When Pickleball Returns
Hi everyone, I hope you are all healthy and staying safe as we continue through this uncharted and challenging time. I’ve been seeing many social media posts about public courts reopening in other parts of Canada and throughout the states. Here in Ontario provincial parks and trails have reopened but for hiking or biking only. Sport courts and fields remain closed. And yes, it’s making me froth at the bit to get out and play, as I’m sure it is for any of you who aren’t able to at this time!
So what are going to be the recommended and/or required safe measures we’re going to have to practice in order to play? USA Pickleball Association (USAPA) has created a guide for a safe return of pickleball. Here’s a summary:
Of course, please do not play if you are exhibiting symptoms such as coughing and a fever, or if you are within the vulnerable age category. I'm sure when it finally comes time where we can play a person or people who you don’t live with, be sure they’ve considered their living situation as well, and whom they come into contact with. For the full USAPA guidance booklet, click here.
I can't express how excited I am to see the return of pickleball in Ontario. Looking forward to slowly reintroducing socializing back into my life - at a distance - and seeing friends and familiar faces.
What do you think will re-open after outdoor public courts? Will it be city operated centres (indoor courts) or private clubs (indoor courts)? Do you think facilities will require players to wear masks?
Leave your comments below!