WHAT IS PICKLEBALL?
Pickleball is a totally addictive, non-contact paddle sport that can be played by almost all ages and athletic skill levels.
Think of it as a combination of tennis, badminton and ping-pong played with a solid, hand-held paddle that is used to make contact with a tennis-sized perforated, plastic ball.
Did you know that you can put four pickleball courts into one tennis court, and like tennis you can play with two or four players divided by a net that is 34” high in the middle?
In addition to being an awesome way to socialize and exercise, the sport is growing in leaps and bounds in North America.
It’s estimated that today there are more than 4.2 million pickleball players in the USA while the most recent stats in Canada (2019) estimated that there were more than 60,000 pickleballers.
The Oliver Pickleball Club is well positioned to accommodate future growth for both new and existing members with four outdoor courts and more being built in 2022.
Even during a global pandemic, our club maximized its assets by accommodating regular and round-robin play by singles and couples from the same household.
Today, we have carefully eased our way back into normal play, and have fully returned to providing features such as clinics for beginners, round-robin tournaments, skills training and other items that will make members smile, laugh and engage with new friends and neighbours!
Watch this introduction to pickleball video by Canadian pickleball player Mark Renneson from 3rd Shot Sports.
We ask you to self-rate when you sign up for our club. This helps us to match players on a similar skill level. You can change your self-rating at any point. Self-ratings range from 1.0 - 3.9. We require a tournament rating or club evaluation to play on the 4.0+ level. Please contact us if you are 4.0+ player.
Here are two handy guides to help you with self-rating:
We will be offering certified rating testing soon with IPTPA. You can review the criteria for each IPTPA level here.
And don't forget, you can change your rating in the app under "My Profile" at any time.
Photo Credit: Todd Smith
We have a saying, "Down the middle solves the riddle." Here's a helpful article on how play the middle more and win points more consistently.
Pickleball is great because it's a game you can play into old age, but only if you take care. Here are a few tips how to prevent injuries and keep you on the court for a long time to come.
The new Board members are as follows:
Rick Sullivan - President
Craig Lindsay - Vice President
Emile Cote - Treasurer
Valerie Skeet - Secretary
The Mandate of The Oliver Pickleball Club is to promote the game of Pickleball in Oliver, BC and surrounding communities.
We are a seasonal outdoor club focused on active adults, many of whom are retired.
We currently are a club comprised of mostly intermediate level players, level 3.0 to 4.0, with a large focus on bringing in new players of all levels and beginners who are interested in a healthy, physically active and socially interactive game while having a lot of
FUN FOR ALL!
Note: Although our Club's emphasis is for intermediate play, we also welcome more advanced players (4.0 and up) to join us for some extra fun and lots of laughs!
Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in North America because it truly is a game for all ages. Our goal is to promote the game of pickleball to all those ADULTS who want to be active and have FUN.
We are located in Oliver BC
"The Wine Capital of Canada"
Club members receive access to outdoor courts from May to October at the following days/times:
Tue, Thu & Sun from 8 AM - 1 PM,
Wed, Fri & Sat 3:30 to 7:30 PM
Club members have access to indoor play at the Air Cadets Hangar during the winter months at following days/times:
7 days a week 9 AM - 1 PM
Tuesdays 4-9 PM
Weekends 9 AM to 9 PM
We have social round robin play for all levels on Sundays.
And level play options to meet and play with others in your skill group.
We also offer free lessons and drill sessions to keep you improving as well as paid classes for player development.