The Sports and Fitness Association estimated the number of players in 2010 at just over 100,000, in 2016 estimates are at almost 3,000,000 players. The United States Pickleball Association (USAPA) announced that in 2015 every month 76 new places opened up for Pickleball play. Membership in USAPA has increased by 63% in 2016. USAPA will roll out a website dedicated to junior players, complete with a separate logo and social media component, and a school-based program is also in the works for 2017.
The fast growing International Pickleball Teaching Professional Association has over 100 Certified Coaches and 12 of them reside in Oregon.
The Bend Pickleball Club will be host to the Professional Pickleball Federation (PPF) in August of 2017. The best players from all over the country will compete in this major tournament on the Pro Tour.
Courts at Pine Nursery, Bend
When I moved to Bend in 2012 there were very few places to play Pickleball in Central Oregon. The Bend Pickleball Club (BPC), had no courts and we had to sneak on to tennis courts, tape the lines and bring our portable nets. We lobbied Bend Park and Rec who gave us the land and offered to pay 50% of the cost to build courts. BPC had to raise the other 50% and within 4 months we raised a $100,000. In one year we went from 84 members and no
Visit Bend brought the Oregon Senior Games to Bend and tournament players raved about the facility. In August 2017 Pickleball Zone Bend is the title sponsor for the USAPA Pacific North West Regional Tournament, with 450 players, the largest tournament by far in Central Oregon.
Central Oregon has over 2,500 pickleball players from La Pine in the South to Prineville in the North. While there are lots of places to play outdoors, there are very limited indoor facilities. Most indoor arenas are dual purpose facilities and either
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