USAPA Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the Coronavirus
USA Pickleball’s Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the Coronavirus
Updated May 22, 2020:
What’s the USAPA’s stance on the COVID-19 situation?
On March 12, 2020 USAPA launched an official COVID-19 Statement Page regarding the situation. All official statements are found on this page.
Is it safe to play non-sanctioned or recreational pickleball?
USAPA has provided information on the safe return to play. The information does not apply for everyone as stay-at-home restrictions and mandates vary state to state. However, if you live in an area where local stay-at-home or shelter-in-place mandates have been relaxed or modified, and courts are available for play, we encourage you to take every precaution and follow these safety recommendations as well as those implemented and required by your facility or club and local, state and federal government authority.
Is my tournament canceled?
As USAPA continues to monitor the national emergency over the coronavirus pandemic, effective immediately USAPA is suspending USAPA sanctioning of existing pickleball tournaments through June 15, 2020. The health and safety of all participants, spectators and staff is our foremost concern. This is very consistent within Governmental Standards and across the sports industry landscape. We are announcing now as to allow participants and spectators time to plan accordingly, and help facility, sponsors, organizers, etc. manage the process. While we are all hoping and praying for great progress on this coronavirus well before May 14, this action is necessary now. The complete list of USAPA sanctioned tournaments during this period is located at the USAPA’s official COVID-19 Statement Page. All official statements are found on this page. All other tournaments, sanctioned or non-sanctioned, should check with their tournament director.
Will I still be able to register for the 2020 Margaritaville USA Pickleball National Championships if my qualifying tournament (regional or qualifier) is cancelled or postponed beyond 7/15/2020?
If you were already a registered and paid participant in a USAPA regional or national qualifying tournament and that tournament has been or will be cancelled or postponed due to the COVID-19 crisis, you will be able to register for the 2020 Margaritaville USA Pickleball National Championships during the open registration which will be 8/1/2020.
Will my canceled/suspended/postponed event be rescheduled?
Each tournament is owned and independently run. Regardless of USAPA sanctioning or not, it is up to the discretion of the tournament director to cancel/suspend/postpone their events. We remain in contact with the sanctioned tournament directors to update them on their sanction status as it pertains to the COVID-19 situation and their local government restrictions and mandates.
What about events coming up in the future (May, June, July, etc.)?
The USAPA recognizes the evolving and fast-changing nature of this situation and continues to monitor and evaluate conditions in order to make informed determinations about events and activities taking place beyond the current June 15, 2020 suspension of sanctioning.
Will the USAPA be refunding tournament registration fees?
Tournament registration fees are paid directly to the tournament organizers. USAPA sanctioned and non-sanctioned tournaments are owned and operated independently of USAPA. Refund policies are at the discretion of each tournament director. If your tournament is canceled or you need to cancel your registration regardless, request of a refund should be sent to the tournament director. For all USAPA sanctioned tournaments that are canceled due to COVID-19, USAPA is refunding the sanctioning fee to the tournament director or applying it to a future date if the tournament is simply postponed.
Will the 2020 Margaritaville USA Pickleball National Championships be affected by COVID-19?
Given the end-of-year timeframe, plans to hold the 2020 Margaritaville USA Pickleball National Championships in Indian Wells Oct. 31-Nov. 8 are proceeding. The tournament organizers are hard at work and looking forward to hosting this much anticipated event.