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Sep 3, 2013 4:57 PM by Jordan Mason

Pickleball tournament is this weekend at Monument Valley Park

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO: People of all ages and from different parts of the country will converge at Monument Valley Park September 6-8 for Colorado's only nationally sanctioned pickleball tournament.


According to Steve and Ramona Boone, Great Plains District Directors for the USA Pickleball Association (USAPA), more than 150 players are registered for the tournament and players will be coming into the region from more than twelve different states and Mexico.


"It's obvious by last year's enthusiastic response by both players and sponsors that Colorado Springs has the potential to become a world-class pickleball venue because of our central location, beautiful setting, and inviting climate." The Boones added that Colorado Springs Park and Recreation Department has been extremely helpful in supporting pickleball, one of the fastest growing sports in the country, by establishing six pickleball courts at Monument Valley Park.


Mens and Womens Doubles for age sixty-five years and older begins Friday, September 6, at 8am. Mixed doubles will begin at 8am on Saturday, September 7. Mens and Womens Doubles for age sixty-four and younger begins Sunday, September 8 at 8am. The public is invited to watch the tournament free of charge. There will be food trucks, silent auctions and raffles.


Six gold level sponsors have donated $500 each for naming rights to each of the six pickleball courts at the Tournament, including Dr. Todd Pickle, American Gallery Furniture and Humana.
Pickleball, played on a badminton-sized court (indoor or outdoor) with the net lowered to 34 inches at the center, requires a perforated plastic ball similar to a wiffle ball and a flat-surfaced wood, composite, or graphite paddle about twice the size of a ping-pong paddle. For more information about pickleball and other tournaments across the country go to: http://www.usapa.org/.

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