- Bringing Competitive Team Based League Pickleball Throughout Arizona -
APPL Frequently Asked Questions:
What is APPL? - APPL stands for the Arizona Pickleball Players League. APPL is a nonprofit corporation led by players with years of experience in team based league pickleball who want to make that experience available to players throughout Arizona.
Why was APPL formed? - APPL was formed to develop and introduce competitive league pickleball to Arizona and eventually nationally. We believe there are thousands of players that would like to enjoy a low cost, organized, convenient and competitive pickleball experience that is open to all adults ages 18 years and above.
What is APPL’s objective? - APPL’s objective is to bring a standardized team based league format to Arizona and eventually nationally as an alternative or addition to the existing singles or doubles tournament infrastructure.
How do I join the APPL? - You can join APPL through the website: arizonapickleballplayersleague.org
What levels of play are there? - The league has divisions for men’s and women’s doubles with levels from beginners through advanced. Skill groups are: 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 and 4.5/5.0+. A mixed doubles division is under consideration to be added in the 2021 season. The East Valley Interclub League (EVIL), now a part of the APPL, will continue to offer mixed doubles.
How much does it cost? - The 2021 season fee structure will be defined by July 1st 2020. On a per player basis the cost PER SEASON will continue to be less than the cost to play in ONE USAPA sanctioned tournament.
How often would my team play? - That will vary depending on the number of teams participating in the various skill groups. The target is that there would be 8 to 12 matches per season (including regional playoffs).
Where would I play? - That depends on the League Region (Casa Grande or East Valley at this point). The Casa Grande Region plays at Dave White Park in Casa Grande. The East Valley Region will play at city courts obtained through a city (for example city of Phoenix Pecos Park courts) or club courts obtained through a club throughout the East Valley depending on the teams home court selections. Visiting teams will travel to their opponent’s home courts to play their matches.
Is this the first time the league is playing? - No. One of the regional leagues within APPL (EVIL) is entering its 9th season. The APPL format was piloted successfully in 2019 and completed its first season in 2020. Last year 95 teams consisting of over 1000 players participated in APPL.
How do I get on a team? - This is a team based league so getting on a team will vary depending on the different regional leagues. A form is on the APPL website you can fill out to let captains know you are interested in joining a team. Club members should ask their club’s administration if their club will be participating.
Can I form my own team? How do I do that? - Yes you can. There is information on how to form and register your own team in both regions (Casa Grande and East Valley) on the APPL website.
Do I have to be a member of a club to participate? - Depending on the Regional League you are interested in (SAPPL, Red APPL or EVIL) you may or may not need to be a member of a club or community to participate. See the APPL website for each Regional League’s requirements.
Do I have to be a member of USAPA to participate? - No, you do not need to be a member of USAPA to participate in any of the APPL leagues. In addition, your APPL match results do not affect your UTPR rating if you have one.
I have played on an EVIL (East Valley Interclub League) team for several years. Where does EVIL fit in? - The EVIL league is an East Valley Regional league within the APPL organization.
Is there an age requirement? - The Red APPL and SAPPL Regional leagues age requirement is 18 years and over. The EVIL Regional league remains 50+.
When does the next season start? - Next season starts the first week of January, 2021. Pre Registration begins August 1st, 2020.
Where can I get more information? - The APPL website is: arizonapickleballplayersleague.org . There you can find more detailed information and add yourself to the Early Bird subscription list. You can also email one of the League Coordinators in the Contacts section and they will be happy to help you.