click on the flyer below for details & registration information. This is billed as a fun golf event for all skill levels. It is open to anyone who plays pickleball in St. Thomas.
Club & non-club members are welcome.
Posted Aug. 5, 2016 - Railway City Tournament A Great Time for All
60 players enjoyed 5 hours of friendly play pickleball at St. Joe's on Aug. 4. This was not about winning or losing but when the smoke cleared
three teams emerged at the top of the heap although it was extremely close. So close that a tie breaker was narrowly avoided.
1st Place - Navy Team (22 points) Rick Hodges, Christine Boss, Brian Crocker, Jan Nicholson, Elise Appleford, Kathy Zyburra
2nd Place - Kelly Green Team (21 points) Bruce Graham, Helen Davey, John Bole, Chris McQuiggan, Richard Desabrais, Lynn Sietsma
3rd Place - Royal Blue Team (18 points) Mary Tully, Robert Hillman, Ken Rosevear, Michele Horton, Terry Boss, Bob Hayes
Based on player comments at the tournament and the emails received afterwards, this was an enjoyable, well run event. Congrats to
the organizers and volunteers for making it so. Click here for tournament photos.
Don't forget to sign up for our next event....the Pickleball Golf Tournament at the The Bluffs in Port Stanley on Sept. 9. This will be another "friendly play"
event with the empahsis on having fun. Complete details will be emailed shortly.
Posted July 27, 2016 - Attention All Players Who Registered for the Railway City Pickleball Tournament
NOTE: Click on the table at left to see a list of teams and players.
****Players are asked to please bring at least one canned food or non-perishable food item as we will be collecting these at the registration table for the local food bank.
Tournament Guidelines & Rules:
1. All players should check in at the registration table outside the gym doors when they arrive. Once your name is checked off you will receive a snack pack and your tournament t-shirt. This is your team shirt so please wear it during the tournament. Each team should meet briefly between 8:30 and 9 am. Introduce yourselves and plan your strategy (if you have any).
2. Lime green indoor Jugs balls will be used.
3. Since this is a fun tournament no referees will be used. Call your own lines. Your opponents cannot argue your line calls. If an opponent blatantly steps into the Non-Volley Zone to volley a ball you may call a fault. Be doubly sure that you are 100% correct that a fault was committed and the ball did not bounce in their NVZ. If you are not sure, don't make the call as it will result in loss of serve or point for your opponents.
4. Call the score before serving and use your loud voice so your opponents can hear it.
5. Safety First – loudly call “ball” if your ball goes to an adjacent court. STAY ON YOUR COURT and wait for your neighbour to stop play, retrieve the ball and return it to you.
6. Format: 10 teams consisting of 6 players per team will compete against each other. You will play 5 games....one with each of the other 5 members of your team. Games will be timed to 15 minutes so all matches will end at the same time. The team that is leading at the end of 15 minutes scores 2 points. If the score is tied, each team scores 1 point. These points will be tallied at the end of the tournament to determine winners. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. If teams are tied for these positions the tie will be broken by using the total number of points scored by each team during play.
7. Teams will use a coin toss to determine who serves to start a game. If the winner chooses to serve or receive, the loser picks starting side. If the winner chooses starting side, the loser chooses to serve or receive. Players may take a brief warm up period (maximum 1 minute) before starting each game but it will be counted as part of the 15 minutes of playing time.
8. Teams may switch sides of the court half way through a game (7 min. 30 sec mark) if they wish but only if both teams have agreed to this before the start of play. Switching sides is not mandatory.
9. One 30 second timeout per game will be allowed each team prior to the last 3 minutes of a game but the clock will not stop running. If a timeout is called, place your paddles on the floor (and the ball) so you know where to start again once the timeout is over.
10. If questions arise during a game regarding rules or other playing concerns please refer them to the scorer's table for a decision if necessary.
11. Play starts at 9 am after some brief announcements. The gym will be open at 8:15 am if you want to warm up.
12. There will be no break for lunch. A small snack pack and water bottle will be available but players are advised to bring a cooler bag with drinks, sandwiches etc.
13. There will be waiting time between your matches. Only 16 players can play at any one time so 44 players will be sitting. You will likely have to sit for two or even three games between your matches. This is common in most tournaments as there are never enough courts. Be prepared to socialize. Your patience is appreciated. Bleacher seating is available. Feel free to bring a seat cushion or fold up stadium seat.
14.The schedule of play and results of matches will be posted outside the gym doors. Please check the schedule and be ready to play as soon as courts are available. A section of the bleachers will be reserved as the “On Deck” seating area. Teams that are next up to play should sit in the “On Deck” area and be ready to go once the clock is reset to 15 minutes. Please refrain from approaching the scorer's table to see match results or ask scheduling questions.
15. One member from each team should report your score to the scorer's table as soon as your match is finished.
16. Parking is at the rear of the school with entrance to the lot from Fairview Ave. Use the rear door marked with an H over the door. Go all the way down the hall, turn left and proceed down the hall to the side door of the gym. This is the only gym door that will be open as other entry points will interfere with play.
17. Washrooms and a water fountain are located just up the hall from the gym entrance.
18. Change rooms are available for those who need them.
If you have any questions please call 519-207-1466 or send an email to our Convenor Clayton Watters at email@example.com.
We look forward to seeing everyone at St. Joe's on Aug. 4 and have a great tournament.
Posted July 15, 2016 - Railway City Pickleball Tournament: IT'S A GO!
Plans and scheduling for the Railway City Pickleball Tournament at St. Joseph's High School on Thursday, Aug. 4 are now complete. Please read the following carefully as it covers pre-tournament preparation and will save time and questions on the day of the event.
NOTE: Play starts at 9 am. Warm up time is available from 8:15 to 8:45. We expect to finish between 2 and 3 pm.
We would ask all players to please remember that this is a friendly play tournament where the emphasis is on having fun. You will be partnered with players of varying skill levels and will be playing against players of varying skill levels. Remember to go with the flow and just have a good time.
