Strategic Affiliations

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International Federation of Pickleball
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Professional Pickleball Registry
Amateur Athletic Union
Pickleballtournaments.com
American Sports Builders Assn.
California Sports Surfaces
Association of Chief Executives for Sport
Chesapeake Testing
Pickleball Magazine
National Senior Games Assn.
Super Senior International Pickleball Assn.
International Pickleball Teaching Professional Assn.

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International Federation of Pickleball

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USAPA Connection:  USAPA is the United States member of the International Federation of Pickleball (IFP), the world governing body of pickleball.  The IFP was actually established in 2010 by the USAPA to perpetuate the development and growth of the sport throughout the world.   The IFP’s goal is to introduce pickleball to all nations so that they may embrace the sport as one of their national sports, and ultimately achieve official recognition by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in order to establish pickleball as an Olympic sport. For more information about the IFP, click here.

 

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St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

SJ_vert_tag_founder_benefiting_full_color(1)Help end childhood cancer while playing one of America’s fastest growing sports! St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

USAPA Connection: In 2016, USAPA designated St. Jude as the national charity partner for the organization. As part of our support, USAPA has committed to setting goals and raising funds each year to benefit the children of St.  Jude. With your support, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food — because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. And now your team or local pickleball club can help the children of St. Jude by combining your love of the sport with easy fundraising activities.

Fundraising Ideas:

  • General member solicitation (optional donation box on membership application and co-branded solicitation letters from USAPA and St. Jude)
  • Fundraise through the USAPA National Tournament.
  • “Every Point Counts” program. Ask sponsors to donate $1 per point scored during every pickleball game. For a pledge form, click here.
  • Host a local pickleball tournament and encourage your community to donate before the event. Unveil the grand total raised for the kids of St. Jude at your tournament.

Go head-to-head and encourage each member in your local pickleball club to fundraise online. The member that raises the most donations by the deadline wins a prize (determined and provided by club). Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since it opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude won’t stop until no child dies from cancer.

Sign up today to create your free, online fundraising campaign today, and get resources to help you plan your pickleball fundraising event.

All offline donations must be made payable to “St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital” and mailed to

ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Attn: Alex Fountain
501 St. Jude Place
Memphis, TN 38105

Please include this information written on all checks:

  • Pickleball Club Name
  • Pickleball Tournament Name
  • Or Pickleball

Also include event code = FSCZ005DO18 on each check.

Questions? Reach out to the St. Jude team at 1-800-670-1821 or email challenge@stjude.org

 

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Professional Pickleball Registry

Professional Pickleball Registry (PPR), is located in Hilton Head, SC and is a subsidiary of Professional Tennis Registry (PTR), the largest global organization of tennis teaching professionals and coaches with more than 16,500 members in 125 countries.  PPR is dedicated to educating, certifying and serving pickleball pros and coaches around the world in order to grow the game.

USAPA Connection:  In 2018, USAPA and PPR entered into a multi-year agreement whereby the USAPA participates on the PPR advisory board and has direct involvement in PPR’s pickleball curriculum and program development. As part of the agreement, PPR is the Official Education and Certification Partner of USAPA. For further information of its programs and certification services, please visit www.pprpickleball.org.

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Amateur Athletic Union

The Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) is one of the largest- non-profit volunteer sports organizations in the country. As a multi-sport organization, the AAU is dedicated exclusively to the promotion and development of amateur sports programs. Founded in 1888 to establish standards and uniformity in sports, the AAU philosophy of “Sports For All, Forever” is now shared by nearly 700,000 members and 150,000 volunteers across 35 sports programs and 55 U.S. districts. The second-largest sport in the AAU, volleyball had more than 120,000 members in 2015 with more than 300 licensed AAU indoor and beach volleyball events across the nation.

USAPA Connection:  In 2018, USAPA and AAU entered into a long-term agreement help AAU implement the sport of pickleball into all 55 AAU districts and to co-brand, new recreational leagues and tournaments, designed to foster awareness and new growth opportunities for youth and adult players.  For more information, visit www.aaupickleball.org.

 

 

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Pickleballtournaments.com

Founded in 2004, PickleballTournaments.com has helped run thousands of pickleball tournaments by providing software, event management, training and consulting services to Tournament Directors around the world. PickleballTournaments.com powers the largest, most prestigious pickleball events in the world including the USAPA Nationals, US Open Pickleball Championships, the Huntsman Games, National Senior Games and hundreds more each year. Serving the needs of over 40,000 active players, and over 500 tournament directors, the company is devoted 100% to pickleball. PickleballTournaments.com operates as a division of Pickleball Station, Inc. – an affiliate company of Pickleball Central.

USAPA Connection:  In 2018, USAPA announced the launch of a new official USAPA Tournament Rating system powered by PickleballTournaments.com. The new rating system will greatly benefit pickleball tournament directors and competitive players, enhancing the sport’s growth and development. Tournament directors will soon be able to create optimally balanced brackets for all of their events, and tournament players will know their standings in a statistically modeled true rating system.  As part of the alliance, Pickleballtournaments.com is the “Official Tournament Software of USAPA”.  For complete details, click here.

