Huntsville Muskoka Pickleball

Huntsville Muskoka Pickleball

Huntsville, Ontario

Webpage Under Construction

We are currently creating a Huntsville, Muskoka Pickleball Webpage.  

Stay tune.

Winter Play

We will be running our Winter Session starting in January 2023.

Where:  Muskoka Bible Centre, 8 Pioneer Avenue, Huntsville Ontario

Dates: January 10th to April 6th 12-week session (excluding March Break)

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

9:00 am to 10:30 am Drills (Limited 16 Players, must register through Team Reach)

10:30 am to 12:30 pm Intermediate play

12:30 pm to 2:30 pm Intermediate play

2:30 pm to 4:30 pm (2 courts Intermediate play 2 courts Beginners play)

also looking for volunteers to help our Beginners periodically

Membership: 12 weeks 

Cost: $150.00

registration open Dec 20th.  Deadline to register is January 5th 2023 

Etransfer to:

Pickleballhuntsvilleont@gmail.com

In the etransfer, please note the name of the player registering.

You must be a member of Pickleball Canada/Ontario $20,00 (covers our insurance)

Pickleball Canada/Ontario membership runs from January 1st to December 31st.

https://pickleballcanada.org/

MBC has also provided Waivers for us to complete.

If you were a member in our Fall Session a Waiver will be on file.

The drills sessions are very popular, so a schedule app has been set up to help manage these times. For those that are signed up, download the Team Reach app and we will send you the password

https://www.teamreach.com/

Spring & Summer Play

Spring and Summer Pickleball is played out of McCulley Robertson Recreational Park.

300 William Street, Huntsville, Ontario

4 outdoor courts

Memership required 

May to October

Monday to Friday

8:00am to 6:00pm

Further details will be available in April

Skills Development


The skills times are a great opportunity to improve your game, get and provide feedback and get some coaching from more experienced players. Drills are being offered in all our sessions.  They run for 1 1/2 hours.  We max them at 16 players. 

During regular play, not everyone wishes to have feedback and coaching. If you are playing with someone and wish to offer some tips or suggestions, it is best to ask them first if they would like and appreciate this. Even if they are open to the opportunity, try and just provide 1 or 2 things for them to focus or work on, otherwise people can quickly become overwhelmed by too much information.

Pickleball Etiquette

Pickleball is a social sport. This generally means that pickleball is as

much about interacting and socializing with people as it is about physical activity and competition. This “social” culture around pickleball is one defining characteristic of the sport itself. In connection with that unique culture, it is important to understand some “pickleball etiquette” tips before hitting the court. The Boise Area Pickleball Association have done a very nice job out outlining these. Please see the attached link to review:

Boise Area Pickleball Association - Pickleball etiquette

Some Safety Tips

MBC floors are very slippery – take care, wear proper indoor footwear (indoor court shoes)

While just good etiquette, calling ball on court is also an important safety rule. All players should be vigilant and calling “Ball on Court” as soon as it occurs. Play should stop, and your point should be played over

Stretch and warm up your body before you play

Communicate with your partner to avoid confusion and collisions

Be aware of your playing area and its obstacles. Move items such as chairs or bins that could get in the way

Ask the Ref

What's the rule on a double hit?

Double hits are allowed in pickleball if they are done by accident and within one stroke that is going in the same direction. Basically, it has to be done unintentionally

Calling an Out in Pickleball

A ball is called out when it bounces outside the court lines. If you can see a space between the line and the ball, it’s out. With any doubt, you should give the benefit of the doubt to the opponent. If there is a question, the ball should be called “in”.

You are in charge of all line calls on your side of the court.

Calling an Out in Pickleball

A ball is called out when it bounces outside the court lines. If you can see a space between the line and the ball, it’s out. With any doubt, you should give the benefit of the doubt to the opponent. If there is a question, the ball should be called “in”.

You are in charge of all line calls on your side of the court.

Webpage Under Construction

We are currently creating a Huntsville, Muskoka Pickleball Webpage.  

Stay tune.

