ALICE TYM
Mike Hoxie:
Pickleball Entrepreneur

BARBARA WINTROUB

Pandemic Pickleball Fitness

May 2020

USAPA TOURNAMENT UPDATE as of April 1, 2020

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ALICE TYM

Played all the tennis majors. Ranked #13 in the world, Florida Gator
Intercollegiate Hall of Fame, U Florida Hall of Fame, USPTA Coach of the Year
Coached U of TN at Chattanooga women to two national titles
Coached Yale women to top 20 and Ivy Championship
Taught geology and geography for 40 years at UT Chattanooga
Won NSGA badminton singles and table tennis singles and doubles
Won pickleball titles including Huntsman and USAPA Nationals and
SSIPA Worlds Founder and board member of SSIPA
IFP board member and originator of the Bainbridge Cup
Most importantly: 3 great kids and 7 great-grandkids

MIKE HOXIE: PICKLEBALL ENTREPRENEUR

One of the wonderful things pickleball has done is to create opportunities for entrepreneurs. As the founder of Pickleball Is Great Inc., Mike Hoxie, is one of those visionaries who sees opportunities and is willing to work hard to make good things happen. Mike was raised in Hawaii but has lived in Oregon for the last twenty years. He is the CEO, Chief Relationship Officer of Pickleball Is Great; he feels this title best describes his role with the players and his staff.

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One of the wonderful things pickleball has done is to create opportunities for entrepreneurs. As the founder of Pickleball Is Great Inc., Mike Hoxie, is one of those visionaries who sees opportunities and is willing to work hard to make good things happen. Mike was raised in Hawaii but has lived in Oregon for the last twenty years. He is the CEO, Chief Relationship Officer of Pickleball Is Great; he feels this title best describes his role with the players and his staff.

Kathy Rambousek - Pacific Northwest Region Tournament Director

Mike Hoxie - President & Owner of Pickleball Is Great

Gigi Guerra - West Region Tournament Director

"Pickleball Is Great performs all functions from A-Z for tournaments including collaborating with a club or group to deliver a superior pickleball tournament experience for the players," according to Mike. "A key part of our relationship with the facility/club is to handle the player participation along with ensuring that the facility or club achieved its goals for the event. Our tournament experience is vital to running  the event correctly from the initial marketing of the event until the last gold medal is given out."

It was Melissa McCurley and her brother of Pickleballtournanents.com who suggested that Mike start a company that runs tournaments. In 2016, he started running 6 tournaments. He did 13 tournaments in 2017 then expanded into CA, AZ, HI, and AK in 2018 and ran 27 tournaments. He left his job with Kroger and went full time into Pickleball Is Great. "Last year, in January 2019, Pickleball Is Great became a corporation and hired two additional regional tournament directors, Kathy Rambousek for the Pacific Northwest and Gigi Guerra for California. We completed 45 tournaments in 2019 with more than 9,000 players," Mike explained. Before the COVID-19 crisis hit, he had more than 60 tournaments planned. He is attempting to reschedule.

Mike was mentored by Mike Wolfe of the Columbia River Pickleball Club. His 30 years in retail management trained him for the intensity of tournament days. He said, "Being able to consistently problem-solve with a clear player focus is essential to a great event/tournament. Our brand is our reputation."

The five most important things to a tournament player are to:
- Come prepared.
- Be a great partner.
- Recognize the volunteers' efforts.
- Respect all referees.
- Communicate with the tournament director with any changes or problems.

Mike sees several trends in pickleball. The number of paid players is growing as is the amount of prize money. This is attracting players from other sports and will help pickleball grow. He said, "At some point, there will need to be a separation of the professional player and the everyday player." The next trend is a focus on youth and younger players. And, Mike sees a growing interest in "the heart of the sport, social players." Mike likes the round-robin format for non-pro level tournaments because of the socialization.

