ABQ Pickleball Club periodically sends out email communications to keep our pickleball community informed of upcoming events and other pertinent information. Check here to see what emails have gone out!
Tired of playing outdoors in the heat, surprise rain, and wind? The ABQ Pickleball Club has coordinated several indoor places to play. Check ABQPickleball.com for the most current schedules and new additions. As of this week, the following indoor places are open:
• Roosevelt Middle School 9 am to 12 pm Monday thru Saturday, 4 courts
• Cesar Chavez Community Center 6pm to 7:45 pm on Tuesday nights 4 courts
• Alamosa Community Center 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm on Wednesday nights 2 courts
• Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center 9 am to 12 pm Saturday 4 courts
• Paradise Hills Community Center 7:15 to 8:45 pm on Wednesday nights 3 courts
• Los Duranes Community Center 9 am to 11 am Saturday 2 courts
• Los Volcanes Community Center 9:30 to11 am, 1:30 to 4 pm Monday, 4:30 to 6:30 pm Thursday, 9:30 to11 am 5th Wednesday of the month, 1 court
• Vista Grande Community Center 8:30 to10 am Monday, Wednesday, Friday 3 courts
• North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center 10:45 am to 12:45 pm Friday, 10:45 to 12:45 Wednesday Pickleball Training 4 courts
IMPORTANT NOTE: There have been several day-time vehicle break-ins at Manzano Mesa. Remember to take ALL your valuables out of the car when you play pickleball. Do not be a victim.
1. Update on the expansion for the Manzano Mesa pickleball courts: Currently, Larry Lite, the ABQ Pickleball Club Executive Committee (Joyce, Gary, Linda, Nancy, and John) and Felix Rabanal have been working with the City and the design architects regarding the expansion of the pickleball courts at Manzano Mesa. The long term plans include adding 21 more courts, one of which will be a championship court, and the construction of restrooms, and an administrative office. Additionally, there will be drinking fountains, canopies, and storage facilities. The majority of the new courts are planned to be lit. Phase 1 will be the construction of 10 new courts, which could begin in the Spring of 2023. Phase 2 would be the construction of the championship court and associated structures. Possibly included in this phase would be constructing a building that would house the bathrooms, electrical, mechanical/ janitorial rooms and a storage room. All of the above construction could be allocated within the monies budgeted thus far.
2. Volunteers would be appreciated to help NM games in two of their other events-track and field and/or swimming. The ABQ Pickleball Club is the Commissioner for NM Games Pickleball (registration for that event is open at pickleballtournaments). NM Games is a nonprofit that conducts tournaments in multiple sports. They do an excellent job with all their sports and have asked for our help in events this weekend and next. They are looking for 5-6 volunteers. If you have interests in track and field, they need volunteers this Sunday(June 12) from 12 to 230. If you have interests in swimming, they need volunteers on Sunday June 19th from 12 to 230.
If you can help please contact:
Executive Director // New Mexico Games
PO Box 30627
Albuquerque, NM 87190-0627
1. Thank you to those who have already volunteered for court washing. There are still a few slots to fill, please email email@example.com if you can help. The courts have not been power washed for a long time and the city needs your help to clean the courts.
There remaining slots that need to be filled are (times run from approximately 8 am to noon):
Thursday June 9 – 1 spot
Tuesday June 14 – 2 spots
Thursday June 16 1 spot
2. Great tournament on June 4th. The 4.0 and up tourney had 60 participants, mostly from Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Thanks to all the volunteers who helped make it happen. Go to abqpickleball.com under past tournaments for more information and the results.
Manzano Mesa paddle up courts starts this week/Referee Practice and training prior to the Earth Day Tournaments
|Manzano Mesa Changes|
Starting this week, Manzano Mesa will have courts 8, 9, 14, and 15 as “Paddle up open courts” from 8 am to 11 am on Mondays thru Saturdays. Those who are waiting to play, put their paddles up on the fence by their preferred court and play in order of arrival.