Winter Play

We will be running our Winter Session starting in January 2023.

Where:  Muskoka Bible Centre, 8 Pioneer Avenue, Huntsville Ontario

Dates: January 10th to April 6th 12-week session (excluding March Break)

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

9:00 am to 10:30 am Drills (Limited 16 Players, must register through Team Reach)

10:30 am to 12:30 pm Intermediate play

12:30 pm to 2:30 pm Intermediate play

2:30 pm to 4:30 pm (2 courts Intermediate play 2 courts Beginners play)

also looking for volunteers to help our Beginners periodically

Membership: 12 weeks 

Cost: $150.00

registration open Dec 20th.  Deadline to register is January 5th 2023 

Etransfer to:

Pickleballhuntsvilleont@gmail.com

In the etransfer, please note the name of the player registering.

You must be a member of Pickleball Canada/Ontario $20,00 (covers our insurance)

Pickleball Canada/Ontario membership runs from January 1st to December 31st.

https://pickleballcanada.org/

MBC has also provided Waivers for us to complete.

If you were a member in our Fall Session a Waiver will be on file.

The drills sessions are very popular, so a schedule app has been set up to help manage these times. For those that are signed up, download the Team Reach app and we will send you the password

https://www.teamreach.com/

Our Mission

To grow the game of Pickleball for all ages, levels and abilities by creating and cultivating an environment that promotes health, social interaction, good sportmanship and fun by providing  our drills sessions and mentoring programs to enhance organized recreational and competitive play. 

Our Story

Jim and I retired in the year 2013 and decided to move to the Lake House on Bella Lake. Jim was sure of this plan, but I was not 100 percent sure if I wanted to leave my friends and family to live at the lake. I thought I would give it a try, but there was one stipulation, there had to be Pickleball. When we retired we discovered this new sport in Florida. I told Jim, I wanted to play this game. I took him to watch and he said, no way am I playing this game. Needless to say, he became addicted too. This sport has a way of doing it. We wanted to get better, so we would drill and we did the tournament circuit for two years in Florida, if there was a tournament, we were sure to register. It was actually a good way to see Florida.

We started seeking out Pickleball in our town of Huntsville. What was sadly offered, was one room in the Summit Centre, with 8 feet ceilings and alot of lines of the floors for shuffleboard etc. This was not going to work, so we continued to look at different buildings that we could possibly play Pickleball in. We could not find a place anywhere. We met with the Director of Programs and also our town Councilor to see if they could offer us any options.  We were so frustrated. We went to see the Director of Programs again and she had no news as to where we could play. So with our sad faces we left her office and made a wrong turn to exit and came out into the arena. Jim looked at me and I looked at him and we both said, why can't we play in the arena, when the ice is out. We did a quick U Turn back to Simone and told her our idea and before we knew it, we had access to the Jack Bionda Arena. 

  They ordered 4 nets, 20 plastic paddles and balls. For two years, Jim and I would go to Canadian Tire buy green painter's tape and tape the lines. We had to tape the lines everytime we were scheduled to play and take the tape off each time, because the arena got used by the Lacrosse Players at night. The sport was slow in taking off, we would be lucky to have 4 to 6 players show up. I remember one time, we had all 4 courts being used and we were so excited. After a couple of years and many trips to Canadian Tire to buy the tape, we asked Simone if we could get the lines painted. They put it in their budget, it got approved and we got lines painted.

The sport was slowly growing, our next request was to have the lines painted outside on the Tennis Courts. Now we were outside playing and the sport was starting to pick up. We offered clinics free to promote the sport. Mary Spring asked us if we would consider doing a youth camp and we did this for two years during Covid. Sharon Huckle, Mary Spring, Jim and myself ran it. We were starting to see interest and growth, so it was time to ask for dedicated courts. When we first approached Council, we were asking for 1 tennis court to be converted into 4 Pickleball courts. To our surprise, they came back to us and said you should have your own courts. I think the Tennis Players might have helped in this decision. Then the process started and we met with the council and long story short, we got approval for 4 Pickleball courts. A few hip cups on the way, but we got our new courts in the forest. We have grown to 150 members expecting 200 by this year.

