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SWMPC Presents Additional Referee Clinics

Learn the On-Court Mechanics for Pickleball Referees

 

We are pleased to announce additional Referee Clinics. Here’s your chance to learn Referee Mechanics and gain valuable on-court referee experience.

All of the clinics will be held at the LifeTime Fitness in Lakeville – the home of our USAPA Middle States Regional tournament August 2-4.

Everyone that attends one (or more) of these clinics will receive a FREE – IFP Official Tournament Rule Book.

Here are the clinic dates/times and a link to sign-up for ONE clinic or AS MANY as you can attend:

  • Thursday, July 18th from 6pm-10pm
    • Click HERE to register
  • Saturday, July 20th from 8am-12pm
    • Click HERE to register
  • Tuesday, July 23rd from 6pm-10pm
    • Click HERE to register
  • Saturday, July 27th from 8am-12am
    • Click HERE to register

No membership to Life Time is required. Just check in at the front desk.

It is important that you sign up for this clinic online or by emailing Alan Roemen  at [email protected] so that you are on the check-in list!

As added incentive to become a Referee – we are paying $5 for each match you referee at the USAPA Middle States Regional tournament!  

Please see previous Referee Clinic post for information on what you need to prepare ahead of time for this clinic.

See you at our clinic!

 

 

USAPA Middle States Regional – Call For Volunteers!

This year’s USAPA Middle  States Regional Tournament – Powered by TRIA! promises to be the largest and best tournament ever in Minnesota. One of only 11 USAPA Regional Tournaments in the country.

Our pickleball volunteers have been a vital part of all of our tournaments and we hope that you will consider volunteering August 1-4. The “Designer” Tournament shirt you will receive is an instant heirloom, but most of all you will be supporting all your friends and future friends who play and compete. Watch great pickleball in an outstanding setting as well.

Here’s a list of Volunteer Roles available – many fun opportunities to make a difference:

  • Site Preparation
  • Meet & Greet Event
  • Food & Water
  • Check-in Desk
  • Runners
  • Volunteer Desk
  • PA Announcers
  • Court Monitors
  • Daily Site Maintenance
  • Referees
  • Line Judges
  • Tear-Down
  • Close-up/Clean-up

We need your help! Sign-up is EASY! Go to the Sign-up Genius site at HERE.

Click HERE to Sign-Up to be a Referee or Line Judge.

Thank You in advance for joining the Tournament team!

Sincerely,

Scott Schreier – Tournament Director

Pickleball Tournament for Club Members – Sep 7 & 8

Saturday, Sep 7 – Sunday, Sep 8, 2019

Westwood Park in Bloomington
3701 W 108th St
Bloomington, MN, 55431

This is a free event for all Club Members. Bring friends and have them join the Club!

This is our 2nd Annual Pickleball Tournament for our Pickleball Club Members. Last year more than 100 people registered! This year, we expect even more people because of how popular the sport has become  This is a great tournament for beginners and for people that haven’t played at a tournament before. If you are not a member, sign up for the tournament and become a member online or at the tournament event!

Sign up as a doubles team or as an individual. We will match you up with another individual similar to your skill level to be your doubles partner.

We will have hotdogs, snacks and refreshments to keep you going throughout the day!

Saturday, Sep 7th: Men’s Doubles and Women’s Doubles

Sunday, Sep 8th: Mixed Doubles

There will be cool prizes for the 1st and 2nd place winners for men’s, women’s and mixed doubles teams.

Come see and greet our Special Guest/Player at the July 4th Tournament

We have a late entrant to our July 4th tournament – World’s Top 5 Women’s Doubles  and Top 8 Women’s Singles player – Christine McGrath!

She will be playing in a bracket in the morning session (starting at 9:30am).   Maybe we can also talk her into doing an exhibition match so you can see just how talented she is!

Come see and greet Christine at our July 4th tournament at Round Lake in Eden Prairie. Click HERE for directions.

Here is a recent announcement about Christine joining Franklin as one of their Pro’s.

Christine McGrath, having a Division I collegiate tennis background, has made a seamless transition to the sport of pickleball. Though she is only now officially partnering with Franklin, she is no stranger to their product offerings. “Franklin’s X-40 is always my ball of choice whenever I’m playing pickleball,” said McGrath. “It is so important for a ball to have a consistent bounce, and I find the X-40 to be the most reliable.” California native McGrath began a professional playing career in 2014 and quickly made her mark by winning her first national-level gold medal the following year. She has since had continued success as a US Open Pro Champion, 5x Tournament of Champions medalist and gold medalist, Professional Pickleball Federation Desert and Pacific Northwest Champion, and 8x Nationals medalist.

