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Tournament Directors

2023 USSP Tournament Planning Tool
For Tournament Directors
To download a copy of the USSP Tournament Planning Tool, CLICK HERE
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2023 USSP Tournament Planning Tool - For Tournament Directors

USSP Tournament Planning Tool is for use by tournament directors.  This tool will provide guidance and direction during the listing and implementation of a USSP circuit event.  The planning tool and tournament guidelines/procedures will be administered by the tournament management with assistance from a USSP Zone Director.

  1. There will be no tournament fees charged by USSP in 2023 for any USSP circuit tournament.  This no-fee program is called “Free in 2023”.

  2. Also, “Free in 2023” includes a one-year USSP membership from the date of enrollment for each player 50+ in age that plays in a circuit event.  Current and past members are not eligible.

  3. Full financial responsibilities for a circuit event tournament will be the sole responsibility of the tournament management.

  4. Non-USSP members will pay the full registration cost for a USSP circuit event while members will receive a $10 discount.

  5. Tournament Management and venues will be approved by the USSP Zone Director prior to being approved by the USSP management. 

  6. Tournament Management will follow the guidelines for play brackets specified below.



Listing and Access for a tournament:

  1. Tournaments will be listed on

  2. The tournament administrator must give the USSP Zone Director administrative access to the tournament.



Tournament Balls and Paddles:


1) IFP approved balls and paddles only will be used for tournament play.

2) Franklin Sports has provided balls in the past at discounts.


Tournament Shirts and Server Bands:

1) Pickleball Rocks has provided shirts at a discounted price in the past.

2) Pickleball Rocks has provided server bands in the past, contact Rodney Grubbs at 513-703-6338 –


Logo Use:

1) The USSP logo will be provided and may be used for promotions.

2) Additionally, the USSP Circuit Event Logo will be used for tournaments.


Play format for Events/Brackets:

1) USSP tournaments will be developed as age/skill tournaments to the extent that follows:


a.  All brackets must have a minimum of 2 teams.

b. Teams -2,3 double RR, 4,5, or 6 Round Robin, 6 or more – pool play with single elimination brackets for       places 1st-4th.  Six teams can be either round robin or pool play as chosen by the tournament director.

c.  USSP uses 5-year age groups from 50-80 and skill levels from 3.0-4.5+.

d.  Ages are best combined in 10-year increments if/when necessary, with a goal to have 50’s, 60’s, 70s           and 80s playing each other as necessary.

e.  Skills are combined within age groups with 3.0-3.5 in a group and 4.0+ in a group only when necessary       to complete a bracket.

f.  The goal is to combine as few age/skill groups as possible and to have only round robin and pool     

    play/single elimination brackets with NO double elimination brackets.  This allows players more play for   

    their money.

g.  When age/skills are combined, multiple medals will be awarded for each age/skill group.

h.  Players that do not want to be combined with a higher skill group may always choose to play down in   

     age to remain in their skill group.

i.  Players that want to remain in their age group may always choose to play up in skill to remain in an age   


j.  Event groupings will be listed for player viewing prior to bracket development.

k. If a player’s event, age/skill does not have three teams, a player may choose to receive a refund prior to      the registration closing day.  A $15 processing fee will apply to all refunds.  Refunds must be requested   

    in writing (text, email, or a letter) by the registrant.

l.  Any 50+ age player may play in a USSP Circuit Event, but only members are eligible for the point/prize reward system.




1)  International tournaments qualify to be a SSIPA International Circuit Event by offering competition for   

      50+ age groups.
2)   International tournaments are encouraged to follow the SSIPA Planning Tool and

      Guidelines/Procedures to the maximum extent possible.
3)   Tournaments will be identified as: SSIPA INTERNATIONAL EVENTS.
4)   There are no fees or SSIPA player fees charged to an International tournament for being a SSIPA   

       International Circuit Event.
5)   Players in international tournaments that are SSIPA members (annual or higher) will receive points for

      medaling in these competitions.
6)  The SSIPA board will make final determination regarding international tournaments.

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