SDBC Pickleball

Our indoor pickleball sessions are now finished for the season; events will start up again in the fall. 

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What Is Pickleball?

Pickleball is a paddle sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis, and ping-pong. Played on a court with a 36" high net, games at SDBC are played as doubles (two people per side). Each player uses a solid paddle, made of wood or composite materials, to score points by successfully hitting a plastic ball (commonly known as a whiffle-ball) over the net, without it being successfully returned by their opponents.

The sport shares features of other racquet sports, the dimensions and layout of a badminton court, and a net and rules similar to tennis, with a few modifications. One of these modifications includes letting the ball bounce once on either side of the net for the first two hits of the game. Pickleball was invented in Seattle in the mid-1960s as a children's backyard pastime, but has become popular among adults as well. It is now the fastest growing sport in North America.

 

Who Can Attend?

Our pickleball sessions are open to all adults interested in having fun and improving their fitness. Players are asked to attend a maximum of two sessions per week, to give players as much playing time as possible. Exceptions would be for experienced players designated to help coach or assist with skill development. Please see check-in procedures below.

Player Levels

We have different sessions available to accommodate four skill levels. Players are encouraged to use the USAPA skill self-assessment sheets to determine which session it would be appropriate to attend.

IFP Skill Rating Definitions

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Beginners: these are players who are fairly new to pickleball and are working towards understanding basic ground strokes, positional play, scoring, and are beginning to sustain play longer. These players are working towards a level 2.0 of play. If in doubt as to whether or not this session is for you, email us and we will try to assist you.

Advanced Beginners: these players have participated in the Tuesday beginner's session (see below) or equivalent, and fit the criteria established for a 2.0 skill level of play. 

Intermediate: these players are able to sustain play consistently and are at a level 2.5-3.0.

Advanced: players at this level can consistently sustain play at a faster pace and are at level 3.5 and above for competitive play. 

Available Sessions

Sessions are now finished for the season and will start up again in the fall.

Schedule changes/cancellations

Monday evenings:

  • Session One (4:30PM-5:30PM): lessons and beginners
  • Session Two (5:30PM-7:00PM): advanced beginners / intermediate players
  • Session Three (7:00PM-8:30PM): intermediate players

Wednesday evenings:

  • Session One (4:30PM-5:30PM): lessons and beginners
  • Session Two (5:30PM-7:00PM): advanced beginners / intermediate players
  • Session Three (7:00PM-8:30PM): intermediate players

Saturday mornings:

  • Session One (9:00AM-10:15AM): beginners (includes 15 minutes of skill development)
  • Session Two (10:15AM-11:00AM): skills session for advanced beginners and intermediates *
  • Session Three (11:00AM-12:30PM): advanced beginners / intermediate players
  • Session Four (12:30PM-2:00PM): intermediate players

* Advanced beginners and intermediate players may register for this session in addition to two other sessions for the week. This is a complimentary session for those with a registration at a later Saturday session, otherwise a $3 registration fee applies.

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Advanced Beginner and Intermediate Skill Sessions (Saturdays from 10:15-11:00AM)
On Saturdays, from 10:15-11:00AM, we are offering a skill practice session for those players at an advanced beginner or intermediate level. Each week, we will focus on one or two skills, including the forehand, backhand, serving, drop shots, lobs, and dinking. 

Registration for the skill session is required and is complimentary for those registered for either the advanced beginner/intermediate or intermediate session on Saturdays, otherwise, the $3 fee applies. The session is limited to 14 participants to allow for as much skill practice as possible.

Check-in Procedure

Pre-registration is required to attend our pickleball sessions at SDBC.

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Pre-registered players must enter through the side door in the courtyard next to the washrooms (direct entry to the gym from the outside doors is no longer an option), check-in with the host, and pay their $3 fee. Session hosts will open the kitchen hallway gym doors at session start times, once all players from the previous session have left the gym. 

Please do not show up more than 10 minutes before your session.

Don't worry if you don't have your own equipment as we provide pickleballs and have extra paddles available, along with hand sanitizer!

The fees collected will be used to cover expenses and to support local charities. In the past, fees have been used to purchase balls, paddles, posts, and a new net. We have supported both the SDBC Food Bank and Delta Assist with a food drive. In addition, we have made monetary donations to Delta Assist Family and Community Services, W.I.N.G.S (women's shelter), South Delta Food Bank, Starfish Pack South Delta, Delta Hospice, Meals on Wheels, and BC Guide Dogs on behalf of all of us at SDBC Pickleball.

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