More Dink-a-thon Info…

What is a DINK-A-THON, you ask?

It’s an event where you and a partner try to make each other look really good at dinking…and maximize the number of times you consecutively dink the ball over the net in 2 minutes, without going out of bounds.

gmdaStart practicing your:
– forehand dinks down the line
– back hand dinks down the line
– cross court forehand dinks- cross court back hand dinks

The top 4 teams in each skill level advance to their playoffs.

Playoff competition:

The Dink Game – No Lob. Start with a dink serve which must land inside the No Volley Zone. The ball must be DINKED over the net and bounce in the No Volley Zone at least 4 times before a player can win the point with a kill shot or a fantastic dink. No lobs. Regular scoring; only serving team accumulates points. Play to 11.

If time permits, the winners of each skill level playoff will play each other for the ultimate title of DINK CHAMPIONS!

Skill levels:
Novice/Tier 1 Intermediate
Tier 1/Tier 2 Intermediate

Happy pickling,
Lisa Griffin
BAPA Vice President


From Lisa Griffin, BAPA Vice President:

JDIAs promised, more information:

The Dink-a-thon will be held Wednesday, January 25, hosted by YMCA  Homecourt in partnership with BAPA.

Find a partner and register as a team; or register as an individual and we w ill randomly pair you with another player in your skill group.

On-site registration only. Registration opens at 8am on Wed, Jan 25. There is no cost to participate, beyond YMCA pickleball membership or YMCA drop-in fee.

Time and court space are limited, so First Registered, First Served.

The Dink-a-thon will begin as soon as we have our first registrations.

Play-off competition begins at 11am, so if you can not stay for playoffs let us know when you register.

One caveat: I have no idea how well this is going to work, so be patient with us.

The Dink-a-thon should not interfere with open play. It should take a team 10 minutes or so to participate in the Dink-a-thon…until play-off competition.

Finally, The Dink-a-thon is the kick-off of a new program called Wacky Wednesdays. Continuing through the month of February, we will be hosting a variety of short, “wacky” competitions on Wednesdays. We hope you enjoy them and can join the fun.

Happy pickling,
Lisa Griffin
BAPA Vice President

Sign-up Now for Referee Training

From Lisa Griffin:

The Referee Clinic is a hands-on clinic where you will learn all of the methods of refereeing a game properly.

PRIn order to attend the Referee Clinic and become a pickleball referee, a person must put in some preliminary effort. It is of utmost importance for a referee to know the rules….forward and backward….and be able to make correct decisions within a split second during a game.  Consequently, your first responsibility is to read, study and know the International Federation of Pickleball Rulebook.

When you are comfortable with all of the rules as outlined in the IFP Rulebook, you should then take the ‘Player Rules Quiz’ at .  A Passing Score of 80% or higher must be attained before attending the Referee Clinic.

When you have met these requirements, forward a copy of your test results to Linda Mitchell at , showing your passing score. We will then schedule you in the next Referee Clinic.

The rules will not be discussed at the Referee Clinic, so if you have any questions about the rules let’s get them answered beforehand. Feel free to contact me or Linda Mitchell at any time with your questions.

Happy pickling,

Super Senior International Pickleball Association

There’s a new pickleball association just for players 65 and older:

Super Senior International Pickleball Association (SSIPA)

Mission Statement: The Mission of the Super Senior International Pickleball Association (SSIPA) is to support the growth of Pickleball around the world, through a social, competitive environment for players of all skill levels ages 65 plus.


About SSIPA:

Super Senior International Pickleball Association was formed in 2016 to promote Pickleball among our very active senior population in this country and internationally.  As we get older our generation continues to strive for participation in friendly competition with our fellow seniors and develop friendships that will last a life time.  As we age gracefully and continue to strive for wellness through competition, the SSIPA just might be one more piece of the puzzle of life.

The SSIPA supports the Super Senior International Pickleball Tournament Circuit allowing players to compete with other players in their age group – 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, and 80+.  Any event that had 3 or more teams entered would make a bracket.  If groups were combined, players would have the option to play down in age or receive a refund.

More information, membership application, and tournament calendar is available on the webpage.  Use your computer for sign-up – mobile phone application available later.  More tournaments will be added in 2017.

Web page is:

The SSIPA email address is

Membership Questions – contact:

SSIPA is also on “Facebook” – search for Super Senior International Pickleball Association and ask to Join.