National Pickleball is part of the Advanced Sports Media Group (ASM) family of websites, which promotes and helps grow amateur athletics in the United States.
However, National Pickleball doesn’t just create events; it also sells them. Their National Pickleball Amateur Champions Series is the only series that rewards amateurs for their participation and performance in tournaments.
Tournaments Throughout The Year
They have tournaments organized throughout the year, with three scheduled for February and March as follows:
St. Louis Gateway Classic
Registration closes on February 4 at 11:55 p.m. Central Time. Fifty-four players had registered at the time of writing.
Bay Area Breakers West Coast Classic
The NP Bay Area Breakers West Coast Classic Powered by Onix is scheduled to happen from March 1-3 at The HUB Silicon Valley, 600 E. Hamilton Avenue, #150 Campbell, California 95008.
Registration closes on March 1 at 11:55 p.m. Pacific Time. Sixty players had registered at the time of writing.
Event days for these two tournaments will adhere to the following format:
- Friday: Women’s double and men’s singles.
- Saturday – Mixed doubles.
- Sunday – Men’s doubles and women’s singles.
Sin City Classic
The NP Sin City Classic Powered by Onix will take place from March 22 to 24 at Sunset Park, 2601 Sunset Road, Las Vegas, Nevada 89120.
Registration closes on March 1 at 11:55 p.m. Pacific Time. Twenty players had registered at the time of writing.
Individual competitions will happen on the following days:
- Friday: Women’s doubles, men’s singles and doubles, and senior pro men’s and women’s singles
- Saturday: Mixed doubles, senior pro women’s and men’s doubles
- Sunday: Men’s doubles, women’s singles, and senior pro mixed doubles.
Each event costs $80, plus a $10 event fee and a $5-10 Pickleball Brackets service fee.
Event Times And Points
All start times will be announced after registration closes and are subject to change, and events might be merged or split based on the event.
Players earn points for participating in and earning medals in the tournaments all year long, with the top three females and males receiving prizes at the end of the year.
Tournaments have two tiers. Tier one is any tournament with 400+ participants, and tier two is any tournament with 399 and below, based on final/paid participants.
Tier one awards four points per doubles event and two per singles event. Tier two awards two points per doubles event and one point per singles event. Totals are updated promptly at the conclusion of each tournament.
The first-placed male and female will receive $500 plus free entry into all five of Pickleball Tournament’s events for next year. With five happening last year, that was valued at $550.
The second-placed male and female players receive free entry into all five of their amateur payout tournaments.
The third-placed male and female players receive free entry into all three of their amateur payout tournaments.
The National Pickleball website shows a list of the top-ranked amateur players from their tournament.
You can find the top female rankings here, with Jenny Reifeis and Pam Mantas tied for first place with 80 points each from eight events.
The male ratings are more competitive, with five players tied for first place on 70 points after eight events: Ben Yue, Darryl Bartlett, Charles Poe, Andrew Astalos, and Alex Lawhun.
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