For me, I can't see myself anywhere but Huntsville. I have met so many new friends and I love our Pickleball Community, you can't ask for a better group. They helped us along the way. 

Thank you, Huntsville Muskoka Pickleball.

Lorna & Jim

Skills Development


The skills times are a great opportunity to improve your game, get and provide feedback and get some coaching from more experienced players. Drills are being offered in all our sessions.  They run for 1 1/2 hours.  We max them at 16 players. 

During regular play, not everyone wishes to have feedback and coaching. If you are playing with someone and wish to offer some tips or suggestions, it is best to ask them first if they would like and appreciate this. Even if they are open to the opportunity, try and just provide 1 or 2 things for them to focus or work on, otherwise people can quickly become overwhelmed by too much information.

Pickleball Etiquette

Pickleball is a social sport. This generally means that pickleball is as

much about interacting and socializing with people as it is about physical activity and competition. This “social” culture around pickleball is one defining characteristic of the sport itself. In connection with that unique culture, it is important to understand some “pickleball etiquette” tips before hitting the court. The Boise Area Pickleball Association have done a very nice job out outlining these. Please see the attached link to review:

Boise Area Pickleball Association - Pickleball etiquette

Some Safety Tips

MBC floors are very slippery – take care, wear proper indoor footwear (indoor court shoes)

While just good etiquette, calling ball on court is also an important safety rule. All players should be vigilant and calling “Ball on Court” as soon as it occurs. Play should stop, and your point should be played over

Stretch and warm up your body before you play

Communicate with your partner to avoid confusion and collisions

Be aware of your playing area and its obstacles. Move items such as chairs or bins that could get in the way

Ask the Ref

What's the rule on a double hit?

Double hits are allowed in pickleball if they are done by accident and within one stroke that is going in the same direction. Basically, it has to be done unintentionally

Calling an Out in Pickleball

A ball is called out when it bounces outside the court lines. If you can see a space between the line and the ball, it’s out. With any doubt, you should give the benefit of the doubt to the opponent. If there is a question, the ball should be called “in”.

You are in charge of all line calls on your side of the court.

Calling an Out in Pickleball

A ball is called out when it bounces outside the court lines. If you can see a space between the line and the ball, it’s out. With any doubt, you should give the benefit of the doubt to the opponent. If there is a question, the ball should be called “in”.

You are in charge of all line calls on your side of the court.

A word from our fearless leader

WOW! What an exciting summer season for our growing Huntsville Muskoka Pickleball community. The summer of 2022 has been fun and sun filled with lots of outdoor Pickleball. One of our crowning achievements was seeing the Grand Opening of the new courts at McCulley Roberston and the 1st annual club tournament. Jim and I were overwhelmed with the gratitude everyone showed towards us. For those heading South for the Winter, see you next year! For those sticking around, we will see you indoors at MBC. Stay safe, have fun!!

Lorna

Our Mission

To grow the game of Pickleball for all ages, levels and abilities by creating and cultivating an environment that promotes health, social interaction, good sportmanship and fun by providing  our drills sessions and mentoring programs to enhance organized recreational and competitive play. 

Rule Changes for 2023

SIGNIFICANT RULE CHANGES FOR 2023

Apparel (2.G.1/2.G.4)

Inappropriate apparel may now include apparel that approximates the color of the tournament ball. Section 1 encourages players to avoid wearing apparel that approximates the color of the ball. The Tournament Director retains the right to require an apparel change during a non-chargeable time-out.

Spin Serve (4.A.5.e/4.A.7.c)

Intentionally manipulating the ball to add spin during the release of the ball is not allowed. Some natural rotation of the ball when it is released is allowable but the server must not impart manipulation or spin prior to striking the ball to serve. This applies to the volley serve and the drop serve.

Replay or Fault on the Serve (4.A.6/4.A.8)

The referee has the authority to immediately stop play and order a replay if the referee is not certain that one more required elements of a serve have been met. The referee will call an immediate fault if a serve clearly violates one or more of the requirements. The intent is to induce players to adjust their serve so that it clearly and obviously meets all requirements.

