By David Markham
Aug. 12 is the registration deadline for JCPRD’s 8th Annual Regional Pickleball Tournament at the New Century Fieldhouse, which will take place over three days in late August.
“This is a great option for an indoor tournament in the heat of August,” said Tournament Director Mallory Ozier. “It will feature 12 pickleball courts, a fun Friday social, two days of play, hospitality room, and a lifetime of memories. We would love to see at least 60 players. It’s a fun, competitive environment and welcoming for families to attend and watch.”
This Regional Pickleball Tournament will take place Aug. 26 through 28. The event includes Friday fun with dinner, practice play, and good company. Tournament play will take place on Saturday and Sunday, including divisions for both mixed and men’s and women’s doubles. The cost for this three-day event is $47 per person for both gender and missed doubles, and includes entry fees, dinner on Friday, a hospitality room, and awards for first, second, and third places in each division. The price increases to $52 per person after Aug. 5.
Participants can begin registration by completing the form, but registrations are not considered complete until a member from JCPRD has contacted the player for confirmation and payment. Please do not submit credit card payment information via mail, email or voicemail. Charge payments are accepted Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 913-826-2830.
Pickleball is a cross between tennis, badminton, and table tennis played on a court with two players per side who use a wiffle ball and paddles. New Century Fieldhouse is located at 551 New Century Parkway, near Gardner.
A big change for this year’s event is that it has been designated as a tournament for ages 50 and older only.
“This event has changed a few times, but this year we moved it to a 50 plus only tournament,” Ozier said. “We’re hoping to reach a different crowd and stand out as one of the biggest and best 50 plus tournaments in the area next to the Kansas Senior Games in Topeka. Through past surveys and player feedback, this was always a topic for discussion. A lot of our longtime players wanted to play with people in their age divisions. Since it’s a 50 Plus sponsored event, we wanted to listen to our participants and give them the event they truly wanted. We’re hoping to keep growing in the years to come.”
In the past, players have traveled from as far as Florida to participate in this tournament, but it typically draws from Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Iowa, and sometimes Nebraska.
Attendance by spectators is also encouraged.
“Athletes love when family members and friends come out to watch, especially when they’re winning,” Ozier said.
For questions about this event, contact the tournament director at [email protected] or at 913-826-2832.
“We’ve got a lot of great feedback over the years about how well-organized and fun this tournament is,” Ozier said. “We’ve been doing it for several years with many of the same staff, and we’re a well-oiled machine at this point. Participants enjoy that it’s a local tournament, with great competition, and friendly environment.”