Wikipedia describes pickleball as : a paddleball sport (similar to a racquet sport) that combines elements of tennis,badminton, and table tennis. Two or four players use solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a perforated polymer ball, with 26-40 round holes, over a net. The sport shares features of other racquet sports: the dimensions and layout of a badminton court, and a net and rules somewhat similar to tennis, with several modifications. Pickleball was invented in the mid 1960s as a children's backyard game.
The game of Pickleball was developed so that all members of a family could participate so the rules were kept simple. Many of the rules are an adaptation from tennis, ping pong and badminton. For a list of the rules click here https://pickleballcanada.org/basic_rules_of_pickleball.php
Known as the fastest growing sport in the world, the primary purpose of the Cranbook Pickleball Club is to promote pickleball within the Cranbrook area.
There are two pickleball courts located in Cranbook:
Gyro Park (open to the public)
7th Ave & 7th Street S, Cranbrook, BC
Kinsmen Park (Members only During Covid-19)
Victoria Ave & 5th Street, Cranbrook, BC
New COVID-19 Rules and Court Etiquette, and the schedule from the Cranbrook Pickleball Club's website is posted below.
Cranbrook Pickleball Club – COVID-19 Rules & Court Etiquette
1. Play at Kinsmen courts will be open to club members only. There will be no club or public drop-ins, and we will not be able to give lessons or engage in league play at this time. 2. Club members will have to reserve a court through the 'HoldMyCourt' reservation system. Members may reserve a court for 1 - 2 hours, which will allow 4 players on one reserved court. 3. Play with family members or individuals you believe to be low risk. Singles recommended. 4. Distancing of 6 feet will apply to players when arriving at and leaving the courts. Instead of meeting at the net after each game, stand at the kitchen line and wave your paddle! 5. Use only a sanitized ball and change to another freshly sanitized ball after each game. Wear a glove on your non serving hand. Players will return a dead or errant ball by directing it by foot or softly returning with paddle. 6. Players must bring their own sanitizer wipes, as well as gloves and mask if desired. 7. Players should sanitize all high touch points when leaving the courts (gates, fencing). 8. If a chair is required for rest, place 6 feet apart in common area of courts (check to ensure your chair will not scratch/gouge new paint, otherwise put your chair outside courts)
These are guidelines for the safety of all players, which could change continually as COVID restrictions change, and hopefully, be lifted altogether. Please adhere to our Rules of Play for now – and remember…. our friendly pickleball banter and hearty laughter while playing cannot be infected!
Have fun playing pickleball. For more information go to http://www.cranbrookpickleball.ca/