A Guide to Pickleball Organizations

A Guide to Pickleball Organizations
Published: 2022-05-30
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As Pickleball has grown, organizations serving the sports’ players, facilities, and fans have been formed to provide order, instruction, competition, facilities, and equipment to the millions who play the game.

Here is a list of the significant governing bodies, leagues, and associations which impact the growth of the sport.  It should be noted that many have regional and/or state chapters which serve more localized Pickleball constituencies.

These governing bodies and associations are good reference sources for pickleball-related products and services as their credibility as well as those of their sponsors is at stake as millions of players rely on their vetting process in accepting commercial support.

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International & National Federations

These are organizations offering international governance of the sport.

 International Federation of Pickleball

 IFP, formed in 2010 is a repository of Pickleball rules, has 63 member countries, provides training online and via IFP Academy, curates a worldwide directory of IFP certified instructors, publishes a magazine and stages The Bainbridge Cup, promoted as the World Cup of Pickleball.  Dates and locations of the 2022 Bainbridge Cup tournaments are yet to be announced.  IFP invites individual memberships.


World Pickleball Federation

WPF is currently comprised of six regional federations in Asia, Africa Europe, North and South Americas and an Oceanic federation. WPF currently lists 35 countries as members.  WPF hosts Pickleball Global’s ranking of worldwide pickleball players and will stage the inaugural World Pickleball Games, team competitions consisting men’s and women’s doubles and singles and mixed doubles in May of 2023.


 USA Pickleball

USA Pickleball is the national governing body for the sport of pickleball in the US and provides players with official rules, tournaments, rankings and a searchable places to play.  It partners with Professional Pickleball Registry in certifying professionals and stages National Championships and a National Championship Series, Diamond Amateur National and Regional Championships and the APP Tour as well as providing a tournament calendar of many sanctioned and non-sanctioned events. 

Pickleball Professionals

Association of Pickleball Professionals


APP Tour

Primarily organized to stage the APP tour of tournaments for professionals APP has online and network coverage agreements with ESPN+, Tennis Channel Plus, CBS Sports Network, Facebook and YouTube. The APP schedule includes 32 events and $2 million in prize money for the 2022 season.  It also conducts APP clinics at tour stops and stages the Next Gen series for aspiring young players.


Professional Pickleball Association


PPA Pickleball Tour

The PPA Tour consists of professional tournaments where pro players compete for Franklin PPA Points, seedings, and the prize money.  PPA 2022 events are scheduled to reach $3 million, according to PPA.  It conducts team and singles and doubles competitions as well as mixed doubles.  PPA Tour also provides viewing via Fox Sports, Tennis Channel, CBS Sports, Regional Sports Networks, Facebook, and YouTube.


VIBE Pickleball

Vibe Pickleball

VIBE is a new professional pickleball league powered by the PPA Tour and will feature pickleball’s big name athletes.  Starting in 2023 with six teams that will be made up of male and female players.  Highly recognizable players including PPA Tour’s top athletes, Ben Johns and Anna Leigh Waters will be joined by other big name players including Tyson McGuffin, Matt Wright, Riley Newman, Callie Smith, Jessie Irvine, Catherine Parenteau.  Others top pickleball professionals fill out the rosters.


Major League Pickleball

MLPEntering its second year of competition in 2022 the league of professional teams compete in a series of events, beginning at Dreamland, Dripping Springs Texas on June 3-5.  Competitions follow a team draft. MLP also stages with DUPR (Dynamic Universal Pickleball Rating) Pickleball Night In America, featuring viewable matches between the world’s top pickleball players.


Professional Pickleball Registry



A home to certification, education, and resources needed to become a qualified pickleball instructor. PPR provides access to its specialty courses, coaching magazine, and resource library.

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Global Pickleball Network


Global Pickleball Network is USA Pickleball-endorsed online facility that provides software and online opportunities in the pickleball community to organize ladders, leagues, and tournaments. Finding a court or a partner and getting a calculated level from the matches you play is another feature. 


Super Senior International PickleballUS Senior Pickleball


Built by seniors for seniors, Super Senior International Pickleball is a Facebook group with a strong online division, US Senior Pickleball, both of which have a mission to support the growth of pickleball around the world through a social, competitive environment for players of all skill levels ages 50 plus. 

International Pickleball Teaching Professional Association

The International Pickleball Teaching Professional Association conducts certification programs for aspiring pickleball teaching professionals, globally.  Its members access training, rating systems, and professional services.  IPTPA also conducts a junior development program.


Pickleball Tournaments

This comprehensive facility built for players and tournament directors provides a daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly searchable tournaments resource to find pickleball events, among its most popular features.  Others include player lookup, ratings, and ranking services.


Pickleball Desk

Pickleball Desk is a source for Pickleball volunteer management, designed by pickleball players, referee coordinators, and volunteer coordinators with the intention of streamlining volunteer management.