Venue Layout

Pickle Jam will be held at the Eagle Tennis Club located at 1650 E. Riverside Drive, Eagle, ID 83616 .

We will be using half of the 90,000 square foot facility with 12 painted pickleball courts on six tennis courts.

Players will wait for their turn to play on the Mezzanine Level while they watch all of the pickleball action.

Continental breakfasts will be served each morning from 8:00 to 10:00 .m. in the Club House. Friday night’s BBQ dinner from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. will also be served in the Club House, and diners can eat outside on the patio while listening to Treasure Valley’s own Mike Cramer sing and perform.

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Pickle Jam Schedule

Pickle Jam is only four days away!

You can download a PDF schedule of events HERE.

A few highlights:

THURSDAY, MAY 2

Meet and Greet and Early Check-In If you’re in town, come join us at Eagle Tennis Club from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Pick up your SWAG bag! We will have non-pickleball games like beach volley ball and corn hole. ETC will host a cash bar. Free snacks.

FRIDAY, MAY 3

CHECK-IN begins at 8:00 a.m. Get your SWAG bags and get started playing pickleball!

A No Unforced Oops (Errors) Contest will be held in the afternoon. Skill Levels 2.0-3.5 will be from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Skill levels 4.0 and above will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sign ups begin Friday morning at the Sign Up Table. First and Second Place Winners will receive an I Love Pickleball window cling.

SATURDAY, MAY 4

Idaho Food Bank Round Robins will be held Saturday starting at 11:00 a.m. Different skill levels will play at different times. Sign ups begin Friday at noon at the Sign Up Table. This event is optional and a donation to the Idaho Food Bank is appreciated. See the schedule for specific times for specific skill levels. The top four players in each skill level will compete in a Gold Medal Match at 5:30 p.m. Gold medal winners will receive $25 each; silver medal winners will receive $15 each. All medal winners will receive an Idaho Pickleball window cling.

SUNDAY, MAY 5

A Dinking Contest will be held in the morning. Skill levels 2.0-3.5 will be from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Skill levels 4.0 and above will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. First and Second Place Winners will receive a Let’s Play Pickleball window cling.

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Double Decker Espresso Bus

DO NOT GET A CUP OF COFFEE BEFORE YOU COME TO PICKLE JAM ON FRIDAY MORNING!

Buy a delicious cup from the Double Decker Expresso Bus which will be visiting our venue, Eagle Tennis Club. How FUN is this?!?

Owned and operated by a local family, the Double Decker Espresso Bus travels around the Treasure Valley to spread fun and coffee!

Here’s their story…

One of us loves coffee, one hates it. Never been to England. Never driven a bus on the wrong side of the road, but somehow it all just made sense. Let’s have a double decker coffee bus! We previously owned a special occasion restaurant for over a decade in Nampa (The Mona Lisa Fondue Restaurant). Loved our time sharing it with people celebrating many of the special moments in life. When we closed, it also felt great spending time with our growing family and learning completly different skills. Years later, the time feels right for our family to hop aboard this crazy ride! We are learning what this will look like as we go and invite you all along with us. How much fun can one have in a big, red bus?!

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Thursday Evening Meet + Greet

We are having a Meet + Greet at Eagle Tennis Club from 6-8 p.m.
for those players who will be in the Boise area on Thursday evening.

Please join us if you can.

You can check in, get your SWAG bag, and meet other Pickle Jam participants.

We won’t be able to play any pickleball, but we’ll still have lots of fun!

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What’s it really going to be like at Pickle Jam?

One of the most often asked questions I get when talking with people about the jamboree is, “What’s it really going to be like?”

After I tell people it’s incredibly fun, almost too much fun to be legal, I start breaking down what a typical day will be like.

The event will start at 8:00 a.m., but not all players will get there by then. Some will go out to breakfast with friends, some sleep in. The die-hards will get there before 8:00 to start playing as soon as possible.

Tables will be marked by either specific skill levels or skill level ranges. Example: 2.0 to 3.0, 4.5+ and so on.

Players will put their paddles on their appropriate tables and once there’s a foursome ready to go, they will be off to play their first game. There will be table monitors to coordinate play.

If the foursome are good matches for one another, they might stack their paddles together for the next few games so that they can continue playing.

If a player wants to locate some new players, she will say, “I need to take a break for a bit.” And then she starts watching others to play with. Once she locates others, she will ask if she can play the next game with them.

After maybe three hours of playing, many players will want to take a break, so they will gather up others who want to go out to lunch. (At the Boise Pickle Jam there are dozens of great restaurants within a couple of miles.)

Some players will take a break to go off and explore the area. (Take a look at 26 things to do in the Boise area…) Others will go back to their motel and take a nap.

Lots of players will simply stay and watch while they meet new people. The venue for the Boise Pickle Jam is great for this because there is a mezzanine to watch all the play from.

Pickleball play will continue on all day. There will be busy times and not so busy times, but play will continue on and on and on.

Even the evening hours will be full of pickleball play. There will be diehards who will play all day against others who will have taken a break for a nap or exploring and will now be ready to play their favorite game even more.

All players will have the opportunity to meet players from other states. There’s a chance for networking and asking how pickleball works in their home town.

At this Pickle Jam we will have a group dinner on Friday night, and players can meet and greet others.

As the evening winds down, the diehards will still be looking for that one last great game while others head home to catch some sleep to be ready for the next day.

And that’s what a typical day at a jamboree will be like…



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Big Daddy’s BBQ!

We are pleased to announce that Big Daddy’s BBQ will be catering our dinner on Friday night!

Dinner will be served on-site from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Here’s the menu:

Pulled Pork
Sliced Turkey
BBQ Beans
Coleslaw
Green Salad
Garlic Smashed Potatoes
Rolls Sweet + Spice BBQ Sauce

Yummy!…

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Mike Cramer to Perform

We are pleased to announce that Treasure Valley native and pickleball player Mike Cramer will perform during our Friday night BBQ dinner.

Mike is a heck of a pickleball player and a great musician who writes, arranges and performs his own music.

Don’t Let Go by Mike Cramer

Mike grew up in the small towns of the Treasure Valley.  At the height of the Vietnam War, he enlisted in the navy, and it was during those four years of long days and nights floating the Pacific Ocean that Mike taught himself how to play guitar.

Learn more about Mike on his Web site. …

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14 States…

We now have 67 players from 14 states registered.

We have limited the number of players to 125 so that players will have lots of playing time on the 12 courts at our venue.

Courts will be assigned within skill level groupings depending on the number of players within each group.

Currently we have 12 players in skill levels up to 3.0; 24 players at 3.5; 18 players at 4.0; 9 at 4.5, and 4 at or above 5.0.

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Things to Do – L – Learn

You can learn all sorts of interesting things in the Idaho State Museum

The Idaho State Museum is a fun, interactive experience where people of all ages and backgrounds come to explore and learn the story of Idaho.

Furthermore, the Museum looks at how Idaho’s unique landscapes have shaped, and continue to shape, our experience.

The Museum shows the profound relationship between Idaho’s people and its land have always defined what it means to live here.

The newly renovated Idaho State Museum provides more space for exhibitions, artifacts, in addition to educational programming that help Idahoans and visitors understand our story. …

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