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February 2019
Everyone is Improving and More People are Coming to Play

We have been watching players in all of the sessions lately and noticed that there seems to be such an improvement in play. Players are able to sustain play longer and are becoming more creative in their play…or is it just luck? At any rate, games are entertaining to watch and everyone seems to be enjoying themselves.

The complimentary lesson is bringing six new players a week into the sport. Not all of them return, but we are certainly seeing growth in our numbers at the different sessions. Thank you to everyone for welcoming these new players, explaining the rules, and being friendly. Most of us know how intimidating it can be to come in to a venue that you are unfamiliar with or where you don't know anyone.

New Schedule Starting in February
There will be some changes to our scheduling starting in February. We hope to tweak the Saturday sessions to accommodate these changes. The new Saturday session times will be as follows:

9-10:45AM: intermediate and advanced players
10:45-11:45AM: beginners along with skill development for advanced beginners and intermediates (see below for more detailed explanation)
11:45AM-1:30PM: advanced beginners and intermediate


Skill Development Sessions Starting February 9th
Over the last little while, there has been quite a bit of interest in having skill sessions again.  We have many new players joining us on a weekly basis, along with those who are regulars.  Many of these players are eager to improve the level of their play. 
Starting on Saturday, February 9th, we will be reintroducing the skill sessions. These skill sessions will be tailored for advanced beginners and intermediate players who want to develop their game further. We are hoping to have volunteer coaches lead these sessions on a rotational basis about once a month. Each week, the skill session will focus on a different skill such as serving strategically, dinking, third shot soft, court strategies, back hand shots, lobs, punch shots, etc. 

Beginners will continue to play on Court One on Saturday but at a new time, from 10:45-11:45AM. Court Two will be set aside for open play focusing on the weekly skill being taught and Court Three will be used for focused teaching and practice on a specific skill. Most likely, we will have to rotate players on Court Three with players on the other courts as deemed necessary to get adequate teaching and practice time of the weekly skill. At the end of a five or six week cycle, skills will be retaught for newer players coming into the sport, or for those wanting further instruction.


SDBC Pickleball Survey

We now have over sixty surveys completed that we mentioned back in our December newsletter.  If you haven't already completed it, we hope that you will take a few minutes in the next day or two to give us your feedback and preferences. Click here to complete the survey
Thank you, and enjoy your pickleball and the fellowship!
SDBC Pickleball Committee
New Pickleball Session Schedule at SDBC

Below is the schedule in effect for all sessions commencing February 2019:

Note: Times in red denote changes to previous schedule
Upcoming Cancellations
  • Saturday, February 2nd: all sessions (Retirement celebration for Dr. Harris)
  • Monday, February 18th: all sessions (church closed for Family Day holiday)
For notification of additional pickleball cancellations, or changes occurring before the next newsletter, you will be contacted via our Mailchimp mailing list. You can also view these changes on our website
Skills, Drills, Rules, & Strategy Tips of the Month 
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Our current local charity that we will be supporting through SDBC Pickleball is:
Delta Hospice Society offers palliative care services to those in our community facing a life-threatening illness. Hospice and palliative care provides physical, psychological, social, spiritual and practical support to people with life-threatening illness and to their loved ones.  Delta Hospice Society offers palliative care programs that are designed to improve the quality of living which include restorative yoga, drop-in relaxation circle, living with cancer support groups, as well as group and individual counseling. These programs are offered at no cost for participants because of the generous support of donors and through the Delta Hospice Charity Shoppe revenues generated from donations from the community. Delta Hospice Society also operates a 10-bed hospice with specialty palliative care trained nurses, support care team, and doctors that provide care and support for individuals and their families.
Please click on the logo above to find out more about Delta Hospice Society.
A letter from a past charity that we supported through SDBC Pickleball:
January Session Attendance:

General Rules of Play at SDBC
  • Please sign in for your session but do not arrive to sign in more than 30 minutes before the session you wish to play in begins.
  • In consideration of others playing at the current session, please do not enter the gym any earlier than 5 minutes prior to the start of your session. Please remain outside or in the church foyer.
  • Only attend a maximum of one playing session per day. 
  • Remember to pay the $2 per player fee at the beginning of your session. 
  • Wear gym shoes to prevent injury from slipping.
  • Bring your own water bottle.
  • Please refrain from coaching fellow players unless they have asked for coaching.
  • When there are 4 or more players waiting, all games end when one of the teams reaches 9 points. No 2 point difference. 
  • After your game, place your paddle in the rack oriented for winner or non-winner. The next four players to go out will be according to the orientation of the closest paddle to the beginning of the rack.
  • At the end of the final session of the day, please help clean up and put away all the equipment and chairs. The gym must be vacated within 10 minutes of the end of the session, in order for the church to be secured. 
  • Level of Play: Play at the session that is appropriate for your skill level. If you need any assistance determining your skill level, please ask one of the hosts.
  • Rating Descriptors: Skill level ratings can be broken down into a range between 1.0-5.0. An advanced player is highly skilled and has mastered third shots, dinks, and lobs, and understands body and court position. Find your rating here.
Upcoming Events at South Delta Baptist Church

Men’s Snowshoeing on Saturday, February 9th

Our men's ministry will be going snowshoeing on February 9th. We would like to be on the mountain and hiking by 9AM, and expect to hike for about three hours. This snowshoeing event does not require any technical ability but will require good physical fitness as this is about a seven kilometre round trip that includes climbing. The plan would be to snowshoe and then grab lunch, at a location to be determined prior to the day of the hike.

If you are interested in attending this event, please visit our website for more information and to register. Registration is required and will close on Sunday, February 3rd. If you need to rent snowshoes for this event, the cost is $20, otherwise to only cost is for gas and lunch money. 

Senior Scene Luncheons 
Senior Scene Luncheons are for senior couples, singles, widows, and widowers from within our church, seniors residences, and the community. Come enjoy a home-style lunch, uplifting music, and warm fellowship while learning principles of life from the bible through various speakers and musicians. Luncheons take place every third Tuesday of each month at 11:30AM. Suggested donation of $5. Lunch is free if you are a first-time visitor.

Community Dinner
SDBC hosts a Community Dinner for those who are in need of a nice meal or friendship. This is one of the ways we share the love of Jesus Christ with our community. The Community Dinner takes place on the first Tuesday of each month. This month it takes place on February 5th.
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For additional information on SDBC Pickleball, including session times, please click on the logo above and go to the Pickleball page located under Ministries.

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