About the Club

About the Club

The North Bay Pickleball Club was formed in October 2017 and brings together a group of players that had been playing at different locations. Organizing as a club allows affiliation with the Pickleball Association of Ontario.

NBPC players at net

Players rally at the net at Canadore College gym.

Welcome to the North Bay Pickleball Club (NBPC)! Here’s some information about our club that new members may find useful.

The objective of the club is to provide a framework and facilities for its members to enjoy playing pickleball for fun, fitness and to improve skills. It will promote pickleball as a sport in the North Bay region and Ontario. The Club will advise Parks and Recreations and work with them to create, enhance and expand a municipal pickle ball strategy  and facilities.

Pickleball has been played for a number of years here in North Bay, and our club was just formalized in September of 2017. A club charter, mission statement and policy document is in place to help guide our organization.

Anyone aged 19+ and over – from beginner to advanced player – is welcomed, and our club endeavours to accommodate all levels of play.   Good sportsmanship and player cooperation is the expectation for all club members.

Pickleball Association of Ontario (PAO) and Club Insurance:

Every new NBPC member is required to purchase a low cost annual membership ($15.00) with the Pickleball Association of Ontario which automatically makes you a member of Pickleball Canada.

Just click on this link to the PAO membership page http://pickleballontario.org/new-member-sign-up/.

We access our club’s insurance through our affiliation with these organizations, so make sure you join promptly, and then submit/email your PAO membership number to our Membership Convenor at northbaypickleballclub@gmail.com.

NBPC members must keep PAO membership up to date, and you will receive renewal notices directly from the PAO.  Again, you must submit your renewal confirmation to the NBPC Membership Convenor.

When you visit the Pickleball Canada website https://www.pickleballcanada.org/

or the Pickleball Association of Ontario website http://pickleballontario.org/

be sure to look around, there is lots of helpful pickleball information.

As a new player, you will benefit from reviewing the basic pickleball rules, and believe it or not, you can learn from the pros by watching YouTube. Just search ‘pickleball’ and let your learning begin!   Qualified and experienced coaches like Deb Harrison a.k.a “Picklepong Deb” have websites that are jam packed with tips for all skill levels.

Experienced club members will help beginners to learn the game on the court.   Don’t be embarrassed… give it a try, but play within your ability. We were all beginners once!

Pickleball Court Safety:

Court safety is a priority for our club, and every member is expected to adhere to our safety regulations and procedures. Please review the club’s Playing Safety and Etiquette page which is also the document that you were provided with upon registration.

What personal equipment do you need to play?

  • Not much gear is required, just a regulation paddle, court shoes, athletic wear and protective eyewear (recommended but optional).
  • Pickleball paddles can be purchased from a number of online suppliers.
  • Our club has some demo paddles that new players can try out. Our experienced players can give you some paddle selection tips and there is lots of information on the internet about how to choose a paddle. Ask about our 10% club discount from Pickleball Depot’s on-line store.

2018-19 Board of Directors:

  1. Brian Batchelor – President
  2. Dan Burke – Vice President
  3. Tom Cook – Treasurer
  4. Patty Gysel – Secretary
  5. Holly Cangiano – Director at Large, Membership

You can reach any of our Board members via the club’s email address –

northbaypickleballclub@gmail.com . We are interested to hear from our members, please contact us if you have any questions, concerns or feedback, both positive and negative. 


Where We Play:

Currently, when you become a member of the North Bay Pickleball Club you are entitled to play at all our venues as long as you have also joined the PAO. Club members are required to sign-in for play at all our play venues. There is a binder on-hand when you enter the gymnasiums/courts for this purpose. 

Canadore College Commerce Court Campus Gymnasium (off Seymour Street)

  • Fall Semester (Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec) 2018:

Mondays and Wednesdays 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Fridays 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

  • Commerce Court Campus charges for parking but, you can park behind Pete Palangio Arena and walk through the short trail to reach the Commerce Campus.  Please display a NBPC parking pass on your vehicle dashboard.  If you don’t have one, pick one up when you sign-in for play.
  • Change rooms, lockers and showers are available. Please bring your own lock for the change room locker you use that day to ensure your possessions are secure.
  • For safety reasons, clean court shoes and athletic type clothing are to be worn on the courts. Members are encouraged to wear protective eyewear. No outdoor footwear in the gymnasium please.
  • Players must sign-in before you begin to play, it is a condition of our insurance coverage.
  • Club equipment is stored in a locker in the hallway outside the gym. . First aid kit is in the club sport bag or in the locker. Club members can be provided with the locker location and combination, just ask for a combination card.

 

Ecole Secondaire Algonquin Junior Gymnasium (corner of Algonquin and Jane Street)

  • Fall Semester (Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec) 2018:

Mondays and Thursdays 6:30 p.m. – 9:30p.m.

  • Park in the school parking lot off Jane Street and use the door close to the parking lot. The junior gym is in the northwest corner of the school – you will be walking down a long hallway to access it.
  • Change room available, no lockers. Leave your gym bag at the entrance to the gym or in the change room, not in the gymnasium.
  • For safety reasons, clean court shoes and athletic type clothing are to be worn on the courts. Members are encouraged to wear protective eyewear. No outdoor footwear in the gymnasium please.
  • Players must sign-in before you begin to play, it is a condition of our insurance coverage.
  • Club equipment is stored in lockers in the hallway outside the gym. First aid kit is in the club sport bag or in the locker. All club members can be provided with the locker location and combination, just ask for a combination card.

 

Tweedsmuir Outdoor Tennis and Pickleball Courts – Gertrude Street, behind Sam Jacks West Ferris Area

  • Four outdoor pickleball courts were painted the summer of 2018.
  • Some club evening play is scheduled during the week. Sign-in before play begins.
  • Open play available throughout the week.
  • Club equipment stored in the shed on the court. Four nets are locked to the fence. All club members can be provided with the combination for the shed lock, just ask for a combination card. The net lock key is in the shed. First aid kit is stored in the shed.
  • Club safety regulations apply on the outdoor courts, please review the ‘Pickleball Court Safety and Etiquette’ document you were provided with upon registration.

swoosh on ball #4   Click here to see  180928 NBPC Constitution and Policy

swoosh on ball #4   Click here to see 180928 Minutes – AGM – 28 Sept 2018