2024 Midwest Pickleball Championship -EIU

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

Our brains are built to benefit from play no matter what our age. ”
Theresa A Kestly American psychologist

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 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.

Registration is now open!

Register by 2/28/24 and you get an event t-shirt at no extra charge.

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.

Friday March 15, 2024 3 p.m.-7 p.m. –
Open Play – Player Pizza Party

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.


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

Exhibition matches will be played starting around 6 p.m. – open to the public. Come watch some high quality pickleball matches up close and live.

Saturday March 16, 2024 Women’s Doubles, Men’s Doubles Age 18+

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 80 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 18+ ) and (age 70+)

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’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 – Age 60+ Women’s Doubles, Men’s Doubles

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.

This tournament was brought to you by our generous sponsors

Additional Sponsors who donated
items for this tournament (in-kind) donations