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, March 5, 2021

Directive from Pickleball BC

The following is a letter from Pickleball BC, based on directives from Public Health's Dr. Henry and viaSport:

Another COVID Update    March 3, 2021

This week Dr. Bonnie Henry extended all current restrictions through March 16 - at least.
This means - no changes to our play formats, gathering sizes, or travel to play - sport related. Let me reiterate the salient points:
  1. No more than four (4) people 'gathering' in a location, and they must maintain 2 m separation.
  2. When participating in a sporting activity - like on the pickleball court - players must be able to maintain a 3 m separation at all times. This generally means singles pickleball.
  3. Exception - doubles play is permitted if your PARTNER lives in the same house as you.
  4. You can play at your HOME CLUB only - you are not permitted to travel to other Club locations. If your HOME CLUB has 2 or more normal play locations you may play at any of them. If you are a member of more than 1 Club you must decide which is your HOME CLUB and play within its' area - you are not permitted to travel and play with or at the other clubs you may be a member of. CHOOSE ONE!
The intent is to limit social interaction between areas and groups - limit the opportunity for COVID to spread. Do your part!
It is expected that Clubs that are operating or have play happening in their areas be cognizant and participate with these measures of public COVID safety.
Additional information - the PCO website had some erroneous data and instructions with respect to COVID protocols - I have had that information taken down.
The 'rules' and restrictions for pickleball are not the same as other sports, what they can do we may not be able to - sorry.
Finally - the restrictions placed on pickleball play are NOT Pickleball BC mandates - they come from our Public Health Dr. Henry and viaSport. As such they apply to ALL pickleball play in BC - not just Pickleball BC members.

Let us ALL do our part to be careful and follow our Provincial orders and guidelines for the long term benefit of us all.

Please do your part.


Walter Knecht


Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Our Winter Reopening

Hi fellow pickleball players,

We have the go ahead for playing indoors this winter starting on Monday. There are many changes; please read this carefully so you will understand how it is going to work.

We have been given the following times: 10:30-2:30 Monday, Wednesday and Friday. We will divide time slots up as follows: 10:30-12:25, 12:30-2:25. 


All players need to be current members of the Nelson Pickleball Club to play. 

No drop-ins will be permitted. Everyone needs to be a member of a pod. The maximum pod size is six players. It will assist the committee if each pod nominates a computer-literate “captain”, as an online spreadsheet needs to be filled out each day. Membership fees are $30 or $25 if you were a member last year. See the website for information on payment. 


We will use the website as usual, but only one person from each pod will sign up. Pod cancellations are permitted up to 24 hours in advance. If the cancellation is not received within that time and your court is not used, you will still be charged. You will sign up for a specific court. Court 1 is the closest to the entrance, Court 3 is the middle court, and Court 5 is the far court near the exit door.


Courts will be rented to pods rather than to individuals. Credit at $5 per punch will be given for punch cards from last year, which you should bring to your first session. If you do not have a pass, you will begin the season by paying $90 to our account at the NDCU. This will buy you $100 of Pickleball credit. Do this by sending the $90 to through your online banking.

Doug will explain the online spreadsheet set-up to each pod “captain”.  The spreadsheet will track each individual's credit, and debit them for each day that they play, and will show their balance. This will become much clearer as time goes on. 


You will enter the building front doors at 10:30 or 12:30, and not before. You will be wearing masks as this hallway is a public area. There is a hand sanitizer station just inside the door; please use this. Change your shoes in the hallway. You can leave them on the runner beyond the coke machine. You should re-sanitize your hands after changing your shoes. We recommend you bring your own so you do not have to return to the front door. You will then enter the gym and proceed to the benches behind your court area, where you will remove your outerwear and place it neatly on the floor. 

Two (or maximum three) players will set up the nets in the morning. There will be a bucket containing our first-aid kit and a clipboard in the pole cupboard. The clipboard has a Covid waiver form that must be signed by EVERY PLAYER, EVERY SESSION. We suggest that everyone brings their own pen for signing this form.

The morning players will leave the clipboard on the bench closest to the entry door for an afternoon session player to take to Jeanie. Please bring both sheets (morning and afternoon) to the office at the end of play, and return the clipboard to the bucket. 

Both groups will end their play promptly 5 minutes before the end time and be outside the building by the bottom of the hour. Please leave by the doors at the far end of the gym wearing your mask, so that you will not be interacting with the incoming group.

At the end of the afternoon play, 2 or 3 people will take down the nets and clean the poles (sanitizing solution and rags will be supplied in the pole cupboard). They will also ensure that the clipboard has been returned to the bucket and the two current sheets are brought to the office. If Jeanie is not in the office, please leave the forms outside the office window. 

Everyone will bring their own filled water bottles. If they need to be refilled throughout the session, you will wear a mask while filling at the water fountain. Drinking from the fountain itself will not be possible. If you need to use the bathroom, you must use a mask and sanitize your hands before returning to the gym. Again, we encourage you to bring your own sanitizer. 


We will supply each pod with 1 ball for each member. Keep these balls within your pod. There will be no club balls or paddles in the cupboard. When balls break, let us know and we will provide replacements. Other pods’ balls must be batted back (no hands!) if they come onto your court. 

These rules have been either stipulated or agreed to by the administration at Selkirk College. We hope all players will adhere strictly to them, so that we can all enjoy playing pickleball during these difficult Covid times. 

See you on the courts!

Doug, Gloria, John and Tricia

Nelson Pickleball Committee

Friday, May 15, 2020

Reopening Protocol

August 12, 2020 Version

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. 
  • Play only with your up-to-6-person pod. Do NOT intermingle with players from the other courts.
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.
  • 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.

Play Schedule

Fall / winter play begins October 1.

Join us at Selkirk College's Mary Hall as of October 1 every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday for a Pickleball rental day. Five courts wil...