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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Why Join the USAPA for the Land of the Sky

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When we were kicking around the idea of the Land of the Sky Pickleball Tournament, one of the topics was the sanctioning question. There are lots of good reasons to sanction a tournament but there are also some downsides. One of the downsides is that players must be members of the USAPA in order to register to play. That's not a downside in itself. But because there have been so few sanctioned tournaments in the eastern US there are lots of non-members. Playing in one tournament is hardly reason enough to join for some. Luckily, there are plenty of other reasons. Some of those are shown in this post. The slides shown below are from a presentation given at the Ambassador Retreat. The comments are mine.

The primary reason to join the USAPA is to be a part of something bigger than your usual gym. The USAPA is the body that maintains the standards for equipment and rules as well develops outreach programs to grow the game.  

If that is not enough, there are plenty of personal benefits well worth the minimal $20 for an annual membership.

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