The Arrowsmith Tennis Club is a Vancouver Island community club whose members come from the Oceanside area - Nanoose Bay, Parksville, Qualicum Beach, Bowser - and beyond. The membership consists of all age groups including juniors (see under Juniors), but is weighted towards the retirement age. Court conditions permitting, play takes place all twelve months of the year. Of course, the weather often puts a damper (quite literally) on things in the winter, but depending on the year there are often quite a few days when the weather is good enough for outdoor tennis even in January. (The picture above on the right was taken in early January 2017 at 2 deg, the one on the left in early April 2017.)
The Club is fortunate in being able to use five of the six excellent community courts behind the Springwood School in Parksville and two of the three scenically situated courts on Veterans Way in Qualicum Beach. The times at which the Club has courts reserved in both Parksville and Qualicum Beach are listed under the Schedule tab. Play at these times is on a drop-in basis and tends to be doubles. In the evening, play is either singles or doubles.
During the summer season, in addition to the daily drop-in tennis, the Club organizes a number of social events and tournaments for singles, doubles, and mixed doubles.
The Arrowsmith Tennis Club welcomes players of all ages and abilities. If you want to try out the Club, you can play twice for free. After that, you are expected to pay the annual membership fee. We are happy to arrange for introductory games with current members. For more information please phone or email:
Debra Jensen, Membership Director
Benefits of joining the Club include drop-in play, Round Robin mixers and other tournaments, social events, online reservations for some courts, a program for juniors, and use of Club equipment like a ball machine.
The annual club membership fees are $35 for adults and $20 for juniors (under 18 years of age) and $70 for families (parents and any number of children). Members receive a Club shoe tag, which allows them to play at the times reserved for our Club. (See Schedule.) Of course, they can play at any other times as well when courts are available.
The membership year runs from January 1 to December 31. Continuing Club members have until the end of April to pay the annual fee. New members have to pay the Club fee at the time they join. If they join before November 1, they have to pay the entire fee for the current year. If they join on November 1 or later, they have to pay the fee for the current year, but this fee will be valid for the coming year as well.
To join the Arrowsmith Tennis Club, see Debra Jensen or David Fraser at the courts or contact Debra as above. You can download the membership application form by clicking HERE. (The form will be displayed in a separate window. The controls needed to download the form will pop up when you move the mouse to the bottom of the window.)
If you are already a member and all your information is current, there is no need to complete another form. Debra Jensen and David Fraser will accept cash or cheques (made out to Arrowsmith Tennis Club) at the courts and distribute shoe tags. Alternately, please mail the completed form along with a cheque made out to Arrowsmith Tennis Club to this address:
You can also pay the Club fee via e-transfer. For instructions on how to do this, click HERE.
We look forward to seeing you on the courts!
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Monday, Wednesday, Friday: Courts 1 and 2, 9:00 am - noon, pre-aranged games.
Courts 2 to 6 are reserved for Open Play Monday through Sunday, 1 pm - 4 pm.
There is organized play from 1:00 to 3:10 daily to which all Club members are invited. The first ten minutes from 1:00 until 1:10 are for warming up. Play begins at 1:10 and is divided into three 40-min sessions. At the beginning of each 40-min session, players will arrange themselves by racket spinning with the proviso that players who were a team in the previous session will split up and be on opposite sides of the net in the new session.
At the end of a 40-min session, players change courts. The team with the higher score moves up one court, unless the team is already on the top court, and the team with the lower score moves down one court, unless the team is already on the lowest court.
The end of a 40-min session is announced by somebody with an accurate watch by calling out 'time'. At this point, play stops on all courts where one team has more games won than the other. If the score is even, say, 4:4, play continues until one team wins one more game. If the game goes to deuce, only one more point is played (sudden death). If the score is even and play has not yet begun for the deciding game, only one more point is played to decide the match.
If there are two or three players on the lowest court at the end of a session, they will all move up to the next higher court. If two players move up from the lowest court, the two players with the lower score on the next court will move down. If three players move up, the two players with the lower score on the next court will move down plus one of the two players who has moved down to the next court from the adjoining higher court. Racquet spinning will determine which of these two will move down to the lowest court. If there are five players on the lowest court, racquet spinning will determine which two will move up to the next court and which three will remain on the lowest court. If any gaps arise because one or more players are leaving at the end of a session, these will be closed by moving up players from a lower court, by racquet spinning if necessary.
If there is an extra player at the beginning of a session, s/he should be folded in at these times so that five players will be rotating in on the lowest court.
You are encouraged to sign up if you plan to play on a given day to let others know who is coming on that day. This is especially important if the playing conditions are 'iffy'. It is also important to cancel if you are not coming so that others are not given misleading information. However, you cannot sign up anyway at this time because of the above notice. To sign up (or cancel), click HERE.
