Pickleball is a tentative sport for the 2015 Summer Games

If the sport is held, the format is likely to resemble this:

Date, location and entry fee is TBA.

Competition Format

Divisions offered: Beginner and recreational doubles (1.0-2.5); Intermediate doubles (3.0-3.5); Advanced doubles (4.0 and above). Female, male and co-ed offered in each division.

The tournament will either be in “round robin” or “double elimination.”  The format of the tournament will be decided based on the number of applicants registered.  In general, most men’s and women’s doubles will play in the morning and then the Co-Ed games will be played in the afternoon.  All matches will also be played indoors using Jugs indoor balls.

Sport director reserves the right to combine divisions if necessary. Match length and schedule may be adjusted due to the tournament style.

Player Rating System:

1.0           These players need to work most on developing their hand/eye coordination. They frequently miss the ball entirely, but can hit some of the slower balls with their forehand. They have a hard time playing games because they can’t keep a rally going.

1.5           These players keep some short rallies going with their forehand, but still fail to return easy balls frequently and occasionally still miss the ball entirely. They have played a few games and know the basic rules of the game.

2.0           These players are learning to judge where the ball is going, but can sustain a short rally with players of equal ability. They have obvious weaknesses in most of their strokes.

2.5           These players are able to keep quite a few balls going with their forehands, make most easy volleys, and are beginning to make some backhands but need to work more on developing their strokes. They are thinking more about coming up to the non-volley zone to hit volleys and are making an effort to be more aggressive.

3.0           These players are fairly consistent when hitting medium-paced shots, but are not comfortable with all strokes and lack control when trying for direction, depth, or power on their shots. They are beginning to attempt lobs and dinks but don’t fully understand when and why they should use them and don’t have a lot of success with them.

3.5           These players have achieved improved stroke dependability with directional control on most medium speed balls and some harder hit balls. They still need to develop more depth and variety with their shots, but are exhibiting more aggressive net play, are anticipating their opponent’s shots better, and are developing teamwork in doubles.

4.0           These players have dependable strokes, including directional control and depth on both forehand and backhand sides with most shots. They can use lobs, overheads, approach shots and volleys with some success and occasionally force errors when serving. Rallies may be lost due to impatience. Teamwork in doubles is evident. They know the rules of the game and can play by them.

4.5           These players have developed their use of power and spin, can successfully execute all shots, can control the depth of their shots, and can handle pace. They have sound footwork and they move well enough to get to the non-volley zone whenever required. They understand strategy and can adjust their style of play according to their opponent’s strengths and weaknesses and their position on the court. They can hit serves with power and accuracy and can also vary the speed and spin of the serve if desired.

5.0           These players have all the skills of the 4.5 players, but have either developed these same skills to a higher level or are simply quicker and/or stronger than the 4.5 group of players

The player rating scale is based is from the USA Pickleball Association.


Open to all Minnesota residents. USAPA membership is not required.

Special Registration Instructions

This is a doubles competition, but players will register as individuals. Individuals registering by mail should list the event code number and their partner’s name on the official entry form or a separate sheet of paper. On-line registrants will be contacted after registering to provide the name of their doubles partner. Each doubles partner must complete and return a separate entry form and waiver. Note that your team will be entered at the skill level based on the higher rated player.

Participants may enter both single gender and co-ed doubles for one registration fee, but only once in each event. If you would like to play in this doubles event, but do not have a partner, indicate so on the registration form and pay for the event. We will attempt to find a partner for you, but cannot guarantee our success in that effort.


USA Pickleball Association (USAPA) rules apply in all matches. All participants are responsible for knowing and understanding the rules, policies, and code of conduct for the sport of pickleball. Shoes must have non-marking soles. We can provide paddles if necessary.



Schedule of Events



Star of the North Games medals will be awarded to the top three finishers in each division.

All-Events Passes

Passes are required for admission to all Star of the North Summer Games events and may be purchased for $10 per person at registration check-in, or at the Pickleball venue. Admission is free for children 12 and under. All athletes receive a credential as part of their registration fee.

Refund Policy

In the case of inclement weather, every effort will be made to complete the tournament in its entirety. Fees are non-refundable if the tournament is canceled, shortened or otherwise modified in any way due to inclement weather. No refunds to athletes that register and then later withdraw from the tournament.

Sport Director


For Additional Information

Contact the Star of the North Games office at 763.785.5603 or 800.756.7827 (toll free).  E-mail address: sgames@mnsports.org.  Visit us at our web site – www.starofthenorthgames.org or at stcloudpb.weebly.com.