Winter (indoor) play is in Mary Hall Gym in Selkirk College's 10th St. Campus). Summer (outdoor) play is at LVR (Nelson High School) or Lakeside Park courts. Signup for winter play at this link. Nelson Pickleball Club membership is separate from membership in the Nelson Tennis Club, which gives you access to the new outdoor courts at the LVR High School, or you can pay a $5 user fee (honour system box is on the outside of the shed) behind the tennis courts. Click here for the Nelson Pickleball Club CODE OF CONDUCT and MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION FORM. All members, old and new, need to fill out a membership form, which you can bring with you when playing at Mary Hall. CLUB MEMBERSHIP is $30 for 2020-21 (May 1-April 30); it includes membership in PCO (Pickleball Canada), which includes insurance, and PBC (Pickleball BC). Everyone is welcome to play at any time, but playing fees are reduced for members when playing indoors.

Friday, May 15, 2020

Reopening Protocol


During these times of restricted social activity, the Pickleball Community needs to respond with a modified operating model. Socializing at the courts does not match the requirements and orders put in place by our Provincial Health Authority. The following are guidelines for returning to the LVR courts. (We have no jurisdiction over Lakeside Courts. Contact the City of Nelson, if you wish.)

Social Distancing

  • Stay home if you are sick or have come in contact with someone who is sick (14 days)
  • Maintain social distancing.
  • Pre-arrange play via ONLY.  NO DROP-IN games.
  • Play with a limited number of players. We will start with 2 courts. 
  • Play only with your up-to-6-person pod. Do NOT intermingle with players from the other court.
To limit Social Interactions, as recommended by the Provincial Health Officer for BC, Dr. Bonnie Henry and BC Pickleball, always play with the same partner or players in your Pickleball Social Bubble or pod. 

[UPDATE]: On June 24th, BC entered Phase 3 of the COVID-19 Restart plan. 

If you have a pod of six, let’s name the pod Group 1, which comprises say Tom and Tess, Brian and Barbara, and Joe and Jane. Then we have another pod of six, let’s name the pod Group 2, which comprises Mick and Molly, Vic and Vera, and Alex and Anne. 
  • Any two from Group 1, can play against any two from Group 2, however the two from Group 1 must stay on one side of the net and never partner with a person from Group 2. They could however change partners with any of the other players from Group 1. In other words, Tom in Group 1 could never partner with Mick in Group 2, but Tom and Brian from Group 1 could play against Mick and Vic from Group 2. 
  • Group 1 will only use one ball; Group 2 players must not touch that ball, other than to paddle or kick it back to the players from Group 1. Group 2 will have their own ball to which the same rules apply. We suggest you always use different coloured balls to mitigate confusion. Perhaps Group 1 players use a GREEN ball and Group 2 players use a YELLOW ball. 
  • Please do NOT arrive early or linger after your playing time.
Cleanliness Concerns
  • Avoid touching your face until you have washed your hands (soap and water or sanitizer).
  • Use the Hand Disinfectant provided at the gate after entering and leaving. Players should also carry their own hand sanitizer for use after each game.
  • No sharing of equipment, water bottles etc.
  • No paddle taps at the end of the game.
Ball Handling
  • Provide your own balls or contact Doug or Gloria to receive a club ball.
  • Sanitize the balls before bringing them to the court (20 second wash with soap and water). Everyone is responsible for their own balls.
  • Print your name on your ball(s) with a permanent marker.
  • Extra balls will also be available from the club at a very reasonable price. 
  • When your ball travels to another court, ask a player to kick or paddle it back to you.
Booking of Times
  • Booking by court and time-slot will be done, as in winter, via
  • Sign up can be done for groups of 2 to 6. To facilitate contact tracing, if needed, all names must be included.
  • We will play on the two outer courts to accommodate Social Distancing. 
  • All players must pay the Tennis Club Annual Membership fee or a $5.00 Tennis Club Drop-In fee. 
  • All time-slots will be for one hour and twenty-five minutes. There will be five minutes between bookings so that the current players can gather their belongings and leave before the new group enters the courts.
  • Please do NOT enter the courts until everyone from the time-slot before your booked time has left.
  • If nobody is waiting at the end of your slot, please lock the gate.


Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Pickleball cancelled in Nelson until further notice

As we are living under a declared BC emergency, we strongly recommend that all players refrain from playing pickleball until health authorities deem it safe to resume normal social interactions. The LVR courts are locked, and Selkirk College is closed. 

Sunday, September 15, 2019

BC 55+ Games

Four Nelson Pickleball players took part in the 55+ Games held in Kelowna this week. A good time was had by all.

Back Row: Tim Beecham, John Ferguson
Front Row: Tricia Timmermans, Gloria Beecham

Saturday, September 7, 2019

2019-2020 Indoor Season

Hi Nelson and area Pickleball fans,

We are nearing the end of the summer “outside” pickleball season. On Friday October 4th we will begin inside play at Mary Hall (Selkirk College’s 10th Street Campus). Before you first play at Mary Hall, please remember to fill out the Waiver Form at the gym office (upstairs). This will be good for the 2019-2020 season. 

