June 13, 2021


In this week's blast:


  • When/Where: 27-29 August 2021, Bear Creek Regional Park, Colorado Springs, CO.  REGISTRATION OPENS 21 JUN!
  • This will be the first pickleball tournament to be ever played at the brand new Bear Creek Regional Park pickleball facility!
  • Divisions: Men’s Doubles, Women’s Doubles, and Mixed Doubles 19-54 & 55+; Age Groups: 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, & 4.5; Medals for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places in each Division and Age Group!
  • Free t-shirt and goodie bag to all participants
  • There will be a raffle for all participants to win valuable and exciting prizes to include paddles, hoodies, gift certificates, and more!
  • There will be a Players Social on 27 Aug @ 6:30pm at Lulu’s Downstairs owned by one of our own local pickleball players
  • VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!  Please call or text Tournament Director, Jose Reveteriano at 307-631-3158 to sign up to volunteer in one of our many fun and delightful committees!!!

See all the details at www.r2sports.com/website/register.asp?TID=37755 and see the event flyer.


After consulting with PRCS on current health guidelines, we are resuming Open Play at Monument Valley Park.  Below are descriptions of both Open Play and Paddle Up systems so please read both.  If you have any questions, please submit them to info@pikespeakpickleball.com.


  • Open play, sometimes called a “Challenge System” is ONLY in effect from 8:00 – noon every day.
  • Open play gives players that do not come to the courts with a foursome, the opportunity to play in with players already on the court.
  • 1, 2 or 3 players wait at a court that has players of like ability already playing. When that game ends, the players waiting can play with whatever number of current players are required to make a foursome.  The current players may stipulate that it is only for one game, whomever wins stays on the court, etc.
  • Please welcome the waiting players onto your court during Open Play hours. If you are in a foursome and do not want to split up, you can play after 12 noon. After Open Play hours, foursomes may stay together and not have others play in. This is helpful when people are practicing for tournaments.
  • Before a player(s) decides on the court they want to play into, OBSERVE THE SKILL LEVEL OF THE PLAYERS ON THE COURT TO SEE IF IT MATCHES YOUR SKILL LEVEL.  If it does not match, please keep looking or find enough players to make your own foursome.
  • After 12 noon, players that come to the courts that do not have a foursome may request to play in but there is no guarantee. You need to talk with the players on the court and request to play in.


  • The Paddle Up system is used whenever all courts are in use and players are waiting.  This can occur during Open Play hours and any other time that the courts are open.
  • When all courts are in use, players should put their paddles in the trough on the west side fence - 4 paddles for playing doubles, 2 for singles.  
  • Players on the courts play one game to 11, win by 2, then give up their court to the first group waiting (first 4 paddles in the trough).
  • When the paddle up system is in effect, the only activity on the courts is playing doubles or singles games.  No lessons or drilling are allowed, except for permitted instructors on the Instructor Court.  If someone is drilling, be courteous and ask if they are aware that the Paddle Up system is in effect.  If they were not, give them the option of playing a game and then relinquishing the court.


  • Open Play is only from 8:00-noon every day.  Players should be welcomed to play into a current foursome during those hours.  After 12 noon, a foursome may stay together so players need to ask if they can play in.
  • The Paddle Up system may go into effect any time the courts are open for use.  Only doubles or singles games may be played during that time. 

PPPA Board of Directors

Please Click the Balloon!


YOUR PPPA VOLUNTEER SUPPORT IS NEEDED.  The 12 Bear Creek pickleball courts are nearing completion and are scheduled for their official dedication on June 26th by the El Paso County Parks Department and our Association.  This culminates 31 months of planning, coordination, venue design, fundraising, and construction. The final surface finish coating is curing and soon ready for the nets to be installed. 

However, before the nets go in, our Association is responsible for the installation of the safety top-rail covering on the the interior 4-foot fences.  This is the same type of safety covering PPPA did for the courts at Monument Valley back in August of 2016 and the same process will be used at Bear Creek. We'll cut the seam in the 1150 linear feet of coverings on-site.  PPPA members with strong hands will to do the safety covering placement over the top-rail; others will follow with zip-ties to secure the coverings to the 4-foot fences.  We're looking at 4-5 hours to complete this essential task given a good turn out of volunteers.  In 2016, it took teams of 4 people to place, hold, and compress the coverings over the top-rail followed by a couple others to zip-tie the coverings in place.  We're hoping to get 3 such 6-person teams in each work session. 

We're planning 2 work sessions over the next 10 days including a back-up if we have any inclement weather:    

  • Saturday 19 June 1-4 PM
  • Sunday 20 June 11AM-3PM 
  • Tuesday 22 June 9AM-12Noon (back-up)

Your volunteer support is always appreciated and most needed in this PPPA work party to finish the final step in completing these world-class courts in preparation for the grand opening for our PB community and our 1100+ PPPA members.   

Kindly let our Past President Jeff Norton know your availability for any/all of the dates and times indicated above (jenor9@aol.com) and he will organize the teams accordingly.  If you have any questions, please give him a call at 719-310-6888. 

The more hands the lighter the load will be for all.  Thank you again for volunteering your support. 

Jeff Norton, Past President


      No masks or social distancing required! We have restocked our shelves and  PPPA logo merchandise is now on sale with all sizes and colors of tee shirts, pullovers, hats and visors currently available in limited supplies online at https://pikespeakpickleball.com. Simply go to the website, click on the “Store” link and follow the prompts to search for available colors, sizes, and styles. Payment can be made through PayPal or with your own credit card. Your purchase will be mailed to you for an additional charge or you may choose to pick up your item(s). Pick up instructions will appear on your confirmation if you choose this option. Supplies are limited so log on and shop today! 

      Roslyn Block, Membership Director


      Save 5% and 5% comes back to PPPA in annual Pickleball Central gift card!

      Interested in saving 5% on pickleball gear, clothing and training aids?  PPPA is now enrolled in Pickleball Central’s Club Rewards program.  Here are the details for you and PPPA to benefit from:

      When purchasing any items from www.PickleballCentral.com, enter CRPikes and you will receive an automatic 5% DISCOUNT and PPPA will earn 5% of every purchase that uses the code in an end-of-the-year gift card to purchase anything that PPPA needs – balls, extra paddles, nets, whatever we need!    (The code is not case sensitive.)

      Here's more about the ClubRewards program.


      Do you shop online on Amazon.com? Do your friends and family shop online on Amazon.com? Switch to AmazonSmile and PPPA will receive a small percent of every transaction! It adds up!

      (AmazonSmile is operated by Amazon as their way to give back to charitable organizations)

      PPPA is now enrolled in the AmazonSmile program. AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same shopping features as on Amazon.com.

      Go to smile.amazon.com and select Pikes Peak Pickleball Association from the list as your designated charity. Once you select PPPA, 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchase will be donated to PPPA. Spread the word to family and friends for them to designate PPPA as their charitable organization on AmazonSmile too!

      In order for PPPA to receive funds from your purchases, you must always go through smile.amazon.com when preparing to shop online.


      Did you know that you can earn $$$ for PPPA with every dollar you spend when you shop at King Soopers or City Market? Friends and Family can help PPPA earn money too!

      See this flyer for information and how you can sign up.

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