The size of the facility determines the size of a pickleball tournament. The basic metric Mike uses is "10 players per court per 8- hour day."  The most common size of the Pickleball Is Great tournaments is 150-350 players. The primary difference between tennis tournaments and pickleball tournaments is that an event such as Mixed Doubles will start and end on the same day in pickleball.

Mike said, "The greatest need in pickleball management is trained referees." There are less than 200 certified referees. Only in Arizona has Mike seen an adequate referee supply.

Mike's personal crusade is focused on the player experience. He creates a fun environment that has great communication and is fair to all players. He offers lots of choices for players to have a great time. He would like to see all players start wearing eye protection as the game is getting faster at all levels.

Pickleball Is Great is ready for all levels of tournament management. The sport is expanding and evolving. Mike's team is ready and they clearly understand that that the fun experience is what is driving the growth of pickleball.

BARBARA WINTROUB

For the last eleven years, Barbara has played competitive tournaments, taught
and coached Pickleball. Barbara has written a fitness blog for the last six years
in the USAPA newsletter and was the first to offer a fitness article in the new
Pickleball Magazine. She introduced Pickleball at Rancho La Puerta, Tecate,
Mexico. The oldest spa resort saw the value of having Pickleball permanently
installed at this destination resort.
Barbara is a certified USPTA tennis teaching professional, so the transition to
teaching Pickleball was not difficult. She teaches all over the Coachella Valley.
Barbara is also an active aging expert degreed in Kinesiology; a First Tier Pilates
instructor certified by the PMA; Medical Exercise Specialist certified by AAHFRP;
faculty with ACE; UCLA extension Personal Training Dept.; Balanced Body
University; Educational Director Retrofit School of Pilates and speaker with
American Bone Health.  Barbara's Pilates
website

PANDEMIC PICKLEBALL FITNESS

 

Do you have a watch or FitBit that tells you when to stand, walk around, move, exercise etc.?  If you don’t, how do you know when to get off the sofa and get your buns in gear?  The answer is now!  Every day you sit, your muscles deteriorate (depressing word) or atrophy, called Sarcopenia.  If you’re over 65 the atrophy rate is significantly faster.  So what does this mean to you?  It means by the time you return to the Pickleball court, you could be weakened to a point that it takes months to get back to where you were if you can ever get back to where you were. 

First, find a song or songs you really enjoy and dance around the house to them.  Do this every day or maybe twice a day.  This is a good start and it’s easy.  Second, grab a face towel or stretch band and pull on it.  Pull hard, every direction you can think of 20 times.  Third, take your full water bottles in each hand, lift them overhead, out to the sides of your body, in front of you.  Do bicep curls, shake them like rattles.  Can you do this 20 times?  Try.  Fourth, hold a plank position on the wall, on a table or on the floor, bent knee or straight legs.  Do this with elbows out and elbows pointed at your waist for triceps work.  Play music while you exercise. Also, there are hundreds of exercise videos on Zoom, YouTube and online.  Set aside time each day to do my exercises or video classes but do something.

Go to a backboard, handball wall or empty building wall (lots of those), practice hitting all your shots and especially the ones you don’t have like the third or fifth shot drop.  This is a great time to take online Pickleball lessons from the best.  Watch and learn, then practice on the wall.  You have all the time in the world to practice the stuff you're awful at.  When the Pickleball season begins again (someday), you will at least be strong and have some great new shots to show your competition.

USAPA TOURNAMENT UPDATE as of April 1, 2020

USAPA TOURNAMENT UPDATE as of April 1, 2020

This is an update on the following tournaments:

  • USAPA Sanctioned Tournaments through May 14, 2020

  • USA Pickleball National Indoor Championships

  • USAPA Regional Championships

 

As USAPA continues to monitor the national emergency over the coronavirus pandemic, effective immediately USAPA is suspending USAPA sanctioning of existing pickleball tournaments through May 14, 2020. The health and safety of all participants, spectators, and staff is our foremost concern. This is very consistent within Governmental Standards and across the sports industry landscape. We are announcing now as to allow participants and spectators time to plan accordingly, and help facility, sponsors, organizers, etc. manage the process. While we are all hoping and praying for great progress on this coronavirus well before May 14, this action is necessary now. The complete list of USAPA sanctioned tournaments during this period is located at the end of this statement.

