June 2021 Newsletter


Springfield, Missouri couple wins first-ever USA Pickleball National Indoor Championship

A Springfield couple will now have their names in the sports history books forever, and they have some nice hardware to prove it.
Jarrod Smith and Kasandra Gerhke are mixed double national champions in pickleball. READ MORE...

USA Pickleball National Indoor Championship begins in Hoover

Birmingham's CBS42 visited the Inaugural USA Pickleball National Indoor Championship and interviewed our CEO, Stu Upson and participating players. Check out the full video feature HERE.

750 pickleball players competing for national championship in Hoover

“To see people from the ages of 8 to 88-years-old and above and to be out here, it’s absolutely fantastic. I love to see people moving and having fun at what they’re doing, great activity, great sport, a lot of fun,” said E.J. Brophy, General Manager of the Finley Center." READ MORE...

Check out the May/June issue of Pickleball Magazine HERE

Membership News

With the announcement of the 2021 BNP Paribas Open being held in October, the Indian Wells Tennis Garden will now host the 2021 Margaritaville USA Pickleball National Championships, presented by Pickleball Central, starting December 6th.  The later date for pickleball’s premier event will allow the venue to best accommodate its upcoming lineup of events throughout the fall season. USA Pickleball anticipates over 2,500 players to participate in the 2021 championship tournament.  READ MORE...


USA Pickleball has just launched the second phase of the “Official Club Membership.”  The club membership program is for pickleball clubs, groups, and facilities.  Enrollment begins in June with coverage starting on July 1, 2021 and covered through June 30, 2022. As a USA Pickleball Official Club Member we’ve got you covered by providing easy solutions for insurance, club management and opportunities to play!

Visit our WEBSITE for more details!

Summer is quickly approaching and USA Pickleball wants to help you create the perfect Summer Pickleball Camp! Nothing better than our youth getting together this summer to learn how to play the fastest growing sport in America. Let us provide helpful resources to your community organization to setup the perfect pickleball camp.

Visit our WEBSITE for more details!

Social on the Courts

@seahawks - Just some friendly competition. After minicamp wrapped up this afternoon, our QBs finished the day with a pick-up pickleball match!

@toxic_sushi_ - "USA Pickleball National Indoor Championships 2021. Punched our golden ticket to California! I guess getting married was the key to success" - CONGRATS ON THE WEDDING + GOLDEN TICKET! 

@bigben_1994 - My son helped wtih a pickleball demo for kids this weekend. We had a good turnout and got to share the love of the game with some youngsters. He played a game as a demo to show the kids how the game is played, then we broke up into groups for some drilling, instruction, and play. Good times. 

@kramos_23 - A beautiful rainbow over the Woodland pickleball courts yesterday evening after some rain. 

USA Pickleball Member Stories


Where do you want to see yourself celebrating your 95th birthday? Most of us avid pickleball enthusiasts would be extremely grateful to be playing pickleball with our friends just like USA Pickleball member, Roy Ahrensberg was fortunate to do! READ MORE...

Family Barn Built to Accommodate Indoor Pickleball Court, leads to Pickleball Promposal

Jossie Huxford's family, from Rosedale, Indiana, built their polebarn just the right size so that it would fit a full pickleball court inside of it because of their whole family's love for the game. During a pickleball match, Phoenix decided it was the perfect time to surprise Jossie with a promposal, leading to the best prom pictures ever. READ MORE...

Pickleball at Chicago's Maggie Daley Park

Chicago players enjoyed a beautiful day at Maggie Daley Park with more than 75 players and an amazing view. Photo submitted by Steven De Mar.


What's the Latest from USA Pickleball?

History Was Made with the Inaugural National Indoor Championships!

After 2 years in the making the Inaugural USA Pickleball National Indoor Championships is in the books. We did not know what to expect by having an indoor Nationals considering most people prefer to play pickleball outdoors. It was an overwhelming experience. We had over 800+ players sign up for the tournament from 33 states with 1 player traveling all the way from Hawaii.  We also had players range in age from 11 to 86.  

