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Welcome to Wakefield Pickleball (PB). We play at the Wakefield Elementary School in Wakefield, Quebec, Canada

Paddles, balls, partners and coaching are provided to help you get started. Pickleball is fun sport and we play using the Official USAPA rules.

Please create a user id and register to play at the game at your level. Training or Sunday Earlybird or Sunday Sleepy head and Wed early is a good time for you to start.

Cost: $5 drop-in and everyone 18+ is welcome!

IMPORTANT: We can only enter the school on weekdays after 6:00pm at the side door. Go up Sully Road and park in the parking lots. The front lane at the school is a one way fire lane. You are welcome to join us at 6:01 pm to set-up the nets.

Waiver: You are playing Pickleball at your own risk and agree that the Centre Wakefield La Peche, Municipality, WQSB, nor the organizers are responsible for your wellness.

Safety: You should wear safety glasses, court shoes and appropriate clothing. Never run backwards.

Knowledge: It would be good if you completed this online course prior to playing pickleball to obtain a basic understanding about the game rules and strategy.

https://www.meetup.com/Wakefieldpickleball/events/nfqhhryzmbnb/

Our regular schedule is

Sundays Early Bird - Everyone is welcome Recreational: 8:30-10:15am

Sundays Sleepy Head - Everyone is welcome Recreational: 10:30am-12:15pm

Wednesdays Early - Beginners/Intermediate Pickleball 6:05-7:45pm

Wednesdays Late - Intermediate/Advanced/Competitive Pickleball 7:45-9:15pm

Fridays Early - Intermediate/Advanced Pickleball 6:05-7:45pm

Fridays Late - Competitive Pickleball 7:45-9:15pm

Saturdays – training/special games/tournaments will be scheduled

There are two Pickleball courts on the outdoor Wakefield rink, PopUp Outdoor Pickleball games may be scheduled or arrange your own game with a few friends.

What is Recreational Pickleball?

At Recreational Pickleball everyone over age 18 is welcome to play and you are encouraged to invite new friends. Someone will help new players get started. The paddles, balls, partners and coaching are provided.

What is Competitive Pickleball?

The goal is to build a group of “Pickleball Competitive Team Builders” at the same level of understanding Pickleball strategies. We will help each other develop PB skills, play competitively as team members and enter tournaments.

To join the games, players must have a good understanding of the PB rules, understand the logic of going to the NVZ and DINKING and practice the skills of going to the NYZ and DINKING.

To join the Competitive Pickleball events:

You must have attended at least 100+ Recreational Pickleball events , completed Luc Germain’s LESSON ONE training, read the Official USAPA rules a few times to understand them and completed the online trailing 101 and 201.

OR you must have completed green level at the Ottawa Pickleball Association Training

OR you have been assessed as a level 3.0+ PB player.

and be willing to play PB ie: going to the NYZ and DINKING

Where can you purchase Paddles?

We have paddles for you to use at the games. Once you are comfortable with PB and know you will continue playing, please let me know you would like to order a paddle. I order new paddles from Pickleball Depot every few months. The prices are on the site and you receive a few bonuses: no taxes, no shipping and a free paddle cover. I often order the APEX paddles, they are excellent and made in Canada. Picklelball Depot (http://www.pickleballdepot.ca) BC. I cannot order HEAD products.

Where are the Official Pickleball rules? The current Complete Official USAPA rules can be downloaded at

https://www.usapa.org/ifp-official-rules/

How are the coloured levels such as green defined by the Ottawa Pickleball Association?

https://ottawapickleballassociation.com/

https://ottawapickleballassociation.com/league/general-information/

Is there a good Pickleball strategy video I can watch to understand the stragety on why we should position ourselves at the Non Volley Zone?

Our online course to obtain a basic understanding about the game rules and stragety

https://www.meetup.com/Wakefieldpickleball/events/nfqhhryzmbnb/

Yes, please review this PB strategy video a few times before joining the Competitive Pickleball games, it is excellent: Doubles Pickleball Strategy 101-How to Play Smart Pickleball, Ten Tips by Joe Baker

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5ceh-7DI1Y (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5ceh-7DI1Y)

For more info, leave a note on an event, message me, email irene@npwalking.com or call 613-850-8502 or 819-459-3284

Upcoming events (5+)

Beginners & Intermediate Pickleball (6:01pm-7:35)

Wakefield Elementary School

Our Pickleball group is growing and we are dividing the session into 2 groups. Registration is required. This session is for Beginners & Intermediate Pickleballers from 6:01pm to 7:35pm and by 7:45pm most of the final games should be finishing up for the late group to start at 7:45pm. You are welcome to bring guests just let me know who and how many in the comment lines so we can plan help for new players to get started. Thanks We will open the doors at 6:01pm. The daycare children are in the school until 6pm. Please do not enter the school until 6:01. Remember the road in front of the school is one way and is now a Fire Lane, no parking. $5 a game, pay at door. NOTE: There will be beginners at this session, please do not teach them how to play unless they ask for your help. Everyone should review the ONLINE SELF STUDY: 101 and 201 PICKLEBALL course a few times to review the games rules and stragety. SAFETY - EYE PROTECTION and court shoes should be worn. - Do not run backwards on the court - Do not put balls in your back pocket (if you fall – it may damage your hip - If a ball comes or goes into another court call ball and stop play. - Drink water to stay hydrated. - If you fall, do not jump back up – take 5 seconds and get your bearings - Do warm up exercises Irene Richardson email [masked] or call[masked] cell/text[masked]