The cap of 60 players has been reached as registration for the Railway City Tournament scheduled for Aug. 4/16 at St. Joe's gym is now closed. However, additional registrations are welcome and these will be added to a waiting list of players who will substitute for any participants who are unable to play on the day of the tournament.
A team format will see 10 teams with 6 players on each team. Participants will partner for one game with each of their team members to play against other teams.for a total of 5 games. Games are timed to 15 minutes with 2 points awarded for a win and 1 point for a tie.
Everyone gets a minimum of 5 games, a tournament t-shirt, a snack pack and loads of fun!
Complete details will be forwarded to all players prior to the tournament. We look forward to seeing everyone on Aug. 4 for a day of fun pickleball.
The Executive, STPC
Posted July 10, 2016 - Don't Be a Pickleball Snob
Without a doubt, the best way for you to keep improving is to play with better players. It forces you to play at the top of your ability, makes you pay for your mistakes, and puts you on the fast-track to a higher skill level.
But if you attempt to only ever play with players who are better than you, then you are, what I call, a pickleball snob, and I believe it will cost you.
Remember, someone took you under their wing when you first started playing, so pay it forward and make a point to regularly play with players who are weaker than you. Perhaps you regularly play a warmup game with them, or once a week you decide to dedicate the last half of your play to playing with them. Not only does it build community, it also helps raise the general level of play.
If players ask to play with you, and you opt to play a higher-level game, let them know when you WOULD be willing to play, perhaps later in the day, or later in the week.
Don’t be patronizing—or overly aggressive. Instead of focusing on who wins or loses, find a way to make it challenging for yourself. Pick a shot you want to improve upon and focus on hitting that shot. Or, try to reduce your number of unforced errors. Focus on keeping the ball in play rather than slamming every put-away shot.
Consider how YOU’D like to be approached when lower level players ask to play with you and approach the better players that way.
Borrowed from: ABQ Pickleball Club
Posted June 22, 2016 - STPC AGM Featured Important Decisions, Great Entertainment, Fabulous Door Prizes and Scrumptious Food
The 3rd Annual General Meeting of the St. Thomas Pickleball Club was called to order at 5 pm, June 21 at Lakeview Pavilion, Pinafore Park.
The meeting started with a $500 cheque presentation to St. Joe's High School in appreciation for letting us use their gym from Sept. to June,
two nights a week. Official announcements regarding the Railway City Pickleball Tournament (Aug. 4) and the STPC Golf Tournament (Sept. 9)
were made at the start of the meeting. The financial report was presented by Treasurer Chris McQuiggan and President Dave Hall's report outlined
the multitude of club events from the past year.
A number of important amendments to the Constitution were ratified by the membership. Copies of the revised Constitution will be emailed to all
members. It can also be accessed by clicking the link at the top of this page. Apporoximately $500 in donated door prizes, including pickleball and
non-pickleball items, were won by club members. To go along with a great potluck dinner, members were treated to some entertainment by the
Ukes of Hazard, a local ukulele group, and the musings of local elders Morris & Mavis Livermore.
The 2016-17 executive was elected consisting of John Harbaruk (V-P), Cynthia Rutledge (Secretary), Catherine Upfold (Director-At-Large),
Jill Noad (Treasurer) and Dave Hall (President). Clayton Watters continues to fill the volunteer position of Special Events Co-ordinator.
Thanks go to everyone who help make this a successful evening.
Photos from the meeting are posted on our Photo page.
Posted June 4, 2016 - Railway City Pickleball Tournament Set for Aug. 4
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Posted June 2, 2016 - Ukes of Hazard To Perform at Club AGM June 21
Don't miss our club's Annual General Meeting on June 21, 2016 at Lakeview Pavilion, Pinafore Park. The fun runs from 4:30 to 6:30 pm with the business portion commencing at 5 pm sharp. There will be a door prize draw for hundreds of dollars worth of prizes. The always great potluck dinner will follow with entertainment provided by the local ukulele group - the Ukes of Hazard. All club members and
spouses are welcome. Great food and a great social time.....see you there! Contact
Jan Nicholson at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are attending.
Posted May 14, 2016 - Pickleball Tournament At St. Joe’s A Big Success
On Saturday May 14, 2016 the OSGA District 31 Summer Games Pickleball Tournament was held at St. Joseph’s High School. Play commenced at 9 am and was completed by 3 pm. 38 players from the Oxford-Elgin area registered for the event. All but two of the players were from the St. Thomas area as Woodstock had two entries. Winners can advance to the OSGA Provincial Summer games being held in Midland/Barrie on Aug. 9-11, 2016.This was a great opportunity for some of the less experienced players to get a feel for tournament play without having to travel or stay overnight. Everyone had a good time and enjoyed competing while having fun at the same time.
The St. Thomas Pickleball Club volunteered to convene this tournament for the OSGA. The club would like to thank the OSGA for their financial and administrative assistance. Thanks go to the LDCSB for providing a great facility. Thank you to the volunteers who helped organize and run the event.
Congratulations to the following winners:
Women’s Doubles 55-64: Marianne Campbell/Pam Moore (Gold), Jan Nicholson/Kathy Zyburra (Silver), Jill Noad/Sharon Mahon (Bronze).
Men’s Doubles 55-64: John Kupisz/Al Robertshaw (Gold), Bob McQuiggan/Bryan Van Patter (Silver), Larry Whitnell/Rick Hodges (Bronze).
Mixed Doubles 55-64 Age Bracket: Bryan & Kim Van Patter (Gold), Larry Whitnell & Pam Sykes (Silver), George & Pam Moore (Bronze).
Women’s Doubles 65+: Mary Tully/Marilyn Graham (Gold)
Men’s Doubles 65+: Robin Hewson/Albert Visser (Gold), Richard Lenz/Bruce Graham (Silver).
