Pickleball Tournament

The 2017 Connecticut Masters Games Pickleball Tournament will take place in the Freeman Athletic Center (Bacon Field House) at Wesleyan University on May 20th and May 21st. The Time Schedule by Event and Age Group is NOW Posted below in the 2017 Schedule & Player Information Section. 

Schedule of Play

  • Friday, May 19th – 2:30 to 5:00 PM, Open Practice, $5.00/player payable at the entrance, cash or check.

  • Saturday, May 20th – Men's Doubles, Women's Doubles and Women's Singles

  • Sunday, May 21st - Mixed Doubles and Men's Singles

  • Plan to arrive at least 45 minutes before your start time. All start times are estimates except for the first round of play each day.  If courts and all players are available, games may begin before the estimated start times.

Sport Details

The 2017 Connecticut Masters Games Pickleball Tournament will take place in the Freeman Athletic Center (Bacon Field House) at Wesleyan University on May 20th and May 21st.

  • Schedule of Play
    • Friday, May 19th – 2:30 to 5:00 PM, Open Practice, $5.00/player payable at the entrance, cash or check.
    • Saturday, May 20th – Men's Doubles, Women's Doubles and Women's Singles
    • Sunday, May 21st - Mixed Doubles and Men's Singles
    • Plan to arrive at least 45 minutes before your start time. All start times are estimates except for the first round of play each day.  If courts and all players are available, games may begin before the estimated start times.
       
  • Saturday, May 20th
    • 8:00 AM
      • Men’s Doubles, 40-49
      • Women’s Doubles, 50+, 55+, 60+, 65+
    • 10:30 AM
      • Women’s Doubles, 30–49, 70+
      • Men’s Doubles, 65+
    • 11:00 AM
      • Men’s Doubles, 50+
    • 12:30 PM
      • Men’s Doubles, 60+
    • 1:00 PM
      • Men’s Doubles, 30-39, 70+
    • 3:30 PM
      • Men’s Doubles, 55+
    • 4:00 PM
      • Women’s Singles, 30+
    • 4:30 PM
      • Women’s Singles, 65+
         
  • Sunday, May 21st.
    • 8:00 AM
      • All Men’s Singles Events
    • 10:30 AM
      • Mixed Doubles, 30-39, 55+,60+, 65+
    • 1:00 PM - REVISED
      • Mixed Doubles, 40-49
    • 2:30 PM
      • Mixed Doubles, 50+, 70+, 75+
         
  • Format of Play
    • Round Robin
      A round robin format will be used for age divisions with a small number of teams or for groups that consist of combined age groups. Each team will play each other at least once. For very small groups, they may play each other twice. Play will be to 15, win by one. For double round robin groups and any combined group that is larger than 7 players or teams, games will be played to 11 instead of 15. Final rankings are determined by games won against all other teams in the round robin group.  In the case of combined age groups, the top finishers are determined by relative positions in the rankings. Ties are broken by points scored and then the head to head record of the teams involved.
       
    • Pool Play/Single Elimination
      This format will be used for larger groups of teams in an age group. With pool play, the field is divided into a number of separate groups for round robin play.  Groups are balanced so that there is a mix of playing levels in each group. The number of pools is based on the number of teams in the age group. Each group, or pool, plays a round robin tournament. Play will be to 15, win by one. Final rankings within the pool are determined by total games won against all other teams in the pool. Following the pool play, the top two teams in each pool are seeded into a single elimination championship round, based on the pool play results, followed by a single elimination bronze medal round to determine the third and fourth place finishers. Play for the championship and bronze medal rounds will be to 15, win by one.

General Information for Players

  1. NO NEON (Yellow or Green) clothing will be permitted during the Pickleball Tournament. 
  2. Ball will be provided. Balls being used will be the Jugs Lime Green Indoor Balls.
  3. Sign in for each day of the pickleball tournament in the lobby at the tournament desk.
  4. Games will begin at promptly at 8:00 AM. Click here for the player list. Notify the tournament director immediately about any playing list errors You may check in starting at 7:00 AM. 
  5. Plan to arrive at least 45 minutes before your scheduled start time.  All start times are estimates except for the first round of play each day. If courts and all players are available, games may begin before the estimated start times.
  6. We will have snacks available for players throughout both days of the tournament.  Tables and chairs will be available outside of the field house for relaxing and lunch.  No food or drinks other than water are permitted in the field house.
  7. Volunteers. We will need volunteer referees for the medal round games for all championship events and for any other games where players request a referee. We have 14 courts to set up in the field house. We've lined up enough nets to borrow but if you have one to bring in case of net problems it would be helpful to have one or two extra.
  8. Bathrooms will be available for changing. 

