Pickleball

Dates:  November 19-21, 2021

Event:  Pickleball – Singles, Doubles, and Mixed Doubles

2021 Venue Location:  Conway, Arkansas

5-Year Age Groups: (starting at age 40+):  40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, etc.

Note: This page was last updated Sep 3, 2021.

NEW for 2021 we will offer Skill Levels within each Age Division.

Skill Levels:  Our plans are to divide into age group (50-54, 55-59 etc)  and skill level play.

We are hopeful to split into 3 skill level divisions within each age group.

This is dependent on numbers of entries in each age group.  Players will be divided into skill divisions after registration closes.

Age/Skill doubles and mixed doubles will be determined by the higher skill player and the lower aged player as of 12/31/2021.

  • The qualifying procedures for the National Senior Games in 2022 will not change.  The qualifiers will continue to be the top four athletes in each age division in each event – Singles, Doubles and Mixed Doubles.
  • The AR state coordinator or Tournament Director has the ability to divide the skills ratings into THREE divisions or LESS (Division I, II, III).
  • If our Tournament does not have enough athletes in an age/skill division, the athlete would move up or down depending on the numbers in each group at the discretion of the Tournament Director.
    • NSGA suggests taking registrations into each Pickleball event (Singles, Doubles & Mixed Doubles); rather than registering into skill divisions within each age group.  Then AFTER registration closes, we plan to divide the registrants from each age group into skill divisions as needed.
  • During registration be sure include your rating.
  • Registrants will be divided into age group and then into skill divisions after registration closes.
  • For example (based on the number of registrants in an age group):  One age group in Men’s Doubles may need only 2 skill divisions with Division 1 consisting of 5.0, 4.5 and 4.0 rated players and Division 2 consisting of 3.5 & below rated players.  Another Men’s Doubles age group may have more registrants and need 3 skill divisions with Division 1 consisting of 5.0 and 4.5 rated players; Division 2 consisting of 4.0 and 3.5 rated players; and Division 3 consisting of 3.0 & under rated players.
  • Dividing the registrants into the skill divisions AFTER registration closes will likely help prevent a 5.0 player (who belongs in the most competitive skill division) from registering for a lower skill division because the player wants to make sure they qualify for Nationals.  State coordinators and/or tournament directors can review the number of registrants in an age group, consider player ratings, create skill divisions, place athletes in appropriate skill divisions to create competitive brackets rather than being limited by pre-determined age/skill divisions.

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CLICK HERE TO BEGIN REGISTRATION

 

LATEST NEWS: 

The 2021 Arkansas Senior Olympic Pickleball Tournament is ON!!!

This year’s event will take place in Conway, Arkansas on Nov 19-21, 2021.

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN
Click the link on this page, and on the next page click on the GREEN bar that says “Click to register for tourney” :

Entry Fee:  $50.00 and the deadline on Nov 8, 2021 at 11:59pm.

 

CLICK HERE TO BEGIN REGISTRATION

 

Friday: Men’s DOUBLES and Women’s SINGLES.
Saturday: MIXED DOUBLES.
Sunday:  Women’s DOUBLES and Men’s SINGLES.

Contact Greg Eberdt, Executive Director, if you have questions or issues.  501-321-1441

 

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NOTES:

Friday’s games are planned to start at about 8:10am.
Saturday and Sunday we plan to get started at about 8:10am.

We still need sponsors, donors and volunteers for this 2021 Pickleball tournament.
If you can help, please contact Greg @ 501-321-1441.
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 Notes: The Director reserves the right to adjust events and times of all matches, as all brackets will not be known until registration closes.

Event schedule :

Friday: Men’s DOUBLES and Women’s SINGLES.
Saturday: MIXED DOUBLES.
SundayMen’s SINGLES and Women’s DOUBLES.

NSGA Pickleball rules apply.
This 2021 event is a qualifying event for athletes to compete in the 2022 National Sr Games in Florida.   To compete in our Arkansas Pickleball Tournament all competitors must be 40 or older on Dec 31, 2021.   For Doubles events your Team’s age group is determined by the youngest person on a team.   The age to qualify for NSGA Nationals in 2022, a player must be 50 by December 31, 2021.   ALL NSGA RULES APPLY!!!

ENTRY REGULATIONS
1.  The age division of competition for Doubles and Mixed Doubles will be determined by the
younger age of the two partners.
FORMAT
1.  The skill ratings can be divided into THREE divisions (Division I, II, III) as long as each division has 4 or more teams.
2. The skill ratings per division that are possible are below.   General skill guidelines by the NSGA Nationals in 2022 are:
Division I:   5.0, 4.5
Division II:   4.0
Division III:   3.5 and below
3. If not have enough athletes in any given age/skill division, the athlete would move up or down depending on the numbers in each group at the discretion of the Tournament Director.
RULES
1. All matches will be conducted in accordance with USA Pickleball Association (USAPA)/
International Federation of Pickleball (IFP) rules found online at www.usapa.org.
USA Pickleball Association, P.O. Box 7354, Surprise AZ 85374
www.usapa.org

Entry Fee:  $40 before Aug 31, 2021, and $50 between Sep 1 and Nov 10, 2021   –  If paying by check, please make checks payable to : Arkansas Senior Olympics, and mail to PO Box 55811, Little Rock , AR 72215
No refunds once you or your team registers.

Call Greg at 501-321-1441 for more information.

Tourney Balls: Onix Fuse
Equipment: Bring Your Own Paddle
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THANK YOU to our 2021 SPONSORS and PARTNERS:

Conway Conventions and Visitors Bureau
Big Dam Bridge Foundation
Transitions Wealth Management of Little Rock
Wildbirds Unlimited of Little Rock

 

Step up today and volunteer at any of our ASO events.

Contact Greg Eberdt, Executive Director, if you have questions. 501-321-1441

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