You may recall that we attended the first USA Masters last year in Greensboro. This year the USA Masters is teaming up with the California State Games to provide a pickleball tournament in Coronado, California.
Pickleball Tournament: July 14-16, 2017
Though the event offers women’s, men’s and mixed doubles…this is not your ordinary pickleball tournament. State Games or USA Masters events include more than 20 sports. Though The Masters event is typically for players 50 and above, by combining with the State Games skill level events are being offered in age groups starting at 19. The USA Masters and State Games also offer wonderful social events and ceremonies that surround the competitive event:
- Opening Ceremony at the Qualcomm Stadium: imagine parading onto the field that hosted 3 Superbowls;
- Kick-off party;
- Beer Tasting party;
- Wellness expo;
- Concerts; and
- Closing Ceremony at the Seaport Village on the waterfront.
Pickleball Tournament Venue
The venue for the event is the Coronado Marriott, which is offering a discounted room rate to all participants. We didn’t play pickleball at this facility during our trip to Coronado, learning of it only after our visit.
If you read our other post on our visit to Coronado, you know this is one of our favorite places in the country. And if you prefer sleeping in your motorhome to a hotel room, there are two camping options right on the Strand. For those that are able to use military campgrounds, you can’t get much better than Fiddler’s Cove. Camping reservations are also available at the Silver Strand State Park, overlooking the beach.
Pickleball Tournament Confusion
In an earlier post, we attempted to distinguish between the various State Games, the Senior Games, and the Masters. We realize this can be a bit confusing. For this event, you must register on either the State Games site or Masters website, plus register on PickleballTournaments.com. If you happen to be a California resident, and medal you can qualify for the National State Games of America in Virginia in 2019, by informing the organizers when you accept your medals., the good news is, there are more and more opportunities for those that want to compete in pickleball tournaments to do so. And for those hearty souls, that want competition in other sports in addition to pickleball, you will want to check out this event.
This may seem confusing but the good news is, there are more and more opportunities for those that want to compete in pickleball tournaments to do so. And for those hearty souls, that want competition in other sports in addition to pickleball, you will want to check out this event.