New Courts Coming This Summer!

It must be spring! Construction season is upon us (well maybe not given our recent weather!). This season will bring many new pickleball courts in Hopkins, Minnetonka, Bloomington, and Eden Prairie.

The SWMPC through city representatives, board, and club members have been instrumental in working with the cities to bring the following new courts to reality. A big thank you to those that have been involved in the process.

The 8 new Staring Lake Park courts in Eden Prairie are under contract with a tentative ground breaking celebration in May. Look for the announcement!

Hopkins has awarded contracts for 5 new courts in Central Park. Central Park is located at 101 16th Avenue South in the downtown area of the city. The tentative schedule is for the courts to open the end of July or early August.
Rumor has it that the pickleballers in Hopkins have a really fun time! Note to self, check these courts out when they open…

Eight new courts will be constructed in Lone Lake Park in Minnetonka. Construction is expected to begin May 1 or earlier with completion in July. The courts will be constructed in the south end of the park, just west of the picnic shelter.

(Drum roll) The bid opening for new 8 courts at Westwood Park in Bloomington was April 10. The agenda for the April 16th City Council meeting includes the Westwood Courts as a consent item near the beginning of the meeting. Come support the project and thank the City staff and Council for their efforts to make this a reality. Cross your fingers these courts will be open for the USAPA Midwest Regional Tournament!

The word is out. New courts are being planned and becoming a reality.

Announcing the Eden Prairie Hometown Celebration – July 4th Pickleball Tournament

Eden Prairie Hometown Celebration – July 4th Pickleball Tournament

Presented by the SouthWest Metro Pickleball Club in partnership with the City of Eden Prairie

Tournament Date: July 4, 2018
Round Lake Park
16691 Valley View Road
Eden Prairie, MN 55346

Tournament Ball: Franklin X Outdoor

Tournament Information
Men’s Doubles – Skill (all Skill levels) 7:30 a.m. – Noon
Women’s Doubles – Skill (all Skill levels) 7:30 a.m. – Noon
Mixed Doubles – Skill (all Skill levels) 12:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

– Skill level (2.5, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, 5.0)

– Age Groups 19+, 35+, 55+, 65+
– Unofficiated Round Robin format
– Brackets may be combined or split based on number of entrants
– Medals will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each bracket
– Register early before registration closes if and when a bracket fills

We are looking for VOLUNTEERS and PLAYERS

– Registration opens April 1, 2018
– Registration deadline: June 23, 2018
– Form may be printed from:
– Entry fee is $20.00 and each event is an additional $5.00

– Register as a player here: PLAYER REGISTRATION

– Register as a volunteer here: VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION

Co-Tournament Directors: Scott Schreier and Nick Astbury Email at: [email protected]

This is an outdoor tournament and all efforts will be made to play all matches in the event of inclement weather, but please note that weather could cancel the entire day of events. No refunds due to inclement weather.

July 3rd – Pickleball Practice Noon – 6:00pm


Our club, SouthWest Metro Pickleball Club has been chosen to present the first ever USAPA Middle-States Regional Pickleball Tournament!

This tournament is Sponsored By Tria Orthopedics


Tournament dates: August 8-12, 2018

Dred Scott Fields

10820 Bloomington, MN 55438

18 Outdoor Courts

Tournament Ball: Dura Fast 40

Juniors  Singles — Men’s Doubles — Women’s Doubles — Mixed Doubles

USAPA (All ages) and SSIPA (60+) memberships are required to play in this tournament. 

To join or renew membership in SSIPA go to:

To join or renew membership in USAPA go to:

To join or renew membership in SouthWest Metro Pickleball club go to:


Here is the TENTATIVE Schedule of Events:

  • Wednesday, Aug 8, 2018: Clinics, Product Demos, Pro Exhibition Match, Practice, and Meet and Greet Social Event
  • Thursday, Aug 9, 2018: Singles – Men’s, Women’s, Junior Singles, and Juniors Doubles
  • Friday, Aug 10, 2018: 60+ Men’s and Women’s Doubles Events
  • Saturday, Aug 11, 2018: Mixed Doubles and Junior Mixed Doubles
  • Sunday, Aug 12, 2018: <60 Men’s and Women’s Doubles Events

Play starts at 8:00am each day. Check-in time is 7:30am each day.

Practice courts will be available Wednesday afternoon, Aug 8, 2018.

Here are the TENTATIVE Skill/Age Brackets:

Note: Brackets will be limited to 16 doubles teams or 16 singles, make sure you sign up early!

  • Skill Level 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, 5.0
  • Age Groups Juniors, 19+, 35+, 50+, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+

All Events will be combined Skill/Age subject to sufficient entries


Registration opens Sunday, April 1, 2018. Register as soon as possible as last year several brackets filled up and we had to limit registrations.

Register and pay online at:

ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED AND PAID by Monday, July 30, 2018. Pricing is as follows:

Base Registration Fee, Player Bag, Tournament Shirt, Lunch Coupon, Meet and Greet Event, and $15 Referee Fee

Note: $15 of the Registration Fee is used to pay referees.  Players wanting to recoup part or all of their Registration Fee can referee at $5 per match.