 

Will the 2020 Margaritaville USA Pickleball National Championships be affected by COVID-19? 

Given the end-of-year timeframe, plans to hold the 2020 Margaritaville USA Pickleball National Championships in Indian Wells Oct. 31-Nov. 8 are proceeding.  The tournament organizers are hard at work and looking forward to hosting this much-anticipated event.

 

USA Pickleball National Indoor Championships

The USA Pickleball Association is announcing the postponement of the USA Pickleball National Indoor Championships in Hoover, AL.  The inaugural tournament has been rescheduled from June 7-14, 2020 to June 8–13, 2021.

With the uncertainty from the impact of the COVID-19 crisis, the tournament team felt compelled to make this difficult decision for many reasons. Most importantly was the concern for the safety of all participants, spectators, volunteers, and staff.  We anticipated more than 700 players from all over the country as well as many volunteers and spectators.  We anticipate registration to open for the 2021 USA Pickleball National Indoor Championships on January 10, 2021 (subject of a future announcement). We appreciate your understanding.

What does this mean for you the tournament player and registration for the 2020 USA Pickleball National Championships in Indian Wells, CA? You will also be able to register for the 2020 USA Pickleball National Championships (at this time, given end-of-year timeframe tournament is proceeding) during the lottery registration which will begin on August 1, 2020.

For the 2020 USA Pickleball National Indoor Championships registered and paid players you have a choice of 2 options:

  • Option #1 – registration and payment moved to the 2021 tournament guaranteeing your spot for next year’s event AND as mentioned above, you meet the qualifying criteria for the 2020 USA Pickleball National Championships.

  • Option #2 – a full refund of all tournament registration fees and removal from the tournament registration. Please go to pickleballtournaments.com and withdraw from tournament. Refunds issued within 30 days. If any questions, please contact the Tournament Director, Karen Parrish.

We greatly appreciate your patience during these unprecedented times in our country and look forward to a time where we will be able to get back on the courts continuing to make memories with family and friends.

 

 

2020 USAPA Regional Championships

The remaining 2020 USAPA Regional Championships are listed below with current status and additional details, as applicable. Please note – we will continue to update this page and the Regional Championships section of our website as further details are known.

 

Mountain Regional Championships: May 22-27, 2020 (Brigham City, UT) – Postponed

  • Tournament moved to September, possible new dates September 14-19 (to be confirmed)

  • Tournament registration is closed due to maximum participation

  • All registered and paid players will be able to register during open registration for 2020 Nationals

 

Great Lakes Regional Championships: June 18 -21, 2020 (Ft. Wayne, IN) – Rescheduled

  • New Dates: June 17-20, 2021

  • New Registration date: TBD

  • This tournament does not affect registration for 2020 Nationals

  • Tournament players from this year will be able to keep their spot for next year or offered a refund less $25 administrative fees to cover costs already incurred by the tournament

 

Atlantic Regional Championships: June 26-28, 2020 (Portland, ME) – Postponed

  • New Dates: To be determined, working with facility managers to secure a date

  • Tournament registration is closed due to maximum participation

  • New Registration date: TBD, if needed based on full capacity

 

Great Plains Regional Championships: August 7-20, 2020 (Colorado Springs, CO) – Rescheduled

  • New Dates: June 23-28, 2021

  • This tournament does not affect registration for 2020 Nationals

  • New Registration date: April 1, 2021

 

Mid States Regional Championships: August 13-15, 2020 (St. Louis, MO) – No change

  • Registration opens: May 1, 2020

 

Atlantic South Regional Championships: August 20-23, 2020 (Foley, AL) – No change

