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October 2019

Majestic Journeys Vegas  Open

The Plaza Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada

October 27 – October 31, 2019

Here’s What Players have said about our past Destination Pickleball Tournaments

“Majestic Journeys is a first class organization. If you love playing Pickleball and meeting new friends in a paradise-like environment where all of your needs are looked after then this is the trip for you. Our Huatulco Mexico Pickleball Experience will be one that we will never forget! We will be back!”

Rick S., Dundas, ON

“This is the perfect opportunity to improve your game, have fun in the sun and meet new friends in an active environment. I’ll be back!”

Lorna S., Vancouver, BC

“Tons of fun! Beautiful resort, fun people and a perfect venue for pickleball tournament.”

Deb N., Cochrane, AB

“If you think it might be fun then, believe me, it will far exceed your fun expectations! Wonderful people play this terrific game, there’s space for everyone. Great exercise in a fabulous environment, can’t wait to do it again! Thanks, Kevin and Dale for putting together such an exciting and fun tournament!”

Cathy N., Vancouver, BC

“If you enjoy playing pickleball and enjoy meeting friendly people I would highly recommend this trip. It far exceeded our expectations and I would not hesitate to go again.”

Lyal & Cathy F., Edmonton, AB

“What a fun-filled week. Very well organized. Kevin and Dale were a delight to deal with. I would definitely be on board for another tournament. Even going on my own I was paired up with some lovely people.”

Tania L., Vancouver, BC

“If you really like pickleball and like playing every day this vacation is for you. You will meet and play players from across Canada. The weather was fantastic, the facilities were top notch, and the staff at the resort were excellent.”

Neil B., Fonthill, ON

“It was a great experience. Well run, great people!”

Marilyn O., Port Alberni, BC

“The trip and tournament were well planned and thought out. As with any event, there are always things that do not go according to the plan and Kevin and Dale handled them quickly and efficiently. There was a lot of fun and camaraderie that grew throughout the week as everyone got to know each other. Came home with many new friends and an improvement in my game!”

Gail R., High River, AB

Fabulous Hotel and Casino

Keeping it simple is a key to a great tournament experience. Our package includes:

  • Airfare (not included) – Must arrive by October 27, 2019

  • Ground transportation is available to and from the McCarren airport through the Plaza Hotel shuttle.  The shuttle will be booked by the Majestic Journeys staff. It is your responsibility to inform the Majestic Journeys staff of your arrival and departure times.

  • 4 nights accommodation  – October 27 to October 30, 2019

    Based on double occupancy

    $699/person Deluxe Guest Room

    $899/person Mini Suite  Guest Room

    $999/person King Suite Guest Room

    Based on single occupancy

    $799 Deluxe Guest Room

  • Hotel resort fee for 4 days are included. Over a $100 value.

  • Includes hotel fee for pickleball courts and includes 2 bottles of water

  • Welcome  orientation

  • 3-day pickleball tournament (Oct 28-Oct 30) – Divisions- Mixed, Men and Ladies, 2.0 to 4.0

  • Playoff rounds

  • Professional tournament management

  • Free pickleball clinics lead by our professional instructional staff (3 days)

  • 3 tournament day breakfast (Oct 28-30) at the Brightside Cafe located in the hotel. This is for a traditional hot breakfast of your choice in the Plaza hotel’s finest cafe.

  • Wrap up awards cocktail party

  • Tournament souvenir – dry-fit shirt

  • Exclusive use of 8 Pickleball courts – practice court available. All courts are at The Plaza Hotel

  • End of the day “Kings’ & Queens’ Court” fun social matches with prizes

  • Hotel is located on Freemont Street – amazing details below

Register for the 2019 Vegas Open

The Plaza Hotel and Casino

We are excited to host our first tournament at  The Plaza Hotel and Casino . This property has hosted the Las Vegas and has proven to be an excellent location for pickleball tournaments. Here are just a few of the details:

  • Located in Old Las Vegas on Main and Freemont Street

  • Dozens of exciting attractions within walking distance

  • Get to know the real Las Vegas

  • Complimentary admission to the newly renovate Pool at the Plaza

  • One of the largest pool deck in downtown, Plaza offers 70,000 sq ft for your relaxation and  entertainment

  • Pool and hot tub are both heated year-round

  • Self parking is included in the resort fee for hotel guest

  • No charge early check in. Offered daily beginning at 10Am based on availability.

