Midwest Pickleball Championship at EIU March 16-18, 2024

Join us for Spring Break on the campus of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois – This is a great facility for an indoor Pickleball Tournament. 15 indoor climate controlled courts all under one roof.

What: A non-sanctioned, self-officiated, self-rated, double elimination bracket by level indoor pickleblall tournament. A non-sanctioned event means you do not have to be a member of US Pickleball Association USAPA to play in this tournament. Self-officiated means that you will call your lines and keep score during your matches. Self-rate means you determine what skill level you will be playing in for the tournament based on our judgment of your skill level/ if you have a USAPA rating then you must play at that level or higher.

Partner Matching: We will make every effort to match you with a partner if you sign up for any of the events without a designated partner. Please be sure to note that on your registration form that you need a partner for the event.

A flat $50 entry fee gets you access to all the events that you qualify for by age and skill. No additional transaction fee costs.

Players are guaranteed 4 games minimum per event (best 2 out of 3 games double elimination bracket).

Eastern Illinois University – Student Recreation Center
200 Grant Ave Charleston, IL 61920

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Schedule of Events

March 15-18, 2024 in Charleston, IL
on the campus of Eastern Illinois University


Friday March 15, 2024
3 p.m.-7 p.m. – Player Open Play
Pro Exhibition Match
Player Pizza PartyGuests Invited

Players and guests are invited to open play on the courts and practice using the tournament ball (Onix Fuse Indoor Yellow).

We will have a pizza party starting around 4:30 p.m. with a local favorite Pagliai’s Pizza making the pizza’s. A special thank you to Pagliai’s for their support for this tournament.

REGISTERED PLAYERS EAT FOR FREE.

Guests $5 (cash only- pay on site).
Bring a homemade dessert to share and we will waive your guest fee.

Exhibition matches will be played starting around 6:45 p.m. –
open to the public- no charge.
Come watch some high quality pickleball matches with court side seats.


Saturday March 16, 2024
Men’s Doubles Age 10* -99 AND
Women’s Doubles Age 10* -99
*Age 10-17 must have legal guardian with the player and sign waiver

Saturday’s matches will be open to all ages and will only be sorted by skill level. This means that if you’re a 3.5 and you’re 18 or 99 then you can play on Saturday Mach 18th.

The day’s events will begin with the Women’s Doubles. The tournament is a double elimination bracket where you have a chance to play back into the finals match even after losing a round. Each match will be best 2 out of 3 with first to 11 by 2.

Men’s Doubles will begin as the Women’s Doubles is winding down. We’re estimating around Noon start for the Men’s Doubles but we will update this more precisely when we set up the brackets.

This tournament will be using pickleballbrackets.com tournament software so you will get text updates about matches and you can access the scores and standings as the tournament progresses.


Sunday March 17, 2024
Mixed Doubles (age 10+ ) AND
Mixed Doubles (special senior bracket for those age 70+)

*Age 10-17 must have legal guardian with the player and sign waiver

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Mixed Doubles will be played on Sunday. We will match you up by skill level so you’re playing teams at or close to your skill level. We have all ages playing together except if you’re age 70+. If you are age 70+ then you can play in your own bracket by skill level and age if you prefer. f you’re over 70 then you can choose to play in the over 70 group (both partners) OR you can play in the all age category. It’s up to you. We will announce tentative schedules as we get closer to the event.


Monday March 18th – SENIOR DAY
Men’s Doubles Age 60 and older- AND
Women’s Doubles Age 60 and older

This day is dedicated to players who are age 60+. Only players who are age 60+ can play on this day. If you’re eligible to play then pick a partner and join us and play Men’s Doubles and Women’s Doubles sorted by skill level (beginner to advanced). Women’s Doubles will start first and Men’s Doubles will begin as the Women’s Doubles matches wrap up. We will have a more precise schedule as the event gets closer.


15 indoor courts means less waiting and more playing.

Come play pickleball on the campus of Eastern Illinois University. This is a great facility with 15 pickleball courts all under one roof. This is on a gym floor so it’s easier on the body than hardcourts.

You will be playing during Spring Break so the students will be gone and the town of Charleston, IL welcomes you.


We’re saving a spot for you on the court. Come Play!

This is a great value. Your $50 registration fee includes your registration for all events you’re eligible to play by age and skill.

For example, if you’re age 60+ that means you can play on Saturday, Sunday AND Monday all for one fee! We are including the pickleball brackets tournament fee in the $50 so you pay one flat fee.

All players (beginning to advanced) are invited to play. You will be matched by skill level against other teams of similar skill level.


You can register now and then decide who your partner is later (or have us help match you up with a partner). You can pay with Paypal, Visa, Mastercard, Discover or American Express.