Court Host Tournament - Saturday September 16th

Back row:  Hugh, Doug, Natalie, Carolyn, Mike
Middle Row:  Debbie, Bob, Roberta, Diane, Graham
Front Row:  Flo, Angela, Linda, Ernie, Theresa, Tony
Despite windy conditions, fifteen court hosts turned up to play in this fun tourney.  Results of the 7 game Round Robin, which included a Championship Game are:
Even a southwesterly wind couldn't
stop Angela and Roberta 

from enjoying the day.

First Place: Mike Southworth and Doug Hill.
Second Place: Natalie Loewen and Graham Perrie     
Honorable Mention to Teresa Brambilla who placed 5th overall.

One of the rounds was a dinking game and it was very well received. 

Following the tourney the court hosts enjoyed pizza and snacks and fun awards.

Many thanks to Debbie Wagar, this year's court host coordinator, who organized this outstanding event. 

Doug, Bob, Natalie and Hugh just
finishing one of the rounds.
Referee Ernie and 5th place finisher:  Teresa


55+ Senior Games Results

Gord McKay (on the left) standing in line to pick up
pickleball accreditation forms
Several Penticton pickleball players played in the 55+ Senior Games in Vernon. Congratulations to all participants.  Here are the results:

Women's Doubles:
Charlene Bender and Laura Keebaugh 
Susan Hatfield and Marilyn Tamblyn 

3.5 Pool B
Charlene and Laura - Silver
Marilyn and Susan - Gold

Janice Clary and Linda Furer - 7th 3.0

Janice Clary and Linda Furer
Gold 2.75 

Karen Austin and Roz Condrashoff - 6th 4.0
Nancy Rhea and Jayne Hackman (Salmon Arm)  SILVER 4.0
Kim Coleman and Lesley Bumby  GOLD 4.5

Men's Doubles
Rick Felker and Gary Gierlich - forfeit due to injury 3.75
Mark Tamblyn and Marty Lewis - 6th 3.75
Danny Stang and Gord Young  SILVER 4.5 
Mike Carter and Graham Perrie - 9th 3.5

Mixed Doubles
Janice Clary and Gord McKay
Silver 3.0
Gord McKay and Janice Clary SILVER 3.0
Rick Felker and Susan Hatfield  GOLD 3.75
Kim Coleman and Danny Stang  SILVER 4.5
Gord Young and Nancy Rhea  GOLD 4.5
Karen Austin and Mallow (Kelowna)  4th
Charlene Bender and Mike Carter - 5th 3.5

Men's Singles
Graham Perrie - 6th 3.5
Dave Hobbs - 4th 4.0
Gord Young -- SILVER 4.5


When to dink and when to attack.

The following are excerpts from Sarah Ansboury's articles in RV Picklers.
When to Dink. We dink to be able to slow the game down.  This is critically important when:
  • We are in a defensive position, and need to get back to neutral;
  • If we know our opponent’s strength is banging, and we want to neutralize that strength;
  • Both players that are dinking are in a neutral position (neither yet has the advantage).

Stop Dinking and Win the Point, when:
  1. The Opponent is Off Balance or Off the Court.  When you have done the hard work to cause your opponents to lose balance or fall off the court, take advantage of the situation .... stop drinking and attack.  If you aren't in a position to hit the ball harder consider hitting the ball behind them.  Our first reflex when we have gone wide is to scurry back into position.  As they move to the centre, hit the ball to the sideline.  As their weight will be moving the opposite direction, they will be unlikely to recover. 
  2. When the opponent dips their head.  When I am dinking, I am looking at my opponent and their paddle.  I really try to be conscious of every part of them .. their feet, their face, etc.  If they dip their head, I know this is a great time to lob them. First they are likely a little off-balance.  Second it takes more time to respond given they have to lift their head first.  Third, they have further to go -- just to stand up and turn around.


Men's Day Tournament - September 7th, 2017

Twenty men turned up to play in the First Annual Men's Day tournament. Thanks to Gord McKay who organized the Slammer Jammer Play-offs. 
Back row:  James, Terry, George, Michael, Steven, Tom
Third Row:  Paul, Jerry, Rick, Vince, Don, Graham
Second Row:  Ernie, Ron, Doug, Dick, Marty, Jack
Front Row:  Steve, Mark, Gordie

Doug, Don and Rick watching the finals.  
Marty and Mark, the finalists.

