Why Join PMA
Who We Are:
PMA is your advocate for all things Pickleball in the City of Mississauga. We liaise with the City for changes to existing public facilities which include additional times for play at City community centres and for Pickleball lines being added to public outdoor tennis facilities.
PMA is your main point of contact for the Pickleball Association of Ontario (PAO) and Pickleball Canada. Through these groups members are informed of upcoming important events and/or tournaments being played across the country.
PMA runs several member driven events during the year. Our Fun Day is usually held in September at the Mississauga Valley Community Centre. It is open for both competitive and recreational players. We also have an Open House event each year to profile this growing sport.
PMA offers free assistance at South Common Community Centre during selected drop-in times several times a week. Instructors are members of PMA and are avid Pickleball players. We focus on beginners only to introduce them to this addictive game.
Annually, PMA hosts the District 20 55+ (part of OSGA) Pickleball tournament. This tournament is open to all people 55 years young and winners can compete in the Provincial or Regional events as representatives of District 20. Many members have gone on to win medals at the Ontario and Regional levels.
Since inception of PMA, many forward thinking goals have been achieved. Some of these include:
- Painted Pickleball lines on public tennis courts throughout the city with more scheduled for 2020.
- More drop-in times at City of Mississauga Community Centres.
- PMA benefits from reduced court rental rates, as we are affiliated with the City and the Sports Council.
- PMA demonstrated Pickleball to the Peel District School Board and they continue to encourage their schools to add Pickleball to their curriculum The Catholic School Board also promotes Pickleball. Over 50% of schools at both school boards have embraced Pickleball.
- During the summer of 2018 and in partnership with the City, PMA managed and hosted lessons for beginners and encouraged recreational / competitive play for 3 hours, three times per week at the Paramount Centre. The program was an outstanding success as attested by the 1,400+ who attended!
The Future and Beyond:
Future goals for PMA include permanent outdoor Pickleball only courts and plans for an invitational tournament. With increasing membership, our voice with the City will hold more weight and allow us to move forward with plans to make Pickleball the premier sport in Mississauga.
You may contact the association through our website at www.pickleballmississauga.com.
City of Mississauga and PMA’s 2nd Open House On October 12th, 2019 and with the financial assistance (by way of a grant) from the City of Mississauga, we hosted a Open House at Mississauga Valley Community Centre. The primary focus was to invite beginners including Families to introduce them to Pickleball. Lessons, skill & drill, contest and light food was made available to all. This event was free to all participants.
PMA’s – Third Annual Fun Day and Tournament
On September 7th, 2019, PMA hosted the event from 8 am to 7 pm at Mississauga Valley Community Centre. Forty teams registered for the tournament with players playing in categories 3.5 and under and over 3.5. We plan to host another event next year and it’s free for PMA members.
PMA’s 1st Open House On June 22nd, 2019, we hosted our first Open House at Mississauga Valley Community Centre to introduce more players to this great game. Lessons, drills, contest and light food was made available. This event was free to all participants.
District 20 – Mississauga Seniors’ 55+ Games
On June 4th, 2019, PMA hosted the tournament at Mississauga Valley Community Centre. Gold medal winners qualified to compete at the Provincial OSGA games held in Mississauga. This is the third tournament sponsored and managed by PMA.
Hershey / Paramount Centre – mid-June to the end of July 2018
Free indoor play for beginners and intermediate were welcomed on: Tuesdays from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Thursdays from 9:00 am to 12 noon and Sundays from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Paddles were made available for beginners free of charge and balls were supplied. The event was sponsored by the City of Mississauga and hosted / managed by PMA. The first hour of each session focused on providing free lessons by a qualified instructor. During the last few days, fun tournaments were organized for beginners who took lessons.
Orchard Heights Tennis Association In June 2018, Orchard Heights Tennis Association started to offer Pickleball on their outdoor tennis courts with portable nets using one tennis court for two Pickleball courts. For more details, please contact Danny at Higashi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annual General Meeting Our AGM was held on November 23rd, 2018 at Parkland on the Glen in Mississauga. Lunch was served and the AGM commenced at 2:00 pm. Our 2019 AGM is scheduled for December 3rd at South Common Community Centre.
Sheridan Tennis Club For the fourth year, outdoor Pickleball was offered, check out their web-site www.sheridantennis.ca for more details. STC operates from April to the end of October or early November, weather permitting. STC has windscreens and LED lighting for evening play until 11pm. All four courts have professionally painted Pickleball lines.
Mississauga Valley Community Centre In August 2017, the City added Pickleball lines on the other two of the four tennis courts. All four tennis courts now have Pickleball lines. They also added tennis straps allowing players to adjust the centre of the net by two inches. MVCC is a drop-in public court facility and designated times (2 hour periods) were made available for PMA members and their guests.
South Common Community Centre In January 2018, PMA negotiated a new drop-in time on Wednesdays for 90 minutes beginning at 1:15 pm, ending at 2:45 pm. This drop-in time was devoted to introducing beginners to the game, which allowed them to get familiar with Pickleball rules and improve their skills before playing at other community centre where play is more competitive. Today, November 2019, we provide assistance to beginners on Mondays and Wednesdays from 12 noon to 2 pm. South Common CC (the City) has now launched a City sponsored program for beginners on Wednesdays and more programs will be offered in 2020.