Registration is under way for the 2009 Spring Singles Paddle Tennis Tournament scheduled Saturday and Sunday, March 28th and 29th, at the Venice Beach Recreation Center, 1800 Ocean Front Walk, Venice.

The double-elimination tournament includes five divisions ó menís Open, A, and B, and womenís Open and B. The competition will be conducted under United States Paddle Tennis Association rules.

Each division may be limited to a maximum of 16 participants, with a minimum of six competitors needed for a division to be contested.

Players use solid paddles, made of wood or graphite, and a regulation tennis ball that is punctured to reduce the air pressure, as well as the amount of bounce. The court is smaller than, but similar in proportion to, a traditional tennis court, and the style of play and scoring is much like, but not identical to, the tennis game that is played at the U.S. Open and Wimbledon.

Trophies will be awarded to the top two finishers in each division, and participants will receive a tournament T-shirt and refreshments while supplies last. The event is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 28th, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 29th.

Early registration is $25 per player through March 21st, and $45 from March 22nd through March 27th.

Information, or to sign up for the tournament, Venice Beach Recreation Center at (310) 399-2775.