OPA-APO League Information

OPA-APO Player Profiles

To help identify which level to play at for all OPA-APO Leagues, we have created player profiles for your reference.

If you are missing more than ONE skill at a level, choose the previous level. Skills are meant to be assessed in a real game situation against  players at the specified level.

Entry level league play.

I serve the ball in the court 50% of the time.
I maintain a rally of 5 shots in row.
I handle moderately paced shots.
I try to come to net whenever I get the chance.

I serve and return the serve in the court 60% of the time
I try to use the third shot drop and have some success.
I initiate and maintain a dinking rally of 5-10 shots in a game situation.
I sustain a volley exchange at the net.
I move to the net appropriately.
I have correct court positioning for doubles
I try to keep the ball low.

I serve with depth or placement 75% of the time.
I use the third shot drop successfully 60% of the time.
I consistently dink with placement and purpose.
I sustain a rally and place the ball during a volley exchange.
I create and hit “gaps”.
I have good court coverage, quickness, mobility and balance.
I have a variety of finishing shots.
I anticipate my opponents shots.

I serve with accurate placement and depth 80% of the time.
My third shot drop is strategically placed and effective 80% of the time.
I dink patiently with accuracy and strategic placement.
I control play at the net to keep my opponents deep.
I recognize and exploit my opponents weaknesses.
I move effectively with my partner, easily switching sides and covering the court.
I handle fast exchanges at the net.
Fewer than 30% of rallies end because of my unforced errors.
I do not have a noticable weakness that can be exploited.

I serve with placement, power or spin 95% of the time.
I consistently hit an effective third shot drop, drill or spin shot.
I dink all day long with accuracy, spin and variety.
I purposely reset fast paced balls.
Fewer than 10% of rallies end because of my unforced errors.
I have excellent positioning, anticipation and mobility.
I can retrieve lobs and reset them to my advantage.
I have quick hands
I regularly last for a full 3 hour session

Our Locations

Ottawa Central

  • École élémentaire catholique Saint-François-d’Assise, 35 Melrose Ave, Ottawa, ON K1Y 1T8
  • École élémentaire publique Charlotte-Lemieux, 2093 Bel Air Drive, Ottawa, ON K2C 0X2

Ottawa West

  • École élémentaire catholique Saint-Jean-Paul II,  5473 Abbott St E, Stittsville, ON K2S 0A8
  • École élémentaire catholique Saint-Rémi, 100 Walden Dr, Kanata, ON K2K 0G8
  • Maurice-Lapointe Elementary/Intermediate/High School, 17 Bridgestone Dr, Kanata, ON K2M 0E9

Ottawa South

  • Michaelle Jean Public School, 11 Claridge Dr, Nepean, ON K2J 5A3

  • École élémentaire catholique Jean-Robert-Gauthier, 651 Chapman Mills Dr, Nepean, ON K2J 3V1

Ottawa East

  • École élémentaire catholique Saint-Joseph d’Orléans, 6664 Carrière St, Ottawa, ON K1C 1J4
  • École élémentaire catholique des Pins, 1487 Ridgebrook Dr, Gloucester, ON K1B 4K6
  • École élémentaire catholique Arc-en-ciel, 1830 Portobello Blvd, Orléans, ON K4A 3T6
  • École élémentaire catholique Alain-Fortin, 676 Lakeridge Dr, Orléans, ON K4A 0J8
  • Centre éducatif Séraphin-Marion, 2147 Loyola Ave, Gloucester, ON K1J 7W3
  • Elementary School Catholic Horizon-Jeunesse, 235 McArthur Ave, Vanier, ON K1L 6P3

We are always looking for new venues so that we can grow our pickleball league offerings. If you have any connections to help us acquire new gym space to rent, please contact us at LeaguePlay@OttawaPickleballAssociation.com.

How to Register

To register in an OPA-APO league, you must be an OPA-APO Member. Click here to become a member or to renew your membership.

