East Coast Championship 2024

OVERVIEW | REGISTRATION | SCHEDULE/RESULTS | FACILITIES | QUESTIONS


OVERVIEW:

The PlayTeamPickleball East Coast Championship will bring together the top teams from the Fall 2023 and Spring 2024 leagues from across the region, including leagues in NC Triad, Durham/Chapel Hill, Cary, Raleigh & Winston-Salem.  Teams who win their league championship, or select wild card teams, will compete in this unique team-based pickleball championship!

VIEW A RECAP OF THE 2023 EAST COAST CHAMPIONSHIP

The event will be played Friday-Sunday, July 12-14, 2024 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina at select area facilities.  18+ divisions will play primarily outdoors and 50+ divisions primarily indoors weather permitting.  Teams may play on two of the three days (an attempt will be made to schedule the round robin and the knockout matches for a division on separate days).  All schedules are subject to change.  Special schedule accommodations for player/team/captain conflicts will not be considered.

DIVISIONS OF PLAY
8 Divisions will be contested at the 2024 East Coast Championships:

    • Advanced Co-Ed 18+
    • Advanced Women 18+
    • High & Low Intermediate Co-Ed 18+
    • Intermediate Women & Men 18+
    • Novice Co-Ed 18+
    • Advanced Co-Ed 50+
    • High & Low Intermediate Co-Ed 50+
    • Intermediate Women 50+
    • Novice Co-Ed 50+

IMPORTANT DATES

    • Friday, June 7 — Qualified Team Commitment Deadline
    • Monday, June 17 — Each team must have 6 players registered
    • Thursday,  June 27 — Last Day to Register Player with T-Shirt
    • Week of July 1st — Official Schedule Released
    • Friday, July 12 — 50+ Competition Begins at 2:30 PM at CHTC
    • Saturday, July 13 — 18+ & 50+ Competition Begins at 8 AM at at CHTC & Paddles
    • Sunday, July 14 — 18+ & 50+ Competition Begins at 8 AM at at CHTC **

TOURNAMENT FORMAT

    • Specific divisions days of play to be announced.  Teams should assume they will play on 2 of the 3 days.  18+ divisions will play Saturday & Sunday.  50+ divisions will either play Friday/Saturday or Saturday/Sunday.
    • All matches will use the PlayTeamPickleball match format as in the regular season where no substitutions are allowed during a team match.
    • Pool play matches will be played to 11 and knock-out/championship matches will be played to 15, weather permitting.
    • Teams may change players and partners in each team match. All teams will be scheduled for at least 3 team matches during the competition. All format/schedule is subject to change.
    • A tournament referee will oversee the tournament should questions/disputes arise during the competition.  An on court referee will not be provided.


REGISTRATION:

PLAYER/TEAM ELIGIBILITY REGULATIONS

** The goal of these policies, as posted in the league regulations prior to the start of the Fall 2023 season is to ensure a fair/competitive playing environment for all teams playing in the E.C.C..  Fall league champions may have to play up or without certain players whose fall self-ratings were deemed out of bounds for the division played based on the PTPB algorithm (minimum self-rating).

  • E.C.C. minimum rating standards for each division:
    • Advanced – 3.8+
    • High Intermediate – 3.6 – 4.0
    • Intermediate Gender – 3.25 – 3.9
    • Low Intermediate – 3.0 – 3.5
    • Novice – 2.0 – 3.1
  • Players who participated in a specific division in the fall are only eligible to participate with that team in the E.C.C. if their minimum rating for the Spring 2024 team is compliant to the E.C.C. standards for each division listed above.
  • Teams may choose to “play up” at the E.C.C. if multiple players have non-compliant PTPB minimum ratings.  Or they may choose to play without these non-compliant players at the division they competed in during the Fall season.
  • A player may play on multiple teams in the E.C.C. as long as they are in different divisions.  No special scheduling will be afforded to these players so captains should plan accordingly with the number of players rostered for the E.C.C.
  • Teams who win in both the Fall & Spring leagues may accept 1 or both bids, depending on the number of players they have available.  A team cannot share players in the same division and cannot add additional players that were not on the official roster of the qualifying team.
  • A player must be registered online for the E.C.C. before playing in an E.C.C. match.  A player must have played at least 3 games (1 team match) in the local league to be eligible to participate in the E.C.C..  Registration will remain open throughout the E.C.C..
  • Teams are required to contest all matches scheduled at the ECC.  Any team defaulting a team match at the ECC will have all its team members suspended from PTPB immediately.  Team defaults not only compromise the integrity of the competition they deny the other team of a guaranteed match they have paid for.

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN YOUR $49 TOURNAMENT FEE?

  • Organized competitive play featuring teams from across the 5 local leagues.  Each team is guaranteed 3 team matches.
  • Player hospitality area at each site including water, Gatorade and snacks
  • Team Awards for top two teams including Championship Banner for each winning team
  • Saturday early evening Player Party at CHTC including light hors d’oeuvres, drink ticket plus cash bar.
  • Optional event T-Shirt will be available for pre-purchase for $10

REGISTERING A TEAM

Once qualified, captains will be contacted by the League Coordinator with an invitation to participate.  Once your team accepts, you will be provided a ECC Team Number which your players will use to register for the event.

REGISTERING A PLAYER

Players will need to sign-up specifically to compete in the East Coast Championship using the Championship Team Number provided by their team captain.  This Championship Team Number is given to the team captain from the league administrator once the team commits to participate in the East Coast Championship.


SCHEDULE/RESULTS:

Official schedules, participants and results can be found by clicking the link below:

 


FACILITIES:

The event will be hosted by Chapel Hill Tennis Club (Chapel Hill, NC) and Paddles Swim & Pickleball Club (Pittsboro, NC).

  • Chapel Hill Tennis Club offers 8 indoor and 6 outdoor lined courts.  Additionally, 6 outdoor temporary lined courts may be used.
  • Paddles Swim & Pickleball Club features 8 permanent courts.
403 Westbrook Drive, Carrboro, NC, 27510
500 Vine Parkway, Pittsboro, NC, 27312

Expectation should be that tournament courts will not be available for practice during the weekend. A 5-minute warm-up will be provided for each Team Match.

HOST HOTEL

A courtesy block is available at the Hyatt Place Chapel Hill / Southern Village.  ECC players may book a room for a discounted $160.65 rate by calling 919-929-9511 and referencing PlayTeamPickleball ECC.

ON-SITE FOOD & BEVERAGE

The Chapel Hill Tennis Club Courtside Cafe offers a delicious menu with a variety of selections and daily specials. We guarantee excellent service, food, and spirits.

Saturday at Paddles, Ta Contento Mex Fresh Food Food Truck will be on site for players from 11 AM to 2 PM.


QUESTIONS?:

Please contact PlayTeamPickleball league coordinator Deb Vincent at service@playteampickleball.com with any questions about the event