ESPNLA Pickleball Madness Tournament

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All spots have been filled for the inaugural ESPNLA Pickleball Madness Tournament. Please join the waitlist if you are still interested in playing. If spots open up, we will open up registration to waitlisted teams by the order in which they have been added to the waitlist. For any questions regarding our Pickleball Madness tournament, email Joseph at

ESPNLA Pickleball Madness Tournament

ESPNLA is hosting our inaugural Pickleball Madness tournament featuring 64 teams on Saturday, March 18, 2023, at Agape Pickleball Center!

By ESPN Los Angeles

When and where

Date and time

Saturday, March 18 · 10am - 4pm PDT


Fountain Valley Tennis & Pickleball Center 16400 Brookhurst Street Fountain Valley, CA 92708 United States

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About this event

ESPNLA is hosting our inaugural pickleball tournament featuring 64 teams. Fans will have a chance to “press the flesh” and compete against our personalities in a single elimination, “March Madness” bracket format tournament!

What: ESPNLA’s Inaugural Pickleball Madness Tournament 

When: Saturday, March 18 – 10 am - 4 pm 

Where: Agape Pickleball Center at Miles Square Park. Address: 16400 Brookhurst Street, Fountain Valley CA 92708  

Who: 64 teams, co-ed doubles, pickleball tournament featuring ESPNLA personalities 

Tournament Entry Fees: $50 per player. Entry fee includes an ESPNLA drawstring bag, water bottle, tournament t-shirt, lunch, and more

Tournament Eligibility:

  • Co-ed Open Doubles (Male + Male, Male + Female, Female + Female) 
  • Ages 14 and over
  • The tournament is open to beginners and up to intermediate skill-level players


  • 1st Place Team – Trophies + $200 + Sports Tickets 
  • 2nd Place Team – Trophies + $100 
  • 3rd Place Team – Trophies + ESPNLA Swag Bag
  • Best Team Name – Trophies 

Day of Event: The event is free and open to the general public for non-tournament participants and spectators. Fans are welcome to attend the event and watch the tournament.

Activities will include:

  • Madness Zone to watch all the college basketball games
  • Pop-a-shot competition
  • Pickleball demos & lessons
  • Kid’s zone
  • Beer garden
  • Complimentary food and drinks
  • Live DJ & Entertainment
  • Prizes and giveaways
  • 360 photo opportunity

 Additional Info:

  • For Rounds 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5, teams play two games to 11 points, straight up, (the first team to 11, doesn’t need to win by two)
  • The team with the highest cumulative score in each match wins that round and moves on to the next round of play
  • In the event of a tiebreaker in Rounds 1-5, teams will play one game to 5 points, straight up (don’t need to win by two). The team that gets to 5 points first, wins and moves on to the next round of play
  • Championship Game: Best of 3 games, each game to 11 points, straight up (don’t need to win by two)
  • 3rd Place – Losing teams of the semi-final games will play against each other to determine third place. The first team to 11 points straight up, wins (don’t need to win by two)

  • Single elimination, “March Madness” bracket-style formatted tournament
  • USA Pickleball (USAPA) 2023 pickleball rules will be applied
  • Franklin X-40 outdoor pickleball balls will be used for tournament play
  • Only USAPA-approved paddles can be used
  • All matches will be self-refereed with the exception of the Championship Game (PPR-certified coaches will be onsite to settle any disputes during match play)
  • Net serves are considered continuous play (if the serve hits the net and bounces in play, the point continues)
  • Drop serves are allowed, but a spin-off one-hand serve is NOT allowed (new USAPA 2023 rule)
  • Receiver of balls MUST make OUT calls clearly and loudly in-game for everyone to hear


About the organizer

Organized by
ESPN Los Angeles

Join the ESPNLA crew at events throughout Southern California like our Pickleball Madness Tournament in Fountain Valley, the ESPNLA Golf Classic in Yorba Linda, the Mandy Awards at Commerce Casino, All-Star Friday Night Softball Game in West Covina, and more!