November 1, 2009

USAPA Pickleball Tournament Calendar, Software, and Sanctioning


The USAPA website is rich with content on how-to host a Pickleball tournament and how-to apply for USAPA sanctioning. Reading the USAPA guides is a time investment that pays off in high player satisfaction with a well run tournament. Here are the USAPA website sidebar titles to look for and the direct links.

  1. Run a Tournament http://usapa.org/sanctioning/tournament_tips.html

  2. Tournament Software http://usapa.org/tourney/

  3. Sanctioning http://usapa.org/sanctioning/index.php

  4. Rankings http://usapa.org/rankings/index.php

  5. Official Rules http://usapa.org/officialrules/ and Scoresheet http://usapa.org/tournamentnews/OFFICIAL_USAPA_SCORESHEET.pdf

  6. Training Room Referee Guide and Referee Clinic http://training.usapa.org/

  7. Partner Search http://usapa.org/partner/partner.php

It is important to note that USA Pickleball Association desires to list ALL Pickleball tournaments on the USAPA Upcoming Events Calendar - sanctioned and unsanctioned, competitive and recreational.

"A USAPA-sanctioned tournament allows players to be ranked on a national basis. Non-sanctioned tournaments may also use these sections as guidelines. Tournament directors for non-sanctioned tournaments may be flexible in the use of these guidelines to better fit the skills, ages, and diversity of their players. The USAPA enthusiastically encourages these non-sanctioned tournaments to promote knowledge, growth of the game, skill development, and having fun while playing pickleball. Tournaments may be sanctioned for the ranked events that they include even though a tournament director may also choose to include recreational or unranked events."