Avon to host King of the Court tournament for pickleball players June 24 | VailDaily.com

Avon to host King of the Court tournament for pickleball players June 24

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AVON — Pickleball is a paddle sport for all ages and all athletic abilities. The Avon Recreation Center on Saturday will host a Sweet 16-King of the Court-style tournament on the courts adjacent to Avon Elementary School. The cost is $20 per player and registering beforehand is required. Each player will play in eight different random partnership matches. Registration ended Wednesday.

• Each individual will be partnered off and matched up against different random groupings.

• Each grouping will play best two out of three games to 11, winning by two points.

• Matches are expected to last about 45 minutes. One game to 15 lasts approximately 30 minutes.

• At the end of eight matches/games, the individual with the best record wins.

• If there is a tie, then points will be counted. For example: If player A and player B are tied with a 12-2 record, then the individual who scored the most points on the lost game wins.

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• First- through third-place prizes will be awarded

• This is a coed tournament, with males and females playing together.

Pickleball was invented in the mid-1960s as a children's backyard pastime and is one of the fastest growing sports in North America. It combines elements of badminton, tennis and pingpong, but it's basically oversized pingpong. Played on a badminton-sized court, a paddle is used to keep a plastic ball going back and forth over the net. Games can be played as singles or doubles, and pickleball has simple rules and is easy to learn and play.

For more information, contact Matt Koch, adult programs coordinator, at 970-748-4057 or mkoch@avon.org.

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