2023 Rocky Mountain Championships: A Premier Pickleball Tournament

Introduction

The 2023 Rocky Mountain Championships is set to be one of the most exciting pickleball tournaments of the year. Players from Colorado and across the country will gather at the Clement Park Pickleball Complex in Littleton, Colorado, from July 26th to July 30th, 2023. As a fully sanctioned tournament by USA Pickleball, participants can expect high-quality officiating and efficient operations. From skill level 3.0 to 5.0, the tournament will utilize the UTPR to rate players and determine seeding placements.

Team Challenge Event

An exciting addition to this year’s tournament is the inclusion of team challenge competitions, offering cash prizes to the winning teams in each division. Each team will consist of two men and two women, with each player registered in the tournament. The team brackets will be divided into two age groups: 18 to 59 and 60 plus. Within each age group, there will be two skill levels: 4.0 and below, and 4.5 to 5.0. Teams must ensure their players fit within the age/skill limits of the bracket. The team challenge events are non-sanctioned and will not affect player ratings. A $4,000 prize purse will be distributed to the winning teams, with the top three teams in each bracket receiving cash prizes.

Tournament Format

The tournament will follow a double elimination format, with the possibility of teams coming up through the consolation bracket to win the gold. To ensure fair and competitive play, a minimum of five teams must register for each event. If there are fewer than five teams, events may be combined by either age or skill level, allowing players to compete against others in a different age group or skill level. The combination of events will not change the scheduled day of play, and medals will still be awarded to winners of the original bracket levels.

Main draw matches will consist of a best of three-game format, with each game played to 11 points, requiring a win by two points. In the consolation bracket, matches will be decided by a single game played to 15 points, also requiring a win by two points.

For divisions of five teams, a round-robin format will be used (doubles only), whereas divisions of four and three teams will play in a double elimination format. Winners in the round-robin format will be determined based on matches won-head to head and point differential.

Refund Policy

It’s important to note that the tournament has a no-refund policy, except for withdrawals before the cancellation deadline of June 10th, 2023. Players who withdraw before this date will receive a refund of all fees paid, minus a $25 cancellation fee. Withdrawals must be submitted via email to the tournament registration desk. After the cancellation deadline, no refunds or credits will be given unless players have purchased a registration weather insurance policy specifically for the Rocky Mountain Championships.

Inclement Weather Policy

As an outdoor event, the Rocky Mountain Championships is subject to weather conditions. In the event of inclement weather or any other unforeseen circumstances, the tournament organizer will make every effort to ensure that scheduled matches are played. However, there is no indoor venue available, and the playability of matches will depend on court conditions and player safety. If matches are interrupted due to weather, the tournament will evaluate the situation on a case-by-case basis to determine if the bracket can be finished or if winners will be determined. The tournament’s decision in such cases will be final.

Registration Weather Insurance Policy

Participants have the option to purchase a registration weather insurance policy during their initial registration. This insurance provides specific coverage details and can be helpful for players who may need to withdraw due to unforeseen weather conditions.

Venue Information

The Clement Park Pickleball Complex, located at 7306 West Bowles Avenue in Littleton, Colorado, will host the Rocky Mountain Championships. With a surface type of concrete and an outdoor non-covered play area, players can enjoy a competitive game of pickleball in a beautiful setting. The complex features 16 permanent net type courts, ensuring ample space for all participants. Parking is available at no additional cost.

Conclusion

The 2023 Rocky Mountain Championships promises to be an unforgettable event for pickleball enthusiasts. With a range of skill levels, exciting team challenges, and a beautiful venue, it is the perfect summer destination tournament. Whether you are a seasoned player or new to the sport, the Rocky Mountain Championships offers an opportunity to compete against top talent and enjoy the pickleball community. Don’t miss out on the chance to be a part of this premier pickleball tournament!

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