The Guild of Competitive Pickleball Players Competition Group (tm)
The Competitive Pickleball Players Guild, or simply "Player's Guild", grew out
of a concept introduced by Bill Maloy on the MS Gulf Coast Pickleballers
Facebook Group -- a group that he co-founded.
The original concept was
- Take the USAPA's Player's rules test and post your passing score
- Register for, and participate in, a USAPA Sanctioned tournament
- Be given a shirt (aka "Travel Shirt")
En Voila! Guild membership.
The original message thread is lost to history, because Bill has since been
banned from the MS Gulf Coast Pickleballers Facebook Group. He's not bitter.
These days, the Player's Guild concept is taking on a life of its own, with
ideas coming in from far-and-wide. Bill's list of requirements was fairly
Yes, we're serious. Yes, things are still in the early planning stages. But
test scores have been posted, tournaments have been played, and travel shirts have been issued.
- The official organization's abbreviated name had to be a palindrome (he envisioned the logo being a mirror image of itself)
- The organization's name had to be redundant, as in "The American Dodgeball Association of America."
With so very MUCH more to come ...
I'm intrigued. Please keep me in the loop!