Terry and James

Dick and Steve

Ernie and Paul

Missing Team Photos:

Ron and Doug
Vince and Don
Rick and Jerry
George and Graham
Steven and Michael
Jack and Tom

Grip and Rip tournament in Surrey - September 9th and 10th

Good luck to the following Penticton players:

Nancy Rhea -- 5.0 Women's Doubles
Karen Heinrichs -- 4.0 Mixed Doubles

You can follow their progress on Pickleballtournaments.com


Highlights of August 31st Executive Meeting

1.  Mark is continuing discussions with the City of Penticton with regard to the building of 4-6 additional courts.

2.  The Board has decided not to form into a Society. An account will be opened through the City of Penticton to collect donations for the Club toward the construction of the 4-6 courts.

3.  The Board recommends that the fees for the 2018 season remain at $75.00.  This is broken down into:

  1. $35.00 internally restricted fund (for future court building)
  2. $14.00 court rental fee (paid to the Recreation Dept.)
  3. $10.00 court expenses (maintenance, materials)
  4. $10.00 admin expenses
  5. $5.00 liability insurance
  6. $1.00 equipment (pickle balls)
4.  There is $7,971.72 in the checking account; $126.00 in the petty cash; and $13,530.91 in the internally restricted fund. The Treasurer anticipates transferring a sum of money from the checking account to the internally restricted fund prior to the end of the year.  

5.  The Membership committee is exploring ways to electronically receive membership dues for the coming year.  There will be a table at the AGM on Oct. 11th to collect membership renewals.

6.  Due to the volume of participation during drop in play, a motion was passed to reduce the game totals to 9 instead of 11 when 4 or more teams are waiting to play.

7.  Debbie Wagar will take over the Program Registrar role next season.  Marilyn will continue to run the blog.  

8.  Most of the 3.75 and 4.0 level were club rated this year.  The membership will be surveyed at the AGM to see if they want the 3.0 and 3.5 level to be club rated or to continue with self rating.  


Drop Volley for 3.5 and up players.

If you are having trouble getting to the net, this video from Pickleball Channel gives you a drill to practice.  It is a very hard shot to master so you'll need to give yourself lots of opportunities to practice it before you experience success against the hard hits.  If you don't have a pickleball machine, then get a partner to feed you balls.   You could also book a mentor session with 3 other people requesting ball machine practice for this drill (3.5 and up)


Thank you to the August court hosts

Your commitment to the club amidst smokey skies and hot weather is much appreciated. 

Carolyn King (2)
Joanne Sampson
Terri Draude (3)
Charlene Bender
Janelle Nunn (4)
Graham Perrie
Cathy Fouchard
Evelyn Stafford (2)
Roberta Hormes
Angela Sielmann (2)
Theresa Makaak (2)
Nell Hinchey
Joe Fouchard
Teresa Craig
Debbie Wagar (2)
Hugh Richter
Tony Orthodoxou (2)
Rosie Brooks
Wendy Wurflinger


Rally compilation

Great games consist of long rallies.  Watch this and be inspired to get that ball over the net one more time.


Pickle in the Park Results -- PPC participants in Abbotsford BC Sat 08/26/17 thru Sun 08/27/17

Women's Doubles
3.5  Charlene Bender and Laura Keebaugh  BRONZE
4.0  Karen Austin and Ros Condrashoff
4.0  Karen Heinrichs and Nancy Rhea  SILVER
5.0  Roberta Meakin and ...GOLD

Mixed Doubles
4.0 Karen Austin and  ...
4.0 Ros Condrashoff and .....
4.0 Nancy Rhea and ....GOLD
4.0  Karen Heinrichs and ...BRONZE
5.0  Roberta Meakin and ...SILVER


PPC Call for Nominations

The Penticton Pickleball Club will be hosting their Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, October 11th at 7:00 pm at the Senior Drop In Centre (bingo room).

