Welcome to the Bellingham Pickleball Club (BPC)

Mission Statement

BPC promotes the development of pickleball skills, facilities and community in the greater Bellingham area.

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News and Updates

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Here are some timely updates.

If you'd like assistance in any way, please let us know and we'll do what we can to help out. We are here to support our local pickleball community! Whether you need extra groceries, someone to pick up a medication, or just a listening ear, please give us a shout. Message us or email bellinghampickle@gmail.com .
Live-streamed @ www.pbMindShiftSummit.com . Top pickleball pros & coaches will focus on the "Mental Game" to help you unlock a new sense of belief, create daily intentional habits, & tap into a heightened sense of focus. Once you register (via Facebook) you can see the videos of each person in the video gallery and see what aspect of the mental game they plan to emphasize. Co-hosted by Dotti Berry
PICKLEBALL MYSTERY THRILLER: “0-0-DEAD” (free until Tuesday 4/14)
Steve Pustay, from Canton Ohio, is sharing his whodunnit thriller, free of charge, from Friday April 10th- Tuesday April 14th.
Written last year as a serialized holiday gift to his pickleball club, Steve says it’s a fun read with characters we’re all likely to recognize. Anyone can download it to a computer, Kindle, iPad, or any electronic reader @ www.amazon.com/0-0-Dead-Steven-Pustay-ebook/dp/B08414CD5M/ref=sr_1_5?dchild=1&keywords=0-0-dead&q... . You'll need to either have a Amazon/ Kindle account (free 30-day trial available) or download the free Kindle app onto a device.
Here are links for a multitude of drills you can do by yourself!
www.youtube.com/watch?v=OoI6PQu_LeM&t=9s AND youtu.be/MpcEm0uUB6k Coach Jem Morris (shared by Mark Livingston.)

docs.google.com/document/d/1LwKClA46YxgEz0rse4phfVhKJAhR2jeEnaWtvEFuUqk/edit#heading=h.36j0ua8358kw (shared by Dotti Berry from USAPA Ambassador Summit “chat box”)
The BPC Board invites BPC members to join in via Zoom, so please save the date. Topics depend on the current and projected situation related to Covid-19. Meeting link and agenda will be shared prior to the meeting. Please let us know if you have suggestions for the agenda! (The original BPC Dev’t meeting was scheduled for 4/19 but we wanted to wait for potential new developments prior to meeting.)
The City of Bellingham is currently taking bids until 4/29 to find a qualified candidate to do feasibility study, analysis, and planning for the Cornwall “Covered Pickleball Courts Project”. Hopefully it will turn out that the multi-purpose (tennis) courts can become dedicated pickleball courts, and can be covered. The first step is the feasibility study which will determine subsequent decisions by COB.

Best Wishes to All!

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BPC will not be coordinating any activities, nor encouraging open play, including at Cornwall Park, until circumstances change regarding Covid-19.
Yes this breaks our hearts, but it is the only responsible thing to do given the current situation. It is incumbent on us as a community organization to exercise caution and comply with relevant official recommendations, guidelines, and laws.
Because we value the health and safety of our cherished community (yes, even above our love of pickleball), we are postponing everything. The USAPA has yet to provide an official statement, but has withdrawn sanctioning for tournaments for the next two months. Pickleball Canada has already made an official statement.
NOTE: BPC DOES NOT RECOMMEND PLAYING in open groups or large groups, and cannot even recommend playing in foursomes unless the four players all live together. While many will find this to be common sense, some likely may not.
FOR THOSE WHO CHOOSE TO CONTINUE TO PLAY, we encourage you to follow the recommendations below.

Any local play should only be undertaken if there is full compliance with the most stringent of current and relevant official guidelines and recommendations including Whatcom County, WA State, and the Federal Government/ CDC.
This includes respecting guidelines for:
> Group size limitations;
> Physical distancing;
> Staying home if you, or anyone around you, have been feeling unwell;
> Object sanitation (eg. ball, paddle, etc) and hand hygiene (including sneezing/coughing into arm, not touching face, hand sanitizing if washing hands is impractical, etc);
> Extra caution for high risk and vulnerable persons;

> AND VERY IMPORTANTLY, having an effective disease containment plan in place, referencing all components above, that is well articulated & understood throughout all players in a group.
Unlike normal times when BPC usually takes leadership in crafting plans, we will not be doing so in this situation beyond stating the above recommendations. At this time the Bellingham Park Department is leaving all outdoor facilities open to the public, but that could change at anytime, particularly if they see high risk behaviors taking place.
It is likely that the local North Sound YMCA Tournament will be cancelled or postponed, but that decision will be made later in the month by the YMCA.
These are tough times, and they won’t last forever, but we are all in this together. Please remember that your actions, both on the court and off, will have ripple effect consequences for others. This also applies to people who have no symptoms, but unknowingly might be transmitting the virus.

Thank you for acting responsibly.

BPC Board

Barbara Goebel, President (bagoebel@gmail.com; 360-441-5628 )

Stephen Dillon, Vice President

Maggi Kriger, Secretary

Terri Vossbeck, Treasurer

Catharine Vadar, At-Large

Gaby Gaiz, At-Large

Bob Hei, At-Large

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Clear, concise, and necessary. Kudos for taking this action.

I absolutely appreciate your response to this situation. Thank you.

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