Mixed Doubles 65+: Richard Lenz/Mary Tully (Gold), Bruce & Marilyn Graham (Silver), Rick Hodges/Joyce Blair (Bronze).
Photos of the winners and all the players are posted on the Photo page.
Posted Apr. 8, 2016 - Find A Partner For the OSGA Dist. 31 Tournament
Attention All St. Thomas Pickleball Club Members:
Need a partner for the OSGA Dist. 31 Pickleball Tournament at St. Joe's on May 14? Events include Women's, Men's and Mixed Doubles. You can play in one or
two events for the same fee (($15). Simply email us your name, contact information, age group (55-64 or 65+) and event(s) and we will try to hook you up with
someone else who needs a partner. Emails should be sent to: email@example.com.
NOTE: You are under no obligation to form a team once you submit your name.
OSGA District 31 Pickleball Tournament
Posted Apr. 8, 2016 - OSGA 55+ Dist. 31 (Oxford-Elgin) Pickleball Tournament May 14 at St. Joe's.
NOTE: We may have to cap the number of players. Registration forms will be accepted according to the date submitted. If you want
to play in this local tournament you and your partner should each complete a registration form and waiver and submit it with a
cheque for the entry fee ASAP to guarantee your participation. Registration is not complete until both partners have submitted forms.
1. Hosted by: St. Thomas Pickelball Club. Convenors: Rod Nicholson, Clayton Watters, Dave Hall
2. Who Can Enter: Any pickleball player age 55 or older living in Dist. 31 (Oxford-Elgin)
2. Where: St. Joseph's High School gym
3. Date: May 14, 2016
4. Time: 8 am- 5 pm
5. Age Brackets: 55-64, 65 and up (players 65 or older can play down in the 55-64 if necessary but players 55-64 cannot play up)
6. Categories: Men's Doubles, Women's Doubles, Mixed.
7. Number of Events Allowed: You can play in one event or two if you wish at no extra charge e.g. women's doubles and mixed
8. Format: Round Robin. Women's and Men's Doubles in the AM, Mixed in the PM.
9. Registration Fee: $5 entry fee per player plus $10 OSGA membership fee. Total of $15 per player.
10. Registration Forms: Available at http://www.ontarioseniorgames.ca/site/downloads/registration%20forms/summer%202016/D31registrationform-2016.pdf
11. Complete details and a playing schedule will be available once registration is completed.
Please print the form and waiver. Complete each and submit with cheque or cash ($15 per player) to Carol Chute, Rod Nicholson, Clayton Watters or Dave Hall. Forms are also available from Carol Chute firstname.lastname@example.org or 519-633-8862. Forms can be dropped off at 15 Osprey Lane or 51 Joyce St. in St. Thomas. Out of town players can mail forms to: Carol Chute, 51 Joyce St., St. Thomas ON N5P 3M3.
NOTE: Gold medal winners in each category may advance to the OSGA Provincial Summer Games in August being held in Midland. There is, however, no obligation on the part of the winners to participate in the provincial tournament.
Posted Mar. 20, 2016 - Some Thoughts On Buying a Pickleball Paddle
Recently, someone I know in B.C. was pretty excited about a cheap aluminum paddle that was being sold by London Drugs for $21.28 tax included. A drugstore selling pickleball paddles....go figure. Maybe Source for Sports will start selling drugs? It looked good and how could you go wrong with a price that is even cheaper than wood? He played with it for three games and the handle bent. See photo at left.
At one time St. Thomas beginners were getting a deal on Victory paddles from Pickleball Depot for about $40.
Although this was not a bad paddle for beginners the handle broke on a couple of them and the edge guard
would sometimes come unglued.
Apparently Canadian Tire and Giant Tiger are getting into the paddle business. You can expect to see more of this as everyone jumps on the bandwagon
once they can see how the sport is growing. The number of paddles on the market and the number of manufacturers has increased exponentially.
However, some of these new products are cheap made-in-China knock offs and like they say, "You usually get what you pay for."
Pickleball is an inexpensive sport to play. Beginners should not be afraid to spend some money on two things: good court shoes and a quality paddle in the
medium price range around $75. These are the only investments you have to make so why cheap out on your basic equipment. If you develop into a serious
player you can always buy one of those $100 plus paddles and pay $200 for your Maria Sharapova Nike court shoes if you feel it will help.
Whoops...sorry Nike just dropped Sharapova from their sponsor list!
Another consideration is paddle weight. You might want to consider a light paddle to start. Light paddles are quicker, especially at the net where quickness is
important because you often don't have much time to react. If you are into the banging game heavier paddles allow you to hit the ball harder but they are slower
and lack the control you would get with a lighter paddle. In the end you have to decide on brand, grip size, weight, price, type of material etc. but these
are some things to consider.
Pickleball Central has a paddle guide at http://www.pickleballcentral.com/Pickleball_Paddle_Guide_s/49.htm which will definitely help any player in choosing
the correct paddle for their game.
If you have any questions about paddles or pickleball in general please feel free to send us an email at email@example.com.
St. Thomas Pickleball Club
Posted Mar.17, 2016 - Happy St. Paddy's Day! Here's our first update on the project to build
new courts at Pinafore Park.
The St. Thomas Pickleball Club is taking a proactive roll in the designing of these courts. Two
plans for court layout have been submitted by the executive.
Plan A calls for the courts to be stacked four on four while Plan B is linear with 8 courts in one row.
The executive was unanimous in suggesting Plan A as the preferred layout.
Click either plan on the left to enlarge.
Ross Tucker, Director of Parks & Rec, will be forwarding these plans to the company doing the final
designs once the tendering process is complete. Ross has also assured us that there will be plenty of
opportunity for public input once the draft design is completed for the city.
Note: The final plan will be subject to space considerations, budget etc.
By now everyone has heard the great news that St. Thomas Parks & Rec will be adding 8 new courts
dedicated to pickleball at Pinafore Park. Construction is slated to start later this year.