Each Event $5.00
SouthWest Metro Pickleball Club Member Discount -$5.00





The Meet and Greet Social Event, with great prizes, will be at Dred Scott Fields. There will be Pickleball Clinics (Start Times TBD), Product Demonstrations, a Pro Exhibition Match, and then the Meet & Greet Kick-off Celebration at 6:00pm.  Doors close promptly at 8pm – go home and get ready for tournament play on Friday!


Announcing the Eden Prairie Schooner Days Pickleball Tournament

The Eden Prairie Lions Club is pleased to team up with the SouthWest Metro Pickleball Club (SWMPC) to feature a fun-filled Pickleball Tournament at the Schooner Days celebration on June 2nd.

Our Lions Club appreciates the hard work SWMPC Members have done to bring the new Pickleball Complex to Staring Lake in Eden Prairie and we have become a supporter of SWMPC fund raising efforts. We invite you to  register as a Player and/or Volunteer in our Pickleball Tournament.

Bring family and friends not only for Pickleball but to enjoy the additional activities such as Bingo, the carnival, Lions beer and food concessions, and softball.

Know that your attendance at Schooner Days aids the fund raising efforts of SWMPC as well as the many other community causes our Lions Club supports. 

We are looking for VOLUNTEERS and PLAYERS

Here are the details about the tournament:

Schooner Days Pickleball Tournament

Presented by Eden Prairie Lion’s Club and

South West Metro Pickleball Club

Tournament Date: June 2, 2018

Round Lake Park

16691 Valley View Road

Eden prairie, MN 55346

(Eden Prairie Road and Valley View road)


Tournament Information 

Men’s Doubles – 7:30 a.m. – Noon 

Women’s Doubles – 7:30 a.m. – Noon 

Mixed Doubles – 12:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

– This tournament is open to all levels of players 12 and over and will be grouped by skill level.

– Medals will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each bracket

– Match format will be Round Robin

– Tournament Ball will be the Onix Fuse Outdoor ball





– Registration opens: March 26, 2018

– Registration deadline: May 19, 2018

– Register as a player here: PLAYER REGISTRATION

– Register as a volunteer here: VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION

– Fee: Entry fee is $20.00 and each event is an additional $5.00

– Fee includes $10 of Schooner Days tickets provided at check-in. Tickets can only be used at the Lion’s Club Big Tent for food, refreshments (including beer) and Bingo  

– Tournament Directors: Scott Schreier and Nick Astbury

Chanhassen Pickleball Opportunities

The Chan Rec Center welcomes new players to play the fastest-growing player participation sport in America, pickleball! Pickleball is played on a court with a paddle similar to those used in ping-pong, only larger, and with a baseball-sized whiffle ball. The chief differences between tennis and pickleball include the average speed of the ball (one-third as fast in pickleball) and the size of the court (just under a third of a tennis court). A great game for all ages.

Chanhassen Rec Center
$3.00 for Chanhassen residents/$3.50 for non-residents
Pay daily or purchase a multi-use punchcard
Equipment available for check-out at the front desk
Schedule subject to change, see Rec Center website

Be prepared for laughter and meeting new friends. Come learn the game with our Pickleball instructors! They will teach you the game rules, techniques for executing shots (serve, return, volley, dink), simple strategy, and teamwork with your doubles partner.

Chanhassen Rec Center
Max: 12 participants
Fee: $10.00 per participant
Fee includes on 90-minute pickleball lesson and 2 free passes to play indoor pickleball
Lessons will be held on the indoor courts

Join us for a fun, un-officiated, double-elimination tournament. Limited to 12 teams of 2 per division (1 teammate will register both players). Prizes are given to winners in each category.

Games may be timed
Please note skill level and partner when registering
$15.00 per team
Registration deadline: Monday, June 4th


WE GOT THE COURTS! On Tuesday, March 6, the Eden Prairie City Council approved eight new permanent courts to be constructed beginning this Spring at Staring Lake Park!

These first-class courts will meet our expanding needs for permanent courts. The plan is to start work in April/May and have the entire project completed by October with court play possible as early as August depending on weather.

This was a Club-wide effort. Thanks so much for all the great efforts and financial support of all you Club Members to make this project a reality. We’ll have a grand, Grand Opening.

Thanks to everyone!

Got Aches and Pains? Recovering from an Injury or Surgery? Help is on the Way!!

Once again SouthWest Metro Pickleball Club (SWMPC) is partnering with TRIA to help keep Pickleball players healthy and on the courts! These sessions have been very popular in the past, so mark your calendars now!

Tuesday, April 10th  Click Here to Register

“Core and Balance Techniques” and “When NOT to Walk it Off”

3:00 – 4:30pm

Thursday, April 12th  Click Here to Register

“Staying Active after Joint Replacement” and “Best Practices for Recovering From Injuries”

3:00 – 4:30pm

Come in comfortable clothing. Some portions of the presentations will allow for participants to practice the techniques discussed.


TRIA Physical Therapy and Education Center

3800 American Blvd. West, Bloomington, MN 55431


The conference room is located on the second floor of the Bell Bank Building (tall glass building next to TRIA main clinic). Follow signs to the top level of the Bell Plaza ramp for direct skyway access to the TRIA Physical Therapy and Education Center.

FREE parking is available in the Bell Plaza ramp. The meeting room will be on your left just before the main elevators as you enter into the building from the skyway.