UPDATE – SWMPC PRESENTS REFEREE CLINICS

Learn the On-Court Mechanics for Pickleball Referees

 

The June 22 clinic  has been moved indoors at the Life Time Athletic in Eden Prairie

There are still openings for this Saturday’s referee clinic. Please sign up here https://forms.gle/hiXzBRFGypQJyNZr6 and tell a friend!

It is important that you sign up for this clinic online or by emailing Alan Roemen  at [email protected] so that you are on the check-in list!

Please see previous Referee Clinic post for information on what you need to prepare ahead of time for this clinic.

See you Saturday!

 

 

SWMPC Presents – Referee Clinics

Learn the On-Court Mechanics for Pickleball Referees

 

Become a Referee and have the opportunity to referee in the biggest tournament in Minnesota!!

SouthWest Metro Pickleball Club is hosting the USAPA Middle States Regional Pickleball Tournament again this year in August.

A USAPA sanctioned tournament requires referees for ALL matches which means we need a lot of trained, experienced referees!

The SWMPC will conduct  referee clinics and  outdoor training sessions to allow referees to gain experience.  Some rules have been changed in 2019 and we have new procedures to make refereeing easier.

The first two clinics will be held on June 15th and June 22nd

  • June 15th 8am – 10am at the new courts in Hopkins – Click HERE for directions
  • June 22nd  8am – 10am – Location TBD
  • Register below

Description: This clinic will teach you the ins and outs of a referee’s on-court responsibilities and how to successfully manage a Pickleball match!

The clinic is a up to 2 hours of practical training on the courts. During this clinic, you will:

  • Learn how to score a match the correct way, do the player orientation/briefing before the match, conduct timeouts and keep control of the match. Of key importance, you will also learn how to recognize stacking and what to look for to recognize right side, right server issues.
  • Demonstrate on the courts what was learned in the classroom setting. While four attendees actually play a game, one of the attendees will referee the match. The remainder attendees will score the same match until their time to be the referee. Each attendee will rotate through the referee position in a low-stress learning environment. Between the classroom and on-court sessions, each attendee will score the equivalent of approximately three games.

 Who Should Attend: Everyone who wants to know the rules better and wants to know the basics of refereeing to help make pickleball tournaments successful. Becoming a referee not only will help give you an edge in your personal game but will give you an opportunity to give back to the sport to help it grow.

Who Are The Instructors:  USAPA Certified Referee Alan Roemen and USAPA Regional Tournament Director Scott Schreier.

Requirements:

  • The Referee Handbook will be the ‘lesson plan’ for the clinic, so please become familiar with it before coming to the clinic. The Referee Handbook can be downloaded from the USAPA website, https://www.usapa.org, under the Rules and Referee tab, via the Referee Materials In order to download it and other materials, including the required test(s), each attendee will have to register as a member of USAPA and have a member number.
  • Complete one test before the clinic. Under the same Rules and Referee tab used to access the Referee Materials, select the link named Rules Tests. Each attendee should take the REFEREE TEST. If desired, you may also take the Line Judge Knowledge Review, and the Players Test. These are easy to complete, are graded immediately, and will give you a feeling for how well you know the rules before the class.
  • Watch the Quick Start Referee Video available on the USAPA Website under the Rules and Referees tab and then click Referee Training Tools. Or go to it at this website: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2QDfbI4ovg

 What to bring:

  • A notebook/pen/pencil or tablet to take notes.
  • Your pickleball paddle for practical training exercise.

Registration:

To reserve your spot, please sign up online using the forms below for the date of the session you wish to attach. Each class is limited to 20 people. For questions, contact Alan Roemen at [email protected]

June 15, 2019 – https://forms.gle/YPQc4AY6zSGftufn9

June 22, 2019 – https://forms.gle/hiXzBRFGypQJyNZr6

ANNOUNCING THE USAPA MIDDLE STATE REGIONAL TOURNAMENT

SouthWest Metro Pickleball Club Presents:

USAPA Middle States Regional Tournament
Powered By TRIA

August 1-4, 2019

LifeTime Fitness – Lakeville
18425 Dodd Blvd, Lakeville, MN 55044

20 Indoor Courts

Tournament Ball: Dura Fast 40

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

USAPA (All ages) membership is required to play in this tournament. 

