Indoor Season Events
PGH's indoor season started on October 4 and will continue until mid June of next year. The club has secured permits for the gymnasium at Macphail Memorial Elementary School on Wednesday evenings, and for the double gymnasium at Grey Highlands Secondary School on Wednesday and Friday evenings.
On Wednesdays at Macphail, PGH holds its Youth Rally event from 6 pm to 7:30 pm. This event is comprised of pickleball skills, drills and friendly games for youths ages 10 to 16. Paddles, balls and nets are provided.
On Wednesdays at GHSS, PGH hosts its Wednesday Open event for adults. From 6:00 pm to 6:30 pm there will be introduction to pickleball for new players and skills practice, followed by games play from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm. There will be two courts available with potential to add a third court if there is sufficient demand.
On Fridays, PGH runs a "ladder" style event for adults. Players of similar skill levels are placed in groups and play three games against the players in their group each week. As skills improve, players may "climb" the ladder and advance to other groups where they will be challenged by players at higher skill levels. It is a system successfully used in many pickleball communities to maintain interest, by fostering competition without sacrificing social benefits.
The Friday Ladder Play event is a more competition focused event than the Wednesday Open Play event. However, we stress that players of all skill levels are welcome to register. Ladder style play permits everyone to find the level that matches them with players of similar abilities. Don't be intimidated if you are new to the game. Be assured that you will be able to compete at your level and have the opportunity to advance as your skills develop during the indoor season.
There is no charge to play in these events for members under 18. Fees of $35 for the Wednesday Open event and the Friday Ladder event ($70 if playing both nights) covering the entire season (ie. October to June) will be charged for members 18 and over.
To access registration for these indoor events, log in with your Pickleball Canada account username and password. You will see the new "Events" button at the top. Click on it, and you will be taken to the registration page for the Wednesday evening Youth Rally and Open Play events, plus the Friday evening Ladder Play event. Click on the "Register" button and follow the prompts to complete the process.
Annual General Meeting in November
The governance of PGH is on track to evolve this fall. Club operations will migrate from the Steering Committee that has been in place since early May to a member elected Board of Directors. Ensuring that the club is operated by the members for the members is one of our fundamental objectives. The Steering Committee has guided the Club through the start-up phase. It is time for next steps. A membership meeting will be held on Monday November 20th when the new directors will be elected. More details will be forthcoming but please save that date and consider coming out and getting involved in the direction of our pickleball club.