  • Registration opens: May 1, 2020

 

West Regional Championships: September 14-20, 2020 (Fountain Valley, CA) – Rescheduled

  • New Dates: May 1-7, 2021

  • New Registration date: January 1, 2021

 

Mid Atlantic Regional Championships: September 18-20, 2020 (Myrtle Beach, SC) – New date & location

  • New Dates: September 24-27, 2020

  • Location change: from Virginia Beach, VA to Myrtle Beach, SC

  • Registration opens: May 1, 2020

 

Pacific NW Regional Championships: Next tournament in 2021

  • Qualifier played in late 2019 is qualifier for 2020 Nationals

  • New Dates: June 2021, exact dates to be determined

  • Registration opens: January 15, 2021

 

 

USAPA Sanctioned Tournaments (April 16 – May 14, 2020)

As USAPA continues to monitor the national emergency over the coronavirus pandemic, effective immediately USAPA is suspending USAPA sanctioning of existing pickleball tournaments through May 14, 2020. The health and safety of all participants, spectators and staff is our foremost concern.

The events listed below are owned and managed by third-party tournament organizers who have received USAPA tournament sanctioning. We are doing our best to keep communication open and current with these sanctioned tournament organizers. While the USAPA is withdrawing official sanctioning of these tournaments, the decision to postpone, cancel, or proceed with the tournaments in a “non-sanctioned mode” is determined at the discretion of the tournament director and their leadership team.

USAPA SANCTIONED TOURNAMENTS WITH SUSPENDED SANCTIONING

  • VA Beach Classic – Glen Allen, VA: April 24 – 26, 2020 (Postponed Date TBD)

  • 2020 Zin to Win – Templeton, CA: April 29 – May 3, 2020 (Postponed Date TBD)

  • iPickle Players Championships Cup – La Habra, CA: May 1 – 3, 2020 (Postponed Date TBD)

  • Pickle for the Pets – Prescott, AZ: May 1 – 3, 2020 – (Cancelled)

  • West Coast Classic – Santa Monica, CA: May 3 – 5, 2020 (Postponed Date TBD)

  • Owensboro Pickleball Open – Owensboro, KY: May 8 – 10, 2020 (Cancelled)

  • Central Ohio Head Penn Pickleball Championships: Columbus, OH – May 8 – 10, 2020 (Cancelled)

  • Mix it Up in May Hartland Tournament – Howell, MI: May 8 – 9, 2020 (Sanctioning Removed)

  • Southern Utah Pickleball Shootout – St George, UT: May 13 – 16, 2020 (Sanctioning Removed)

 

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Update March 30, 2020 (5:00 pm PT)

The remaining 2020 USAPA Regional Championships are listed below with current status and additional details, as applicable. Please note – we will continue to update this page and the Regional Championships section of our website as further details are known.

 

Mountain Regional Championships: May 22-27, 2020 (Brigham City, UT) – Postponed

  • Tournament moved to September, possible new dates September 14-19 (to be confirmed)

  • Tournament registration is closed due to maximum participation

  • All registered and paid players will be able to register during open registration for 2020 Nationals

 

Great Lakes Regional Championships: June 18 -21, 2020 (Ft. Wayne, IN) – Rescheduled

  • New Dates: June 17-20, 2021

  • New Registration date: TBD

  • This tournament does not affect registration for 2020 Nationals

  • Tournament players from this year will be able to keep their spot for next year or offered a refund less $25 administrative fees to cover costs already incurred by the tournament

 

Atlantic Regional Championships: June 26-28, 2020 (Portland, ME) – Postponed

  • New Dates: To be determined, working with facility managers to secure a date

  • Tournament registration is closed due to maximum participation

  • New Registration date: TBD, if needed based on full capacity

 

Great Plains Regional Championships: August 7-20, 2020 (Colorado Springs, CO) – Rescheduled

  • New Dates: June 23-28, 2021

  • This tournament does not affect registration for 2020 Nationals

  • New Registration date: April 1, 2021

 

