BCPA News/Photos

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These are a number of First Year Photos that were taken of our pickleball play and a potluck dinner.

Snow Pickleball
19 Jan 2019 - BCPA players don't let a little snow stop them from playing!

23 Jan 2019 - Look for your annual dues email; it will be coming soon.

25 Jan 2019 - The BCPA Discussion Forum is up and running! Registration is free. If you want to start a discussion category, you will get a message that this must be approved. Be patient with your webmaster on follow-up.

19 Feb 2019 -

20 Feb 2019 - BCPA has purchased 3 buckets of balls with first aid kits and distributed them to regular players. No longer dependent on that one guy bringing a bunch of balls.

BCPA has joined Meetup.com to provide a means for players to communicate and schedule their own times to play outside of our scheduled times.

Member push for BC Residents because we have to keep our membership count at 50% BC Residents

BC Conservancy has agreed to clean the Landings Courts

30 Mar 2019 - Andy Forsyth ran the first of several clinics he hopes to run during our normal Saturday play time. You can read his instructional notes on the Instruction page.

20 Apr 2019 - Andy ran a second clinic.

Rainy Day Pickleball
24 Jun 2019 - Hardy BCPA Pickleballers don't let a little rain keep them from playing.

29 Jun 2019 - Open House at the Woods Courts, free introduction for Burke Centre Residents from 09:30-12:00 was held. Andy Forsyth, our BCPA Club Pro, ran this training with assistance from other BCPA members. Afterwards was a Social Event - lunch at Glory Days.

6 Jul 2019 - Training class at the Landings Courts by Andy Forsyth...Fine tuning techniques and how to Practice to improve your game

24 Jul 2019 - There were two new Pickleball Classes taught by Andy Forsyth. One for beginners and one for more advanced players. Sign ups for these classes was on the Burke Pickleball Meetup group. The first for for Fairly new players, was a short session to teach new players how to make better shot selections and where to place your shots to help you with winning more rallies. The scond one for Intermediate and advanced players was designeed to the strategies of the top players the skills used to hit more winning shots and keep your opponents off balance.

17 Aug 2019 - Practice Tournament put on by Andy Forsyth For those planning on playing in a Pickleball Tournament for the first time or wanting some additional tips on how to play in a tournament BCPA held a “Practice Tournament” with instruction on at 10 AM at the Woods. Most of the participants arrived by 9 AM for some practice play and warmups prior to starting. Everyone served as a line judge for at least one game to get experience on how the process works or as a Referee for at least one game. A quick tutorial was given for being a line judge and referee.

14 Sep 2019 - The First BCPA Tournament took place. There were Men's, Women's, and Mixed brackets. Details of the tournament can be found in this PDF. Here are some photos of the tournament (including the winners and runners up). It was a beautiful clear day with little or no wind. Everyone gave it their all to try to be the first team to win the first ever Burke Centre Pickleball Association Club Tournament.

Men's Doubles
First – Max Sinthorntham and Adam Copeland Second – Ed Gelman and Craig Offutt
Women's Doubles
First – Jacki Berkowitz and Carolyn Rapoza Second – Dawn T Hill and Mary Abney
Mixed Doubles
First – Max and Ngoc Sinthorntham Second – Ed Gelman and Thelma Marroig

Congrats to the winning teams and runner ups. And thanks to all who participated. And also thanks to our volunteer Line judges and Referees. Some who were participants in the Tournament and a couple who were not able to play but helped out as well.

We look forward to seeing you all on the courts and many of you are already participating in our Winter League play. Our Season ending League Tournament will be held during the month of May once the leagues ends on April 30. If you have not signed up for the league you have until January 31. See Andy Forsyth or Gary Hill on how to signup. The signup sheets for the league are in our lockers on each court. In the manila envelopes.

25 Sep 2019 - BCPA now has large combination locked storage bins at both the Landings and Woods courts. Thank you to Gary Hill for fighting so hard for us to get these bins, getting them, painting them to meet BCC regulations and installing them at the courts - a Trojan effort that is thoroughly appreciated. Inside the bins are buckets of balls, W and L markers, regulation size pickleball nets, chalk and chalk sticks, and rubber bands to wrap around paddles if there is a foursome that wants to play together, and weights to hold down the tennis nets to regulation height at the outside lines.

5-6 Oct 2019 - The team of Max S. and Adam C representing BCPA placed 4th in a field of nine at the Mid-Atlantic Open Pickleball Tournament, a USAPA sanctioned event. Although they were disappointed to finish just outside the medals, this is an incredible feat as this tournament has some really great players and is very competitive. Congratulations to Max and Adam!

5 Oct 2019 - The Second Annual BCPA Picnic was held next to Burke Pond. Mary Dunden organized the picnic and games. Unfortunately, someone beat us to the picnic area with the grill and talbes so we relocated a little distance away. With tables and chairs brought by participants it all worked out. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves socializing, playing games and eating the delicious shared food. Here are some photos of the picnic.

23 Oct 2019 - Burke Centre has replaced the lights at the Woods with LED lights. They haven't got them right yet. Once they do we might switch a Monday or Wednesday (just once or twice) to the Woods just to see how they are while we are playing. We can then provide any feedback we might have. But not until they get them right.

22 Jan 2020 - Burke Centre has replaced the lights at the Landings with LED lights.

Winter/Spring 2020 - Winter/Spring League Tournament - See League for results

Nov 2020 - BCC cleaned/washed the court surfaces at the Landings and the Woods to remove slippery algae

Summer/Fall 2020 - Summer/Fall League Tournament - See League for results

Winter/Spring 2021 - Winter/Spring League Tournament - See League for results

13 Mar 2021 - With the coming of the Spring means we are going strong with our League Play and we will also be gearing up for some Pickleball Clinics. Andy will be putting out some Meetup invitations very soon so be on the look out for those. Mark your calendar as we are shooting for the last week of March on Saturday, March 28 and probably the third week of April on Saturday, April 18. May 16 or 23 we may do some more clinics. Times TBD but most likely 1 hour each at 9 and 10 AM. And with a few teams entering some local Tournaments we will also hold a clinic on how to improve your tournament strategies and placement of shots. The clinics in March will be Intermediate and advance-intermediate, focusing on common mistakes and how to correct them. And in April the clinics will be placement, strategy, practice and drill methods. I look forward to working with everyone interested in improving their Pickleball skills. . . . see you on the courts. Andy