Posted Feb. 23, 2016 - Club Fun Tournament A Lot of..........FUN!
Club members enjoyed a fun tournament at St. Joe's High School gym on Feb. 22, 2016. With many members down south for the winter the turnout was smaller than normal but 21 players participated in the round robin event where partners were randomly selected by the convenor. The gold medal match saw Chris Andersen (middle left) and Robin Hewson (middle right) defeat Jane VenDerkuyl and Lyle McLean by a 15-12 score. Convenor Clayton Watters (right) and assistant Rod Nicholson (left) organized the event and kept everything on schedule. The consolation match was won by Pam Moore and Brian Van Patter with a 15-10 win over Harry VanDerkuyl and Mary Tully.
Everyone enjoyed a fun evening and a box of donated food items was collected for the local food bank.
More pictures can be found on our Photos page.
Posted Feb. 2, 2016 - BiG NEWS: St. Thomas City Council Approves 8 New Pickleball Courts For Pinafore Park.
On Mon. Feb. 1/16 St. Thomas City Council approved the 2016 city budget. Included in the budget is an $850,000 expenditure for fully funded
new tennis courts and new pickleball courts at Pinafore Park.
According to Ross Tucker, Director of Parks & Recreation, here is the plan:
1. Remove the old courts and build 8 new tennis courts.
2. Add 8 new courts dedicated solely to pickleball. Portable nets no longer necessary.
3. Windscreens and lights to be included for all courts.
4. Timelines: tendering by June, open house for public consideration of planning details, commence construction in Sept., final surfacing & lines completed in spring 2017 followed by grand opening/ribbon cutting ceremony
5. Funding: Majority of funding comes from a Federal Gas Tax rebate with a lesser amount coming from Community Development Charges levied by the city on new housing etc. Municipal property taxes are not being used for this project.
This has been a long term goal of our club almost since the beginning. Achieving it was not easy. There was no pickleball in St. Thomas prior to May 2013. We gradually built the sport to the point that additional facilities were required.
About a month ago we were informed that new dedicated courts were tentatively included in the budget. We didn't announce it at that time because the budget had yet to be passed. Thanks go to the many players who completed the online city budget survey prior to Feb. 1.
This is an obvious game changer for our sport. For 5-6 months of the year these courts will be available from sunrise to 11 pm. The entire community regardless of age will be able to play pickleball. The potential for club play, open play, league play, lessons and even tournaments will definitely be something to look at.
Thanks go to Ross Tucker and staff for supporting our vision and efforts. Thanks also to City Council for supporting Ross' budget submission in order to meet the growing demand within the community. But most of all this giant leap forward is a testament to the popularity of this great game, the enthusiasm of the players and the perseverance and work of our club executive past and present.
More and more communities in Ontario are converting to or sharing tennis courts with pickleball. To the best of our knowledge there is no place that has built 8 or more brand new outdoor courts dedicated solely to pickleball. Way to go St. Thomas!
St. Thomas Pickleball Club
Posted Jan. 27, 2016 - Fun Tournament At St. Joe's Feb. 22, 2016
Clayton is at it again. He will be running a club tournament at St. Joe's which will be very similar to the last one he did back in the fall. Participants had a great time! There are a couple of minor changes. Please see the details below.
Ur Chance To Whine.
Tournament date is Monday February 22/16
NOTE: Cap on number of participants is 32. The first 32 to email Clayton at firstname.lastname@example.org are in. You can also see Clayton at St. Joe's on Mon. or Fri. evening.
Start at 6:30 pm sharp.
Prize for whining the championship game is one bottle of red whine for each person on the winning team, or two bottles of red whine. The non whiners of the championship game and the whiners of the consolidation game will receive an interesting prize.
Rules for the club pickleball tournament.
1) Four games for each entrant and each game is a maximum of 15 minutes. There shall be a one minute warm up for each persons first game, of which the one minute is included in the fifteen minutes maximum time.
2) Win or leading at 15 minutes is three points, a tie is one point, points less than your opponent is zero.
3) Score to 15 points, unless timed out and pickle ball rules apply. A whistle will be blown at the fifteen minute mark to end the game, no continuing until a fault occurred, unless the game was completed.
4) For all matches the convener picks the players names from the jar, for the player and the partner and for the opponents for each game. A player cannot play with same person twice.
5) Each person has new partner for each game in the tournament. Only exception is the final four championship game or the consolation game.
6) Those players who are not playing, or they are sitting out, will have priority for the next set of games.
7) The four people with the the most points shall have a playoff in the championship game which the playoff shall be a one game, to 15 points with pickle ball rules. The players with the fifth to eighth most points will playoff in the consolidation game.
8) If two or more players have the same points then the first tie breaker will point differential, the second tie breaker will be a coin toss.
9) All decisions are made by the convener and are final unless he is thrown out by the unruly crowd.
10) The two whiners in the championship game will receive a bottle of red wine, chosen by the organizer and the two who did not whine will receive an interesting prize. The whiners in the consolidation game will receive a prize.
Posted Jan. 18, 2016 - Two Box System Introduced for Organizing Play At St. Joe's.
A great big thank you goes to club member Bryan Van Patter who made the boxes and Jan Nicholson who
applied the finishing touches.
1. We have 4 courts, so the first 16 players to start do not have to use the box. Play with whoever you wish.
2. If there are more than 16 players at the start those who are not playing should divide their paddles evenly
between the 2 boxes.
3. At the end of a game when coming off the court, place your paddle in a box before sitting down. Winners
paddles go in the Winners (Gold) box and second place finishers go in the Runner up (Silver) box.
4. If you want to take a rest, deposit your paddle first. If your turn comes up before you are ready to play,
remove your paddle and put it back on top of the pile in the same box.
5. The box with the arm in the up position will be next up when a court is available. The four players who are
on deck should be ready to remove their paddles as soon as a court is available. After removing
your paddles, lower the arm and raise the arm on the other box before going on to the court.
