GREAT PROGRESS ON 39 NEW DEDICATED COURTS

One of our primary Club goals is to expand capacity and quality of playing venues. So it’s a great year with 39 new dedicated courts showing great progress in Eden Prairie, Bloomington, Minnetonka, Hopkins, and Golden Valley. Pioneer Park will also get a new overlay and four permanent courts.


Eden Prairie Staring Lake Park: the eight new courts are now paved and fences, net posts and drinking fountain installed, way ahead of schedule! Maybe playable in July?


Bloomington Westwood Park: eight courts are now approved with groundbreaking expected in late June and completion in late Summer. A new tennis court will be lined for four additional temporary courts.


Minnetonka Lone Lake Park: eight dedicated courts are now mostly graded with more earthwork in progress, hoping to be playable later in the Summer.


Hopkins Central Park: five new dedicated courts being graded now and expected to be completed this Summer just off Excelsior Blvd on 16th Avenue South.


Golden Valley Wildwood Park: the asphalt is down for six dedicated courts located at Duluth St and Pennsylvania Ave. With some luck, we should be playing by July 1st.

2018 Schooner Days Tournament Results & Photos

Rain, rain, go away, come again another day. That’s how the song goes, right?

In the case of our Schooner Days event, it was the players going away and coming back another day. That’s right, Mother Nature won the day, with relentless rain showers forcing the final few games to be played indoors, and all Mixed Doubles events to take place the following day. Just to keep things interesting, day two was plagued by strong gusty winds that made for some interesting play!

Click the image below to see more photos from the event:

2018 Schooner Days Tournament

Medal winners from all brackets:

Mens Doubles
Bracket Gold Silver Bronze
Mens Doubles 3.5,3.0 Mike Gerhardt-Boon Tan Keith Erickson-James Anker Thomas St. Aubin-Rick Fabing
Mens Doubles 4.0 Pool A The Menace Gallaher-Scott Schreier Steve Cook-Joe Jensen James Baer-David Duhaime
Mens Doubles 4.0 Pool B Tory Stellick-Champ Ali Joel Rochlin-Bob Pacieznik Eric Wong-William Sullivan
Mens Doubles 5.0,4.5 Jerry Peterson-Brian Astbury J.t. Giebel-George Tomlinson Arun Balakrishna-Andre Espindola
Mixed Doubles
Bracket Gold Silver Bronze
Mixed Doubles 3.5,3.0 – Pool A Sam Hawks-Sam Thompson Ann Leiter-Tracy McKibben Kay Weiss-Jerry Vollmer
Mixed Doubles 3.5,3.0 – Pool B Karen Francis-Blayne Saari Christine Dean-Bob Shutes Karen Steinhoff-Steve Schmitz
Mixed Doubles 3.5,3.0 – Pool C Bridget McMullin-Rick Fabing Joey Wagner-Grant Wagner Bev Greenagel-Gary Cunningham
Mixed Doubles 4.0 Pool A Beth Amlie-The Menace Gallaher Nancy Engasser-Mark Engasser Liz Dubisar-Keith Randklev
Mixed Doubles 4.0 Pool B Sarah Saari-Dan Gregg Taylor Uhl-David Uhl Kren McManus-Kevin Butcher
Womens Doubles
Bracket Gold Silver Bronze
Womens Doubles 3.0 Lori Wolf-Deb Angell Debra Lind-Connie Hauswirth Barb Schreier-Kathleen Kelly
Womens Doubles 3.5 Pool A Taylor Uhl-JoEllen Uhl Liz Dubisar-Kristy Reardan Cindy Orbeck-Sue Standafer
Womens Doubles 3.5 Pool B Bridget McMullin-Dianna St Aubin Tina Rosenquist-Sandy Cashman Abby Wilkinson-Marcia Wilkinson
Womens Doubles 5.0,4.5,4.0 Joey Wagner-Linda Kloeckner Valerie MacLeod-Beth Amlie Sarah Saari-Kren McManus

Full results available at PickleballTournaments.com

 

EXCITING NEWS: Partnership With Michael Lynne Tennis

SouthWest Metro Pickleball Club is pleased to announce a partnership with Michael Lynne’s Tennis Shop a local premiere Tennis and now Pickleball shop.

While relatively new to Pickleball, Michael and Mimzy Lynne have been in the tennis business for over twenty years. In that time, they’ve learned what customers really want: expert advice, a great selection, and most of all, unmatched customer service. And that is exactly what they are now bringing to Pickleball.

When you visit the store, you won’t find soccer balls, blenders or bicycles. What you’ll find is the region’s biggest selection of Pickleball equipment and apparel in a location staffed by friendly, helpful employees who know and love the game just as much as you do.

Stop by their store at: Miracle Mile Shopping Center 5011 Excelsior Boulevard St. Louis Park, MN 55416

Or visit their website and then head to the store!

Stop by and mention you are from the SW Metro Pickleball Club and welcome Mike and Mimzy to our Pickleball Community!

Ask about their DEMO program. It’s a great way to try before you buy!

JOIN US FOR A PICKLEBALL PICNIC!!

Food, fun, friends, family and pickleball! 

Bring your family and join us at Riley Lake Park and courts on JUNE 16 for the SW Metro PICNIC by the lake! 

Date:  June 16
Time:  10am – 2pm
Where:  Riley Lake Park, 9180 Riley Lake Road, Eden Prairie

During the picnic our club will be hosting this year’s SWMetro vs. Northern Paddles (St. Cloud) Pickleball Challenge. Come support your team!

SW Metro Pickleball Club  provides food and soft drinks, so bring a chair(s) and your paddle (for play after the Challenge). There will be yard games for all to enjoy! Let the fun begin!!

 

 

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: Onix Fuse

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.