Spa City Classic 2024

Bank OZK Arena, 398 Convention Blvd, Hot Springs Arkansas, 71901

Jun 27, 2024 - Jun 30, 2024

Tourney Timezone: Central
Tournament Dates: Thursday, June 27th - Sunday, June 30th 2024
Venue: Bank OZK Arena, Hot Springs, AR
New for this year's tournament:
1) Spa City Classic Tournament shirt is INCLUDED with your registration fee!!
2) Early Bird Registrations are reduced to $40 vs $60. Use the discount towards your first event on us. We decided to freeze events fees at only $20 so same great rate. Early registration allows you to save money playing in 2024!!
3) Skill levels for all players will be updated when registration closes. Players whose skill level has changed since they registered will be automatically moved to their current skill level bracket.
3) All new LED lighting throughout the entire Bank OZK Arena floor!
4) Tournament results will be added into DUPR! Since Pickleball Brackets at this time does NOT have an integration with DUPR we've secured an offering by a DUPR employee's assistance to manually enter all tournament match data into DUPR for this year's results. As he's doing this as a favor and MANUALLY please allow up to two weeks for this process to update fully to any DUPR ratings.
Early Registration fee (prior to March 1st) is $40. After March 1st $60 (NO EXCEPTIONS). Registration opens on January 8th and closes on June 16th. Early Registration Deadline: February 29th, 2024 -- register early to save $20!!
Cancellation Deadline: May 31st, 2024
Registration Deadline: June 16th, 2024 / No new registrations past this date except for partnering with someone already registered needing a partner, NO EXCEPTIONS.
Each registration will be charged an additional, NON-REFUNDABLE by of $5 for one event or $10 for 2 or more events. Each player can register for a maximum of (4) total events which must all be played on separate days.
Thursday - June 27th, Offspring Open, Men's and Women's Skinny Singles
Friday - June 28th, Men's Doubles and Women's Singles
Saturday - June 29th, Mixed Doubles
Sunday - June 30th, Men's Singles and Women's Doubles
Tournament Directors: Jeff Arnett and Anita Thompson
Age groups are 5-year divisions from age 50 and up when the number of participants allows.
Registration is by Age as of 12/31/2024 and SKILL LEVEL at the time of registration. Players may be moved to another Skill Level based on their skill level as of the date that registration closes. (Example - a player that registers in a 3.5 event but then plays more tournaments before June 16th and their rating improves or declines would either be moved to their higher rating of 4.0 or could request to be moved down to 3.0). For most who prefer to play at or above their actual skill rating this is not an issue. Self-ratings will only be used for players with no tournament rating. Calculated tournament ratings will be used for all others.
We offer Skill levels ranging from 2.5 and below to 5.0+. Age ranges starting from 7 to 80+.
A doubles team must play at the skill level of the higher rated player AND the age division of the player of the younger age.
Players with a UTPR or World Pickleball Tournament Rating that is higher than their rating, may request bracket placement based on either of those. Use the Contact Tourney link above to contact the tournament directors.
Competition each day will begin at 8:00 AM. APPROXIMATE start times for each event will be posted and emailed to players approximately one week prior to the event. Exact start times will be posted and emailed to players each day for the following day's play by 10:00 PM the day before the event.
Tournament format:
-Round robin pool play will be played as 1 game to 15, win by 2 for each match for pools with 4 or more teams. Events with only (3) teams will play 2 out of 3 games to 11, win by 2 in both round robin pool play and bracket play.
-If there are fewer than 3 teams, your event will be merged/combined into the most similar event to your registration.
-Round robin pool play will determine the top (4) teams moving forward into additional play for medals. Exceptions: In pools which consist of only (3) teams in round robin pool play, then all (3) move forward. If an event has more than (2) pools in round robin play (3 or more pools) then the top (2) teams will move forward from each pool to then determine medal play. Top (2) teams would get a bye round and teams 3, 4, 5, and 6 would play for the opportunity of moving to medal round play.
-All matches after round robin pool play are completed will be played as best of 2 out of 3 games to 11, win by 2 in all events regardless of event size.
-When age/skill groups are combined to create a playing bracket, medals will be awarded to the top three teams in the ORIGINAL age/skill group the team entered.
For a guaranteed spot in the tournament in gender doubles or mixed doubles, the second partner must register within FIVE days of the first partner's registration or by the time registration closes. Teams that are incomplete after that will be moved to the waiting list. Once the second partner registers, the team will be entered into the event IF THERE IS STILL ROOM IN THE EVENT AND THE TOURNAMENT.
Each event has a player or team limit. Register early to guarantee your spot.
Players may sign up on the waiting list at no charge for any closed event, however, openings in an event will only be filled by complete teams in doubles and mixed doubles. Both partners must be signed up on the waiting list as a team in order to fill an event opening.
Tournament Ratings
- Pickleballbrackets ratings will be used. Any event in age 50+ will utilize the USSP rating.
- For new players with no rating, the self-rating will be used.
- Players who do not have a rating but do have an official USAPA UTPR or DUPR ratings should self-rate using their DUPR or UTPR rating.
-Players with a UTPR or DUPR rating that is higher than their Pickleballbrackets calculated tournament rating may be moved to the higher level at the discretion of the tournament director. This includes players registering and their rating increasing by the start of the tournament.
-Doubles teams will play in an event of the HIGHER rated skill team player and the LOWER age player.