6. When you play your next game it must be with a different partner.
7. You may want to put an identifying mark on the butt of your paddle to make it easier to keep track of it's location in the box.
Posted Jan. 15, 2016 - Pickleball Now Has It's Own Magazine! The very first issue of the Pickleball
Magazine is now available on line. Lots of good articles, ads and photos. Click here to read it.
Posted Dec. 19, 2015 - The Big Guy in the Red Suit Shows Up for Club Christmas Social at St. Joe's!
This week the two box system for organizing club play was introduced at St. Joe's. Box systems are
not new to pickleball & this one was adopted from an article that appeared in the Jan. 2016 Pickleball Canada
newsletter. This is being introduced on a trial basis to see if it works the way we hope it does for our club
members. A photo of our boxes (on the right) & the photo from the newsletter are included as well as a list
of rules for utilizing this system.
On Dec. 18 our club Christmas Social was held at St. Joe's gym. A very colourful
group of 26 club members attended and had a great time playing pball & snacking
on Christmas munchies. Eight door prizes were given away & of course Santa
made an appearance with one of his Elves (a naughty one as seen in this photo).
We also had the Grinch show-up to play pball. More pictures from this event are
posted on the Photo page.
Posted Dec. 10, 2015 - Calling all “would be” Santas, Elves, Mrs. Claus!
The St.Thomas Pickleball Club invites you to celebrate the Christmas season. Friday, December 18th at St.Joes will be a “social” night when dressing as your favourite Christmas character is acceptable, even encouraged. A refreshment table
will be set up so those of you who have special seasonal recipes can share with your fellow players.
Who knows, Santa himself may show up and reward those of us who have been nice all
year – even those who may have been a bit naughty on or off the courts.
We hope to see you there!
Posted Nov. 25, 2015 - Fun Tournament Enjoyed By All. 36 players and a few spectators had a great time at St. Joe's on Nov. 23 at the club's "Ur Chance To Whine" fun tournament. The event lasted three hours and everyone played four games with a different partner. The top four point getters played off in the championship match with the team of Marianne Campbell & Bob McQuiggan winning over Chris Anderson & Howard Tims by a slim margin of 11-9. Thanks go to to Convenor Clayton Watters and Rod Nicholson for running the show. Look for more of these events in the future as Clayton has agreed to be the "Special Play Convenor" for our club. Check our photo page for pictures.
Posted Nov. 8, 2015 - Club Fun Tournament on Nov. 23 at St. Joe's. This is your chance to win a bottle of wine & have fun playing pickleball. The format allows ALL club members to participate without worrying about skill level. Players will draw names for a partner for each match. You will not play with the same person twice in the pre playoff portion. Minimum 4 games guaranteed. Games are timed to 15 minutes. Each player gets 3 points for a win, 1 point for a tie. The four players with most points play 1 game to 11 win by 1. Winning team each get a bottle of wine. Contact Cynthia to sign up. Deadline to sign up is Nov. 16.
Posted Oct 31, 2015 - Halloween Pickleball, Oct. 31, 2015. Last night was Halloween Pickleball at St. Joe's. St. Joseph himself showed up & handed out treats at the door. There were some great costumes, plenty of treats & lots of fun. Check out the pictures posted on our Photo page.
Posted Oct. 26, 2015 - "Drills & Skills" Starts Nov. 2/15 at St. Joe's
Mon. Nov. 2 will be orientation night for our "skills & drills" sessions which will take place each Monday from 6:30-7:00 pm up until Dec. 21. At that point we will do an evaluation to determine if changes are needed or the sessions are worth continuing. If you did not sign up for this activity you can still do so by emailing Cynthia. Regular play will commence at 7:00 pm each Monday (please note exception for Nov. 2 mentioned below).
For this first session on Nov. 2 only we are reserving one hour (6:30-7:30 pm) for the orientation and we would like all those who signed up to attend since we will be doing a demo of each of the suggested practice drills. Regular play will commence at 7:30 pm for all club members. If you did not sign up for the drills please do not come out until 7:30.
After Nov. 2, with four courts we can only accommodate 16 players for the weekly sessions. Each week 16 players will be selected and receive an email notification. We will attempt to ensure that everyone receives an equal amount of practice time. If you cannot attend when your name comes up please let us know so we can slot in a replacement.
Please keep in mind that this is not a clinic or lessons. However, we will provide assistance for those that have questions or need help with the execution of certain shots. You will receive a handout explaining the various drills. A list of web links is also available so you can study the proper execution of every shot. Most of these can be practiced at home with your paddle. The handout & list of links are posted at the bottom of the Pickleball Links page of this website.
Posted Aug. 27, 2015 - Try It Days Draw To Successful Conclusion. Our 3 day Try It Program concluded on Aug. 25. The results of this project exceeded our expectations. We are pleased to report that over the three days, 136 participants between the ages of 34 and 87 came out to see what the sport was all about and to hit some balls with our club members. Over 80 people have signed up for beginner lessons which are being offered this week and into September. Approximately 50 club members also attended over the 3 days to assist the participants and play some pickleball.
A video collage of the event is posted on our main page. Thanks go to Ezra Nicholson who served as producer, director, camera man & drone pilot for this production.
We would like to thank the Ontario government for providing a $3000 grant to run this program and also the Parks & Recreation department for providing the courts at Pinafore Park.
Posted Aug. 12, 2015 - Try It Day #2 Draws Crowd.
Thanks go to those club members who provided assistance today. Don't forget we have one more Try It day scheduled for Aug. 25 and this will be your last chance to join in the fun. Times are 9-12 noon and 1-4 pm.
Aug. 11, 2015 was Day 2 of our Try It Program at Pinafore Park and it was another amazing day for pickleball in St. Thomas. 28 new people showed up to try the sport plus 13 of the Day 1 participants from July 28 came back to give it a second try. That's a total of 41 participants plus 23 club members who showed up to play and help out with the newbies.
