Our Philosophy

Blair Picard - President  

Randy Wert - Vice President

Jeff Laxague - Treasurer

Deb Ratliff - Secretary

Margie Huron - Information & Membership Director 


about SSPA

Have Fun

Play Hard

​Spread the Word:   We Love Pickleball !!

Our Organization

Steamboat Pickleball Association is a non-profit membership organization founded in May 2013 with the primary goal of promoting and supporting pickleball in Steamboat Springs.  After supporting the creation of dedicated outdoor courts at the Tennis Center of Steamboat, our next goal is to develop dedicated indoor courts for year-round play.  

Membership is easy! Annual Membership is available at $50 for each individual.  We do hope you will support the efforts of the Steamboat Springs Pickleball Association by joining!

The Association organizes tournaments, social events, fund-raisers, and teaches First-Timers clinics.

Fearless Leaders

Pickleball's first big push in Steamboat was in the  summer of 2011, when the Steamboat Pilot newspaper did an article about pickleball play at Howleson Hill. The article "Pickleball enthusiasts seek to spread sport in Steamboat" peaked interest in the community and shortly after, 40 people attended a demonstration at the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs.

A core group of pickleball enthusiasts, lead by Jay Readinger, Bob and Claudia Dausman, Cathy and Gary Boyer, Jim and Sue Berry, Butch Krump and many more, lugged nets and encouraged participation every chance they got. Play occurred at Howelson Hill,  Lowell Whiteman School, and the Tennis Center.  In 2012 Carol Bailey taught a once a week beginners class at the Tennis Center, furthering the interest in town.  In the winter of 2012/13 Jay Readinger taught a pickleball course at Colorado Mountain College in Steamboat and the Over The Hill Gang and an enthusiastic group of players interested the Tennis Center in hosting pickleball on a regular basis.  In the spring of 2013 the explosion began and by July there were 70 regular players, permanent lines on the Howelson Hill courts, regular play at multiple venues, and two tournaments and one inter-community play with Summit County had been held!

As of spring 2018, we've grown to about 300 members.

Way to go Steamboat Pickleballers!