The Parksville Oceanside Pickleball Society (POPS) met on Tuesday, July 14, 2020 to determine if club play for 2020 season should resume, be postponed or be cancelled. After careful consideration, the executive were unanimous in their decision to cancel the 2020 POPS season. Although many factors contributed to the decision being made, the executive felt it could not, with confidence, develop and monitor a safe play plan that minimized member health risk while providing a fully engaging format for play.
Although the decision is disappointing as there are many benefits to club play, the executive has agreed to remain active and prepare for the 2021 season. There are a variety of opportunities to play in the oceanside area. We wish you well in your pursuit to be active by playing pickleball, please be safe.
Members who have paid the 2020 membership fee will be contacted by email for reimbursement options.
Thank you for your patience and understanding throughout these past months. We look forward to a 2021 season that will provide members with an opportunity to be active in club play.
June 2020 Update. Return to Safe Play Plan
Throughout the past months, your executive has met to determine the direction POPS will take to return to club play. The Provincial Health Office, VIASPORT, Regional District of Nanaimo, City of Parksville, and Pickleball BC guidelines must be incorporated in our Safe Return to Play Plan.
After many conversations and written communication with city officials, RDN staff, pickleball players and viewing the safe return to play of other clubs in BC, we decided that POPS will not begin club play on June 26. This is the date where permission to begin club play has been granted by the province and city of Parksville, following the submission of a return to safe play plan with VIASPORT BC.
The executive has made the decision to delay the start of club play and monitor the direction of the Provincial Health Office, VIASPORT BC, and how phase three of opening BC has affected the number of COVID-19 infections in BC, the island in particular, over the next three to four weeks. Delaying club play will provide us with an opportunity to determine if developing A Safe Return to Play Plan can be compliant with the provincial guidelines and managed in a format that is engaging and fully embraced by all members.
Many players are participating in casual play in the Parksville Community Park and other locations. Please refer to the VIASPORT BC, RDN and the City of Parksville links for return to safe play guidelines. Be safe!
John Kuzbik (President POPS)