December 6-14, 2021

FAQ

Event Details (20)

The 2021 USA Pickleball National Championships tournament will be held at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California.

To participate in the 2021 USA Pickleball National Championships at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, all participants must:

  • Participate in a USAP Regional Tournament or a USAP National Qualifier between July 15, 2019, and July 15, 2021.  While players can earn pre-registration status by winning a gold medal (skill/age) / (age/skill) or gold/silver/bronze (Open/Sr. Open),  All other players will be entered into the lottery for consideration based on availability.

All Gold Medalists at any USA Pickleball Regional Tournament held between July 15, 2019, and July 15, 2021 earn pre-registration opportunities:

  • Great Lakes Regional June 28 – 30, 2019 (Kalamazoo, MI)
  • Middle States Regional August 1 – 4, 2019 (Lakeville, MN)
  • Atlantic South Regional August 23 – 25, 2019 (Foley, AL)
  • Great Plains Regional September 5 – 8, 2019 (Colorado Springs, CO)
  • Pacific NW Regional September 5 – 8, 2019 (Beaverton, OR)
  • West Regional September 18 – 22, 2019 (Fountain Valley, CA)
  • Mid Atlantic Regional September 20 – 22, 2019 (Myrtle Beach, SC)
  • Southwest Regional January 8 – 12, 2020 (Surprise, AZ)
  • Mid-South Regional March 12 – 16, 2020 (College Station, TX)

The following Regional Tournaments earn pre-registration opportunities AND meet the 2021 participation requirements:

  • Mid-Atlantic Regional September 24 – 27, 2020 (Myrtle Beach, SC)
  • Mid-South Regional April 22 – 25, 2021 (McKinney, TX)
  • Atlantic South May 6 – 9, 2021 (Foley, AL)
  • Mountain May 17 – 24, 2021 (Las Vegas, NV)
  • Middle States Regional May 27 – 30, 2021 (St Louis, MO)
  • North Mid-Atlantic Regional June 4 – 6, 2021 (Cranberry Township, PA)
  • Great Lakes Regional June 17 – 20, 2021 (Fort Wayne, IN)
  • Pacific NW Regional June 22 – 27, 2021 (Boise, ID)
  • Great Plains Regional June 23 – 28, 2021 (Colorado Springs, CO)

2021 USA PICKLEBALL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS QUALIFIERS (July 15, 2020 – July 15, 2021)

  • 2019 Qualifiers – Gold medalist in Pro Events receive preregistration and all remaining players receive lottery consideration
    • Golden State Championships, July 25 – 28, 2019
    • Texas Open, September 12 – 15, 2019
    • Las Vegas Open, September 24 – 28, 2019

**Tournament of Champions, August 21 – 24, 2019** gold medalists in both pro brackets and amateur brackets receive pre-registration and all remaining players receive lottery consideration 

  • 2020 Qualifiers – Gold medalist in Pro Events receive preregistration and all remaining players receive lottery consideration
    • Las Vegas Open, September 22 – 27, 2020
    • Texas Open, September 30 – October 4, 2020
    • Fall Brawl, October 6 – 10, 2020
  • 2021 Qualifiers – Gold medalists in Pro Events receive preregistration and all remaining players receive lottery consideration
    • Winter Classic, January 29 – 31, 2021
    • Beer City Open, July 7 – 11, 2021

USA Pickleball National Indoor Championships June 8-June 13, Hoover, AL

Gold Medalists in Open and Amateur events receive pre registration to 2021 Nationals*

USA Pickleball National Championship Series

*Gold medalists in the Pro Brackets will receive preregistration for the 2021 USA Pickleball National Championships – all remaining players will receive lottery consideration*

**Gold medalists in the Amateur Brackets will receive preregistration for the 2022 USA Pickleball National Championships – all remaining players will receive lottery consideration**

USA Pickleball Newport Beach Championships, June 28 – July 4, 2021

Jigsaw Health Tournament of Champions, August 16 – 22, 2021

APP Atlanta Metro Open, September 16 – 19, 2021

APP Hilton Head Open, October 13 – 17, 2021

Rain Policy:  Players who were registered to play in any of the above events and were unable to play due to inclement weather, USAP will honor this as meeting the participation qualification.

