What is Virginia Pickleball? We started out and continue to be is an information stop where the people of Virginia can find out about the great game of Pickleball. Now that we have established ourselves it is time to grow outside of just a website.
The USA Pickleball Association is the national support hub to promote pickleball nationally and at the local level. They accomplish this support through a network of local ambassadors recognized by the USAPA to promote and grow pickleball in their local areas. The ambassadors find new venues to play pickleball, host tournaments, and teach the game to new players. These volunteers do a great job bringing this sport to the masses. Though still a little known sport it has become the fastest growing sport in America. The USAPA estimates that 89% of all pickleball players are not USAPA members. The USAPA depends on its membership dues and donations to do the task of providing money to ambassadors for nets, balls, and paddles. Their website promotes play locations across the country. They support tournaments, clinics and so much more.
Where does Virginia Pickleball fit in? Well we could be a club. We could organize players in one big club for the state but some communities have already said that if pickleball players get organized the local parks and rec departments will pull their support. The result is that all the free time we have at rec tennis courts and indoor gym space we use will go away unless we pay for the time. Not something we want to happen. So Virginia Pickleball went a different direction. We will not be a dues playing club. We will not be organizing players. We will be in the business of helping.
What the USAPA does nationally we want to do our part locally at the state, county, city, and town level. Virginia Pickleball will help our local USAPA ambassadors with promotion of their new places to play, tournaments, clinics and more. We will provide nets, balls, and paddles to churches, civic organizations and ambassadors as funding allows. We will work with tournament organizers to help them set up and organize their first tournaments. We can even run them for them if asked. The USAPA does a great job. We want to make it easier for them by doing our part. Virginia Pickleball will at the end of each year write a check to the USAPA to help them fund the hard work they do.
Virginia Pickleball may sound redundant but promoting pickleball is a big job and we have a long way to go to make pickleball a recognized sport in Virginia and in this country.
How can you help? Become a USAPA ambassador. Bring pickleball to your community. And please use the resources of Virginia Pickleball to help you do the job.
How can you support Virginia Pickleball financially? We know what might happen if Virginia Pickleball were to become a dues paying club. We could loose those county rec centers and parks they allow us to use for free. So Virginia Pickleball is not a club but a local non-profit that’s goals are to support ambassadors and locations across the state with money, materials, and support to grow pickleball without loosing county parks and rec support.
Here is a list of what Virginia Pickleball wants to do:
*Purchase new or replace old nets, balls, and paddles for local churches, communities, and ambassadors.
*Offer help to local Virginia Ambassadors to promote pickleball in there area
*Provide or subsidize cost of legal insurance to protect Virginia Ambassadors
*Provide virginiapickleball.org email addresses to all Virginia Ambassadors. This integration can help ambassadors network and work closely together to expand pickleball in Virginia
*Work with local communities to organize, manage, promote, and even run tournaments in their area.
*Organize charity tournaments in Virginia.
*Continue and grow the Virginia Pickleball web site to offer information to the people of Virginia about the great sport of Pickleball
***Open pickleball complexes in Virginia where players can come together and play any time of day. Find pickleball equipment for sale. Host tournaments.
*And more . . .