In order to ensure that all players have an opportunity to play, Selkirk College staff have allowed us to rent in 2-hour sessions, six days a week (Monday to Friday plus Sundays) for this 2019-2020 year. There will be no pickleball in multi-use times. We are extremely grateful to Selkirk for this concession, as, with our growing numbers, finding a time to play was becoming difficult. We will continue to use the portal to make sure that one session does not become overloaded with players, while other sessions may have only a few players. Signup preference will be given to Nelson Pickleball Club members.
The Days of play will be:    
Monday to Friday 10:00 to 12:00 (Signup required) 
Sundays                 12:00 to 2:00    (No Signup required)

On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday there will be 3 Advanced courts with a limit of 14 players, and 2 Intermediate/New player courts with a limit of 10 players
Thursdays are open to All Abilities with a limit of 26 players. Sign up is necessary.
Sundays are open to All Abilities, with an unlimited numbers of players allowed, and No Sign up is necessary.

Membership cost for this year is $30.  Benefits to membership include:


Membership in Pickleball BC and Pickleball Canada
Preferential sign up times
Lower rates

As rental costs will be higher because of the 2-hour sessions (as opposed to 1.5 hours last season), playing fees will be higher. To simplify collection we are offering a punch-card system.  Punch cards will be credit-card-sized to fit into your wallet. Twenty 2-hour sessions will cost $90 – equivalent to $4.50 per session. If you are a member but are paying for sessions each time, the cost will be $5 per two-hour session.  Fees for non-members (who may sign up 24 hours ahead if space is available) will be $6. The committee prefers that players buy a punch card to simplify money collection. Payment for punch cards can be made by cash, cheque, or e-transfer. E-transfers can be made to Please note in the bank’s Message section what the payment is for. For example if you transfer $120, you would state your name, followed by Membership ($30) and 1 punch card ($90). Punch cards can be shared with other members.

Last session we offered a monthly fee, but this was not always economical, due to people going away unexpectedly, or, because of an injury they could not play, or, the gym would be unavailable for various reasons. However, should members prefer a monthly payment system, monthly payments can still be organized on a month-to-month basis. Cost would be set up to be slightly less than the punch card system payment (if they played every session during that month). The monthly pass for October will be $90 (for 24 possible sessions). This amount will change every month, depending on the  number of playing days.

A few notes:
1)   Please remember that Selkirk passes to the Mary Hall Gym are not valid for pickleball play. 
2)   The gym will be closed on Thanksgiving Monday (October 14). 
3)   We ask that if you have signed up and find you cannot play, to please remove your name from at least 24 hours ahead of time.
4)   Keep in mind that October will be a trial month – we will re-evaluate in November.

From our experience last season, money collection (and depositing at Nelson District Credit Union) is quite a time-consuming task that was shared between too few people. Often the collector would miss the first game. For this reason, we encourage all to arrive five to ten minutes before the session starting time (especially on October 4th), and to use the punch card system.  All cards will be punched before entry into the gym. It may be a bit confusing at first, but should become established quite quickly as an efficient solution.
We look forward to seeing you all on the courts come October. 

It has been a fabulous summer season with our new LVR courts, plus we have had the opportunity to play at Lakeside at any time.  
Best wishes from your Nelson Pickleball Club committee

Doug, Tricia and Gloria

PS: If you are reading this and are not on the Nelson Pickleball Club mailing list and wish to be, please email

Thursday, August 29, 2019

What a summer it has been.

No smoke, not much rain, just beautiful sunny days throughout most of our Kootenay summer. Thank you Nelson Tennis Club for making our day! Or should we say, making our summer.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Balfour Daze West Arm Pickleball Tourney

When: Balfour Courts (behind Balfour Community Hall)
Where: Saturday July 6th – 8am – 1pm
Cost: $15, includes lunch
Register/Sign-Up go to July 6th
Deadline to register July 2nd
FORMAT: Round-Robin 7 Games + 1 playoff (8 games per person)
Fun Focus - Levels 3.0 – 4.0
32 players / 4 groups / 8 players per group
Kangaroo style (No partners, no teams)
Each player plays with and against players in own group
Each player awarded points per game
12 minutes games or score to 15 – whichever comes first


Thursday, June 13, 2019

If you have been playing pickleball lately you will have noticed how busy it is at the LVR courts. Thanks to the hard work and generosity of our Tennis Club friends, the project is proceeding at a steady pace. This means there is quite a bit of heavy equipment in the area. To alleviate congestion and to make it easier for the operators, PLEASE PARK in the LVR PARKING AREA (entrance is on Davies, not Cottonwood). 

Again, thank you to the Tennis Club for all you have done to help put Pickleball on the map in Nelson.

Today your committee met to consider your many suggestions re scheduling at the LVR courts. We have tried to accommodate as  many of your wishes as possible, however it is probably not possible to please everyone. We want to welcome all players at all levels of play, and in doing so bring people together in a social "club" setting, while sharing the courts fairly. Our aim is to provide opportunities for each and every one of you to enjoy games at a skill level that is both comfortable for newer players and challenging for more experienced players. 

The following is what we perceive to be the best solution for all:

So that you do  not arrive at the courts with nobody to play with, and to quell the dozens of emails that fly about daily asking who might be playing, we believe that an unlimited signup for daily open play at 8:00AM at LVR will work well. This is the URL for signup:  - 
Although signing up is not mandatory, it would be common courtesy to do so, so that others will know approximately how many will be playing. If there are too many signed up, some may choose to play at Lakeside. 

A sign on the gate to the LVR Pickleball courts gives information about court fees.

More competitive players will have the opportunity to sign up for play Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights at 6:30PM. This will be limited to 14 more experienced players. 

For players who wish to organize their own foursomes to play at either LVR or Lakeside, there is still plenty of opportunity to do so.

We hope this will please the majority of players. Thanks for hanging in there with us over the past couple of weeks as we have sought to find the best solutions for summer play at LVR. 

Doug, Tricia and Gloria

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