First Ladder Play at the Camrose Pickleball Club
The Club held its first Ladder Play on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Twenty-nine players participated in the event. I was thrilled to see so many people interested in this structured pickleball format.
Seven courts were scheduled with teams of 4 players, including one court of 5 players. Each team started at either 9 am. or 10:30 am. and played 3 games to 15 points. For the group of 5, the players played 4 games to 11 points.
Everyone had so much fun that 26 players have already signed up for the next Ladder Play scheduled for Wednesday, April 26, 2017.
Thanks everyone for your support and let’s make this a permanent event.
Please contact me for more information:
Ladder Play Captain
WHAT IS LADDER PLAY?
The format of play is designed so that players play mostly with others of similar skill levels. Your ranking on a ladder is based upon your winning percentage (the ratio of points won to total points possible). Players will move up or down the ladder based upon their winning percentage.
Each week, players will be placed in groups of 4 in the order of their ranking on the ladder for match play. All players will play three doubles games with the other three players of the foursome. Players can enter or leave the ladder at any time. After your games have been played, players record their scores on the score sheet that will be provided. Individual scores and the total for all three games will be given to the Ladder Manager and they will be entered into the program “holdmycourt”. We will play three 15-point games to a maximum of 45 points total because you have to win only by 1 point.
A schedule is displayed each week after 6 pm the day before the Ladder Play showing only those players who have signed up to play that week or are assigned a bye/sub. If a player is unable to play on the specified day, the player should notify the Ladder Manager no later than 5 pm the day before.
The program has a 1/4 rule which RESTRICTS a player’s movement up or down the ladder regardless of their percentage. So if one week a player wins all of his games, he can only move up 1/4 of the ladder positions from where he was. The reverse holds true going down the ladder should you have a very bad day. An “R” for “Restricted Position” appears next to the percentage on the Standings page.
This format of play is very interesting and more fun for either beginner or more advance players as you are matched with players of similar skills.
We want to start a Ladder Play at the Max McLean Arena every Wednesday at 9 am on April 19, 2017. You must sign up to be able to participate in a Ladder Play. As this is new for everyone and that we will need to create a list of players, I will need the name of players that are interested to participate.
We are hoping that by creating a more structured format, it will be more fun for everyone.
We hope to hear from you as soon as possible, so we can organize this format.
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to send me an email at email@example.com, or send me a note on Facebook Camrose Pickleball page.
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CONGRATULATIONS to all our members who played in the 2017 Lexus South Pointe Winter Classic pickleball tournament that was hosted by the Edmonton Pickleball Club in Edmonton last weekend! A lot of games were played at the largest pickleball tournament in Alberta and players from all skill levels were in attendance.
Click on the following links to review the results for the categories our members played in:
Womens Doubles 3.0
Mixed Doubles 3.0
Mixed Doubles 3.5
Mens Doubles 3.0
Mens Doubles 3.5
Mens Doubles 4.0+
Tournament play is a great way to get exposure to other players and facilities AND to have some fun!
The Grrr-Kins were busy today playing in their in-house Christmas tournament! Costumes, fun, friends, fellowship and pickleball… aaahh, life is good!
Congrats to Ron and Lorne E who placed first in the A Division.
Congrats to Bill MP and Michael who placed first in the B Division.
Remainder of the Results are as follows:
2nd Carol & Bob
3rd Roy & Kevin D
4th Linda & Jim
2nd Bill MP & Michael
3rd Ken & Brenda
4th Dean & Jack
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!
(To see video’s taken at the tournament check out our Facebook Page – Camrose Pickleball.)
A GRRR-EAT time was had at our Christmas Potluck on December 14th. 26 people attended and enjoyed …Fantastic Food… Fellowship… and a wee bit of competition. Thank you to everyone for your contributions!
Christmas Pot Luck Prizes
For EXPERT Crokinole play:
Bob, Kevin S, Dean, Linda S, Wendy M. (Games Passes)
Linda S ( Advil) & Jim K (chocolate)
Carol E (Lorne E) Gift Basket & Jim K (Chocolate)
Thank you Susan N for donating the beautiful gift basket!
Dean was was presented with an enhanced designed pickleball for visually challenged players as a token of appreciation for his ongoing efforts to support the Grrr-kins!
Click on the link below to read a letter from the President of Pickleball Canada (Val Vollmin) asking for your input towards a Strategic Plan for the organization. This is your opportunity to have a say in the development of pickleball in Canada!
Click on the link in the letter to enter the survey.
Pickleball Canada Letter
Good news: Sheets of 10 passes for $42.50 are now available for purchase, as well as our sheets of 20 passes for $85.00.
Effective January 1st, our fees when paying with cash instead of using passes, will increase to $5.00 per visit. We would like to encourage all members of our Club to purchase passes. This will make it easier for the ‘money collecters’ to keep track of the fees, as well as save alot of time counting cash for our bank deposits.
The current price for passes will remain the same ($4.25 per visit). Effective January 1st, when using passes instead of paying with cash, you will save $15.00 when purchasing a sheet of 20, and $7.50 when purchasing a sheet of 10. If you have any questions, please contact any member of the Executive.
(News from Pickleball Canada)
Innisfail, Alberta recently introduced the new sport as part of its drop-in fall programming. There has been much interest in the new sport around town, said Williams, which is one of the reasons, he added, why Innisfail added it to its drop-in fall programming.
“The enthusiasm that people had for it. Not only was pickleball something that was requested by people in the community, it was also something that we got great feedback from during our fall registration night,” said Williams. “It was awesome to see that people of all ages were excited to give it a try.”
Today was not only Halloween, but was the first day of our ‘split session’ play. The transition went smoothly. 11 played in the ‘early session’ and 16 played in the ‘later session’. With everyone having less sitting around time… we all seemed to have a great workout and enjoyed some great Pickleball. Happy Halloween everyone!