The USA Pickleball National Championships is widely regarded as the “crown jewel” of pickleball tournaments. With a setting at the world-renowned Indian Wells Tennis Garden, the USA Pickleball National Championships is certainly a “must play” for all pickleball tournament players.
Pickleball players from across the world descend upon Indian Wells, California, just outside Palm Springs, California, for a weeklong pickleball tournament featuring the best of the best from the United States, Canada, and dozens of other countries around the world. These pickleball players, which range from 3.0 to 6.0+ skill level, play their best pickleball on beautiful dark green and dark purple pickleball courts at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden complex. Lined with palm trees, sunshine, and with a beautiful desert mountain backdrop, it is certainly a getaway for pickleball players, fans, and addicts, especially in the month of November—when the tournament is typically held.
There are a ton of questions around qualification and registration for the USA Pickleball National Championships—especially after the COVID-19 pandemic cancelled the 2020 USA Pickleball National Championships, causing “golden tickets” to carry over into the 2021 USA Pickleball National Championships. So, how do you get there? How do you qualify and register for the 2021 USA Pickleball National Championships? This pickleball blog endeavors to make some sense of it.
To play in the 2021 USA Pickleball National Championships, you must meet both the “Participation Requirement” and the “Registration Requirement” described below:
To meet the Participation Requirement, you must play in one of the following pickleball tournaments between July 15, 2019 and July 15, 2021:
To note, however, if you were registered to play in any of these pickleball tournaments and, due to the COVID-19 pandemic or inclement weather, your event was cancelled, then, despite not playing, you would still meet the Participation Requirement.
To meet the Registration Requirement, you must complete all of the steps for Pre-Registration or for the Lottery for each event that you desire to participate in:
Pre-registration requires both “earning” pre-registration and registering for the 2021 USA Pickleball National Championships by July 25, 2021:
For all pro pickleball players and aspiring pro pickleball players, please note that you must have at least a minimum of a 5.5 USA Pickleball Tournament Player Rating (UTPR) by July 15, 2021, in order to register for an Open event. Based on the amount of participation, you may be able to enter an Open event with a UTPR of 5.0 or better. Likewise, for senior pro pickleball players, please note that you must have at least a minimum of a 5.0 USA Pickleball Tournament Player Rating (UTPR) by July 15, 2021, in order to register for a Sr. Open event. Based on the amount of participation, you may be able to enter a Sr. Open event with a UTPR of 4.5 or better.
For all other pickleball players, please note that your UTPR for the 2021 USA Pickleball National Championships is based on your UTPR at the time that you register for the pickleball tournament.
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If you have not met the Participation Requirement or the Registration Requirement for the 2021 USA Pickleball National Championships, there is still time left! Also, if you have met the Participation Requirement, but you are trying to avoid the lottery and get guaranteed entry, look for a partner that has pre-registration who can pull you into a guaranteed spot. And, if this year is not your year (because of a bad day or unlucky lottery draw), there is always next year.
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Life lessons come from all places – even unexpected places, like the pickleball court.
If you’re anything like me, you have probably learned a lot about yourself and about life on the pickleball court (plus, you have had a ton of fun!). In this new Pickler pickleball blog series, I will share some of the most important lessons that I have learned through playing pickleball.
Now, let’s dive right in to pickleball lesson #1…