North Carolina Pickleball
Special Report – Our Changing Landscape
A search of the United States Patent and Trademark Office provides surprising details of how pickleball is and will soon be changing. The following list provides more questions than answers unless you are one of the organizers. As example, what is the American Pickleball Association, the National Pickleball Center and Premier Pickleball League? I am sure that we will be hearing more about these newcomers in the weeks ahead. We now welcome the World Pickleball Federation to the mix.
Seymour Rifkin “RIF” a internationally known figure in pickleball and owner of the IPTPA (International Pickleball Teaching Professional Association) announced earlier this week and launch of the WORLD PICKLEBALL FEDERATION . The World Federation is now is the second type association to operate within this space. The International Federation of Pickleball is almost 10 year old. In early 2010, a committee was formed to advance the concept of an International Federation of Pickleball (IFP). The IFP is organized under this Constitution to perpetuate the international growth and development of pickleball. The IFP officially established its Constitution, Bylaws and Officers in 2015 with the following inaugural member countries: USA, Canada, Spain and India. The IFP has since expanded its membership to include the following Associations: France, the United Kingdom and Great Britain. Membership is expected to grow each year as the sport continues expanding to new countries throughout the world. The new World Federation has several “lofty goals” that are enumerated on their web page. ”
Welcome World Pickleball Federation (WPF). The Federation has been organized to fuel the growth of pickleball worldwide by providing practical support and governance. WPF has been organized with 6 confederations representing the world continents. Each confederation possesses a better understanding of the unique challenges each country within their region is faced with. The WPF is committed to assisting member countries by providing resources such as: funding & revenue-building opportunities, access to IPTPA teacher training and rating assessments, software programs for clubs and tournaments, access to the best players in the world for exhibitions & player clinics. Along with fueling the growth of pickleball worldwide, the WPF is committed to raising the awareness of our professional players. Publicity through major media outlets helps to build awareness to our sport. Recognizing and rewarding our pros is a key element to fueling the growth of pickleball. This requires sponsorships from companies outside of our sport. Financial institutions, hotels, airlines, etc. all are potential sponsors which can provide additional funding to assist the growth of our sport, while increasing the prize money for our pros at recognized WPF tournaments. Our board is comprised of business people that are passionate about pickleball while also possessing connections to board rooms of some of the largest companies in the world. The WPF has taken the first step of what will become an annual end of year ranking of the best players in the world. We established a formula for 2018, that recognizes tier 1 and tier 2 tournaments for our professional players. Points were given based on the level of competition and the prize money awarded. A full explanation of our formula can be seen on our facebook page. Moving forward we will be announcing our WPF Series of tournaments. This has a two-fold purpose: 1) assist our pros in planning which tournaments to attend based on prize money and points, 2) assist international tournaments with funding for prize money to attract pros and the tournament draw. Seymour Rifkin
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