Visit our Facebook page for a full album of photo highlights. Be on the lookout in the July/August issue of Pickleball Magazine for a full recap! 




Newport Beach Championship Prepares for More than 900 Players!

June 28th kicks off the 2021 USA Pickleball National Championships Series with the Newport Beach Championship! More than 900 players are set to complete for their chance at the golden ticket to qualify for the 2021 Margaritaville USA Pickleball National Championship. Pros receiving their golden ticket will qualify for 2021 Nationals and the amateur divisions will qualify for 2022. 

TUNE IN - follow the USA Pickleball social media channels and website for more details on where to watch including LIVE on YouTube and Facebook! READ MORE...



Rulebook Comments Due by July 15th

On April 16, USA Pickleball announced the new process to revise the 2022 Rulebook.
To date, USA Pickleball has received 40 suggested rule changes or modifications. USA Pickleball members may suggest rule changes or additions by CLICKING HERE
USA Pickleball members may also provide comments on the rules that have already been suggested. The comment period will end no later than July 15.  Use this link to provide any comments on the ideas already submitted: https://rules.usapickleball.org/

Thank you for your continued support! 



USA Pickleball, Michelle Esquivel Interview The Holderness Family!

The Holderness Family, famous for creating original songs and internet parodies, is officially playing pickleball! Recently releasing "The Pickleball Song," featuring the lyrics, 'consistent as hell, like Michelle Esquivel," USA Pickleball called on the pickleball pro to get on a call with Kim and Penn Holderness to provide some pickleball tips to help them learn the game.

CLICK HERE to Watch the Full Interview + "The Pickleball Song!"


The New USA Pickleball Shop is Open!

The USA Pickleball shop now includes new apparel items and several new, exciting items like performance locker room towels, water bottles, decals, can koozies, banner flags and more! Check back regularly as the shop will continue to showcase new merchandise including exclusive items from our partners. 

Start shopping now on ShopUSAPickleball.com

PLUS! As a USA Pickleball member, LOGIN to your member account to find exclusive gear only available to members. 

  • Click here to enter your USA Pickleball username and password.
  • From your USAP member profile page, scroll to "Member Discounts" and click the "Shop USA Pickleball Discounts" link.



Partner Spotlights

USA Pickleball Announces Exclusive Partnership with Acacia Sports as the Official Footwear Partner

USA Pickleball, the national governing body for the sport of pickleball in America, announces Acacia Sports as the Official Footwear partner. The exclusive partnership positions Acacia Sports, a major supplier of high-quality goods, specializing in pickleball, broomball, curling, and soccer, as the exclusive pickleball court shoe provider for USA Pickleball members. READ MORE...





Performance Eyewear that Protects Your Most Important Asset, Your Vision

In an effort to bring the eye protection conversation to the forefront, USA Pickleball partnered with specialty racquet sports eyewear company, RIA Eyewear in the summer of 2020. RIA’s mission is to prove that eye protection does not have to come at the expense of performance, and, in fact, it can help players perform better. READ MORE… 


Rule the court with the all-new Tempest Reign Pro from Paddletek

Rule the court with the all-new Tempest Reign Pro. Its extended reach gives you extra speed and power, while the graphite surface keeps you in control. Paddletek.com


Hudef: Did You Know?

Get to know one of our partners: Hudef.

Tell us USA Pickleball members, DID YOU KNOW?…

  • Hudef was the first to research and develop the technology of paddle surface rotation.
  • The name Hudef comes from a strong, brave and very kind warrior in the east.





Pickleball 360, Premium Instructional Pickleball Videos, Brought to you by the World’s Best

Pickleball 360 is providing premium instructional pickleball videos from the world’s top pros for you. The library consists of over 60 videos, with another video released every week. These videos include technical shots and strokes, strategic situations, drills and games, and much more! They also encompass all range of levels, there are videos designed for those just learning the game and all the way up to videos for semi-pros. Whatever your level, we have content for you! READ MORE..

USA Pickleball 2021 - June 2021 Newsletter