Kelowna group at US Nationals

Some of these players also play in Penticton.  Riyoko (grey shirt, white hat, no paddle)
is a certified referee and you may have seen her helping out at the Indoor Penticton tournaments.


Cameos of Penticton's Gord Young and Janice Manders at US Nationals

Gord at 48 seconds and Janice at 1.44 seconds.


Silver and Gold for Janice Manders.

Congratulations to Janice who won SILVER in 4.5 Women's Doubles at Venture Out in Mesa, Arizona and GOLD in 4.5 Mixed.  

Other Penticton Players in the tournament were Charlene Bender and Laura Keebaugh, Roz Condrashoff; Sheila Ducholke; and Marilyn Tamblyn.   

Helping out at the scoring table was Ernest Treichel. 


Some new items at the US Nationals

Vendors row:
Grip inserts for your paddle  http://iqgrip.com.  If you get these then tape them on until you find your most comfortable grip, then attach them. 

       This year's Popular paddle:  AMPED.  Four styles.  Mark bought the Epic X5 FiberFlex Paddle (regular length handle); Janice M. bought one (not sure what model). The weight is 8.1 and up - some may find it too heavy for their wrist. The vendor mentioned that the extra thickness of the head allowed more powerful shots and also a better ability to soften the shot.    


60+ 4.0 Winner at USA Nationals

Congratulations to Rosalind Condrashoff for winning BRONZE at the USA Nationals in Casa Grande, Arizona.  Ros is one of the Saturday tournament ladies and also plays in Kelowna.


Jack's November newsletter (for indoor courts)


The Remembrance Day pickleball session begins at 12:00 noon and ends at 2:00 p.m.
All skill levels are welcome on holiday sessions that always begin at noon.
For the past few years, we’ve had evening sessions scheduled on Tuesday & Thursday evenings.
On a recent Tuesday evening, the gym was filled to capacity and players were turned away at the Front Desk.
Two evening sessions may not be enough to accommodate our numbers.
What can we do?
We are attempting to add more evening sessions at another location, possibly beginning in January.
Last week, along with Natalie Alexander, I met with Lisa Edwards, the Principal at Uplands Elementary School on Middle Bench Road.
Uplands Elementary has the potential for 3 p’ball courts in a well-lit gymnasium.
If we can acquire the equipment needed (primarily 3 nets), we hope to play on Monday and/or Wednesday evenings.
Watch for an announcement on this matter in the weeks ahead.
If more gym time is required, we will approach other schools.
This program runs from 7:30 to 10:00 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in 1/2 of the gym.
It was formed six years ago with one major objective in mind - to shorten the long line-ups at the Front Desk that were occurring with the drop-in sessions that followed at 10:00 a.m.
For the first three years, all skill levels were welcome.
Finding players to get out of bed that early in the morning was a real hassle – can you blame them?
By the third year, the level of play was not adequate for the higher skill level players and they looked elsewhere to fill their need.
Injuries and other old age infirmities took it’s toll on many of the the lower skill level players and their numbers died off during the fourth year.
That left us with a very “hardy” group of individuals, at the 3.5 – 3.75 level, who get out of bed at 6 or 6:30 in the mornings to make it to the 7:30 a.m. starting time.
Their fortitude has allowed the 10 a.m. players a good chance of not attending an over-crowded gym – mission accomplished. 
The program blossomed in the fifth year – attendance took off!
So much so that it is no longer listed in the Recreation guide as it is always full – in fact, there is a waiting list!
If you want to get onto that list and you are a dependable, solid, 3.5 – 3.75 level player, contact me (jackbyron@shaw.ca).
Every month, players are taken from the waiting list to replace players when space becomes available.
NEW PLAYERS – Where do they all come from?
As happens every year, in November, an influx of new players join our ranks.
The same scenario repeats itself in January – suddenly a bunch of new players show up on our doorstep.
Teaching new players the rules, how to play the game (especially to stay out of the “kitchen”), how to keep score and how to sub on and off the court, can be frustrating at times.
But it has to be done.  
Help these players out whenever you can - be tolerant and patient.
Remember, we were all new at one time!  Give them a chance.
A long-established substitution pattern has worked extremely well in our gym for the past dozen years.
Once the gym becomes filled to capacity, there can be as many as 4 players, sitting on the benches on each side of the gym.
To give everyone a fair amount of playing time, we try to do the following (whenever possible):
1.  2 players sub in at a time (never 3, never 4) – this enables a mixing-in of players instead of having to play with the same people every game.
2.  Normally, you play 1 game, change partners, play a 2nd game, then sub off.  In other words, you play 2 games, then sub off.
3.  The only time you might not play 2 games before subbing off is the very 1st game of the day on each court.  
After the 1st game of the day on each court, the 2 losers sub off and the 2 winners stay on for a second game.  
This is the one & only time that the winners stay on! 
After that, every player plays 2 games, then subs off.
4.  To avoid playing with or against the same players, the 4 players sitting on the bench talk amongst themselves and decide who the first two players will be that will sub onto the next available court. 
It’s a simple as that!
Despite a few growing pains, the new system of buying wrist bands at the Front Desk has gone well.
Players have done a terrific job, giving the Maintenance men time to set up the gym.
Remember that there are players that do not receive these Newsletters - everyone has to do their part to instruct these individuals to wait until the appropriate time to enter the gym.
Players can get their wrist bands up to 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start time – this eases the burden somewhat of the long line-ups and a mad rush at the last minute.
For certain sessions, the ladies at the Front Desk have had to alter their “coffee break” times to accommodate the 32 players buying wrist bands – we THANK them for bending over backwards to help out in this regard.
There will be situations that arise to “upset” the standard way of doing things.  
For example, a Maintenance man might get “tied up” elsewhere and not be available to set up the nets or to unlock the gym door.  When such a situation occurs, the Front Desk should be notified so that they can try to rectify the situation. 
Normally, Maintenance sets up the older nets on the North side of the gym.  
Us players set up and take down the portable nets on the South side of the gym - we requested to set up the portable nets.  Otherwise, our starting time would have been delayed an extra 15 minutes to have Maintenance set up the portable nets too!  
When the portable nets are not already set up in the gym, the court host can assign as many as 6 players to enter the gym 5 minutes early, to set up the portable nets (2 players to set up each net).
These programs are expanding fast – almost too fast to keep up with!
They are proving to be extremely popular. 
We have 8 programs (plus the 3 Early-morning ones) – a total of 11.  
The 8 with the sassy names are:
Lopper’s Playmakers, Dan’s Pickles, Spicey Sistas, Marty’s 3rd Shots, Rhea Whackers, Robin’s Gals, Power Dogs and Pickle Bang Theory. 
90 players are enrolled for November.
Many more people have expressed interest but haven’t got their act totally together yet.
We are running out of space – only Thursday night still has a court available.
Applications for December will be accepted now – the decision as to who gets in will be made by Nov. 21st
**Note:  Already-established programs must re-apply each month, using a new application form. 


