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

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Pickleball. Pickleball is a racquet 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 joins PickleBall Club Rewards Program — There are hundreds of local pickleball clubs popping up across the country and Pickleball Central wants these clubs to grow and multiply, so they’ve created a program called ClubRewards. ICPA members receive 5% off everything they purchase from pickleballcentral.com . When checking out type in our club’s discount code, CRICPA, in the coupon code box, hit the “apply” button and you’ll see 5% of the bill disappear! Every time a member uses our club’s discount code, 5% of the purchase goes into our club’s fund. In February they’ll send our club a gift card for the value of whatever is in the club’s Reward Account from the preceding year. The gift card can be used toward the purchase of anything Pickleball Central sells.

L&L PB Classic. If you have not sent in a registration for the Lakes and Loons Pickleball Classic Tournament in Grand Rapids, MN, September 9-10, 2017, it is recommended you do so soon!  When registering be sure that you send in the registration form (here), the release waiver (here) and full payment.

ICPA Members Win GOLD.  Denny and Deb Perreault won gold medals at the April, 2017 U.S. Open Pickleball Championships in Naples, Florida. There were over 1300 competitors in multiple divisions. Deb and Denny competed against 24 other teams in the Mixed Doubles Skill Group 65+ 3.5 division.  After a long day of five tough matches (only dropping one game) they prevailed to win the gold. Congratulations Deb and Denny!

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