The Vancouver Pickleball Association has ambitious plans to expand the number of playing sites (both indoors and out), acquire new court maintenance equipment, safety supplies, instructional signage, and sound barriers, as well as solicit funds and develop leagues, ladders and tournaments. If we are going to do this, we need your help. If you are interested in committee work on any of these important initiatives please email me and I’ll put you in touch with the Chair of that Committee.
We have set up a new Equipment and Facilities Committee under the lead of David Xu. There are plans to buy more court maintenance equipment, storage boxes, portable nets (for sites like Pandora and Memorial Park West / Dunbar) and to rent barrier fencing. You can be part of helping us plan and realize this.
We would also like to set up a system of “Court Hosts” similar to what has been modeled by the Richmond Pickleball Association. A Court Host, easily identified with a special bright t-shirt, would be available at all the playing sites to welcome new players and explain the rules and protocols at that site. We will require many volunteers for this endeavor. Mona Lee is the Chair of the Court and Play Monitoring Committee
More Pickleball Courts are needed in Vancouver but there isn’t much in the way of available land to build new ones. Therefore, in order to get new courts we need to identify Tennis Courts or other already allocated recreational space that is underutilized. Currently there is approximately 1 Tennis Court per 14,000 people but only 1 Pickleball Court per 70,000! Volunteers to reconnoiter courts that may be useable for Pickleball would be very helpful.
The Community Centre/Public Facilities Outreach Committee provides organized contact with each Community Centre and every identified public or private facility or organization where we can obtain court time. We are still looking for a Chair for this committee.
Catalin Costea is the Chair of a Committee to develop Tournaments and Leagues. He will need assistance with this.
Praveen Varshney is the chair of the Committee for Fundraising and Corporate Outreach. He is collecting information at this time. If you have a particular skill set in this area and want to help please contact me.
The final Committee is for Communications which includes our Facebook page, the Website and Playtime Scheduler. Bill Dorfmann is the Chair of this Committee.
If you think you can help with any of the committees mentioned, please send me an email.