Picklefest is a team based event which will feature many of the best Western Canadian pickleball players. The event has cash payouts for players and the vague scent of success and hickory. The event provides an opportunity for players that make the podium to play further pickleball events as there are still few tournaments in Canada that offer cash payouts.
The beauty of Picklefest is that the teams will all be competitive through utilizing a snake draft, made popular through fantasy football drafts. There are 8 (or more) teams which will each have a different owner (who cannot be a player) who will each draft their team of 2 male/2 female players from the draft pool. The owner that has the 1st pick for the male player would have the 16th male player pick and the 8th and 9th picks for the female players. Similarly, the owner that had the 1st pick for females would also have the 16th pick for females and the 8th and 9th pics for male players (and for further example 4,13 men and 5,12 women picks).
Picklefest has a Calcutta for people wanting to be one of the 8 team owners where teams are auctioned off through 8 mini auctions with the winner of the first auction deciding on which franchise he wants to buy and so forth. The owner prize pool is be paid back to the owners for top 3 teams in event. The owners can also have team members wear their company’s merchandise. For 2022, the winning team was W1/W16/M8/M9 and second place was M4/M13/W5/W12. The M1/M16/W8/W9 franchise was the first team bought and placed 3rd in the event. We are thankful for the 2022 team owners and their contribution to the event.
Each of the 8 teams will play against the other teams in a 7 game round robin with each head to head being 4 matches (1 point per win) - 1 men’s doubles game, 1 women’s doubles game and 2 mixed games (each player plays in 2 games per match) all played first to 15 win by two, with the tiebreaker being singles in rally point scoring first to 15 format (don't need to win by 2) with each player on a team playing 4 points before subbing out to the next team mate (guys can play girls in this format). Each owner/captain submits a blind lineup card before the match outlining mixed pair/order and singles lineup. Winner of the round robin goes directly to the final and 2nd place would play a semi versus 3rd.
We are appreciative of those sponsors who were a part of Picklefest 2022. The event livestreams has over 1300 views and there was a marketing value add to sponsors through many social media posts, website promotion, banner viewership and audio/visual visibility in the livestream and fan engagement. Sponsorship contributions directly benefited the podium players via the payout pool.
Picklfest 2022 was held on May 21-22 in Edmonton at the Pickleball Hub/PaddleRoom and was a big success. Thanks to Vinh Ngo, owner of the Pickleball Hub, for hosting.
We will provide information for Picklefest 2023 soon and will be seeking player applications from across Canada. There will be many new elements of the competition as well.
Check out this video from the event
Gold - Team Greenwood/Gattinger (Kim Layton, Haddow Thul, Irene Mah, Charles Neufeldt)
Silver - Team Deakin (Robin D'Abreo, Dana D'Abreo, Wendy Sofiak, Chris Alain)
Bronze - Team Brewster (Brad Chapman, Rozelle Winter, Ronith Cogswell, Marc Pitre)
May 21, 2022 - 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
May 22, 2022 - 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Pickleball Hub/Paddle Room - 115, 25 Chisholm Avenue., St. Albert, Alberta, 780.966.8511
1. In lieu of any fee to attend, please bring an item for the St. Albert Food Bank.
2. There will be some seating, but please bring a folding camping chair.
3. There are no food services on site.
4. There will be a 50/50 and ticket draw for donated pickleball items.
Garand Jones and Jane White
Alpha Outdoor Pro (plays like a Dura just doesn't break every 2 games and retains its bounce and shape)
1. Order of Play will be womens doubles, mens doubles, mixed doubles, mixed doubles, singles tiebreaker if necessary.
2. Each team submits a lineup card before a head to head match which has mixed pairings/order and singles tiebreak order. Coin flip before each match game determines serve/side.
3. The Singles tiebreaker is first to 15 rally point scoring (don't win by 2). Each player plays four points before subbing out to partner. You don't have to serve to win singles tiebreak.
4. Playoff tiebreak is: (a) head to head win, (b) If more than one team in tiebreak (that hasn't won all head to head matches) then total games won (excluding singles tiebreak), (c) Best point differential for all head to head matches (excluding singles tiebreaker).
Brad Chapman, Marc Pitre, Rozelle Winter, Ronith Cogswell
Haddow Thul, Charles Neufeldt, Kim Layton, Irene Mah
Tim MacVinnie, Mike Ruecker, Jill Richard, Jun Laffin
Matt Stodala, Barry Mah, Sara McNeill, Cheryl Karpo
Cam Rich, Jeff Whipple, Cookie Drake, Kristina Lidster
Paul Clemens, Mike Hamilton, Pam Clarke, Brittany Kosek
Robin D'Abreo, Brett Forsythe, Dana D'Abreo, Wendy Sofiak
Zach Brown, Sean McCartan, Casey Rodgers, Brittani Brown
Team Greenwood v. Team Deakin
Brad Chapman, Cameron Rich, Charles Neufeldt, Paul Clemens, Kim Layton, Chris Alain, Kristina Lidster, Pam Clarke, Jun Laffin, Cookie Drake, Cheryl Karpo, Matt Stodola, Jill Richard, Ronith Cogswell, Haddow Thul, Brittany Kosek, Mike Hamilton, Robin D'Abreo, Dana D'Abreo, Brett Forsythe, Jeff Whipple, Sara McNeill, Wendy Sofiak, Sean McCartan, Casey Rodgers, Marc Pitre, Zach Brown, Brittani Brown, Barry Mah, Irene Mah,
Roz Winter, Casey Rodgers