May 10, 2009

MI Pickleball News by Dick Manasseri

So you think you know the USAPA Rules!
The Official Rules which are maintained by the USAPA can be found at
http://usapa.org/officialrules/

Don Ritter, SE Michigan Referee Corps Manager, has developed a quiz that is sure to test your knowledge of the Rules. Bob Northrop, Ambassador for Kalamazoo, has placed Don’s quiz online. So now you can try this fun quiz on the Kalamazoo Pickleball website (http://www.where2pickle.org/ ) by clicking on Try this fun quiz.

Thank you Don and thank you Bob for this outstanding example of creativity and collaboration.

Players List
A great way to check out the status of an upcoming tournament is to check the Players List on the USAPA website.

Northville 50+ Doubles Tournament is a USAPA Sanctioned event (Tier 4) and a Showcase event meaning that USAPA Rules will be enforced by trained referees and that USAPA Members receive a discount on the registration fee. Take a look at the impressive Players List at
http://usapa.org/tourney/player_list.php?tname=northville09&admin=

The Michigan Senior Olympics (MSO) Pickleball Tournament is a USAPA Sanctioned event (Tier 3) and a Showcase event. Registration ends on June 1st, but you can see an impressive Players List consisting of the 85+ teams already registered.
http://usapa.org/tourney/player_list.php?tname=mso709&admin=

You can also see who is looking for a partner. Jeanne Rinehart has done a very good job of assisting players who are looking for partners. Registration information can be found at http://usapa.org/file/mi/MSO%20S09.doc

The Terre Haute Indiana Skills Level Tournament is a USAPA Sanctioned event (Tier 4) and a Showcase event with 40+ players registered by skill level rather than by age. The Players List at http://usapa.org/tourney/player_list.php?tname=terrehaute509&admin=
includes one of our own A players, Lewis Forrest – Go Lewis!

There is still time to register for the Kalamazoo Doubles Tournament, May 29-30th
which features a clinic taught by Lewis as well as a 21+ Division in addition to a
50+ Division. http://where2pickle.com/flyer.pdf

Outdoor Competitive Play
Our first outdoor tournament of the season will be held in Auburn Hills on Sunday June 14th, The Auburn Hills Summer Squash is the ideal time to get our younger players out to enjoy the Mixed Generation Division and Open Singles Divisions as well as the 50+ Doubles Divisions.
http://usapa.org/file/mi/Pickleball_Tournament-_Summer_Smash_2009.pdf

The end of the season will be highlighted by the 2009 Great Lakes Regional Tournament, August 26-30th which will be held in SE Michigan and likely be USAPA Sanctioned at Tier3 or higher. The Regional will feature an Open Division for all ages as well as a Junior Division and two Senior Divisions based on age groups within skill levels.
http://usapa.org/file/mi/Great_Lakes_Regional_Tournament_Save_the_Date.doc
Watch for more details June 1st.

The SE Michigan Pickleball League is ready to kickoff its first season on Monday May 18th with Rochester at Troy and Hartland at Waterford. Northville and Royal Oak begin their seasons the following Monday.

Pickleball is Earning Its Stripes
The recreation opportunities to play Pickleball outside in our parks come alive starting now with several communities “striping” tennis courts on a permanent basis.

Thanks to Elaine Torvinen and Carla Vaughn, the Troy Recreation Department has striped two tennis courts at Baker Middle School and two more at Smith Middle School. These courts are available all day to be shared with tennis players and reserved for the Troy Pickleball programs described below.

Thanks to Carolyn Wells, two tennis courts at Brookwood Country Club have been striped for fun family games of Pickleball for their members and guests.

Thanks to Maria Williams, tennis courts in Wolverine Lake are being striped as well.

Thanks to Pat Sullivan and Mike Simioni, a tennis court at Upton Park was fully converted to a Pickleball court last year, and, with the support of the Recreation Department, the expectation is that two other tennis courts will be converted to multiple Pickleball courts during summer.

Please check out and support the programs in the following cities by using the flyers listed or by contacting your local recreation centers:


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Ranking Points Data Entry - A volunteer is needed to update tournament rankings points for USAPA sanctioned tournaments in the Great Lakes Region beyond. Basic computer skills and attention to detail are needed. Training will be provided. This could be as little as 10 hours of volunteered time.

USAPA Board Positions
Newsletter Chair - responsible for publishing the monthly USAPA e-newsletter.

Ratings Chair. The Ratings Committee establishes ratings for players that can be used to help place players into the proper skill division for tournaments and leagues and to assist in tournament seeding. Click here for more information about the USAPA rating system.

Rankings Chair. The Rankings Committee assigns national rankings points to tournament medal winners based on an established formula for the current year.
Click here for more information about the USAPA ranking system.

Ranking Points Data Entry. A volunteer is needed to update tournament rankings points for USAPA sanctioned tournaments in the Great Lakes Region and beyond. Basic computer skills and attention to detail are needed. Training will be provided. This could be as little as 10 hours of volunteered time.

Dick Manasseri
USAPA Director
Ambassador Program
National/International Relations