There are six (6) positions available for nomination and election to the board (four executive officers and two directors).  All of the positions are open to any Penticton Pickleball Club member.  Please contact Gary Gierlich at gcgierlich@gmail.com or Jack Bumby at jcbumby@shaw.ca if you wish to run for any of these positions.  Applications should be received no later than September 27, 2017.  Nominations may also be made from the floor.

Responsibilities of all Board positions:
- attend Executive meetings
- contribute to various committees and jobs for the period of one year.

For further information including a detailed job description for each position, please go to www.pentictonpickleball.blogspot.com and visit the "contact us" page.

2018 PPC Board of Directors

Vice President

Director 1:  (PPC Programs)
Director 2:  (Membership)


Good luck to PPC members Gary, Gwen and Susan

Gwen Bathgate, co-captain of the 3.5 RR group, is in the Coeur d'Alene Classic PB tournament this week. Her women's partner is Susan Hatfield.  Susan is also pairing with Gary Geirlich in the 3.5 Mixed Doubles.

We wish all 3 of you fun, and hopefully a medal or two!    You can catch their results at Pickleballtournaments.com. starting on August 17th.  


Community Gaming Grant

Unfortunately the PPC did not receive the $20,000.00 Gaming Grant that we applied for.  Thanks to Angela for her diligence in putting the paperwork together for this. C'est la vie! 


Thanks to the July court hosts!!

Our appreciation to the following members who gave their time to court host in July:

Carolyn King
Joanne Sampson
Terri Draude (3)
Charlene Bender
Janelle Nunn (4)
Graham Perrie
Cathy Fouchard
Evelyn Stafford (2)
Roberta Hormes
Angela Sielmann (2)
Theresa Maktaak (2)
Nell Hinchey
Joe Fouchard
Teresa Craig
Debbie Wagar (2)
Hugh Richter
Tony Orthodoxou (2)
Rosie Brooks
Wendy Wurflinger

You are awesome!!


Are you a banger or are you an aggressive player?

"Understand the difference between being a banger and playing aggressively. There IS a difference!
A "banger" is a player who hits the ball hard because he or she can't do anything else or simply doesn't want to do anything else. They rip the ball and hope that the pace of the ball can make the opponent make a mistake or hit a weak reply. They rarely hit drop shots or lobs or use much in the way of strategy. This type of player is typically impatient and will get frustrated if too many of their hard hit shots are returned.
Playing aggressively is much different, although hard hit shots are certainly part of an aggressive playing style. 
An aggressive player understands that well executed drop shots, dinks, serves and serve returns, and even the occasional lob can be very effective in forcing errors by his or her opponents. An aggressive player uses drops and dinks to get set up shots that they can put away or gain an advantage with. Many times a good drive is appropriate and the aggressive player oftentimes knows how to use it well. This player is patient enough until they get a chance to attack a ball they know they can take advantage of.
The best players are aggressive with their placement of dinks, drops, returns of serve, serves, and even lobs. They are deliberate!
Next time you practice, consider being aggressive on pop-ups and weak shots on your side. But make sure to understand when to hold back if it's not the right opportunity. If you're simply trying to rip every ball you aren't being agressive, you're playing low percentage pickleball and being a mere banger. Please try to understand the difference."
-DJ from Pickleball Forum post.


Top 5 Ingredients of a AAA Pickleball Player

1.  Anticipation
2.  Strategy
3.  Ball Placement
4.  Reflexes
5.  Determination
Lower level players will be somewhere on the continuum in each of these.  


Highlights of the July 24th Executive Meeting

1.  The PPC is exploring the possibility of becoming a Society.  The reason for this is to handle donations contributed toward the new courts.  An alternative to this would be for the City to open an account on PPC's behalf for the purpose of issuing tax receipts.   

2.  The PPC treasurer reported that we have $11,465.85 in the Contingency Fund and $9,492.15 on hand.  

3.  A motion was passed to approve a $500.00 provision for expenses toward social club activities in the 2018 budget.

4.  Members are asked to step forward to form a committee to run a Club tournament in September.  Please contact Mark Tamblyn if you are interested in working on or chairing this committee.  

