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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: If you've not already played pickleball at all, you are in for a real treat!  See our Explore Joining menu to get your frequently asked questions (FAQs) answered. Then sign up for a free beginner's lesson, but get in line because we have a lot of newcomers and this is a very popular activity!

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.  

Join today!

Visitors who have a player's rating from another club: You can come and check us out at a session that matches your player's rating. Details on how to pay and our expectations are in our Visitors Policy.  Note that the cost to purchase two sticker from another member is now $6.70.



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 sticker for members, two for guests of members.  The cost to play at a reserved sessions is two stickers, and these sessions are members only.  

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

News for you 

News Flash - Alpine Opening

We've just learned that this Saturday, May 23, the City is opening all 12 courts at Alpine and 2 extra courts at Larose for spontaneous play.  This is play for singles only unless partners are from the same household.

Pickleball Play Resuming in St. Albert

The good news is that pickleball play resumed May 16 with the opening of four courts at Larose. At this time, there is no league play allowed -- it is spontaneous play only. The City's rules are here and are depicted adjacent to this article.

Your Board is in discussions with the City about the possibility of at least having some reserved play in the near future. This wouldn't be league play, but it would allow you to book a court and know it is reserved for you and your playmates.

Note that your Health Team and your Board have been actively working on safe play guidelines and planning how we can resume play.  We've also been in close contact with other clubs in the region.  This work continues.

Playing Safe - Stage 1

As Dr. Deena Hinshaw says, the Government of Alberta's Relaunch Strategy recognizes that we've bent the curve on our COVID infection rates, and we can now slowly resume a bit of our normal lives -- with restraints, of course. 

Please follow all applicable rules, stick to the guidelines, and play as safe as possible.  

Member Directory Launched

Check out our new members directory here.

This directory is available for members only, so you must log in to use it.

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.

Note that although your email address is not displayed to other members, the directory can still be used to send a message to another member.  Just find a particular member using one of the search methods provided and click on their rating link to get to their particular details, then click the Send Message button. 

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.  If you have particular security needs, you can also remove yourself from the directory. To make adjustments, go to the privacy tab in your profile.





Video Conferencing and our AGM

Do you want to learn how to video conference with family and friends during this period of isolation?  Or perhaps you are already doing this with Facetime, Zoom, Google Hangouts Meet, Uberconference or some other software product?

Well, if you'd like to learn or practice, here's another opportunity to do so.

Firstly, thanks to those who responded to the request for input on the use of video-conferencing for our June 9, 2020 Annual General Meeting (AGM).  Out of four email replies, all were in favor of this proposal. Three of the four specifically encouraged the use of Zoom, and the fourth was silent with respect to the technology. 

As the Board has also had very successful results using video-conferencing both for SAPC business and personal connections, we will proceed with our plans to have the next AGM by video conference.

The AGM has now been posted in our website's meeting calendar. Watch our news and that event in future to learn how to register for the AGM and for a pre-AGM meeting. The pre-AGM meeting, which is two weeks before the AGM, will allow:

  • you to ensure your iPad, smartphone or computer can connect with a club video conferencing session,
  • you to ensure your audio and video functions work,
  • you to practice with the video conferencing software, and
  • the club to ensure this software and service will work well for the AGM.

We will not have time or resources to trouble-shoot connection, audio or video problems with you during the AGM, so please connect to the pre-AGM to test this out for us and for yourselves.  We can help you more right after the pre-AGM, if needed and if you participate in that pre-AGM session. 

We look forward to seeing and chatting with you online!



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


Board and Nominating Committee Positions

Thanks to our Nominating Committee and to those who have stepped forward. Once again, we have at least one candidate running for each position electable by the membership at large. Come to this year's online AGM to vote for your next board, auditor, ombudsperson and nominating team.

Facilities Task Force

Our club has access to plentiful indoor facilities and to a marvelous outdoor facility, thanks to the hard work of some of our club members.  What will our next leap forward look like?  Help determine our future by joining this ad hoc task force.  See the mandate, and email your interest to your club Secretary Douwe Spriensma.

Equipment Coordinator

This key position oversees the purchase, distribution and inventory of balls, nets, and more.  Training will be provided. This opening is now officially posted.  Check out this job description and email your interest to club Secretary Douwe Spriensma.

Web Coordinator

Would you like to learn how our website works and help maintain it? Or would you rather work on small projects to further develop our club's use of automated tools?  This opening is now officially posted. Check out this job description and email your interest to your Treasurer Ray Keroack.

  


 

Organized Play and Visitors

Would you like to bring a friend, or have your visiting son or daughter play with you for a session or two? We have found that visitors make up less than 2% of our indoor players, and being good neighbors, we welcome visitors to many of our indoor and outdoor sessions.  Check our calendar on this site, and bring a guest to any session that doesn't say "Members Only."  Of course, guests should also have the skill level required for the session, for sessions designated at the 3.0 level or higher.


Annual General Meeting

Our online AGM takes place at 6 pm Tuesday June 9.  If you are a member, you will be able to register as described in our participation guide.  This guide is now posted on our website here.

Are you new to virtual meetings and online video conferencing?  Then please also participate in our practice session -- our pre-AGM -- on May 26. 

Would you like to test if your computer or smartphone and wifi are set-up for video-conferencing?  Would you like to know you are technologically ready for our AGM?  Then you too should attend the pre-AGM online.  See the guide for more details.

Board Members


Eileen McClean

President & Venue Manager

president@pickleballstalbert.ca


Gary Marcellus

Vice President

development@pickleballstalbert.ca


Douwe Spriensma

Secretary

stalbertpickleball@gmail.com


Ray Keroack

Treasurer

treasurer@pickleballstalbert.ca


Tamas Virag

Director of Membership and Volunteers, Web Manager

info@pickleballstalbert.ca


Gary Spencer

Director of Communications

communications@pickleballstalbert.ca


Claude Michaud

Director at Large, Equipment Coordinator



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