Intermediate - Advanced Pickleball (7:45pm~9:15)

Wakefield Elementary School

Our Pickleball group is growing and we are dividing the Wednesday session into 2 groups. This session is for the intermediate & Advanced Pickleballers. Organizers: Irene and Blair Remember the road in front of the school is one way and is now a Fire Lane, no parking. This session is from 7:45 to ~9:15pm. An early group may be in the process of finishing their game, be kind to each other. $5 a game. Cash. Register to play. SAFETY - EYE PROTECTION and court shoes should be worn. - Do not run backwards on the court - Do not put balls in your back pocket (if you fall – it may damage your hip - If a ball comes or goes into another court call ball and stop play. - Drink water to stay hydrated. - If you fall, do not jump back up – take 5 seconds and get your bearings - Do warm up exercises Irene Richardson email [masked] or call[masked] cell/text[masked]

Early Intermediate/Advanced Pickleball (6:01-7:35)

Wakefield Elementary School

We are back to 2 sessions on Friday night (the numbers are increasing). Intermediate/Advanced early from 6:01 to 7:35 $5 must register. Competitive 7:35 to 9:15 $5 must register By registering for a pickleball event, you are agreeing that you are playing at your own risk. WEAR EYE PROTECTION and Court shoes! Eye Protection: While hollow and lightweight, the ball used in pickleball is a hard polymer and can travel at a very high rate of speed. The use of proper eye protection is highly recommended for all players. Proper Footwear: Comfortable court shoes are a must; sneakers or running shoes do not supply the right kind of support for the side-to-side action inherent in pickleball. From FootCareMD: Note: Indoor court shoes for the gym. Before Play: Warm-up During Play: • Learn to return lobs correctly. Never back up on your heels. Instead, turn around and go back to get to the ball. Serious head injuries can occur if you fall backwards. • During play, if pain occurs stop playing and ice the area of pain. Continuing to play will likely aggravate your problem. • Age, experience, physical condition and athletic ability will impact the level of your game. Don’t try to make plays beyond your abilities. • Be sure to drink water, replenish electrolytes and eat appropriate snacks. You need a balance of electrolytes and food to prevent dehydration. Symptoms include dizziness, weakness, fatigue, an irregular heartbeat and fainting. After Play: Cool-Down Intermediate/Advanced Players: • Know the Pickleball rules (ie: read the USAPA manual) https://www.usapa.org/ifp-official-rules/ • Taken basic training with Luc Germain or OPA • 80% of the serves are good • Understands why you go to the NVZ and DINK • Practices the drop shot ands work your way to the NVZ with your • Gets to the NVZ and dinks • Played at least 50 recreational sessions • Good sportsmanship • Completed the online 101 and 102 training • Irene approves these members Competitive: • Must be a strong player • Taken training with Luc Germain or OPA and applies the techniques • 90% of the serves are good • Keeps the ball low • Does the drop shots, work your way to the net with your partner • Plays the Pickleball game strategy: gets to the NVZ and dinks • Works with your partner to call balls • Moves with your partner • Played at least 150 recreational sessions • Good sportsmanship • Completed the online 101 and 102 training • Know the Pickleball rules (ie: read the USAPA manual) https://www.usapa.org/ifp-official-rules/ • Irene approves these members

Late Friday - Competitive Pickleball (7:45 to 9:15pm)

Wakefield Elementary School

Competitive 7:45 to 9:15. Must register - $5 By registering for a pickleball event, you are agreeing that you are playing at your own risk. WEAR EYE PROTECTION and Court shoes! Eye Protection: While hollow and lightweight, the ball used in pickleball is a hard polymer and can travel at a very high rate of speed. The use of proper eye protection is highly recommended for all players. Proper Footwear: Comfortable court shoes are a must; sneakers or running shoes do not supply the right kind of support for the side-to-side action inherent in pickleball. From FootCareMD: Note: Indoor court shoes for the gym. Before Play: Warm-up During Play: • Learn to return lobs correctly. Never back up on your heels. Instead, turn around and go back to get to the ball. Serious head injuries can occur if you fall backwards. • During play, if pain occurs stop playing and ice the area of pain. Continuing to play will likely aggravate your problem. • Age, experience, physical condition and athletic ability will impact the level of your game. Don’t try to make plays beyond your abilities. • Be sure to drink water, replenish electrolytes and eat appropriate snacks. You need a balance of electrolytes and food to prevent dehydration. Symptoms include dizziness, weakness, fatigue, an irregular heartbeat and fainting. After Play: Cool-Down Intermediate/Advanced Players: • Know the Pickleball rules (ie: read the USAPA manual) https://www.usapa.org/ifp-official-rules/ • Taken basic training with Luc Germain or OPA • 80% of the serves are good • Understands why you go to the NVZ and DINK • Practices the drop shot ands work your way to the NVZ with your • Gets to the NVZ and dinks • Played at least 50 recreational sessions • Good sportsmanship • Completed the online 101 and 102 training • Irene approves these members Competitive: • Must be a strong player • Taken a couple training sessions with Luc Germain or OPA and applies the techniques • 90% of the serves are good • Keeps the ball low • Does the drop shots, work your way to the net with your partner • Plays the Pickleball game strategy: gets to the NVZ and dinks • Works with your partner to call balls • Moves with your partner • Played at least 150 recreational sessions • Good sportsmanship • Completed the online 101 and 102 training • Know the Pickleball rules (ie: read the USAPA manual) https://www.usapa.org/ifp-official-rules/ • Irene approves these members

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