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  • 21 Feb 2022 12:37 PM | Lisa (Administrator)

    The Boise City Council is holding a hearing March 1 about speeding up the long-delayed Alta Harris Park. The original plans for the park included 12 dedicated pickleball courts which would be great for our entire community. They are considering building the park, but without the courts to save money. But the City Council is allowing public comment, so this is your chance to have your voice heard and get the pickleball courts we all need.

    Below is an email that you can send to make sure we get those courts built. By sending this email today, you will be helping yourself and pickleball in the Treasure Valley. The email must be sent by Tuesday, February 22, so send it now. And if you know other people who will help, please have them send it too.

    Just copy and paste what is written below into an email (you will have to type the email addresses in yourself). Add your name and address at the bottom. Then hit send on your computer and send it in today!

    Please do it today! Thanks.


    TO: Mayor McLean and City Council, via,
    Delanie Garlick
    Travis Black

    CC: Doug Holloway
    Kevin Holmes

    SUBJECT: Comp Plan Text Amendment / Alta Harris Park Funding CPA21-00006

    Mayor McLean and Council Members,

    I am writing to you about the long-promised Alta Harris Park. Please do not delay this park any further. Included in the plans for the park are twelve dedicated pickleball courts which are very greatly needed. On February 19 NPR called pickleball “America’s fastest growing sport.” 4.8 million people now play this sport and the numbers are increasing rapidly. The New York Times recognized this in an article of February 18 titled “Pickleball is Ready for Prime Time,” and the same is true in Boise.

    There are well over 1,000 pickleball players in the eastern part of Boise alone and that number is growing dramatically month after month. Pickleball is well-known as a friendly, welcoming game that is easily learned, and enjoyed by players from eight to ninety-five. The twelve courts at Alta Harris will serve not only Barber Valley, but in fact the entire central, east and southeast sections of Boise, since at this point there are literally no pickleball courts located anywhere east of Broadway.

    Barber Valley is filled with people who have moved to this neighborhood specifically for the healthy outdoor lifestyle it offers and promotes. These people are the prime demographic for pickleball players. By building Alta Harris Park and its pickleball courts you will be enhancing the health, happiness and wellbeing of the taxpayers not just in Barber Valley, but in all surrounding neighborhoods throughout this entire part of the City.

    Barber Valley and all of eastern Boise greatly need this park. Alta Harris will offer a playground for young children, soccer fields for youth, but please do not forget to include the promised pickleball courts which will provide healthy, inclusive recreation for many people of all ages.

    Thank you for your attention in this matter.




  • 22 Nov 2021 11:14 AM | Lisa (Administrator)

    Several local facilities are offering ladder leagues, and thus the BAPA board recently decided to change to a monthly round robin series of competitions rather than offering ladder league play. 

    These round robin events will be held at Meridian Homecourt and are open to all - ON-SITE REGISTRATION ONLY... and Homecourt entrance fees still apply. 

    Each month will be themed and December's starts with a Winter Wonderland Round Robin and Toys for Tots Drive

  • 16 Nov 2021 10:53 AM | Getto (Administrator)

    Come join in a Winter Wonderland Round Robin and Toys for Tots Drive at Meridian Homecourt on December 14 and 16. 

    The round robin event is free and put on by BAPA. You must pay normal entrance fees to get into Homecourt.

    Participants are encouraged to bring a toy or cash donation for the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program. Checks can be made out to Boise ID Toys for Tots. Event organizers will deliver donations to the local base.

    Players will compete in a random round robin. Scores will be tallied and small prizes will be given to the six highest points earners in each bracket.

    ON-SITE REGISTRATION ONLY... Check in begins 45 minutes before the event starts. Participation is limited by the number of courts available during each bracket.

    • December 14 -- 11:30 - 1:00 Skill Levels 2.0 to 3.0 -- 48 players
    • December 16 -- 11:30 to 1:00 3.5 Skill Level 3.5 -- 48 players
    • December 16 1:00 to 2:30 Skill Levels 4.0+ -- 24 players

    NOTE: Participants are required to sign up for a DUPR account prior to playing in the event.

    The account is FREE. Sign up at

    BAPA will be using players’ DUPR ratings for future events.

    Please bring your cell phone to the event so you can get your account and then enter your results into DUPR. We will have tech helpers. :-)

  • 16 Nov 2021 10:19 AM | Getto (Administrator)

    Until recently there were only two types of ratings that players relied on to track their skill level: 

    *Self-Rating -- players look at a list of criteria and determines where they fit in.

    *UTPR  (USA Pickleball Tournament Player Rating) -- players compete in sanctioned tournaments and their ratings are determined by a mathematical formula. 

    Now there is a new rating system that players can freely access to determine their rating without the subjectivity of a self-rating or having to attend sanctioned tournaments. 

    Dreamland Universal Pickleball Rating

    Known as a DUPR (DUPE-er), this rating system is easy to use with recreational play and also for club or league play. 

    To get a DUPR, you need to sign up for a free account, determine your skill level, and find a few players to join you.

