Pickle Jam 2020 Cancelled

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We have been closely monitoring the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic both locally in Boise, Idaho and around the nation.  Different levels of government and the USAPA have established various guidelines, restrictions, and mandates, but everything continues to be in a state of flux.  The current situation in Ada County (where Eagle and Boise, ID are located) is that we cannot hold gatherings greater than 50 people.  We are facing a current spike in cases in Idaho, and especially in Ada County. 

Even though Pickle Jam is over six weeks away, and we are all hopeful the situation will be better by then, we have regretfully decided to cancel Pickle Jam 2020. 

Our Reasons:

·         Current spike in local Covid-19 Cases

·         Current Stage 3 restrictions not allowing gatherings over 50

·         Participants flying and traveling from all over the country and needing to make travel plans

·         Pickle Jam being held in our beautiful, but indoor, facility.  With 250 participants, it will be hard to ensure proper social distancing measures.

·         Finally, and most importantly, the safety of all our wonderful participants and staff.

We appreciate all the support we have gotten to make this event a success.  As one of our players stated, “Pickle Jam works very hard to provide the best experience for all at a very reasonable price. It is truly a value and amazing that you can offer so much play and ambiance and fun experiences.”  We certainly hope to be back very soon providing our unique pickleball jamboree. 

Stay Safe and Healthy,

Pickle Jam Staff, Susannah, Dylan, and Kathy…

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Openings for Pickle Jam 2020

We are currently at 231 players registered for Pickle Jam 2020 which is scheduled to be held September 11-13, 2020. Total registrations are capped at 250 which includes five staff members.

We are moving ahead with plans to hold the event, but given the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic we, obviously, are not 100% sure the event will be able to be held.

We will follow national, state, county, and city guidelines for events as we get closer to the event.

However, there are players who want to secure a spot for the event.

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Those who do are being asked to fill out our Waiting List form to be placed on a list that we will maintain.

Those on the waiting list will not pay yet; they will just be on the list.

We plan to contact those on the waiting list beginning in July asking for payment, assuming the governmental guidelines state that social distancing has been removed.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

And please take care!

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As most of you know, the coronavirus has been greatly affecting our nation.

We have been following the news and the advice from health organizations and our local governments to understand the risks of the virus to a large gathering.

Our considerations have included:

  • Individuals most at risk – nearly 40% of our players are over 60 years old, a high-risk category
  • Players traveling from out-of-state
  • Staff and volunteers
  • The additional risk of large gatherings in an indoor facility
  • Our ability to reschedule to another date
  • Early cancellation to save on expenses

After careful consideration, we have determined that Pickle Jam will be rescheduled to September 11th-13th.  All registered players will have their spots saved and moved to the new dates.

Withdrawals and Refunds

You may withdraw and request a refund for your registration fees minus $10 to help with the occurred costs.  Please note it may take up to two weeks to process refund requests.  Players will have until August 25th to withdraw.  Please email picklejamboree@gmail.com with your name and “Withdrawal” in the subject line.  Refunds will be processed through PayPal, so please include your PayPal email address with the email.

Holding your spot

Players that are paid and registered will have their spot held.  We will reopen registration for the new dates once we drop below 250 players. 

Our entire team has been working on this issue and is disappointed we won’t be seeing you in April.  We will be working hard to make sure the event in September will be even better and we look forward to seeing you there.

Take care! …

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Pickle Jam 2020 Schedule

Here is the daily schedule for this year’s Pickle Jam event:

Open play is shown in green blocks. We will be using a new rotation system this year, and more information will be sent out soon about that.

We will be offering some events by skill level. Players will sign up for those events starting on Friday morning.

We are also offering some non-pickleball events throughout the weekend. Those are shown at the bottom of the schedule.

Over the next few weeks, we will be posting more information about the events and sending that information out via email to all participants.

Can’t wait to see y’all!

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KitchenFire Sports

Joining us as a sponsor this year is KitchenFire Sports, and we’re thrilled to have them!

From the KitchenFire Sports Website:

The beginning of this adventure was in the spring of 2015 when a group of friends I work with decided we should go play Pickleball. Equipped with our wooden paddles we headed out to get some exercise. Little did I know at that time I would become a Pickleball addict!

As we learned to play we decided we should create our own ladder and track who was winning the most games. So each of us created a team name; I chose KitchenFire. Obviously because I was going to set the kitchen on fire with the amazing shots I would use to crush my opponents. Reality was a bit less impressive than the name would imply.

