Sechelt Arena Reopens for PB Play Sept. 28 (hopefully!)

The SCRD Board passed a motion at its July 30 meeting to reopen the Sechelt Arena in September for dry-floor use through December 2020. 

The SCPA Directors are now working with SCRD staff on the details of the reopening so that play in the Arena is as safe as possible and compliant with health guidelines. Once the date for reopening is confirmed and protocol for play are established SCPA members will be notified by email and details will be posted on this website.

The SCPA Directors thank the many members who wrote emails to their SCRD Directors regarding the importance of having a venue for pickleball play throughout the fall - thank you - the emails had an impact! 

Year-Round Facility Proposal 

Update October 24 2019

Oct 23 Presentation to Sechelt CoW - Watch on YouTube

We are now waiting for Sechelt staff to report back to Council on our proposal 

SCPA membership survey results are in! 

#1 priority: a year-round dedicated facility

Following this member directive the Facilities Committee of the SCPA explored the options and with the full support of the Board makes the following proposal.


  • air supported dome 

  • 9 courts

  • heated/insulated


  • District of Sechelt land between the Arena and the tennis facility


First step

  • our proposal will be presented to District of Sechelt Council at the Committee of the Whole (CoW) meeting October 23, 3:00 pm in the Community Meeting Room of the Library Building , 5797 Cowrie Street.

  • your attendance at Council meetings supporting the proposal is essential

With a green light from Council

  • refine the business plan - costs - revenue

  • membership discussions - fee structure?

With a green light from membership

  • build it and they will come!​​​​​​

New Directors 2019

The SCPA welcomes two new directors elected at our November 20, 2019 AGM: Ross Miller and Russ Proudman. 

The Board also thanks two retiring directors, John Bell and Terry Karleen, for their years of service - both have contributed greatly to the growth and success of the SCPA.

National Pickleball Day - August 10, 2019 

Thanks to all who came to the Arena to help celebrate National Pickleball Day. Special thanks to the Sechelt mayor, Darnelda Siegers, who took time out of her busy schedule to drop by to see first hand what a great game pickleball is for all ages. It was great to welcome a number of community members who had not previously played the game and were given an introductory lesson by a number of our experienced members.

Powell River Tournament - August 25, 2019 

The Powell River club has organized a fun day of round robin pickleball play with awards, door prizes and a chicken BBQ.   

Register by August 18. NOTE: it is much easier to register by phone than online through rec centre . 604-485-2891   Details

Canada Day Parade - July 1  Sechelt

Picklers Parade!!              Photos               
Thanks to all the great advance work of our parade coordinator, JoAnne B, supported by a dedicated team on float construction
PLUS the terrific turn out of parade participants, we celebrated Canada Day with true pickleball exuberance - we all felt much younger at heart as the photo attests.

Additional Thanks:

Scott for the trailer

Par for the candy

Jan for the photos & video

Member Day - May 11, 2019 - Sechelt Arena

Terrific turnout on an unusually warm summer like day - 61 players - thanks to all. Congratulations Jan Cooksley on being the lucky paddle raffle winner and thanks to Trail Bay Source for Sports for donating the paddle. Members kept all 9 courts busy for 3 hours with many participating in a fun "sponge ball" event organized by Jo-Anne. Clearly pickleball is alive and growing on the Sunshine Coast - now we need more courts!

Learn to Play Pickleball - Spring 2019

The Sunshine Coast Regional District is offering "Learn to Play Pickleball" sessions at the Gibsons Arena in May.

These sessions will be taught by SCPA instructors.  More Details

Arena Pickleball Play - Spring 2019

Contrary to previous information from the SCRD the Sechelt Arena dry floor won't be available until May 6 BUT the Gibsons Arena is available starting March 23. See Play Schedules for details.

"Welcome" Ambassador

At our November 14, 2018 AGM the SCPA Board created a new "Welcome Ambassador" position designed to welcome and encourage new pickleball players. Cathy Kiss has volunteered to serve as a Welcome Ambassador, so if you would like to

  • learn more about the game 

  • maybe give it a test drive

  • connect with other players

contact Cathy    email 

New Directors 2018

The SCPA welcomes three new directors elected at our November 14, 2018 AGM:

Jo-Anne Bentley, Kira Sufalko and Jim Pye

Rating System Change

As of September 2018 the SCPA has adopted the International Pickleball Teaching Professional Association (IPTPA) rating system using a "+" designation which will be used along with our quarter point rating system.

2.25 same as 2.0+

2.75 same as 2.5+

3.25 same as 3.0+

3.75 same as 3.5+


New skills challenges coming each month over the summer at the Sechelt Arena.

  • The Precise Deep Serve    - more

  • 3rd Shot into the Kitchen    - more

  • Deep Service Return    - more

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