Registration deadline nears for county’s fourth annual Pickleball Slam tournament
SARASOTA COUNTY – If you are one of the millions caught up in the pickleball craze, there is still time to enter Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources’ Fourth Annual Pickleball Slam.
This year’s tournament takes place over three days at two locations to accommodate more players and skill levels. Competition will be held on the indoor and outdoor courts at the Englewood Sports Complex, 1300 S. River Road, and the indoor courts at Arlington Park, 2650 Waldemere St., Sarasota, Wednesday-Friday, March 25-27. The registration deadline is Friday, March 13.
The Slam is an open-play tournament, double elimination, USAPA rules. Players may compete in up to two events; Men’s (March 25), Women’s (March 26) or the Mixed Doubles (March 27) Divisions. The cost is $10 for first event, $5 for second event.
The Englewood Sports Complex will host beginner’s level play for levels 3 and under inside the gym, and levels 3.5+ will compete on the outdoor pickleball courts. Arlington Park will host levels 3.5+ for those who prefer indoor competition inside its gym. Each division will be divided into two age brackets based on average age of enrollees for that grouping. Every participant receives an event T-shirt, and top finishers will receive awards to commemorate their accomplishment.
Registration forms are available at all Sarasota County Recreation Centers, or enrollment can be done online at www.scgov.net/parks.
“This is a great opportunity players of all skill levels to compete against other players from around the surrounding counties and gain valuable tournament experience,” said Wendy Aldridge-Dougherty, Recreation Coordinator.
For more information, call the Sarasota County Contact Center at 941-861-5000 or visit www.scgov.net.