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American Sports Builders Association

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ASBA is a national organization for builders, designers and suppliers of materials for tennis courts, running tracks, natural and synthetic turf fields, indoor and outdoor synthetic sports surfaces. It is recognized as a centralized source for technical information, including consumer-oriented information.

USAPA Connection:  In 2017, ASBA and USAPA co-produced and released the first edition of Pickleball Courts: A Construction & Maintenance Manual. The 108-page manual details the design, construction and maintenance of courts for pickleball. Currently, the publication is available in both print or via download for $29.95 and can be ordered by visiting www.sportsbuilders.org.

 

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California Sports Surfaces

California Sports Surfaces offer a premier variety of acrylic surface systems by DecoTurf, Plexipave, Rebound Ace, Plexitrac, Guardian Crack Repair, Premier Sports, and Premier Sports Coatings. DecoTurf, Plexipave, and Rebound Ace are known as the surfaces of the world’s most prestigious tennis tournaments. Of the four Grand Slam tournaments, two are on cushioned tennis courts. California Sports Surface takes claim to both of them.

USAPA Connection:  In 2015, USAPA and CSS developed and co-branded “PicklePave”, the world’s first and only do-it-yourself acrylic, textured surface for pickleball.  Information regarding Picklepave and outdoor courts in general click here.

 

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Association of Chief Executives for Sport

The Association of Chief Executives for Sport (ACES) is a 501(c)(6) trade association comprised exclusively of CEO’s of United States national sport governing bodies. There are over 60 members of ACES. Most of the US Olympic Committee National Governing Bodies are members of ACES.

USAPA Connection:  USAPA is officially recognized by ACES as the US national governing body for the sport of pickleball and USAPA become a member of ACES in 2014. The USAPA executive director regularly attends winter and summer conferences, participates in ACES NGB surveys and networks with fellow NGB counter parts.

 

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Chesapeake Testing

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Chesapeake Testing, located in Belcamp, Maryland, is an accredited, state-of-the-art laboratory that conducts ballistic experimentation, non-destructive testing, and personal safety equipment testing for the sports industry, including football, baseball, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, and polo.

USAPA Connection:  In 2017, Chesapeake Testing was retained by USAPA to serve as the industry’s independent test lab for paddles and balls. For further description of its services and accreditation, please visit chesapeaketesting.com.

 

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Pickleball Magazine

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USAPA Connection:  Pickleball Magazine was launched in January of 2016 by Dollard Publishing and is recognized by USAPA as the official magazine for the sport of pickleball.  The magazine is published 6 times annually and USAPA not only contributes news and information for the publication but also has editorial review of the content.  USAPA members receive free e-copies of each edition and also receive 50% off the cover price for a hard copy subscription.  The magazine has been very well received by members, industry leaders and the general public.  In fact, Pickleball Magazine can also be found nationally in all Barnes and Noble book store locations.  To view a sample copy of Pickleball Magazine and to order a a subscription click here.

 

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National Senior Games Assn.

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In 1985 in St. Louis, MO, a group of seven men and women formed the original leadership for what was initially known as the National Senior Olympics Organization (NSOO). The vision: to promote healthy lifestyles for adults through education, fitness and sport. Today, the NSGA is a 19-sport, biennial competition for men and women 50 and over, is the largest multi-sport event in the world for seniors.  NSGA Member Organizations hold annual games with qualifying competitions in the year preceding The Games. Athletes that meet specific criteria while participating in the State Senior Games qualify to participate. To date, the NSGA has held 15 summer national championships.

USAPA Connection:  USAPA has been a partner with NSGA for over 5 years; coordinating USAPA sanctioned pickleball tournaments during the 2013, 2015 and 2017 Games.  With over 900 players attending, the 2017 event was the largest the indoor tournament ever held and the largest senior only tournament (50+) to date.  USAPA and NSGA are already working on the 2019 games and look forward to yet another outstanding tournament.  For more information about the National Senior Games Association, click here.

 

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Super Senior International Pickleball Assn.

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Super Senior International Pickleball Association (SSIPA) was formed in 2016 to promote pickleball among the active senior population in the US and internationally. The SSIPA supports the Super Senior International Pickleball Tournament Circuit allowing players to compete with other players in their age group, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, and 80+.

USAPA Connection:  In 2017, USAPA and SSIPA established a formal affiliation to collectively grow the sport.  As part of this agreement, all SSIPA tournaments are USAPA-sanctioned and likewise, USAPA will encourage 60+ age groups at all USAPA Regional Tournaments by offering 60+ friendly events where possible.  For more information about the SSIPA, click here.

 

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International Pickleball Teaching Professional Assn.

Since the establishment of the IPTPA at the 2015 USAPA National Championships, the founding members have been busy not only establishing pickleball standards for the beginner through 3.5 player but also  developing the criteria to determine whether a perspective coach met those standards.  The first wave of certified instructors is meant to separate the non-pickleball coaches ie. tennis, racquetball, squash, badminton, or table tennis coach from those pickleball teaching professionals that have met the minimum standards as adopted by our board and it’s founding members.

USAPA Connection:  As the provider of coaching certification for pickleball, USAPA provides direction to those looking for teaching certification by including the IPTPA website link on the Teaching Pickleball page of our website. For information about IPTPA, click here.

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