Hosted by the Sun Lakes Pickleball Club Cottonwood (SLPCC)
Play begins Feb 28th thru Mar 2nd - Check the Calendar


  1. Any person who resides within Sun Lakes may apply to play in the NIT subject to the restriction stated in Rule 3 below. This includes Sun Lakes Communities Phase I (Sun Lakes Country Club); Phase II (Cottonwood/Palo Verde); Phase III (IronOaks); and The
    Renaissance. Additionally, on a space-available basis, the SLPCC Board of Directors may invite non-Sun Lakes residents to play.

  2. The SLPCC Board of Directors has the sole and absolute right to disqualify or ban any person or team for any reason from playing in the NIT.

  3. Team Entry Forms will be completed and submitted electronically via the club website.

    • Registration fees shall be paid electronically and simultaneously with the registration

      form not later than Monday, February 21st at 11:59 PM.

    • If by Monday, February 7th there are not enough Sun Lakes Phase II Teams per Division, then Registration will be opened to Phase I, III and The Renaissance.

    •  Each Team Member must acknowledge the Tournament Waiver Forms electronically or by signature prior to the day of play. Entry Forms must be completed in their entirety for successful registration.

  4. The NIT shall be played only at the Cottonwood Pickleball Courts.

  5. The NIT may consist of groupings of Men’s Doubles, Women’s Doubles, and Mixed Doubles. There will be separate divisions according to skill levels 1.5/2.0, 2.5; 3.0, 3.5, and 4.0+ which includes 4.0 and all levels above 4.0. Depending on the number of participants, additional skill levels may be added, breaking out the 4.0+ levels into 4.0, 4.5, and 5.0. A minimum of four teams must be entered within a division to qualify for play.

  6. Depending upon the number of teams in each Division either a Round Robin format with 3 games to 11 or 1 game to 15 or a Double Elimination format will be used.

    • Matches in the Winner’s Bracket will be best 2 out of 3 games to 11, win by 2.

    • Matches in the Consolation (Losers’) Bracket will be 1 game to 15, win by 2 points.

    • Matches will only be a refereed event when one is available.

    • The finals match in each division will be refereed and may also include line judges.

    • All matches will adhere to the tournament standards established by the USAPA.

  7. The championship team, the runner-up team, and the second runner-up team in each division will receive a prize to be determined by the SLPCC Board of Directors.

  8. Teams must play at the level of the higher skilled/rated partner. A violation of this rule shall result in forfeiture of matches, expulsion from the tournament, and loss of entry fee.

  9. The NIT Tournament Director or Directors (TD) shall determine the format of play, seeded or blind draw, and the schedule of play for the NIT including days and times of play. Failure of a player or a team to appear at the scheduled day and time for play will result in forfeiture for that team, with a loss recorded against that team, and a victory recorded for the opposing team.

  10. The TD has the final authority to make team placements in a seeded tournament; and the TD reserves the right to alter and to make team placements in a blind draw tournament. All decisions made by the TD related to team placements shall be final.

  11. Paddles, clothing, accessories, and equipment brought by the players shall be in compliance with USAPA Policies, Rules and Regulations, and shall be in compliance with SLHOA 2 Policies, Rules, and Regulations.

    • If there is any conflict between the two standards, the Policies, Rules and Regulations of the SLHOA 2 shall prevail.

    • Players shall be permitted to bring only non-glass water containers and towels onto the courts while playing.

    • All other items must be left outside of the court.

  12. The conduct and behavior of the NIT players and teams shall conform to SLPCC Rules and Regulations and to SLHOA 2 Policies, Rules, and Code of Conduct. Decisions regarding compliance with Policies, Rules, Regulations and Code of Conduct by individual NIT players and teams shall be made by the TD.

    • All such decisions made by the TD related to the conduct and behavior of NIT players and teams shall be final.

revised 2/11/22