2018 Pickleball Tournament 

The 2018 Connecticut Masters Games Pickleball Tournament Schedule is now posted. Please click on the icon below to view the start times per event and age group. The Pickleball Tournament will take place in the Freeman Athletic Center (Bacon Field House) at Wesleyan University on May 18th - May 20th. 

Schedule of Play:

 - Thursday, May 17th - Open Practice, 4:00pm - 6:30pm
 - Friday, May 18th - Womens Doubles, Mens Singles
 - Saturday, May 19th -Mixed Doubles
 - Sunday, May 20th - Mens Doubles, Womens 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

Schedule of Play

  • Thursday, May 17th – 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM, Open Practice,
    • $5 per player payable at the entrance, cash or check.
  • Friday, May 18th- Womens Doubles, Mens Singles
  • Saturday, May 19th – Mixed Doubles
  • Sunday, May 20th -Mens Doubles, Womens 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.
  • 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. 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 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. 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 in the championship and bronze medal rounds will be to 15, win by two.

General Information for Players

  1. NO NEON (Yellow) clothing will be permitted during the Pickleball Tournament. 
  2. Sign in for each day of the pickleball tournament in the lobby at the tournament desk.
  3. 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. 
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 15 courts to set up in the field house. 
  7. Bathrooms will be available for changing. 

The CT Masters' Games will be using the Indoor ONIX FUSE as the official ball for the May Tournament.

Practice Session Player Rotation When Courts are Full

  1. Place your paddle next in line on the first row of the bleachers. (or the table if that is what we use)
  2. Those who want to play together may stack their paddles.
  3. Single paddles will be able to bypass a stack to create a playing group of four if necessary.
  4. Games will be played to 11.
  5. Leave the court when you are finished.
  6. Courts will be filled by the supervisors in order of paddles. 
  7. Please respond promptly when your game is called.
  8. Once your paddle is placed, you may not move it up or down in line.  You may move it to the end. 

***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, 2018. 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.

Events Offered:

  • 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, 2018.
  • Athletes may compete with only one partner per event (doubles & mixed doubles)

As we prepare for this year’s CT Masters Games Pickleball Tournament in May, we are facing a potential sign up challenge.  Pickleball is just way too popular!!   And that popularity translates into a tournament that will fill up very quickly and result in waiting lists for some events.

In preparation for that possibility, the following registration procedures have been put in place. To prepare for these changes, it will be important to line up your partner before registration opens.

  1. Registration will open for Pickleball will begin in Mid-Late Feburary you will recieve an email once it is open.
  2. For all doubles and mixed doubles events, the second partner must sign up no later than two weeks after the first partner or before the tournament reaches full capacity, whichever comes first.
  3. If the second partner does not sign up within that time frame, the first partner will be moved to the waiting list for that event.
  4. If you secure a partner before the division is full, your team will be moved back in to the event when the second partner registers. If there is room in the event after the enrollment closes on 4/30/18, waiting list players will be contacted to fill any remaining slots.
  5. If you sign up for doubles or mixed doubles without a partner, or you sign up hoping to be paired up using our “Partner Finder” – same rules applyThis process assures that all available doubles and mixed doubles event slots are filled in an orderly manner with complete teams. Feel free to contact us with any questions you have about this process.  Also feel free to share this information with your pickleball friends.

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 Pickleball Fee $45.00
  • “Buddy” Pickleball Fee $27.50 (1/2 the price)
  • Total $62.50
  • Each participant pays $36.25
  • Please Note - the Buddy Program does not apply to Cycling and Golf due to associated cost. 


In order to qualify as a “Buddy” athlete, the “Buddy” cannot have participated in the Connecticut Masters' Games in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017

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.


  • 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!

In 2018 the CT Sports Management Group, Inc. will be running three separate Pickleball Tournaments: the CT Masters' Games, Nutmeg State Games and Nutmeg Fall Classic. We will attract over 700 participants plus family members, friends, spectators and the media to the three tournament. We expect players from all over the Northeast Region and other states to attend. The increase in popularity and the growth of Pickleball throughout the USA creates a tremendous opportunity for your company to showcase its products.

Tournament Details:

How Your Support is Mutually Beneficial:

MORE THAN JUST A GAME: Personal Development, Sportsmanship, Physical Fitness, Teamwork, Volunteerism.

Your sponsorship support will ensure that we provide our participants with a tremendous experience that will leave lasting memories, increase the opportunities and  growth of Pickleball, while educating attendees about your company through pertinent email marketing campaigns, web based ads and onsite engagement. Your organization has the opportunity to gain substantial visibility by becoming a part of our "Family of Sponsors".

Click on the icon below to Download the Sponsorship Opoortunities Package:

How to Qualify

To participate in the National Senior Games, you must be 50 years old and qualify the year before through a NSGA sanctioned State Qualifying Games. You may qualify through the state you live in, or any state which allows out-of-state competitors; however, you should contact these States directly for qualifying information.Qualifying standards differ depending on the sport/event and you should read more information about qualifying in the 2019 National Senior Games Rulebook posted under the link, 2019 NSGA Rulebook. Typically, the qualifying standards do not differ drastically from year-to-year.
In most sports, the top 4 finishers in each age group qualify for Nationals, as well as those who meet the Minimum Performance Standards (in applicable sports). The exceptions are Tennis (only the top 3 finishers for each age group qualify), Golf (you must meet the Minimum Performance Standards) and Triathlon (all finishers qualify). For team sports (basketball, softball, volleyball) the top 3 teams in each age group qualify. 
No matter what place an athlete finishes, they may also qualify in the sports which have Minimum Performance Standards (MPS), by meeting or exceeding the MPS for the age-division they are competing in at the State Level. (Ex. An athlete is 54 in 2016 and competes in the 50-54 age division at their State Games, but will move up to the 55-59 age division at Nationals. They must meet the MPS for the 50-54 age division to qualify for Nationals.
Registration for the 2019 National Senior Games WILL OPEN FALL 2018.  Qualified Athletes will be able to register for the 2019 Games when the state(s) they qualified in are listed on the NSGA website. States are listed when all their results are submitted to NSGA and verified.  We will send an e-blast to qualified athletes, when the results have been uploaded.  In addition, NSGA will send out one postcard by mail to their address of NSGA record with the same notification.  Information about online registration will be shared in these communications.

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

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 39th 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 2018. 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”.   


  • 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. 
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