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. …
Some participants have requested that the waiver be available to print at home so that they can fill it out before they get to the event.
Here is the form in PDF format. It prints on a single side of an 8 1/2 by 11 sheet of paper:
Printing it out and completing the form before you get to the venue will help speed the check in process up a lot.
That way you can begin pickling that much sooner! …
THE SCHEDULE IS NOW SET FOR PICKLE JAM!
ALL EVENTS except Super Early Check In ARE AT EAGLE TENNIS CLUB located at 1650 E. Riverside Drive, Eagle, ID 83616.
We have added two early check-ins for those of you who are in town and want to check in early.
AT CHECK IN: Sign a Waiver, List Emergency Contact, Get your Name Tag, Put on a Wrist Band, and get your SWAG. SWAG includes two pickleballs that you will use throughout the entire event.
THURSDAY, September 30 – 2:00 p.m – 4:00 p.m.
SUPER EARLY CHECK IN + POSSIBLE RECREATION PLAY at SETTLERS PARK PICKLEBALL COURTS — located at 3245 N. Meridian Road, Meridian, ID 83646
Check in + get your SWAG bag.
There are three dedicated outdoor courts and multiple tennis courts with pickleball lines.
You are welcome to play there although this is NOT a part of Pickle Jam.
NOTE: We have NOT reserved the courts, so you may be playing with non-Pickle Jam players.
THURSDAY, September 30 – 6:00 p.m – 8:00 p.m.
EARLY CHECK IN AND MEET + GREET HAPPY HOUR at EAGLE TENNIS CLUB — located at 1650 E. Riverside Drive, Eagle, ID 83616
Check in, get your SWAG bag, free snacks, and cash bar.
The courts will NOT be open, but we’d love to have you help tape some courts if you’re available.
PICKLE JAM ! ! ! ! !
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1 – 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
14 Hours of Open Play + Scheduled Events — Food Truck with Lunch or Dinner open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2 – 8:00 a.m. 8:00 p.m.
12 Hours of Open Play + Scheduled Events
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3 – 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
8 Hours of Open Play + Scheduled Events — Picnic Sack Lunch available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. …
Pickle Jam starts this Friday.
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.
Masks are optional but encouraged.
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…
READY FOR SOME OUTSIDE PLAY?
When you’re ready for some fresh air, you could put together a group of picklers and go to the nearest large court complex at Hobble Creek Park where there are 12 dedicated courts less than four miles away.…
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.
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.
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.
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…
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…
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 will be offered for each skill level grouping.…
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.
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. …