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Tampa Pickleball Crew hosts inaugural tournament this April

A group of people playing pickleball outside at sunset. One player is jumping high in the air.
Photo via Tampa Pickleball Crew

Pickleball is booming across the world and of course in Tampa. This year, Tampa Parks & Recreation will add 26 pickleball courts, spread out across Copeland Park, Williams Park, MacFarlane Park, Highland Pines Park, Al Barnes Park, Vila Brothers and New Tampa Park. The Tampa Pickleball Crew has just formed in the city and hopes to craft a new active community.

On April 1, The Tampa Pickleball Crew will host its inaugural tournament at Cuscaden Park (2900 N 15th Street). This is a friendly-style series with a guaranteed minimum of (3) games. Teams of two can sign up for mixed, ladies’, or men’s games. Those interested can register online.


“We are here to create unique experiences where social opportunities, community, and friendly competition come together through pickleball,” write the founders in the Pickleball Crew’s mission statement. More pop up tournaments are bound to occur throughout the spring and summer, and you can keep up with the latest news by following pickleball crew on Instagram.

New pop up pickleball tournaments in Tampa

There are plenty of indoor spaces to enjoy Pickleball in the city, too. For residents who prefer to play inside, indoor courts can be found at MLK Gymnasium, Forest Hills Gymnasium, Port Tampa Gymnasium, Loretta Ingraham Gymnasium and the Police Athletic League Gymnasium.  Free lessons for beginners are also offered daily at Cordelia B. Hunt and Barksdale Centers and private instruction is available upon request at Rowlett Park. 

“Pickleball is incredibly popular here in Tampa, and provides so many great opportunities to exercise, while working on agility and balance,” Mayor Jane Castor said. “People of all ages can easily take up the game and it’s simple to learn, especially if you ever played badminton or tennis. We can’t wait to see the public out enjoying these new courts.”  


Dozens of new pickleball courts coming soon

“Whether you’re a beginner who just wants to learn a new sport for fun, or you’re an experienced pickleball player, this sport offers something for everyone.” said Sherisha Hills, Director of Tampa Parks & Recreation. “For someone wanting to add casual, social exercise to their routine, pickleball is a great way to go.”  

Visit Tampa Pickleball Crew’s website to join their newsletter, and sign up for their first pop up tournament.

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