APEX PICKLEBALL COMPLEX

Home to this year's Rocky Mountain Pickleball Open, this outstanding complex is recognized as Colorado's premier pickleball venue. Its 24 newly constructed dedicated courts, along with complimenting spectator areas and park-like surrounding, create an ideal location for our tournament. 

There are excellent spectator areas around all of the courts, including some covered spaces with benches. Additionally, a large open covered pavilion is located in the center of the complex. 

Location: the Apex Complex is located at 11706 West 82nd Avenue, Arvada, Colorado 80005. The city of Arvada and Apex are located approximately 30 minutes northwest of downtown Denver, using I-25 North and I-70 West. Arriving from Denver International Airport, the complex is approximately a 50 minute drive, heading west on I-70. We highly recommend using any of the map apps to ensure your travel time is as short as possible.

Parking: There is ample on-site and street parking available, however, with food trucks, the Vendor Village and tournament facilities, parking areas can become quite full during the tournament. Ride-sharing, if an option, is always recommended. We also ask that you are considerate of the near-by residences and PLEASE do not block driveways or park on private property.

On-site Information & Emergency Services: The Player Check-in Tent will also serve as the information center and Medical Assistance location. The tent will be centrally located and easily accessed. Qualified medical assistance will be available at all times during the tournament.

Vendor Village: Tournament sponsors and vendors, including food and beverage trucks, will have locations throughout the tournament area. As sponsor/vendors are confirmed, a map showing specific locations will be made available. We invite our players and spectators to take some time to enjoy their products and delicious menus.  

Things to do around Denver: The Mile High City's huge variety of attractions, near-by destinations and the beauty of our Rocky Mountains in our back yard make creating a complete list nearly impossible. From the nationally acclaimed breweries to the north, to the parks, museums and restaurants in downtown Denver, and of course our mountain resorts... only a short drive west. A great place to start is checking out colorado.com . The site provides tons of info on where to go and what to see. For our visiting players and families, we've also listed several links and a few special places at the end of this page. Whatever you do, we truly hope you enjoy your time here in Colorful Colorado!

Tournament Fees: $45 Registration Fee + $5 Referee Fee | $10 Per Event Fee                   (Singles, Doubles, Mixed Doubles)

USAPA Membership: Players must be members of the USAPA prior to tournament registration. To renew or become a member use this link to the USAPA website: www.usapa.org

Registration: The tournament is accepting on-line registration ONLY. Players must do so through either directly through this website (click here or on the home page) or via Pickleball Tournaments (pickleballtournaments.com). Use this link to signup and register for the Rocky Mountain Pickleball Open.

Registration Dates: Advanced registration begins on March 31, 2019. Registration deadline is July 16, 2019. PLEASE NOTE: As events fill, waitlists will be initiated as needed. Registration on the waitlist does not guarantee participation for the player. Rocky Mountain Pickleball will make every effort to accommodate all players wishing to play in the tournament. However, available courts and time will be determining factors. Tournament Director retains the right to combine brackets and age groups if required due to the number of entries in a particular bracket.

Payments & Waivers: All payments and waivers MUST be paid and signed when registering. Players who register on the waitlist will be invoiced following confirmation the player can be accommodated by the tournament.

Cancellations | Refunds: This is a NO-REFUND tournament. Following registration, we are sorry however no refunds will be provided. 

Referees: As a USAPA/IFP Sanctioned Tournament (Tier 4), referees will be officiating all matches. Referees will adhere to all USAPA Rules and guidelines. Players are invited to serve as referees and also attend one of the planned referee training sessions prior to the tournament date. The session dates will be posted here following confirmation of the instructor and location. The training session will include basic instructions and guidelines, while also reviewing  USAPA rules and guidelines.

Tournament Check-in: Following the registration dead-line, bracket ladders and schedules will be determined, together with preliminary start times and court assignments. PLEASE NOTE that the initial times and courts may change, so keep checking as the tournament date gets closer.

On the tournament days, all players MUST check-in a minimum of 30 minutes prior to their scheduled match time. If a player has not done so, they may be disqualified and forfeit their match. The Check-in Desk will be located at the tournament's main entrance and well marked. 

Player Practice Time: Courts will be available each day from 8:00 AM until 8:40 AM for players to warm-up prior to the tournament starting. As a courtesy to other players waiting, practice time should be limited to a 15 minute maximum. All courts must be vacated by 8:40AM.          NO ACCEPTIONS! Tournament play begins at 9:00 AM. Additional practice court time may be available throughout the day, however players wishing to do so MUST first check with the Tournament Desk for approval and confirmation of a court being available. We will make every effort to provide players with pre-match practice time, however availability will be dependent upon match schedules.

Clinic/Demo Day (Pre-Tournament Thursday, August 1st): Players and other visitors are encouraged to take advantage of the multi-skill level clinics being taught by the resident pros at Apex and a traveling pro or two. We also suggest that you grab some court time trying out some of the newest paddles on the market which are being made available by our Sponsors. We'll update this site as clinic times are finalized. Feel free to also contact us regarding specific paddles you'd like to demo and we'll do our best to have them available.

Tournament Play Schedule:

Friday | August 2nd - Ladies Singles (all age/skill), Men's Doubles (all age/skill)

Saturday | August 3rd - Mixed Doubles (all age/skill)

Sunday | August 4th - Men's Singles (all age/skill), Ladies Doubles (all age/skill) 

Photography & Videography: Rocky Mountain Pickleball is pleased to have contracted with a professional photo/video team to offer their services to individual players and teams. Their available services will include court-side photography, as well as aerial photo and video work. This is an exciting way of creating some special memories of the event and your play. 

