From the Board

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From the Board…..

Thanks to those members who were able to attend the membership meeting at the 2018 Margaritaville USA Pickleball National Championships!  We hope that the meeting proved to be informative for you and that you were able to get some of your questions answered.  While we did not have as many in attendance as we had hoped for, we still had good, informative discussions on several topics and are hopeful that many more members will be able to join us for next year’s meeting at 2019 Nationals.  

Some of our members had questions concerning our strategic plan.  Instead of just responding to those individuals only, we thought we would share some of our initiatives for the coming year with all of you.  Below are some of the things “on our plate”.

  • Oversight of USAPA rating system

  • Membership growth

  • Definition of a Professional Pickleball Player

  • Add staff to create and oversee our recreational programs

  • Recreational Leagues and other types of recreational play opportunities

  • National Senior Games Association (NSGA) Affiliation

  • National Indoor Tournament

  • Referee Program

  • National and Regional Tournament Sponsorships

  • Continued Ambassador Recruitment and Development

  • Recognize and Create New Opportunities to continue to grow the sport

  • Junior Ambassador Program

  • Increase promotion and participation of pickleball in the school curriculums

Our strategic plan can and will be updated/amended as necessary and we are open to input from our membership.  If you have something that you feel should be considered for addition to our plan, please let us know by sending an email to membershipmeeting@usapa.org.

The payout for the Open divisions at the 2018 Margaritaville USA Pickleball National Championships totaled $75,200, the largest payout in our history and the first time the 4th place finishers were compensated!

Event

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Men’s Doubles (per team)

$4,500

$2,600

$1,500

$800

Women’s Doubles (per team)

$4,500

$2,600

$1,500

$800

Senior Men’s Doubles (per team)

$4,500

$2,600

$1,500

$800

Senior Women’s Doubles (per team)

$4,500

$2,600

$1,500

$800

Mixed Doubles (per team)

$4,500

$2,600

$1,500

$800

Senior Mixed Doubles (per team)

$4,500

$2,600

$1,500

$800

Women’s Singles

$2,250

$1,300

$750

$400

Senior Women’s Singles

$2,250

$1,300

$750

$400

Men’s Singles

$2,250

$1,300

$750

$400

Senior Men’s Singles

$2,250

$1,300

$750

$400

There’s one other point that we would like to share with the membership concerning our partnership with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which is the USAPA’s designated charity. We have donated over $70,000 to St. Jude since November 2016!

We wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! May the New Year bring you and yours all the things that your hearts desire!

USAPA Sponsors