Registration is now open for the third annual Rally in the Valley pickleball tournament. The tournament is scheduled for September 8, 9, and 10 at Salida’s Centennial Park and is hosted by Peak to Peak Pickleball Club. 126 players have registered as of July 3.
Interested participants can register online through August 18 at PickleballBrackets.com. The cost is $40 for one event, $10 for a second event, and there is a $5 registration fee for each event.
The tournament is open to players ages 10 and older. The round-robin tournament offers women’s doubles on September 8, mixed doubles on September 9, and men’s doubles on September 10. Medals will be awarded to the first, second, and third-place winners in each bracket.
According to the registration information, bracket slots will be filled with the first teams to have both players registered and paid. Listed partners of players who have registered will have five days to register to hold their slot. After five days, if the partner has not registered, the team will be moved to the waitlist. Once the bracket is full, incomplete teams, teams not fully paid, and additional registrants will be placed on a waitlist. Waitlisted individuals or teams will be notified in the order in which they registered, as space becomes available.
Peak to Peak Pickleball Club leaders expect this year’s tournament to attract even more players than the 250 who competed last year. The event draws competitors from throughout Colorado and neighboring states. The event will also feature vendors, such as Dinking Divas (pickleball shirts, skirts hats, visors, stickers), Amari Botanicals (sports recovery drink products), and Warrior Pickleball (Pickleball Rocks and Selkirk apparel, pickleball paddles, and accessories).
The 300-member Peak to Peak Pickleball Club is a nonprofit, volunteer organization dedicated to promoting and facilitating the sport in the Chaffee County area. Along with encouraging an active lifestyle and social connections, the club is working to raise funds to build permanent courts in southern Chaffee County.
Pickleball has been the fastest-growing sport in the United States for the past three years, according to Sports & Fitness Industry Association, with nearly 5 million players and more than 10,000 courts across the country.
To learn more about Peak to Peak Pickleball Club, visit PeakToPeakPickleball.com.
Featured image; Pickleball courts are more popular than ever. Image by Unsplash.