Greetings and Salutations:
First of all I would like to apologize for being rather derelict in my duties as the Blog editor. I make no excuses but sufficient to say that the time missed with Manitoulin Pickleball has not been wasted. It is an exciting time for pickleball , locally, nationally and internationally. Let me bring you up to date.
As you already know, the summer pickleball season on the Island was well attended and managed. Thanks to George for keeping us focused, Bud and Pierrette for hosting the lunch and to all of you for the fun and friendship including out of town folks.
To all the tournament players from our small club, I want to say a BIG congratulations. We may be a small group but we have a big reputation when it comes to winning at tournaments including the Ontario Championship in North Bay and the Canadian Nationals in Kingston.
And who could forget our warm up exercises and the scorekeeper course.
We are fortunate to be able to play a winter season at AOK. Thanks to Mike and Keith for organizing the Monday evening and the Wednesday/Friday schedule. If you require more information please contact Keith at email@example.com
Pickleball Canada has had a terrific year; Here are some highlights:
Active membership now exceeds 22,000
A Canadian ratings and ranking system will be in place in June 2020
Officiating is being enhanced for all three levels - watch for announcements in the PC Scoop
The 2020 Rule book is now published and will be effective from January. Click HERE for information. For the changes in the rule book Click HERE
The new Integrated Technology Platform will be launched in June 2020. Once released I will introduce the platform to our Manitoulin Club. Not only will it stream line the membership process, it will include club based ladder and league software and a full club rating system and many other exciting features. We call it "Everything Pickleball." More on this later.
A Youth Co-ordinator has been hired to manage the interest from the under 25 group
PCO maintains it active support of the International Federation of Pickleball
Look for an exciting development in Coaching and Instructor certification this year
Stay well and stay out of trouble. If we don't see you at AOK, travel safe. Spring is only three months away. Cheers