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Welcome to the St. Albert Pickleball Club

Members - the first time you visit here: click the icon of the head and shoulders* in the top right corner, enter your email address, and click "Forgot password."  Go to your email, follow the steps to get your new password, and use it to log in. (*On a smartphone, this icon may be an arrow.)

Members - on subsequent visits: click the head and shoulders icon to log-in and see your profile. After logging in, you will see items under the Members menu. Go to Members > Store to buy indoor play stickers.

Potential Members: We are sorry, but we've had to temporarily close our club to new members while we undergo some restructuring of memberships and play times to apply formal cohort-based play. We expect this work, which started Oct 25, to go on until at least the end of December.  Please check back with us in early January 2021 to see if we've been able to re-open to membership applications. We'd love to see you and welcome you to our club!

In the meantime, see our Explore Joining menu to get your frequently asked questions (FAQs) answered. Once the pandemic ends, you will also be able to sign up for a free beginner's lesson!

Once you've joined our friendly club, you'll be able to log in to this site as a member.  The sign-up and payment process is fully automated through this site.  

Visitors: We are sorry to have to advise that our visitor's policy is suspended for the duration of our pandemic. To help manage risks of COVID spread, play is for members only at this time. We hope the pandemic can be arrested soon so we can again welcome guests. Meanwhile, why not try us out by joining for a season? 



Fee Summary

Our annual fee of $30 is very low, but non-refundable.  Don't hesitate to join though -- pickleball is lots of fun, great exercise, and a wonderful opportunity to socialize and make new friends.  Once you join as a member, you will have the opportunity, on this site, to buy a card of 20 stickers for $67 ($3.35 each).  The cost to play at a drop-in indoor venue is one or two stickers, with amounts depending on the cost of the specific venue rental and the number of players we accommodate at once.

See our FAQ under the Explore Joining menu for more details.

News for you 

Announcing Cohort-Based Play

We are going to play in cohorts very soon. See the News page and read the October 25 newsletter for more details.  

An email with a link to the Mandatory Cohort Form was sent to all members Oct 27. Be sure to fill in this form by Oct 30 if you want to play this winter.

Indoor Play for Fall/Winter 2020

We are setting up member-only indoor play to manage the risks of COVID-19 infections. 

1. Play is by reservation only. Click on a session in the indoor calendar to reserve a spot.

  • Cancel your reservation ASAP if you can no longer attend that session. 
  • All reservations for the following week of Sunday to Saturday will open at 12:00:01 am on the Thursday before that week.
  • If you are successful in your reservation or if you are automatically moved from the wait list to the registered list, you will receive a registration confirmation email.
  • When you register, please allow your name to be displayed as a registrant. This allows captains to verify attendees if needed.
  • Members may only book one session per day unless there is an opening in a session less than 24 hours before the start of that session.

2. Chairs will each be spaced 6 feet apart in the gym and are not to be moved or shared. (Captains will be sanitizing chairs after each session).

3. To enable the socializing we know will happen, masks must be worn at all times except when playing. Masks may also optionally be worn while playing. 

    • Note that by signing in you will also be declaring that you have no COVID-like symptoms, have not been recently exposed, accept the risks of play, etc.

4. Court players can either agree to each serve with their own ball or to share a ball.  Players provide their own balls and should sanitize any used ball after each game.

5.  Session starts and ends:

    • Arrive on time as outer doors will be locked during play. 
    • The previous session will end at 5 minutes to the hour and the next session will start 10 minutes later.
    • Wait in your vehicle until all players from the previous session have left and you are signaled by the captain to begin entering.
    • No one may enter more than 15 minutes before the first session of the day.

6. No touching of others' paddles. Do the "Covid wave" after each game.

7. We have promised our venue owners that we will touch and use nothing else in their facilities other than what is referenced in this article. Please help us keep these facilities safe for all.

8. As indoor play opportunities are limited during this pandemic, please limit your reservations to "All Play" sessions or sessions rated at your specific rating level.

Give a cheer that we can at least have some fun (and relatively safe) play this winter!

Red Willow Specific Rules

  1. Nine reservable spots and one held for captain for a total of ten players per session.
  2. Two stickers each.
  3. There are no hangers or chairs in the lobby. Hang your coats on the back of your chair.
  4. No backpacks please. Bring only a small bag, water bottle and indoor shoes.
  5. Captains will be sanitizing chairs.  (The church is providing a cloth an spray for them to use)
  6. Only one person in the washroom at a time and only use the middle stall and middle sink.  Members must bring wipes and sanitize each contact point in the washroom after each use.


New Memberships Closed Temporarily

Memberships are temporarily closed while we convert to formal cohort-based play. See this page for more information.


Member Directory Launched

By default, the directory includes your name, your phone numbers, your rating and your interest in volunteering. All of this is designed to help you find play mates at your skill level, make social connections, help team leaders find more team members, and help team members connect with each other.

Members can adjust the information visible to other members if they wish, but the directory works best if nearly all of us display at least the minimum information displayed by default. To make adjustments, go to the privacy tab in your profile.

Do you want to know ...

... where we play?  Click on the top-level Play menu, then click on one of the location names to get a Google map.

... about the color-coding and other features of our calendars? Click on the top-level Calendar menu.

... how our club works?  Click on the top-level Club Mgmt menu.

Volunteer Opportunities


More Categories in Your Profile

Volunteering for your club is a great way to meet more people, and it is so satisfying to give back -- to contribute to a great organization and help your fellow members.

There are now more volunteer areas identified at the end of your membership profile. Log into your profile and pick your areas of interest. Training is available for all teams and positions.

The next time we need more volunteers in a particular area we will first go to those who have declared an interest via their profile.

Immediate Openings

Here are the positions we'd like to fill right way.

Assistant Treasurer - contact Treasurer@pickleballstalbert.ca

  


 

All Play and Rated Play

Any member, whether club rated or not, may attend a session designated in our calendars as "All Play."

If play is rated to a specific level, such as 2.5, 3.0, 3.5 or 4.0, players must be club-rated or tournament-rated at the designated level, or higher, to play at that session.

Players with a rating higher than the session they are attending should play a soft game, facilitating fun and skill-development in the lower rated players.  Good sportsmanship is always in order.


Organized Play Types and Times

If you are a new member, you may be wondering how our organized play works.  Well we have several types of organized play. Each type is described here and here.

Indoor play is resuming at Red Willow this October. Watch our news for more details.  We are still in discussions with North Pointe Community Church, and are searching for other venues.  There will be no club play at schools until January or later.

Court locations are here.

Board Members


Eileen McClean

President & Venue Manager

president@pickleballstalbert.ca


Gary Marcellus

Vice President

development@pickleballstalbert.ca


Douwe Spriensma

Secretary

secretary@pickleballstalbert.ca


Ray Keroack

Treasurer

treasurer@pickleballstalbert.ca


Tamas Virag

Director at Large, Web Manager

director1@pickleballstalbert.ca


Gary Spencer

Director of Communications

communications@pickleballstalbert.ca




Carol Mah

Director of Membership and Volunteers

info@pickleballstalbert.ca


   Contacts


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