Here we go!

The start of the Columbia River Pickleball Club for the greater Vancouver – Portland area.

About a week ago, we had a meeting where we decided to form an official club.  In future posts I will go into greater detail about the club, but right now I am excited to post information about an event in Beaverton.

Over the last month, Mike Wolfe has organized a mini-tournament on Wednesday  nights at Marshall Elementary in Vancouver, WA.  Participation from McMinnville, Vancouver, Tigard, and even Washougal weekly has led to the evolution to a larger mini-tournament.  This is purely for bragging rights and lots of fun…for 42 players.

Here are the details…

When:  March 24, 2012 Saturday arrive by 8:30am – Blind Draw at 8:45 – play 9am to noonish

Where:  Tualatin Hills Sports Complex, 50 Northwest 158th Avenue, Beaverton, OR 97006

Why:  Fun mixer – Introduce the Columbia River Pickleball Club

Who:  The first 42 people to email: columbiariverpickleballclub@gmail.com

DEADLINE 03/21/2012 (check club website for availability)

What:  ONLY $5 PER PLAYER (district boundaries do not matter, passes do not work)

3 Divisions: Fun – Intermediate – Serious.  (7 doubles teams in each)

Each team will play 6 games of 11 points (win by 1) – switch sides at 6

Each player will be slotted into a bracket based upon entry.  (To be determined by the tournament directors)

COSOM balls will be used.

No timeouts.

Depending upon the number of entrants, events may be modified.

Non-playing teams will referee as assigned on score sheet.

Serving team and serving side is pre-assigned on score sheet.

Winners are decided in order by:  Win/Loss Record, head-to-head, total points.

Any necessary decisions or changes will be made by the tournament directors

All rules not covered in the above will follow USAPA rules and guidelines.

Thank You from the tournament directors –

Steve Parento, Jim Cessna, & Mike Hoxie