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Volunteer and up your game. It’s a win-win.

The pickleball license plate is on track to become a reality and you can participate in the process. We only need less than 800 petition signatures to reach our goal of 3,500 by December 19 (Mon).

SMPA has pickleball instructors excited about the license plate who are donating their time to give free clinics as a thank you to any volunteers helping with the final push to get petition signatures. Volunteers will be eligible for a FREE Intermediate/Advanced Skills and Drills Clinics to be taught by prominent pickleball instructors in April or May 2023 (Dates/location TBD) for every 50 petition signatures.

Requirements

  • First 16 people to turn in 50 petition signatures (2 full sheets) will get a FREE spot in a 90-minute clinic.
  • Every 50 signatures guarantees a FREE spot.
  • Collect 100 signatures and bring a friend to the clinic for FREE!

Bring the petition sheets, a clipboard and pen to your favorite hangout, family gathering, tournament, league, or club event! Please keep the originals and email photos of completed petition sheets to amy.greger@seattlemetropickleball.com by 12/19/2022.

Volunteer Opportunities

Please sign up for a shift on SignUpGenius to collect petition signatures at the 2022 ETC/Kirkland Holiday Pickleball Smash!

Over 400 players are registered for this tournament on 12/15 to 12/18 (4 days). It’s the easiest way to hit the 50 signatures and secure a FREE admission to the Spring 2023 Pickleball Skills clinic. Sign up for 2-hour shifts now!

Draft Plate Design and Online Petition

The online petition is available for signatures from anywhere! Check out the draft designs and vote for your favorite before the poll is closed.

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More courts, more play, more nets

The Seattle Metro Pickleball Association understands that a pickleball court isn’t complete without a net and we are working with various Parks Departments and local communities to get nets where they are needed.

This year, twelve semi-permanent Douglas pickleball nets were installed at locations throughout Seattle and Shoreline. Last year, twenty semi-permanent Douglas nets were installed. The vast majority of these nets have been purchased thanks to funds raised by the pickleball community with the help of corporate matching. SMPA continues to request that parks departments add semi-permanent nets wherever they add pickleball lines. Seattle Parks has plans to add 12 more Douglas nets to courts over the next few months.

These nets make the game more accessible for everyone, eliminate the need to carry portable nets to the courts and take the time before playing to assemble them. SMPA will continue to work with parks departments across the metro area to prioritize adding more pickleball courts and nets in 2023.

If you need nets at your local courts we can help. Read our fundraising guide. Contact us at info@seattlemetropickleball.com.

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Pickleball License Plate Design Phase

License Plate Designs

SMPA has narrowed down to a short list of graphic designers. We requested draft designs of the pickleball license plate by October 8, 2022. Pickleball players throughout Washington have been asked to view and vote for the best design by the end of November.

What’s the Goal?

To establish a dedicated pickleball facility in Washington capable of hosting regional and national tournaments. This will attract players from across the state and the country, contributing to the state’s economic growth. We also believe that a successful facility will encourage the establishment of new courts in cities and towns across Washington State.

The approximate cost of the pickleball license plate is $40 initial fee and $30 renewal fee. The funds collected will go into a Trust account and can only be used towards a dedicated pickleball facility.

We Still Need Your Help!

Thank you to everyone who has already signed the petition. With your help, we reached 25% of our goal in just two weeks and are currently 65% of the way there. However, we must collect 3,500 signatures by the end of November to meet the deadlines necessary for the next legislative session in January 2023.

We are asking each of you to reach out to your family, friends, and fellow pickleball players. Encourage them to join you in supporting the pickleball license plate petition. If everyone can get just four signatures, we will reach our goal.

Together we will build a dedicated pickleball facility with the license plate proceeds.


Department of Licensing (DOL) design guide and specialty color palette restrictions must be followed.  The only requirement SMPA has is the words “State Sport” must be on the plate.

