August 11-13, 2017
Rumbling Bald Resort
Pickleball was created with one thing in mind: FUN! From recreation centers and health clubs to competitive tournaments across the country, Pickleball is the fastest growing sport of choice for many active adults, especially for tennis fans who want to transition to something a little less demanding.
Pickleball was invented in 1965, and is a racquet sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis, played as doubles or singles. Players use solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a perforated polymer ball, similar to a wiffle ball, over a net. The sport shares features of other racquet sports, the dimensions and layout of a badminton court, and a net and rules similar to tennis, with a few modifications.
The game is accessible to people of all ages and abilities, while allowing for more competitive players to challenge their endurance.
PICKLEBALL TOURNAMENT EVENT SCHEDULE
Friday, August 11th
• Open play, practice, socialize, and pick-up games
• Courts open at 4:00 PM
• Lake Lure Olympiad Opening Ceremonies begin at 7PM
Saturday, August 12th
• Men's Double: 9AM start
• Women's Double: 9AM start
Sunday, August 13th
• Mixed Doubles: 9AM start
Tournament athletes who are registered on or before Wednesday, July 26th are guaranteed a FREE Pickleball shirt. Participants who register after this date will not be able to receive a t-shirt.
Snacks and water
Snacks and water will be set up and available for tournament participants at the courts. There will also be other food and beverages available onsite at Rumbling Bald Resort.
Medals for each category
Medals will be awarded following each event tournament
$10.00 per event to enter
Team Sign Up Deadlines
Final deadline is August 1, 2017
Number of registrants will determine format, Round Robin, or Double Elimination. Number of registrants will also determine any need to combine age/skill levels.
Cancellation deadline is on or before August 1, 2017
No refunds due to inclement weather over event 3-day weekend
Fees paid will be considered a donation to the Lake Lure Olympiad Beneficiaries
Minimum age of player is 14 years old
Non Sanctioned event
For more information on Pickleball visit USAPA.org
How to Play:
In Pickleball, serves are underhanded and paddles are swung as to make contact with the ball below the waist, but without bouncing the ball. The ball is served diagonally following a two-bounce rule where it must bounce in the receiving court and the return of serve must bounce anywhere on the playing surface before a volley can be struck.
Additionally, there is an area near the net called the "No Volley Zone" wherein a player can hit the ball only after it has bounced. Points are scored by the serving side only and occur when the opponent faults. The server continues to serve, alternating service courts until the server team faults. The game is played to 11 points.
Tournament Contact: Michele Puchala