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Carolina Courts Announces 2019 Pickleball Tournament Schedule

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Carolina Courts “Concord” 2019 Pickleball Schedule

Carolina Courts CEO Scott Chitwood announced last week that Carolina Courts Concord will be cutting it’s pickleball schedule from six to three major tournaments per year beginning in 2019.  Tournaments for 2019 include the March Madness, Beat the Heat and Holiday Smash.  All three of these tournaments are indoors and have proven to be very popular in the past.  In addition to the Carolina Court series, there is consideration for a venue to host the annual Powerade Games in 2019.  Tournament Director Bob Nibarger stated that “indoor pickleball space with 18 courts is very difficult to find in the Charlotte area.  Space must be reserved months in advance and must work around basketball, volleyball and other sports camps”.  Reducing pickleball for 2019 is due, in part, to the growth of pickleball in the tri-state region.  When Carolina Courts began it’s series, there were very few tournaments within the Charlotte area.  Pickleball tournaments are now available just about every week in the four state area.  Less than 100 signed up for the July Firecracker Explosion which factored in the decision to cut back on pickleball.

2019 Carolina Courts Schedule


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Special Super Seniors 

Carolina Courts (Concord) is pleased to announce that the Super Seniors Circuit will be held on August 27th and 28th immediately following the North Carolina Beat the Heat.  Yes, you can attend two tournaments in 4 days according to Carolina Courts sponsor and CEO Scott Chitwood.  Scott added  “we are most pleased to bring the SSIPA circuit to the Charlotte area and hope this tournament will become a staple for our area players.  Registration is already open at Pickleball Tournaments  and early registration indicates that this will be a popular tournament.

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Super Senior International Pickleball Association was formed in 2016 to promote Pickleball among our very active senior population in this country and internationally.  As we get older our generation continues to strive for participation in friendly competition with our fellow seniors and develop friendships that will last a life time.  As we age gracefully and continue to strive for wellness through competition, the SSIPA just might be one more piece of the puzzle of life. The SSIPA supports the Super Senior International Pickleball Tournament Circuit allowing players to compete with other players in their age group, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, and 80+.

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Special Charlotte Area Player Feature

Peter Popovich is earning quite a reputation for this pickleball skills. Whether he is playing in the Senior Games, local YMCA, or at the US Open, opponents know they will have a battle on their hands when Peter enters the court.   Peter and his wife Virginia live in the Charlotte area and are very active as both players and also teaching and promoting the game.  Their efforts brought pickleball to the Dowd YMCA in Charlotte.  Peter and Virginia are also an awesome doubles team.  Again, congratulations Peter on your Singles Gold at the US Open 2018.

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Special USAPA Announcement

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After several years of planning and testing the USAPA announced yesterday a new rating system for pickleball.  The following announcement was sent to all USAPA Ambassadors yesterday for their “heads up”.

April 17, 2018
USAPA Ambassadors:

The USAPA is excited to announce the new official tournament rating system powered by The new joint venture will greatly enhance the tournament structure for all pickleball events enabling tournament directors to create fair and balanced player brackets while participants will now know their standings from the newly-created rating system.

“We are extremely excited to bring a fully-automated, results-based ratings and ranking system to our sport,” said USAPA Executive Director Justin Maloof. “We believe this system will be a huge benefit to tournament directors and serve as yet another value-add feature to our members.”

The new USAPA Pickleball Tournament Rating System will be similar to those currently being used in tennis, badminton, squash, table tennis, and other sports. Ratings will be extremely accurate, objective and universal. They will be calculated by computer using strategically-created algorithms and will be based on tournament results from the past two years and adopting weighting factors such as tournament format (sanctioned vs. non-sanctioned), recency of play and strength of the player’s opponent. worked closely with data specialists from Pickleball Ratings to develop the new ratings system.

“The agreement with the USAPA to provide tournament ratings fulfills a desire we’ve had at to utilize the large collection of tournament results we’ve collected over the years to improve tournament play experience for players and Tournament Directors,” said President Melissa McCurley. “These tournament ratings will only grow in the benefits provided to USAPA members as well as USAPA-sanctioned tournaments.”

Unlike the 2-digit skill rating (ex. 3.5) that has been used for many years by players, clubs and tournaments, the USAPA Tournament Ratings will be a 4-digit rating (ex. 3.786) and will prove to be more precise. Based on accumulated statistical data, the 4-digit rating will map to a player’s updated or new 2-digit skill level. Examples, a player rating of 3.994 maps to a 3.5 skill level and a 4.014 rating maps to a 4.0 skill level. The USAPA Tournament Ratings will be calculated for five competitive divisions — Men’s Singles, Women’s Singles, Men’s Doubles, Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles. USAPA member players will be able to check their ratings on their member profile and by July of this year, players will also be able to view their ratings on their member profile. Additional features will include the ability to access other USAPA member player’s rating, and a list of the “Top 100” rated players in the five divisions.

Improvements to the USAPA Tournament Ratings system will be overseen by an advisory board established by the USAPA. They will include representatives of, major event tournament directors, 5.0 tournament players, statisticians, and computer scientists.

While we wait for the completion and launch of the new rating system, USAPA will no longer be accepting rating recommendations from tournament directors or raters. Players wishing to appeal his/her rating for an event prior to the release may continue to do so by emailing Players without a rating may self-rate following the guidelines on the USAPA website.

Once the new ratings are in place, players will register for tournaments using the new USAPA Tournament Rating. All registrations prior to the release of the new system will not be affected.  An FAQ document is currently being drafted and will be available soon. USAPA and will not be fielding individual questions until the FAQ document is released.

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