March 19-21, 2020

Midwest Pickleball Indoor Championships
at EIU  is expanding to 3 consecutive days

New – Kids tournament!
New- Grandparent/Grandchild tournament!

Thursday 3/19/20
All Events are

Friday 3/20/20
All Events are
Mixed Doubles

Saturday 3/21/20
All Events are

Men Age 62+
Men Age 40+

MXD Age 62+

Age 14-18 Girls
Age 14-18 Boys

Women Age 62+
Women Age 40+

MXD Age 40+

Grandparent/ Grandchild
(age 10 +)

Skill levels 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5 and 5.0
Age bracket will be determined by younger player in partnership

Skill levels 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5 and 5.0
Age bracket will be determined by younger player in partnership

Kids tournament sorted by age of oldest partner

Grandparent / Grandchild tournament sorted by age of child.

When you sign up for the Midwest Pickleball Indoor Championships Senior Tournament you don’t have to worry about your bracket being combined with the 20 year olds.   Play against your peers! Have a great time.

The matches will be played on the beautiful indoor gymnasium floors (Hardwood with urethane finish) located in the Student Recreation Center (14-15 courts) on the campus of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, IL. These courts are great to play on and easy on the knees and feet.

This a great opportunity to meet new people,  travel to beautiful Eastern Illinois University campus, enjoy competitive matches, improve your game, and watch some great matches. 

The tournament ball will be an
YELLOW Onix Fuse indoor pickleball

Tournament Flyer

  • What:
    A non-sanctioned, self-officiated, self-rated, round robin indoor pickleblall tournament.A non-sanctioned event means you do not have to be a member of US Pickleball Association USAPA to play in this tournament.Self-officiated means that you will call your lines and keep score during your matches.
    Self-rate means you determine what skill level you will be playing in for the tournament based on our judgment of your skill level (see below).If you have a USAPA rating then you must play at that level or higher.
  • Skill Levels / Division:     2.5     3.0        3.5        4.0       4.5        5.0+
    (Tournament may combine skill levels based on registrations)
    (a higher skill number means higher skill level player)
    What’s my rating?  Not sure?
    Scroll to the bottom of this page to get an explanation of the various skill levels.

    (you must play at highest partner’s level if a team has two different skill levels)

    (you must play at the same level in both events if you are in more than one event)
  • Format:  Round robin pool
    First Round:
    The first bracket is a pool of 6 teams (maximum) of the same skill level and event.  Each team in the pool will play every other team in the pool in a round robin style. Each match will be a single game with first team to 11 points by 1 as the winner.

    Teams will switch sides after the 6th point.   A 2 minute time out is allowed per match per team

    The top 2 or 3 teams (depending on registrations) from the first round pool will advance to and  play in the championship round robin pool.   Championship and runner ups will earn a prize.
    Teams will switch sides after the 6th point.  2 separate 1 minute time outs are  allowed per match per team.  All players will have a minimum of 45 minutes for a break between the first round pool and the championship pool.
  • Tournament Fee:
    $35 per person registration  includes one event;  $5 for each additional event for same player.

    For example, if you are playing in 2 events the men’s doubles and mixed doubles 3.5 in the 400+ tournament then you would sign up for a player registration  ($35) and one additional event ($5) for a total of $30 per player.

    The Grandparent has to register and pay for the Grandparent/Grandchild event but the grandchild is no charge. The grandparent will have to sign the release form for the grandchild in order to play.
  • Partner Matching: 
    We will make every effort to match you with a partner if you sign up for any of the events without a designated partner.  Please be sure to note that on your registration form that you need a partner for the event.

Charleston, IL

Charleston, IL  is an easy 2 hour drive from St. Louis, Indianapolis and 2.5 hours from Chicago.

We have great rates at local hotels for you to stay overnight and enjoy the area.

