“2018” Beaver Flat Pickleball
· - Depending on where Beaver Flat Pickleball goes next year we may have to form a committee
· - The 2nd Annual “Beaver Flat Pickleball” tournament will be held sometime mid-July
· - There could easily be “Just for Fun” tournaments held in August and September long
· - Also an “Under 14” tournament could be arranged
· - We could have a tournament where the names go into a hat and teams are drawn
· - And how about an “After Dark” tournament (set up lights)
· There could be a “Come Out and Play” day set aside where residents just show up and play each other – Example: Every Wednesday night at 7:00 or every Tuesday morning at 9:00
· I’m going to talk to a person I know who could come out and instruct a course where you would learn the fundamental rules, basic strategies and court positioning
From what I have observed in the last two tournaments these rules seem to be the most confusing. I’ve taken the rule explanations below from the “International Federation of Pickleball (IFP)” which you can read by clicking on “Complete Rules” at the bottom of this page
A ball contacting the playing surface outside of the baseline or sideline, even though the edge of the ball overlaps the line, is considered out of bounds.
Players will call the lines on their side of the court
Don’t call a ball “out” when you are looking across the line unless you can clearly see the space between the line and the ball as it hits. The player’s depth of field judgment, based on the laws of parallax, prevent accurate judgment in these cases.
The opponent gets the benefit of the doubt on line calls made.
All “let” or “out” calls must be made “instantly”; otherwise the ball is presumed good and still in play. “Instantly” is defined as calling “let” or “out” prior to the ball being hit by the opponent or before it has gone out of play.
The serve must be made with an underhand stroke so that contact with the ball is made below waist level (waist is defined as the navel level).
The arm must be moving in an upward arc and the paddle head shall be below the wrist when it strikes the ball (paddle head is that part of the paddle excluding handle). The highest point of the paddle head cannot be above any part of line formed where the wrist joint bends.
At the beginning of the serve, both feet must be behind the baseline. At the time the ball is struck, at least one foot must be on the playing surface or ground behind the baseline and the server's feet may not touch the playing surface in an area outside the confines of the serving area.
Going in the Non-Volley Zone or Kitchen
A fault will be declared if, in the act of volleying (hitting the ball in the air) the ball, a player or anything the player is wearing or carrying touches the non-volley zone or touches any non-volley line.
A fault will be declared if, in the act of volleying the ball, the player's momentum causes the player or anything the player is wearing or carrying to touch the non-volley zone or touch any non-volley line.
A player may step on the non-volley line or enter the non-volley zone at any time except when that player is volleying the ball.
A player may stay inside the non-volley zone to return balls that bounce. That is, there is no violation if a player does not exit the non-volley zone after hitting a ball that bounces.
Service/Side Selection and Rotation
A coin flip or any other fair method will determine first choice of service or side. If the winner chooses to serve or receive, the loser picks starting side. If the winner chooses starting side, the loser chooses to serve or receive.
The “Just for Fun” Pickleball tournament was held Sunday, September 3rd with 14 “Two Person” teams entered. Unfortunately due to the excessive wind we could only use one court so we limited the entries to 12 teams.
But the positive that came out of that was it was noticeably more fun having everyone at one court for the complete tournament. I will ask council to consider adding pavement to the court already in place so we could have two courts at that location.
Four teams entered had just learnt the game days before the tournament and one team played their first game(s) the day of the tournament! They had a blast and in my opinion that is what Beaver Flat Pickleball should be all about.
A huge thank-you goes out to Century 21 (Bernie Weinbender) and SIEF (Terry Brodziak) for their prize donations.
The Pickleball tournament was held Saturday, August 12th with 15 “Two Person” teams entered. From the feedback that was received it appears everyone really had a great time.
A huge thank-you goes out to BF Reid Contracting (Bill Bresett) and The Friends of Beaver Flat for their cash donations that allowed us to purchase four paddles, balls, an annual trophy, prizes for the winners and the Logo design, draw sheet, coroplast sign, colster wraps and posters that will be installed in the Pickleball shelter.
Thank-you to Grumpy Bob’s for the gift certificates, ice cold water bottles and huge supply of potato chips to munch on.
Sue and Keith Johnston donated an ice cream treat from Grumpy Bob’s to all the Pickleball teams so thank-you to them.
Ice cold towels were available as well for players and spectators thanks to Gord Atkins and Ingrid Oseen.
Of the 30 Pickleball players entered only 6 of them had played more than five games prior to the tournament and some had only learnt the game the week before. The age group entered was 12 – 82 years of age! But let me assure you all teams did very well.
The winners of the 1st Annual Beaver Flat “Pickleball” tournament were Terry Brodziak and Brittany Smith. The runners up were Lenice Harms & Ben Pap. The consolation prizes went to Tim & Jackie Schuler, Sue Johnston & Pat Olson.
There were two finalists for the Design our Beaver Flat “Pickleball” LOGO contest – Nev Loepeter and Sienna Tsougrianis. Nev’s logo was voted most popular and will be our Beaver Flat Pickleball logo moving forward. It can be seen on the web page, annual trophy, sign at Pickleball shelter and the 1st and 2nd place prizes that were awarded