We are Playing Pickleball this Saturday, Feb. 9th. Everyone welcomed.

Just a reminder that we will be playing pickleball this Saturday, February 9th at LaVerendrye School from noon to 2:00.  EVERYONE is welcome to come and play this Saturday!  We may split into novice and intermediate/advance courts for some of the time depending on the numbers.  Thanks and hope to see you there.


Merry Christmas PB Poem

Twas the night before Christmas

And out on the courts

Were all types of people

In tennies and shorts

All of them beaming and shouting with joy

Happy as children with a new Christmas toy

Out of their bags, colorful paddles appeared

To the kitchen they scurried, lined up, and cheered

Let’s dink it and drop it, let’s volley and kill

The balls started bouncing as if without will

The sound from the paddles and balls as they rose

Moved all of the players to the tips of their toes

Cross court and forward, balls started to fly

When appeared an old player with a wink in his eye

Dressed in all red from his head to his toe

A smile on his face and a warm, cheery glow

0-0-2 he shouted as he served me the ball

He moved like the wind, barely saw him at all

Then all of a sudden, it was 11 to 0

As we lightly touched paddles, he said he must go

Before I asked where, he disappeared in a haze,

But I heard his farewell while still in my daze

“Keep playing and laughing and having your fun!

Merry Pickleball to all, my work here is done!”


[A Poem By Greg LaVelle

The working group that oversees play at LaVerendrye shares its guiding philosophy

The Thunder Bay Pickleball Club at LaVerendrye High School offers a competitive environment that caters to intermediate/advanced players while still welcoming and providing opportunities for beginner and novice development.

We recognize the following:

  • LaVerendrye (LAV) is the only venue in Thunder Bay offering intermediate/advance play;
  • LAV is the only indoor venue in Thunder Bay with courts suitable for intermediate/advanced play;
  • The beginner and novice play at LAV is geared toward player development;
  • And, the priority at LAV is intermediate/advanced play.

Saturday Play at LaVerndrye

The club has the gym on both Saturday, Dec. 8th and Saturday, Dec. 15 for play from noon to 2 p.m.  (Please do not arrive early.)  As part of the new playing format devised by the working group, Saturday play is for intermediate/advanced play.  In order to participate the player must be at 3.0 or above (as determined by the internal club rating).  If you are unsure of your level (rating) you can speak to Sue, Julie, or Chris.