Welcome, we are very pleased to announce the first Atlantic-South Regional Pickleball Tournament to be held January 31st, February 1, 2, 3, 2013, in Naples Florida. The tournament will be played at the East Naples Community Park, 3500 Thomasson Drive, in Naples, Florida.
Naples is a beautiful place to be in the winter, 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, and 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, however, we will be giving a discount to those with USAPA member numbers. The Atlantic --South Regional Tournament is a Sanctioned, Tier 4 Tournament. It is open to all those that are at least 16 years old by December 31, 2013. This is an Age Level Tournament with age categories: 16 and under, 18 and under, 19 and over, 35 and over, 50 +, 55 +, 60 + , 65 + 70 + , 75 + , 80 +.
There will be 16 outdoor courts, and the Yellow Dura Ball will be used for the Tournament.
All information will be available when the upcoming registration form is posted. The forms can be printed directly from www.USAPA.org , from the schedule of tournaments, or under Atlantic-South Region, also under www.PickleballSpecialties.com
The kick-off will begin Thursday evening, January 31st, 2013 with a Social Dinner at 6:30 pm. Our Regional Ambassador Donna Donald who works and does so much will say a few words. Meet our other ambassadors from around the region and also those from outside the region, along with an update about what is going on around the Atlantic-South Region. We will have a buffet style dinner, and plenty of raffle prizes. The rest of the weekend Pickleball events will go as follows:
Thursday, January 31st, Social Mixer, 6:30pm
Friday, February 1st, Men's and Women's Doubles (All start times will be announced later)
Saturday, February 2nd, Mixed Doubles (All start times will be announced later)
Sunday, February 3rd, Men's and Women's Singles (All start times will be announced later)
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.
Awards will be given for 1, 2, 3 place finishes, along with points being awarded if you are a USAPA member.
Age groups may be combined to assure adequate playing time and is at the discretion of the Tournament Directors. If age groups are combined that is considered one group and awards are given for that age group only.
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. A direct link will also be provided to register and pay on-line.
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 in the first Atlantic-South Regional Pickleball Tournament, it will be a great time with plenty of Pickleball.