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The National Pickleball League is Back and Better Than Ever for the 2024 Season

by Jason Flamm on

The National Pickleball League (NPL) Draft is happening on April 14th, 2024 in Naples, Florida.

Consider this your guide to learning about what the NPL is, which team won it all in 2023, and how you can watch the draft live.

What is the NPL?

The National Pickleball League was established in 2022 as the first pro pickleball league for the 50+ age group.

"We encourage athletes over the age of 50 to maintain a professional player status within the game of Pickleball. NPL gives fans a community to connect with, players a chance to pursue their passion, and reminds everyone that age should never be a barrier."

Meet NPL, the First Pro Pickleball League for the 50+ Age Group
The new National Pickleball League sold out six teams in the league within two months. Let’s discover this new league focused on senior pros.

Their inaugural season took place in 2023 and featured six teams from across the country.

NPL is Adding Six New Teams in 2024

For the 2024 season, the league is doubling in size and will feature a total of 12 teams.

The Six Original Teams

  • Austin Ignite - Austin, TX
  • Boca Raton Picklers - Boca Raton, FL
  • Denver Iconics - Denver, CO
  • Indy Drivers - Indianapolis, IN
  • Naples JBB United - Naples, FL
  • OKC Punishers - Oklahoma City, OK

New Teams for 2024

  • Coachella Valley Scorpions - Coachella Valley, CA
  • Columbus Hotshots - Columbus, OH
  • Houston Hammers - Houston, TX
  • Kansas City Stingers - Kansas City, MO
  • Princeton Bruisers - Princeton, NJ
  • Seattle United Pickleball - Seattle, WA

The 2024 NPL Draft order

  1. Naples 
  2. Coachella 
  3. OKC 
  4. Seattle 
  5. Denver 
  6. Houston 
  7. Austin 
  8. Boca 
  9. KC 
  10. Columbus 
  11. Indy Drivers 
  12. Princeton 

2023 Champions: The Indy Drivers

The first season of the NPL was won by The Indy Drivers based out of Indianapolis. The close-fought match was played against Austin Ignite and featured a come-from-behind victory.

After being down 3-6, they won seven straight matches to win the championship.

The championship was broadcast by CBS Sports Network earlier this year.

You Can Watch the National Pickleball League on CBS Sports Network in 2024
The National Pickleball League enters into a television agreement with CBS Sports.

2024 Season Schedule

The 2024 season features six stops, ending with a championship weekend in late October.

  • May 17-19: Season opener, Chicago
  • June 21-23: Columbus, Ohio
  • July 19-21: Cincinnati, Ohio
  • August 9-11: Kansas City
  • September 13-15: Houston
  • ​October 17-20: Championship Weekend, Location TBA

How to Watch the Draft

The Draft Reveal will happen live on Sunday. You can tune in to the Facebook Live event at 4:45 PM EST. You can also check their social media pages for updates throughout the draft.

Follow NPL on Instagram and X.

The full roster and details will be released on the NPL website immediately following the event.


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Jason Flamm

Jason Flamm

Jason is a writer from St. Louis. He’s been a coach in several sports and is currently working on his pickleball coaching certification. He loves to teach and share his passions.

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