Player Questions about Correct Server, Receiver or Position (4.B.8)

Player questions about correct server, receiver or position remain allowed before the serve is hit. A generic question by the server such as “Am I good?” is considered to encapsulate both the correct server question and the correct position question, and the referee will answer both questions. In non-officiated play, a player may ask the opponent the same questions and the opponent must respond with the appropriate information.

USA PICKLEBALL Official Rulebook (2023)

Wrong Score Called (4.K)

If the wrong score is called, the referee or any player may stop play before the return of serve to correct the score. It is a fault to stop play after the return of serve to identify or ask for a score correction. It is a fault to stop play to identify or ask for a score correction when the score was correctly called.

Equipment Time-Out (10.D)

Players are not required to use a regular time-out for equipment adjustments or changes necessary for fair and safe continuation of the match. The referee will call an equipment time-out of a reasonable duration.

Our Story

Jim and I retired in the year 2013 and decided to move to the Lake House on Bella Lake. Jim was sure of this plan, but I was not 100 percent sure if I wanted to leave my friends and family to live at the lake. I thought I would give it a try, but there was one stipulation, there had to be Pickleball. When we retired we discovered this new sport in Florida. I told Jim, I wanted to play this game. I took him to watch and he said, no way am I playing this game. Needless to say, he became addicted too. This sport has a way of doing it. We wanted to get better, so we would drill and we did the tournament circuit for two years in Florida, if there was a tournament, we were sure to register. It was actually a good way to see Florida.

We started seeking out Pickleball in our town of Huntsville. What was sadly offered, was one room in the Summit Centre, with 8 feet ceilings and alot of lines of the floors for shuffleboard etc. This was not going to work, so we continued to look at different buildings that we could possibly play Pickleball in. We could not find a place anywhere. We met with the Director of Programs and also our town Councilor to see if they could offer us any options.  We were so frustrated. We went to see the Director of Programs again and she had no news as to where we could play. So with our sad faces we left her office and made a wrong turn to exit and came out into the arena. Jim looked at me and I looked at him and we both said, why can't we play in the arena, when the ice is out. We did a quick U Turn back to Simone and told her our idea and before we knew it, we had access to the Jack Bionda Arena. 

  They ordered 4 nets, 20 plastic paddles and balls. For two years, Jim and I would go to Canadian Tire buy green painter's tape and tape the lines. We had to tape the lines everytime we were scheduled to play and take the tape off each time, because the arena got used by the Lacrosse Players at night. The sport was slow in taking off, we would be lucky to have 4 to 6 players show up. I remember one time, we had all 4 courts being used and we were so excited. After a couple of years and many trips to Canadian Tire to buy the tape, we asked Simone if we could get the lines painted. They put it in their budget, it got approved and we got lines painted.

The sport was slowly growing, our next request was to have the lines painted outside on the Tennis Courts. Now we were outside playing and the sport was starting to pick up. We offered clinics free to promote the sport. Mary Spring asked us if we would consider doing a youth camp and we did this for two years during Covid. Sharon Huckle, Mary Spring, Jim and myself ran it. We were starting to see interest and growth, so it was time to ask for dedicated courts. When we first approached Council, we were asking for 1 tennis court to be converted into 4 Pickleball courts. To our surprise, they came back to us and said you should have your own courts. I think the Tennis Players might have helped in this decision. Then the process started and we met with the council and long story short, we got approval for 4 Pickleball courts. A few hip cups on the way, but we got our new courts in the forest. We have grown to 150 members expecting 200 by this year.

For me, I can't see myself anywhere but Huntsville. I have met so many new friends and I love our Pickleball Community, you can't ask for a better group. They helped us along the way. 

Thank you, Huntsville Muskoka Pickleball.

Lorna & Jim

Tournament Information

https://pickleballbrackets.com...

