The mission of the USA Pickleball is to promote the development and growth of pickleball in the United States and its territories.


About Us

USA Pickleball is the national governing body for the sport of pickleball in the US and provides players with official rules, tournaments, rankings and promotional materials.

The association is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation and governed by a board of directors and professional staff who provide the guidance and infrastructure for the continued growth and development of the sport.

USA Pickleball Staff

Stu Upson
Chief Executive Officer
Justin Maloof
Chief Operating Officer
Chuck Menke
Chief Marketing Officer
Dan Ellsworth
Chief Financial Officer
Steve Stone
Director of Ambassadors
Karen Parrish
Managing Director of Competition & Sanctioning
Nikki Greene
Managing Director of Membership
Mark Peifer
Managing Director of Officiating
Hope Tolley
Managing Director of Recreational Programs
Carl Schmits
Managing Director of Equipment Standards & Facility Development
Donn Paben
Managing Director of Pro Player Relations & Equipment Compliance
John Greene
Managing Director of Partnerships
Kevin Brown
Digital Marketing Manager
Laura Gainor
Director of Media Relations

Department Contacts

USA Pickleball Board Members and Committee Responsibilities:

The Board is committed to further the growth of pickleball among players of all ages and characteristics. It will continue to provide the infrastructure for the development of the sport through promulgation of official rules, sponsoring and sanctioning tournaments and clinics, ranking players, communicating with its members via e-mail and newsletters, training of all levels of players, and otherwise promoting pickleball.

Robert Quicksilver
Board Chair
Ernie Medina
Board Vice Chair
Bob Franceschelli
Suzanne Guerin
Philip Bullen
Mark Fabbro
Stephanie Russell
Inclusion -  USA Pickleball 

Since the establishment of the USA Pickleball, a core principle is that discrimination is prohibited. Specifically, membership and all rights of participation in USA Pickleball, including all tournaments and other events conducted or sanctioned by it, are and will be open to all persons without regard to race, age, religion, creed, sexual orientation, color, national origin, disability or gender. We will continue to implement this core principle in our mission as we develop and promote the sport of pickleball in the U.S.

Mailing Address:
USA Pickleball
P.O. Box 7354
Surprise, AZ 85374