About Cochrane Outdoor Pickleball Club

Mission Statement

The mission of the Cochrane Outdoor Pickleball Club is to facilitate the growth of pickleball in Southern Alberta for the enjoyment, health and social engagement of all players by offering recreational and competitive play.

Board Members

Tony - President


Tony Van Son

Pickleball Club Cochrane

Vice President

Bill Cooper

Pickleball Club Cochrane


Cat Carter

Cochrane Pickleball Secretary


Laureen Smid

Val Ball

Member at Large

Val Ball

Pickleball Club Cochrane

Member at Large

Tricia Miller

Claudia Obando Secretary

Member at Large

Claudia Obando

Committee Leads

Court Usage – Val Ball

Skills and Drills – Claudia Obando

Ratings – Les Franke

Communication – Tony van Son

Land Allocation – Joanne Ferster

Fund Raising – 

Registrar – 

Tournaments – Greg Young

Pickleball History

After playing golf one Saturday during the summer, Joel Pritchard, congressman from Washington State and Bill Bell, successful businessman, returned to Pritchard’s home on Bainbridge Island, WA (near Seattle) to find their families sitting around with nothing to do. The property had an old badminton court so Pritchard and Bell looked for some badminton equipment and could not find a full set of rackets. They improvised and started playing with ping-pong paddles and a perforated plastic ball. At first they placed the net at badminton height of 60 inches and volleyed the ball over the net.As the weekend progressed, the players found that the ball bounced well on the asphalt surface and soon the net was lowered to 36 inches. The following weekend, Barney McCallum was introduced to the game at Pritchard’s home. Soon, the three men created rules, relying heavily on badminton. They kept in mind the original purpose, which was to provide a game that the whole family could play together.

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