Pickleball Clinic with Mona

This page contains a variety of information all related to Pickleball. If you would like to skip reading all sections please use the links below to go to the section you are interested in.

First of all, what is Pickleball?

Pickleball is a paddle sport created for all ages and skill levels. The rules are simple and the game is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players.

The Basics

1.  A fun sport that combines many elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong.

2.  Played both indoors or outdoors on a badminton-sized court and a slightly modified tennis net.

3.  Played with a paddle and a plastic ball.

A Game for Everyone

According to the Sports & Fitness Industry Association’s 2015 Participant Report, pickleball participation is 2.46 million. SFIA is the premier trade association for top brands, manufacturers, retailers and marketers in the American sporting goods and fitness industry and have been  in existence since 1906. 

· Many kids and teenagers play it in physical education classes in middle and high schools.

· Seniors enjoy the social aspects and the ability to stay active in towns and retirement communities.

· Tennis, racquetball and ping pong players love the competitive nature of the sport and regularly participate in competitive tournaments.

Brief History

Pickleball was invented in 1965 on Bainbridge Island, a short ferry ride from Seattle, WA. Three dads – Joel Pritchard, Bill Bell, and Barney McCallum -whose kids were bored with their usual summertime activities are credited for creating game. Pickleball has evolved from original hand made equipment and simple rules into a popular sport throughout the US and Canada. The game is growing internationally as well with many European and Asian countries adding courts. Click Here For a complete history of the game.pickleball court

The Court 

A pickleball court is the same size as a doubles badminton court and measures 20×44 feet. In pickleball, the same court is used for both singles and doubles play. The net height is 36 inches at the sidelines and 34 inches in the middle. The court is striped similar to a tennis court with right and left service courts and a 7-foot non-volley zone in front of the net (referred to as the “kitchen”). Courts can be constructed specifically for pickleball or they can be converted using existing tennis or badminton courts.

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When playing pickleball, each player will need a pickleball paddle, which is smaller than a tennis racquet but larger than a ping-pong paddle. Originally, paddles were made only from wood, however today’s paddles have evolved dramatically and are primarily made of lightweight composite materials,including aluminum and graphite. Players will also need a net and a pickleball. The ball itself is unique, with holes through it like a wiffleball and there are different ball models intended for indoor and outdoor play. The ball travels at 1/3 the speed of a tennis ball and is usually white or yellow in color. New bright color balls are also gaining in popularity.


The medal winners for SLS FSC's June 4-5, 2016 tournament are

Men’s 2.0-3.0
Gold Paul Vink (Calgary)/Jan Michaelian (Calgary)
Silver David Stock (Cochrane)/Greg Broganza (Cochrane)
Bronze Ron Hewer (Carstairs)/Richard Taylor (Calgary)
Women’s 2.0-3.0
Gold Jacki Brown (High River)/Tracey Wilson (High River)
Silver Freda Fleishhacker (Red Deer)/Jody Muth (Sylvan Lake)
Bronze Pam Crego (Cochrane)/Leona Stock (Cochrane)
Mixed 2.0-3.0
Gold David Stock (Cochrane)/Leona Stock (Cochrane)
Silver Dick Feser (Red Deer)/Brenda Feser (Red Deer)
Bronze Gary Foucault (High River)/Dorrit van Eendenburg (Okotoks)
Men’s 3.5
Gold Brian Popowitch (High River)/Dave HolowaychuK (High River)
Silver Ric Morales (High River)/Mark Brown (High River)
Bronze Robert Fehr (Calgary)/Kerry Armstrong (Calgary)
Women’s 3.5
Gold Deb Nielsen (Cochrane)/Louise Campbell (Okotoks)
Silver Val Ball (Cochrane)/Jeannine Cote (Cochrane)
Bronze Linda Cundy (Edmonton)/Nancy Spreadbury (Cochrane)
Mixed 3.5
Gold Leo Charney (Cochrane)/Deb Nielsen (Cochrane)
Silver Michael Hawkes (Cochrane)/Marion Wiebe (Cochrane)
Bronze Bev Walker (Calgary)/Robert Fehr (Calgary)
Men’s 4.0
Gold Mike Cooper (Spruce Grove)/Kerry Hawthorne (Calgary)
Silver Dave Hesje (Camrose)/Rob Cundy (Edmonton)
Bronze Chris Kay (Cochrane)/Les Franke (Cochrane)
Women’s 4.0
Gold Deb Henwood (Alberta Beach)/Leslie Srogen (Stony Plain)
Silver Janice Menard (Calgary)/Lucy Coffey (Calgary)
Bronze Val Volllmin (Eckville)/Ilsa Wong (Lethbridge)
Mixed 4.0
Gold Chris Kay (Cochrane)/Mona Burnett (Calgary)
Silver Vic Fashole-Luke (Calgary)/Ilsa Wong (Letbhridge)
Bronze Kerry Hawthorne (Calgary)/Lucy Coffey (Calgary)

http://pickleballtournaments.com/ is a great site to check out if you want to see what tournaments are taking place all over North America. As we get word of tournaments being hosted around Cochrane we will post them here so you have the opportunity to register if you choose to.

Val Ball Medal Winner
Congratulations to SLS FSC Member, Val Ball, on her medal win playing in the United States over the winter months!

Helpful Links

For more information regarding pickleball, please visit these links:

Pickleball Rules Summary ……  A general overview of the rules of the game.

Skill Development ………………  Tutorials, playing tips, and instructional video clips.

Pickleball Mania …………………  A humorous look at the addictive nature of pickleball.

The information describing what Pickleball is has been borrowed from the USAPA website. For more information from this site please visit http://www.usapa.org/ 

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