The tournament will be held over three days.
Thursday and Friday will be for ages 50+ and Age 65+ sorted by skill level.
Saturday will be for all ages
The Midwest Pickleball Indoor Championships at EIU is really two different tournaments on two consecutive days.
Friday January 4th is a “Seniors Only” tournament meaning that all the players are age 60+.
Saturday January 5th is an “all ages 18+” tournament so everyone is welcome to play.
We will have 3 dedicated practice / warm-up courts and 12 indoor courts for the event.
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. We have 16 indoor courts for the tournament in addition to 3 dedicated practice/warm up courts.
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. Friday is entirely an age 60+ tournament. Age 60+ Senior tournaments are a great way to play pickleball – Give it a try and play against your peers.
The matches will be played on the beautiful indoor gymnasium floors (Hardwood with urethane finish) located in the Student Recreation Center (12 courts) and the McAfee Gymnasium (4 championship courts with bleacher seating) on the campus of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, IL.
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 !“
The Midwest Pickleball Indoor Championships would like to thank our sponsors:
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!
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.
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.
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 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.
There are a variety of ways to sign up
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 pickleballtournaments.com which allows you to see who has registered through that system. There is a $2.50 handling fee to process a registration through the pickleballtournaments.com website.
On that website you can click on “event player list” and then click on the individual event to see who has registered using picklballtournaments.com:
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 pickleballtournaments.com 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 pickleballtournaments.com
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.
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.
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