Millbrook, Alabama, is to host two events, both with interesting twists:
The Paddles for Paws tournament is a FUNdraiser taking place this weekend on behalf of the Humane Society of Elmore County. Meanwhile, just before Christmas, the DINKLEbells Pickleball Tournament will form part of the December Alabama State Games.
Paddle For Paws
The Paddle For Paws tournament, organized by the Humane Society of Elmore County, will take place on 12 brand-new outdoor courts at 17 Springs in Millbrook, Alabama.
The planned format is round-robin. Depending on the number of teams in a bracket, the tournament director reserves the right to adjust the format. Small brackets may be combined.
Completed teams (both partners registered and paid) have priority on available slots. Teams not paid in full or without partners may be moved to the waiting list to make room for paid teams.
There will be hot dogs and hamburgers for sale at the concession stand.
All participants must comply with the 17 Springs Rules of Use.
Other Tournament Information
The tournament venue is situated at 2021 Highway 14, Millbrook, AL 36054-2134.
The competition surface type will be pickleball hardcourt; all 12 courts are outdoor and non-covered. All courts will use permanent nets, and matches will be played with Franklin X40 balls.
Food is allowed on the premises. However, the passing of dishes and using grills are not permitted.
Parking is free; all pets must be on a leash if brought to the venue.
DINKLEbells Pickleball Tournament
The Fields of 17 Springs
The DINKLEbells Pickleball Tournament will be part of the December Alabama State Games.
The inaugural DINKLEbells Pickleball Tournament will take place from December 15-17 at The Fields of 17 Springs in Millbrook. The hosts will be the Alabama State Games and the YMCA of Greater Montgomery.
This exciting first-time event will bring pickleballers and fans from across the state together to relish a day of spirited competition and camaraderie. This event is open to all players from throughout the state.
Alabama State Games Executive Director Laura Creel Burt said, “We are thrilled to introduce a new annual event that helps support the mission of the Alabama State Games.
“Pickleball started back in the 80s, but over the past few years, it has grown tremendously.”
Registration is now open at ALAGAMES.com, and competitors are encouraged to register early as spots are limited. Registration will cost $40 and $50 for those participants who want our souvenir DINKLEbells T-shirt.
Participants can also compete in additional events – singles, doubles, and mixed doubles – for a $5 fee.
“Hoping For A Huge Turnout”
Adam Schrott, YMCA Executive Director of Greater Montgomery District, said, “We are excited about the DINKLEbells Pickleball Tournament and showcasing the new Pickleball facility at The Fields of 17 Springs.
“This tournament will be the first Pickleball tournament in the Millbrook community, and we are hoping for a huge turnout.”
“For as long as Pickleball has been around, not many people grew up playing it,” Burt said. “This is a fun game that doesn’t take long to get the hang of. We encourage everyone to sign up and give it a try.”
About The Alabama State Games
The Alabama State Games – founded in 1982 at the request of the US Olympic Committee – uses sport as a vehicle to encourage academic success, healthy living, and community leadership.
To that end, an educational scholarship initiative was started in the ’90s and thus far has awarded $363,000 in scholarships to Alabama State Games Athletes. As a part of the 40th Year Celebration, the Alabama State Games – in June 2023 – awarded $20,000 in scholarships.
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