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Colorado Springs to host - 2015 Great Plains Regional Pickleball Tournament
Tuesday, July 01, 2014


“We are pleased to hear that Colorado Springs has been awarded this tournament! Our community is a wonderful destination for sporting events, and tournaments such as this contribute to the national spotlight on our City’s sports, health and wellness.”  

-Karen Palus, Director, Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services  

Colorado Springs, CO- Colorado Springs has been selected as host of the inaugural 2015 Great Plains Regional Pickleball Tournament. The event is expected to bring pickleball competitors from across the United States and Canada.

Steve and Ramona Boone, Regional Directors for the Great Plains USA Pickleball Association (USAPA) note:

“A key factor in selecting Colorado Springs as the host city was due to a recent decision by Colorado Springs Parks Department to convert the dual use tennis and pickleball courts at Monument Valley Park to 13 dedicated pickleball courts.  Pikes Peak Pickleball Club (PPPC) has also successfully demonstrated the ability to run large USAPA sanctioned tournaments.”

Nancy Steffy, President of the PPPC, applauded Karen Palus and her team for their support and vision for Colorado Springs to become a world-class pickleball venue. Jeff Norton, Vice President of PPPC, spearheaded the club's three-year efforts which resulted in City Parks’ decision to expand the number of pickleball courts from 6 to 13. Monument Valley Park will still retain two dedicated tennis courts.

About the Pikes Peak or Bust Tournament

  • Last year's "Pikes Peak or Bust" tournament drew 145 players from 13 states
  • Registration for the 2012 and 2013 tournaments was limited due to a lack of courts to accommodate players
  • Registration is now open for this year's tournament scheduled for September 4-7 at Monument Valley Park
  • To register go to www.pickleballtournaments.com. Click on "Colorado" and "Pikes Peak or Bust" Pickleball tournament
  • The public is invited to watch the tournament free of charge

What is Pickleball?

Pickleball is the fastest-growing sport in the country. It is played on a badminton-sized court (indoor or outdoor) with the net lowered to 34 Inches at the center. It requires a perforated plastic ball similar to a wiffle ball and a flat-surfaced wood, composite or graphite paddle about twice the size of a Ping-Pong paddle.