Pickleball Up and Running, Looking For Players in Port Elgin, Ontario
Written by PickleBall.net
May 07, 2013
Outdoor Pickleball is back!
For the first time this year, the Saugeen Shores Pickleball Club took to the four, freshly painted courts at Lakeshore Recreation in Port Elgin, Ontario, Canada last Thursday. Eighteen people gathered to have a grand ol' time, testing out the new Pickleball nets, breaking a sweat, all the while smiling, laughing and having fun.
This year, "it's bigger and better," said Maryann Dahmer, organizer of the outdoor Saugeen Shores Pickleball Club. She added, the program received funding from Community Foundations Grey Bruce and True Sport Matching Grant Pilot Program to purchase equipment, such as the new nets, run clinics, have a tournament as well as a celebration.
Pickleball is a cross between tennis, table tennis and badminton. It is played on a court slightly smaller than a tennis court with wooden paddles and a plastic whiffle ball. The goal of the game is to hit the ball over the net so your opponent cannot hit it back over.
"It's more of the (placement) of the ball and strategy," Dahmer explained.
For $2 and weather permitting, regular Pickleball play runs from May until September and takes place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon, as well as Tuesday evenings from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
If after the clinic you feel that Pickleball is something you are interested in continuing, why not purchase an official Pickleball paddle from Scoreboard Sports in Port Elgin.
A membership fee is $5 and with that, club members have the opportunity to attend intermediate clinics throughout the summer, the first of which will be on May 22 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. They also have the opportunity to participate in a fun tournament on June 21 from 9 a.m. to noon, followed by a celebration and prizes.
The club will also be holding a free-of-charge open house on June 29 from 9 a.m. to noon at Lakeshore Recreation for anyone who wants to see what Pickleball is all about. During the open house, there will be demonstrations, free give away’s and an opportunity to try it out.
If you are unable to attend the open house or the clinic, slip on your closed-toe running shoes and head out to one of the regular play times where there will be someone to greet you with a smile and teach you the tricks of the game.
"Come out and give it a try," Dahmer said.