Congratulations to medalists in Edmonds Paddle Whack tournament

Roberta Meakin - GOLD WD 5.0

Kim Coleman - GOLD 4.5 WD 

Nancy Rhea - BRONZE in 4.0 MXD


Article in Castanet Oct. 18th.

"Less than two years after Penticton’s first pickleball courts opened, the sport’s local association appears to be outgrowing the facility.
Penticton Pickleball president Mark Tamblyn visited city council Tuesday to ask for four more courts to be installed at the Penticton Seniors Drop-In Centre.
Just 16 people can play on the current courts at one time. With 185 club members, Tamblyn says they often have over 30 people waiting to play during morning drop-in.
The first set of courts cost about $110,000 to build, and the club has already raised about $50,000. (s/b $20,000.00). The city is being asked to allocate up to $70,000 for the project. However, Tamblyn says they expect the city won’t have to chip in that much.
“Where we are right now, we cannot go forward with any funding, until we get that space allocated,” he said, adding the group has approached the province for a gaming grant, “they have said though, you have to have a site for 10 years, if you do there is possibly another $40-$50,000.”
Tamblyn said they have support from the local horseshoe club to place the courts where five underused horseshoe pitches currently sit. He also relayed a request from the seniors centre, asking for more parking for the whole area.
Staff with the City of Penticton will be meeting with the pickleball association in the coming weeks to examine the proposal."


Oct. 17 Penticton City Council Meeting

The PPC presentation was well received by City Council.  The Infrastructure department has asked for a copy of the site plan used in the presentation. Once the City allocates an area within the Drop-In centre property for our additional courts and seating area, we can apply for a tax free contribution number and approach local businesses and clubs for donations.  


Pickleball Player Rules Test

This 50 question test is for players.  There is a separate rules test for referees.


AGM Minutes October 22, 2017

Held Wednesday, October 11, 2017 @ 7:00 pm at
South Main Drop in Centre, 2965 South Main Street, Penticton, BC

Call to order
Chairman Mark Tamblyn called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm. A quorum was confirmed. There were 36 members signed in.

President’s Report Mark Tamblyn
  1. Mark reported the second year of Club operations was a success, with full attendance in the Drop In and Round Robin programs.
  2. The objective to construct additional courts continues to be in the forefront and developing a site plan for inclusion to the Recreation Master Plan is the immediate goal. All stakeholders (e.g. Senior’s Centre, Bocce Club, Horseshoe Club) have agreed upon the site plan and are supportive of the pickleball club building 4 more courts on the site.  A Powerpoint presentation will be shown to Penticton Council on October 17th. Mark encouraged the members present to attend in support. A membership and corporate donation drive for the construction of new courts will commence in the 2018 season once the city approves an area to build the courts.
  3. The balance in the “internally restricted fund” for the purpose of constructing new courts is approximately $20,000 and will continue to grow from donations and membership fees.
  4. Ratings Clinics were held this year for the higher level players. The Club will accept self-rating for the 3.0 and 3.5 level players at this time.
  5. The PPC will encourage more association with other Clubs, e.g. West Kelowna and Summerland, in the 2018 season to promote cooperative activities. 

