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.

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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.


5/9/17 – YMCA Outdoor Courts Project – UPDATE:  Our last report was in December so it’s high time we provide you with up-to-date information on where we’re at.  Despite one setback there continues to be terrific progress made, exciting news developing, as well as significant progress in our fundraising efforts.  We have two new  ODC at the Y project documents updates for you: Outdoor Courts at the Y – Project Update May, 2017 and Fundraising Campaign YMCA Outdoor Courts Project –  Q & A’s.  Read more about these updates at: Projects

5/5/17 – Registration now available for the Lakes and Loons Pickleball Classic Tournament in Grand Rapids, MN, September 9-10, 2017. When registering be sure that you send in the registration form (here), the release waiver (here) and full payment.

4/29/17 – ICPA Members Win GOLD.  Denny and Deb Perreault competed today at the 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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4/18/17 – Recent GR Herald-Review Article.  A recent edition of the Grand Rapids Herald-Review (April 16th) featured an article written by Britta Arendt entitled  “Courts for Community”. The article detailed the efforts of the ICPA and the Grand Rapids Area Basketball Association with support from the YMCA and the City of Grand Rapids in planning a new outdoor court area to be constructed adjacent to the YMCA. This space will feature six pickleball courts, one full-size basketball court and three four-square courts. To read more about pickleball,  pickleball at the YMCA, the ICPA and the cooperative efforts of these great organizations in this project, click Herald Review Article .

4/13/17 – Outdoor play begins 4/17/2017 –  go to  Places to Play   for  courts, days and times,

12/24/16 – YMCA Outdoor Courts – UPDATE       It has been two months since our last project update and on behalf of the Outdoor Courts at the Y Implementation Committee, we’re very happy to report that significant progress continues. We’d like to share what has transpired over the past 2 months and what to look forward to for the coming winter and spring time frames. Read more at: Projects .

11/15/16 – BEGINNER Pickleball at the YMCA!!  “Pickleball is a simple paddle game played using a special perforated, slow-moving ball over a tennis-type net on a badminton-sized court”.

If you are 50 years of age or older and interested in learning how to play Pickleball, the North court of the gym will be available on Thursday and Saturday mornings from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. for beginners. Experience players will be available to help teach you how to play. For more information, contact: Kris Bolin – YMCA at 218-327-11611 or directly at 218-327-8801.

New YMCA Outdoor Courts Project – UPDATE 11/16

Your Outdoor Courts at the Y Implementation Team is pleased to report that excellent progress is being made in our goal of building an outdoor venue at the local YMCA. A Project Statement was drafted and approved by the Team. Read more at: Projects .