The ABQ Pickleball Club will coordinate play, except when the weather is inclement.
|Refereeing and training|
There will be several tournaments this year where you can exercise your refereeing skills. The first is the Earth Day Tournament April 22-24th. If you can assist, it would be greatly appreciated, and thanks to those who have already volunteered. For the Earth Day Tournament, we are paying $5.00/match ($7.00 if you are certified). Please email Gary at (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you can volunteer. Please let us know: 1.If you prefer to referee only the beginner-3.0 matches; 2. Are open to refereeing all categories 3. the times you are available. If you want a refresher or practice prior to the tournament, go to:
a. Laura Smart Refresher Course on April 21 from 12 to 2 at Manzano Mesa. This is an excellent course on procedures and practice refereeing. Please send an email to Gary at email@example.com if you can make the course. If you are, or become interested in being a certified referee, Laura has the information and is able to evaluate you and to award Level 1 certification. If interested, contact Laura Smart at firstname.lastname@example.org.
b. Where can I practice refereeing before the tournament:
Manzano Mesa at the ABQ :Pickleball Club managed courts: 8-11 AM Mondays thru Saturdays.
Ventana Ranch: Joe Martellaro is offering to conduct referee training prior to the tournament, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 9:00-11:00 at Ventana Ranch.
|Other tournaments thru May in need of referees (email Gary at Ruthergary@aol.com):|
Los Vecinos (April 30th)
ABQ Senior Affairs 50+ Games (May 13-15).
Don’t miss the fun! If you are planning to play in the ABQ Pickleball Club Earth Day Classic (April 22-24), you must register prior to, or on, April 17th (extended 2 days) at Pickleballtournaments.com. Remember, you will need to be a member of the USA Pickleball Association; memberships begin from the time of application (you can choose 1,2, or 3 year memberships), and the membership is applied to all sanctioned tournament events in that time period. If you do not have a partner for a given event, there are several ways to go about registering. In all cases, go to the ABQ Pickleball Club Earth Day Classic on pickleballtournaments.com.
a. Click on players looking for partners.(You will find the names are organized by event.) Click the email button and send them an email.
b. If you have registered for an event and wish to add an event, but you do not have a partner, click the button for registration in that event-you will show up in the players looking for partners.
c. Finally, if you have not registered yet, but wish to find a partner and then register, go through the registration, but do not pay. Be sure to click the events you want-and you will show up as looking for a partner.
Please provide Earth Day Classic Tournament help if you can (for however long works for you). The following assistance is needed:
1. Referees. This year referees will be paid. For those who can referee some of the Earth Day Classic,contact Gary Rutherford (email@example.com). Let us know what times you will be able to be there. Your help is greatly appreciated. There will be a quick training session on April 21st from 12 PM to 2 PM for those who want a refresher or initiation on reffing. It will be conducted by certified referee Laura Smart. IF YOU CAN ATTEND PLEASE SEND A CONFIRMATION TO GARY RUTHERFORD AT (firstname.lastname@example.org) Great way to learn the basics. Also, let us know if you would wish to referee beginner or advanced matches or both.
2. Desk: We need several volunteers to help work the desk, including computer work, posting scores/matches. Please email Gretchen (email@example.com) if you can help with any portion of the Earth Day Classic. Additionally, if you are interested in learning pickleballtournaments software, and helping run the computer systems during other tournaments, please contact Gretchen.
3. Advertising: If you wish to advertise at the Earth Day Classic (with or without a banner) or know of a business which would, please contact Linda Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org. There are still advertising slots open.
4. Other Earth Day Classic Help Needed: If you can help for a portion at any day of tournament with court preparation, cleanup, medal presentation(need enthusiastic volunteer), photography, raffles, and providing water for players and spectators, as well as lunch information and ordering, please contact Gary Rutherford (email@example.com). Please let us know what days and hours you would be available. Any time you can spare is greatly appreciated.
5. Food for those volunteers and players Feel free to bring food for players and volunteers. The games are more fun to watch if you are seeing well fed players planning their next shot, rather than players plodding along just thinking of food trucks. All contributions are welcome.