DOL Plate Design Requirements

  • Design the proposed plate. See the Specialty Plate Design Guide for more information.
  • Plate colors:
    • The specialty color palette shows colors that currently pass the DOT infrared camera tests.
    • Passing colors have a green check mark.
    • Failing colors have a red ‘X.’
    • Many shades of blue aren’t recognized by infrared. It’s recommended if you use a blue background that you use a darker shade with white lettering.
    • DOL and DOT can’t guarantee which colors will pass.
    • DOT camera testing will determine the readability of the plate design. If a plate fails the readability test, you’ll need to make changes and retest until it passes.

Any questions regarding specific design requirements can be addressed to DOL by email.

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Alki Pickleball Courts Petition

Please sign the petition demanding 6 pickleball courts with high-visibility lines to be painted at the Alki Playground and Whale Tail Park. After each petition is signed, the message below will be automatically emailed to the Deputy Mayor, 3 Councilmembers, with copies sent to Seattle Parks and Recreation.

6 Pickleball Courts and High Visibility Color Lines for Alki

Deputy Mayor Wong, Councilmember Herbold, Councilmember Lewis, and Councilmember Morales,

As a member of the Seattle pickleball community, I appreciate the Council Budget Action (CBA SPR-003-C-001) which allocated $50,000 for adding pickleball lines to existing tennis courts in low-income areas. Alki Playground and Whale Tail Park was selected as one of the locations to have pickleball lines added to the tennis courts on 9/19-21 (Mon-Wed).

Please encourage Seattle Parks and Recreation to paint 6 pickleball courts with high-visibility color lines at Alki Playground and Whale Park.

Pickleball Courts Demand

In May 2022, the pickleball community completed a 2-week court usage study and submitted the results to Seattle Parks and Recreation. We observed court usage at 10 Seattle parks (8 with tennis courts and 2 multi-use pickleball/tennis courts) 3 times per day over a 14-day period. Utilization was calculated based on actual usage of total available courts at each location.

Five of the 10 parks were in West Seattle. Below is their utilization during the May 7-20 study:

  • Tennis Usage at Tennis-only courts: Solstice (27%), Hiawatha (17%), and Alki (16%)
  • Combined Tennis and Pickleball Usage at Tennis/Pickleball multi-use courts: Delridge (61%) and Walt Hundley (52%)

423 Pickleball players used the 8 pickleball-lined courts while only 19 Tennis players used the 4 tennis courts at Delridge and Walt Hundley.

The court usage study clearly demonstrates the growing demand for pickleball courts in the Seattle metro area. This is the perfect opportunity to maximize pickleball access by adding 6 pickleball courts (instead of the scheduled 4) at the Alki location. The Alki space is similar to the Delridge courts. It is a low-cost and high-impact solution to increase utilization of mostly empty tennis courts and better serve the growing pickleball community.

Line Colors

Existing Seattle pickleball courts have blue or green lines on blue or green tennis courts. According to the American Institute of Architects:

https://www.aia.org/articles/178406-how-color-and-design-affect-environments-fo:36

"Aging eyes lose the ability to discriminate pale colors [...]. They are also unable to differentiate shades of blue, green, and purple as these cooler colors can read gray. People with color deficiencies are best able to perceive bright colors at the warm end of the spectrum, such as reds and oranges."

We therefore ask Seattle Parks and Recreation to choose yellow or orange for pickleball line color at ALL pickleball courts. Brighter lines will allow elderly and visually impaired players to reasonably distinguish from the court surface, and easily seen by pickleball players under all lighting conditions.

Thank you for your consideration.

%%your signature%%

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Deputy Mayor Wong, Councilmember Herbold, Councilmember Lewis, and Councilmember Morales,

As a member of the Seattle pickleball community, I appreciate the Council Budget Action (CBA SPR-003-C-001) which allocated $50,000 for adding pickleball lines to existing tennis courts in low-income areas. Alki Playground and Whale Tail Park was selected as one of the locations to have pickleball lines added to the tennis courts on 9/19-21 (Mon-Wed).

Please encourage Seattle Parks and Recreation to paint 6 pickleball courts with high-visibility color lines at Alki Playground and Whale Park.