Beginner lessons for the newbies are scheduled for St. Joe's on Aug. 24, 26, 28 & Sept. 12. As a result of the turnout on Day 1 and Day 2 all of the 48 beginner spots available over the 3 days in Aug. are completely filled. Spots for the Sept. 12 lessons are going quickly. Some of the newbies looked very good so we can expect to see some good players joining us as a result of the Try It Program.
Posted July 28, 2015 - A Great Day for Pickleball in St. Thomas.
A big thank you goes out to our executive, past executive members and several club members who put a lot of work into making this day a huge success. It was a real team effort.
However, IT'S NOT OVER YET. We have two more Try It days to go. Aug. 11 and Aug. 25 from 9-12 noon and 1-4 pm. Many of you have already signed up to help on one or both days. If anyone else is interested please email Secretary Cynthia at email@example.com . Also, don't forget to spread the word to your friends and neighbours that they should give this a try.
Posted July 6, 2015 - Two New Pop Up Banners Acquired to Promote Pickleball.
Today was an amazing day! This was Day 1 of our three Try It days at Pinafore Park. It was hotter than Hades but it didn't seem to matter. There was a lot of shade under that big tree and the bananas, power bars, cookies, watermelon and refreshments were appreciated by all.
55 people showed up to give it a whirl as well as 36 club members who came out to play and help the newbies hit some balls. The numbers far exceeded our expectations especially given the temperature. Thankfully not all of them arrived at the same time. The Director of Parks and Recreation also showed up along with two city councillors. They were amazed at the numbers that turned out to try their hand at pickleball. Thanks go to Parks & Recreation for making the courts available to us on the three days. Some of the participants are pictured at left. Other photos can be found on our Photo page.
Posted July 26, 2016 - Cheque For $3000 Presented to STPC
Part of our club's Senior Community Grant funding has been used to purchase two Pop Up Banners as shown in the photo at left.These banners are currently on display at the Timken Centre and the St. Thomas
executive know as we hope to have players demonstrating the sport for all sessions.
MPP Jeff Yurek (centre) presents a cheque for $3000 to club executive members Dave Hall & Catherine Upfold. The grant from the Ontario Senior
Community Fund will be used for advertising, promotional materials & refreshments to run three "Try It" sessions for retirees & seniors this summer. Ten new paddles have also been ordered for participants to use. All club members are invited to participate on July 28, Aug. 11 & 25 from 9-12 noon & 1-4 pm.
Bring your fold up chairs & cooler. Some snacks & refreshments will be available. If you have a preference for day/time please let the
Posted June 26, 2015 - Club AGM A Fun Evening. The 2nd Annual General Meeting of the St. Thomas Pickleball Club was called to order by President Vern Huston at 5 pm, June 25 at Lakeview Pavillion, Pinafore Park. The financial report was presented by Sec./Treaurer Jan Nicholson and President Vern's report outlined the significant club events from the past year. Brief reports were presented on the status of our playing time at Pinafore Park and also the $3000 grant that the club just received from the Ontario Seniors Community Grant Program. The door prize draws included both pickleball and non-pickleball items with many club members taking home a prize. Special presentations were made to retiring Sec./Treasurer Jan Nicholoson and newly sworn in Canadian citizen Chris Boss. Diamond ring presentations also went to Jan Nicholson, Birgit Peschutter and Catherine Upfold.
A new five member executive was elected consisting of John Harbaruk, Cynthia Rutledge, Catherine Upfold, Chris McQuiggan and Dave Hall. The business portion of the meeting was followed by a fabulous potluck dinner and social hour.
Special thanks go to retiring executive members Vern Huston, Rick Hodges and Jan Nicholson for all their work over the past year.
Photos from the meeting are posted on our Photo page.
Posted June 22, 2015 - Club AGM To Be Held June 25, 2015 - All club members are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting at Pinafore Park (Lakeview Pavillion) this Thursday starting at 5 pm. The annual business meeting will be followed by a potluck social and a draw for fabulous door prizes. See you there.
Posted June 22, 2015 - Pickleball Workshop in Strathroy. Four members of the St. Thomas Pickleball Club conducted a half day workshop with 16 players at the Gemini Sportsplex in Strathroy today. Jan and Rod Nicholson teamed up with Dave & Helen Hall to put on the "improve your game" workshop. Various skills and drills were covered as well as basic strategies used in the game.
Posted June 18, 2015 - St. Thomas Pickleball Club Applies for $3000 Grant. If our grant application is approved, the Ontario Seniors Community Grant Program would provide up to $3000 to our club to "help seniors stay connected, active and involved in their community." A big thank you goes out to club member Catherine Upfold who prepared the application. If we get the grant the plan is to hold several "Try It" sessions this summer for retirees and seniors in order to encourage them to get involved and take up the sport.
More details will be released if and when the grant application is approved.
Posted June 6, 2015 - First Ever St. Thomas Pickleball Tournament A Huge Success
Saturday June 6, 2015: The OSGA District 31 Summer Games Pickleball Tournament was held at St. Joseph’s High School today. Play commenced at 9 am and was completed by 3 pm. 35 players from the Oxford-Elgin area registered for the event. St. Thomas Club members won 11 of the 12 medals that were up for grabs. Winners can advance to the OSGA Southwestern Ontario Regional Summer games being held in London on Sept. 10, 2015.
This was a great opportunity for some of the less experienced players to get a feel for tournament play without having to travel or stay overnight. Everyone had a good time and enjoyed the competition and fun.
The St. Thomas Pickleball Club volunteered to convene this tournament for the OSGA. The club would like to thank the OSGA for providing financial and administrative assistance. Thanks go to the LDCSB for providing a great facility. Thank you to the volunteers who helped organize and run the event.
