A recent announcement from Pickleball Canada signals changes at the top. Read it here.
Some major rule revisions have just been published by the USAPA/IFP to take effect on January 31, 2018. Take a look here.
Following a strong lobby from the local pickleball community the Parksville Council have agreed to include funds in the current budget which, hopefully, will result in the construction of a much needed new 12-court dedicated facility by 2019. Local news article here.
The 'Battle of the Sexes' held at the Bobby Riggs Tennis Club this past October. Watch Simone Jardim and Scott Moore go head-to-head in an amazing game full of spectacular rallies and top notch athleticism.
The shades of night were falling fast,
As from a sports store there pass’d
A man among the Christmas rabble,
Carrying an odd shaped paddle,
A smile stood in his bright blue eyes,
And many people wondered why;
But when they saw his paddle, they
Would stop and warn him not to play
“Don't try the game”, an old man said,
“Play chess or basketball instead,
Avoid it, sir, while yet you can!”
He said, “No way! you ancient man,
“You’ll find it, sir, no harmless joke”
(A tennis pro it was who spoke),
“Oh shun this too seductive game!”
But still he answered just the same,
“O, wait!” his Gran'ma said, “I know!
The game will hook you and not let go,
So throw that dreadful paddle away”,
He said, “Excuse me Gran but I must play",
Gran'pa had his own refrain,
"My love life's gone, down the drain,
My wife is never home, it seems,
It's only pickleball of which she dreams".
He didn't listen, he didn't care,
He wanted only to get where
They played the game, open for all,
His only thought to hit the ball.
In gymnasiums he saw the light
Fluorescent tubes warm and bright,
In each a familiar ‘thwap’ he heard,
And from his lips escaped the word -
He entered in and started play,
And with his friends night and day
Competed ‘till he soon became
A mighty champion at the game
He beat them all, no matter who,
His friends, neighbours and sweetheart too;
His sister Jane and brother Matt,
He readily defeated at
He never drank, he never fed,
He never even went to bed!
In consequence at last he died,
And with his fleeting breath he cried
And to his funeral there came
All dinkers 'n bangers known to fame;
As they laid him in the ground
“Game on!” was heard from all around.
Original version written in 1902 (anonymously) at the height of the 'ping-pong' craze.
Adapted in 2017 for pickleball by Ken Holman ©
Quality control problems have delayed the launch of the much anticipated Onix Fuse ball, successor to the, soon to be outlawed, Pure 2 ball. From the Onix facebook page:
"ONIX Pickleball is committed to the highest standards for our products. Since receiving our first production run of the FUSE Outdoor Ball, we’ve been testing it internally and have discovered that some of the balls are not meeting our quality standards. Because of this, we are going to delay the launch of the ONIX Fuse Outdoor ball. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. However, we want to ensure the product’s integrity to ensure the best experience for our customers. We will update you with a new launch date as soon as we have more details."
From the Onix website:
"Ready to play right out of the box, the all-new ONIX Fuse Pickleball create a consistency between the indoor and outdoor game. These all-new pickleballs are specifically designed and optimized for pickleball, providing the truest flight and most authentic bounce available. The Fuse balls have exceptional seam welding offering greater durability and resists splitting. The superior balanced ball is strategically aligned with precision-drilled holes. Featuring smaller holes and precise weighting, the Fuse ball delivers optimal rebound and resists wind interference. The balls meet USAPA requirements for outdoor tournament pickleball play."
Available in the US mid-December, in Canada?