A MOTION was put forward by Angela Sielmann to accept the AGM Minutes of October 5, 2016 as written - CARRIED.

Treasurer’s Report
Kim Coleman presented the Financial Report to the membership (a copy is on file).

Special Resolution
Election of New Executive and Directors
The following Directors were elected by acclamation:
  • President/ Chairman - Mark Tamblyn
  • Vice-President/ Vice-Chair - Dick Ducholke
  • Treasurer - Kim Coleman
  • Secretary - Angela Sielmann
  • Director (1) (Finances)  - Don Jeffery
  • Director (2) (Membership) - Janice Clary
Dick Ducholke put forward a MOTION, seconded by Angela Sielmann that the annual PPC membership fee remain at $75.00 per member for the 2018 season CARRIED (unanimous).

Suggested Program Changes 2018 Mark Tamblyn (Program Chair)
  •   The Round Robin program will continue as the 2017 season with the exception of Fridays - 3.0 RR will become 3.0-3.5 level with a 45 to 60 minute drill session.
  •   Wednesdays will continue with the present 3.5 level format but members must pick Wednesday or Friday RR. If space is available on Sunday night both times will be opened.
  •   Friday night will be changed to “team” play (instead of couples) and Wednesdays will have “social” couples RR on two courts.
  •   The Program Chair noted suggestions from the floor regarding the Drop In program for 2018.
  •   Monday and Thursday evenings will be 4.5 level with two courts run by Janice Manders.
  •   Saturday morning may become Mens 3.75 level and up tournament players drills and play.
Other Business
  1. Mark Tamblyn reviewed the Appointments Schedule and two (2) members from the floor volunteered to be added to the areas that were vacant:
    •   Mike Carter (Chair) REFEREE COMMITTEE
    •   Sheila Ducholke (Chair) SOCIAL COMMITTEE
    •   Linda McCracken added Terri Draude to COURT HOST COORDINATOR as a shared position
  2. Dick Ducholke recommended the Club have a “suggestion box” set up at the courts for members to use for comments and/or suggestions on Club operations. The comments would be anonymous. He will set this up next year.
  3. Linda Curle won the “free membership” raffle.
  4. Other comments/ suggestions from the floor pertained to shading on the new courts, installing double- sided benches to view both courts, windscreens (ready to be installed), water fountain (approved by the City), Dry Fit t-shirts with the PPC logo [20 members indicated interest] and there is a proposal that pickleball be added as an Olympic sport by 2024. 
Spring General Meeting
The next General Meeting will be held on April 26, 2018 @ 7:00 pm.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:52 pm.
Submitted by Angela Sielmann PPC Secretary October 12, 2017 


Presentation to City Council with regard to Site Plan for new courts

We are on the agenda for October 17th at 1:00 PM at City Hall.  Our goal is to get the priority for building pickleball courts raised from MEDIUM to HIGH in the City's Parks and Recreation Master Plan.  Once the City is committed to planning PB courts on the site, we can move forward with fundraising (most grants require a permanent site to be identified in the grant proposal).  In addition we will be asking for a $ commitment from the City.


An entertaining recent 5.0 pro game

Grand Opening Pro Exhibition 10-1-17 from Josh Davidian on Vimeo.  Morgan Evans is wearing a mike.

Highlights of Sept. 28/17 Executive Meeting

1.  Mark informed the executive that the plan to build additional courts cannot proceed until the City of Penticton has made an official site plan of the land area west of the existing pickleball courts.  Mark will continue to work with Drop In Centre stakeholders to develop a suggested site plan and will present it to City Council on October 17th at 1:00 PM.

2.  The AGM for the Penticton Pickleball Club will be held on October 11th, 2017.  Members may sign up for next year's membership at the registration table set up for that purpose.  The nominating committee is still accepting nominations for the 2018 Executive.  (access nomination process listed on link at the right of this post).  

3.  The Treasurers Report was presented by Kim:
                  Chequing account                                 $                  7,871.30
                  Petty Cash                                             $                       19.70
                  Cash on Hand                                        $                  7,891.00
                  Internally Restricted Fund                     $                13,528.98
                  Grant Account                                       $                        99.67

A motion was passed to transfer $5,800.00 from the checking account to the Internally Restricted Fund.  The monies in this fund will be used for the sole purpose of constructing an additional 4 - 6 pickleball courts.

 4.    An amount of $200.00 was donated to the Penticton Seniors' Drop in Centre.  This donation is to show our appreciation for the occasional use of their facilities by our Pickleball club.  

5.  Kim will follow up with the bank on using e-transfers to pay for membership fees in addition to the existing method of paying by cheque.             


Kelowna to Host Nationals in 2018.

Mark your calendars for the Nationals to be held in Kelowna BC in 2018. Registration will commence March 1st, 2018.  Some events filled up within minutes of registration opening in 2017, so plan on staying up until after midnight on February 28th to get a spot. Tentative tournament date is July 6-8 but could be the following week July 13 to 15th. All (or most) events will be split into two age categories. 


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.


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)


Rally compilation

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


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! 


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.


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


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.


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.


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 


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.