A word from our fearless leader

WOW! What an exciting summer season for our growing Huntsville Muskoka Pickleball community. The summer of 2022 has been fun and sun filled with lots of outdoor Pickleball. One of our crowning achievements was seeing the Grand Opening of the new courts at McCulley Roberston and the 1st annual club tournament. Jim and I were overwhelmed with the gratitude everyone showed towards us. For those heading South for the Winter, see you next year! For those sticking around, we will see you indoors at MBC. Stay safe, have fun!!

Lorna

Our Mission

To grow the game of Pickleball for all ages, levels and abilities by creating and cultivating an environment that promotes health, social interaction, good sportmanship and fun by providing  our drills sessions and mentoring programs to enhance organized recreational and competitive play. 

Rule Changes for 2023

SIGNIFICANT RULE CHANGES FOR 2023

Apparel (2.G.1/2.G.4)

Inappropriate apparel may now include apparel that approximates the color of the tournament ball. Section 1 encourages players to avoid wearing apparel that approximates the color of the ball. The Tournament Director retains the right to require an apparel change during a non-chargeable time-out.

Spin Serve (4.A.5.e/4.A.7.c)

Intentionally manipulating the ball to add spin during the release of the ball is not allowed. Some natural rotation of the ball when it is released is allowable but the server must not impart manipulation or spin prior to striking the ball to serve. This applies to the volley serve and the drop serve.

Replay or Fault on the Serve (4.A.6/4.A.8)

The referee has the authority to immediately stop play and order a replay if the referee is not certain that one more required elements of a serve have been met. The referee will call an immediate fault if a serve clearly violates one or more of the requirements. The intent is to induce players to adjust their serve so that it clearly and obviously meets all requirements.

Player Questions about Correct Server, Receiver or Position (4.B.8)

Player questions about correct server, receiver or position remain allowed before the serve is hit. A generic question by the server such as “Am I good?” is considered to encapsulate both the correct server question and the correct position question, and the referee will answer both questions. In non-officiated play, a player may ask the opponent the same questions and the opponent must respond with the appropriate information.

USA PICKLEBALL Official Rulebook (2023)

Wrong Score Called (4.K)

If the wrong score is called, the referee or any player may stop play before the return of serve to correct the score. It is a fault to stop play after the return of serve to identify or ask for a score correction. It is a fault to stop play to identify or ask for a score correction when the score was correctly called.

Equipment Time-Out (10.D)

Players are not required to use a regular time-out for equipment adjustments or changes necessary for fair and safe continuation of the match. The referee will call an equipment time-out of a reasonable duration.

Our Story

Jim and I retired in the year 2013 and decided to move to the Lake House on Bella Lake. Jim was sure of this plan, but I was not 100 percent sure if I wanted to leave my friends and family to live at the lake. I thought I would give it a try, but there was one stipulation, there had to be Pickleball. When we retired we discovered this new sport in Florida. I told Jim, I wanted to play this game. I took him to watch and he said, no way am I playing this game. Needless to say, he became addicted too. This sport has a way of doing it. We wanted to get better, so we would drill and we did the tournament circuit for two years in Florida, if there was a tournament, we were sure to register. It was actually a good way to see Florida.

We started seeking out Pickleball in our town of Huntsville. What was sadly offered, was one room in the Summit Centre, with 8 feet ceilings and alot of lines of the floors for shuffleboard etc. This was not going to work, so we continued to look at different buildings that we could possibly play Pickleball in. We could not find a place anywhere. We met with the Director of Programs and also our town Councilor to see if they could offer us any options.  We were so frustrated. We went to see the Director of Programs again and she had no news as to where we could play. So with our sad faces we left her office and made a wrong turn to exit and came out into the arena. Jim looked at me and I looked at him and we both said, why can't we play in the arena, when the ice is out. We did a quick U Turn back to Simone and told her our idea and before we knew it, we had access to the Jack Bionda Arena. 

