2019 Winter Blast
Dates: January 18-21, 2019
Cost: $30 + $5 for 2nd event
After Dec 1: $35 + $5 for 2nd event
Free dry fit t-shirt, if registered by Dec 18
Fund Raiser: Amenities for the outdoor courts
Ball: Jugs Green Indoor
Player List: click here Updated 12/11
Team List: click here Updated 12/11
Tournament Flyer: click here (.pdf file)
Registration: from Nov 1 to Dec 18. Click here for form (.pdf file). Doubles teams are not registered until a waiver & payment are received for both players. Teams with the earlier postmark date have preference. No refunds after the checks are deposited on Dec 20. A waiting list will be maintaIned so please send waiver and check even if the tournament is full. Waiting team's checks will not be cashed unless you play. Several teams on the waiting made it into the tournament last year.
Tournament ScheduleThe Winter Blast is not sanctioned.
Doubles Skill Levels: 3.0, 3.25, 3.5, 4.0
Blind Draw Skill Level: 2.5 - 4.0
Skill Level Definitions (.pdf file)
Friday: Women's Doubles
Saturday: Mixed Doubles
Sunday: Men's Doubles
Monday: Blind Draw
No matter what format is played, every team will play at least 5 games.
Blind Draw: You play doubles, but you register as an individual. Change partners and opponents each game. Play as many games as possible in the time available. Men and women compete together. Individual awards to the top 3 men and top 3 women. Maximum 12 players per division.
Doubles Round Robin: All "Doubles" divisions play a Round Robin Format. Every team plays at least one game against every other team in the division. Individual awards in each division to the top 3 teams. Maximum 6 teams per division.
Host, Food, Facility, Directions, Hotel
Hosts: Richardson Community Center / Annie Mattox North, Inc. Pickleball Program and Columbia County Recreation Department.
Facility: Richardson Recreation Center has 3 heated / air-conditioned courts with a rubberized floor. Lake Cityis located at the intersection of I-10 and I-75. Eat at one of the many restaurants within 5 miles of the facility or bring your own food to eat before/after the tournament. A drinking fountain is available in the facility.
Food: Ed's Belly Bustin' BBQ will be on site with $5 dinner specials of pulled pork, chicken, ribs, hot dogs, seafood and rice. Desserts and drinks extra.
Directions: Richardson Community Center, 255 NE Coach Anders Lane, Lake City FL. RCC is 3 miles south of I-10 and just north of US-90 on US-441. Look for a sign for the Richardson Community Center. Your GPS should get you there with no problems.
Host Hotel: We are partnering with Fairfield Inn and Suites. We reserved 15 rooms for Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Each room has 2 queen-sized beds with fridge and microwave for $94 (regular $159), 12% tax, no booking fee. Reserve Hotel
THANK YOU for your interest in our tournament! Lake City/Columbia County Pickleball has been in existence since Feb 2017. This is our 2nd Winter Blast Pickleball Tournament, but it is the first tournament for many of our local players; all are self-rated. The tournament's primary goal is to have a venue for them to compete and to expose them to higher levels of play, but it is also a fund raiser. Thank you all for participating.
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2018 Winter Blast
January 19-21, 2018
Click Here for player list, results with scores, pictures, and newspaper articles
First Ever Pickleball Tournament
May 6, 2017
Click Here for tournament results and newspaper articles