Competition

Cedarbrae offers two pickleball streams: a recreational stream and a competitive stream.

Our recreational stream is for players who want a non-competitive social experience. Our competitive stream is for players who want to develop their skills and compete at a recreational level. Many of these players also participate in tournaments at other facilities in Calgary and across Alberta.

Competitive Pickleball Pathway

These 11 steps lead to our highest level of competitive pickleball. For a basic understanding of what is involved with each of these steps, please see the general descriptions below.

  1. A101 Pickleball Skills for Beginners
  2. A102 How to Play Pickleball (The Rules)
  3. A103 How to Play Pickleball (Basic Tactics)
  4. Recreational Drop-in Pickleball Programs
  5. A104 How to Practice and Improve
  6. A105 Intro to Competitive Pickleball
  7. Entry to Competitive Pickleball Drop-in
  8. 2.75 – 3.25 Pickleball Drop-in
  9. 3.00 – 3.50 Pickleball Drop-in
  10. 3.25 – 3.75 Pickleball Drop-in
  11. 3.50 – 4.00 Pickleball Drop-in

First Steps

Three programs — A101, A102, and A103 — introduce players to the skills, rules, and basic tactics of pickleball. Players who complete these three programs can enter our recreational drop-in pickleball programs where they can enjoy a non-competitive social experience playing pickleball.

Moving Up

After gaining some experience at recreational pickleball, many players decide they want more. They decide they want to add some competition to their pickleball experience.

A104 How to Practice and Improve introduces members to one of Cedarbrae’s principle pickleball attractions: training groups. Our training groups introduce players to other players at their level. They learn to train and practice together. They learn to compete internally so that they can go out into the world as individuals or form teams and compete in leagues and tournaments.

A105 Intro to Competitive Pickleball teaches players how to enter the world of competitive pickleball where players are rated and play against other players at their level. Coaches walk players through setting up their first accounts on pickleball rating platforms. Then they help them generate their first ratings by setting up their first competitive matches. By the time this class is over, players have earned their first rating and they are on their way to becoming competitive pickleball players.

Entry to Competitive Pickleball Drop-in is the first level of competitive play for pickleball players. This program walks players through their first 25 games after which they will earn an official club rating.

Leveling Up

As players become engaged with the competitive stream, they earn ratings. Our leveled drop-in programs sort players according to competitive levels so that everyone has an opportunity to develop.

2.75 – 3.25 Pickleball Drop-in is the first level of competitive intermediate pickleball at Cedarbrae. In order to enter this program, players must be rated between 2.75 and 3.25. In this program, scores of all games are reported and recorded so that players can track their progress and will know when they have developed enough to move up to the next level.

3.00 – 3.50 Pickleball Drop-in is the second level of competitive intermediate pickleball at Cedarbrae. In order to enter this program, players must be rated between 2.75 and 3.25. In this program, scores of all games are reported and recorded so that players can track their progress and will know when they have developed enough to move up to the next level.

3.25 – 3.75 Pickleball Drop-in is the third level of competitive intermediate pickleball at Cedarbrae. In order to enter this program, players must be rated between 2.75 and 3.25. In this program, scores of all games are reported and recorded so that players can track their progress and will know when they have developed enough to move up to the next level.

3.50 – 4.00 Pickleball Drop-in is the top level of competitive intermediate pickleball at Cedarbrae. In order to enter this program, players must be rated between 2.75 and 3.25. In this program, scores of all games are reported and recorded so that players can track their progress and will know when they have developed enough to move up to the next level.