Here is the TENTATIVE Schedule of Events:

  • Thursday, Aug 1, 2019: Clinics, Product Demos, Practice, and Meet and Greet Party
  • Friday, Aug 2, 2019: Men’s Doubles and Women’s Singles
  • Saturday, Aug 3, 2019: Mixed Doubles
  • Sunday, Aug 4, 2019: Women’s Doubles and Men’s Singles

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

Practice courts will be available Thursday afternoon, Aug 1, 2019.

Here are the TENTATIVE Skill/Age Brackets:

Note: Brackets will be limited to 12 doubles teams or 12 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+, 55+, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+

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

REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS

Registration opens Tuesday, April 2, 2019. Register as soon as possible as last year several brackets filled up and we had to limit registrations.

Register and pay online –  Click Here to Register

ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED AND PAID by Tuesday, July 23, 2019.

PRICING – REGISTRATION, EVENT, AND CLUB DISCOUNTS:

  • $65 –  Base Registration Fee, Player Bag, Tournament Shirt, Meet and Greet Event, and Referee Fee Note: $15 of the Registration Fee is used to pay referees.  Event fees are not included. Players wanting to recoup part or all of their Registration Fee may referee at $5 per match.
  • $5 – Each Event
  • -$5 – SouthWest Metro Pickleball Club DISCOUNT
The Meet and Greet Social Event, with great prizes, will be at LifeTime Fitness in Lakeville, MN. There will be Pickleball Clinics (Start Times TBD), Product Demonstrations, and then the Meet & Greet Kick-off Celebration at 6:00pm.

ANNOUNCING THE EDEN PRAIRIE HOMETOWN CELEBRATION – JULY 4TH TOURNAMENT

JULY 4TH PICKLEBALL TOURNAMENT

Round Lake Park
16691 Valley View Road
Eden Prairie, MN 55346

Tournament Events

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

Tournament Format

  • Skill level (2.5, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, 5.0)
  • Age level (12+, 19+, 35+, 50+, 65+)
  • Un-officiated Round Robin format – top teams advance to single  elimination
  • Brackets may be combined or split based on number of entrants
  • Medals will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each bracket
  • Limited number of entries

Dura Fast 40 Ball Will Be Used

Registration

THIS IS AN OUTDOOR TOURNAMENT – THERE WILL BE NO REFUNDS OR CREDITS IF THERE IS A RAINOUT

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 May 31 thru 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 have become a supporter of SWMPC fundraising 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 fundraising efforts of SWMPC as well as the many other community causes our Lions Club supports. 

Here are the details about the tournament:

Schooner Days Pickleball Tournament

Presented by Eden Prairie Lion’s Club and SouthWest Metro Pickleball Club

Tournament Date: May 31, June 1-2, 2018
16700 Valley View Road
Eden Prairie, MN 55346
Tournament Ball: Onix Fuse Indoor – Yellow
Tournament Information
  • Friday May 31 – Clinics From 4-8 pm – 2 Sessions – $30 per Session
    • Session #1: 4:00-5:45 – Instruction and Drills for Skill Levels 2.5 to 3.0
    • Session #2: 6:00-7:45 – Instruction and Drills for Skill Levels 3.5+
    • To enter the clinic, email us with which session you would like to reserve a spot. we will confirm and send you payment details. Contact: [email protected]
  • Saturday June 1 – Men’s and Women’s Doubles – 8:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sunday June 2 – Mixed Doubles – 8:00am – 5:00pm
  • 3 Skills level – Intermediate, Advanced, Pro (2.5-3.0, 3.5-4.0, 4.5+)
  • Un-officiated 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
  • Limited number of entries
Registration
– Registration opens: March 26, 2019 – Click to Register now.
– Registration deadline: May 26, 2019
– Form may be printed from:  https://swmetropickleball.org/tournaments/
– Entry fee is $25.00 – After May 1, 2019 Entry Fee is $30.00
– Plus $5 for EACH event

Co-Tournament Directors: Nick Astbury and Mark Engasser  Email at: [email protected]

If you want to VOLUNTEER – Please contact Nick and Mark at:  [email protected]

Pickleball Practice – Doors Open at 7:45am on 6/1 and 6/2

SWMPC Announces Tournament Schedule

This year our club is hosting three tournaments:

  • May 31, June 1-2: Schooner Days Pickleball Tournament as part of the Eden Prairie’s Lions Club Schooner Days Event
  • July 4th: City of Eden Prairie Hometown Celebration
  • August 1-4: The 2019 USAPA Middle States Regional PIckleball Tournament

We will offer both Clinics and Tournament Play for each event – So come to LEARN AND PLAY!

And for those of you who do not or can not play – VOLUNTEER! Give back to our great sport and support our club members.

Watch for detailed announcements for each tournament – COMING SOON!