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The South Island Tennis Association (SITA) is a volunteer organization on Vancouver Island which strives to promote, develop and build awareness of tennis as a lifetime sport. SITA is a proud member of Tennis BC.


SITA supports the strategic plan of Tennis BC, coordinates tournament schedules, supports junior development, promotes media coverage for tennis activities , assists tennis professionals in their endeavor to further the game and encourages the expansion of tennis facilities and activities throughout local municipalities.


We firmly believe that tennis is a sport that can improve the quality of life for residents of Vancouver Island as it provides individuals an opportunity for recreational fun and fitness ,for high performance excellence, for developing self confidence , self discipline and self esteem and for learning fair play and good sportsmanship . These life-style values are fundamental to people of all ages.




The South Island Tennis Association (SITA) represents an estimated 6,000 tennis players on Southern Vancouver Island, including members of five tennis clubs (Langford, Oak Bay, Peninsula, Saanich and Victoria).

SITA is very concerned with the impact of having pickleball lines painted on the surface of municipal tennis courts. SITA steadfastly believes that playing tennis and pickleball on the same court surface is totally incompatible and will result in unnecessary conflict between the players. This has the potential of being a no-win situation for everyone including the municipalities. Why is there a problem?

  1. Tennis and pickleball are very different sports, with different equipment and different cultures. In addition to the smaller court size and net height, pickleball is a much more stationary sport compared to tennis which is a very mobile sport requiring tennis players to cover more ground and move quickly around the court, which means that they need a great deal of effort to orientate themselves and make correct line calls. The additional pickleball lines create frustration and confusion for tennis players

  2. Our members report numerous cases of pickleball players adding informal pickleball lines with chalk and in some cases with tape. The latter creates a hazard for tennis players, as they report slipping on the tape. Since pickleball nets are approximately 2 inches lower than tennis nets, we have had reports of situations of pickleball players weighing down tennis nets with bags and rocks, stretching the nets .

  3. The culture of pickleball and tennis is very different. Tennis has a history of hundreds of years. Pickleball is very new and it is uncertain how long it will remain popular . Our members report that pickleball groups take over community tennis courts and inform tennis players that they are there for 2 or even 3 hours, despite the fact that the courts cannot be reserved. Whereas the rules and etiquette of tennis dictate that if players are waiting, you finish your set and hand the court over to them. This does not appear to be part of the culture of pickleball. It also appears that there is more conversation and socializing during pickleball games , especially with large groups. This is a further distraction and conflict for the tennis players.

  4. While pickleball players sometimes reference a study that found that pickleball was only 2 decibels louder than tennis, our experience, and the experience of neighbours who live beside tennis courts now being used for pickleball, is very different. From a tennis players perspective, it is very difficult for tennis players to concentrate on their game while pickleball is being played on a court next to them because of the noise from the wooden racquet. Accordingly , tennis players will not and cannot use a tennis court while people are playing pickleball beside them.

Does this mean that SITA and tennis players are against pickleball?

Absolutely not, in fact some tennis players also play pickleball . We simply want to continue to enjoy our sport and avoid unnecessary conflict and frustration. It is clear to us that mixing pickleball and tennis is a recipe for conflict so we are urging municipalities and recreation commissions to adopt an approach that avoids inherent conflict between these two sports. SITA recommends the following priortized options. We strongly advise adopting options 1 or 2 before consideration of option 3. These options will avoid the potential conflict between these activities.

Option 1. Continue to focus pickleball in school and community centre gymnasiums . There are many such locations that currently accommodate pickleball, and there is tremendous capacity to accommodate more if the demand for this sport continues to grow. Tennis players do not have the option of playing in such facilities.

Option 2. Build dedicated pickleball courts. Where the demand warrants, dedicated pickleball courts should be build. Pickleball courts are relatively inexpensive to build, as 4 pickleball courts can be built in the space required for a single tennis court. A number of BC communities have found this to be an affordable option.

Option 3. Identify underutilized outdoor tennis courts and covert to these to pickleball. While Greater Victoria does not, on a per capita basis, have a surplus of outdoor tennis courts, SITA is willing to work with municipalities to identify a few that would be potential candidates for conversion to pickleball.

SITA wants both tennis and pickleball players to enjoy their respective sports and the health benefits that each brings. We are confident that municipalities and recreation commissions also want to avoid dealing with what promises to be a growing level of conflict if actions are not taken to manage the situation. The above options provide a framework that we believe will be of assistance to all parties . SITA is more than willing to work with any interested parties in implementing this approach.

We urge all municipalities and recreation commissions to adopt an approach that avoids or minimizes the increasing conflict that is occurring when tennis and pickleball players compete for and share facilities.


We want you!

The South Island Tennis Association (SITA) is an all-volunteer organization on Vancouver Island which strives to promote, develop and build awareness of tennis as a life-time sport for all ages. SITA is an affiliate of Tennis BC.

The Board meets the 4th Monday of every month except July, August and December, usually from 6pm to 7.30 pm. The discussions at the meetings are divided into 4 strategic areas as follows:

  • Events and Programs;
  • Fundraising;
  • Communications;
  • And, Junior Development.

As a new Board Member you could opt to concentrate on one specific area or preferably get fully involved in all of them! The duties are not onerous, but we need candidates who are passionate about who we are, what we do, and what we value. We hope that our efforts and commitment will help grow tennis on south Vancouver Island, and that some players gain national ranking status. Be a part of that dream and please consider joining our Board.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact SITA President: Al Title at:

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Victoria BC, V8N 6J3