We are very sorry to inform you that Pickle Jam Minneapolis has been cancelled due to lack of registrations.
The event was scheduled for June 10-12, 2022 at Lucky Shots Pickleball Club.
We were so looking forward to holding the event and know that those of you who were registered were looking forward to coming.
For those of you who are still planning on traveling to Minneapolis to join friends and play pickleball, go to Lucky Shots Pickleball (https://luckyshotspickleball.com/) and click on one of the pink BOOK A COURT buttons. Follow the instructions to download the app and create an account to reserve a court.
We sincerely regret any inconvenience cancelling Pickle Jam may cause you. We tried our hardest to promote the event and we know that you did, too. …
For those of you who have attended one or both previous events, you will know that Eagle Tennis Club was a great venue. However. we are unable to hold this year’s event there, so we have found a new place to hold Pickle Jam 2022.
During Open Play sessions (see event schedule), we will be using magnetic white boards to determine rotation on to courts. This rotation process is designed to get players on the court quickly and keep courts full so that everyone is playing lots of pickleball.
Each player will receive a magnet with their name and skill level printed on it. This will be used throughout the entire weekend, so keep track of your magnet!
ONE ROTATION BOARD FOR EVERY FOUR COURTS
Each set of four courts will have its own rotation board as shown below. The rotation board will be placed near those four courts.
Note the green letters in the upper left part of each block: A, B, C, D, E, and F. The rotation on to courts will follow that sequence. Once Block F goes out on to a court, the group in Block A will be next to go out.
Here’s how it works…
Each player determines who they want to play with and places their magnets into the first available block that they will fit into.
No block can jump in front of another block even if they have four players and the blocks in front of them only have one, two, or three players.
In the example above, Block A is next to go out as indicated by the circle magnet with the Pickle Jam Logo. Block A players need one more player to fill their foursome. In order to get play moving, someone from Blocks B-F or another player waiting to get on the board should jump ahead of all others and fill that foursome. Block A players remove their magnets and go out and play.
A player from Block B will now move the circle Pickle Jam logo magnet to their block to indicate that they are next to go out and play. And players in Block B should start asking others if they want to join them.
Again, no block can jump in front of another block even if they have four players and the blocks in front of them only have one, two, or three players.
All players will be given instructions on how the rotation works at check in. Please see one of the administrators of the event if you have questions or problems. …
We are concerned about the spread of illness just as many players have communicated to us in recent weeks.
With that in mind, here are the steps, changes, and ideas we have implemented and suggest to make an event of this size as safe as possible.
REDUCTION IN PLAYER COUNT
Initial cap on players was 250. We reduced that to no more than 200. It’s looking like we will end up with about 175 players.
OUTSIDE CHECK IN
We will be holding check in outside during peak periods at multiple tables to spread players out.
ADDITION OF STRUCTURED EVENTS
We have added more events to the schedule. (VIEW THE SCHEDULE) Players can still play all they want, but we’re hoping that these events (which players will have to sign up at the venue starting on Friday morning at 10:00 a.m.) will help spread people out throughout the day.
FOOD TRUCK FROM 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. ON FRIDAY
Rather than having a catered BBQ dinner on Friday night, we are now having an Argentinian food truck that will serve players either lunch or dinner. The menu will be the same for both meals. Each player will get a ticket to present to the truck for their meal.
PICNIC LUNCH FROM 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. ON SUNDAY
We will provide a sack picnic lunch on Sunday for all players. It will be full of yummies that will be easy to eat while sitting outside on the lawn or on a chair.
OUTSIDE SEATING for MEALS
There is limited outside seating for meals. We encourage local players to bring a lawn chair to sit outside during their meals and break times. Maybe bring another chair and make a new friend!
VENUE LOCATION, INFORMATION + SIZE
Eagle Tennis Club is located at 1650 E. Riverside Drive in Eagle, Idaho. It is huge at over 90,000 square feet. We will have 24 pickleball courts on 12 tennis courts, so the courts will have lots of room between them. Our player to court ratio for the event is just over seven players per court. And not all players are on the courts at one time.
MASKS and HAND SANITIZER
We will have multiple bottles of hand sanitizer placed throughout the venue.
Eating and resting between games outside is looking good so far. For those of you coming from out of town, you’re in for a treat. Early fall is a special time of year in the Treasure Valley.
Take the time to take a quick stroll down the nearby Boise River Greenbelt and view the beautiful fall colors. The Greenbelt is just 1/3 of a mile away… Once you’re on it, you can walk for miles and miles…
During Friday’s late morning session of Pickle Jam, we are holding a fun fundraising event on Courts 1 + 2 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.
FUNDRAISER FOR ALL SKILL LEVELS
Porter Barr, a 14-year-old serving phenom, recently served out an entire gold medal game with his chainsaw serve 11-0-2.
Here’s your chance to experience it for a good cause. You can join him in an exhibition to raise funds for Veteran Suicide Prevention during Pickle Jam.
For a $1+ donation, you will be able to try to return Porter’s kick serve. Come see how you fare!
All proceeds will go to the Boise area chapter of One More Day — a Veteran operated non-profit providing Military, Veterans, and Police access to help for suicide prevention, depression, and anxiety issues.
During the recent Idaho Senior Games, Porter put on a similar event and raised $854 for One More Day.
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.
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!
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.