If you sign up, you must be on your court punctually at 1:00 pm to be able to claim your spot. You can sign up or cancel until 12:30 pm of the day for which you are signed up.
Players who have signed up will arrange themselves in the order in which they are listed on the sign-up page. However, if court cleaning is necessary before play can begin, people who did the cleaning will have priority in filling court positions.
Players who have not signed up will use any of the places remaining and will participate in the play at 1:00 or, if they drop in later, will be folded in at the end of each 40-min session.
The Club is trying to again arrange for tennis sessions in January and February 2021 at the Westwood Lake Tennis Club. You will be notified when the arrangements have been made.
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Junior Program was canceled for 2020, but will resume in 2021, perhaps in altered form.
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Tournament Program was cancelled for all of 2020, but will resume in 2021.
October 2020 - October 2021 Executive
President: Greg Bach
Vice President: John Laverge
Secretary: Pat Hansen
Treasurer: David Fraser
Membership: Debra Jensen
Social Program: Martine Blue
Tournament Directors: Rick Johnson, Art McMillan
Junior Program: Vacant
Communication: Hans Laue (email)
Past President: Ada Sarsiat
October 2020 - October 2021 Officers (not on the Executive)
Court Maintenance: Paul Arnell, assisted by volunteers
Assistant to Treasurer (fee collection): David Fraser is available to collect fees at the courts
Website: Hans Laue
Click HERE to see the up-to-date membership list with phone numbers and some email addresses. If you wish to have your email address added or deleted from the list, please call Hans Laue (250-594-1786) or Debra Jensen (778-968-0523).
Click HERE to see or download the most recent Newsletter and earlier ones.
Email Notices to Club Members
Most of our members are now being contacted by email. Please contact Hans Laue at email@example.com if you have email and are not being contacted in this way or if you are changing your email.
You can also contact Hans about any other Club matters by using the email address above.
Court Maintenance by Club Members
Throughout the year, but especially in the fall, leaves and needles need to be cleaned off the courts. The Club is assisting the City in this task and is asking for volunteers who together with others will help maintain the courts in good condition. Paul Arnell (email) will coordinate the activity. To sign up for a two-week period, click HERE.
A leaf blower, brooms, garbage can, and squeegees are available in the Storage Room at courtside. Ask a member of the Executive for the key combination.
Sue Wilson is our Sunshine Person. Ph: 250-248-7280. Please let Sue know if someone is ill or if there is a bereavement in the family, so she can send a card.
John Suttie, an experienced racquet stringer and member of our Club, will string your racquet. You can contact him at 250.951.5696 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Murray Hough (250.753.0048) is an experienced racquet stringer who lives in Nananimo.
Alan Oslie (250-954-0471) is a member of our Club with experience in coaching juniors and adults, including our juniors and beginning adults who may become Club members. He is available for private and small group lessons at times to be mutually agreed. Give him a call.
Adam Kivell is a member of the Club who competed at the Open level in Canada and has experience in coaching able-bodied and wheel chair tennis athletes. He is available for private, semi-private, and group lessons as well as singles and doubles clinics. You can contact Adam at email@example.com or 250-738-6087.
Gordon Verge is a qualified instructor. Call Gordon at 250-594-2000 for single or group rates.
Ball Machine. The Club has a Silent Partner - Edge Star ball machine which is available to all members (juniors only with supervision of an adult member). Members must have received instruction on how to use the machine before using it for the first time. Contact Paul Arnell at 250-729-1271 for instruction. For information about the machine, click User's Manual.
The Springwood School parking lot must NOT be used by tennis players during school hours.
1975 - The Qualicum Beach Tennis Courts were built. Louise Dwyer was on the Recreation Commission and instrumental in pulling together the funding by means of a of 1/3 Town, 1/3 Rotary, and 1/3 Provincial grant.
1978 - The Qualicum Beach Open Tournament was started.
1983 - The Arrowsmith Tennis Club was formed with Fran Jones as the first president and Meep Verbrugge as a major organizational force. 66 members. The Club was based in Qualicum Beach with some play at Ballenas High School. There were a morning of ladies only, a fun day of mixed play, and a singles ladder. Some current members, Christine Aubin, Louise Dwyer, Jim Henderson, George Klimek, Stan Saunders, Rita Stevenson and Dorothy Watson, were among the original members of the Club.
1984 - Presidents Betty Gerbracht and Louise Dwyer. 43 members.
1985 - 1989 - President Jim Martin (35, 68, 34, 56 members).
1990 - President Noel Edwards, 65 adults, 5 juniors.
1991 - President Judy Wood, 128 adults, 38 juniors. This was the first year in which there were tournaments for Club members only - juniors, adults, and seniors (over 55). These tournaments attracted many new members. The junior boys tournaments had under-14 and under-18 events and attracted 24 in singles and 14 pairs in doubles. There were singles and doubles ladders, regular round robins (at Beach Acres). New also was an "Open" junior tournament, with other clubs attending. The Club was incorporated.
