East Valley Region
EVIL Frequently Asked Questions:
What is EVIL? - EVIL stands for the East Valley Interclub League. It is a 50+ pickleball league that has been operating since 2012. The league consists of pickleball clubs around the Phoenix East Valley who enjoy participating in a competitive yet social environment. Participating clubs have the opportunity to interact and meet new players at various clubs throughout the East Valley. Currently there is a Men’s Doubles League, Women’s Doubles League, and a Mixed Doubles League . EVIL is now one of three leagues in the East Valley Region of the Arizona Pickleball Players League (APPL).
What is APPL? - APPL stands for the Arizona Pickleball Players League. APPL was formed to develop, introduce and expand competitive league pickleball throughout Arizona and eventually the USAPA network. We believe there are thousands of players that would like to enjoy organized team based competitive pickleball. EVIL’s continuous growth is a good example of this belief. It is APPL’s objective to bring a standardized team based league format to Arizona and eventually nationally to fill this void.
EVIL has been around a long time. Why is it a part of APPL now? - As EVIL has grown every year it has set a great example of the need for a structured team based competitive pickleball league. Being a part of APPL will facilitate continued growth through the use of more standardized administrative processes and support, web based communication tools and marketing initiatives.
What is APPL’s objective? And where does EVIL fit in? - 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. APPL currently has two Regions; the Southern Region based in Casa Grande and the East Valley Region. EVIL is a part of the East Valley Region along with the 18+ Red APPL league and the Green APPL league, a developmental league for beginners.
What will change now that EVIL is a part of APPL? - - The introduction of APPL will have some effects on EVIL that we think you will find positive. It will bring a more standardized structure for team registration, scheduling, results tracking and other administrative processes that used to be performed manually. EVIL matches will now use the APPL format where a match will consist of 2 club teams each with 3 doubles teams instead of 4. Those teams will play 2 games to 11 against each of their opponents doubles teams. Therefore, 3 rounds of 2 games each will be played. It will also provide opportunities for teams to participate who previously may have had difficulty obtaining home court time. Additionally, EVIL will now have more management focus with the addition of three EVIL coordinators to the APPL management structure for the Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Divisions. Although this is not a complete summary of the benefits, it should also be noted that the cost of participation will not change dramatically either
What levels of play are there? - EVIL will continue to have men’s, women’s and mixed divisions with teams in 3.0, 3.5 and 4.0 (mixed) group levels.
How much does it cost? - To play in the EVIL teams will be required to pay the APPL league fee of $40 per team per season (i.e $4 per player for the season for a team with 10 players). As part of 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. 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 12 matches per season.
Where would I play? - As part of the East Valley Region, EVIL teams will play either 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 an interclub league. If your pickleball club is not a part of EVIL you should talk to your club’s officials to become one. Team participants playing in EVIL must be members of the club they are playing for.
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 on the APPL website. You and your teammates would still need to be members of the pickleball club you are playing for.
Do I have to be a member of a club to participate? - Yes. This is an interclub league. You do not need to be a member of USAPA.
Is there an age requirement? - The EVIL age requirement is 50 and over.
When does the next season start? - Season league play will commence in January, 2020. We are planning to have some pre-season play in December 2019 for the purpose of getting all the captains, players and procedures running smoothly.
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 in order to receive future notifications.