There is a level-up training being conducted the weekend prior to the tourney. Perfect timing if you wish to hone your skills for the tournament. Information is at https://www.leveluppickleballcamps.com/product-page/apr-16-17-2022-albuquerque-nm-intermediate-3-0-4-5. If you do sign up, mention your ABQ Pickleball Cub Membership (on the last checkout portion where it has a space for notes and comments), and you will get a $50 rebate.
Thanks to all the ABQ Pickleball Club members and friends who sent letters and made calls to legislators and the Governor in support of expanding pickleball facilities in Albuquerque! (See the email below from David Simon, Director, Parks and Recreation).
“During the past two state legislative sessions (2021, 2022), pickleball players and supporters (working with the City of Albuquerque Parks & Recreation Department) have done a fantastic job advocating for investments in pickleball facilities in Albuquerque! In the past two years, state legislators have appropriated a total of $1,705,000 for new pickleball courts and associated facilities. This includes: $1,430,000 for expansion of the City’s flagship pickleball complex at Manzano Mesa ($460,000 in 2021 and $970,000 in 2022); and $275,000 for pickleball/tennis facilities on the Westside. This is amazing progress! The Parks & Recreation Department is overjoyed and grateful for this tremendous outcome so far, and we are excited to put these funds to good use to support and grow the sport in Albuquerque. The Manzano Mesa project aims to add at least 12-14 new courts (including championship courts), a permanent building with restrooms, and other amenities. The total cost of the entire Manzano Mesa project is estimated at $3.2 million, but the City is moving ahead in 2022 with detailed design of Phase 1 of the project, using a combination of the state funds and City funds that totals about $2 million. State funds allocated to Westside projects are being combined with City funds to: create dedicated pickleball courts at the Sierra Vista Complex, improve management of the Ventana Ranch Park court complex for pickleball, and plan new dedicated pickleball courts on the Westside. Thanks for the great partnership; with our continued efforts, we can complete these ambitious projects. The future of pickleball in Albuquerque is bouncing high!”
David J. Simon
Director, Parks & Recreation Department
City of Albuquerque
1801 4th NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Great work! Thanks for all your calls, letters and emails to legislators to get more pickleball funding. The bill currently before the legislature would provide $970,000 for expanding the Manzano Mesa Pickleball Complex and $125,000 for expanding westside pickleball opportunities. We will keep you posted as the legislation progresses.
The Albuquerque Parks and Recreation Dept. has two pickleball activities which are ongoing or coming up:
1. Pickleball Lessons: Pickleball lessons started on February 12 and will continue through April 2 at the Manzano Mesa Pickleball Complex. People can still enroll. Cost is $32 for youths and $40 for adults for the 8 weeks. If you wish to register call 505-224-6682.
2. The City of Albuquerque is starting a Spring 2022 Pickleball League at the Manzano Mesa Pickleball Complex on Saturday afternoons. Teams will play Men’s and Women’s Doubles, as well as two mixed doubles matches. The winner is based off of total games won. Match format will be best 2/3 sets, Play is to 11, win by 2 (if split the 3rd set will be to 7 points win by two.
- Dates: March 26th-May 7th
- Price per team is $60.00
- Divisions Offered: 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 (12 Teams per Division). Divisions based on levels of 2 highest females and 2 highest males.
Registration Form must be turned into the Jerry Cline Recreation and Tennis Center no later than 3/6/22 at 9am.
Forms can be picked up at the Jerry Cline Recreation and Tennis Center or emailed upon request to firstname.lastname@example.org
Captains Meeting will take place prior to league start at Jerry Cline.