Additional Information
Primary Ball: Orange Onix Fuse G2
Surface: Concrete
Net: Temporary
Indoor + Air-conditioning
Livestreaming: Yes
Plentiful water stations, bathrooms, and seating near to player courts.
Hotel accommodation options for the Spa City Classic:
Home 2 Suites by Hilton
Rate code SPA
Reservations can be made online or on the Hilton app by entering the code SPA into the "group code" under special rates.
Here is the link to the attendee website:
Choice Hotels:
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson:
La Quinta Inn & Suites:
Red Roof Inn

Refund Policy
Cancellation Policy
Withdrawals prior to May 1st, 2024 will receive a full refund minus $25 cancellation fee and minus's $10 processing fee. No insurance required.
Registration Insurance Policy (must be purchased during registration)
Insurance Cost: $10 per player
Who/What's Covered:
Players that purchase insurance during registration.
Partner(s) not covered unless they also purchased insurance.
Prior to Check In.
100% of all fees for the following, except the $10 fee:
Injury/Illness, doctors note required
Jury duty, jury notice required
Partner drops out, you choose not to participate
After Check In.
100% of event fee only (excludes $60 registration fee) for the following:
Illness/injury before event starts and your partner DOES NOT find replacement,
doctor's note required.
Not Covered:
Players who do not purchase insurance during registration.
Players who simply withdraw from the tournament.
Players who start the event and then decide to withdraw.
Disqualification from tournament or forfeit for any reason.
To Submit Claim:
Email the following details to, subject line "SCC Refund":
Reason for refund, including any documentation re: injury, illness or jury duty
When will I get my refund?
All refunds will be issued within five (5) business days after completion of the tournament.

***ATTENTION Spa City Classic Tournament Players***
Since we are a USSP Sanctioned Tournament all paddles in tournament play must be on the USAP's approved paddle list. As most of you know, there have recently been some paddles which have become delisted and are no longer approved for sanctioned tournament play. It is the PLAYER'S responsibility to confirm that the paddle you choose to play is ON the approved list. If you are not sure, you are more than welcome to confirm with our tournament operations staff, but if in question, please also bring a backup or two if needed to ensure your paddle is legal for play. Any unapproved paddle can be grounds for forfeit, withdrawal, and/or elimination from a game, match, or the tournament at the Tournament Director discretion.

Venue Information
Bank OZK Arena,398 Convention Blvd, Hot Springs Arkansas, 71901
Surface Type: Concrete
Play Area Type: Indoor Air Conditioned
Net Type: Portable
Ball Used: Onix Fuse G2
Number of Courts: 36
Parking: No Fee
Adjacent parking lot

Officiated Type:Medal Matches
Max Events per Registration:4
Cost Includes:0 Events
Guaranteed Games per Event:4
Allow Pets:No
Allow Food:Yes
Allow Grill:No
Allow Dish to Pass:Yes