Mid States Regional Championships: August 13-15, 2020 (St. Louis, MO) – No change

  • Registration opens: May 1, 2020

 

Atlantic South Regional Championships: August 20-23, 2020 (Foley, AL) – No change

  • Registration opens: May 1, 2020

 

West Regional Championships: September 14-20, 2020 (Fountain Valley, CA) – Rescheduled

  • New Dates: May 1-7, 2021

  • New Registration date: January 1, 2021

 

Mid Atlantic Regional Championships: September 18-20, 2020 (Myrtle Beach, SC) – New location

  • Location change: from Virginia Beach, VA to Myrtle Beach, SC

  • Registration opens: May 1, 2020

 

Pacific NW Regional Championships: Next tournament in 2021

  • Qualifier played in late 2019 is qualifier for 2020 Nationals

  • New Dates: June 2021, exact dates to be determined

  • Registration opens: January 15, 2021

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Update March 27, 2020 (1:00 pm PT)

USAPA issued a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) regarding the Coronavirus, click FAQ – Coronavirus

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Update March 19, 2020 (1:00 pm PT)

Everyone including the pickleball community can do their part to help respond to this public health threat:

  • On March 16, the White House announced a program called “15 Days to Slow the Spread,” (click on the link to the full PDF) which is a nationwide effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 through the implementation of social distancing at all levels of society. Key points from the program:

    • Listen to and follow the directions of your state and local authorities

    • If you are an older person or person with a serious underlying health condition, stay home and away from people

    • Do your part to slow the spread of the coronavirus

    • Even if you are young or otherwise healthy, you are at risk and your activities can increase the risk for others

    • Avoid social gatherings

    • Avoid discretionary travel, shopping trips, and social visits

  • Older people and people with severe chronic conditions should take special precautions because they are at higher risk of developing serious COVID-19 illness.

For the latest updates and resources on the coronavirus, go to the CDC Situation Summary.

We encourage everyone to do their part to slow the spread of the coronavirus, follow the directions of your state and local authorities, avoid social gatherings, and if possible, stay home and away from people. Soon enough we will be back to playing pickleball regularly.

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Update March 17, 2020 (3:00 pm PT)

Following yesterday’s announcement suspending USAPA sanctioning through April 15, 2020, members, ambassadors, players and the pickleball community at-large seeking information on general play are encouraged to follow the recommendations and mandates of local health and government officials. In addition, the following online resources are available including, WHO Coronavirus Website, and the CDC Coronavirus Website. The International Olympic Committee has also developed specific advice for athletes, including a statement from the IOC Medical and Scientific Director, Dr. Richard Budgett. We encourage you to follow the travelpreventiontesting, and treatment recommendations of the CDC. For the CDC’s preventive measures, see the March 12 update (below).

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Update March 16, 2020 (11:30 am PT)

As USAPA continues to monitor the national emergency over the coronavirus pandemic, effective immediately USAPA is suspending USAPA sanctioning of existing pickleball tournaments through April 15, 2020. The health and safety of all is our foremost concern. The complete list of USAPA sanctioned tournaments during this period is located at the end of this statement.

 

The events listed below are owned and managed by third-party tournament organizers who have received USAPA tournament sanctioning. We are doing our best to keep communication open and current with these sanctioned tournament organizers. While the USAPA is withdrawing official sanctioning of these tournaments, the decision to postpone, cancel, or proceed with the tournaments in a “non-sanctioned mode” is determined at the discretion of the tournament director and their leadership team.