Registration for the NM Kidney Foundation Doubles Ladder Tournament (March 12th) is open; Las Cruces April 2-3 information
1. Registration for the NM Kidney Foundation Doubles Ladder Tournament is now available at ABQpickleball.com under upcoming tournaments. The tournament will fill quickly, so secure your reservation now. The tournament is hosted by the ABQ Pickleball Club and the ACA Business Club; all donations will go to the NM Kidney Foundation (https://nmkidney.org/). Suggested minimum donations are $10 per event, which can be contributed at the courts. Play will be at the Manzano Mesa Outdoor Pickleball Courts on March 12th. Each group will play for approximately one hour and 50 minutes. Each match is 12 minutes, if you win you move up a net, if you lose you move down a net. Please be there 30 minutes before start time. Events are women’s doubles (8 AM), men’s doubles (1030 am), and mixed doubles (1 PM). Please sign up as a doubles team, indicating your skill level (this is only used for the place you start in the ladder). Great cause, Good fun, and a chance to practice as a doubles team for the upcoming ABQ Pickleball Club’s Earth Day Classic April 22-4 (sign up at Pickleballtournaments.com).
The ABQ Pickleball Club’s Earth Day Classic is now open for registration at pickleballtournaments.com
The tournament is sanctioned by the USA Pickleball Association, as was the Monster Smash last October. Membership in the USA Pickleball Association is required: memberships are based on one or more years from your sign-up date, so if you joined at the time of the Monster Smash, your membership is still valid. Additionally, memberships are required for many other tournaments (including the 3rd Annual Aaron Gifford Pickleball Benefit Tournament in Las Cruces April 2-3).
The Earth Day Classic will be held April 22-24, 2022. Early registration is $50 and late registration is $60; the registration fee covers all events. If you do not have a partner, you may sign up anyway, just make sure you check the event you wish to play in and you will appear in the “looking for partner” category under that event (and look there for partners). This is a skill/age tournament, the groupings are listed at pickleball tournaments. If you wish to advertise a business or know someone who does, please contact Linda Williams at email@example.com. Also, there is always a need for paid referees. If you can referee and/or would like a referee clinic, please contact Gary Rutherford at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other coming ABQ Pickleball Club tournaments (directly managed by the Club or in partnership)
- ABQ Pickleball Club and ACA Pickleball are conducting a doubles-ladder tournament for March 12, at the Manzano Mesa Courts. Men’s, Women’s, and Mixed Doubles are scheduled, and all donations will go to the NM Kidney Foundation. Donations of $10 or more are recommended. More information will be forthcoming; signup will be at abqpickleball.com in mid-February.
- Registration is open for Senior Affairs 50+ Tournament on May 13-15 at Manzano Mesa. This Tournament is advertised on Pickleballtournaments.com. Registration is currently available through Senior Affairs Community Centers and forms for download and mail-in as well as more information is at abqpickleball.com under future tournaments. Membership in Albuquerque City Senior Affairs (residence can be anywhere) is required ($20 annually) which will cover both use of all Senior Affairs Community Centers as well as this tournament and the Meet and Greet Tournament in September. Pool Play by Skill/age for singles/doubles and mixed doubles. $20 covers all events and shirts.
- NM Games August 19-21 at Manzano Mesa. Information at Pickleballtournaments.com and abqpickleball.com. Registration will be on Pickleballtournaments.com in later February. This tournament will have an under-19 division for the youngsters. Singles, Doubles and mixed. Pool play by skill/age, $50 covers all events and includes shirts.
- Albuquerque Senior Affairs Meet and Greet September 9-16. This tournament will be for 16 and up, skill/age. Cost will be $10 per event and membership in Senior Affairs gyms (see #2).
North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center
and other indoor pickleball play.
Free spring leagues
Indoor Pickleball Facilities: There have been changes to many of the times that the ABQ Pickleball Club has coordinated with Albuquerque Senior Affairs, Bernalillo County Parks and Recreation, and Albuquerque Family and Community Services Community Centers. All times and days are on the calendar, which links to the home page on abqpickleball.com. Note: In a few cases, there have not been many players, so in those Centers grab a group and go play. Nets and balls are at the front desk. Currently, masks are required at all indoor venues.
