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ACT NOW, LAST CHANCE!

Be a permanent part of the soon-to-be-built Staring Lake Park Pickleball Courts. Get your name on a brick in the walkway to help support eight new permanent pickleball courts scheduled to open next Summer at Staring Lake Park.

The Southwest Metro Pickleball Club is a 501c3 non-profit, committed to help raise needed funds to complete this project that is now out for bids. Now you can be a permanently recognized supporter of this facility. Continue reading

Staring Courts Show Great Progress At May 7 Groundbreaking Ceremony

The gang was all there on Monday May 7th for an eventful Groundbreaking Ceremony for our approved eight new permanent pickleball courts (plus new tennis and basketball courts) with construction and grading already showing great progress!

These first-class courts will meet our expanding needs for permanent courts. The plan is to have the entire project completed by October with court play possible as early as August depending on weather (and we could be ahead of schedule!).

As the photo shows, this was a Community effort, everyone working together to make this happen. Photo, left-to-right shows Park and Rec Commission members, Club Board Members, Eden Prairie Mayor Nancy Tyra-Lukens, and City Council members Ron Case and Brad Aho.

Thanks so much for all the great efforts and financial support of everyone to make this project a reality.

Staring Lake Courts Groundbreaking Ceremony Monday, May 7, 5PM

Please join in at Staring Lake Park for the Groundbreaking Ceremony for our approved eight new permanent pickleball courts with construction beginning now! The mayor, Nancy Tyra-Lukens and other EP city officials will be there to celebrate with us.

These first-class courts will meet our expanding needs for permanent courts. The plan is to 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. Let’s throw some dirt on Monday!

Thanks to everyone!

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.

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

– 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