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Major League Pickleball Australia announces Season One Champions, Eight New Pro teams across APAC, and $700,000 Prize Money in 2024



SYDNEY /PRNewswire/ — 

Season One Success and the Road Ahead

Major League Pickleball Australia (MLP Australia) today announced The Brisbane Breakers as the Season One winners of the official Professional Pickleball League of Australia.

The season finale took place in Melbourne and featured a record $70,000 prize pool. The Brisbane Breakers secured the title after victories in both the Pacific Pro Brisbane and Pacific Pro Melbourne events, with the Gold Coast Glory coming in second, the Sydney Smash in third despite a home win at the Pacific Pro Sydney, and the Melbourne Mavericks in fourth.

The result brings an end to the first season for MLP Australia and Pacific Pickleball, the official Professional Pickleball League of Australia, in partnership with Pickleball Australia Association (PAA). The season saw over $200,000 in prizes across five events in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, and the Gold Coast.

The 2024 season will feature $700,000 in prizes, eight new professional teams, and six events across Australia, New Zealand and Asia.

MLP Australia and Pacific Pickleball continue to offer the largest cash prizes and highest level of Pickleball outside the United States, and are attracting player applications from all over the world.

MLP Australia are excited to announce the following new teams and captains for the 2024 season:

Katy Hart will captain the Eastern Rush

Jai Grewal will captain the Southern Stars

George Wall will captain the Fast Fours

Somer Dalla-Bona will captain the Northern Crocs

Andrew Horridge will captain the Western Vipers

Matt Carter will captain the New Zealand Hustle

Mitch Hargreaves will return as captain of the Sydney Smash

Sarah Burr will return as captain of the Gold Coast Glory

Aaron Blitz will return as captain of the Melbourne Mavericks

Ludovica Sciaky will return as captain of the season one champions the Brisbane Breakers

Additionally, MLP Australia is excited to announce the inclusion of two new teams based in Asia:

Asia Aces captained by Venise Chan

SEA Surge captained by Pei Chuan Kao

This expansion marks a new era for professional Pickleball in the region. Our gratitude extends to our partners, Major League Pickleball (MLP) and Pickleball Australia Association (including state associations and local clubs) for their support. We extend our appreciation to our 2023 league sponsors including:

Major Sponsors:

Joola Pickleball (Official Net and Paddle Sponsor, Brisbane Breakers Team Sponsor)

Franklin Sports (Official Ball Sponsor, Melbourne Mavericks Team Sponsor)

Engage Pickleball (Sydney Smash and Gold Coast Glory Team Sponsor)


Six Zero Pickleball, Stockland, Heaps Normal, PickleRoll, Gold Coast Mortgage Broker, SwitchBoard

More details & registrations of interest can be found here:


About Major League Pickleball Australia and Pacific Pickleball:.

Pacific Pickleball is the official Professional Pickleball League of Australia featuring the top players, highest prize money, and best events across Australia, New Zealand, and Asia. Pacific Pickleball offers two formats for athletes including Major League Pickleball Australia’s (MLP Australia’s) Pro Teams Format, and Pacific Pickleball League’s (PPL) Pro Tour Format for both Open and Masters 50+ Athletes, in partnership with Pickleball Australia Association (PAA). Pacific Pickleball aims to grow the total number of Pickleball players in APAC to 1 Million in 2032 by promoting the sport through world-class events, professional pathways for top players, dedicated pickleball venues, and strong partnerships at international, national and grassroot levels; on a journey to bring Pickleball to all.

Key Information:

Website: www.pacificpickleball.com.au 

Instagram: @pacific.pickleball

Facebook: @pacific.pickleball

Threads: @pacific.pickleball

Youtube: @pacificpickleball

SOURCE Pacific Pickleball


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Dill Dinkers® Enters Dallas with 50-Unit Regional Development Deal

Dill Dinkers Leading Provider of Dedicated Indoor Pickleball Facilities Satisfies Demand with Seasoned Entrepreneurs in Texas



DALLAS /PRNewswire/ — Dill Dinkers, an established leader of indoor pickleball facilities, has quickly risen to prominence for its fun, friendly, and welcoming environment where players of all ages and skill levels can play, socialize, and improve their skills. Today Dill Dinkers has announced its 14th regional development deal with business partners who have committed to the growth of at least 50 locations in the area including Euless, Southlake, Keller, Frisco, Little Elm, McKinney, and Mansfield.

Backed by Justin Goehring and Brock Oldenkamp, the two entrepreneurs are thrilled to introduce a dedicated indoor pickleball concept and a year-round solution for players who are subdued by the Texas heat and southern wind. Goehring, as an established entrepreneur, spent his career with Verizon where he ran private distribution before venturing into the business as a franchisee himself in his late 20s, greatly expanding the footprint. In addition, he grew a truck business from 13 to 100 trucks for FedEx before spearheading his own franchise business. Today, Goehring owns Bazooka Charlie’s Barber Co., a barbershop franchise with seven locations and growing throughout Dallas. Meanwhile, Oldenkamp owns KNO Construction, a company that specializes in commercial and residential construction and is an avid real estate investor.

