When Will Pickleball Return? - posted April 9, 2020.
We hope you are all keeping safe and well in these extraordinary times. While our weather is surely about to improve over the next few weeks, it remains really important that we all continue to adhere to all the physical distancing requirements detailed by Alberta Health Services.
Our province and our city are doing very well in “flattening the curve” so let’s all do our best to keep doing what we are doing to keep ourselves and one another safe.
However, at some point, this will end and there will be Pickleball again.
But it likely won’t be this spring. Although no one knows for sure how the next few weeks will unfold, it is very unlikely that we will be able to open the courts for play in April, May or even early June.
But let’s look at the positive – we may be able to have some form of Pickleball play sometime in the summer. However, if we are able to open the courts in the summer, it will be with mandatory physical distancing practices that will become part of our everyday practices going forward. This means we won’t “pack the courts to the max” like we did last year. We may also build in a “30 minute changeover time” between sessions. And, of course, we will mandate court-side hygiene practices.
With a shortened outdoor season, we may need to build a simplified court schedule that does not include all the specialty sessions we had planned for 2020.
But, we are lucky that we will be able to spread out across three sites: Royal Gardens, Jasper Park and Bonnie Doon and we will encourage members to use the alternate sites to ameliorate the clustering at Royal Gardens.
And so, we carry on.
The EPC Board is planning for a resumption of play when it is safe to do so.
Behind the scenes, we are working to change over to a new membership system that is part of Pickleball Canada’s four tier national membership system. Part of that project will be the development of a new website for our club. We are working on that now with the expectation that those projects will bear fruit sometime in the summer.
It has been no surprise that our 2020 membership renewals have all but stopped in the last three weeks. We appreciate those of you who have stuck with us and nonetheless renewed your 2020 membership.
In most years, usually in May, we have stopped extending our emails and club news to previous year’s members who have not renewed. This year is different. If you have not yet renewed your 2020 membership, we want to “keep you in the loop” and connected to our club and so you will continue to receive our emails and club updates – unless you tell us otherwise.
If you no longer wish to receive our club communications, that’s OK - you can hit the “Unsubscribe” button on this email or simply tell me your wishes and I will look after it for you.
Keep the faith that it will get better –
It will get better for all of us but, here and now, these are difficult days and we are all “feeling a little raw”. But remember that we are all in this together and we will all get through this together so please don’t hesitate to reach out –
If you need help in some way, if you know a member who needs help, if you would like to contact a member you haven’t heard from in some time, please let us know.
If you would like to share a story that moved you, please let us know.
Pickleball Club is a registered non-profit organization in Alberta.