This is a double elimination tournament. All winner bracket matches will be 2 out of 3 to 11 win by 2 points. Loser bracket matches will be one game to 15 win by 2. The bronze match will be 2 out of 3 to 11 win by 2 points.

Since all players must participate in a USAP sanctioned event prior to Nationals, the new UTPR rating system will generate a Tournament rating for you.

The Open Events are for 5.5+ rated players and the Senior Open Events are for 5.0+ rated players.  The player must have an official USAP/IFP UTPR Rating of 5.5 or (5.0 Sr Open) or higher at the time of registration to participate in any open category at Nationals.

Players who earned a Gold Medal in any event at any of the following USA Pickleball Regional Tournaments or any Gold Medal earned from the 2019 USAP Margaritaville National Championships will receive an email between July 1 and July 15 (exact date of the email TBA).

This will allow an opportunity to pre-register for the event type that he/she won the gold in. Example: Ladies 65-69 3.0 will be able to pre-register for a ladies skill/age event at Nationals.

2021 Pre-registration is available to the following:
*All Medalists from the 2019 USAP National Championship Open & Sr. Open.
*All Gold Medalists in any skill/age event from the 2019 USAP National Championships.
*All Gold Medalists at any USAP Regional Championship held between July 15, 2019, and July 15, 2020.

At this time the USAP National Championships is the only Tier 1 event. In 2019 the Tournament of Champions was also listed as a Tier 1 event and winners will qualify for a 2021 pre-registration opportunity.

No, players may only play in one Open division event per day. Example: Male Player A (50 and above) may not play in both Senior Open Mixed Doubles and Open Mixed Doubles. However, Male player A (50 and above) may play in Senior Open Mixed Doubles and Open Men’s Doubles.

Yes, skill/age events and age/skill for 65+ will be played per the schedule that will be posted soon to this website. Any skill/age events that do not have enough entries will be combined with another skill/age division being played on the same day. Example: If you sign up for 55-59 3.0, you may be combined with 50-54 3.0 players. Efforts will be made to not combine skill groups.  In the age/skill events if there are not enough teams to fill a bracket you will be combined by skill and keep age.  Example If you sign up for 65+ 4.0 you may be combined with the 65+ 3.5 if there are not enough teams to fill the bracket.  Efforts will be made to not combine if at all possible.

If an interested participant does not live in the US for more than 3 months a year and is not able to participate in a sanctioned event, he/she may request a hardship exemption from the Tournament Director. Email [email protected].

Your UTPR ratings will be used to determine your skill level.

Detailed event start time schedules will be developed for each day after charts have been created. Once developed, they will be available on pickleballtournaments.com.

Your eligible age is the age you will be on December 31, 2021.

Yes. For skill/age events, they must meet the participation requirement outlined on the event website and pay the required event fee for each event they enter. Juniors that wish only to play in junior divisions are not required to meet the participation requirements. Juniors with a 5.5 rating may choose to participate in the Open event if they meet the participation requirements. Players are limited to one event per day so juniors must select which category they want to play. If a junior decides to play in an open event they will be required to pay a full registration fee.

The age of the youngest player is used to determine the age group bracket. At the time of registration, a player or team may select to play in an age group younger than the team’s youngest player. Example: A team of two 64-year-old players may play in any age group below the age of 64 except juniors. This will be allowed at the time of registration only.

For junior events, the age of the oldest player is used to select the age group for junior events. If a junior (8-18) is playing with a non-junior (19+), 19 will be used; they will play in the under 35 group. Juniors may play in both junior events and under 35 skill/age events if they have met the participation requirements.

Players may play in any age group for which they qualify. Example: A 52-year-old player may play in 19+, 35+, or 50-54. Players may choose only one age group in each event. The age groups do not need to be the same. Example: A 59-year-old player may play in under 35 for Doubles, in 50-54 for Mixed Doubles and 55-59 for Singles. All players with a rating of 5.0 or higher can enter Open Division events.

Player limits are at the discretion of the tournament directors, who reserve the right to limit the number of players playing in each event. Registration will close once all divisions are full. With the lottery system in effect, players are to have paid and be registered by 8/7/2021. Registration will be open from 8/1 – 8/7 and then a lottery will be drawn 8/8 with players being notified by 8/22 if they are in the tournament. Any spots left after the lottery will be given priority based on being registered and paid with a registered and paid partner. A wait list will be available for each event if the event is filled. NOTE: Some divisions may be closed ahead of the registration deadline pending total registration numbers.

