"Pickleball courts are popping up all over, as everyone from former presidents to NBA referees seem to be getting into the game." Read the full article from Boardroom here.
The cost of the new pickleball courts at the Kerry Park Recreation Centre has risen substantially; from the $580,000 estimated last March to $744,500. In a report to the Cowichan Valley Regional District, Kim Liddle, manager of South Cowichan Recreation, said 2021 saw “dramatic and unforeseen” cost increases in the construction market, and is asking the CVRD to pre-approve the extra spending for the pickleball courts in its 2022 budget. Read the full article, from the Cowichan Valley Citizen, here.
The association representing pickleball players on the Saanich Peninsula welcomes Sidney’s investigation of Rotary Park located in North Saanich as a potential site for pickleball courts. Read the full article from the Peninsula News Review here.
The 2022 Rule Book from the International Federation of Pickleball is now available and can be viewed here.
Two of the more significant rule changes that will take place in 2022 are:
In 2022, a player can spin the ball before striking it on the serve, but only one hand at a time can contact the ball before the ball is hit. No foreign substances, material, apparatus, or additional body parts can be applied to the hand or aid the hand that releases the pickleball.
The Drop Serve
No changes were made to the drop serve other than to remove its Provisional status.
To see other changes and a draft of the 2022 Rule Book click here.
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