Are you ready to play some pickleball?

It is with reserved excitement but we are pleased to announce that we are ready to open summer pickleball 2021 play phase on a very modified basis to adhere to the new AHS guidelines.

As of Saturday, May 8th the courts at Motorworks Field will be open for bookings for households only play or if you live alone singles play with someone who is a close contact. Please remember under the new AHS guidelines you can only play with your household members and not against people in another household. For more info check this link: https://www.alberta.ca/enhanced-public-health-measures.aspx#regions and https://www.alberta.ca/enhanced-public-health-measures.aspx#provincewide

We will be setting up the schedule to allow for numerous opportunities for singles and household play. There is NO drop-in play so you will need to book a court using the HOLD MY COURT program.

- The courts are open to bookings for household activity or if you live alone you can play singles with someone who is a close contact . You can only play with your household members and not against people in another household.

-The ball machine should only be booked for use by one person at a time and knows how to use it. There are no training sessions provided on how to use it at this time.

- A reminder to ensure you adhere to social distancing protocols or we risk closure.  This was stressed as being very important by the AHS inspector. Masks are required when you can not safely distance 2 meters (i.e., wandering in the corridors or conversing with people).

- Use Hold My Court to register and book courts (NO DROP INS). You will need to set up an account to book.  The link is:

holdmycourt.xyz/reserve2/index.php?date=2021-05-05&dir=reddeerpickleball&view=0&mv=0

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When you book please list all the names from your household who are playing. If you are a single list the close contact when you book. Do not leave spaces blank as someone can book this space. Names are needed for AHS contact tracing.

- Non members inquiring to book courts can email Rob White-- justpickleball@gmail.com. They will need to sign a waiver prior to playing (the first two visits are free) then they should join the club. This eliminates the money transfer issue for the time being and is subject to change.

- Bring your own hand sanitizer and ball, gloves are optional.

- Play with your ball only (unless you are from the same household).  Kick/tap the ball to the server.

- There is no need to wipe down the nets or fences. However, the court gates and main entrance gates should be wiped down with sanitizer at end of each session. Sanitizing materials will be available in the washrooms.

We will monitor the above plan and make adjustments where needed and when restrictions change.  Please remember the summer play committee are volunteers who donate their time. Their goal is to provide a safe environment under the guidelines provided. We all want the restrictions to end so please do your part in following the guidelines listed above and observe social distancing protocols. If you have constructive ideas or wish to be part of the summer play committee let us know. Thanks

Hopefully we will get to enjoy pickleball as we know it by June 1st!

 

 

4 thoughts on “Are you ready to play some pickleball?”

  1. From the AHS site- This is what I read and feel this applies. And the single rule doesn’t apply, only for for social gatherings is my take on this!!

    Outdoor fitness, performance and recreation
    Mandatory restriction – Provincewide – Revised May 5
    Additional restrictions on outdoor sport and recreation activities now apply in high case regions.
    Group activities
    Games and competitions in outdoor team sports where 2 metre distancing cannot be maintained at all times (such as basketball, volleyball, soccer, football, slo-pitch and road hockey) are also prohibited.
    Outdoor training for team sports is permitted for individuals and groups of 10 or fewer, provided 2 metre distancing is maintained.
    Outdoor fitness training is allowed one-on-one with a fitness trainer/coach or with physically distanced group fitness classes of up to 10 participants.
    Outdoor group physical activity must be limited to 10 people or fewer.
    Keeping the activity to members of the same household is strongly recommended.
    Members of different households must maintain 2 metre distancing at all times.
    Individual sports and activities such as running, cycling, dirt biking and golfing (disk and regular) are allowed.
    Outdoor recreation amenities can be open to public access unless specifically closed by public health order.
    Outdoor pools, tennis courts, pickleball courts, croquet pitches, running tracks and bicycle tracks or velodromes can be open.
    More than 10 people may use an outdoor recreation amenity at the same time (for example, public access to an outdoor running track) as long as physical distancing is maintained between households.

    1. Hi Jim,
      Those restrictions are not the current ones. Red Deer is under new restrictions due to the high number of cases. Check the link in the post.
      This is the information found on AHS for our area:
      All outdoor sports and recreation activities are prohibited, except with members of your household, or your two close contacts if you live alone. This includes:
      all group physical activities, such as team sports, fitness classes, training sessions
      all one-on-one lessons and training activities
      all practices, training and games

  2. Excellent news Rick, excited to just play with household members, thanks for posting!

    1. Good to hear that it works for your household! Now we just have to hope it doesn’t snow anymore!

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