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Pickleball Alberta has launched an exciting new junior program called HOT SHOTS!

The goal of the HOT SHOTS program is to increase diversity and inclusion in the sport of pickleball, specifically for juniors aged 6 to 18. We are
looking to build awareness of the game of pickleball with our affiliated clubs, parents, and youth in the community.

The program starts with a FREE Try-It Event where participants will have the opportunity
to be instructed by some of Alberta’s top NCCP coaches.
To register for the FREE Try-It Event, click here.

The Try-It Event will be followed by a multi-week Learn to Play program where participants will receive eight hours of pickleball instruction.
There will be a modest registration fee for the Learn To Play program that is being heavily subsidized by Pickleball Alberta.

 Our 40 Affiliated Clubs have received information with details about the program. Please contact your local club for more information
or click here to register for the program.

 

Pickleball Alberta is delighted to announce the call for nominations for our “Of the Year Awards” program. In its third year, this initiative is designed to recognize and celebrate outstanding individuals, clubs, and initiatives that have made significant contributions to the growth and development of pickleball within our community.

From top-performing athletes who have showcased exceptional skill and sportsmanship, to dedicated coaches who have inspired and mentored players, as well as innovative programs and initiatives that have expanded access to pickleball, we invite nominations across various categories.

These awards serve as a testament to the passion, dedication, and innovation driving the continued success of pickleball. We encourage all clubs and members of our community to submit their nominations, and we eagerly anticipate honoring the remarkable achievements of the past year.

For details click the link: 2023 Of the Year Awards

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Red Deer Pickleball Club to Host the 2024 Provincial Championships

Pickleball Alberta proudly announces that the Red Deer Pickleball Club has been selected as the host of the 2024 Pickleball Alberta Provincial Championships. Taking place from July 11th to July 14th, 2024, the competition will feature singles, skinny  singles, doubles, and mixed doubles categories.

Key Event Details:

  • Date: July 11th to July 14th, 2024
  • Location: Motorworks Fields Red Deer Pickleball Club Courts, 2900 67 St, Red Deer
  • Registration opens: April 10th, 2024


Please note that Pickleball Alberta is currently in the process of reviewing all policies related to its championships (e.g. category eligibility, seeding, format, etc.).  All event details and information will be released and posted on Pickleball Brackets as soon as possible prior to registrations opening.  Event inquiries can be directed to the Tournament Director, Rich Thul, at
tournamentdirector@reddeerpickleball.com.

2024 NCCP Coaching Certification Clinics

Pickleball Alberta is pleased to announce that we have confirmed a number of  National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) clinics for 2024.
 
The NCCP Pickleball Pathway is the cornerstone to Canada’s coaching program and is geared towards people who not only love playing Pickleball, but who want to help other people enter the sport and to play it better. This includes local ambassadors committed to growing the game, instructors and coaches tasked with refining skills, and even club managers who need to plan and deliver great Pickleball programming.
 
The first step along the coach education pathway is the program called Instructor 1: Introducing Pickleball. This one-day course is focused on preparing instructors so that they can ensure that a new player’s first experience with Pickleball is safe, inclusive and incredibly fun. Participants will learn to manage groups, organize play and focus on key fundamentals so that new players are set up for success and go home sharing a passion for Pickleball. This Level includes the completion of a 3-hour online portion in advance of the one-day in-person session.
 
Instructor 2: Developing Recreational Players is focused on supporting instructors who can help existing Pickleball players to play the game better. With an increased focus on intermediate tactics and technique, this course takes place over two-days and prepares instructors to develop in their players a wide range of key skills that they will need as they advance. 
 
In 2024, the following Level I and Level II courses will be offered in Alberta!  
  • April 23 – Red Deer (Level I – online portion on April 18)
  • May 28+29 – Red Deer (Level II) 
  • June 27 – Aldersyde (Level I – online portion on June 20)
  • July 06 – Edmonton (Level I – online portion on July 04)
  • September TBA – Edmonton (Level I)
  • November TBA – Edmonton (Level II)
  • December 06 – Aldersyde (Level I – online portion on December 02)
 
To register for these courses, or learn more about the NCCP Pickleball Pathway, please go to: https://www.pbcoachingadmin.ca/Pub/PickleballHome.aspx or email coaching@pickleballalberta.org.

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