Paducah Parks & Recreation is hosting the inaugural Paddles Up Paducah Pickleball Tournament. The tournament will be located at the Dome located at 711 N. 6th Street in downtown Paducah. Tournament dates are Friday, August 23 through Sunday, August 25. Men’s Doubles will play Friday, August 23. Women’s Doubles will play Saturday, August 24. Mixed Doubles will play Sunday, August 25. Division days may change based on enrollment.
Pickleball is a fast-paced sport that combines the elements of tennis, racquetball, badminton, and ping-pong. It can be played indoors or outdoors on a court that is smaller than a tennis court using a slightly modified tennis net. Players use a paddle and a plastic ball with holes.
Early bird registration for the Paddles Up Paducah Pickleball Tournament ends on Friday, August 2. This deadline guarantees participants a t-shirt. The final deadline is set for Thursday, August 15. The cost is $25 per person. For an additional $5, the player can compete in two events. Players must be at least 16 years or older.
There are five skill levels offered to players at registration. The levels are 2.0, 2.5, 3.0, 3.5, and 4.0. The skill rating definitions are listed on the following websites: www.usapa.org and www.ifpickleball.org.
Participants are responsible for ensuring they have a partner for the event. Participants will need to provide the name of their partner when registering. Since all events are in a doubles format, both partners will need to register for each event in which they are participating. Awards will be handed out for first, second, and third place teams for each skill level in each division.
Bracket format will be double elimination or round robin based on the number of teams in each event. Teams will be notified of approximate start time prior to the tournament.
Sponsors for the Paddles Up Paducah Pickleball Tournament are the City of Paducah, Paducah Parks & Recreation, the Paducah-McCracken County Convention & Expo Center, Academy Sports + Outdoors, BFW Engineering & Testing/Marcum Engineering, Edward Jones, Purchase Realty Group, and Pickleball Passion Paducah. For more information about the Paddles Up Paducah Pickleball tournament, contact Paducah Parks & Recreation at 270-444-8508 or visit www.paducahky.gov.
Register at the Paducah Parks & Recreation office located at 1400 H.C. Mathis Drive or by calling the Paducah Parks & Recreation office at 270-444-8508. Register online here. All participants will need to fill out a Paddle Up Paducah Pickleball Tournament Registration Form/Waiver.
Round Robin bracket matches will play 1 game to 15, win by 1. Teams will switch sides when the first team reaches 8 points.
Double Elimination winner bracket matches will be Best 2 of 3 to 11, win by 2. Loser bracket matches will be 1 game to 15, win by 1, switching sides when a team reaches 8 points. The bronze medal match will be 2 out of 3 to 11, win by 2. Teams will switch sides after each game.
All games will be self-officiated.
The start of the match will be determined by coin flip. The winner of the coin flip may either serve first or defer and choose which side of the court to start on.
There will only be one timeout allowed per team, per match. Each timeout will last one minute.
Medals will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners.
It’s crucial that you arrive 30 minutes prior to the 9:30 a.m. start time to check-in at the registration desk and to pick-up your goodie bag. You must check in each day that you play.
We will go over the format of each bracket, each day before starting to make sure you and your partner understand how each bracket is being played.
There will be a practice court available to warm-up before or in between your matches.
The tournament times will be as followed:
Friday (Men’s Doubles): Arrive: 9:00 a.m. Start: 9:30 a.m.
Saturday (Women’s Doubles): Arrive 9:00 a.m. Start: 9:30 a.m.
Sunday (Mixed Doubles): Arrive: 9:00 a.m. Start: 9:30 a.m.
Please be sure that you stay HYDRATED! Make sure to bring your own bottle for hydration. We will have water, Gatorade, and small snacks for refueling such as Nutrigrain bars, Cliff bars, etc.
Restrooms will be available on-site. They will be located just outside the front entrance to the facility.
Furthermore, we ask that you would bring your own chair if you or your friends/family want to watch the tournament.
There are a couple of places to park. The first is on side of North 6th Street or on Campbell Street. There is also a grassy area off of Campbell Street around The Dome where you can park. Please try to park as straight as possible so those exiting the area can do so easily. Overflow parking will be available at the Paducah Convention & Expo Center. If you do park on North 6th Street or Campbell Street, please be sure to leave enough room for other cars to park in front and behind you. DO NOT park in the concrete area closest to the facility. This area is reserved for staff and volunteers ONLY.
Below are directions to The Dome:
From Exit 4 in Paducah: Follow Highway 60 toward downtown. You’ll turn left at North 8th Street and then take a right onto Campbell Street.
If you still haven’t filled out a registration form/waiver, please get to that Paducah Parks & Recreation ASAP before the tournament as you will not be able to participate without filling one out. Feel free to let us know if you need a copy of the form. We can e-mail one to you and you can scan and e-mail it back to us or drop it off at the Paducah Parks & Recreation office located at 1400 H.C. Mathis Drive. If you live out of town, you may bring it with you the day of. Please note, each individual will need to complete fill out a form.