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
– Registration opens April 1, 2018
– Registration deadline: June 23, 2018
– Form may be printed from: https://swmetropickleball.org/tournaments/
– 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

ANNOUNCING THE USAPA MIDDLE-STATES PICKLEBALL TOURNAMENT

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

SIGN UP NOW – REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

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: www.ssipa-pb.org

To join or renew membership in USAPA go to: http://www.usapa.org/membership-renewal/

To join or renew membership in SouthWest Metro Pickleball club go to: https://swmetropickleball.org/join-the-club/

 

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 INSTRUCTIONS

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: http://www.pickleballtournaments.com/welcome.pl?tid=1539

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.

$60.00
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!

INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY – THIS IS AN OUTDOOR TOURNAMENT.  IN THE EVENT OF INCLEMENT WEATHER, WE WILL MOVE INDOORS AND USE AN INDOOR TOURNAMENT BALL. WE WILL DO ALL WE CAN TO PLAY MATCHES BUT, PLEASE NOTE THAT IF WE CANNOT, THERE ARE NO REFUNDS OR MAKE UP DAYS IF THE TOURNAMENT IS IMPACTED BY WEATHER.