 

Despite the suspension of USAPA sanctioning, tournament directors are encouraged to follow the recommendations and mandates of local health and government officials and take the health and safety of all players and tournament personnel into consideration.  We encourage everyone to err on the side of caution and cancel or postpone their tournaments and events for at least the next 30 days. For additional information about the below tournaments and all other USAPA sanctioned tournaments, please visit www.PickleballTournaments.com

 

The next scheduled USAPA Regional Championship is the Mountain Regional, May 22-27, followed by the USA Pickleball National Indoor Championships, June 9-13. These two events, as well as all remaining Regional Championships and the National Championships in Indian Wells, CA, remain scheduled as planned. We will be closely monitoring the coronavirus situation and make sanctioning and scheduling determinations as more information on the crisis becomes available.

 

Please bookmark this page and check back regularly, the USAPA will be updating this page on our website as developments unfold: https://www.usapa.org/usa-pickleball-statement-on-the-coronavirus/

 

We appreciate your patience and understanding.

 

USAPA SANCTIONED TOURNAMENTS WITH SUSPENDED SANCTIONING

Vero Beach Championship – Vero Beach, FL: March 14 – March 17

 

Sunshine Sizzler at Kings Point – Sun City Center, FL: March 16 – March 19 (Cancelled)

 

Hilton Head Pickleball Open – Hilton Head Island, SC: March 19 – March 22 (Rescheduled – see below)

 

PicklePlex Grand Slam – Punta Gorda, FL: March 21 – March 24 (Cancelled)

 

Southern Utah Pickleball Shootout – St George, UT: March 25 – March 28 (Rescheduled – see below)

 

Orange County Spring Games – Anaheim, CA: March 27 – March 29 (Rescheduled – see below)

 

2020 Zin 2 Win at the Templeton Tennis Ranch – Templeton, CA: March 27 – March 29 (Rescheduled – see below)

 

Simi Valley Town Crown – Simi Valley, CA: March 27 – March 29 (Cancelled)

 

MS Charity – Surprise, AZ: March 27 – March 29 (Cancelled)

 

Medgroup Pickleball Tournament – Swartz Creek, MI: March 28 – March 29 (Cancelled)

 

Texas Senior Games – Universal City, TX: March 31 – April 2

 

Encanterra Pickleball Tournament – San Tan Valley, AZ: April 2 – April 5 (Cancelled)

 

2nd Annual Wickenburg Ranch Pickleball Tournament – Wickenburg, AZ: April 3 – April 5 (Rescheduled – see below)

 

South Florida Open – Plantation, FL: April 3 – April 5

 

West Coast Classic – Santa Monica, CA: April 3 – April 5 (Cancelled)

 

2nd Annual Spring Heater 2020 – Santee, CA: April 3 – April 6 (Cancelled)

 

Pinnacle Pickleball Championship – Benton, AR: April 3 – April 5 (Rescheduled – see below)

 

The 3rd Annual Aaron Gifford Pickleball Benefit Tournament – Las Cruces, NM: April 4 – April 5

 

Horseshoe Bay Resort Senior Spring Championship – Horseshoe Bay, TX: April 7 – April 9 (Rescheduled – see below)

 

Riverside Court Club Smash – Kennewick, WA: April 10 – April 11

 

USAPA SANCTIONED TOURNAMENTS – Originally Scheduled through April 15, 2020, Rescheduled with New Dates and Sanctioned

2020 Zin 2 Win at the Templeton Tennis Ranch – Templeton, CA: April 29 – May 4

 

Southern Utah Pickleball Shootout – St George, UT: May 13 – May 16

 

Horseshoe Bay Resort Senior Spring Championship – Horseshoe Bay, TX: June 3 – June 5

 

Orange County Spring Games – Anaheim, CA: August 14 – August 16

 

2nd Annual Wickenburg Ranch Pickleball Tournament – Wickenburg, AZ: October 2 – October 4

 

Pinnacle Pickleball Championship – Benton, AR: October 2 – October 4

 

Hilton Head Pickleball Open – Hilton Head Island, SC: October 22 – October 25

 

 

For all the latest updates, please visit www.PickleballTournaments.com. We will update the above listed sanctioned tournaments as information is received. Thank you once again for your patience and understanding.

 

Justin Maloof
Executive Director, USAPA

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