Who: The Connecticut Masters’ Games is a 501(c)(3) Not-For-Profit organization dedicated to providing a forum that initiates and encourages camaraderie between different ages, socioeconomic and cultural groups through athletic competition and the Olympic spirit.  The event assists in the development of physical fitness and promotes positive healthy activities for the participants, their families and the communities where they live.

What: The Connecticut Masters’ Games (formerly known as the Connecticut Senior Games) are the largest amateur multi sport Olympic-style sporting event in Connecticut for master athletes.  We are now celebrating our 38th year of uniting Connecticut’s residents in the common bond of amateur sport and Olympic spirit.  This event is a member in good standing of the National Senior Games Association.

Where: The “Games” will be hosted by the City of New Britain in 2017. Competitions will also take place around the state of Connecticut at top college, high school and municipal venues.

Participants: More than 1,500 participants, 300 volunteers and over 2,500 spectators will take part in the 2017 Connecticut Masters’ Games. Participants range from 30 to 90+. Since the inception of the CT Masters' Games in 1979, more than 45,000 amateur master athletes have participated in the “Games”.   

MISSION OF THE "GAMES”

  • To promote better overall health and fitness among citizens.
  • To recognize & reward Connecticut Master and Senior residents who have chosen to participate in the healthy, wholesome activities that reflect positively on them, their families and respective communities.
  • To provide a unique forum which embodies the Olympic spirit of competition.
  • To inspire the development of physical and competitive abilities by Connecticut amateur master athletes. 

Pickleball is a fun game that is played on a badminton court with the net lowered to 34 inches at the center. It is played with a perforated plastic baseball (similar to a wiffle ball) and wood or   composite paddles. It is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players.

   Please click here for the Official Rules

***NEW CT Masters' Games Age Groups (non-qualifying for the National Senior Games)

  • 30-39, 40-49

Age Groups (qualifying age divisions for the National Senior Games)

  • 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85-89, 90-94

Please Note:

  • Age divisions for all doubles competitions will be determined by the age of the youngest participant as of December 31, 2017. For example, a doubles team consisting of one player age 65 or older and one player age 63 will compete in the 60+ age division.
  • Men's & Women's Singles
  • Men's & Women's Doubles
  • Mixed Doubles

Please Note:

  • Age Divisions for all doubles and mixed doubles competition wil be determined by the younger age of the two players as of December 31, 2017.
  • Athletes may compete with only one partner per event (doubles & mixed doubles)
  • The Connecticut Masters' Games Administration has determined that doubles team made up of one in-state (Connecticut) and one out-of-state athlete will be considered an in-state (Connecticut) team.

Looking for a doubles or mixed doubles partner, click here to find a partner today!

  • The Partner Finder page allows you to create an online profile to assist you in finding a partner and allows you to view players looking for partners.
  • We ask all participants to use the Partner Finder page when looking for a partner
  • We kindly ask that you don't contact the tournament director for a partner. Thank you.

In an effort to help save you money and continue to increase our participation, we are again offering the “Bring a Buddy” Program. The “Bring a Buddy” Program allows current athletes to bring a "buddy" at half of the entrance fee. A “buddy” is a person who has not competed in the CT Masters’ Games in the last three years (2014-2016). We’re not only meeting our aforementioned goal, but it also made the "Games" more affordable for all athletes. The Buddy Program does not apply to Cycling and Softball due to associated costs. See below for details. 

“Bring a Buddy”: Any athlete who registers for a sport will save money e.g:

Individual Sport:

  • Athlete #1 Badminton Fee $35.00
  • “Buddy” Badminton Fee $17.50 (1/2 the price)
  • Total $52.50
  • Each participant pays $26.25
  • Please Note - the Buddy Program does not apply to Cycling and Golf due to associated cost. 

