Willingboro Pickleball Spring Classic

Willingboro Pickleball Spring Classic

Event Details and Tournament Schedule

Proceeds from the Willingboro Pickleball Spring Classic 2019 benefits Goals Start Now, a 501c3 Health and Wellness non-profit organization. Your contribution will allow Goals Start Now to expand our pickleball community by purchasing equipment, maintaining current courts, lining of new courts and the addition of pickleball programs for youths, adults and seniors.

Kennedy Center
429 John F. Kennedy Way
Willingboro, NJ 08046

This is a Non-Sanctioned, Indoor Doubles Recreational Tournament. Our goal is to make this a competitive and fun tournament for everyone. All clubs and players are welcomed! You do not need to be a USAPA member to play in this tournament.

Open to adults age 18+ with skill levels of 2.5 to 4.0 for Mixed Doubles and Doubles.

2.5 - Advanced Beginner
3.0 - Intermediate
3.5 - Advanced Intermediate
4.0 - Advanced

Youth Open Doubles Tournament for kids 10 to 17yrs of age.

Tournament will be a round-robin with of minimum of 4 games and a max up to 7

Matches will be played to 15 points (win by 1). Gold Medal Game will be played to 21 (win by 2) for the top two teams in each adult division.

USAPA Approved Photon Indoor Balls provided by our official ball sponsor Gamma Sports

10 Indoor Wood Floor Courts

Tournament T-Shirts for all participants.

Door Prizes provided by Everyone's Racquet

All players to receive a speciality gift provided by Pickleball Central

1st and 2nd Place Medals for each Adult Division.

Free Passes given to the Mixed-Doubles Medalists for entry into the Men's and Women's Saturday or Sunday Doubles.

1st Place Gold Medal for Youth Team Champion.

Free Food and Beverages will be served!

Registration Fees

Adult Team Registration $65 (Please include your teammate name when registering)

Adult Individual Registration $35 (Will be paired with a partner)

Youth Team Registration $40 (Please include teammate name when registering)

Youth Individual Registration $25 (Will be paired with a partner)

Registration Deadline is March 23, 2019 (Unless Tournament reaches capacity prior to deadline)

Tournament Schedule

Friday, March 29, 2019 @ 6:30 pm – Mixed Doubles for teams of 2.5 & 3.0’s
Friday, March 29, 2019 @ 6:30 pm – Mixed Doubles for teams of 3.5 & 4.0’s

Saturday, March 30, 2019 @ 9:00 am - Youth Tournament (10 to 17 yrs of age)

Saturday, March 30, 2019 @ 1:30 pm – 2.5 to 3.0 Women’s Doubles
Saturday, March 30, 2019 @ 1:30 pm – 2.5 to 3.0 Men’s Doubles

Sunday, March 31, 2019 @ 9:00 am – 3.5 to 4.0 Women’s Doubles
Sunday, March 31, 2019 @ 9:00 am – 3.5 to 4.0 Men’s Doubles

Tournament Director reserves the right to combine skill levels and/or change the format if required

This is an Unsanctioned Tournament. For competitive purposes, please rate your skill level honestly.

Pickleball Player Skill Ratings (2.5 to 4.0)

Skill Level 2.5

Able to serve “in” fairly consistently
Knows the 'two bounce rule' (i.e. each team must play their first shot off the bounce) and demonstrates it most times
Knows where to stand on the court during serve, serve receive and general play
Aware of the soft game and occasionally tries to dink
Working on form for ground strokes, accuracy is variable
Makes longer lasting slow-paced rallies
Sometimes lobs with forehand with varying degrees of success
Beginning to approach the non-volley zone to hit volleys
Court coverage is weak but is improving
Knows fundamental rules and can keep score

Skill Level 3.0

Working to keep the serve and serve receive deep
Moves quickly towards the non-volley zone when opportunity is there
More aware of their partner’s position on the court and moving more as a team
Developing more power in shots
Beginning to attempt lobs and dinks with little success and doesn’t fully understand when and why they should be used
Demonstrates improved skills with all the basic shot strokes and shot placement but lacks control when trying for direction, depth or power on shots

Skill Level 3.5

Demonstrates a broad knowledge of the rules of the game
Gets high majority of serves “in”
Able to serve and return serve deep
Hits to the weak side of opponent often
Demonstrates more strategies of playing during games
Works better with partners in communicating, covering court, moving to net
With varying consistency executes: lobs, forehand/backhand ground strokes, overheads, net volleys, and sustained dinking
Starting to use drop shots in order to get to the net
Knows when to make some specific placed shots in the game
Working on mixing up soft shots with power shots to create an advantage
Hits fewer balls out of bounds or in the net
Dinks mostly in opponents' kitchen and dinks lower over the net
Able to sustain dinking in the game
Has a moderate number of unforced errors

Skill Level 4.0

Has good mobility, quickness, and hand-eye coordination
Knows when to use and can accurately place lobs
Creates coverage gaps and then consistently hits into these gaps
Play quite consistently in all phases of the game
Anticipates opponents’ shots resulting in good court position
Primarily plays offensively
Controls, places, serves and return of serves to best advantage
Puts strategy into play in the game
Consistently varies shots to create a competitive advantage
Works and moves well with partner – easily switches court positions when required
Very comfortable playing at the non-volley zone. Works with partner to control the line, keeping opponents back and driving them off line
Can block volleys directed at them
Has good footwork and moves laterally, backward and forward with ease
Uses strategy in dinking to get a put-away shot
Consistently executes effective drop shots
Demonstrates 3rd shot strategies: drop shot, lobs and fast paced ground strokes
Hits a low number of unforced errors

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