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Event Details (22)

In order to enter the Indian Wells Tennis Garden (IWTG) for the 2022 Margaritaville USA Pickleball National Championships, all attendees are required to show one of the following:

1 – Valid proof of full vaccination against COVID-19
2 – Negative PCR COVID test taken between November 2 and 13th

For more information click here.

The 2022 USA Pickleball National Championships tournament will be held at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California.

To participate in the 2022 USA Pickleball National Championships at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, all participants must:

  • While players can earn pre-registration status by winning a gold medal (skill/age) / (age/skill) or gold/silver/bronze in the (Open/Sr. Open) events at the 2021 Nationals, All other players will be entered into the lottery for consideration based on availability.  Participate in a USA Pickleball qualifying event as listed below.
  • The National Championship Series (NCS) events will offer pre-registration (Golden Tickets) to the 2022 National Championships in Indian Wells as did the 2021 NCS tournaments. Only Gold Medalists from the following tournaments will qualify for 2022 pre-registration:
    • 2021 Newport Beach Championships (NCS)
    • 2021 USAP Mid-Atlantic Regional
    • 2021 USAP West Regional
    • 2021 Tournament of Champions (NCS)
    • 2021 APP Atlanta Metro Open (NCS)
    • 2021 APP Hilton Head Open (NCS)
    • 2021 USAP National Championships (Indian Wells)
    • 2022 APP Masters (NCS)
    • 2022 APP Phoenix (NCS)
    • 2022 APP New York, NY (NCS)
    • 2022 USAP National Indoor Championships
    • 2022 USAP Newport Beach Championships (NCS)
    • 2022 Beer City Open (NCS)
    • 2022 APP Atlanta Open (NCS)
  • Silver and Bronze Medalists from the 2021/2022 tournaments listed above will be eligible to enterinto the lottery for the 2022 National Championships in Indian Wells.
  • If you are a golden ticket winner for the 2022 Nationals at Indian Wells and your partner does not have a golden ticket but you want to play with them at Nationals, they must have participated in one of the qualifying events to be eligible.
    • There will be no pre-registration (Golden Tickets) from the 2022 Regional tournaments to the 2022 National Championships in Indian Wells.
    • Gold, Silver and Bronze Medalists from Regional tournaments will be eligible to enter into the lottery for the 2022 National Championships in Indian Wells.
    • 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 games to 11, win by 2 points. Opportunity bracket matches will be one game to 15, win by 2 points. The Bronze Medal matches will be 2 out of 3 games to 11, win by 2 points.

All Pro Gold Medal Matches on Championship Sunday will be 3 out of 5 games to 11, win by 2 points.

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

The Open/Senior Open events are for 5.0 and above rated players.  The player must have an official 5.0 USAP UTPR Rating of 5.0 or higher at the time of registration.  Events may open up to 4.5 USA Pickleball rated players depending on participation levels in each event.

A Senior Pro may choose a 4.5 partner and play in the Senior Pro division. However, if enough teams enter the Senior Pro draw, the team with the 4.5 player would be moved to the waitlist. Any 4.5 USA Pickleball rated player that plays in a Senior Pro event will not be allowed to play in any skill/age events.

Players who earned a Gold Medal at any of the following USA Pickleball Tournaments as listed below:

  • 2021 Newport Beach Championships (NCS)
  • 2021 USAP Mid-Atlantic Regional
  • 2021 USAP West Regional
  • 2021 Tournament of Champions (NCS)
  • 2021 APP Atlanta Metro Open (NCS)
  • 2021 APP Hilton Head Open (NCS)
  • 2021 USAP National Championships (Indian Wells)
  • 2022 APP Masters (NCS)
  • 2022 APP Phoenix (NCS)
  • 2022 APP New York, NY (NCS)
  • 2022 USAP National Indoor Championships
  • 2022 USAP Newport Beach Championships (NCS)
  • 2022 Beer City Open (NCS)
  • 2022 APP Atlanta Open (NCS)

Or any Gold Medal earned from the 2021 USAP Margaritaville National Championships will receive an email Sunday night August 15th with preregistration information and a link to preregister.

A separate email will go out with a preregistration link after our last qualifying tournament The APP Atlanta Metro Open which will end on September 11th.

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.

