Did You Know that Arkansas and Texas are two of the top States in the nation where Pickleball is soaring in popularity? It's true. Did you also know there are two pickleball tournaments coming up this month that you just might be interested in?

What is this crazy-sounding game and where do you play it?

First, if you don't know, pickleball is a combination of three games, including tennis, badminton, and ping pong. No, I have not played it yet, but it looks fantastic, and the people playing it seem to love it.

The game is played on a tennis court but the dimensions and fault lines have been greatly reduced. It's played with paddles instead of rackets and the balls resemble colorful wiffle balls, but smaller, I think.

If you want to learn the basics of Pickleball, I found these two videos from PlayPickelball.com to help you get started:

Where Is Pickle Ball Gaining?

A recent review of where pickleball is growing the most found that Arkansas is #6 on the list of the increase of popularity with a 181% increase. Texas came in at #11 with a 175% increase, and if you're interested,  the top state is Florida, at a 236% increase.

According to the survey from World Sports Network, Florida also has the most courts to play on at 633 in the state. Arkansas only has 80, and Texas comes in with 540 pickleball courts.

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Pickleball - Canva

Upcoming Texarkana Tournaments

In August there are two tournaments that we know of so far:

August 12: High Powered Pickleball Tournament

Where: Southwest Center
3222 W 7th St, Texarkana, TX
What Time: Starts at 9 AM
Cost: $50 per team
Deadline to Enter: August 9, 2023 12:00 AM
Awards: 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Place Medals for Men and Women's Division
All who enter will receive a High Powered Fitness Festival T-shirt

All Proceeds go to High Powered, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit benefiting Together for All Abilities, a local 501c3 nonprofit created to provide health and wellness resources and allocations to those with special needs and disabilities. Learn more.

Part of High Powered Fit Fest '23

August 26: Twin City Pickleball Tournament 

Where: The Sportsplex
5610 Richmond Rd, Texarkana, TX,
Cost: $60 per team
What Time: Starts at 9 AM

Cash Prizes: The stakes are high as the top-performing teams will be rewarded with cash prizes for securing the 1st and 2nd place positions. Must be 16+ to participate.

The Sportsplex 

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Pickleball - Canva

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