APPL Frequently Asked Questions:
What is APPL? - APPL stands for the Arizona Pickleball Players League.
Why was APPL formed? - APPL was formed to develop and introduce competitive league pickleball to Arizona and eventually
the USAPA network. We believe there are thousands of players that would like to enjoy organized team based competitive
What is APPL’s objective? - APPL’s objective is to bring a standardized team based league format to Arizona and eventually
nationally to fill the void of organized team based competitive pickleball.
How do I join the APPL? - You can join APPL through the website: arizonapickleballplayersleague.com
What levels of play are there? - The league has divisions for men’s and women’s doubles with levels from beginners through
advanced. Group levels are: 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 and 4.5/5.0+. A mixed doubles division is planned to be added in the 2021 season. The
East Valley Interclub League (EVIL), now a part of the APPL, will continue to have mixed doubles.
How much does it cost? - The APPL league fee is $40 per team per season (i.e $4 per player for the season for a team with 10
players). In the East Valley Region, teams choosing to use the City of Phoenix’s Pecos Park courts as their home courts would pay
an additional $120 per season to the city to obtain league play day and time slots for 3 courts for up to 8 weeks for their home
matches. Therefore using the same per player example above the additional cost per player would be $12 per player per season.
In the Southern Region all matches are played at Dave White Park in Casa Grande. The per player fee is $25 per season which
includes the APPL league fee and the use of Dave White Park courts for the season. On a per player basis the total fee is expected
to be considerably less than the fee required to play in one tournament.
How often would I play? - That will vary depending on the number of teams participating in the various group levels. The target
is that there would be 8 to 15 matches per season.
Where would I play? - That depends on the League Region (Southern or East Valley at this point). The Southern 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.
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 (Southern 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. You do not need to be a member of USAPA.
I have played on an EVIL (East Valley Interclub League) team for several years. Will the EVIL league still exist?
- Yes. The EVIL league will become an East Valley Regional league under the APPL structure using the APPL web based tools.
Is there an age requirement? - The APPL divisions age requirement is 18 and over. The EVIL divisions remain 50+.
Is this the first time the league is playing? - No. The APPL format was piloted successfully last season. Based on
overwhelmingly positive feedback from players and captains it was decided to proliferate the format geographically and extend it to
include all levels for Men and Women.
When does the next season start? - We are targeting starting most divisions January 1st, 2020.
Where can I get more information? - The APPL website is: arizonapickleballplayersleague.com. There you can find more
detailed information and add yourself to the subscription list.