Grand Junction Tournament “Move-Up” Rule


Updated Jan. 20, 2018


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 a three-player committee composed of Tao Thongvanh, Mike Cox, and George Gerson. If, after moving up to the next level, a player believes that he/she is not competitive, another appeal may be filed requesting to be moved back down.
Reason:  To keep players from playing below their skill level.
History:  Enforcement began with winners of tournaments in 2015. In the two years of tournaments that the rule has been enforced (2015 and 2016), a total of 105 gold medals have been awarded (a number of players have earned more than one). About a dozen appeals have been heard; all have been granted.


Date Ratified:  At a held 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.


Click HERE to see who is “moving up” in 2018 for local tournaments.