“After playing pickleball for ten minutes, I was hooked,” said Justin. “Dill Dinkers has established itself as a leader in providing accessible indoor pickleball facilities, and I am thrilled to bring such a valuable concept into the area I grew up in. We noticed that there weren’t many pickleball courts here and are looking forward to providing players more court time year-round with high-quality indoor courts that create a safe place where players can have fun and improve their skills. We are thrilled to be early adopters of an emerging concept and appreciate the collaboration thus far with the executive team to develop the Dill Dinkers name and look forward to elevating the pickleball player experience in our community.”

Goehring’s experience as a seasoned franchisor and Oldenkamp’s expertise in real estate and construction, combined with their extensive knowledge operating Bazooka Charlie’s and KNO Construction, position the team to develop a strong franchise network as Dill Dinkers regional developers. The team is thrilled to extend Dill Dinker’s vision of spreading the joy of pickleball and has already identified several commercial spaces for their initial locations. As they grow their footprint in the DFW region, the business partners are seeking franchise candidates who are passionate about providing pickleball players with a premier indoor pickleball offering while supporting their local community. 

“Justin and Brock are exactly the type of developers we are looking for,” said Dr. Ben Litalien, Chief Development Officer at Dill Dinkers. “They are joining our team with strong business acumen and an established franchise network that will no doubt bring success to their locations in the Dallas region. The pair believe in the power of pickleball to drive impact locally and we’re excited to support them as they build something special for Dallas and the Dill Dinkers family for years to come.”

Since its inception in November 2022 in Columbia, Maryland, Dill Dinkers has been at the forefront of the pickleball phenomenon with its state-of-the-art dedicated indoor pickleball facilities. The company has four company-owned locations in Maryland with another set to open in Manassas later this month, and since the launch of its nationwide franchise program last September, the brand has signed developers in Texas, Washington D.C., North Carolina, Connecticut, South Carolina, Arizona, Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania for over 250 committed locations. By year-end, Dill Dinkers expects to have a total of 30 opened locations and more than 500 committed locations as it continues to partner with qualified applicants targeting markets coast to coast.

“We started Dill Dinkers because of our unwavering passion for the sport and the community it has provided us,” said Co-Founder and CEO Will Richards. “As a former Dominos multi-unit franchisee, it was crucial for us to build a strong network of support ahead of our franchising launch, and now with our 14th regional developers on board, we are thrilled to welcome experienced operators like Justin and Brock who are just as passionate about spreading the joy of pickleball. We look forward to seeing how the team extends our name in Dallas and how other entrepreneurs can benefit from a premier indoor pickleball offering and a strong network of support.” 

The Dill Dinkers franchise offers regional territories and single units for development featuring nine revenue streams, a robust operating system, a proprietary reporting and management platform that is mobile-enabled through Court Reserve, an intensive training system, and a turnkey marketing program for grand opening and membership development. Delivering a national quality professional experience, the brand now boasts its national partnership with Collin Johns, and each facility is equipped with a pro pickleball director and offers industry-leading paddles, nets, and other high-quality products through its national brand partnership with JOOLA.

For more information about Dill Dinkers, visit www.dilldinkers.com.

Connect on the brand’s social pages by visiting https://www.linkedin.com/company/dill-dinkers and/or https://www.facebook.com/dilldinkers/.

About Dill Dinkers Pickleball
Dill Dinkers Pickleball is a leading provider of dedicated indoor pickleball clubs in the country. The Dill Dinkers brand is known for its fun, friendly, and welcoming environment where players of all ages and skill levels can play, socialize, and improve their skills. Each facility offers dedicated indoor courts separated by fences, top-tier court surfaces, event space, a ball machine, and a state-of-the-art reservation system powered by CourtReserve. Dill Dinkers offers court reservations for members and visitors, as well as clinics, private and semi-private lessons, leagues, business advertising, and court rentals for private events.

About Dill Dinkers Franchising
While the company offers single-club franchises, the focus of its expansion efforts is with Regional Developers who acquire a territory of 1M or more in population, open a flagship location within that territory, and then develop the territory with additional units they own or with independent franchisees. Regional Developers are compensated for attracting franchisees and providing support locally to all Dill Dinker locations within their territory.

For more information about Dill Dinkers franchise program, visit: www.dilldinkers.com/franchising or contact Dr. Ben Litalien, CFE (blitalien@dilldinkers.com).