  They ordered 4 nets, 20 plastic paddles and balls. For two years, Jim and I would go to Canadian Tire buy green painter's tape and tape the lines. We had to tape the lines everytime we were scheduled to play and take the tape off each time, because the arena got used by the Lacrosse Players at night. The sport was slow in taking off, we would be lucky to have 4 to 6 players show up. I remember one time, we had all 4 courts being used and we were so excited. After a couple of years and many trips to Canadian Tire to buy the tape, we asked Simone if we could get the lines painted. They put it in their budget, it got approved and we got lines painted.

The sport was slowly growing, our next request was to have the lines painted outside on the Tennis Courts. Now we were outside playing and the sport was starting to pick up. We offered clinics free to promote the sport. Mary Spring asked us if we would consider doing a youth camp and we did this for two years during Covid. Sharon Huckle, Mary Spring, Jim and myself ran it. We were starting to see interest and growth, so it was time to ask for dedicated courts. When we first approached Council, we were asking for 1 tennis court to be converted into 4 Pickleball courts. To our surprise, they came back to us and said you should have your own courts. I think the Tennis Players might have helped in this decision. Then the process started and we met with the council and long story short, we got approval for 4 Pickleball courts. A few hip cups on the way, but we got our new courts in the forest. We have grown to 150 members expecting 200 by this year.

For me, I can't see myself anywhere but Huntsville. I have met so many new friends and I love our Pickleball Community, you can't ask for a better group. They helped us along the way. 

Thank you, Huntsville Muskoka Pickleball.

Lorna & Jim

Tournament Information

https://pickleballbrackets.com...

A word from our fearless leader

WOW! What an exciting summer season for our growing Huntsville Muskoka Pickleball community. The summer of 2022 has been fun and sun filled with lots of outdoor Pickleball. One of our crowning achievements was seeing the Grand Opening of the new courts at McCulley Roberston and the 1st annual club tournament. Jim and I were overwhelmed with the gratitude everyone showed towards us. For those heading South for the Winter, see you next year! For those sticking around, we will see you indoors at MBC. Stay safe, have fun!!

Lorna

Tournament Information

https://pickleballbrackets.com...

Spring & Summer Play

Spring and Summer Pickleball is played out of McCulley Robertson Recreational Park.

300 William Street, Huntsville, Ontario

4 outdoor courts

Memership required 

May to October

Monday to Friday

8:00am to 6:00pm

Further details will be available in April

Rule Changes for 2023

SIGNIFICANT RULE CHANGES FOR 2023

Apparel (2.G.1/2.G.4)

Inappropriate apparel may now include apparel that approximates the color of the tournament ball. Section 1 encourages players to avoid wearing apparel that approximates the color of the ball. The Tournament Director retains the right to require an apparel change during a non-chargeable time-out.

Spin Serve (4.A.5.e/4.A.7.c)

Intentionally manipulating the ball to add spin during the release of the ball is not allowed. Some natural rotation of the ball when it is released is allowable but the server must not impart manipulation or spin prior to striking the ball to serve. This applies to the volley serve and the drop serve.

Replay or Fault on the Serve (4.A.6/4.A.8)

The referee has the authority to immediately stop play and order a replay if the referee is not certain that one more required elements of a serve have been met. The referee will call an immediate fault if a serve clearly violates one or more of the requirements. The intent is to induce players to adjust their serve so that it clearly and obviously meets all requirements.

Player Questions about Correct Server, Receiver or Position (4.B.8)

Player questions about correct server, receiver or position remain allowed before the serve is hit. A generic question by the server such as “Am I good?” is considered to encapsulate both the correct server question and the correct position question, and the referee will answer both questions. In non-officiated play, a player may ask the opponent the same questions and the opponent must respond with the appropriate information.

USA PICKLEBALL Official Rulebook (2023)

Wrong Score Called (4.K)

If the wrong score is called, the referee or any player may stop play before the return of serve to correct the score. It is a fault to stop play after the return of serve to identify or ask for a score correction. It is a fault to stop play to identify or ask for a score correction when the score was correctly called.

Equipment Time-Out (10.D)

Players are not required to use a regular time-out for equipment adjustments or changes necessary for fair and safe continuation of the match. The referee will call an equipment time-out of a reasonable duration.