There is always something happening in Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach - especially on the sports development front. Below you can scroll through events scheduled for the upcoming months. Towards the bottom of the page - you can see recently conducted past events.
USA/Florida Swimming – Area 5 Swim Meet
July 8–10, 2022
The Sea Dragons Swim Cub will be hosting 13 regional schools for this three-day meet. They will be competing in both the long course, 50-meters, and the short course, 25-yards. This meet will provide each school rankings towards the FHSAA state championship.
Peace River Riders Bicycle Club – Wheels & Wings
July 9 and 10, 2022
This two-day event attracts riders from all over the state to participate. Over 350 riders will test their skills on Charlotte Harbor Bridge and the gravel grinder, long course endurance and winding streets of Punta Gorda. Each level of rider will have the ability to choose from a 62,50,31 or 15- mile ride. All participants will end this adventure at Beef ‘O’ Brady’s for wings, great conversation, and comradery.
Prospect Wire Baseball – State Championship
July 31-–August 3, 2022
Charlotte Sports Park's five fields and stadium are home to Charlotte County’s first Prospect Wire State Championship. Teams travel from across the state of Florida to participate in this invitational tournament. Athletes from 14-18 years old will showcase their talent.
Warriors Soccer Tournament – National Cup Qualifier
Charlotte County Soccer federation will be the host club for this National Cup Qualifier, which will be held at Centennial Park and South County Regional Park. Teams will be traveling from throughout the country to participate in 3V3, 5V5, and 7V7 competitions. Athletes will have a chance to gain exposure by showcasing their talents in front of Florida college coaches.
Tier One Fastpitch Softball – College Showcase
15–18-year-old girls softball travel teams compete in front of college coaches looking to recruit kids to the next level to play for a Division I-III and NAIA college. The invited coaches will coach each team to get a closer perspective on how the teams handle pressure and adversity while looking at their athletic abilities.
USSSA Prostyle Baseball – The Duel
Prostyle’s The Duel will have over 700 athletes utilizing Centennial Park and South County Regional Park baseball fields. This annual tournament is one of their premier events crowning Charlotte’s best.
Florida Half Century Softball – 50+ State Tournament
Carmalita Park hosts this fifty-and-over division with over 600 athletes participating. The two-day event has some of the top players from throughout Florida playing.
USA Softball Florida – Fall Bash
Carmalita Park will he home to this year’s USA Softball’s inaugural Fall Bash showcasing top talent for girls’ fast pitch softball. Teams will be traveling in from throughout Florida to compete with the best in the State.
Florida High School Athletic Association – Class 2A Region 4 swim meet
Centennial Park Pool will be home to our first FHSAA Regional swim meet. Schools throughout the west coast region will be participating in all disciplines of swimming and diving. They will host both 25- yard and 50- Meter races.
PicklePlex® of Punta Gorda – Halloween Havoc Championship
This three-day event at PicklePlex® of Punt Gorda will attract top athletes from across Florida to participate in both a professional and amateur division. The finals will be held on their championship court.
Gulf Coast Invitational Golf Tournament
Riverwood Golf Club will be hosting the Inaugural Gulf Coast Amateur Invitational. Entrants for the 54-hole event will include top college players, the best high school players, and amateurs from around the country. Riverwood, rated 5th in Florida and 36th in the USA by Golf Advisor, has hosted many prestigious golf tournaments in its 25-year history including 17 nationally ranked Senior Amateur Invitationals and multiple Florida State Golf Association tournaments.
Recent Past Events – 2022
Rumble on the River: Charlotte County Boxing Championships
This Youth and Amateur Boxing event, held under the Big Tent at City Marketplace in Downtown Punta Gorda, was presented by USA Boxing and Smugglers Events and featured over 20 fights, with three belts up for grabs.
American Pickleball – Loan with Rick.com Tournament
548 professional and amateur athletes of all ages participated in the 2nd annual American Pickleball Tournament. Athletes traveled to Punta Gorda from across the country and Canada. The three-day tournament generated over $580,000 in economic impact and filled over 690 room nights at our local accommodations.
Level Up Pickleball Camps
The PicklePlex® of Punta Gorda hosted various official Pickleball Magazine professional and amateur two-day camps. The camps were hosted by top professionals who taught the skills and strategies needed to get to the professional level. Participants came from throughout Florida and the southeast to learn from the best.
Horizon Gymnastics – Princess Classic Invitational
Over 500 athletes from ages 3–18 years old traveled from all over the state of Florida to compete in this USA Gymnastics and Amateur Athletic Union Gymnastics ( AAU) sanctioned event, held at Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center.
Charlotte Harbor Regatta
The 12th Annual Charlotte Harbor Regatta took place Feb. 4–6, 2022. 45 boats and 80 sailors took to the water in Charlotte Harbor for the three-day event. Eight vessel classes participated, including the Hobie Wave, Hobie 16, Weta Trimaran, F18, A Class cat, Harbor 20, 2.4mR, and Windmill.
Punta Gorda Pickleball Open presented by the Association of Pickleball Professionals (APP)
The $40k 2022 Punta Gorda Pickleball Open took place at PicklePlex® of Punta Gorda from February 23-–27, 2022. This year’s tournament featured top professionals and amateurs from across America competing in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles events. Play was open to the public free of charge.