    To determine your skill level, it's best to average your mixed and doubles UTPR if you have them, ask others you are playing with what they think your skill level is, or use USA Pickleball's self assessment

    Once you have an account and are playing with others,  enter your game scores into the app which you download on to your phone. After you enter in the scores, another player needs to verify them before they are considered complete and your rating computations are completed for that day's play.  

    There are a couple of advantages to a DUPR as compared to self-rating or  UTPR: 

    *You don't need to go to a tournament.

    *It uses scores instead of just win/loss as the UTPR does. That makes you play every point as if it counts--because it does. 

    *It does not differentiate between doubles and mixed. You only have one DUPR rating for all doubles play.  

    With each game/match entered and verified, your DUPR will change dynamically. The more you  win by, the higher the rise in your rating will be, and visa versa. 

    Learn more about DUPR by reading their FAQs pdf

    Give it a try and then you can ask others, "What's your DUPR?" 

  • 11 Oct 2021 2:02 PM | Getto (Administrator)

    Major League Pickleball is the exciting, new elite pickleball league that aims to use its global platform to create the highest level of competition for professional female and male pickleball players worldwide, and to spread the joy and love of pickleball, attracting new entrants into the sport. For more information on Major League Pickleball, go to and follow Major League Pickleball on FacebookTwitterInstagramTikTokPinterest and YouTube. (From Business Wire)

    The new league, announced September 21, will debut with eight teams on November 5 at Dreamland, a Dripping Springs outdoor entertainment venue. The players will compete in singles, doubles, and mixed competitions to split a $150,000 prize purse. 

    Each team will consist of four players — two male and two female — and a player draft was held on October 1. (From Biz Journals)

    Boise's own Susuannah Barr was drafted onto Team Rally along with Jessie IrvineJW Johnson, and Dylan Frazier


    View all of the eight teams and the players they drafted here. Read more about Major League Pickleball here

    You will be able to watch the live on Major League Pickleball's website:

    Congratulations, Susannah! Way to go!!!

  • 22 Sep 2021 9:23 PM | Lisa (Administrator)

    September 22 was the last day of Summer Outdoor Organized play. It culminated in the Orthopedic Open - the second time BAPA has held this event. In order to play, participants had at least one surgically replaced joint. Thanks to Kevin & Karen Johnson, who not only organized the Othorpedic Open and played in it; they also made the medals - which looked like walking canes.

    Taking home the Gold medal are Mike Weber & Steve Robbins
    Karen Johnson & Mark Prokop earned the Silver medal.
    And, with a come-from-behind win, Kathlyn Drapac & Pat Tracy received the Bronze.

    A huge THANK-YOU goes out to all of our Summer Organizers: Doreen Burnham, Lisa Griffin, Brian Tracy, Debbie Redmond, Mike Turner & Ryan Zimmerman.

    At this point, with COVID cases peaking and hospitals in 'crisis standard of care,' there's no word yet on what the indoor season will look like and what BAPA will be organizing.  Stay tuned.

  • 15 Sep 2021 4:35 PM | Lisa (Administrator)

    Our fiscal year runs from October 1st through September 30th. Annual dues are only $15 per person and due by October 1st.

    Invoices have been emailed.  If you haven't seen it - check your spam or junk folder.

    Your membership helps pickleball grow in the Treasure Valley. When you join you will receive invitations to member-only events and get the latest pickleball news and communications from the organization. Other benefits of membership include access to our members-only pickleball forums, and a listing in and access to our membership directory (hosted on this website).

    Dues are $15 regardless of your payment date - so be sure to renew now to keep your membership active.

  • 10 Sep 2021 9:10 PM | Brian (Administrator)

    Thanks to a hard working crew the new indoor courts at Treasure Valley Athletic Center have lines and are ready for play. Watch for more news about pickleball at the Boise areas newest indoor facility.

  • 8 Sep 2021 1:49 PM | Lisa (Administrator)

    A heartfelt thank you goes out to:

    • Fred Slonaker, who served four years on the BAPA Executive Board as Treasurer.
    • Scott Michaelson, who served as BAPA President 2019-2020 and got us through the COVID shutdown.  He leaves after serving three years on the Board.
    • David Grube, who served this past year as BAPA President (and to his wife Patty!).  Dave will remain on the Board, serving as immediate-past-President.

    The Annual Meeting of the Boise Area Pickleball Association was held September 7, 2021.  Chris Mounier was elected President-elect.  Kathy Getto was elected Treasurer.  They join existing Board members: Brian Tracy, President; Katie Lamm, Secretary; and David Grube, immediate-past-President.

  • 8 Aug 2021 11:31 AM | Getto (Administrator)


    Mental health has been in the headlines in the sports world lately, including the world of tennis with Naomi Osaka’s absence from two of the majors (if you haven’t heard, you can hear from Osaka herself in her article published in Time).

    Mental health and the mental side of pickleball has also been a recent topic of conversation, as Lea Jansen has been the first pro pickleball player to really be outspoken about it in connection with her series of consecutive women’s singles wins at the APP Cincinnati Open (in fact, she won the triple crown), PPA Orange County Cup, and USA Pickleball Newport Beach Championships.

    Read the full article...

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