Division Notes

  • Teams/Groups/Individuals are expected to read the division descriptions and place themselves in the most appropriate division. If players are unsure of which division to register for, they are welcome to contact the office for further clarification or advice.
  • The CSSC Division offerings are based on the experience and skill level of a team - not on a team's competitive behaviour. All CSSC players and teams are expected to play with a ‘fun-first, winning-second’ attitude regardless of their division.
  • The CSSC reserves the right to move any team up or down a division (regardless of where they registered) based on a team's past results. The CSSC gathers statistics on all registered teams each season, and strives to align the divisions as fairly as possible.
  • The CSSC reserves the right to move any team up or down a division (regardless of where they registered) based on total registration numbers. The CSSC rarely runs odd numbered divisions, or divisions with a low number of teams, so in these cases division realignment is necessary.
  • If the CSSC feels that a division has a clear skill discrepancy during the regular season, teams may be moved up or down a division mid-season, or in some cases a division will be split come playoff time to allow for multiple Championships.
  • For certain sports, when possible, the CSSC incorporates a seeding round as part of the regular season schedule. In these cases, divisions will be re-aligned and standings reset after the completion of the seeding round. For 16 Week Leagues that incorporate a seeding round, standings will not always be reset after the completion of the seeding round, but division realignment will still occur.


This division will feature teams that may have racquet sport experience, but aren't veteran Pickleball players. This division will also feature teams that are new to Pickleball. Players should be able to sustain rallies, but won't necessarily be able to implement advanced Pickleball techniques, such as drop shots, lobs and spin shots. Hard smashing is discouraged in the Recreational division. Teams in this division must have a “fun first” approach to every game.

Recreational Plus

This division is for teams that have some experience playing the sport. Players can serve and return with accuracy, and the team is looking for more of a challenge than the Recreational level. Not all players need to be highly skilled; it is more about the average skill and competitiveness of the team as a whole.