USAPA-Sanctioned Miracle Ear Pickleball Tournament August 7-8 Just Weeks Away!

Register now for Minnesota’s nationally-sanctioned USAPA Miracle Ear Pickleball Tournament, coming up just weeks away on August 7th and 8th.  The tournament will be played on 18 refurbished, like-new courts at Dred Scott Fields in Bloomington, MN, with more than 250 players expected to compete.

The Miracle Ear Tournament will include men’s, women’s and mixed doubles and is open to all skill levels from 2.5 to 5.0. New this year will be a bracket for age 19+ and separate five-year increment age brackets for ages from 35+ to 70+. Cost of the tournament is $30 for the first event and $5 for a second event with $5 discounts available for USAPA members and Southwest Metro Pickleball Club members.

The Miracle Ear Tournament is a USAPA Tier 3 Sanctioned Event and sponsored by the Southwest Metro Pickleball Club. According the Tournament Director, Dennis Gallaher: “This year’s tournament will be bigger and better than ever with new courts, improved court-management software, super-funky new player shirts, a larger lunch and a great “meet and greet” party Thursday night, August 6, at Poor Richard’s Restaurant in Bloomington, MN, including great door prizes for attendees. A new, custom Paddletek Element paddle will also be available to purchase at the tournament.”

The year’s tournament is also focused on providing more trained and incentivised refs who will be rewarded with a very good chance to win one of three custom Paddletek Element paddles valued at $65.

Register for the Miracle Ear Tournament here or by going to pickleballtournaments.com to register and pay.

Chanhassen Pickleball Courts Grand Opening!

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The Grand Opening of the six new, permanent Chanhassen Pickleball Courts was celebrated on Wednesday, June 3 at the Chanhassen Recreation Center. Cake and a good time was had by all. Shown cutting the ribbon is Bethany Tjornhom, Chanhassen City Council Member/Deputy Mayor, while Park and Recreation Officials and Jerry Maas, Southwest Pickleball Club Ambassador and club members looked on.

Grand Opening of Chanhassen’s new outdoor pickleball courts

Come join us at the Chanhassen Recreation Center for the Grand Opening of their new outdoor pickleball courts. Ribbon cutting is at 6:00pm, followed by cake and a pickleball clinic. Click here for more details.

Additional clinics will be held throughout the summer on the following dates:

Tuesday, June 9 – 8:30-10am
Thursday, June 25 – 6:30-8pm
Tuesday, July 14 – 8:30-10am
Wednesday, July 22 – 6:30-8pm
Monday, August 3 – 6:30-8pm

Wil-Chan Pickleball League Celebration

Members of the Southwest Metro Pickleball Club recently gathered at Brindisi’s Pub to celebrate the end of the recent 9-week season of the Wil-Chan Pickleball League played in Minnetonka and Chanhassen.

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Great fun was had by all, and League Commissioner David Allan and co-director Nancy Miller are already working on plans to expand participation when the league resumes next fall.  (If anyone asks, the team of Sandy Siebert, CJ Williams, David Gepner and Al Kramer finished in 1st place.)

Registration open for Eden Prairie summer leagues

Note that there are a limited number of spots available, so don’t delay!

From Casey Hagert, Recreation Lead for Eden Prairie:

Hello Pickleball Players,

I hope you are all doing well. The days are getting longer and the snow is melting which means we are not too far from another great season of Pickleball!

Registration is currently open for 2015 Pickleball leagues! This summer, we will be offering a doubles league on Thursday evenings for $35/team as well as a Ladder League on Saturdays for $15/person. Registration will stay open through June 4th.  As a reminder, I’ve included the steps for online registration for your teams so that you can get signed up from the comfort of your computer!

You will first want to call the Community Center at 952-949-8470 to obtain your TEAM PIN and TEAM ACCOUNT numbers in order to complete your registration (if you don’t still have them from previous seasons). PLEASE NOTE: family pin numbers will not work to get your team registered for a league! The Community Center staff will be looking up your team from past seasons.

Then you can go to https://parksandrec.edenprairie.org/ >Register>Adult Athletics>select the “Leagues” tab>Pickleball – and then find your desired night and league. Through this process you are able to pay online with a credit card. If you need to pay with a check or cash, you can still do that at the Community Center during the appropriate registration period.

We hope that you will all be joining us again for another fun season!