Each bracket will initially have an equal number of slots available. After the initial registration period any of the unused slots from 1 event will be moved to other events that have teams on the waitlist. This will be prioritized by which brackets have the longest wait lists and teams will be moved into brackets and off the waitlist by order in which they signed up.

  • 1, 2 or 3 teams will be combined by skill/age to provide the most competitive competition
  • 4 – 5 teams, Round Robin
  • 6 teams or more, Double Elimination

There will be a cash purse again this year for the Open and Senior Open Division winners. The prize money amount is $90,000.

Registration (19)

Registration for qualified players through the lottery will open August 1, 2021.

No need to run to your pc, tablet or phone to register and hope you can type faster than everyone else.  The registration process is outlined below:

  • Pre-registration for those that qualify will open on July 15.  Those players will receive a letter inviting them to register starting July 15, 2021 with general registration opening on August 1, 2021.
  • General registration will open on August 1, 2021 at mid-night PDT.  When general registration opens players will be allowed, for a one week period, to register at a time that is convenient for you with no priority given by timestamp of when you registered.  On August 8th a random lottery draw will take place to determine who gets spots in events for the remaining spots left after pre-registration. Players will be notified if they got a spot by August 22nd.
  • When a player’s name is drawn, they and their partner will be entered in all events they have registered for if spots are available.
  • Once all spots are filled those players that did not get drawn from the lottery will be placed on a wait list in order by which they are drawn.
  • Anyone registering after August 7, 2021 will be placed on the wait list after those from the lottery.

We hope this method of registration will prove to relieve the anxiety of having to have the fastest network or typing fingers to get a spot.  We feel this process will give all an equal chance to get into all available events.

Please send any questions to [email protected]

Registration will close once all divisions are full. With the lottery system in effect, players are to have paid and be registered with paid partners by 8/7/2021.  Registration will be open from 8/1 – 8/7 and then a lottery will be drawn 8/8 with players being notified by 8/22 if they are in the tournament. Any spots left after the lottery will be given priority based on being registered and paid with a registered and paid partner.

 

 

In order to register for the other events, you will have to log on during the general registration which opens on August 1st.

No, you may play in only one event per day.

During the registration process on pickleballtournaments.com, after you add the event click the change button next to the event you want to do a skill or age override, then click the Skill/Age Group button to specify the skill or age group you want to play in.  Select the appropriate skill or age from the drop-down list and click Make Changes.

Only those individuals who have submitted their own registrations and paid registration and event fees by August 7, 2021, will be considered registered. Registration includes providing contact information, selecting events/partners and paying all fees. When a participant provides contact information their name is listed among players registered for the tournament and their name may appear on the “Needs Partner List” if they have registered for an event but have not identified a partner.

Go to www.usapickleball.org and apply for a USA Pickleball membership (or renew your membership if it is set to expire). Your USA Pickleball membership number will not be active until you have paid your USA Pickleball membership dues. To ensure that your USA Pickleball membership is processed promptly, it is suggested that you use PayPal for payment. Memberships completed and paid online are processed in real time and players will receive an email with their member number. Players who opt to pay for their membership with a mailed check are placed in a ‘pending status’ and must wait for their payment to be received, processed and cleared before receiving their member number. This could take 10-14 days. You will not be able to sign up for Nationals until you have received your member number.

One of two things could be causing this issue:

  • Your number is not correct in your pickleballtournaments.com profile. To verify or update the number log on to pickleball tournaments.com and select Update My Profile.
  • Your USAP membership has expired or will expire during the tournament. If so, you will need to renew your USAP membership. If you have questions regarding your USAP membership, contact the USAP member services at [email protected].

Preferred payment method is online via PayPal or any major credit card. When paying online, you will be directed to a PayPal page, however, you do not need a PayPal account – you can pay using any major credit card. If you use PayPal or a credit card, your payment information will be forwarded to the USAP registration department. The USAP has a PayPal account but has no control over how PayPal handles your account. If you encounter any problems with PayPal, you need to contact PayPal. The USAP is not responsible for any registration or event fee payments not processed by PayPal. Once an online payment is received along with the registration form, the player is considered registered. Paying with a Check: USAP no longer accepts checks, you must pay online to complete your registration.

