Grand Junction Tournament “Move-Up” Rule


Updated July 19, 2022


Rule:  A tournament winner, of any event held in Grand Junction (mixed or same-sex), must play at the next higher level in all events entered in the following calendar year in Grand Junction. A player may appeal the ruling by providing the reasoning as to why he or she should not have to move up. The appeal will be heard by the club’s four-player skill assessment committee. If, after moving up to the next level, a player believes that he/she is not competitive (due to injury, etc.), another appeal may be filed requesting to be moved back down. If you wish to be rated by our local skill assessment committee, email Mike Fortner at
Reason:  To keep players from playing below their skill level.
History:  Enforcement began with winners of Grand Junction-based tournaments in 2015. Over the years, many appeals have been heard; all have been granted.
Date Ratified:  On June 14, 2017, the Western Slope Pickleball Club Board of Directors discussed and unanimously voted to approve the “tournament move-up rule” that was put in place by Grand Junction Parks and Recreation in 2015 for tournaments held in Grand Junction.