2019 Participation Requirements and Pre Reg. Opportunities

2019 Participation Requirements & Pre-Registration Opportunities for the USA Pickleball National Championships


2019 Participation Requirements:

To participate in the 2019 USAPA National Championships at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, all participants must:

  • Participate in a USAPA Regional Tournament or a Tier 2 or higher USAPA sanctioned event between July 15, 2018, and July 15, 2019 (click here for the list of qualifying tournaments). While players can earn pre-registration status by winning a gold medal (skill/age) or gold/silver/bronze (Open/Sr. Open), the USAPA National Championships DO NOT count as a qualifier for upcoming USAPA National Championships. All players MUST play in at least one of the 2018-2019 qualifying tournaments in order to be eligible for the 2019 National Championships.
  • Open event entrants must have a minimum of a 5.0 USAPA Tournament Player Rating (UTPR) by July 31, 2019. Events may open up to 4.5 UTPR rated players, depending on participation levels in each event.


2019 Pre-Registration Opportunities:

Pre-registration is available to the following:

    • All Medalists from the 2018 USAPA National Championship Open & Sr. Open.
    • All Gold Medalists in any age/skill event from the 2018 USAPA National Championships.
    • All Gold Medalists in a Tier 1 USAPA Sanctioned Tournament between July 15, 2018, and July 15, 2019.
    • All Gold Medalists at any USAPA Regional Event held between July 15, 2018, and July 15, 2019.  In the event that brackets are combined, medals may be issued to category winners but pre-registration opportunities for 2019 Nationals are only to the combined bracket winners*.


*It has recently come to the attention of the USAPA that in some instances, tournament information posted on pickleballtournaments.com by some Tournament Directors for individual USAPA Regional Tournaments did not fully explain the details of how to earn a pre-registration opportunity for 2019 National Championships. Since the clarification regarding combined events was not posted to the Nationals website until mid August, we want to honor what was communicated to our members on the individual tournament postings where the tournament registration occurred prior to the clarification posting on August 15. In order for this offer to be valid:

  1. The USAPA Regional must have been held between July 15, 2018 and December 31, 2018. 
  2. You must have registered for the USAPA Regional Tournament prior to August 15, 2018.
  3. You must have received a gold medal in an event that that was combined into a larger bracket or would have been the gold medalist in the event if it had not been combined. 

If all of the above is true, we will honor the pre-registration entry for the 2019 Margaritaville USA Pickleball National Championships. In order to accept this offer, you must send an email  request to NationalTournament@usapa.org by December 31, 2018.

It is always the goal of the USAPA to honor our word to our membership and to do our best to offer a positive and fun tournament experience at each of our Regional and National Tournaments.


For More Details and Information, see the FAQ page on the 2019 Margaritaville USA Pickleball National Championships website.


Registration Notes

  • Players with pre-registration invitations will be limited to one event of the same type per Gold Medal. For example, if a player wins a Gold at the Great Lakes Regional in ladies doubles, that player will receive a pre-registration opportunity for ladies doubles (Note: it doesn’t have to be the same skill).
  • Players with pre-registration invitations must meet the participation requirements listed in ‘Tournament Details’ above.
  • Players with pre-registration entry will receive an invitation on July 15 and must accept and register by July 25.
  • Partners of players with pre-registration opportunities who have not met participation criteria may not pre-register.
  • Players regardless of the event used to qualify must register at his/her current rating on the day registration opens.
  • For Events that reach maximum capacity, players that register without a partner will have until Aug. 7 to add a partner.
  • With the lottery system in effect, players are to have paid and be registered with paid partners by 8/7/2019.  Registration will be open from 8/1 – 8/7 and then a lottery will be drawn 8/8 with players being notified by 8/22 if they are in the tournament. Any spots left after the lottery will be given priority based on being registered and paid with a registered and paid partner.

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