Welcome, we are very pleased to announce The East Naples Skill Level Pickleball Tournament to be played at the East Naples Community Park, 3500 Thomasson Drive, in Naples, Florida.
The past two years this tournament has been a Age Level Tournament, but with the growing demand and need for some Skill Level Tournaments we have deceided to move the tournament to the spring and change it to the New Format of Skill Level/Age Level Combination.
Naples is a beautiful place to be in the winter and spring, with the average temperature in the low 80's and plenty of sunshine. The area is full of shops, great restaurants, and many different types of attractions, with of course, the beaches!
We have been working with Athletes in Paradise and the Naples Sports Council to secure special pricing for the tournament for many hotels. You may even plan on staying a few extra days and enjoy all that the area has to offer.
You do not have to be a USAPA member to participate. The East Naples Skill Level Tournament is a Sanctioned, Tier 3 Tournament. It is open to all those that are at least 16 years old by December 31, 2013. This is a Skill Level/Age Comb. Tournament with categories: 2.5,(35+and 65+) 3.0,(35+,50+and 65+) 3.5,(35+,50+ and 65+) 4.0,(35+,50+and 65+) 4.5 (35+,50+ and 65+) 5.0 (open to 16+).
There will be 16 outdoor courts, and the Yellow Dura Ball will be used for the Tournament.
All information is available and can be printed directly from www.PickleballSpecialties.com, www.USAPA.org ,under schedule of tournaments, or under Atlantic-South Region,
Starting off the tournament will be a "Meet and Greet" on Thursday Evening at 6:30pm. included, (Open Cash Bar, Light Hors D'oeuvres and Raffle Prizes) The rest of the weekend Pickleball events will go as follows:
Friday, April 5th, Men's and Women's Singles(play will begin at 4:00pm, (All Start Times will be announced)
Saturday, April 6th, Men's and Women's Doubles (All Start Times will be announced)
Sunday, April 7th , Mixed Doubles (All Start Times will be announced)
The tournament will be a Double Elimination, top bracket matches will be 2 out of 3 games to 11pts. win by 2. The Back Draw will be one game to 15 pts., win by 2. All championship matches will be 2 out of 3 games to 11pts. win by 2, and if the player(s) from the back draw win then a second game will be played to 15pts, win by 2 for first place. If there are 4 or less teams a Round Robin Format will be used. Each match will be one game to 21pts. win by 1pt. Total points will determine 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place. In the event there is a tie, then head to head competion points will be used.
Awards will be given for 1, 2, 3 place finishes, along with points being awarded if you are a USAPA member.
If Age within a skill group is combined that is considered one group and awards are given for that age group only. Skill Levels will not be combined.
Hotels / Motels / Car Rentals
There will be a direct link to take you to the Hotels/Motels that are participating in the reduced rates for tournament players where you will be able to directly make reservations.
When there are 16 courts running for three days it takes a lot of scorekeepers to help out. We ask that you volunteer to help us to at least score two matches. If you have friends, partner or spouse traveling with you and they would like to help out it would be greatly appreciated.
Scorekeeper Class 101 will run Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings from 8:00am-8:30am, please attend even if it is to brush up on some things.
We hope that you will join us at the East Naples NEW FORMAT Skill Level/Age Combination Pickleball Tournament, it will be a great time with plenty of Pickleball!.