New Barrier Fencing at Queen Elizabeth

We are pleased to announce that we’ve installed new barrier fencing between the courts at the Queen Elizabeth Pickleball Centre!

We would like to thank our donors for helping to fund these fences. The new fencing has been rented by the Vancouver Pickleball Association – without any funding from the city or parks board (yet).

The initial feedback from our Pickleball community is quite positive. The new fences make the QE PB Centre look tidy and professional. Games go more quickly because you aren’t chasing balls all the time – so we should get more play time and less waiting as a result. And now none of the courts feel “inferior”.

We ask that you do NOT hang things on the new barrier fences for safety reasons.

As mentioned above, the city has not contributed anything towards this addition to our beloved Pickelball centre. But we will be working hard to get them to pay for this and other improvements going forward. Unfortunately things take time. [Other than graffiti removal however. Kudos to the city for quickly painting over the massive graffiti on the concrete wall which we found and reported to them on Sunday].We will also be seeking sponsorships to fund improvements at QE and at other Pickleball venues around Vancouver.

Click on the picture above to view a 360-degree picture of the QE Pickleball Centre

Why Pickleball is for you

Despite its ridiculous name, Pickleball is a great game. It can be picked up by almost anyone, regardless of athletic ability – one of the few active sports where anyone at any age can start playing and be confident within a short period. Although Pickleball can be energetic, it is contained to a small area, limiting the running and fast turning, thus making it easier for much younger and older players, or those with mobility concerns. Yet its activity is strenuous enough to give a solid aerobic workout, improving overall heart health.   

Its ease of entry, though, is not its most remarkable trait. It is an unusually inclusive sport. A wide range of age groups, body types, athletic ability levels, and ethnic or social groups can usually be found playing with each other at any Pickleball centre.  What makes this diversity unique is that often you will find that everyone is playing with everyone else in an open-ended round-robin format. No other sport has this spirit of interaction across the normal barriers of society. The name Pickleball itself was chosen to emphasize the centrality of this inclusiveness. In rowing, a pickle boat crew is composed of leftover oarsmen from other boats and is often comprised of coed teams, something that is not usual in rowing. The name was chosen to emphasize its coed and inclusive nature.  

With its small footprint, Pickleball is also environmentally responsible. You can place four Pickleball courts on a single tennis court. You could place enough Pickleball courts on a single soccer pitch to support an entire playing community for a long time. 

(On the right you can see how four Pickleball courts might be placed in the area used by a single tennis court.)

Pickleball is the fastest-growing sport in North America not just because it is fun, and good exercise, but because it is environmentally responsible, socially inclusive, and inherently safer than other active sports.   

Skinny Singles: an antidote to “lockdown withdrawal”

Doubles Pickleball is the most popular form of the game. Unfortunately, we can’t always find four players for a game of doubles. And during this pandemic period, many jurisdictions (like British Columbia) primarily only allow singles play.

If you are an avid Pickleballer and love your doubles game, the idea of playing singles might not be appealing. Maybe you’ve tried it as a full-court singles game (like singles tennis). Full-court singles Pickelball is an entirely different game from doubles Pickleball. And it is exhausting.

Skinny Singles is the answer …

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Centre Line

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Half Court Play

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Only One Server Per Side

The last thing to remember about “Skinny Singles” is that there is only one server per side. So there is no concept of a first or second server as there is in doubles Pickleball.


Conclusion

That’s about all there is to “Skinny Singles”. It is a bit more challenging than doubles play because you have to land the ball in just a half of your opponent’s court. That’s actually a good characteristic of the game — because it will improve the accuracy of your shots. And finally, it should be noted that “Skinny Singles” is somewhat more tiring than doubles. That is because you don’t have a partner to field half the shots hit into your court. It’s all up to you.


Enjoy!

PICKLEBALL RULE CHANGES

2021 brings more than 100 rule changes to Pickleball — these went into effect on January 21, 2021:

Three changes that you might find interesting include:

  1. There are no more “lets”: A serve that hits the tape and lands in the correct service box is now live and must be played.
  2. Drop serves are allowed: Serves may be hit after the ball bounces and with no restrictions on the nature of the swing.
  3. Asking about positions: Serving teams can now ask both whether they are the correct server and in correct position.

Check out all of the changes (81 pages of them!):

Click here to view 2021 Changes

December 2020 Survey Results

In December of 2020 all VPA members were surveyed to help us determine future directions for the organization. The results were as follows:

If we successfully lobbied for reserved times for the VPA, which would you be in support of? (see above)

Most Pickleball Associations in BC have an annual Membership fee ranging from $15 to $35. Some of that, $7.50, is sent to cover memberships in Pickleball BC and Pickleball Canada. VPA would do the same. Our Website explains how the money would be used. A great example of a piece of equipment that would be useful is a large professional roller to dry our courts. What would you be willing to pay for your annual Membership? (see above)

If the VPA could reserve some court time would you prefer?
– Designated time spots for same skill-level drop-in play
– All level drop-in play
– Scheduled play using a system such as Playtime Scheduler or Sign up Genius
(see above)

Until we are successful in lobbying the Vancouver Parks Board (VPB) for court time designated for our members would you be willing for the VPA to use our funds to rent courts from the VPB? (see above)

We want to demonstrate to the VPB that we are a very inclusive sport. Hence this question.  When you play, when do you come? (see above)

We wish to demonstrate to the VPB that this is a rapidly growing sport. How many people have you brought in to the sport? (see above)

At courts where nets are permanently set up for public use, should players surrender the court after
– Each game played to 11 points, capped at 12
– Each game played to 11 points, win by 2 points
– 30 minutes of play
(see above)

On courts where players must bring their own nets, should players surrender the court after (see above)

In locations where nets are permanently set up for public use and doubles play is again permitted which would you propose?
– Limiting singles play or drilling to 15 minutes.
– Allowing doubles play only
– No restriction
(see above)

If you are having difficulty reading the charts above, you can visit the original SurveyMonkey site by clicking here