The Ituna Pickleball Club is a newly organized club in Ituna, Saskatchewan.
Though small in numbers, we are full of enthusiasm and are enjoying the exercise and social connections that our participation in Pickleball is providing. We look forward to increasing our membership and connecting with other players in the area. This should be easier now that COVID restrictions are a bit more relaxed.
All you need to play Pickleball is a paddle, a ball, runners or sneakers and a net. The game was developed so that all members of a family could participate so the rules were kept simple. While many seniors play, it is a game for all ages and one does not need to be athletically inclined to play. We welcome players of all abilities.
We have most recently installed permanent nets on our 2 courts. Our thanks to the Ituna and District Recreation Board and the Yorkton Kinsmen Club for funding to make this possible and as well our thanks to Ryan Bulych for drilling the holes for the permanent nets and to the Ituna Volunteer Fire Department for cleaning off the surface prior to painting. Our courts are open at all times and readily available to our community and visitors.
Our dream is to one day be able to have a fence with windbreak installed around the court as well as to re-surface the asphalt with Acrylotex.
OUR HISTORY... it's short....
Our interest in Pickleball began in the spring of 2018. At that time we were given a grant by Parkland Valley Sports and Recreation to hold a Pickleball clinic. That summer a number interested individuals played on a once used tennis court behind the school.
Over the following two winters we obtained permission to play in the school gym twice a week ... until COVID 19 restrictions no longer made that possible. In the spring of 2020, thanks to a donation of paint from the Ituna location of the Prairie Co-op, we painted lines for 2 courts on an asphalt surface previously used for skateboarding, located on 1st Ave NW (behind the Post Office). It is here that we hope to continue outdoor play when we are able.
Interest in the sport grew and in October, 2020 we formed the Ituna Pickleball Club. When winter arrived we were given permission to rent Sacred Heart Parish Hall and play continued until late November when COVID restrictions no longer made that possible.
A grant from Sask Sport has enabled us to purchase additional equipment and allowed us to host a clinic. We are also grateful to the Town of Ituna and the RM of Ituna Bon Accord for considering us in the Safe Re-start Program.
We are truly grateful for all the help we have had in becoming an active club.
Please contact us if you have questions!
Ituna Pickleball Club
Ituna Pickleball Club Court Project
Updates to our Pickleball Courts have been completed and we couldn't be happier!
Chain link fencing has been installed by Fencing Around (Yorkton) and resurfacing of the courts with Acrylotex coating was completed in July by Cord's Park Mark. This surface is durable, skid resistant and will provide shock absorption and cushioning for joints.
The Ituna Pickleball Club uses the courts on Monday and Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. If you are interested in learning to play, please join us!
The courts are open to the public for use. Please wear clean court shoes.
The $25,000 funding for this project came from the Government of Canada's New Horizons for Seniors Program . We are truly grateful for the support of this program.
Stay tuned for future progress updates!
Outdoor Play - May to October
The Ituna Pickleball Club plays on the outdoor court,17 1st Ave NW in Ituna, SK (behind the local Post Office), on Mondays and Wednesdays 6:30 to 8 pm. The court is open to the public at all other times and currently there is no charge. We ask that you treat the court with respect.
We also ask that you call or text Marlene @ 306 539 3555 before coming as it does happen occasionally that we have to cancel. We wouldn't want you to show up and find no one there.
We welcome anyone who wants to learn to play. You will be asked to sign a waiver, unless you are a member of Pickle ball Canada. Cost to become a member is $20, of which $5 goes to our Ituna Club. To become a member, go here. All you need is a pair of runners or non-slip shoes. Paddles and balls are available on Monday and Wednesday evenings for your use.
Ituna Pickleball Beginners Clinic
The Ituna Pickleball Club held a Beginner's Clinic on July 20,2021. Trainers, David Weiman and Chanz Hutton, did an excellent job of going through the skills and rules of pickleball. Of the twelve participants, some were very new to the sport and some, who had been playing for awhile, were happy to have a good review and a brush up on skills.
Our thanks to David and Chanz and also to Parkland Valley Sports and Recreation for their sponsorship.
July 20th, 2021