We will be playing on the 16 indoor courts.  We will have 3 dedicated practice /warm up courts.  You will have designated start times for your events.   Enjoy playing in a tournament instead of standing around waiting for a court by coming to the Midwest Pickleball Indoor Championships at EIU.

Join us and have a little  “go – go – go !” after your   “ho – ho – ho !midwest_mapeiu

Driving times to the Midwest Pickleball Indoor Championships at EIU (Charleston IL)

  • 45 min – Champaign IL, Effingham IL
  • 1 hour-  Terre Haute IN, Olney IL, Decatur IL
  • 1.5 hour  – Bloomington IL
  • 1.75 hour – Springfield IL
  • 2 hour – St. Louis MO, Indianapolis IN
  • 2.5 hour- South Chicago Suburbs, Evansville IN
  • 2.75 hour – Chicago IL , Galesburg IL
  • 3.25 hour – Rockford IL
  • 3.5 hour – Dayton OH, Davenport IA

Private: Sponsors

A special thank you to Eastern Illinois University for hosting the Midwest Pickleball Indoor Championships on their beautiful campus

The Midwest Pickleball Indoor Championships would like to thank our  sponsors:

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City of Charleston, IL
Thanks to both the Charleston Parks and Recreation Department
and  the City of Charleston Tourism Committee for their sponsorship.

Charleston is downstate Illinois’ biggest secret. It offers world class arts and culture through top-rated Eastern Illinois University. Superior schools, parks & recreation in a friendly historic setting, as well a vibrant downtown and pulsating main street, are available. Charleston gives you the best of rural living in a friendly tight-knit community.

Charleston, IL is a great Midwestern town that is the hometown
for Eastern Illinois University.  We’re fortunate to have received the earliest support for our tournament from the City of Charleston and this has made all the difference!

A big “thank you” to our hometown pickleball team who made this all possible!


Store #1- Charleston, IL

Did you know that the very first Jimmy John’s store was in 1983 in Charleston, IL?
Yes this hometown gourmet sandwich shop started right here and is a great Midwest business success story!  Thanks Jimmy John’s!  Stop by and see Store #1!

The tournament ball will be an Orange Onix Fuse Pickleball.
A special thanks to Onix for sponsoring the Midwest Indoor Pickleball Championships.    Onix is located nearby Evansville, IN- a great midwest town for pickleball.

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We would like to thank the Mattoon Tourism Board for their
support for the sport of pickleball in the Midwest.
Mattoon is a great town for innovation, education and prosperity!
Mattoon is located at Exit #190 off of Interstate 57 which is the
gateway to Charleston and EIU via Route 16.
There are many restaurants and hotels in Mattoon, IL.


We’re delighted and very thankful to have ProLite sponsor the Midwest Indoor Pickleball Championships. ProLite is a family owned business led by owner, Neil Friedenberg – himself a 5.0 player. The company manufactures pickleball paddles along the scenic shores of Lake Michigan in Port Washington, Wisconsin. A strong dedication to the sport, it’s players and Midwestern work ethic were founding principles and continue to drive its growth.

At ProLite, the goals are crystal clear; produce paddles geared for a variety of player types, made of the best materials available, supported by stellar customer service, and back it all with a solid warranty.

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A big thanks to the Effingham Park District for their support for the Midwest Indoor Pickleball Championships.      Effingham is a growing and dedicated pickleball community at the crossroads of I-57 & I-70.    The Effingham Park District is dedicated to providing recreational programs, activities and facilities that enrich the individual, strengthen families and benefit the community.