Fees are due at the time of registration. Players who submit a registration but not a payment are NOT registered. Players are not included in an event until registration and event fees are paid in full.

A registration is complete when the registration and event fees are paid for both you and your partner. Anyone not registered with a partner or unpaid fees on August 7, will be moved to the waitlist and replaced with a fully paid and partnered team.

Yes. Any registered player losing a partner must replace that partner with an already registered player. The replacement must be in the same skill/age group that you are scheduled to play. Keep in mind as you search for a replacement that players may play down in age and up in skill. Replacements need to be known and communicated to [email protected] by 4 p.m. the day before you are scheduled to play.  Any request for replacements coming in after 4p.m. the day before you are scheduled to play will be reviewed by the Tournament Director for approval. Replacements can be found on the players needing partners list, at the bottom of the main welcome page.

There is feature on the USAP website called “Partner Search”. We recommend you check Partner Search to see if you can find a partner before you register. In addition, players who have registered for an event without a partner can be viewed by clicking the “Needs Partner” button on pickleballtournaments.com. If you register without a partner, you have until midnight PST August 7, 2021, to register with a partner, sign the waiver and pay the registration and event fees. If both partners have not completed these items you will automatically be moved to the waitlist and priority given to teams on the waitlist that have met each of those requirements.

Yes, players must withdraw themselves prior to October 1, 2021, in order to receive a refund. Registration and event fees will be refunded less a $25 processing fee. Refunds will be processed as a credit to the original form of payment where possible. Checks will only be issued when electronic forms of payment are not available (i.e. closed accounts or other reasons precluding an electronic transaction). Refunds will be processed by December 30, 2021.

Withdrawals after this date will only be accepted for medical reasons and must be accompanied by documentation from a treating physician.

Questions regarding refunds should be sent to [email protected]

Upon registering, you will receive an immediate confirmation of payment. All participants will also receive an email confirming the contact information contained in their registration profile on pickleballtournaments.com, listing the events they have registered for, and listing fees/payments as of the date of the confirmation. Confirmations will be sent via email no later than September 16. Participants who do not supply an email address will be responsible for verifying their own registration information on pickleballtournaments.com as they will not receive any other form of communication from the USAP for the 2021 USAP National Championships.

Email [email protected] if you do not receive your confirmation.

USAP reserves the right to refuse entry to the Tournament to any individual for any reason.

All current USAP members can check the status of their membership by logging into their USAP account (click here).  Once in, go to the ‘Member Area’ and click the link that says ‘Membership Status/Billing Info’.

Only 5.5 players in Open and 5.0 in Sr Open may purchase the Pro Player package.

 

Venue (17)

Indian Wells Tennis Garden
78-200 Miles Avenue
Indian Wells, CA 92210

https://indianwellstennisgarden.com/

The Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) is approximately 30 minutes from the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. 10 top airlines providing nonstop service from 18 cities. Other nearby airports:

ONT: Ontario International Airport (1 hour 15-minute drive)
SNA: John Wayne Airport-Orange County (1 hour 30-minute drive)
LAX: Los Angeles International Airport (2-hour drive)
SAN: San Diego International Airport (2 hours and 15-minute drive)
LAS: Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (4-hour drive)
PHX: Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (4-hour drive)

Yes, we will have a few taped courts available for those who purchased a pro player package. Please remember practice courts are limited so please stay on the court no longer than 15 minutes.

There is parking near the courts. Parking is $10 for cars and $20 for RVs (no over night parking). Entrance to the general parking lot is Gate 4, off of Miles Avenue.

Yes, Indian Wells Tennis Garden has several options for purchasing food and beer on-site.

Yes, water will be provided.

No, there will be plenty of shade available for players. You may bring coolers and umbrellas. No chairs allowed.

We welcome the presence of service animals assisting people with disabilities. A service animal is defined as an animal that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for a person with a disability. Family pets or other animals are not allowed on-site.

No, while there will be plenty of restrooms, there will be no general access to shower or workout facilities.

