East Valley Region
Red APPL Frequently Asked Questions:
What is the Red APPL? - The Red APPL is one of three leagues in the East Valley Region of the Arizona Pickleball Players League (APPL).
Why was the Red APPL formed? - The Red APPL was formed to offer pickleball players 18 years and over ancompetitive team based pickleball league in the east valley of the Phoenix Arizona area.
What is APPL’s objective? And where does the Red APPL 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.
Red APPL is a part of the East Valley Region along with the 50+ EVIL league currently in it’s 8th season and the Green APPL league, a developmental league for beginners. The Red APPL will have a men’s and women’s division with teams in 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 and 4.5/5.0+ group levels.
What levels of play are there? - The Red APPL 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? - To play in the Red APPL, teams would 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 up to 4 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, Red APPL 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? - 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. Of course you can also form your own team by contacting either the Red APPL Men’s or Women’s League Coordinator (see the contacts page in the APPL website).
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.
Do I have to be a member of a club to participate? - No you don’t. You also do not need to be a member of USAPA.
Is there an age requirement? - The Red APPL age requirement is 18 and over.
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 as well as expand it throughout Arizona.
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.