2022 Pre-registration is available to the following:

  • All Medalists from the 2021 USAP National Championship Open & Sr. Open.
  • All Gold Medalists in any skill/age or age/skill event from the 2021 USAP National Championships.
  • All Gold Medalists at any USAP National Qualifier held between June 28, 2021 and September 11, 2022

Yes, you may play in both Open and Senior Open events as long as the schedule of play is on separate days.

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, 2022.

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 the category in which they want to play. If a junior decides to play in an Open Event, they will be required to pay a full registration fee. Any junior deciding to play in an Open Event, will not be allowed to play in any skill/age events.

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. 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.

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

The Event Player List will be available on Saturday, November 5.

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

Registration (17)

Pre-Registration will be 8/15 – 8/19 and players will need to register and pay by 8/21 to secure their slot. Lottery registration will be 8/22 – 8/26.Registration will close once all divisions are full. With the lottery system in effect, The lottery winners will be selected by 10/1 and notified of their selection via email by 10/3.  Players who are registering through the lottery are to have paid by 10/5/22 with paid partners.

Any spots left after the lottery will be given priority based on being registered and paid with a registered and paid partner.

Lottery Registration Dates – 8/22 to 8/26
– Silver and Bronze Medalists from the NCS/Golden Ticket events are eligible to register for the lottery
– Gold/Silver/Bronze Medalists from the 12 USA Pickleball Diamond Regionals are eligible to register for the lottery
– Anyone not eligible to preregister MUST register into the lottery
– Any player that qualified for preregistration wanting to register for events they didn’t get to preregister for MUST register into the lottery

Lottery Winners Notified – 10/10
– All lottery winners and players with a balance due at this time will be notified that they MUST pay

Lottery Winners Payment Window – 10/10 to 10/12
– All lottery winners not paid by close of day 10/12 will be removed from the tournament on 10/12.  The remaining player, of the unpaid team, will be moved to the waitlist.

Registration will close once all divisions are full. With the lottery system in effect, players who are registering through the lottery are to have paid and be registered with paid partners by 10/7/2022.  Lottery registration will be open from 10/1 thru 10/6 and then a lottery will be drawn 10/6 with players being notified by 10/6 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.

Any player that qualified for preregistration wanting to register for events they didn’t get to pre-regiser for must register through the lottery 8/22 – 8/26.

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

Only those individuals who have submitted their own registrations and paid registration and event fees by October 12, 2022, 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.

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.

Players who have registered for an event without a partner can view and be viewed by other players needing partners by clicking the “Needs Partner” button on pickleballtournaments.com.

Please see the refund policy below:

  • Full refund if withdraw is completed 60 days (PRIOR TO 9/5/22) prior to the start of the tournament
  •  Refund (less a processing fee of up to $25) based on current expenditures if withdraw is completed 30 to 60 (9/5/22 – 10/5/22) days to the start of the tournament
  • Waitlisted ONLY players will not be charged a processing fee and may remain on the waitlist throughout the duration of the tournament
  • There will be NO refunds (after 10/5/22) based on expenditures for the tournament
  • There will be no refunds for events that are canceled due to inclement weather or any other unforeseen event.
  •  Refunds will be issued after registration closes for those players who have a credit balance.  Refunds will be processed as a credit to the original form of payment where

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. 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 2022 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’.

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)

Gates will open at 7:00am with matches beginning at 8:00am daily.

Practice time will be available at IWTG beginning October 1st. Please visit the IWTG website for more information.

There is parking near the courts. Parking is $15 for cars. 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 beverages on-site.

Yes, water will be provided.

No, there will be plenty of shade available for players.

We welcome the presence of service animals assisting people with disabilities.  A service animal is an animal that is individually trained to do a specific disability-related job or task for a person with a disability.  Pets or other animals (whether or not they provide comfort or emotional support) are not allowed on-site.

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

Each fan may carry one bag that is clear plastic, vinyl, or PVC no larger than 12” by x 6” x 12” or a one-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar). In addition, guests may also carry in a small clutch bag or purse no larger than 4.5″ by 6.5”, with or without a handle or strap. Players are allowed to bring their equipment bag on the day they are playing in the tournament. Bags will be searched by security.

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, if you are a player in the tournament and playing that day you are allowed to bring in a cooler. 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.

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 which can be viewed here.

General (17)

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.

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.

Please check the USAP website here for a list of approved paddles.

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.

Rec play will end at 9:00pm daily.

Digital Ticketing (3)

As a participant, you will be given a photo credential that will allow you to come in and out of the venue each da whether you are playing or not. Your credential allows you to sit in the General Admission section of Championship Court.

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