5.  Thirty-three members took part in the Rating Clinic.  Another clinic is scheduled for the Fall.

6.  The fees that the PPC pays to the City of Penticton for court rental will increase from $10.00 per member to $14.00 per member in the 2018 season.

7.  A request has been forwarded to the City of Penticton to power wash the courts.


Indoor Practice available at OK Falls Elementary School for 55+ PB Tournament participants

Mike Carter has arranged free practice time for all participants who are participating in the 55+ Games at OK Falls Elementary School,  1141 Cedar St.  You must arrange your own group of four to secure a net. Three nets available.   Bring your own balls.     

Wednesday August the 9th -- 5:15 PM - 6:45 PM 3 nets   6:45 PM - 8:15 PM 3 nets.  
Monday August the 14th - same times
Monday August  the 21st - same times
Monday August the 28th - same times

To secure a net, contact Mike Carter at mike.carter108@gmail.com.  Phone 250-689-2457.  


How to Defend Against Lobbing Opponents

  1. "Pick a fast partner.
  2. If the wind is very fast, try to keep it at your back because it will make their lobs sit in the air and help you hit an overhead shot.
  3. If both players are lobbing and you are losing a lot of points then when your opponent takes his eyes off of you to watch the ball; take two or three steps back and hit an overhead. If a ball should go over your head watch and see how your opponent strokes the ball so you can anticipate how the ball will bounce so you can catch up to it. If your opponent strokes the ball from low to high then you must run about three steps past where the ball bounces because it will jump away from you and cause an error.
  4. If only one opponent is lobbing then hit to the one that is not lobbing.
  5. If both opponents are lobbing good then check and see if they only lob from their forehand side. If they do, then keep the ball to their backhand.
  6. If you see your opponent drops the face of their paddle and is pointing it towards the ground then it should warn you that he is about to lob.
  7. Make a book on your opponents and try to figure out where and when they like lob so can have a jump on the ball and not be surprised.
  8. When the ball is lobbed over your head use my best shot which is calling out “yours” to my partner to go back at an angle and return it. After I yell "yours" then I should slide over sideways and switch sides of the court."
source:  Pickleball Coach


Paddles for sale

Paddletek "Element" paddles are on sale now until August 1st for $97.00 includes all taxes and shipping.  A savings of $15.  

Also for sale the new Paddletek Elongated paddles, 'Helo' $140. and 'Horizon' $130.

email:  mmballet@hotmail.com or text: 250-490-5241


Thanks to all of the June court hosts.

On behalf of all of the players who play in drop-in thank you so much for your gift of time.

Debbie Wagar (3)
Angela Sielmann
Carolyn King (2)
Mike Carter (2)
Joanne Sampson
Janelle Nunn (4)
Linda Furer
Linda McCracken (3)
Bob Beatty
Cathy Fouchard
Flo Dyck
Ernest Treichel (2)
Terri Draude (3)
Carole Davies
Tom Lawrence
Graham Perrie
Nell Hinchey

If you play in drop in and haven't yet had the chance to court host, please sign up.  Debbie Wagar, the court host coordinator, will be there to make sure you know what to do.


4.5 Tournament players having fun at the courts

From left to right:   Leona (guest), Mike, Janice, Yas, Gord, Nancy, Danny, Kim K, and Kim C.


Highlights of the June 23rd, 2017 PPC Executive Meeting

These are some items of interest to the general membership:

1.  During drop-in, the winning points will remain at 11 regardless of how many players are waiting to play.

2.  Club members may reserve a court for a private clinic by following the Book-a-court guidelines.

3.  If a player has a current Kelowna club rating they will be assigned the same rating by the Penticton Pickleball Club.

4. Don Jeffery and Pat Lawrence were appointed to the PPC Board.  Don was appointed as the new Vice-President of the PPC Board and Pat was appointed to the Director 1 position.  

5.  The club will sell their inventory of Onix Pure 2 pickleballs to Club members at a price point of $3.33/ each or 3 for $10.00. Mark and Kim will be the contacts for the sale of these pickleballs.

