Beginner’s Tournament @ Mel McKay

BEGINNERS, COME JOIN THE FUN!! Over 130 people took Beginning Pickleball 101 this year and now all beginners (not just those who took the class) have an opportunity to play in a Ladder Tournament Tuesday, October 4th, (rain Date Thursday, October 6) at the Mel McKay Pickleball Courts (92nd and 14th Avenue in Southwest Rock Island.) Sign in begins at 8 a.m. and play begins at 8:30. The tourney is just for fun but will give you an idea of how you compare to other beginners and the tournament atmosphere.

ELIGIBLE PLAYERS: The number of players will be limited.

Player has never played in a tournament.

Player considers themselves a beginner.

Player has started playing Pickleball in the last year.


Ladder Tournament -Doubles play.

You do not need a partner.

Games will be to 11 points.

Winners will move up the ladder (courts) but split to play the winners on the court “above”. This format means you play with a different partner each game most of the time.

If you do not win you stay on the same court and split for the next game.

Points in each game will be kept and the people with the highest points at the end of the tournament are the winners.

COST: There is no cost to play in the Beginners’ Tournament but a donation to the Mel McKay Court Fund the day of the tournament would be appreciated. If donating by checks, checks should be made out to the Rock Island Park District.

OTHER: Please bring your own lawn chairs, water and snacks. Depending on the number of players, the tournament should be over by mid-afternoon. Registration is between 8 a.m. and 8:20. You will check in, sign a Waiver and be assigned a court. Warm up and tournament instructions from 8:20 to 8:30. Play begins at 8:30.

Register by e-mailing Sharon Walters at and let her know how long you have been playing Pickleball and if you would be willing to sub if the tournament is full.


See you on the courts.

This entry was posted in News and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

One Response to Beginner’s Tournament @ Mel McKay

  1. Lisa says:

    Great idea! Hope they do it on a weekend sometime.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s