  1. Go to the League Registration page.
  2. Read the league descriptions carefully and decide which leagues you’d like to play in. You may play as a regular or as a spare in leagues at your level or below. If the league is full, please add yourself to the Waitlist.
  3. Once you’ve paid for your leagues, you are registered. Enjoy the session! 

*The Fine Print

Registration is processed on a first come first served basis. In the case where a league is full with a waitlist, players of a higher colour may be asked to give up their spot to a player of the specified league colour.

In the first two weeks of play, the League Balancing Committee and League Coordinators will review the level of play for each league and work together to try and balance the rosters. There may be occasions where a player will be asked to play in a different session if they have registered for a league where there is not a good fit in level. Please try to pick your leagues carefully and please be understanding that the leagues need to be balanced for everyone’s mutual enjoyment.

Players may be asked to limit the number of leagues they play in, to allow for other OPA-APO members to participate.

We may also cancel, combine or adjust leagues as needed to accommodate the demand and to satisfy as many players as possible. 

Walk-ins will not be accepted. Prices may vary for clinics and other training sessions.

Late registrations for leagues will not be prorated.


OPA-APO Challenge Process

The Challenge Process provides a chance for players to challenge their placement in the OPA-APO Colour Leagues.

One challenge team for each colour level will be identified  

    • 5 or more players will be selected. 3 players will participate in a round robin, the other players will observe and take notes.
    • Players will be a mix of mid to high level players for that level
    • Players will play at their full potential without holding back
    • Players and observers are asked to give an unbiased assessment. All comments will be kept confidential.
    • Players will not be OPA-APO board members whenever possible.


Challenges may be requested any time after 3 weeks from the start of the current league.

Challengers can contact their League Coordinator or the League Director to request a challenge. Players should indicate which league time and venue they would be available to play in.

League Coordinators and League Director will arrange with all parties for a challenge to take place as soon as possible.

The challenger and challenge team will warm up, play one warm up game, then play in a round robin. Games to 11, win by 1.

Observers will watch and take notes, specifically looking for criteria listed in the profiles, as well as other observations that may include positioning, consistency, footwork, mental toughness, endurance and strategy. Scores are irrelevant.

The challenge team will discuss and make recommendations with written feedback to share with the League Coordinator and League Director. The feedback will NOT be given immediately. A majority vote is required for the challenge to be successful. If there is a tie, the challenge is considered unsuccessful.

The Head of the League Balancing Committee will deliver the results to the challenger.

A member may make one challenge per session.

If the challenge is successful and there is room in the league, the challenger may move up immediately. If the league is full, the challenger may be added to the spare list.


In the event that not enough players sign up for an activity, it will be cancelled and registration fees will be reimbursed. Member’s cancellations will be accepted and refunds provided up to three (3) days before an activity season start date. A $6 administration fee will be charged for member cancellations. There will be no refunds after.  There will be no refund for missed sessions, however, sessions cancelled by the OPA-APO due to unforeseen circumstances such as a gym closure, will be refunded.

Visiting Ottawa?

Visitors may request to participate in a league and may be invited to play, space permitting for a small fee. Requests can be sent to LeaguePlay@OttawaPickleballAssociation.com.

All visitors must sign a waiver before playing in any OPA-APO event or session.

Download waiver English French.

League Coordinators Wanted

We are looking for coordinators for each of our leagues.

As a league coordinator, we would register you for your league FREE OF CHARGE as a thank you for your time.  If you are interested, please send an email to LeaguePlay@OttawaPickleballAssociation.com with “League Coordinator” in the heading. Please indicate the time and location of the league you wish to organize.

Responsibilities include:

  • Coordinate player attendance each week using the BenchApp software (it’s easy to use!)
  • Arrange for spares if required and collect payment from spares.
  • Manage the transport of the first aid kit, nets and balls to and from the venue. This may require meeting other league coordinators to share the nets.
  • Set up and take down the nets.
  • Organize play for your session.

Feedback, Questions or Concerns about our Leagues?

We are really working hard to make our members happy. This is a work in progress and we value your feedback. Please do not hesitate to contact the OPA-APO League Director at LeaguePlay@OttawaPickleballAssociation.com with your input.

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