Pickleball challenge to return Nov. 20-21 to AJ

LOGO Pickle Ball Tournament 2015

The city of Apache Junction will host the Second Annual Apache Junction Pickleball Shootout Tournament Nov. 20-21 on dedicated and lighted courts at Prospector Park, 3015 N. Idaho Road.

This year the double elimination tournament for adults will offer doubles play in the 3.0-4.0 and 4.0-5.0 skill levels in mixed, women’s and men’s divisions. They are limited to the first eight teams in each division/skill level.

Mixed doubles will start at noon on Friday and women’s/men’s doubles will start at 10 a.m. on Saturday. The team skill level is based on the highest rated player, according to a press release.

Registration is $20 per player for the first event and $5 for an additional event. The deadline to register is Thursday, Nov. 12.

Registrations may be accepted after that date if needed. Players can register in one of three ways: online, in person at the parks and recreation office at 1001 N. Idaho Road), or by mail to: Attn: Apache Junction Parks & Rec, 300 E. Superstition Blvd. Apache Junction, AZ 85119. To print a registration form, visit the parks and rec website.

The shootout sponsors are: Brookdale of Apache Junction Senior Living, The Friends of Apache Junction, Escalade/Onix Sports, Pickleball Central, Pro-Lite Sports, Gold Canyon Financial Planning, Garry Provost, KimmBerly Ioane Studios, and Danny Baker of Century 21 Arizona Foothills. Refreshments will be available for purchase from AZ Devil Dogs.

In addition to the public outdoor courts at Prospector Park, the city offers indoor pickleball at the Apache Junction Multi-Generational Center, 1035 N. Idaho Road, during select days and times. For more information, call the 480-474-5240.

For more information on this tournament or other programs and services, call the parks and rec office at 480-983-2181 or visit the parks and rec website.

The Apache Junction Independent is mailed each month to 35,000 homes.

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