Pickle Jam is Less than Two Weeks Away…

A few updates about the event….

GIVE SPEC TENNIS A TRY! 

Ever heard of Spec Tennis? It’s played on a pickleball court with unique equipment. The paddle is made with a high density core (compared to a tennis racquet) with holes to make it easier to swing. The ball is an orange dot low compression tennis ball that bounces much more than a pickleball and less than a tennis ball.

We will have two sets of four paddles each so you can try doubles spec tennis during specific times.

NOTE: We will be cheating a bit and playing it with pickleball scoring and pickleball rules–no stepping in the kitchen on a volley. 

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FOOD TRUCK

The Buenos Aires food truck will be at the venue on Friday. Each Pickle Jam participant will get a ticket good for lunch or dinner. They offer a yummy taste of Argentina! 

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SINGLES ANYONE? 

We have added a few time slots during non-peak times for singles play on a few courts for those who want to give it a try. Of course, if courts are open at non-singles time and you want to play singles, feel free to grab a court and play a game. 


SCHEDULE

We are fine tuning the schedule. Click here to see the latest.

Overall hours will not change, but specific events may as we get closer to the event. 

Event Hours: Friday, October 1: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, October 2: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, October 3: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

NOTE: Most players come and go throughout the day. Only true diehards play all day, every day… 


WHAT ARE THE NUMBERS? 

Currently, our registration count is below 200 players with the following breakdown per skill level and groupings for play on the 24 available courts. 

Courts 1-4 — 2.0, 2.5 + 3.0 Skill Levels2.0 — 3 players, 2.5 — 6 players, 3.0 — 25 players
Courts 5-12 — 4.0, 4.5, 5.0+ Skill Levels4.0 — 38 players, 4.5 — 22 players, 5.0+ — 3 players
Courts 13-24 — 3.5 Skill Level 3.5 — 75 players…

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Preliminary Pickle Jam Schedule

We’re getting closer and closer to Pickle Jam! 

The event will be held October 1-3 with over 30 hours of pickleball fun. 

We have drawn up a preliminary schedule so that y’all have a basic idea of how the event works. View the schedule here.

A few things to know… 

MOST OF THE SCHEDULE IS OPEN PLAY. 

The majority of the schedule is for OPEN PLAY. During OPEN PLAY, each game is to 11, win by one. 

There will be a rotation system set in place. If players are waiting for your play area, the rotation system must be used. 

Once each game has completed, ALL FOUR PLAYERS will rotate off the court and enter their name on to the rotation system. 

PLAY BY SKILL LEVEL
Based on our current registration numbers of just over 200 players, we are planning on grouping skill levels on courts so that each group has about nine players per court at peak times. 

2.0, 2.5, + 3.0 players — 25% of all players on six courts

3.5 players — 42% of all players on ten courts

4.0 players — 20% of all players on five courts

4.5 + 5.0+ players — 13% of all players on three courts

While players are not limited to play in their own skill level grouping during OPEN PLAY, our experience has shown that players get the most enjoyment and skill development at Pickle Jam by playing 80% of the time with their peers, 10% of the time playing with lower skill levels, and 10% of the time playing with higher skill levels.

Playing up lets players see different shots and different strategies. Playing down lets players try those different shots and strategies easier because the game moves at a slower level. And playing with your peers helps you work on specific skills while you are most at ease and in a Zen-like moment, helping you grow the most as a player. 

EVERYONE HAS A DIFFERENT PREFERRED TIME TO PLAY… 
Most players aren’t at the venue the whole time. There are some who do, but most come and go throughout the day. 

Some players are early birds, so they might come at 8:00 a.m. and get a couple of hours of play in. Then they’ll join in with some friends and go have breakfast at a nearby restaurant. Maybe take a quick nap or a stroll down The Greenbelt. Then they will come back to play in the later afternoon. 

Others like to sleep in and let the early birds play until they get tired. The latecomers will arrive at about 11 and play for a couple of hours. Then they go take a nap.

Everyone has a different schedule, but there’s always pickleball going on… 

PLAY WITH A 4.0+ PLAYER
Players in the 2.0-3.0 skill level are welcome to play with a 4.0+ player during this session. It’s a great opportunity to see how fast and sometimes how slow play is at that level. 

ROUND ROBINS
Round robins will be offered for each skill level grouping.…

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Openings for Pickle Jam 2021

We currently have openings for Pickle Jam which will be held October 1-3, 2021, in Eagle, Idaho.

To register, fill out the Waitlist form. We will contact you soon via email with instructions on how to submit your payment to complete your registration.

Cost for the event is $125 for the registration fee plus 6% sales tax for a total of $132.50.

Includes over 30 hours of pickleball play, barbecue dinner on Friday night, picnic lunch on Sunday, a SWAG bag of goodies and some competitive and crazy events.

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Pickle Jam Lodging

The best part of Pickle Jam, other than playing pickleball for hours on end, is meeting and getting to know new pickling friends!

If you are a Treasure Valley resident and are willing and able to offer a room to an out-of-town visitor, please fill out this form.

If you are a visitor coming from a different city or state and want to try to stay with a local pickler, please fill out this form.

If you are a visitor coming from a different city or state and already have a place to stay and have an extra room and/or bed you want to offer to a visiting player, please fill out this form.

We will work to connect hosts and lodgers as players post their info in the forms. …

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Registered Players + SWAG Sneak Peak

You can view the current Registered Players list on our Website

The page shows the current payment status of all players. Those whose names are in italics have not paid for the event. 

Payment is due by July 22 to remain registered. All players who have not paid by that date will be removed to make room for new registered players.

Sneak Peak of Some Pickle Jam SWAG

Here’s a sneak peak of some of the SWAG you will get at Pickle Jam! The back of the bag tag… …

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Payment is Now Due for Pickle Jam 2021

Payment is now due for Pickle Jam 2021 for players who are now on the Registered Players list.

The registration fee is $125, and there is a 6% charge for Idaho sales tax. That makes the total payment due $132.50.

Payment is due by July 15.

Registered players were sent an email on July 2 regarding payment. If you are registered but did not receive that email, please let us know at picklejamboree@gmail.com.

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99 Days until Pickle Jam Starts!

Sing to the tune of 99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall…

99 days ’til Pickle Jam starts, 99 days ’til fun.
Pickle one day then sleep away, 98 days ’til Pickle Jam starts.

98 days ’til Pickle Jam starts, 98 days ’til fun.
Pickle one day then sleep away, 97 days ’til Pickle Jam starts.

97 days ’til Pickle Jam starts, 97 days ’til fun.
Pickle one day then sleep away, 96 days ’til Pickle Jam starts…

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Pickle Jam 2021 is Full!

Pickle Jam 2021 registration is closed because the event is full at 250 players!

We are maintaining a wait list for openings that occur, so if you are interested in coming, please sign up for that. View the current wait list.

Thank you to all the participants who have signed up!

We are so looking forward to holding Pickle Jam again and can’t wait to see and pickle with y’all!

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