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Selkirk Sport Announces $100,000 In Performance Incentives To Complement Tournament Purse At USA Pickleball National Championships Indian Wells

Leading Paddle Brand Reinforces Commitment to Investing in Growth of Pickleball; More Than 100 Team Selkirk Professional Ambassadors Set to Compete at Indian Wells Tennis Garden, Nov 3-11;


With more than 100 global ambassadors, headlined by Tyson McGuffin, the defending National Champion in the open singles division, Selkirk Sport, the leading Pickleball paddle and accessories brand has announced that $100,000 in pro player performance incentives will be available at the 2018 Margaritaville USA Pickleball National Championships at Indian Wells Tennis Garden, November 3-11, 2018. The player incentive pool program supports the Company’s commitment to investing in the growth of Pickleball at the professional level.


As part of Selkirk’s non-traditional approach to marketing, the Player Incentive Pool program was created to incentivize athletes to compete with their innovative line-up of performance paddles. In addition to $100,000 in prize money on the line, an athlete can take home an unprecedented $25,000 with the Triple Crown Bonus – sweeping all Open Divisions (National Men’s/National Women’s Singles; National Men’s/National Women’s Doubles and the Mixed Open Division), armed with a Selkirk paddle. Players must qualify to be in the Selkirk Incentive Pool program to be eligible for prize money.


In addition to McGuffin, Team Selkirk Ambassadors that will be competing with Selkirk’s new AMPED Series paddles include: Kaitlyn Christian, professional tennis player & currently the 50th ranked doubles player in the world by the WTA; Cammy MacGregor, Former Top 100 Professional Tennis Player who won the 2018 US Open Senior Pickleball Singles Championship; Morgan Evans, Professional Coach to the sports elite players and Top Doubles and Mixed Doubles player; Kim Jagd, former Professional Volleyball Player; Glen Peterson an accomplished player who is also involved with R&D and top female competitor Tonja Major, among others.


“We are ‘all in’ when it comes to investing in the growth of Pickleball both domestically and around the globe at the professional and grassroots level,” said Rob Barnes, Product Manager, Selkirk Sport. “The incentive pool program is an additional benefit to Team Selkirk Ambassadors as we seek to elevate the sport on many levels.”


A platinum sponsor of the 2018 National Championships, Selkirk Sport will have a 15×30 showroom on-site featuring their collection of premium paddles and accessories. Additionally, Selkirk will receive branding on Championship Court, while courts 18-21 will be recognized as the Selkirk Sport Courts Complex.


Added Barnes, “It’s truly a victory for the sport of Pickleball to host nationals at Indian Wells Tennis Garden, which is such an iconic venue in the racquet sports world.”


The AMPED Series is a first-of-its kind, Made-in-the-USA line of paddles that combine revolutionary FiberFlex Fiberglass face technology, a patent-pending thicker X5 polypropylene core and a unibody design that promotes increased power, better ball control, and a larger sweetspot – the most critical benefits to maximize performance for players of all levels.


For more information on Selkirk Sport and Team Selkirk’s stable of Professional Pickleball Ambassadors, visit www.selkirk.com.


About Selkirk Sport

Selkirk Sport, a Made-in-the-USA Manufacturer of Pickleball paddles and accessories, is a family-owned and operated company based in Hayden, Idaho, located in the shadows of its namesake, the Selkirk mountain range. Founded in 2014, Selkirk Sport is born off a passion for sport, as well as the great western outdoor leisure lifestyle that was afforded to the Company’s founders, Rob and Mike Barnes, along with their father Jim, who is Selkirk’s production manager, and Rob’s father-in-law, Russell Heistuman, a professional designer. Backed by the philosophy of always pushing the limits, Selkirk Sport is committed to manufacturing products that deliver the highest performance with unmatched quality and service. As part of their early success, Selkirk Sport was the very first Pickleball manufacturer to offer an unprecedented lifetime warranty on its high-performance products. And, to meet the demands of the game’s premier professionals, the Company developed low-profile edgeguards that are lightweight and extremely durable. In just three years, Selkirk Sport has become one of the industry’s fastest growing companies, and their paddles are used by many of the game’s premier players, such as Ty McGuffin, Morgan Evans, Tonja Major and a host of others who are premier players and national/regional champions.


About Pickleball

Pickleball was invented by three dads in 1965 as a way to entertain their children during summer. The families resided on Bainbridge Island, Washington. Congressman Joel Pritchard, Bill Bell, and Barney McCallum fashioned handmade equipment and based the simple rules on the existing sports of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong. Unlike Tennis, Racquetball and many other sports, Pickleball has a short learning curve; you don’t need months of lessons to participate in a fun game. It also is less running compared to Tennis. However, at the same time, it can be very competitive and addicting for all ages, as well as an excellent, fun family activity. Pickleball can be played as both a singles and doubles game, and can be played inside or outdoors, on a court that uses the dimension of a doubles badminton court, along with a modified tennis net. A Pickleball court is 20’ x 44’ for both singles and doubles. The net is hung at 36” at the ends and hangs 34” in the middle. A non-volley zone – called the Kitchen – extends 7’ back from the net on each side.

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