What’s My Rating?


One of the biggest question players have (or argue with other players about!) is their Rating. You have probably heard, ‘I’m a 4.5’ or ‘You’re not a 4.5!’, around your local pickleball court.


The truth is, pickleball has a player rating system and it does follow some guidelines, but overall it can be a bit subjective.

See the rating guide here


What is the maximum size of a pickleball paddle? 

See the USAPA Rules link for the answer.


Additional funding to allow development of the six new courts at Kerry Park was approved on January 12, 2022.  See the article in the Cowichan Valley Citizen for details



In this Newsletter:

  • Kerry Park Update

  • Annual Fees for 2022/23

  • Kerry Park Courts Site Plan

  • Pickleball Improves Your Memory

Kerry Park Update - Exciting News!!
Construction to Commence in March; Completion by End of May

The following information is part of an email to the SCPC from Kim Liddle, Manager, South Cowichan Recreation on February 10th, regarding the six new courts at Kerry Park:

"I’m happy to report that the CVRD Board approved the request (for additional funds) and the construction contract has been awarded to Cedar Crest Lands LTD.  Cedar Crest comes with many years of experience constructing Pickleball courts.  They plan to break ground the beginning of March with a completion date of May 31st, pending any weather delays.  We hope to be up and running by the start of Summer.  In the meantime, Kerry Park will be open for indoor Pickleball beginning April 4th.  Please see our Recreation Guide for details." 


Annual Fees

At January 31, 2022 the SCPC currently had just over $520 in the bank.  There are currently no outstanding bills and it is anticipated that there will be no expenses prior to the March 31, 2022 year end.   

The only anticipated expenses in the 2022/23 fiscal year (from April 1 through March 31) are web-hosting and the website domain name, and the BC government's annual non-profit filing fee.   All told expenses are not expected to exceed $250 in 2022/23.  With the funding currently available we will be able to continue our advocacy for court access in the South Cowichan during 2022/23.

Therefore, all current members (everyone who receives this Newsletter is a current member) who wish to remain members, will be rolled over into 2022/23 with no need to make a fee payment for the year.  For those members who wish to opt out please send us an email advising us at socopbc@gmail.com.  For new members the fee for 2022/23 will remain at $10.


The cost of the six new courts at Kerry Park has risen substantially since the Provincial grant for their development was approved. A recent article in the Cowichan Valley Citizen provides a good overview where Kerry Park is in the development process.


IFP and the USAPA have announced rule changes for 2022.  The complete text of the changes can be found at:  https://usapickleball.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Final-2022-Change-Document-pdf-12_30-FINAL.pdf


Click here for a summary of the most the significant changes:


The Club's AGM was held last night with 22 members in attendance; we would like to sincerely thank those who came out. 

The minutes of the meeting can be found here.....

The 2021/22 Board members are:

President - Joan Wright

Treasurer - Rick Hollingworth

Secretary  - TBD

Social Directors - Sharyn Higginson and Ute Wright

Directors at Large - Brian Johnson, Laurie Vasey and Sherry Saunderson​


Kerry Park Recreation Centre has published a Concept Plan related to the six new courts planned in the field behind the curling/skating rinks.  The Concept has been developed with the input from the SCPC, and we believe represents the best practices gathered from other court developments.  We would welcome any comments on this plan.  The plan can be viewed here....  



The CVRD has been awarded a Provincial Grant for an Outdoor Pickleball Complex at Kerry Park.  The preliminary plan is to have a gravel parking lot for approximately 30 cars, 6 pickleball courts, a picnic area, a walking trail around the perimeter of the complex and a small 2 stall washroom/change area. 


Work is already underway to get geo-tech and surveying done within the next several weeks and then design work completed early spring to allow a tender package out by June. 


Updated design work will be presented at the next Kerry Park Recreation Commission meeting scheduled for March 23rd.

Note that one of the requirements of the Grant recipients is that construction begins in 2021!!

We are extremely appreciative of all the support the the SCPC received from numerous folks at the CVRD.  Although we don't know everyone who had input into this initiative we would like to recognize the members of the Kerry Park Recreation Commission and Kim Liddle, Manager of the Kerry Park site for the time and effort they put in to making this happen.

 Watch this space for future developments


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