North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center (7521 Carmel Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113) will be open for pickleball on Fridays, starting this Friday (February 11) from 12PM to 2PM. There will be 4 courts. This is a first-time endeavor with the newly lined courts, so please be patient with the start-up. As with many of the Community Centers, if the Center is not used, the use may convert to a different sport.
The ABQ Pickleball Club will start its free outdoor leagues this spring. Stay tuned for more information as we get closer. If you wish to help with the leagues, please contact abqpickleball.com.
WE NEED MORE PICKLEBALL COURTS, AND WE NEED YOUR HELP TO MAKE IT HAPPEN! The continued growth of the pickleball community has created a demand for more pickleball courts in Bernalillo county. As you know, there are only 24 dedicated pickleball courts in Albuquerque. In addition, the expansion of large pickleball tournaments has created an opportunity to bring in more tourist dollars to the City. Albuquerque Parks and Recreation is requesting monies from the NM legislature for two projects we strongly support and ask for your help.
1. Albuquerque Parks and Recreation has created drawings for an expansion of the Manzano Mesa Pickleball Courts from 18 to 34, including two championship courts, security, bathrooms, and infrastructure. This plan would relieve some of the overcrowding on the courts, ensure courts for the continued growth of pickleball, and create a complex that can compete for some of the top tournaments. The initial phase was approved by the legislature last year, thanks to your calls and emails advocating the expansion. The Club is in full support of this project, and we are asking everyone to contact the NM state legislators to request their support and funding in the upcoming session. This exciting project, sponsored by the City of Albuquerque, is moving forward. The City has matched state capital outlay funds appropriated in 2021 ($460,000) and Phase I should break ground in 2022. The total funding from the legislature needed to complete the project is $2.25 million. This could be achievable this year if the state legislators provide money to the City with the Manzano Mesa Pickleball Complex Development project (LCS Project #1665).
2. Albuquerque Parks and Recreation is supporting expanded pickleball facilities for the Westside: Albuquerque Parks and Recreation feels the best place for the development is at Ventana Ranch Park. These would help accommodate the existing and growing demand on the Westside. The City is supporting a request for $650,000 to plan, design, and construct pickleball courts on the Westside. The Westside Pickleball Courts development is LCS Project #1518.
You can help by contacting your legislators via phone or email and asking them to go into the legislative system and apply their code and support to the capital outlay request LCS Project #1665 and/or LCS Project #1518. You can find your legislator by going to
https://www.nmlegis.gov/members/find_my_legislator and inputting your address. Please pass this email/info to all your friends and family and ask that they call/email as well. They may not be a pickleball player but may support your passion and enthusiasm for the sport. They could say how it has benefited you.
My name is_____________ and I am a resident of your district. I am a pickleball player and am asking you to support expanding the Manzano Mesa Pickleball Complex and the Westside pickleball court construction in the current legislative session. Albuquerque and all of New Mexico will benefit from accommodating the growing pickleball community (over 1,100 in the ABQ Pickleball Club) as well as competing for larger tournaments which will lead to tourism dollars and a return on the investment. The City matched last year’s legislative funding with regards to Manzano Mesa and, to complete the project, is requesting $2.25 million. Please support capital outlay LCS 1665 (Manzano Mesa) and LCS Project 1518 (Westside pickleball courts).
Albuquerque Club Tournaments: As you know the ABQ Pickleball Club conducts many free tournaments and plans to continue doing these throughout 2022. In addition, we have one large Club tournament per year as well as serving as Commissioners on several tournaments in conjunction with NM Games and Senior Affairs. Mark your calendars for the following larger tournaments. Hope to see many of you there. As always, we appreciate any assistance in running these tournaments. The dates are:
1. ABQ Pickleball Club and ACA Pickleball are conducting a doubles-ladder tournament for March 12, at the Manzano Mesa Courts. Men’s, Women’s, and Mixed Doubles are scheduled, and all donations will go to the NM Kidney Foundation. More information will be forthcoming.