Congratulations to the following winners:
Women’s Doubles: Chris McQuiggan/Catherine Upfold (Gold), Jan Nicholson/Jane VanDerkuyl (Silver), Jill Noad/Sharon Mahon (Bronze).
Men’s Doubles: Bob McQuiggan/Bryan Van Patter (Gold), John Kupisz/Al Robertshaw (Silver), Ken Rosevear/Rick Hodges (Bronze).
Mixed Doubles 55-64 Age Bracket: Chris & Bob McQuiggan (Gold), Sharon Mahon/Ken Rosevear (Silver), Jane & Harry VanDerkuyl (Bronze).
Mixed Doubles 65+ Age Bracket: Chris & Terri Boss (Gold), Joyce Blair/John Rutledge (Silver), Jill Noad/Peter Burtoft (Bronze).
Photos of the winners and a group photo of the players can be seen on the photo page of this website.
Posted June 2, 2015 - St. Thomas Pickleball Club Players Attend London Tournament. A number of our club members played in the London Pickleball Tournament May 30-31, 2015. Among the 140 players who registered for play were Bob & Chris McQuiggan, Harry Van Derkuyl, Bryan Van Patter, Catherine Upfold, Vicki Carrothers and Lyn Levandoski. Lyn was a big winner with a gold (Women's Doubles 50-59), a silver (Open Women's Doubles) and a bronze (Open Mixed Doubles). Volunteering to officiate were John Harbaruk, Rosanne Smith, Rod Nicholson and Dave Hall. Congratulations to all of you for doing a fine job representing our local club.
Posted May 28, 2015 - Club Donates to St. Joe's High School (from the St. Thomas Times-Journal May 25, 2015)
On May 25/15 St. Thomas Pickleball Club President Vern Huston presented St. Joe's Athletic Director Richard Mommersteeg (3rd from left) with a donation of $350. A big thank you goes out to Richard and St. Joe's for making the best pickleball facility in St. Thomas available to our players every Monday evening from Nov. to June. The money will be used to support physical education functions and to purchase additional pickleball equipment for student use. Last November club members spent a day at St. Joe's teaching the sport which is now included in the physical education curriculum. A gift certificate was also presented to custodian Dave Smith as a thank you for the great service he provided every Monday evening. Play resumes this September on Monday and Friday evenings from 7 to 9:30. Want to see how pickleball is played? Come out to St. Joe's on June 6 from 9 am to 5 pm. 35 players from the Oxford-Elgin area will be competing in the first ever tournament to be held in St. Thomas. Admission is free and entry is through the rear door by the parking lot. Check the Photos page for more pictures.
Posted Apr. 28, 2015 - New Rule Added to IFP Rule Book. The International Federation of Pickleball rulebook is the only rule book followed by Pickleball Canada, the Pickleball Assoc. of Ontario and the USA Pickleball Assoc. On Apr. 20, 2015 the following rule was added: Section 9 - Non-Volley Zone Rules. Rule 9. G. For non-officiated play, non-volley zone faults may be called by any player on either team. In effect, this means that players can now call NVZ faults on their opponents in non-officiated play. This should be done as diplomatically as possible and in social or friendly play situations players MAY decide to have a reserve rather than inflict a loss of point or loss of serve.
Posted Apr. 24, 2015 - OSGA Dist. 31 (Oxford-Elgin) Summer Games Pickleball Tournament. June 6, 2015, 9 am-5pm.
Where: St. Joseph's High School, St. Thomas, Ont. This is beautiful gym with 4 courts, good spacing & lots of seating. Portable nets will be used.
Categories: Men's Doubles, Women's Doubles, Mixed Doubles
You May Play in Two Events: You will need a partner for each event.
Age Brackets: 55-64, 65+ (65+ players can play down with a younger partner but 55-64 players cannot play up)
Who Can Participate: Any Oxford-Elgin (Dist. 31) resident 55 or older who are OSGA members.
Cost: $8 for your OSGA membership +$2 for each event you participate in. Maximum total cost is $12 unless you already hold an OSGA membership in which case you pay just $2 per event. All fees are included on the registration form. You will not find a more reasonable fee for a pickleball tournament anywhere in Ontario.
Registration: Click here for cover letter, registration form and waiver. Please print out the form and the waiver. Be sure to complete all required sections and also complete the Liability Waiver form. If you are not an OSGA member your total should be $8 + $2 for one event and an extra $2 if you choose to play in a second event e.g. women's doubles, mixed doubles.
Deadline: Registration forms & cheques must be turned in to the St. Thomas Pickleball Club executive or mailed by May 8, 2015. The mailing address is at the bottom of the registration form. NOTE: A registration is not complete until each partner has submitted a registration form.
Details: Tournament organizational details will be forwarded once we know the number of participants. A round robin format will allow each team to play a number of games depending on how many teams are in your bracket.
Winners in this tournament can advance to the OSGA Southwestern Ontario Regional Tournament in September if they wish.
If you have any questions please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 519-207-1466.
St. Thomas Pickleball Club
on behalf of the OSGA Dist. 31 Committee
Posted Mar. 13, 2015 - This Pretty Well Says It All About Why Pickleball Is A Great Sport.
Posted Dec. 3, 2014 -
Posted Feb. 10, 2015 - The St. Thomas Pickleball Club has a lot of relatively new players since it is less than two years old. Here is an opportunity for you to play in a regular tournament that is close to home where you won't have to worry about playing against opponents with higher skills and more experience. The Ontario Senior Games Association (OSGA) is holding it's first open tournament in Stratford on April 22 & 23, 2015. This event features a recreational division (under 3.5 IFP rating) and a competitive division (3.5 and above IFP rating). The recreational division offers less experienced players a chance to play in a tournament setting which will be less competitive. A flyer and registration form are available on the OSGA website at http://www.ontarioseniorgames.ca/.
