Brisbane Pickleball Club are excited to host the 2nd Australian Pickleball Championships (APC) and hope that the tournament continues to develop as a great competitive experience and a positive social opportunity, bringing people together of all ages and skill levels with a common passion for this sport. You will find plenty of information on this page regarding the APC.
Well done if you have already entered, if not join the fun by registering at https://pickleballbrackets.com

THANKS TO OUR NEWEST SPONSOR

THANKS TO OUR PLATINUM SPONSOR

HOW TO REGISTER

  • Create a login to the Pickleball Brackets site
    https://pickleballbrackets.com  
  • This requires an email and phone number – make sure you put 3 digits in the area code and 7 digits in the number section – including the starting 0 of your mobile number.
  • Search for the APC page on the site by typing in Australia.
  • You will then be able to register at the Australian Pickleball Championships page on this website.
  • You can enter the OPEN event and another age category for each event – Singles, Gender and Mixed Doubles.
  • Cost: $40 registrations inclusive of your first event.  Extra events are $10 each.
  • Guarantee: 4 matches per event.

Partners
You can ask for a partner if you can’t find one for a particular event.
If your partner has not registered yet you will need their details to complete your registration – name, email and phone number NOTE – They still need to register as well.

THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS



First and foremost, we want to recognise and thank the various sponsors who are helping make this tournament possible.
Our Platinum sponsor Empire Office Furniture deserve a special mention and must be recognised for their generosity. 
We also have several bronze and corporate sponsors as listed below:

VENUE

The tournament is being held at the Hibiscus Sports Complex in Upper Mt Gravatt which is about 15 minutes from the city centre.

Address:           90 Klump Rd,

Upper Mount Gravatt,

QLD 4122

EQUIPMENT

The nets being used are temporary, portable nets.

The balls to be used for the tournament will be ONIX yellow indoor balls which are easily visible on the dark wooden floor surface.

Courts are being taped for the event as no lines exist for pickleball.

It is planned that there will be a large space between courts and dividers in place to prevent movement of balls across courts.

There will be social play and warm up courts available.

TRANSPORT

Private car and on-site parking: Parking is available behind the venue.  There is also a “Park & Ride” station 5-minutes walk from the stadium, next door to the sports complex which is accessed from Klump Road.

Klump Road (a major road) is only about 500 metres from the South East Freeway and 15 minutes to the CBD.

Public transport: Check out https://jp.translink.com.au/plan-your-journey/ There is a bus stop at the Hibiscus centre with services generally every 15 minutes in both directions.

Car Hire: All the car rental places advise that they will not offer any better deal direct than those shown on the major booking sites

Options – usual company sites as well as:

https://www.kayak.com.au/cars

https://www.vroomvroomvroom.com.au/locations/brisbane/

ACCOMMODATION

There are several accommodation options close to the venue:

Travelodge Hotel Garden City – While a 40-minute walk to the stadium, there are buses that leave regularly from close by with stops very close to the venue. It is an 8-minute ride by car/ uber.

Comfort Inn and Suites, Robertson Gardens – Again a long walk but a 6-minute uber/ car drive and public transport options again door to door.

Accommodation in the city – The other solution is to look at accommodation in the city of which there are many options.  It is only a 15-minute car/ uber ride from either South Bank or the CBD.

Backpackers – Blue Magic Backpackers is next door to the complex – +61 412 159 795

DIVISIONS

You have registered and placed yourself potentially in the Open division as well as appropriate age and skill levels.

If partners are of different skill levels the doubles pair is placed in the skill division based on the higher rated player.

For all events – Men’s, Women’s, and Mixed Doubles it has been possible to enter the Open division as well as one other age/ skill division:

  • Open Division: Any age and skill rating eligible for this division
  • Age/ Skill divisions:
    • 16 – 35yrs; 36 – 50yrs; 51 – 64years; 65+ years
    • 3.0 and below; 3.5; 4.0; 4.5

Divisions will be collapsed at the discretion of the organising committee dependent upon number of entries.  This will be decided once registrations have closed.

PLAYER RATINGS

When you registered for the tournament you provided us with a self-assessed skill rating.  If you think you made an error on this rating and would like it to be adjusted let us know via email –  tournaments@brisbanepickleballclub.com by the 15th of September. The Appendix in this document includes the rating scale which was used by many to determine their rating.

TOURNAMENT TIMINGS

The timings for this tournament including social events are as follows:

Social Welcome Drinks: Friday 4th  October 6 – 8pm         

Court Setup: Saturday 5th October 7am – 8am We appreciate anyone willing to assist with setup.