Our special thanks to First Neighbor Bank for sponsoring the Midwest Indoor Pickleball Championships at EIU.   First Neighbor Bank is a great Midwestern Bank that knows how to serve.   For over 125 years, First Neighbor Bank, N.A. is proud to be in your communities, owned and operated by your neighbors and working together to serve you. While staying current with technologies, we institute a philosophy of old-fashioned banking. We strive daily to remain on a first name basis with our customers. With locations in Casey, Charleston, Greenup, Mattoon, Neoga, Newman, and Toledo, Illinois, our drive is to remain community focused and retain our small-town values to better serve the personal and business financial needs of our current and future customers.

the-y1The Mattoon Area YMCA is on a mission for youth development, healthy living and for social responsibility.        From weight training to healthy exercise programs, family programming to sports and swimming, the Y offers workout programs, group exercise, gyms, fitness centers, and so much more for a healthy lifestyle for all ages and backgrounds!

Pickleball players are welcome to stop by and play on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays from 8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (or longer).   You can pay a guest fee of $5 and play with this great group and stay and use the facility including indoor pool, weight room, cycling classes and more!  Stop by and see where the idea for the Midwest Indoor Pickleball Championships all began.



Thank you to Rural King for sponsoring the Midwest Pickleball Indoor Championships!  Rural King is an amazing retail and online success story that started right here in Coles County Illinois.    There’s a store in both Charleston and Mattoon, IL.

Rural King Supply, America’s Farm and Home Department Store, planted its roots in Mattoon, Illinois in 1960.  Since that time, Rural King has added over 100 stores in a thirteen-state area (Alabama, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, Michigan, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Florida, North Carolina, West Virginia and Virginia).  The heart of Rural King is the corporate office, distribution center and flagship store, located in its city of origin, Mattoon, IL.

We welcome visitors, and encourage you to come in and take part in our 50 year tradition by enjoying a free bag of popcorn and a cup of coffee on us.


Private: Register

Registration ends 1/2/19.
Events are  on a first come first
paid basis-space is limited.

There are a variety of ways to sign up

  1. To pay by check:    
    Download and print out the 2 page registration form.    Compete both sides and mail them with a check to the address shown on the form.    Registrations must be received by 1/2/19.   FINAL 11-27-18 mwpb flyer to print 2 pages with schedule

  2. Register at :  
    Our tournament is listed under Illinois or by the calendar date Jan 4, 2019.You can also follow this link to go directly to our tournament event listing.
    (If you register at pickleball a $2.50 processing fee will be added to the registration fee to cover the additional registration costs to us)


Question:   If you have a Male 3.5 player and a Female 3.0 player then which mixed doubles event can they enter?

Answer:  It’s ok to play UP a level but not DOWN a level. The Mixed Doubles 3.5 team can be made of a team with a male who is a 3.5 and a woman who is a 3.0. In this scenario your mixed 3.5 team has the 3.5 male playing at his level and the 3.0 woman is playing UP a level from 3.0 to 3.5. This is allowed.

You can’t play DOWN a level for a mixed team. So in that same scenario (a male 3.5 and a woman 3.0) then you can’t register as a mixed 3.0 team since the male would be playing down a level. This is not allowed.

Question:  On the Friday tournament (for ages 60+ only)  will there be different skill levels?

Answer:  Yes!  Both tournament days (Friday and Saturday) will have skill level brackets including 2.5, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5+.      To play on Friday you will have to be age 60+ and then we separate players by the skill level 2.5, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 or 4.5+.       We may combine some skill levels based on registrations but we won’t combine the age 60+ registrations who register to play on Friday in with a group that is under age 60.       On Saturday, all ages (18+) are invited to play in the various skill brackets.

Question: How can I see who has registered for your tournament?

Answer:  We have two ways to register so there isn’t one place that has all the information. We have an online registration form at which allows you to see who has registered through that system. There is a  $2.50 handling fee to process a registration through the website.
On that website you can click on “event player list” and then click on the individual event to see who has registered using

We also have our own private registration system which saves the $2.50 handling fee.  If you register on our page people fill out the online form on our website.   This registration information is saved and we will be uploading this information to the database prior to the tournament. This will probably not be until mid-December.  After we do the upload you’ll be able to see it the combined list of players on

Question:  Do I have to have a partner before I register?  Can you match me up with a partner if I don’t have one?

