East Coast Pickleball Classic May 5th 2018

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Come and take part in the very first Pickleball Tournament to be held at the Canada Games Centre… Atlantic Canada’s Premium Multisport facility.

                                                   -6 courts plus one practice court

                                                   – men’s doubles, women’s doubles, and mixed doubles

                                                   -possible singles division (depending on registration)

                                                    -guaranteed to play 5 games in each category registered


COST:             $30.00 per person  (Registration deadline is April 6th, 2018

REGISTER:       with Marita Winaut via email  marita_winaut@hotmail.com

PAYMENT:       via email to Karen MacDonald at kfmac0883@gmail.com


NOTE:     The Tournament will be divided into age levels depending on the number of registered players we receive. Please provide name, partner’s name, and player’s ages.

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Mixed Doubles Tournament in Bridgewater

Jared Uhlman and the Bridgewater Pickleball Social are having a mixed doubles tournament on Saturday January 27 at the Michelin Social club.

The tournament will have two divisions with “under 61” and “61 plus” based on the partners’ average age.

The cost would be $20 for members and  $30 for non members.

Email pickleball.ns@gmail.com to register. Deadline is January 16th.cropped-cropped-pns-logo2.jpg

A “WOMEN ONLY” Skills and Training Sessions for Intermediate Level

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Starting on Saturday October 7th from 10 am – 12:00 pm at Harbourview School in north end Dartmouth , Lanaya Houlden from Start Pickleball is hosting her first session in a series of “Women Only” training sessions.  These are intended for intermediate players looking to improve their game and attain the 3.0-3.5 level.


The format of the sessions will start with one hour of skills and drills followed by one hour of play for reinforcement.   The cost is $15 for each 2 hour session and players can either sign up for 4 weeks or 8 weeks.  Registration is limited to a maximum of 15 people and with 3 courts to play on, there will be lots of court time.


Please remember that this is not intended for new players as Start Pickleball already hosts a number of clinics geared to novice players.  Instead, this is for women who want to get into more competitive play without getting their heads taken off by the smashers in the process.

For more information and to register, contact Lanaya at 403-862-7738 or by email at lanaya@startpickleball.ca


FREE Beginner Lessons in Bridgewater

Beginner Lessons in Bridgewater October 6 & 13

Free Beginner Lessons in Bridgewater – October 6 & 13

Greg Crouse, along with Jerome and Elizabeth Tanner will be hosting a couple of FREE clinics for introducing pickleball to beginner players.  The clinics will take place at The Michelin Social Club on Logan Rd in Bridgewater from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm on Friday October 6th and again on Friday, October 13th.  As these are FREE sessions, ideally it would be preferred if players could plan to register and attend both sessions.

Hopefully there will be a great turnout which may lead to the addition of a brand new time slot at the gym dedicated to just beginner players.  This way, they can all get together and have some fun while gaining some valuable playing experience.  Eventually, the beginner players may want to start joining the other sessions taking place on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday’s.

For more information or to register for the sessions, please call 902-543-5018.

Dartmouth’s Newest Pickleball Venue – Shearwater Fitness & Sports Centre

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Pickleball has finally arrived at the Shearwater Fitness & Sports Centre !!

Since early in the summer, Andre Noel has worked closely with the Shearwater staff and arranged to have the gym booked for pickleball from 9:00 am to 11:30 am on Thursday mornings starting today….September 7th.  Their hope was that there would be enough interest and demand to justify securing additional playing times throughout the week and if today’s turnout was any indication, Andre and the folks at Shearwater should start looking for openings in their calendar right away!

People began arriving early and started taking their positions on one of the four pickleball courts that were already setup and waiting for them.  However, the gym is quite large and can actually accommodate six courts if necessary so as players from all over Halifax and Dartmouth continued to show up, it didn’t take too long before the staff decided that they had to bring out the other nets and posts so that all six courts could be used.

At one time, there were over forty people in attendance with 24 people playing and 16 or 17 people waiting on the benches.  Having that many extra people would normally mean quite a long wait at other facilities but with six courts available, wait times were seldom any more than 5 or 10 minutes.

With a $2.00 drop in fee for non-members of the facility, we expect that the Shearwater Fitness and Sports Centre should see a good turnout every week and we’ll look forward to hearing how many additional sessions they’ll be able to add to their calendar!

Great work Andre!  Congratulations !

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Mark Renneson Clinics 2017

This week, a few groups of Nova Scotia pickleball players had the opportunity to sharpen their skills in one of the clinics and training sessions hosted by Mark Renneson of Third Shot Sports from Collingwood Ontario.

After more than two decades of coaching tennis, Mark shifted his focus to pickleball and in addition to being a high calibre player who regularly competes in the 5.0/Pro level at major events like the USAPA National Championships and the US Open, the majority of his time is now spent coaching pickleball.

There were two full-day clinics for players of various skill levels and these were held at the East Dartmouth Community Centre.  There was also a one day event at the South Woodside School featuring an Advanced Drills clinic, private lessons and an Open Play session with In-Game Coaching.

Most pickleball players know Mark from his popular You Tube Channel in which he delivers training and coaching clips that are short, informative and come complete with a little bit of humour.  (check him out here…. Third Shot Sports )  As a matter of fact, Mark recently received an award after his You Tube channel was recognized for surpassing over one million views !!

Congratulations Mark !!



Players attending a Full Day Clinic held at the East Dartmouth Community Centre

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The Advanced Drills session players at the South Woodside School

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Grand Opening Celebration at Morash Park

On Sunday, August 20th, Mother nature cooperated and the overnight rains ended just in time for the Grand Opening celebration of the new Morash Park Pickleball courts in Dartmouth, NS.  We would like to thank all of our local Pickleball players who came by to enjoy some friendly play and snack on some hot dogs, burgers and of course…some cake.

As well, a big thanks goes out from Lydia Bowie to all our players in attendance who were buying tickets and helped her raise $482.00 for the Lymphoma & Leukemia Society of Canada.

In addition to thanking the organizing committee of Paul Quinn, Dawn and Brent Hobson, Henny Rykers, Ginny Conrad and Pat Morrison, we wish to say thanks to Cathy Denault of Premium Pickleball who donated a new Onix paddle and some Onix balls that were given away as door prizes that day.

And of course, all of this wouldn’t have been possible without the efforts of our local councillor for District 6 – Tony Mancini – and his work in securing the funds needed for the renovations as well as Tom Jangaard – the Parkland Planner for HRM Parks and Recreation – who was instrumental in the design and implementation of the project.

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It wouldn’t be a party without cake!



Morash Park Group Photo

Group Photo of “most” of our attendees



Morash Prize Winners

Cathy Denault of Premium Pickleball surrounded by her lucky Prize winners



The Ball Machine

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Spending time with Simon…the Pickleball Ball Machine




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Morash Barbeque

Lunch is served!




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Thank goodness there is no age limit for recruiting new Pickleball players !




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Darren Fisher (Our local Member of Parliament) and his four-legged friend chatting with Ginny Conrad and Paul Quinn



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Practice makes perfect



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Brisk ticket sales for the Lymphoma & Leukemia Society of Canada.