US Amateur Basketball – Southwest Florida Hoops Fall Showcase
Four of Charlotte County’s gymnasiums were home to another Fall showcase. Over 500 3rd–11th grade boys and girls showcased their talent on the courts. Adding this tournament provided the VCB the opportunity to host four US Amateur Basketball events per year including, their Florida State Championship.
Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) – Area 5 High School Swim Meet
The Sea Dragon’s Swim Club hosted a Florida High School Athletic Association Area 5 high district swim meet. They had 13 schools from throughout the region competing in various disciplines. During this two-day event, over 1,200 fans showed up to cheer on their favorite swimmer.
Snowbird Baseball Classic
The 14th Annual Snowbird Baseball Classic kicked off opening day on February 18th with Ohio State taking the fields against Marshall University. Over 400 people attended to cheer on their favorite athletes, team, or alma mater. Thirty Division I & III College teams from across the country will be playing conference games during this school break from mid-February to mid-March.
Level Up Pickleball – Professional & Amateur Camp
Over 70 professional and amateur athletes took to the courts to learn from professionals during this three-day camp. This high-level–and official—camp for USA Pickleball provides amateurs the opportunity to have their current level of play evaluated by a professional and they map out strategies to work on.
PicklePlex® of Punta Gorda – Spring Fling
The PicklePlex® on Florida Southwest Charlotte Campus hosted their Spring Fling Tournament with over 400 participants over three days. Athletes traveled in from throughout the country and from across Florida.
Destination Athletes – Centennial National Invitational
This Florida Swimming sanctioned event had over 800 competitive swim clubs took to the deck at Centennial Park Pool in this inaugural showcase. Clubs on Spring Break traveled in from throughout the Country to participate. This four-day event will expand next year into a weeklong event and attract some of the top swim clubs in the country.
USSSA Prostyle Baseball – Gold Bat Championship
Teams traveled in from throughout south Florida to participate in the Gold Bat Championship. Over 50 teams ages 6–14 took the fields to show off their talents on nine county fields.
Horizon Gymnastics- Level 1-8 State Qualifier
This Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) and USA Gymnastics sanctioned invitational covered all disciplines for girls ages 3–18. Participants traveled from across the state of Florida and throughout the region.
US Amateur Basketball – Southwest Florida Hoops Showcase
Charlotte County and the City of North Port hosted this showcase using eight gymnasiums. Teams from South and central Florida competed for points to participate in the US Amateur Florida State Championship to be held in June in Port Charlotte.
Florida Half Century Softball
Florida Half Century Softball Association is a not-for-profit organization of teams across the state of Florida. Over their 25 years of existence, they have developed 5 major age divisions, and play year-round with competitive divisions available for ages 50+. Events are held at Carmalita Park in April and October.
US Amateur Basketball- SWFL Showcase II
Southwest Florida Hoops hosted a sanctioned US Amateur Basketball Tournament utilizing gymnasiums at Centennial Park, South County Regional Park, and Harold Avenue Park. 44 Teams of 5th through 12th-grade students had the opportunity to represent their hometown club.
United Florida Flag Football – Southwest Florida Elite
United Flag Football’s inaugural elite tournaments was played throughout the state with teams traveling in from north and south Florida. Top teams from the men’s and women’s divisions were invited to play in the Florida state championship hosted in Naples stadium.
ProAm 50 Softball – SWFL 50’s & 60’s Tournament
This inaugural senior softball tournament took place at Carmalita Park in Punta Gorda. Teams traveled in from throughout Florida and the top three teams secured a spot in the State Championship.
USA/Florida Swimming - Area 5 Swim Meet
The Sea Dragons Swim Cub hosted 13 regional schools for this three-day meet. They competed in both the long course, 50-meters, and the short course, 25-yards. This meet provided each school with rankings towards the FHSAA state championship.
United States Specialty Sport Association –Super NIT
We were pleased to host USSSA’s State Super NIT Baseball Championship at all of Charlotte County Baseball Parks for the first time. Over 100 teams traveled in throughout the Country to participate. This National Invitational Tournament is awarded to teams from throughout the country that qualify for a certain number of points and rankings during the travel baseball season.
Dance Dimensions – Southwest Florida Showcase
Top individuals, teams, and dance studios ages 3 through 18 boys and girls competed from across Florida in all disciplines of dance and hip hop.
US Amateur Basketball – Boys & Girls Florida State Championship
US Amateur Basketball hosted 3rd through 12th grade, high school division students for the Boys & Girls State Championship. Over 130 qualifying teams with more than 1,200 athletes stayed in Port Charlotte for three days. They traveled from all over Florida looking to crown their team as the State champion in their age group.
Sugar Bert Boxing National Championship Qualifier
The Sugar Bert Boxing Promotions National Qualifiers and Championships, held at the Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center, attracted thousands of amateur boxers, coaches, and families. Their vision is to increase exposure to up-and-coming amateur boxers.
USSSA Prostyle – Charlotte Crown
Protyle’s Charlotte Crown took place the second week of June with 732 athletes utilizing our county baseball fields. This annual summer sizzler is one of their premier events crowning Charlotte’s best.
USSA Prostyle Baseball – Independent Battle
Protyle’s Independent Battle featured the top teams invited throughout the region and south Florida. 504 athletes participated with some teams traveling from Miami and West Palm Beach, creating over 300 hotel room nights for the area.