Team Sport:

  • Team #1 Basketball Fee $200.00
  • “Buddy” Team Fee $100.00 (1/2 the price)
  • Total $300.00
  • Each TEAM pays $150.00
  • Please Note - the Buddy Program does not apply to Softball Teams due to associated costs and the co-sponsored tournament with SSUSA.

In order to qualify as a “Buddy” athlete, the “Buddy” cannot have participated in the Connecticut Masters' Games in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015

Buddy Program Online Registration:

  • When registering online, athlete #1 needs to register for their event first and pay the full amount. 
  • Athlete #1 will give their ID number that is provided during registration to athlete #2.
  • Once athlete #2 has athlete #1's ID number, they will enter the number in registration when it asks for the Buddy ID number.
  • Athlete #2's registration fee will be half off the posted amount.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • The “Buddy” program applies only to like sport registrations (Individual or Team) e.g. a Badminton individual sport athlete may not bring a softball team as his/her ”Buddy”
  • The "Buddy" program does NOT apply to Cycling, Golf or Softball because of the associated costs to run the events!
  • The Pickleball Tournament is not a sanction USA Pickleball Association (USAPA) Tournament.

Please Note:

  • The format of play will be round robin for groups of nine or fewer teams. For groups of ten or more teams, the format will be pool play followed by a single elimination championship round for the top two teams from each pool. If age divisions are combined due to small numbers, the format of play will be round robin.
  • Standings and eventual medal recipients are determined by standings.
    • ​In the event of a tie, points/for and points/against differential will be the determining tie-breaker.
    • If a tie still exists after those two criterion, the next tie-breaker will be the head-to-head matchup of the two competitors.
    • After exhausting all three steps of breaking a tie and there still is a tie present among the two athletes in question, the official scoring will be marked down as a tie.
       
  • Age groups may be combined to provide opportunity for play.
     
  • Awards will be presented for 1st through 3rd place for each division within each age group.
     
  • Ball will be provided. Balls being used will be the Jugs Lime Green Indoor Balls.

The Benefits of Exercise for Older Adults

Exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle at any stage in life, but this is especially true for older adults. Staying physically active can help stave off some of the telltale signs of “old age.” In fact, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), even moderate exercise and physical activity have been shown to improve the health of people who are frail or suffer from diseases that come with aging. What’s more, NIH says that making exercise a regular part of your lifestyle can even help maintain independence as you age.

Still need more encouragement to get moving? Start by cheering on your friends and neighbors who are participating in the Connecticut Masters’ Games this spring. And read on to learn more about the benefits of exercise for older adults.

  1. Prevent or delay disease: Exercise may prevent or delay several aging-related ailments, such as diabetes, heart disease and stroke. It can also be an effective part of a treatment plan for people who suffer from chronic conditions, including arthritis and high blood pressure.
  2. Keep your mind sharp: Studies have shown that higher levels of physical activity reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia[1]. Additionally, exercise has been shown to maintain or improve some aspects of mental function as people age, such as the ability to quickly shift between two tasks, plan an event or activity, and sift between relevant and irrelevant information. This may be because exercise increases blood flow to all parts of your body, including your brain.
  3. Improve your mood: Regular exercise is a great way to manage stress and help improve your mood. When you work out, your brain releases “feel-good” chemicals – neurotransmitters and endorphins – that can help you feel better. Additionally, physical activity increases a person’s body temperature, which may have calming effects.
  4. Gain confidence: As we age, it’s common to feel less sure of yourself when it comes to things like balance, posture and your overall physical appearance. Regularly exercising can help with this. In particular, stability and core-focused exercises, such as yoga and Tai Chi, can help you walk with confidence throughout life, while also helping to reduce your risk of falling. Plus exercising will help you burn calories while toning and strengthening your muscles, which can help your clothes fit better and keep you feeling vibrant and energized.

With so many benefits to gain, I encourage all older adults to consider incorporating exercise into their daily lifestyle. Just remember to consult with your doctor before starting an exercise regimen or changing up your routine.

Dr. Dennis Hsieh is the regional medical director for UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement in the East region. Serving nearly one in five Medicare beneficiaries, UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement is the largest business dedicated to the health and well-being of seniors and other Medicare beneficiaries. UnitedHealthcare is a proud sponsor of the Connecticut Masters’ Games.

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