NEXT CHAMPIONSHIPS
April 23 – April 30, 2017 in Naples, Florida

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ATHLETE'S GUIDE

GENERAL INFORMATION

REGISTRATION

Registration will take place at PickleballTournaments.com on October 1st, Please register early as events will fill quickly.

CHECK IN

Athletes may check in as early as Saturday, April 22nd, to receive their credential and player souvenir bag. All athletes must also check in each day they are playing.

WATER / FOOD

Water will be provided for athletes at each Pod. Food will be available each day for all athletes and spectators to purchase.

CREDENTIALS

ALL Credentials will be purchased on PickleballTournaments.com after October 1st. You must purchase a credential to register in the US Open. There is also a fee for each event entered.

* Pro/Senior Pro upgrade (7 days of free access to the VIP Lounge): Pro VIP Credential
* All Pro/Senior Pro 2017 US Open Gold medal winners will receive a complimentary upgrade to the Pro VIP Credential

VIP EXPERIENCE

REFEREES

We will be introducing the new US Open Referee Program. All medal matches and Pro/Senior Pro matches will have refs. Fo all other matches, referees will be assigned based on availability. It is possible that some matches throughout the event will not have a designated referee. (ALL medal matches and all Pro and Senior Pro matches will have referees.)

ZING ZANG CHAMPIONSHIP COURT ACCESS

Your player credential will give you access to the Zing Zang Championship Court. General seating is available on a first come first serve basis. Credentials are not transferable. Tickets will be sold at the door throughout the event.

EVENTS / FORMATS

ALL events will be run as double elimination with a consolation bracket. The consolation bracket will play for the bronze medal. The winner’s bracket will play for the gold and silver medals.

You must enter events according to your current USAPA ranking. Your age is determined by the age you will be as of 12/31/17

PRO / SENIOR PRO DOUBLES

(Prize money awarded): MEN’S, WOMEN’S, MIXED

PRO / SENIOR PRO SINGLES

(Prize money awarded): MEN’S, WOMEN’S

* ALL players signed up for a Pro credential will be able to upgrade their credential to receive FREE access to the VIP tent throughout the week. Credentials will not be allowed to be transferred. Transferring of your credential will result in having your credential suspended for the remainder of the tournament.
* There will not be a qualifying round.

AGE DOUBLES

MEN’S, WOMEN’S, MIXED

JUNIOR DOUBLES

(18 and under) BOYS, GIRLS, MIXED

SKILL DOUBLES

MEN’S, WOMEN’S, MIXED 2.5 – 5.0 Events
* Each skill event is divided by age brackets: 49 and under, and 50+.
* Designated Pro players are not allowed to play in the Skill events (A Designated Pro player is a player who qualified for any Pro event at the 2016 US Open OR won a medal at the 2016 Tournament of Champions. * NOTE: If necessary, brackets will be combined according to skill levels. Medals will ONLY be awarded to the finalists of the combined events.

SKILL SINGLES

MEN’S, WOMEN’S
* Each skill event is divided by age brackets: 49 and under and 50 - 64. Straight age divisions will be played for 65+, 70+, 75+, 80+, 85+, 90+

PRACTICE COURTS AND OPEN PLAY

Courts will be available throughout the majority of the event for practice and open play.