New COVID-19 Restrictions
(posted Dec 2 2020)
We have had a few days to review the new COVID-19 restrictions for Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation Organizations. Pickleball Alberta held a Provincial Zoom meeting with clubs on Sunday and clarified how the new restrictions affect pickleball. This is a summary prepared from information provided by the Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation Branch of Alberta.
There can be no indoor group fitness, group classes, group training and no team practices or competition.
**A group is considered 3 or more people.
People can only take part in a group physical activity with persons who are members of their household.
Doubles pickleball (maximum 4) may be allowed, only with members of the same household.
One on one pickleball coaching or training may be allowed with physical distancing.
Singles pickleball may be allowed with 2 members of the same household.
Singles pickleball may also be allowed, depending on the facility, with 2 people who are not from the same household provided there is physical distancing at all times in the facility.
** Please understand, each recreation facility or community centre decides what type of physical activity they will or will not allow. They may choose to adopt some or all of these guidelines or none at all. You must contact each venue to confirm their policy. Please respect their decisions. A list of facilities is on the Locations page of this website.
CPC cohorts playing at the West Hillhurst Community Association will be receiving any updates or new information through Sign Up Genius. Please be patient as the WHCA needs time to review the restrictions and make decisions.
CPC cohorts playing at the Junior Varsity Centre should check the facility website for the new pickleball guidelines.
These new restrictions are in effect from Friday November 27th until further notice.
WHCA Coordinators Pass the Paddle
(posted Nov 1 2020)
The Calgary Pickleball Club would like to recognize Marianne and Bob Wingfield for all their work running the CPC pickleball program at WHCA. They have volunteered with CPC for over 4 years and have held the role of CPC West Hillhurst Venue Managers for 3 years. Under their leadership, the pickleball program at WHCA is the most popular and successful in the City.
Marianne and Bob have decided to pass the torch, or the paddle, and spend more time with their family, especially their grandchildren. The CPC Board and all the WHCA hosts, mentors, volunteers and players want to thank them for their time, effort and dedication. They will be sadly missed.
We didn’t realize how much they did for CPC and for the West Hillhurst pickleball program until it came time to find replacements. In fact, it has taken three people to fill their shoes! We want to welcome Gordon Campbell as the new Venue Manager. Nancy Mah is the new Scheduler and Sharon Wilcott is the new Host Coordinator.
The CPC Board presented Bob and Marianne with a gift to show their appreciation for their work and they will continue to support Gordon, Nancy and Sharon as they coordinate pickleball at WHCA in this very challenging time.
CTV's Athlete of the Week
(posted Sept 12 2020)
Congratulations to CPC member Lois Gray! Lois is the first Calgary pickleball player to receive a CTV Calgary Athlete of the Week award. Check out the CTV News video! Thanks to Bob and Marianne Wingfield and Nancy Mah for the nomination.
Lois has been playing at the newly resurfaced courts at West Confederation Park. Thank you to City of Calgary for adding lines for three pickleball courts at this location. Great job!
The Calgary Pickleball Club in the News
(posted August 21 2020)
We all know how popular pickleball is this summer. Well, it’s caught the attention of the news media. First we were on the Global Morning News and now it’s CTV Calgary.
Pickleball in the Pandemic. Catchy. :)
CPC Ratings Clinic is a Wrap
(posted Aug 20 2020)
The Calgary Pickleball Club held a 2-day ratings clinic August 18 and 19. A total of 65 new and existing CPC members took part in the ratings at the Cedarbrae Community Centre. Participants were rated at the 2.5, 3.0, 3.5 and 4.0 levels.
Once again, the rating sessions were led by Mike Cooper, an IPTPA Level 2 Certified Instructor and Master Teaching Professional from Edmonton. He was assisted by CPC Level 2 Instructor Colin MacDonald and CPC Level 1 Instructor Mike Gazley.
We also want to thank the CPC volunteers who helped organize the event, set up the registration and host the sessions. It required a lot of planning to meet COVID-19 safety standards.
Thank you as well to the Cedarbrae Community Association for allowing us to hold the event and all their assistance.
Stay tuned for more rating opportunities this Fall and Winter but until then please take advantage of the lessons offered by our CPC Instructors and the player clinics planned over the next few months, to improve your skills. Keep checking calgarypickleballclub.ca for information and playing schedules.
Open Play Sessions at Outdoor Courts
(posted Aug 18 2020)
The CPC recommends that players play at only one location, not multiple locations. This will help to keep our risk low.
We will continue to maintain our maximum of 24 players. Those waiting are welcome to warm up on the 5th court or remain outside the fenced area until someone leaves. Sign in is required once waiting players join in.
Let's continue to stay safe - bring your own chair to help with keeping us two meters apart, sanitize the pickleballs after each play, sanitize your hands after each play, and sanitize your paddle after each play. As well, please keep in mind physical distancing when entering and exiting the courts.
Remember to thank your hosts! They put in a lot of effort to set up the courts and to keep us all organized and safe. We would not be playing pickleball without our volunteers.
CPC on Global Morning News!
(posted Aug 7 2020)
Our President, Tony Tighe, joins Global Morning News ahead of National Pickleball Day to talk about the recent jump in people taking up the sport. Watch here!
CPC Elects New Board of Directors
(posted Jun 25 2020)
The Calgary Pickleball Club held its Annual General Meeting Tuesday June 23rd. After a call for nominations to the Board, five CPC members were acclaimed as new Directors.
President - Tony Tighe
Vice President - Paul Blaha
Secretary – Stephen Hansen
Treasurer - Sherry Richardson
Communications - Anita Tighe
We would like to recognize our outgoing Directors for all their time and effort on the CPC Board and for helping to organize and manage the incredible growth of Pickleball in Calgary.
Thank you to Past President, Mike Gazley; Past Vice-President, Mark Stinson; Past Treasurer, David Christopoulos.
A number of other key CPC volunteers will continue their work and responsibilities behind the scenes with, Membership Management, Website Management, Venue Coordination, Facilities Development, Coaching Development, Player Development and our Long-Term Development.
There will be a small learning curve with the new Board but you can still reach us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Canada National Championship
(posted June 8 2020)
Alberta to host 2021 Pickleball Canada National Championship. Red Deer Pickleball Club wins bid. Congratulations! Read Pickleball Canada's recent Press Release.
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