The purpose of the Itasca County Pickelball Association (ICPA) is to promote the sport of pickleball throughout the greater Itasca County area, to facilitate the use of the pickleball courts and equipment, make rules and regulations for their optimum use and to foster goodwill, sportsmanship and fellowship among its members.

 

Striving For Excellence

Pickleball is a paddle sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis. Two, three, or four players use solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a perforated polymer ball, similar to a wiffle ball, over a net. The sport shares features of other racquet sports, the dimensions and layout of a badminton court, and a net and rules similar to tennis, with a few modifications. Pickleball was invented in the mid 1960s as a children’s backyard pastime but quickly became popular among adults as a fun game for players of all levels.

 

Announcements

 

ICPA Members Support of the YMCA’s Annual Campaign.  The purpose of this campaign is to raise funds to assist individuals and families who cannot afford the full cost of membership and program fees at the Y. Thanks to the efforts and generosity of it’s members, the ICPA was able to donate $2500 to this years campaign.  Read more here.

Covid-19  challenges us to make the necessary changes in our lives for the safety of ourselves, our family and friends.

Although the OUTDOOR COURTS AT THE  Y are now closed for the winter, the ICPA continues to work with the CDC, state and city governments, Itasca Public Health and the YMCA to ensure safe pickleball play.  As a result, we are now able to sign up to play pickleball on the INDOOR COURTS in the YMCA under the Covid-19  Guidelines for Safe Play  (here) as we did for the outdoor courts. Also, we will again be using SignUp Genius ( here ) to view dates/times of court availability or to schedule a play time and court monitor.

Scott Moore,  a top senior pro: conducted his second PB clinic, August 26 & 27, at the ODC in Grand Rapids. Scott focused on improving the mental game, shot making, shot selection and learning new strategies.  Scott also emphasized the importance and value of committing time and effort with drills and developing a systematic approach to pickleball.  Read more: here

ICPA Donates to YMCA:  Don Carlson, ICPA President, Carol Perrott, Treasurer, and Donna Hartung, Secretary, presented two portable pickleball net systems and eight paddles to Nick Hansen, Executive Director, and Kris Bolin, Health & Wellness Director, of the Itasca County Family YMCA. Read more   here

2019 Lakes and Loons Pickleball Classic Tournament: Results:  here    Photos:  here   

Misc. photos from 2019 L&L PB Classic:  can be found here

ICPA joins Pickleball Central Club Rewards Program ICPA members receive 5% off everything they purchase from pickleballcentral.com . Read more here.