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Welcome to Wakefield Pickleball (PB). Currently, we play pickleball outdoors at the Centre Wakefield La Peche skatepark/rink in Wakefield, Quebec, Canada

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

Wakefield Pickleball COVID Guidelines
For the outdoor courts at the Wakefield Recreational Association rink

Stay at home if you have any covid symptoms or have been around anyone with covid or you have been traveling within the last 2 weeks.

Prepared by: Irene Richardson June 15, 2020.
Please abide by these guidelines to help keep others and yourself healthy during COVID19. Thanks for your cooperation and ongoing support. If you have questions email or call Irene irene@npwalking.com , 819-459-3284 , or 613-850-8502

At the Pickleball Outdoor Court:
• As of June 8 – you can play as a team – partners should keep 2 meters apart. No contact.
• Consider playing with only family members or others who reside in your household or bubble.
• We have 3 courts, 4 people per court to a maximum of 8 people per court.

• Singles (2 people per court) involves more running than doubles, if you are exhausted – stop playing. It is only a game!

Do NOT run backwards, the cement is harder than your head!
• Play Pickleball in the morning when it is cooler and allow the children to have the rink for skateboarding in the afternoon. If there are conflicts, we will schedule play time with the Wakefield Recreational Association and at https://www.meetup.com/wakefieldpickleball/. (https://www.meetup.com/wakefieldpickleball/)
• There are hand sanitizer and disinfectant bottles available in the pickleball box, please bring your own when possible or let Irene know if the bottles are empty.
• Wear sunglasses or eyewear to protect your eyes.
• Wear a hat and sunscreen and bring water.
• Warming up and cool-down stretches will help your game and body.
• The public washrooms are not open. There is a portable potty at the children’s playground.
• Note: In the near future I will be asking everyone to sign a wavier and to be a yearly member of the Centre Wakefield La Pêche to help cover the cost of the balls and hand sanitizers for outdoor play.

Safety:

• Assume the other players are potential carriers of the coronavirus at all times.
• Wash your hands with soap and water before coming and bring personal use hand sanitizer.
• Wipe hands with sanitizer before and immediately after playing each game.
• Wipe balls before and after games with disinfectant.
• Clean and wipe down your paddles and water bottles.
• Do not share paddles or any other equipment or clothing.
• Avoid contact with others, such as hand shaking and high fives.
• Bring a full personal use water bottle(s). There are no public water fountains.
• The public washrooms are not open in the centre. There is a portable potty at the children’s playground.
• Bring tissues or a handkerchief for contained sneezing and coughing or consider wearing a mask.
• Adhere to guidelines by not touching your face (after handling a ball or paddle).

Do Not Play:
• If you are exhibiting any symptoms of the coronavirus: mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, coughing, difficulty breathing, or other symptoms identified by the CDC.
• Have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 21 days.
• If you are a vulnerable individual with serious underlying health conditions, including high blood pressure, chronic lung disease, diabetes, obesity, asthma, or whose immune system is compromised such as by chemotherapy for cancer and other conditions requiring such therapy.

When you return home:
• Thoroughly wash your paddles, grips, pickleballs, towels, clothes, bags, water bottles, and other items you have used or touched.

Have fun – Help Keep Everyone Safe - Life is good in Wakefield!

Our pre-COVID Guidelines:

Please create a user id and register to play at the game at your level. Training or Sunday Earlybird or Sunday Sleepyhead 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

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