Surprise, Arizona, is gearing up for the return of the Second Annual Surprise Cup pickleball tournament, just one of two exciting Surprise events on the horizon.
Two Major Events
Scheduled from today, Friday, September 29, to Monday, October 2, the Surprise Cup will be held at the Surprise Pickleball Courts located at Dreamcatcher Park, 14534 W Tierra Buena Ln, Surprise, AZ 85374.
Admission is complimentary. For specific event start times and brackets, please visit the Surprise Cup website.
This tournament is just one of two major events Surprise is hosting. The Monster Smash, a sanctioned double-elimination tournament, will feature competitions in women’s doubles, men’s doubles, mixed doubles, and senior mixed doubles, running from October 29 to November 1.
Both tournaments are anticipated to draw over 800 players from various parts of the country.
For further information, go to exploresurprise.com or get in touch with the Sports and Tourism department at 623-222-2222.
The Surprise Cup
The Surprise Cup has 406 registered players, who must read the following.
Please bear in mind you are eligible to play:
- If you are participating in a singles amateur event and have registered and paid your tournament fees.
- If you are participating in a doubles amateur event and both players have registered and paid their tournament fees.
Doubles players must be aware that you or your team could be moved to the waitlist if your partner still needs to register and pay.
The contract to play is between players, and it is their responsibility to comply with the tournament requirements – click here to see the rules concerning registration.
Main Draw: 2 out of 3 games to 11, win by 2.
Back Draw: 1 game to 15, win by 2.
There will be 4 to 5 teams in a bracket. The format goes to a single round-robin format: 2 out of 3 games to 11 win by 2.
If three or fewer teams are in a bracket, the brackets will be combined with the closest age brackets within the same skill level.
Bronze Medal Matches 1-15, win by 2.
Inclement Weather Policy
This is an outdoor event. If weather or unforeseen circumstances occur, the tournament team will do all it can to play matches.
If brackets are in mid-play when weather or other unforeseen circumstances occur, the situation will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis to determine if the bracket may be finished or if winners may be chosen.
Money Event – 5.0 Mixed Doubles
There will be a minimum of 8 teams. The payout split per team is $600 for gold, $500 for silver, and $400 for bronze.
Other Tournament Information
The competition surface type will be pickleball hardcourt, and all 16 courts are outdoor. All courts will use permanent nets, and matches will be played with Armour Air 40 balls.
USAP membership is required.
At the time of writing this article, 472 players had registered for the Monster Smash event.
Registration closes at midnight on October 13, Mountain Daylight Time. Registration is $65 for club members and $80 otherwise.
Other Tournament Information
The Surprise Community Park is situated at 14534 W Tierra Buena Ln Surprise, Arizona 85374.
The competition surface type will be pickleball hardcourt, and all 16 courts are outdoor. All courts will use permanent nets, and matches will be played with Franklin X40 balls.
Players who choose to withdraw before the registration deadline will receive a refund, with a deduction of a $5 processing fee. Please note that no refunds will be issued after the registration period has concluded.
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.
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