Ticket prices for the 2021 event are TBD. Please check back on our Tickets Page for more information to come as we get closer to December.

Bags/backpacks no larger than 16 x 16 x 8 inches are permitted. Bags, purses and backpacks will be subject to search upon entrance to the site, so please allow additional time for entry.

Alcohol, weapons, illegal substances, glass, open beverage containers and hard-sided bags/containers are NOT permitted. Prohibited items that are discovered during bag inspections must either be returned to your vehicle or discarded. The Indian Wells Tennis Garden will not provide storage for these items. Guests arriving by public transportation must take particular caution not to bring any prohibited items, as no exceptions will be made.

Yes, however the cooler may not be larger than 16 x 16 x 8 and will be subject to inspection at the entry gate.

No, alcoholic beverages may not be brought onto the tournament grounds but may be purchased onsite. If you consume alcoholic beverages, please do so in a responsible manner. Please note, tailgating is not permitted in any of the parking areas.

There will be plenty of seating at the courts and around the venue, lawn chairs will not be permitted.

Live streaming at Nationals is strictly reserved for approved tournament media entities. This is due to media rights and commercialization of our sport, a positive impact in the tremendous growth we are experiencing with Pickleball. This does not only apply to the championship court but every court so please refrain from setting up cameras and live streaming any matches. The Tournament will be monitoring unauthorized streaming activity.

No.  Only service animals and service animals in training are allowed on the tournament grounds.

Lodging (1)

No, USAP does not have a Host Home program. However, Indian Wells Tennis Garden has made arrangements with local hotels and RV resorts for players and referees at discounted rates. All local host hotels and RV resorts for the 2021 tournament will be updated on this page soon: https://usapickleballnationalchampionships.com/visitor-info/hotels/.

General (18)

We are not accepting volunteers for the 2021 tournament at this time. Please check back for more information in the coming months.

Initially, we felt a National tournament should have larger brackets. Some members felt that this choice was unfair to players over 50. We felt it was important to listen to our membership and wanted to offer a compromise.

Yes, every match will have a referee. For a great tournament, it is important that everyone able to referee volunteer to help. Our goal is to have a USAP Certified Referee for all Gold medal matches.

You must check-in each play day so we know if all the players have arrived and to provide an opportunity to ensure your tournament registration is in order. Players will not be allowed to play if any part of their registration is incomplete or their event fees have not been paid.

Players must check in a minimum of 30 minutes prior to the event start time.

This is currently under review and will be updated here as we get closer to registration.

Yes, all results, brackets, schedules, court assignments, matches waiting for court assignments and find a player can all be accessed here or via pickleballtournaments.com. Results will be posted on the internet as soon as a match is completed and the score sheet is returned to the Tournament Desk. Court assignments and match waiting lists will be updated when the score sheets are entered.

We will make every effort to resume play as soon as possible. We will communicate all updates and any decisions with you during the rain delay via pickleballtournaments.com email/text options. In some cases, if we are not able to resume play the event will be canceled.

This is an outdoor event subject to the weather. No refunds or credit will be issued for cancellation of events due to inclement weather. We will do all we can to play all matches including modifying the format if necessary.

The Event Player List will be available on a date to be determined.

Detailed start times will be available after charts have been created and seeded. Court assignments and matches waiting lists will be available at midnight the day that each event is to be played.

Charts will be posted for each Division and Event at midnight on the day of play for that event. However, due to last minute team or player withdrawals, charts may change until the scheduled start time for an event.

Live streaming at Nationals is strictly reserved for approved tournament media entities. This is due to media rights and commercialization of our sport, a positive impact in the tremendous growth we are experiencing with Pickleball. This does not only apply to the championship court but every court so please refrain from setting up cameras and live streaming any matches. The Tournament will be monitoring unauthorized streaming activity.

Live streaming at Nationals is strictly reserved for approved tournament media entities. This is due to media rights and commercialization of our sport, a positive impact in the tremendous growth we are experiencing with Pickleball. This does not only apply to the championship court but every court so please refrain from setting up cameras and live streaming any matches. The Tournament will be monitoring unauthorized streaming activity.

There will be no recording of matches with a GoPro or other devices.

Yes, on a date TBD, practice courts will be available from 10 am to 8 pm.

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