Saturday registration: Registration open from 7.45am  

Warm up and Court familiarisation: Saturday 5th October 8 – 8.20am

Saturday Tournament Briefing: Saturday 5th October 8.20am

Saturday Matches: Start times from 8.30am – 5pm (This will include Singles and Gender Doubles.  Dependent upon entries, this may also include initial Mixed Doubles matches.)

Saturday Dinner Function: Saturday 5th October 6.30pm – 9.30pm – Mt Gravatt Bowls Club.  See below for further details.

Sunday Registration and Court Time: Registration and court access open from Sunday 6th October 7.45am.

Sunday Matches: Start times from 8.30am – 4.30pm (NOTE: This is longer than originally planned.  Matches will include Singles and Gender Doubles)

Presentation of Awards: Awards will be presented at the end of each final.  We encourage players to stay and watch these finals.

THE DRAW AND PARTNERS

Draw: The draw will be available at Pickleball Brackets, the site where you registered.  This should be available the week before the tournament.  You will receive notification of its availability.

Registration modifications: You can modify your registration up to the 15th of September.  Don’t hesitate to enter other events even if you don’t have a partner.  We can help with finding you a partner. 

Partners: Several of you have stated you require a partner.  Keep an eye on Pickleball Brackets as others enter looking for a partner.

Alternatively contact us via email – secretary@brisbanepickleballclub.com for assistance with finding a partner.

MATCH STRUCTURE

Game Format: We will be playing round robins and then elimination finals for all divisions. 

Dependent on the number of entrants in a division various formats will be utilised to maximise the playing time for all competitors.  You will be fully appraised of this when draws are released.

The options we are considering are  

  1. games to 15 or two points ahead to win
  2. best of three games to 11
  3. a combination of options 1. And 2. dependent upon the number of teams in a division.
  4. Single and double elimination options are also being considered.

It is guaranteed that players will have 4 matches per event.

UMPIRING

All players will umpire their own games during the round robin and initial elimination sections of the tournament. 

We will be looking for volunteers to help with umpiring the finals.  This includes a scorer/ kitchen observer and lines people.

We would like to remind everyone of the basic premise behind pickleball of sporting behaviour and if in doubt the ball is in!  See the Appendix below for a simple outline of the rules of the tournament.

REGISTRATION ON THE DAY

Upon Arrival: You will need to register prior to your first match in the tournament, the registration desk will be located at the entrance of the Hibiscus Sports Complex.   There will also be a briefing held at the start of each morning with final details or adjustments to the tournament.  It is critical that all competitors register and arrive on time.

Registration will be available at the Registration Desk from 7.45am on both days.  Make sure you collect your player registration bag on the first day you register.

The registration desk will be located at the entrance of the Hibiscus Sports Complex.

FOOD AND DRINK

As with many venues we are not permitted to sell food and drink but are happy for participants to bring along their own supplies.  The stadium has its own café which will be open throughout the time of the tournament.  We are in conversation with the café regarding a pre-ordering system for lunch and planning to have a hydration station present. There will not be a stop for lunch.

FRIDAY EVENING

A venue for social drinks on the Friday evening has been organised.  Food is also available there for those of you looking for a simple dinner option.  The venue is a 5-minute walk from the stadium also giving you an opportunity to familiarise yourselves with the area.

Venue:              Southern Cross Sports Club

Address:           Corner of Klump and Logan Rd

                           Upper Mt Gravatt

                           QLD 4122

SATURDAY EVENING

The Saturday evening social event is going to be held at the Mt Gravatt Bowls Club.

Address:           1873 Logan Rd,

Upper Mount Gravatt

QLD 4122

This is a 10 – 15 minute walk from the stadium.

The dinner will be a set price buffet including a BBQ, salads and dessert.  It is expected the buffet will be approximately $35/ person but this is yet to be confirmed.  You will receive further information and a questionnaire to fill out regarding this event.

It is hoped that all players and supporters will attend.

RAFFLE AND VENDORS

We have a raffle running for the duration of the tournament with hundreds of dollars’ worth of prizes so don’t forget to buy your tickets when you arrive.

There will also be vendors present at the tournament if you are interested in purchasing equipment.

UPDATES AND FURTHER INFORMATION

Further information and updates will be provided closer to the date of the tournament.

You will also receive a link to a short questionnaire to help us with some of the finer details of the tournament.

QUESTIONS??

If you have any other concerns or questions don’t hesitate to contact us via email tournaments@brisbanepickleballclub.com

We look forward to seeing you all soon,