One of the most fun pickleball events of the year is coming this next week. The St. Jude National Indoor Classic tournament is coming to LakePoint Champions Center in Cartersville, Georgia from May 22nd through May 24th.
And this tournament is special. The USAPA has put together this great event with one and only one thought in mind. LET’S RAISE MONEY FOR ST. JUDE.
They’ve even gone so far as to give every penny of the entry fees to St. Jude. And you got to decide how much to pay for your entry fee when you registered to play. Just awesome. Can’t wait to play this one.
BUT WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!!!
Fortunately I’ve landed a great partner to play with in this one. The one and only Jack Thomas will be there to carry our team and we’ve come up with an idea to help us raise some additional funds for St. Jude.
Jack named it EVERY POINT COUNTS, and I am humbly asking you to sponsor me or my partner Jack with a donation for every point we score during our Men’s Doubles 50+ 5.0 Event. Currently there are 5 teams entered in our division so I don’t know if we’ll play a round robin or 2 and out.
Also, Pickleball Rocks Team member Stephanie Lane will be playing this weekend in the first ever tournament in Atlanta. If you don’t like Jack or me, PLEASE support Stephanie with a pledge for every point she scores in her Open Pro Mixed event. Be careful as you choose your per point amount since she is REALLY good. 🙂
So the bottom line is, we’re asking you to make a pledge where we will multiply it times every point we score.
And trust me, we will all be doing our very best.
TO MAKE A SPONSORSHIP PLEDGE FOR JACK OR STEPHANIE OR ROCKET, CLICK ON THE SPONSORSHIP SHEET. It will take you to a page where you can make your pledge. You do not pay anything until after the tournament, when we will contact you with our results.
Cannot thank you enough for helping us help St. Jude’s. God Bless You. -Rocket
We enjoyed being at the 2017 US Open Pickleball Championships and we certainly enjoyed sending out daily updates from the blog. While we did our best to give you a feel for what it is like to attend this wonderful event, nobody captures pickleball like Pickleball Channel. Hopefully you are already subscribed to their Pickleball Channel YouTube Channel since they will be releasing a ton of great coverage from the US Open and other top level tournaments throughout the year.
Here are a few of Pickleball Channel’s recent releases from Naples. Enjoy!
Awesome Doubles Highlights From The US Open – Click Here
More Highlights from the US Open – CLICK HERE
Be sure to follow the Pickleball Channel at www.PickleballChannel.com
The Pickleball Rocks Team
We’ve waited for this day all week and it did not disappoint. All three pro brackets ended up with great matchups and super high level pickleball.
But, before the final gold medal pro matches, there was plenty of action from the 2.5, 3.0 and 3.5 mixed divisions as they navigated some really big bracket on their way to US Open medals and the Mixed Pro players battled for their spot in tonight’s CBS Sports Network’s recorded upcoming broadcast, May 19th and 26th.
Little did I know I was photographing both teams (Simone and Oliver plus Matt and Lucy) who would be competing for Gold tonight.
Equally fun to watch was the Junior Boys competition, where I saw the future of pickleball growing right before my eyes. Our sport is going to be just fine.
Spent a little time on the Championship Court watching what may have been the most entertaining match of the day as Daniel Moore and Sarah Ansboury had an epic three game bronze medal battle with a couple of relatively new faces on the pro scene in Joey Farias and Catherine Paranteau. Wow, great point after great point until Daniel and Sarah walked away the winners, 11-9, 8-11, 13-11.
An interesting observation as this foursome warmed up for the match was the fact that all four players were representing different paddle companies. In the picture below, you’ll see Catherine with a Pro-Lite Supernova, Joey with an Engage Encore, Daniel with a Paddletek Tempest Wave and Sarah with one of Head’s new paddle offerings, the XTREME. Interesting time to be in the paddle business.
SUNDAY POST TOURNAMENT UPDATE:
Mixed Doubles Gold Medal Match: Simone Jardim and Oliver Strecker 11-4, 11-8
Women’s Doubles Gold Medal Match: Simone Jardim and Corrine Carr-Siebenschein 11-5, 11-2
Men’s Doubles Gold Medal Match: Dave Weinbach and Kyle Yates 11-5, 11-9
So, it has been a great experience. The US Open team did a great job of pulling together a first class event.
It will be interesting to see what type of feedback they get when they send out their post tournament survey. There were certainly things that players did not care for in the tournament part of the event, such as many matches not having referees, when most players outside of Florida are accustomed to having a referee for each match. Also, I asked players all week, and I found ONE, yes ONE player who actually liked the format of play where if you lose in the winners bracket, you now cannot come back and win Silver or Gold. Most people claimed it just didn’t feel like pickleball because we are so accustomed to 40% of Gold medal winners coming back to force the dramatic final game to 15 to win gold.
Overall the US Open is an event that everyone should put on their pickleball bucket list at least once. Lot’s of fun and lots of friends all together for a week. What could be greater.
We certainly want to thank everyone who stopped by the Pickleball Rocks booth this week. You were the reason we came and we are grateful. Now it’s off to Yonah, Georgia and Philadelphia tournaments to play and teach some clinics next. Look forward to seeing all of you on the pickleball trail again soon.