Pickleball News – 20210301 – Archived Version

Latest N. Phoenix Pickleball News – March 1, 2021

Archived Version of a Previous Newsletter


This is an archived version of a previously issued pickleball newsletter. The most current N. Phoenix Newsletter is available by clicking HERE!

Hello North Phoenix Pickleball Players:

This has been a quiet year for pickleball in the valley and quite a year in general. Now that the COVID vaccines are rolling out in a more steady fashion (with J&J’s one dose vaccine most likely to be distributed very soon), I am sure outdoor play will be picking up. For your safety and that of the other players, please keep the appropriate COVID mitigation techniques in mind if you venture back onto the courts!

I just wanted to bring some information to the attention of our group…


Desert Ridge (Phoenix) pickleball tournament
********** has highest purse in history **********
*For those who may have missed this!

“The Professional Pickleball Association (PPA) announced today a new partnership with the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa as the award-winning resort will host the top 100 pickleball players in North America during the PPA’s Foot Solutions Grand Slam (previously the Mesa Grand Slam) Feb. 16-21. With an exciting winning purse of $70,000, the tournament features the largest prize money payout in Arizona history and promises to be an unforgettable experience for pickleball enthusiasts.”

Read the rest of the article on the web at this link:

VIDEO – 9+ hours of championship pickleball play from the Desert Ridge Tournament. I am still working my way through the video below.

NOTE: The video starts with about twenty seconds of a dark screen, but it does begin soon thereafter.


New PB Serve Offers
********** New Opportunities **********

Jordan Briones of Prime Time Pickleball provides some clarifications and variations associated with the new drop serve. For those who are seeking new approaches to their serve, this might provide some interesting ideas.


Changes Regarding
********** USA Pickleball Tournament Player Ratings **********

If you are involved in tournament play, there have been some recent changes to the way UTPR (USA Pickleball Tournament Player Ratings) points are earned. You can check out the details via this PDF at the USA Pickleball site:


To read about the sanctioning of tournaments in depth and the differences between Standard and Medal Match Plus (MMP), visit this link at the USA Pickleball website:

Tournament Sanctioning


********* Legacy Sports Complex and the Victorium **********

Regular readers of this newsletter are aware of the Legacy Sports Arena that I wrote about several times. I am sorry to report that the project has been put on hold as lenders are pulling back during the pandemic to limit their risks.

According Bob Eaton, managing general partner, the project is fifty percent completed with approximately seven months more of work. It is hopeful that the new businesses moving into the area will be seeking hotel accommodations which the complex can potentially provide and perhaps this will encourage a new group of lenders to come forward.

The Victorium sports arena continues to offer pickleball activities. To check out the schedule of tournaments, clinics, classes, etc. visit their website:

VICTORIUM Pickleball Spring Happenings

Scroll down to read their health and safety guidelines.



********** Archived Versions of Previous Newsletters **********


Previous newsletters that may have pickleball hints, videos, rules changes, etc. are now archived at the following link. You can check out previous newsletters there.

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********** That’s All for Now **********


Stay Well and Play Safely!


Jeff Ross

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