1992 - President Judy Wood. 114 adults, 57 juniors. There was an opening junior tournament at the beginning of the season in May and a final junior tournament which attracted 36 entries including 9 girls.
1993 - President Kathy Sturrock, 125 adults, 41 juniors. Judy Wood organized a Ladies B Interclub league.
1994 - President Kathy Sturrock, 114 adults, 40 juniors. Casino night raised $11,000 for new courts. The Ladies B Team won the island championship.
1995 - President Frank Scott, 114 adults, 6 juniors. The first "I Can't Believe I Won This Trophy" mixed tourney was held. Judy organized a fall mixed Interclub league and Arrowsmith won. The "Open" Junior ceased.
1996 - President Robert Stovall, 117 adults, 10 juniors.
1997 - President Robert Stovall, 94 adults, 2 juniors. Club casino raised $14,000. The Club offered $30,000 to Qualicum Beach toward building new courts - declined. The Mixed Team won Mid-Island league.
1998 - President Glenn Simpson, 100 adults, 8 juniors. The Club contributed $34,550 toward the addition of three courts at Springwood in Parksville, with the proviso that the Club get preferential use of court time. The final round robin was played on the six Springwood courts October 18.
1999 - President Glenn Simpson, 93 adults, 8 juniors. The Club times of Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and men's Sunday mornings were moved from Qualicum to Springwood and the fees raised from $20 to $25. (A few members preferred not to move and formed a Qualicum Club). The Qualicum Open became the Arrowsmith Open and moved to Springwood. The Mixed Team won the Mid-Island league. A second ladies team was entered in the Interclub league.
2000 - President Bruce Pepper, 108 adults, 1 junior.
2001 - President Louise Dwyer, 107 adults, 7 juniors. Gordon Verge started junior strategy sessions. The Mixed Team won the Mid-Island league.
2002 - President Louise Dwyer, 126 adults, 7 juniors. A club e-mail account was set up to provide improved communication with members. The Ladies B Red Team wins the Mid-Island league.
2003 - President Bob Urquhart, 120 adults, 21 juniors. A storage shed was built at Springwood at a cost of $4450. The website was developed to better publicize Club activities. The Ladies B Red Team won the Vancouver Island championship.
2004 - President Bob Urquhart, 128 adults, 18 juniors. Due to organizational difficulties, the Arrowsmith Open tournament was canceled, effective starting 2005. The Interclub mixed and ladies leagues too ceased due to the lack of an organizer. Future emphasis is being placed on tournaments for members only.
2005 - President Liz Court, 123 adults, 25 juniors.
2006 - President Liz Court, 118 adults, 23 juniors.
2007 - President Ron Morrisroe, 113 adults, 19 juniors.
2008 - President Ron Morrisroe, 112 adults, 19 juniors.
2009 - President Bob Sage, 117 adults, 19 juniors.
2010 - President Bob Sage, 108 adults, 8 juniors.
2011 - President Dave Chappell, 121 adult members. In Winter 2011, four indoor tennis sessions at the Westwood Club were arranged for 12 participants. A rebound net for practice hitting was installed against the fence on the north side of Court 2.
2012 - President Hans Laue, 123 adults, 1 junior. Westwood indoor play was again arranged in the winter months. Wind screens were added to the south fence. A new court allocation system for the Round Robins was introduced.
2013 - President Hans Laue, 122 adults, 19 juniors (the Club's Junior Program was restarted under Jill Trelawny), Westwood indoor winter tennis continuing, MWF 12-2 sessions restructured (for somewhat more challenging play with both men and ladies participating, starting punctually at noon with court changes every 40 min), online sign-up system introduced for the MWF 12-2 and the evening sessions, our ladies team won the 3.5 mid-Island Interclub League and placed second in the Miele Provincial Tournament, a squeegee that really works was acquired and a keypad lock installed on the locker room to give all members access to court cleaning equipment. In September 2013, the City installed new nets on Courts 4 and 6.
2014 - President Frank Johnston, 116 adults, 24 juniors (the Club's Junior Program continued under Jill Trelawny), Westwood indoor winter tennis continuing, the ladies' team again won the 3.5 mid-Island Interclub League and got to compete at the Miele Provincial Tournament held at Whistler, and a second of the good squeegees was acquired. Fees were raised from $25 to $35 for adults and from $5 to $10 for juniors.
2015 - President Frank Johnston. As a result of Frank Johnston's efforts, the City resurfaced all six courts in 2016.
2016 - President Paul Arnell. A battery operated ball machine was acquired, along with Babolat pressure-less balls for the machine. Visits with the Comox Valley Tennis Club at Springwood and in Comox were arranged.
2017 - President Paul Arnell.
2018 - President Ada Sarsiat.
2019 - President Ada Sarsiat.
Have a look at photos taken at recent Club events by clicking on the links below.