The 2017 USAPA National Championships will be held November 4 through November 12, 2017, with November 13 as the rain delay date. We are returning to Palm Creek in Casa Grande, Arizona and will be playing all events on 32 permanent pickleball courts.
The National Championships is an opportunity for players at all levels to play against their peers. With that goal in mind, we are pleased to announce a new format for the age event PLUS showcasing the best players in the sport in head-to-head competition TWICE during the nine days of the National Championships.
Registration opens August 1, 2017 at 1:00PM PDT
The USAPA National Championships have traditionallybeen divided into two major competitions. The first five days are organized by age; the last three days are open events for players who have USAPA ratings of 4.5 or 5.0. All players who register for the age events are divided into groups based on the age of the youngest team member. This format potentially places 3.0 players against 5.0 players.
In 2017, we are changing the format to better reflect our goal of welcoming players at all skill levels! Opening weekend (Nov. 4 – 8) will feature new formats and events:
Age/Skill: Age divisions will be divided by skill: 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, & 5.0. If there are not enough players in a given skill group to create a competitive tournament experience, two skill groups may be combined within the age group. This format places players of the same age group and the same skill levels in head-to-head competition on a national stage.
PPF: the Professional Pickleball Federation (PPF) will hold a PPF Championship event recognizing this year’s top PPF performers. Stay tuned for announcements on the details of this fantastic event.
NOTE: Players who are eligible to participate in the PPF Championships may choose to play PPF or Age/Skill but not both.
On the second weekend (Nov. 10-12), as in prior years, all Open events will be played:
Open (19 and older) doubles, mixed doubles, and singles
Senior Open (50 and older) doubles, mixed doubles and singles
Parkland Pickleheads Open 12 New Dedicated Courts – How did
they get there?
In April of 2012 Della and John Bass returned from wintering
in the US where they were introduced to Pickleball, a relatively new and rapidly
growing sport, while staying at Palm Creek Golf and RV Resort, in Arizona. Once
back home in Stony Plain, they immediately knew they had to get things going
locally, because they missed playing so much, and they had only played the game
for 3 weeks! After contacting the City
of Spruce Grove, and the Town of Stony Plain, both in Alberta, they were asked
to submit a proposal. So Della and John got to work, together they combed the
area looking for the best location for Pickleball in the area. John then compiled all of the information and
quotes, for hard costs associated with resurfacing and painting lines on old
tennis courts, as well as purchasing nets, and Della compiled all of the
information available on the game itself, how it was played, what was required
to play, the benefits there were to the community, and what they could offer to
help get the sport off the ground in Spruce Grove!
While in Palm Creek, Della had met Marg Ouimet while playing
Pickleball, and discovered that she lived nearby, in Villeneuve, Alberta! Marg was spending time early that Spring in
BC, but via email offered to help with beginner lessons, and also suggested
they may be able to obtain assistance from the USAPA as well. After having contacted the Kinsmen and
Kinettes in Spruce Grove, the Spruce Grove and Stony Plain Senior Centers, and
putting up numerous posters all over both the Town of Stony Plain and the City
of Spruce Grove, with minimal results, they were happy to have someone show
some interest and enthusiasm for what they were hoping to do! In the meantime, while
Della was talking with yet another friend about Pickleball, (Joan Lesburg),
Joan mentioned that she knew a couple that played Pickleball, (that couple
happened to be Marvin and Lorraine Richter, although Della never did get to
meet them until the next winter, on the courts in Palm Creek). Joan discussed Pickleball with her friends,
and they gave Joan the name of someone they thought might be able to help, so
Joan emailed Della with the name of a fellow, who had said he was also willing
to help out, and he was so enthusiastic that he called THEM the next day! That man’s name was Trevor Cook! They now had 4 people willing to help out,
with the yet to be named Pickleball Club!
Della and John completed, and submitted the proposal to the City of
Spruce Grove on May 7th, 2012.
That same day, a copy was forwarded to Marg, and after a discussion with
Judy Cook on May 10th, (Trevor’s wife, and current Secretary for Parkland
Pickleheads), Della also emailed a copy to Trevor and Judy. Now they had 4 Members, who together formed the
Founding Members of the Club!
The City of Spruce Grove was very enthusiastic right from
the beginning, and commented on how impressed they were with the information
provided. They set a meeting within a week, and now with 4 enthusiastic
Pickleballers, and with Seniors week just around the corner, in early June, it
seemed the perfect time to launch the sport in Spruce Grove. So with that, a date was set to have the
local media come out to witness the Mayor of Spruce Grove, Stuart Houston,
officially open a 4 court dedicated Pickleball facility in Spruce Grove, on
June 5th, 2012. After such a
successful 1st meeting they felt they needed a name, John said it
should have Pickleheads as part of the name, Della said it should be inclusive
so Parkland should also be in the name, and so the Club was named. “Parkland
Pickleheads”, to include all residents of the Tri Municipal Region, (Spruce
Grove, Stony Plain, and the County of Parkland). Della then set up the clubs Facebook page,
using the brand new Club name to continue to get the word out!
June 5th 2012, Grand Opening on the
Original 4 Pickleball Courts – Mayor Stuart Houston in the middle, and all 4
founding members are also shown here.
John and Della Bass, Marg Ouimet, and Trevor Cook
It was very good fortune for the Pickleheads, to have a
Mayor in Spruce Grove who believes in an active and healthy community. In fact,
Mayor Stuart Houston received the Lieutenant Governor’s Leadership for Active
Communities Award in 2016…and yes he and his wife are soon to be 2 more members
for the 200+ strong Parkland Pickleheads Club!!
Thanks to the continued dedicated, and forward thinking
leadership team of the Parkland Pickleheads Executive, (Leslie Srogen,
President; Mike Cooper, Vice President; Bill Bossman, Treasurer; Judy Cook,
Secretary; Debbie Henwood, Director at Large; and Della Bass, Past President),
the growing volunteer base, and the cooperation of the City of Spruce Grove Staff
and Council, 4 old tennis courts were converted to 12 dedicated courts, and
were opened for use on June 23rd, 2017. The Pickleheads then hosted their 5th
Annual Members Tournament on June 24th and 25th, 2017. Check out our website for pictures and
The Pickleheads now have 18 courts for our growing club (over
200 members). There are already plans to take the original 6 courts, have them
resurfaced, and converted into 8 courts, which will give us 20 courts within
the next few years!! Our annual September Smash Tournament will be held this year
on September 8-10, 2017. This event is also the Alberta Provincial
Championships, for which some brackets are already FULL!
With news being slow in the off season, there is less reason to check the Blog. Yet Thanks to all of you, our readers, the Blog has had 250,000+ hits!!! As a reminder, e-mail me over the summer with any tournaments medals won and pictures, or some other pickleball accomplishment you would like to share!