Welcome to Mid-South

Welcome to the home of the USAPA Mid-South Region! We are a non-profit organization that oversees pickleball activities in 4 states: Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas. Our mission is to promote the development and growth of pickleball in our region. Here are some things you can find on our website:

-Tournament Information

-Monthly Newsletters

-USAPA and Ambassadors

-Contact info for your District Ambassadors

-Mid-South Pioneer Award Winners

-Like our Facebook page


Mid-South Region Ambassadors (as of 4/30/20)

Arkansas: 38,  Louisiana: 26,  Oklahoma: 24,  Texas: 131,  Total: 219

Area Info

We would love to see what is happening in our region, big and small! Let us know about your socials, events, action shots, tournaments, and more! Email your photos and stories to us or tag us on Facebook and we will post them to our page. We love to see what is happening all over the region!

Volunteers Needed

We are looking for some individuals to join our leadership team! Contact gguse@usapa.org if you are interested. 

USAPA Membership

Stay informed and stay connected. Be a part of the exciting future of pickleball! The USAPA’s membership is comprised of people who, just like you, share a passion for our great game! When you join the USAPA, you receive exclusive benefits for your membership. Click here for more information on the benefits of being a USAPA Member.

What is an Ambassador?

Ambassadors are volunteers who have pledged to promote the sport of pickleball and the USAPA in the local area they have applied to represent. Find a list of ambassadors in your area here. They may be individuals or couples, or a group of ambassadors working together as a team. The main prerequisite is a love of the sport and the desire to share our game with others of all ages. Apply to become an Ambassador for your local community!

Mid-South Region Ambassadors: 219 Total (Arkansas 38, Louisiana 26, Oklahoma 24, Texas 131)

New Ambassadors

Welcome to our newest Ambassadors - May 2020

Scott Gebert   Buda TX

Kristen Wilson   Crowley TX

Skill Ratings

As you play pickleball and progress through your skills, player's will "earn" a skill rating that is a reflection of their overall skill at that time. This rating can be used to enter into tournaments and is a good benchmark for you as a player. 

Player Skill Rating Definitions

How to Get an Official Skill Rating


Where can you play pickleball? Places2Play.org is a great resource to use and find out where pickleball is happening near you. Let your local Ambassador know if a location needs updating or a new location needs to be added. Check out the website or go here for more information. 


Refereeing can be easy and fun! The more thoroughly you know the rules and the more matches you referee using the standardized, tried-and-tested best practices, the easier it becomes. Click here to find many tools designed to help you learn more about being a referee, whether it is the basics so you can help at your local tournament or in preparation for becoming a USAPA Certified Referee so you can officiate at major events.

Want to learn more about refereeing in our region? Find a list of Certified Referees and Trainers here. Contact your Mid-South Referee Training Coordinator (RTC) - Kate Williams at kltwilliams@hotmail.com

What is Pickleball?

It is a paddle sport created for all ages and skill levels. The rules are simple and the game is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players. Pickleball is a fun sport that combines many elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong. and is played both indoors or outdoors on a badminton-sized court and a slightly modified tennis net. It can be played singles or doubles and is played with a paddle and a plastic ball with holes. Find more information on the rules and how to play the game.