The USAPA/IFP Rulebook and Referee Handbook have been updated, reorganized and reissued to reflect the 2018 rules and officiating best practices, which go into effect January 31, 2018. There are noteworthy changes in both documents that players, referees and line judges will be expected to know and begin applying January 31, 2018. To facilitate that requirement, a Central Arizona training/update session is scheduled for:
Saturday, January 27, 2018
9:00 a.m. – Noon in the Happy Trails Resort Ballroom
17200 W. Bell Rd., Surprise, Ariz.
This three-hour session is designed to bring up to speed certified referees, non-certified refs who referee on a regular basis, want-to-be referees and anyone interested in learning how the new 2018 Rulebook affects pickleball tournament officiating. The session also satisfies the training prerequisite for applying to become a certified referee.
ALL certified referees and anyone who referees on a regular basis are strongly encouraged to attend. Beginning with the Sun City Marinette SSIPA event – January 30 – February 1 – players and referees will be required to follow the 2018 rulebook and officiating best practices.
In the afternoon, following lunch, which can be purchased at the on-site Chuckwagon cafeteria-style restaurant, non-certified referees will have the opportunity to stay and referee matches at the Happy Trails courts under the mentoring eye of certified referees. The practice opportunity will be open to those who ref on a regular basis, those who want to qualify to start the certification process and other attendees who just want to referee using the new rules.
Please share this vital learning opportunity with your constituents and ask area club representatives (that may be you) to post the attached flyer at club play locations.
To attend the session, please RSVP to Lynn & Linda Laymon at:
using the subject “Ref Session”
Note: You may not yet have received the 2018 Rulebook or Referee Handbook, but "soon to come".e your paragraph her
It looks like we will be able to start playing at Arrowhead Meadows Park in Chandler. Please refer to this address for GPS directions. 1475 W Erie St, Chandler, AZ 85224
Basic crossroads are Dobson and Chandler Blvd.
If the weather cooperates we will have a Grand Opening at noon on Feb 2nd (Next Friday) and play set for everyday.
Starting Feb 3rd, the courts are open all day every day 7am to 10:30pm
We anticipate common play times from 8am to noon and 4pm to 8pm,
These are public courts and as a result are open to everyone and anyone, there will be a NO RESERVATION policy.
We also recommend rotation of 4 on/4 off entering the courts from the west gate and exiting from the northeast or southeast gates.
Please be courteous to other players and their skill levels...expect the courts to be 100% recreational, No Classes, No Clinics, No Tournaments unless authorized by the city.
I have posted additional information at: https://www.meetup.com/PhoenixAreaPickleball/ and at https://www.meetup.com/ChandlerPickleball
Please contact be if you have any questions.
Updates about Pecos Park Courts will be in another email within a few days as we have started plans for that Grand Opening which is expected in mid April.
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The Arrowhead Pickleball Court Construction is underway, more information can be seen at
We will have an opening day ceremony upon court completion, mid January and hope to have prizes and a raffle for items.
The courts will be open and free to the public, no reservation needed.
We expect a large turnout and hope you are a part of it.
Courts, once complete, will be open 7am until 10:30pm, yes they will be lighted courts.
We will also list common play times, but anyone can come and play anytime.
You are also invited to join a new meetup group specifically for the Chandler Courts at Chandler Pickleball MeetupPlease let us know if you have any questions.
Would you like to know more about pickleball? Here are 3 useful resources to bookmark on your computer:
www.pickleballchannel.com/subscribe You will receive FREE videos online with a variety of tips for playing pickleball.
www.usapa.org. This is a super source of all kinds of news and info about pickleball. If you choose to join the USA Pickleball Assoication....USAPA....you will receive a monthly newsletter with many useful tips and more. And, YES, this is a .org, not .com
www.pickleballtournaments.com. Have you been thinking about playing in a tournament, but you do not know where they are? This is the best source of info I have found. There are tournaments in many states. They are fun, yet challenging. Some are by skill level beginning with 2.5-3.0, yet going up to 5.0 . Others are by age, meaning the youngest player on your team and their age as of December 31st of that year. Some tournaments are using a combination of age and skill level to determine the bracket you play.
Registration is now open to play in a nearby tournament. It is the Encanterra Tournament in San Tan Valley running from March 30 through April 1st. Tournaments take only one day per event. The events are women's doubles, men's doubles, and mixed doubles. This tournament is for any senior, age 50 and older. The skill levels offered includes 3.0, 3.5, and 4.0. There are 3 Trilogy teams already entered and I hope more will give this a try. If you are wondering about your skill level, please ask me or Terry Kelly to assist you. And finally, register soon because many tournaments fill before the registration deadline.
If you would like some tips for playing in a tournament, you are welcome to call me at 480-988-0363 or 303-740-9643.
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