6.  Terry Iceton is working with the City to finalize the installation of windscreens and a source of drinkable water.


Buy/Sell Used Equipment

E-mail blast:
The PPC Board has decided to implement a new procedure for members to sell used pickleball equipment using the Penticton Pickleball Club bulletin boards located at the courts. 

If you have a used piece of equipment(s) you wish to sell, you can now post your ad on the PPC Bulletin Boards.  Please contact Evelyn Stafford (estafford10@gmail.com) with a description, price and contact information and Evelyn will post your ad on the bulletin board. Please remember to let her know when you would like the ad cancelled.

If you are looking to buy and/or sell used pickleball equipment look at our club bulletin board at the courts. If you are looking to purchase new equipment please go the the Penticton Pickleball Club Blogspot and look under the "equipment" section.


Next Executive Meeting June 23rd.

There is an Executive Meeting scheduled for 10:00 AM at the South Main Drop In Centre on Friday June 23rd.  Members wishing to have items added to the agenda are asked to forward them to Mark Tamblyn at mtamblyn@pacificcoast.net by Wednesday June 21st.  


Intermediate strategy advice: Controlling Depth

"Practice controlling the depth of your shots next time you practice or play. 
Hitting deep is highly effective on serves as well as serve returns. But did you ever think to hit the ball "deep" to the kitchen line when you and your opponents are dinking back and forth? Think about the depth of your dinks to pull your opponent in closer and hit one deeper to push them back. Be intentional about it!
If you want to improve, you MUST learn to vary the depth of your shots to make it more difficult for your opponent to track and receive the ball well. While you cannot hit every ball toward the baseline, you should be thinking about hitting deep toward your opponent in relation to their position on the court. Deep shots most often land near your opponent's feet and can help prevent them from moving forward. Sometimes a short drop shot will open up as a result of pushing your opponent deep or vice versa." 
Source: DJ, Pickleball Forum



We have had a few requests from wheelchair users to make sure our vehicles don't extend over the sidewalk.  PLEASE HELP THEM OUT.


Drop Volleys

For advanced players.   

Note:  Joe calls this a "drop shot" whereas it is more commonly known as a "drop volley".

Doubles Pickleball Strategy 302 - Two Great Misdirection Shots

This is for advanced players.

May's Court Program Volunteers

Many thanks to the following members who volunteered to court host during the month of May.  We couldn't do it without you.
  • Debbie Wagar, (court host coordinator) (X3)
  • Marilyn Tamblyn
  • Kim Coleman
  • Janelle Nunn (X3)
  • Roberta Hormes (X2)
  • Angela Sielmann
  • Joanne Sampson (X2)
  • Joe Fouchard
  • Ernest Treichel
  • Shirley Persson
  • Carole Davies
  • Linda McCracken (X2)
  • Sherry Skaros
  • Cathy Fouchard (X2)
  • Bob Beatty (X2)
  • Pat Lawrence (X2)
  • Evelyn Stafford
  • Mike Carter (X2)
And another round of applause to the program captains who volunteer their time every week.  
  • Mark Tamblyn (4.0, Men's Day)
  • Marty Lewis (3.5+ Ladders)
  • Roberta Meakin and Janice Manders (4.5 Tournament)
  • Janice Manders (4.5 Tournament Ladies)
  • Robert Taylor (3.5+Mixed)
  • Janelle Nunn (Social Mixed)
  • Cathy Heatlie and Gwen Bathgate (3.5 RR)
  • Don and Gail Jeffreys (3.0 RR and 2.5-3.5 ladder)
  • Mike Carter (2.5 RR)
  • Kim Coleman (Ladies Day and Beginners)
And last but not least, the coaches in the Saturday clinics:
  • Mark Tamblyn
  • Rick Felker
  • Dave Lopushinsky
  • Gary Geirlich


How to defeat a banger - a few tips

1.  Push them back.  Try the following combo:
  • deep return of serve
  • neutralizing volley (deep)
  • drop volley (short)
2.  Don't hit out balls.  They'll wind up and hit them hard, so learn when to step out of the way and let the ball go out.  

These tips from Mark Renneson, Third Shot Sports in his live feed on the Pickleball Forum.


