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Featured Pickler: David Tabb

Florida now has a minor league state series

David Tabb, co-founder of All Florida Pickleball, meets with players.
David Tabb, co-founder of All Florida Pickleball, organizes tournaments throughout the state.

Having gone through one year of organizing tournament play at the minor league level, David Tabb, co-founder of All Florida Pickleball, has introduced a minor league state series.

While a similar format exists in some states at the professional level, players in the so-called minors now will be able to compete for state championships in four divisions.

“This is an opportunity to showcase good players,” Tabb said. “I saw (state series in the professional ranks) and said, ‘How come the pros are the only ones who get to have fun?’ Amateurs get to play in the same format the pros do and declare a champion for each division.”

Teams, comprised of two men and two women, are ranked by the Dynamic Universal Pickleball Rating (DUPR) system. Tabb is in the final stages of scheduling as many as eight

minor league tourneys in the state with championship rounds set for next December at the PicklePlex in Punta Gorda.

The minor league differs from a professional league that All Florida Pickleball will oversee this year. Statewide play for that upper league begins in May and runs through October.

The initial minor league tourney took place Feb. 3-4 in Palm Beach Gardens. The next one is scheduled for March 2-3 at G.T. Bray Park in Bradenton. For more information, visit

By Steve Lee

Times Total Media Correspondent

Photo courtesy of All Florida Pickleball

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