Answer:  You do not have to already have a partner when you sign up for the tournament.  When you fill out the online registration form, you will be asked if you already have a partner or if you want us to find a partner for you.    If you register without listing a partner, we will assist in matching players to make a team.    Many people don’t have a partner prior to registering so sign up and we can help find you a match so you can play in the tournament.

Question:   Will there be a place to secure valuables on site?

Answer:   Yes!  We have many lockers that are available with an included lock that is set up for a single use coQuestionde.   Basically you just open the door, put your stuff in, make up a code and turn the lock.   Your valuables are secured.   Just go back to the same locker and enter the code and you can open the door.   (Even if you forget your code, we’ll have staff available to unlock your locker).

Question: I’ve only started to play pickleball a short time ago. Am I good enough to play in a tournament?

Answer: Yes!  Pickleball is a social sport so part of the fun is playing against new people.   The tournament format will sort people by skill level so you won’t be playing against teams that are at a very different skill level than you.  Since pickleball is the fastest growing sport in the US then, by definition, most pickleball players are new players to the sport.  Also most pickleball players haven’t played in a tournament so sign up and join the fun with others who are also playing in their first tournament!

Question:   How do I get the tournament packet with hotel, parking, and other important information?

Answer:  go to the tournament packet page.


skill rating

You may be thinking am I good enough to play in a tournament?     With pickleball there’s always room for the beginner to play!  As one of the fastest growing sports in America many people are enjoying  their first tournament! Join us!

Have you only played a short time and have ‘pickleball fever’?   Join in at the level 2.5 and you won’t be disappointed!

The tournament will separate players by skill level so you’ll be playing against players who should be close to your abilities.  In a tournament format you’ll be able to play a lot of teams in one day and really improve your experience.   You can see how others play who are at a higher skill level and from other areas.  You’ll meet a number players who you wouldn’t otherwise meet.  Pickleball is a social game so come out and meet new players by signing up and playing in our tournament.

Look at these skill levels and pick a level that most closely matches your skill level.    Look at these descriptions and determine your skill level.

  • Level 2.5:  knows the basic rules including scoring and the two bounce rule, demonstrates control on forehand ground strokes (direction, depth, height), uses backhand groundstrokes, places serve in correct service court, knows correct positioning to serve and return, approaches the non-volley line to hit volleys, can hit a dink shot sometimes.
  • Level 3.0: demonstrates control on the forehand and backhand ground strokes (direction, depth, height), placing serves deep in the court,  uses deeper and higher returns of serve to allow time to approach the net, approaches the non-volley line quickly rather than staying back, sustains a short volley session at the net,  exhibits correct court positioning for doubles and how to “work as a team”, sustains a dink exchange at the net, adjusts to differing ball speeds, returns the ball lower over the net.
  • Level 3.5:  knows all the main rules including how to correct the score and the server, demonstrates control/consistency on forehand and backhand ground strokes,  able to play with partners effectively using court strategies like partner communication and shifting court positions,  avoids hitting balls out, demonstrates a wide variety of shots, uses some slower paced shots vs faster shots to their advantage, able to create coverage gaps and then hit to these gaps, initiates and maintains a sustained dink exchange at the net,  hits overheads with control, developing patience during rallies.
  • Level 4.0: controls and places serve and return of serves, consistent, and dependable forehand and backhand groundstrokes, volleys and overhead.  Accuracy in placing lobs, consistently executes successful slow paced 3rd shot to approach the net, moves effectively with partner, controls play at the non-volley line, recognizes and exploits weaknesses in their opponent’s game, initiates and maintains a sustained dink exchange at the net to elicit a “put away” shot, consistently creates coverage gaps and hits to those gaps, poaches effectively, developing their use of spin on a variety of shots, maintains patience in rallies, can block and return fast, hard volleys, poaches effectively.




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