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Recreational Speed Pickleball (RSP) aka Mixed-Up Doubles

Recreational Speed Pickleball (RSP) aka Mixed Up Doubles

What's Recreational Speed Pickleball?!? Are Michiganders just making this stuff up!?!

!!! YES !!! Made in Michigan Recreational Divisions AND USAPA Sanctioned Competitive Divisions

Traditional Competitive Divisions for Youth and Adults:

  • MX - Mixed Doubles
  • MD - Men's Doubles
  • WD - Women's Doubles
  • MS - Men's Singles
  • WS - Women's Singles

Made in Michigan Recreational Divisions:

  • RSP - Recreational Speed Pickleball
  • MXG - Mixed Generation Pickleball

Recreational Speed Pickleball (RSP) is a take-off from ever popular "Speed Dating".  Pat Sullivan, Dick Manasseri, Bruce Castle, and I were in Elaine Torvinen's office setting pickleball tournament brackets. Elaine took a momentary aside to work on an upcoming Troy Senior Services "Speed Dating" program. The light bulbs started flashing and a fair amount of laughter accompanied the birth of the idea: "Speed Pickleball"!

The ball doesn't go any faster in Speed Pickleball and you don't (necessarily) end up with the phone numbers of new potentials.

Think pickleball by the buzzer! Think a plethora of social interaction with variety of partners! Think round robin with a partner mix each time the buzzer sounds. Think  "Mixed Up Doubles"! Think maximized court time, maximized fitness benefits and maximized FUN!

Recreational Speed Pickleball was first implemented after the OPC Best Practice Safe Warm-up Clinic (12/15/2008). Over 60 players, of ALL skill levels, pre-registered for the Clinic. I didn't know how many players would stay for the afterglow pickleball games on OPC 3 courts, but I knew I needed to be prepared for some serious FUN. This was the perfect opportunity for Speed Pickleball to make a successful debut.

A more recent use was at the Kalamazoo Round Robin Doubles Tournament . The Tournament Director, USAPA Ambassador Melissa Muha, brilliantly hosted "Mixed Up Doubles" together with Skills Drills as recreational mixers, the night before the competitive games.
 

SAMPLES

Recreation Speed Pickleball is a Pickleball-4-ALL event! RSP is proven successful with youth and adult players of all ages. These sample newsletter descriptions, for a senior center program, demonstrate the best practice of offering a USAPA Member appreciation discount!

 

Novice Speed Pickleball Tournament - Recreational Speed Pickleball

For Men & Women 50+

Friday, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm (Gymnasium)

Dec. 10 2010 - This is a fun, recreational tournament designed for novice players. With a variety of partners, it’s a great opportunity for you get to know other pickleball players in the area. Leave the anxiety of competition behind and come enjoy the fitness benefits, fun, and camaraderie of pickleball in a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere.

For more information, please contact Becky at 248-608-0295.

To register, visit the OPC financial office or call 248-608-0251.

Cost: $5 for USAPA Members Cost: $15 for Non-USAPA Members

Registration Flyer: Novice Speed Pickleball! A Great Lakes Recreational Showcase Event

 

Intermediate Speed Pickleball Tournament - Recreational Speed Pickleball

For Men & Women 50+

Friday, 9:00 am - 11:00 am (Gymnasium)

Dec. 10 2010 - This is a fun, recreational tournament designed for Intermediate players. With a variety of partners, it’s a great opportunity for you get to know other pickleball players in the area. Leave the anxiety of competition behind and come enjoy the fitness benefits, fun, and camaraderie of pickleball in a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere.

For more information, please contact Becky at 248-608-0295.

To register, visit the OPC financial office or call 248-608-0251.

Cost: $5 for USAPA Members Cost: $15 for Non-USAPA Members

Registration Flyer: Intermediate Speed Pickleball! A Great Lakes Recreational Showcase Event