Advice for playing against over 70+s

This is a bit of advice from Third Shot Sports with regard to playing against 70+'s (or less agile players).
  1. play side to side angles
  2. up/back lob (bring them forward then send them back).
  3. lob followed by drive to feet


Serving Yips

Post from Sarah Ansboury:

"I have seen many cases of the ball shooting in one direction or another.  At times, it may land in the middle of the net.  The next shot nearly sails over the fence.  It lands in the neighboring court on the left, then the right.  Frankly, for those that have had the serving yips, they don’t have any idea where the next ball will land.
As always we want to be aware of where our paddle starts and finishes. So the very first thing to check, if this happens to you, is your finish position.  Regardless of your level of embarrassment or frustration, hold your finish position and analyze where it is.  Your paddle should be extended flat toward our target.
  • You want to swing from your shoulder, not your wrist, not our elbow;
  • You want to extend out away from your body…to often we become cramped, too close to our body;
  • You want to be fairly upright so your hips and shoulders can naturally rotate into the shot.

Your goal is to allow your body to move effortlessly. Allow your body to turn naturally.  Increase your range of motion."


O2COOL water bottle

Janice Manders brought this water bottle/mister to one of the ladies sessions. Cool idea!!  

ArcticSqueeze Insulated Mist 'N Sip Squeeze Bottle 20-Ounce

Price:  CDN $16.77 Amazon.ca

  • 20-Ounce capacity
  • 2-in-1, Mist 'N Sip function
  • Double wall insulation keep beverages colder, longer
  • Flexible, easy to squeeze bottle
  • Built in carry loop for easy transport

    4.5 out of 5 s


Backing off the line when under attack

Some Penticton players were having a discussion the other day about when it is okay to back off the line. Watch this 19+ gold Minto Open match which will give you some idea.


Stratus paddles for sale

Paddletek "stratus" paddles on sale. Retail for $112. On sale for $95.

New stock of Onyx pure outdoor balls arriving soon. 

Text Roberta 250-490-5241 or email: mmballet@hotmail.com 


Thanks to the PPC Mentors!

Many thanks to the following mentors who gave their time and expertise to the players who signed up for the May 6th Meet the Mentor Day.
      • Phil Soo 
      • Rick Felker
      • Janice Clary
      • Sue Hatfield
      • Janice Clary
      • Karen Heinrichs
      • Mike Carter
      • Terry Iceton
      • Kim Coleman
      • Gary Geirlich
      • Mark Tamblyn
      • Marilyn Tamblyn
and thank you to these players who turned up and worked hard:  Kirk, Gail, Robin, Don, Terri, Pat, Kay, Kathy, Michaela, Trudie, Graham, Carolyn, Gloria, Janet and Teresa. 

If you are interested in being mentored on a skill or strategy there is now a "mentorship" sign-up page (see the top of the webpage).  


Want to buy a Onix Pure 2 ball?

There is a local supplier of this ball.

TOP outdoor balls or Onyx pure 2 balls $4.50/each

Also:  Paddletek paddles made in the USA, from $110.&UP. Apex Pinnacle  $65. Made in Vernon B.C.

Roberta Meakin ph. 250-490-5241 or email: mmballet@hotmail.com 


Founding Members of Penticton Pickleball Club

Another season is upon us and this is a good time to recognize the founding members of the Penticton Pickleball Club (the organization that took over from the Penticton Pickleball Association, (headed by Jack Byron).  Jack, as most of you know, is a PPC Honorary Lifetime Member.

Here is the attendance sheet from the first meeting way back in June of 2015 (in no particular order).

Janice Clary, Tom Lecki, Dave Langen, Dennis Hoffart,Terry Ingles, Robert Taylor, Marty Lewis, Terry Iceton, Karen Heinrichs, Michael Wood, Jan Marsden, Kim Hun Kopp, Marilyn Tamblyn, Mark Tamblyn, Pat Meyer, Rick Felker, Mark Siemens, Carol Siemens, Wendy Strachan, Kim Coleman, Vern Benedictson, Gail Benedictson, Gord McKay, Mark Fynn, Roberta Meakin.

Thanks to all of you for donating your time and/or seed money to get the PPC started.