It is highly recommended, if you are planning to use these services or would like further information and pricing, please use the following contact link in advance of the tournament date client@blacksandphoto.com

Give A Paddle Campaign: This cool program provides used pickleball paddles to individuals and organizations who may not otherwise be introduced to the exciting sport of pickleball. Your donation of a paddle you may not need or no longer use provides a special opportunity to grow and promote our sport. Rocky Mountain Pickleball offers these paddles to a variety of charitable organizations and individuals who will put them to good use. If you've got an extra paddle laying around, we'd welcome your donation at the tournament's Event Desk. In addition to feeling great about your donation, you'll also receive a discount coupon for purchases at the Tournament Store. Thanks in advance for your consideration!

Volunteers: This important group of people are on-site to assist players and spectators with general information and directions. They'll be easy to spot, wearing neon orange t-shirts with "Volunteer" printed on them. They're all awesome people, so thanks in advance for giving them the respect and appreciation they deserve. 

If you, as a player or spectator, would like to help out as a volunteer or referee, please don't hesitate contacting Rocky Mountain Pickleball (events@rockymountainpickleball.com). We need you and would love hearing from you!

TOURNAMENT FORMAT

USAPA Sanctioned Tier 4 Event: Sanction Rules & Guidelines will be in effect.

Age/Skill Brackets: Doubles Play: 19+ / 35+ / 50+ / 60+ / 70+ | 3.0 / 3.5 / 4.0 / 4.5 / 5.0

Singles Play: 19+ / 35+ /55+ | 3.0-3.5 / 4.0 / 4.5 / 5.0

NOTE: Tournament Director retains the right to combine events and age groups if necessary due to the number of entries in a particular bracket. Any such decision will be made at the sole descretion of the Tournament Director prior to commencement of the tournament, with player notification via text or email communication. Please keep in mind that this MAY result in Players being scheduled for matches with higher age and skill levels than your original bracket levels. We expect all brackets to be full, however in fairness to all players, must address these possibilities.

Events: All bracket levels will include competition in Singles (Men's and Ladies), Ladies Doubles, Men's Doubles, and Mixed Doubles.

Medal / Awards: Medals will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place from each age/skill bracket played. 

Rocky Mountain Pickleball is proud to be presenting some truly beautiful awards for the tournament. The medals have been custom designed and we are sure the winners will enjoy wearing and keeping them in the trophy case. Good luck being one of the fortunate recipients!

Tournament Contacts:

Organizer: Rocky Mountain Pickleball, Inc. 303.683.1000   events@rockymountainpickleball.com

Tournament Director: Don Siegel 303.683.1000  don@rockymountainpickleball.com

Lodging | Other Places and Info

There are a number of hotels and motels within a relatively short drive of the Apex Center. For additional options, nearby cities include Westminster (15 minutes), Golden (20 minutes) and Denver (30 minutes). Check the online travel sites for accommodations best suiting your needs. https://www.travelocity.com | https://www.expedia.com | http://www.kayak.com

Little Man Ice Cream - Perfect for topping off a day after your match play. First you'll notice the huge silver milk jug, then you'll likely see the lines of people waiting for some of the famous ice cream. Really a treat and worth the wait! Located a short distance from downtown Denver at 2620 16th Street.

Steve's Snapping Dogs - not just any hot dog, this iconic restaurant has been around for years. There's a list of toppings and varieties to suit everyone's taste. Steve's even has it's own brew, Steve's Snappin Ale with strong hints of cherry and pepper... a refreshing, yet hot brew you'll have to try. Steve's has two locations: the original at 3525 East Colfax and the other at Denver International Airport.

Restaurants, Cafes, & Bars - these links should be helpful for finding just what you're up for: Denver Restaurant Guild, Westworld's Best Bar & Restaurants

Local Breweries - check out this site for info and the lowdown on Colorado's world famous breweries https://coloradobeer.org 

Ganja Shops - yep, you're in Colorado and if you're 21 or older, it's legal. If you're inclined, here's a link that will guide you to the dispensaries around town and fill you in on the laws regarding buying and using marijuana in Colorado. Colorado Pot Guide

Rocky Mountain National Park - this spectacular park is located about 90 minutes north of the Apex complex. 

Town of Breckenridge - One of Colorado's special mountain towns and proposed location of a future tournament in Rocky Mountain Pickleball Series, The Mountain Town Pickball Classic. Stay tuned or sign up for our newsletter to receive tournament updates and other info. In the meantime, if you're planning a visit check out https://www.gobreck.com for lodging options. (Approximate driving time from the Apex Center is about 90 minutes.)

Aspen - This famous little mountain town is located at one end of the Roaring Fork Valley. It's a special place, with loads of stories from the distant and not so distant past. Driving time from Apex is about 3 hours or so, with the summertime option of navigating Independence Pass. Check out lodging options at: https://www.stayaspensnowmass.com .Aspen is also planned to be our host city for the Aspen Pickleball Classic later summer. Dates, courts and permits are currently pending. We will update our web-site immediately upon confirmation of the dates, so please continue checking or sign up for our newsletter for the latest info.

Steamboat Springs - Another of Colorado's mountain resorts, Steamboat perhaps more than most others has maintained and takes pride in its cowboy roots. The town offers a wonderful blend of the old west and today's contemporary architecture. You can find lodging options at https://www.steamboat.com Rocky Mountain Pickleball is excited to stage the Steamboat Classic this summer during the 4th of July weekend (July 5-7). Player registration is slated to open by April 20th. Again, please check our web-site for updated info or subscribe to our newsletter for the most current info.