NOTE: Since many Ontario players do not have an official IFP rating I suggest that you use the following self-rating method for this tournament if necessary. Go to IFP Rating System | International Federation of Pickleball for complete information on the rating system and a list of criteria for ratings. Use the criteria to rate yourself and then have it approved by your local ambassador, club president or convenor. If you over rate or under rate yourself it will be obvious during tournament play so be honest about it.
Posted Jan. 11, 2015 - Pickleball Canada Newsletter January 2015. Click here for the latest issue of our national association's newsletter.
Interesting stats from this newsletter include the following: a) Canada has about 290 Places to Play. B.C. has 109 and Ontario 140 b) Estimated
number of courts is 710. Many clubs/groups have added new dedicated courts and/or pickleball lines painted on tennis courts. c) Guestimate
on the number of players is 14,135. B.C has 7563 and Ontario has 5673.
Posted Dec. 24, 2014 - Christmas Social. A fun time was had by the 35 or so people who attended the Pickleball Christmas Social at
the Timken Centre yesterday (Dec. 23/14). Rick gave out a number of door prizes and everyone chipped in with food. Santa was a hit with numerous questionable requests for French maids etc. and of course Santa liked the naughty girls. A great big thank you goes to Jan and
her assistants for all their organizing efforts as well as to Santa for coming all the way from the North Pole. Check the Photo page for pictures
from this event. A brief write up plus photo can be found in the St. Thomas Times-Journal by clicking here.
Posted Dec. 19, 2014 - Jan Models the Newest Addition to the St. Thomas Pickleball Club Collection at Union Sports.
The cost is minimal (with taxes, $15 plus change per shirt).
Remember to have your St Thomas Pickleball Club card with you to get your discount.
The shirts are Core365 by North End.
519-631-1176 if you are wanting to call them for more info.
The date for the Christmas Pickleball Social has been changed from Dec. 19 to Dec. 23. It is still scheduled from 11:30-12:30 as
announced in the flyer below.
Posted Nov. 20, 2014 - News from the Nov. 18 Executive Meeting. A number of items were covered in the agenda. Major topics of interest included: a) A motion was passed to raise the membership cap from the current number of 56. There is a waiting list for new members and these players will be polled before a final decision is made on how much the cap will be increased. b) A Christmas get together is being planned for Dec. 19 at the Timken Centre. All players will be included, not just club members. More details will be available soon.
c) President Vern and V-P Dave reported on their meeting with Ross Tucker on Nov. 17 regarding the reconstruction of the courts at Pinafore Park and the allocation of more dedicated playing time to the 4 pickleball courts that were used last summer. This was a very positive meeting and we continue to move forward. More updates will be available as these plans are firmed up. Note: A copy of the minutes of this meeting can be obtained by emailing club Secretary Jan Nicholson at email@example.com
Posted Nov. 17, 2014 - Back To School ! St. Thomas Pickleball Club members went back to school today.....as teachers! Eight club members provided instruction to 3 boys & 1 girls grade 11 Phys. Ed. classes at St. Joe's High School. Phys. Ed. head Richard Mommersteeg had recently purchased 30 paddles and a couple of dozen balls in order to add pickleball to the phys. ed. curriculum. Thanks go to the following club members who helped bring our great sport to the next generation of players: Vern Huston, Jan & Rod Nicholson, Rick Hodges, Chris McQuiggan, Helen & Dave Hall, Bryan Van Patter. A picture is posted on the Photos page.
Posted Oct. 31, 2014 - Colonel Sanders Was In the House. On this Halloween Day a celebrity visited both the Competitive & Intermediate players at theTimken gym. Colonel Harland D. Sanders spoke briefly to the players & showed perfect form in his serving demo. He did notbring any fried chicken
but his bucket was full of Halloween treats. More photos are available on our Photo page.
Posted Sept. 19, 2014 - Good News for Pickleball in St. Thomas?
The following email was sent out to all players on Sept. 16, 2014:
Greetings to All St. Thomas Pickleball Club Members & Friends,
More good news for pickleball players! Monday night's St. Thomas City Council meeting included an agenda item from the St. Thomas Pickleball Club executive. The club executive sent Council a letter describing the growth of the sport and the need for more facilities. Part of the letter is included below as it explains our request:
"To accommodate this growth, our club would ask Council to take the next step in providing more pickleball facilities for St. Thomas residents. We are aware that through the city’s “Asset Management Plan” it has been identified that the Pinafore tennis courts are scheduled for replacement. We respectfully submit that consideration be given to including dedicated pickleball courts with permanent nets as part of the reconstruction project. With Council’s permission, the club would like to look for sources of funding to help with this project.
One additional row of dedicated pickleball courts (the equivalent of four tennis courts) would provide for eight courts. This would allow the general public, working residents and students to play as the courts would be available all day, seven days a week. We could also incorporate reserved time for club play, beginner lessons for all age groups, school use, skill development clinics and even tournament play. With eight courts St. Thomas could become a hub for outdoor tournaments since to our knowledge there is no community in Ontario that has sufficient outdoor courts to host large tournaments.
In order to move our proposal forward could this be referred to the 2015 capital budget process? "
Our letter was submitted on the advice of Ross Tucker, Director of Parks & Recreation, in order to have some new, dedicated pickleball courts included in the reconstruction project at Pinafore. As a result of Council's decision Ross will now include pickleball courts as a capital budget item for the project.
What does this mean? We have now officially completed Step 2 of a process. Step 1 was to get the lines painted on the tennis courts and get reserved playing time on Tues. and Thurs. evenings. Step 2 was to get dedicated courts included in the capital budget. Step 3 will be to see the completion of these courts.
Before we get too excited about this please remember that just because something is submitted as a capital budget item there are no guarantees that it will happen next year. However, we are now part of the plan. The Pinafore tennis courts are badly in need of reconstruction. It will happen sometime. Hopefully that will be sooner rather than later and the pickleball courts will be included with the renovations.
Today was a good day for pickleball in St. Thomas,
St. Thomas Pickleball Club