On December 2nd, 2020 BC’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry issued a directive suspending all organized adult sports. This order affects both indoor and outdoor pickleball. Therefore, effective December 3rd, the Summerland Pickleball Club has suspended all its programs until further notice.
We would like to thank our members for their collaboration in following COVID-19 protocols implemented by our Club. The 6-player pod system worked very well and we anticipate to commence our indoor programs following these same principles as soon as we are authorized to pick up our paddles again.
Enjoy the Festive Season, stay healthy and join us again soon!
We are now two weeks into our 2020/21 winter program. Our COVID-19 protocols have been ironed out at all three venues: the Summerland Badminton Hall, the Harold Simpson Memorial Hall and the UNISUS International School.
Establishing a system of 4-6 member pods has proven to be very effective. Pod Leaders are empowered to ensure COVID-19 protocols are followed and are charged with booking times for their pods. Our Sign-Up Genius booking application does double duty by also providing COVID-19 traceability reporting.
We currently have 20 pods playing regularly. Most pods have formed on their own by players recruiting each other based on skill level and compatibility. In some cases members of the SPC board help newer players find a suitable “home” for the season.
Thank you to everyone who continues to play by the rules while having fun and enjoying each other’s company.
Paddles up and stay safe!
Henry Sielmann – President, Summerland Pickleball Club
Highlights of the Board Meeting held on Friday, May 29, 2020 @ 10:30 am
President’s Report: Brian reported the DOS is still gathering information from various provincial sport organizations to ascertain what protocols are needed for sports clubs to resume their summer programs. The DOS is also waiting for information from their insurance provider to update their lease and booking agreements. Brian will continue to monitor the situation and follow up with the DOS.
A Motion was passed that the SPC request the same dedicated time slots as the 2019 summer season as along with dedicating the entire Peach Orchard court facility during SPC court time as a means of providing safe play as per COVID-19 protocols.
As soon as the DOS allows the SPC to resume its summer program, Carol Hermesh will call a program committee meeting to finalize the summer program schedule.
The SPC Membership to date is 139 paid members.
Mark Siemens has formed a Committee (Brian Christopherson, Henry Sielmann, Carol Hermesh and Dale Jenner) to finalize the design and oversee the eventual construction of the proposed new courts. There are a few issues to be resolved on the existing design (e.g. fencing, ambulance service) and the committee will meet in the near future to provide recommendations to the Board.
Timeline for new courts (from District of Summerland, Recreation Manager) “The report to review the 2020 capital projects which are on hold is going to Council for direction on May 25. The Director of Finance has included the Pickleball Court Resurfacing Project as one of the many projects recommended to be deferred to 2021 due to our current financial situation. Since the courts are now opening, I don’t think there will be a push to complete the work this spring.”