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Exciting Insights: Houston Hammers & Pro Pickleball | June 09 Podcast Recap

Discover the Houston Hammers and their inspiring journey in pro pickleball! Tune in to the People of Pickleball podcast for all the exciting details. 🏓🥒🎙️



We have a thrilling new episode of the People of Pickleball podcast that you simply cannot miss! This time, your host, Mike Sleeves Sliwa, sits down with the one and only Dr. Rommie Maxey, a member of the ownership team for the newly formed Houston Hammers. 🏓

"Podcast Episode Cover Image: Interview with Dr. Rommie Maxey, discussing the Houston Hammers and pro pickleball."
Join us for an in-depth conversation about the Houston Hammers and the world of pro pickleball with Dr. Rommie Maxey!

In this exclusive interview, Dr. Maxey reveals intriguing insights about the Houston Hammers, the latest addition to the National Pickleball league. But that’s not all! They dive into an enlightening discussion about physical therapy specifically tailored for players over fifty, a crucial aspect for pickleball enthusiasts at this stage of life.

Discover what sparked Dr. Maxey’s passion for professional pickleball and team ownership, and be prepared to be inspired by his journey. Oh, and did we mention they talk about the absolutely cool team logo too? 🤩

We don’t want to spoil all the juicy details, so make sure to tune in to the full episode. It’s a fantastic opportunity to gain some valuable knowledge and get a behind-the-scenes look at the Houston Hammers. 🎬🥒🎧

Don’t miss out on this captivating episode of the People of Pickleball podcast! Hit that play button and be ready to be amazed. 🎙️🔥 Remember, there’s always more to discover, so stay tuned for the full episode! https://youtu.be/kLASTshH7Lk

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Original Penguin® Named Official Apparel Provider for Pickleball Kingdom



PHOENIX /PRNewswire/ — Where can you see penguins in kingdoms? Soon, they will be in every Pickleball Kingdom. Pickleball Kingdom, headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, is celebrated for its state-of-the-art facilities and dedication to promoting the sport of pickleball. The partnership with Original Penguin underscores Pickleball Kingdom’s commitment to providing its community with the best resources and experiences.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Original Penguin as our official apparel provider,” said Ace Rodrigues, Founder and CEO of Pickleball Kingdom. “Their reputation for quality and style is unmatched, and we are excited to offer apparel that not only meets our performance needs but also reflects our brand’s commitment to excellence. This collaboration is a significant milestone in our mission to elevate the sport and its global presence.”

Original Penguin®, a division of Perry Ellis International, the iconic apparel brand renowned for its timeless designs and premium quality, is thrilled to announce that it is the official apparel provider of Pickleball Kingdom, the leading international indoor pickleball facility brand. This partnership marks a significant step in combining the worlds of fashion and sports, offering stylish and high-performance apparel to pickleball enthusiasts.

As part of this exciting collaboration, Original Penguin will provide apparel for Pickleball Kingdom’s coaches and staff and will be available for purchase in the Pickleball Kingdom pro-shops and online. The collection will feature a range of athletic wear designed to enhance performance while maintaining the classic, sophisticated style that Original Penguin is known for.

“We are incredibly excited to partner with Pickleball Kingdom, a true innovator in the world of pickleball,” said Oscar Feldenkreis, CEO of Perry Ellis International. “This partnership is a perfect blend of our commitment to quality and style and allows us to bring our passion for fashion and performance to a vibrant and enthusiastic pickleball community. We look forward to outfitting players, fans and staff alike, ensuring they not only perform their best but also look great on and off the court.”

This partnership aims to support the growing community of pickleball players by offering them high-quality, stylish apparel that enhances their playing experience. Both Original Penguin and Pickleball Kingdom are excited about the future of this collaboration and the positive impact it will have on the sport.

About Pickleball Kingdom

Pickleball Kingdom is the premier international indoor pickleball franchise, dedicated to promoting the sport of pickleball through high-quality facilities, instruction, and community engagement. With a vision to create a worldwide network of indoor pickleball facilities, Pickleball Kingdom continues to introduce communities and countries to the joys of pickleball.

For Franchise & Media Inquiries:

COO Rob Streett, 378411@email4pr.com, 888-788-0999

About An Original Penguin by Munsingwear

In 1955, Minneapolis-based Munsingwear – an underwear and military supply company – ironically became the touchstone of suburban sport with the introduction of the first iconic golf shirt to America – an ORIGINAL PENGUIN. Known for its unique, humorous and detail-oriented clothing, Original Penguin offers a full range of men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, accessories and fragrances.  The brand continues to evolve into the sports arena with the addition of tennis and pickleball apparel.  Original Penguin is a global brand with retail stores worldwide as well as two dedicated e-commerce websites: www.originalpenguin.com and www.originalpenguin.co.uk.

SOURCE Pickleball Kingdom Franchising



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