Ryder Roelf and his partner from Minnesota got Bronze in the 52nd Junior Olympics and first AAU Tournament to include Pickleball.
Congrats to Ryder and thank you to grandma Ruth Sanders for getting him involved with PB. One of the parents made a point of telling us how polite Ryder was while playing today.
Anthony Maldonado and Cale Curry from Eldridge also got Bronze in their age division.
Our boys are on the National stage!
The AAU Junior Olympics will include pickleball as a competitive sport for the FIRST TIME this year. This event will take place in Des Moines, IA on Tuesday, July 31st at the Iowa Event Center. The AAU has modified/expanded the qualifications for entry down to age 9!! Please let all your family and friends know that this is a tremendous opportunity for the area, the AAU, and indeed pickleball itself.
Registration is open through Monday the 30th!
Don’t get caught up that the registration page says 12-18, the AAU contacted me personally and assured me that virtually all ages (up to 18) are eligible to register and participate.
Catch you on court soon. Until then,
…keep your paddle, and your spirits, UP!!
Steve Stone, CPTP
Pickleball Iowa, Founder
Certified Pickleball Teaching Professional
Please spread the word! There will be pickleball in the upcoming AAU Junior Olympics in Des Moines, IA the end of July.
This event is taking place the end of the month with pickleball scheduled to be played on Tuesday, July 31st at the Iowa Event Center! Below are a few pertinent details, however you can find more details, in the flyer at the end of this message along with registration, from here. https://www.secure.pickleballtournaments.com/welcome.pl?tid=2282
Please let any youngsters you know, that they are more than welcome to register to play. Your younger children as well as grand children, nieces, nephews, other relatives, friends …, qualifying ages are 14-18. This is an awesome opportunity!
Format: will be round robin or
double elimination (depending on entries).
Ball: AAU will privide Onix
Deadline for registration: July 29th
Registration is on
Entry Fee: $10.00
Entry fee includes: T-shirt
AAU Membership is required
USAPA membership is not required
Again, more details can be found online from the link above.
Thank you in advance for spreading the word.
This is a tremendous opportunity for the sport of pickleball and indeed our younger players!