2. ABQ Pickleball Club Tournament April 22-24 at Manzano Mesa. The Tournament will be sanctioned by the USA Pickleball Association and registration will be on Pickleballtournaments.com in February. Pool play by skill/age. $60 covers all events.
3. Senior Affairs 50+ Tournament May 13-15 at Manzano Mesa. This Tournament will be advertised on Pickleballtournaments.com: registration at Albuquerque Senior Affairs in February. Pool Play by Skill/age. $20 covers all events.
3. NM Games August 19-21 at Manzano Mesa. Registration will be on Pickleballtournaments.com in February. This tournament will have an under-19 division for the youngsters. Singles, Doubles and mixed. Pool play by skill/age, $50 covers all events.
There are several tournaments coming up soon in other New Mexico locations. Check the tournaments drop down menu at abqpickleball.com.
1. Pro Sports is putting on a Santa Fe Tournament January 21st thru 23rd at the Schellaberger Tennis Center. Registration is at pickleballtournaments.com. The tournament is $50 registration and $10 per event. Masks are required since the tournament is indoors.
2. The 3rd Annual Aaron Gifford Pickleball Benefit Tournament is open for registration now at pickleballtournaments.com. The tournament is a USA Pickleball Sanctioned Tournament and is held in Las Cruces on April 2-3. Tournament cost is $65.
On Wednesday, January 12 from 930 to 1230, please join pickleball players at Manzano Mesa Pickleball Courts as we celebrate Mike Dougher’s life. Mike died recently playing the game he loved, pickleball. In lieu of flowers, Mike’s wife, Kathy, asked that donations of non-perishable goods be given to the Roadrunner Food Bank. Please bring your non-perishable food donation to Court 3 and join in the play after a brief reading of his obituary and a moment of silence.
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As you know the ABQ Pickleball Club conducts many free tournaments and plans to continue doing these throughout 2022. In addition, we have one large Club tournament per year as well as serving as Commissioners on several tournaments in conjunction with NM Games and Senior Affairs. Mark your calendars for the following larger tournaments. Hope to see many of you there. As always, we appreciate any assistance in running these tournaments. The dates are:
1. ABQ Pickleball Club Tournament April 22-24 at Manzano Mesa. The Tournament will be sanctioned by the USA Pickleball Association and registration will be on Pickleballtournaments.com next month.
2. Senior Affairs 50+ Tournament May 20-22 at Manzano Mesa. This Tournament will be advertised on Pickleballtournaments.com, registration at Albuquerque Senior Affairs in February.
3. NM Games August 19-21 at Manzano Mesa. Registration will be on Pickleballtournaments.com in February. This tournament will have an under 19 division for the youngsters.
Don’t forget there are other tournaments and happenings in the area. Check the tournaments drop down menu at abqpickleball.com. Pro Sports is putting on a Santa Fe Tournament January 21st thru 23rd at the Schellaberger Tennis Center (Indoors). Registration is at pickleballtournaments.com. Additionally, Pro Sports is putting on an indoor training camp at the McDermott Athletic Center in Rio Rancho on December 18-19th. Cost is $75 per session, which runs from 3:30-5:00 PM. For more information on this and the Santa Fe Tournament click here.
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Dec 5th Free Skinny Singles tournament; All skill levels welcome!
Do you BELIEVE this weather! Forecast for December 5th is sunny and 58 degrees for the high, so the ABQ Pickleball Club decided to celebrate by having its FIRST free Skinny Singles Tournament on December 5th, from 11:45 AM to 2 PM at Manzano Mesa Pickleball Courts. (Donations are gratefully accepted.) All courts are reserved, and all levels are encouraged!
In the Skinny Singles Tournament, you and your opponent play only one side of the court. It is basically a modified version of pickleball with a combination of both singles and doubles strategies. This game can improve your skills, planning ability, strategy, and accuracy without sprinting from side to side. It’s a fun alternative to full court singles. Rules and strategies are at many internet locations, one example is https://www.pickleballsinfo.com/what-is-skinny-singles-pickleball/. Prizes will be given for the men and women winners.