Pickleball Courts Demand

In May 2022, the pickleball community completed a 2-week court usage study and submitted the results to Seattle Parks and Recreation. We observed court usage at 10 Seattle parks (8 with tennis courts and 2 multi-use pickleball/tennis courts) 3 times per day over a 14-day period. Utilization was calculated based on actual usage of total available courts at each location.

Five of the 10 parks were in West Seattle. Below is their utilization during the May 7-20 study:

  • Tennis Usage at Tennis-only courts: Solstice (27%), Hiawatha (17%), and Alki (16%)
  • Combined Tennis and Pickleball Usage at Tennis/Pickleball multi-use courts: Delridge (61%) and Walt Hundley (52%)

423 Pickleball players used the 8 pickleball-lined courts while only 19 Tennis players used the 4 tennis courts at Delridge and Walt Hundley.

The court usage study clearly demonstrates the growing demand for pickleball courts in the Seattle metro area. This is the perfect opportunity to maximize pickleball access by adding 6 pickleball courts (instead of the scheduled 4) at the Alki location. The Alki space is similar to the Delridge courts. It is a low-cost and high-impact solution to increase utilization of mostly empty tennis courts and better serve the growing pickleball community.

Line Colors

Existing Seattle pickleball courts have blue or green lines on blue or green tennis courts. According to the American Institute of Architects:

https://www.aia.org/articles/178406-how-color-and-design-affect-environments-fo:36

“Aging eyes lose the ability to discriminate pale colors […]. They are also unable to differentiate shades of blue, green, and purple as these cooler colors can read gray. People with color deficiencies are best able to perceive bright colors at the warm end of the spectrum, such as reds and oranges.”

We therefore ask Seattle Parks and Recreation to choose yellow or orange for pickleball line color at ALL pickleball courts. Brighter lines will allow elderly and visually impaired players to reasonably distinguish from the court surface, and easily seen by pickleball players under all lighting conditions.

Thank you for your consideration.

[Name and email of supporter]

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2022 Women of Inspiration Award Finalist

Our very own SMPA Founder, Theresa Haynie, is one of the 4 finalists of the WISE (Women in Sports and Events) award! Voting closes on Thursday, September 22nd at 8:00PM PST.


Theresa Haynie
helped found the Seattle Metro Pickleball Association to improve access and advocate for pickleball in the greater metro area. following a gold medal win at the USA Pickleball National Championships in 2019, Theresa decided to focus on promoting play for women.

The cash prize donation would go towards advancing her work of encouraging and empowering women in pickleball to help offset court rentals for early evening access to women still in the workplace.

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Who showed up at the 2022 tournament?

No. of Players600
   Washington State433
   Out-of-State167
No. of Countries3
No. of States in US11
Players’ Age Range11 to 81
No. of players age 16 or under6
No. of Referees26
No. of Volunteers129
No. of Matches Played744
No. of Matches with Referee357

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2022 Humana Seattle Metro Pickleball Classic

July 20-24, 2022
Shoreview Park, Shoreline, Washington

That’s a wrap on the 2022 Humana Seattle Metro Classic! Five days of fun, sunshine, fierce competition amongst 600 players, 700+ matches complete, 228 medals awarded, and over $12,000 in prize money collected. Thanks to all who came out to play and spectate. And a very, very, special thank you to the 120+ volunteers who make this tournament what it is.

Beautiful morning at Shoreview Park
Mixed Doubles Open Division – Michelle Lui and Lukas Crippen
Women’s Doubles Day
Medals!

State Sport Celebration

Washington state Senator John Lovick sponsored a bill which designated Pickleball as the official Washington state sport in March 2022. We had a ceremony to celebrate at the tournament. Awards were presented to Senator John Lovick, Kate Van Gent, and Chuck Wright, who helped make Chuck’s idea into reality.

Frank Chiappone (SMPA President), Kate Van Gent (SMPA Director), Senator John Lovick, Chuck Wright, and Anna Copley (co-founder of Pickleball Central).

Pictures and Videos

Great photos by Stephanie Keegan and visit us on Facebook for tournament news including amazing drone footage from the Mixed Doubles Open Division gold medal match!