  • Free drop off transfer to McCarran International from the hotel with a set schedule. Space is limited and based on availability at time of request. We recommend reservations be made 24 hours in advance.

  • A modern urban-style gym with traditional cardiovascular equipment, dynamic group classes led by experienced certified trainers, and private one-on-one training.

  • Deluxe room with a king bed or 2 queen beds

  • In-room Wi-Fi

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The Tourney

One of greatest things about the pickleball community is how open and welcoming it is! The goals of our tournaments are always, a little competition, some exercise, a bunch of comradery, and a whole lot of fun!

Weather

  • Tournament is being held outside so we have planned accordingly.

  • With average daytime temperatures reaching into the mid to high 20s, heat and UV are considerations in our planning.

Lingo

  • Division – a specific skill level that copies the structure of what tennis uses to divide the players. We are offering the following divisions, 2.0, 2.5, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0. Players are asked to self evaluate or give us their specific evaluated level of play when they register for the trip.

  • Event – we are running three specific events, mixed doubles, men’s doubles, ladies doubles. 

  • We are not running any “age” specific events.

  • Game – service point with games to 11 points and win by two.

  • Match – best of three games.

  • Draws – minimum of 8 teams per division or the division will be combined with another division based on player pool makeup.

  • Prizes for all divisions.

  • Official ball – Onix Pure 2 Outdoor.

Tournament Structure

  • There will be early morning matches starting as early as 9 AM. Tournament starts October 28, 2019.

  • We will have 3 days of match play. All teams make playoffs.

  • If you play in your division and in the Mixed division too, you can anticipate 4 matches per day.

  • You should anticipate a minimum of 15 matches, if playing in 2 divisions.

  • A memorable awards event will be held the evening following the tournament’s conclusion, October 30, 2019.

  • We are playing on 8 pickleball courts.

  • If you are looking for a ton of matches, we can accommodate that.

  • Draw sheets will be posted and updated throughout the day.

  • We will use the “next available court” approach to court assignment to keep play moving.

  • All matches are self refereed.

  • We want this to be a great experience for everyone, first time tournament players will feel very welcomed. Proper pickleball etiquette will be expected from all players. Fun is the first objective.

  • Communication at the resort is through “Whats App”. A private “What App” group will be created so you can stay in touch with other players and gets update on the tournament.

Register for 2019 Vegas Open

Who’s Running This Show?

Kevin Doucet
Pickleball – Racquet Sports Professional
International Pickleball Teaching Professional Association (IPTPA) Level II Certified Instructor
National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) – Level IV Certified (Squash) and Past National Team Coach

I found pickleball after playing a multitude of other sports, my racquet sports experience started with tennis in my grade school years. Badminton provided a college scholarship where my partner and I made the top ten national rankings for men’s doubles. After badminton, came squash and that became my career after five years of playing.

I became a head teaching professional at a club in Calgary, a position held for 13 years. I then took a position with Squash Canada instructing other coaches and hosting National Coaching Certification Programs across the country. I attended the University of Calgary, to finalize my Level Four National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) certification in what is now their Pedagogy and Coaching major.

As happens to us all, as time wore on and my body started to wear out, I needed a sport that was lower impact than squash and yet demanded a high level of racquet skill. I was introduced to pickleball in 2009. It was an instant hit for me. I could take my 25 years of experience in coaching racquet sports and apply it to pickleball. I really believe in this sport and I’m privileged to aid in its growth by providing coaching to beginners and developing players community associations and now fairly regularly in formal clinics.

In 2011 when Calgary hosted the first National Pickleball Championship, I started to focus on pickleball and ended up winning three titles (singles, men’s doubles, and mixed doubles) along with two very talented partners. Since then I have been hosting and tournament director for the Alberta Open in Pickleball at the Oakridge Community Association.

This new chapter is exciting as we bring the pickleball community to some great resorts around the world while combining a great tournament with an exciting tropical destination. As a team, we are the perfect host thanks to our technical knowledge and event management backgrounds combined with the practical experience on how to get the job done. Our best advertisement is our clients who are now our friends.

I hope you give us the chance to show you an unforgettable holiday!

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