Now that I’m totally addicted to Pickleball I decided to apply the skills I use for my day job, graphic design, to create some fun shirt designs. This was the best of both worlds. Loving Pickleball and design it just made sense. So in my spare time I created a few designs, convinced my wife that I could sell them so she’d let me spend the money to print them, and built this website.

My wife and I are hoping you love our shirts so we can travel to tournaments and sell KitchenFire gear because… more Pickleball time is always a good thing… Right?

Thank you for visiting our online store! We hope to meet many of you in-person out on the courts sometime in the future. So get out there and play in style with your KitchenFire gear!

Paul & Bev Jones

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Goodside Pickleball

Joining us as a sponsor this year is Goodside Pickleball, and we’re thrilled to have them!

From the Goodside Pickleball Website:

Pickleball is awesome. Sometimes the design of Pickleball isn’t. Some people love to adorn themselves in neon spandex and wear tournament shirts that have pickles holding paddles. Others don’t. 

To describe the Goodside revolution: Picture a motorboat showing up to a yacht rock party. Our products and style may not be for everyone. Our products amplify the culture that already is pickleball, and want to feed those that are addicted to it. At the same time, bringing a little edge to the world of neon. 

Goodside Pickleball aims to amplify the enjoyment of this growing sport by introducing extremely high quality and innovative products specific to the unique culture that is Pickleball. In other words, we want those that play this sport to play good as well as look good. Our goal is to bring products to you that enhance your pickleball lifestyle. And do it with a bit of an edge. Products that are a little devious, and a lot ingenious. 

Apparel is just the tip of the ice berg for us. In coming months, we will introduce new, proprietary products that cover all aspects of Pickleball. Please sign up for our newsletter to be made aware of new product launches. In the meantime, join the revolution, and,   

Welcome to the goodside of pickleball.

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Pickle Jam 2 News

Greetings, Pickle Jammers!

We are getting ready for Pickle Jam 2 to be held in Boise, Idaho, on April 17-19, 2020. 

We’re excited to give players a sneak peek at one of the SWAG items they will be getting. 

Ta da…. Here are the designs for our two sided 3″ bag tag for players to put on their gear bag. The Pickle Jam 2020 logo on one side, and the beautiful Boise skyline with the foothills in the background is on the other. 

The design includes a couple of trees for The City of Trees and the Boise River which runs right through the city. 

We’ll be getting more SWAG ready, but we want the rest to be a surprise for players when they get here. 

By the end of February, we will post a schedule of events including round robins, meals, crazy competitions, and other fun things we will be doing during Pickle Jam 2. 

The schedule will help players plan their stay so that they can pickle to their heart’s content and still visit some of the wonderful things to do in the Boise area

Because we’ve doubled the event size from last year (125 players on 12 courts to 250 players on 24 courts), we are working on a rotation system so that players get as much play as they can in. We will be trying that rotation system out at a local tournament being held here in mid-February. More information will be posted here about that in March. 

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Jennifer Lucore Hears about Pickle Jam

My identical twin sister, Carol Amos, is a pickleball fanatic. She’s an ambassador, cheerleader, and promoter of all things pickleball.

Carol is the “Marge in Charge” of the Cal Neva group coming to Pickle Jam 2020. The group currently has 48 members, and Carol has set a personal goal to have 50 members in her group.

As she was promoting PJ2 on Facebook last night, she tagged a group of fellow players about the event.

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One of those Carol tagged was none other than Jennifer Lucore, a 2019 Pickleball Hall of Fame inductee.

I have followed Jennifer’s illustrious pickleball career since I started playing years ago.

From Jennifer’s Web site AllPickleball.com:

Jennifer Lucore is a professional pickleball player and a global pickleball ambassador. Her numerous gold medal championships include: 17-time USAPA Nationals, 11-time Canadian Nationals, 6-time Huntsman World Senior Games, 6-time International Tournaments, 4-time Tournament of Champions, and many golds at both the US Open Pickleball Championships and Professional Pickleball Federation (PPF) tournaments. 

Here is what Jennifer said in reply to Carol’s post about Pickle Jam:

That made my week!

Jennifer and her mother, Beverly Youngren, have written a book about pickleball covering its history for the first fifty years: History of Pickleball: More Than 50 Years of Fun!

A special thank you to Carol for shamelessly promoting our event.

And another special thank you to Jennifer for her encouragement.

Pickleball players are the best!

UPDATE–Carol reached her goal of 50 players!

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