• Largest facility in Houston for America’s fastest growing recreational sport, Pickleball

  • Full kitchen and bar, run by award-winning Chef Carlos Ramos, contributing majority of revenue*

  • From the experienced team behind successful Houston Sports Creek, the premier rec league facility currently serving the same target demographic

  • League play membership and dues, managed by established partner GUS Leagues

  • 16 sand volleyball and pickle ball courts will make the facility the largest in the greater Houston area 

  • Located in rapidly developing EaDo neighborhood - easily accessible to downtown professionals as well as greater Houston players

*Based on 5-year revenue projections available in issuer’s disclosure statement


Bumpy Pickle
Aug 13, 2019

What's with the name?

Ever since we announced our plans to build Bumpy Pickle, we get asked all the time... "What's with the name?". And what exactly is Pickleball anyways?

Since Pickleball is a relatively new sport, we want to make sure you know how incredibly fast the Pickleball trend has been growing across the country. According to Athletic Business, "More than 3 million players play pickleball in the United States and that number has been growing by more than 10 percent each year over the past decade."

Not only has the growth been exceedingly fast, the USA Pickleball Association tells NBC News that, "Pickleball has had a 650 percent increase in numbers over the last six years, according to USA Pickleball Association (USAPA). The biggest subset of that growth is not in the over-60 crowd, says Justin Maloof, executive director of USAPA, but the younger set. “When the sport first caught on in the sunbelt states around 2009, it was at 55-plus centers and RV communities,” he says. “It snowballed from there. But these days, there are many municipalities and parks and rec departments that are setting up courts, making it accessible to a younger crowd.”"

This is where we come in.

With our experience in opening HTX Sports Creek, we have our finger on the pulse of what a younger demographic wants when it comes to recreational sports. And it involves food and drinks as much as it does a first-class athletic facility. That's why we're putting as much energy into the atmosphere of the bar & restaurant as we are the courts - ensure that our target audience of young professionals has everything they need for a perfect evening of exercise and entertainment.

You can see comparable venues to Bumpy Pickle successfully functioning and expanding in Des Moines, ID, Kansas City, KC, and San Antonio, TX. We couldn't be more excited to capitalize on this national trend in our own backyard in Houston.

Thank you to those that have already invested in us and we look forward to continuing to update you on the progress of the project!

-Bumpy Pickle team

Investment Terms

Bumpy Pickle LLC

Type of Offering
Regulation Crowdfunding

Offered By
NextSeed US LLC

Offering Min


Offering Max


Min Individual Investment


Type of Securities

Revenue Sharing Note

Investment Multiple

Up to 1.5x

If the final offering amount raised is less than or equal to $325,000, the investment multiple will be 1.45x.

If the final offering amount raised is greater than $325,000 but less than or equal to $500,000, the investment multiple will be 1.50x.

Revenue Sharing Percentage

6.35% / 10.25%

If the final offering amount raised is less than or equal to $325,000, then 6.35% of monthly gross revenue will be shared.

If the final offering amount raised is greater than $325,000 and less than or equal to $500,000, then 10.25% of monthly gross revenue will be shared.

Maturity 48 months


Security Interest Blanket lien on all assets of the company
Ownership % Represented by Securities

0% Investors will not receive any equity interests in the Issuer or any voting or management rights with respect to the Issuer as a result of an investment in Securities.

Early Payment Provision

If the Revenue Sharing Notes are paid in full at least 12 months or more prior to Maturity, the Investment Multiple will be reduced in accordance with the terms of the Note Purchase Agreement. Please review the Note Purchase Agreement and "Section I. Summary of Offerings" in the Disclosure Statement, available here, for a complete discussion of the potential reductions.

View the Issuer's SEC Form C filing

Use of Proceeds

The total anticipated project cost for Bumpy Pickle is $960,000. 

If Bumpy Pickle reaches the minimum raise amount of $150,000 on NextSeed, proceeds from the raise will be put towards the  buildout of the bar, the 10 pickleball courts, and 6 volleyball courts.

If Bumpy Pickle reaches the maximum raise amount of $500,000 on NextSeed, proceeds will be put towards the buildout of the bar, the 10 pickleball courts, 6 volleyball courts, and the restaurant. 

Company Description

Bumpy Pickle will be Houston’s largest recreational outdoor sand volleyball and pickleball court facility; an all-encompassing sports and entertainment center, restaurant, and bar created to meet the demand for the fastest-growing sport in the country.

Located in Houston’s East End neighborhood, the largest facility of its kind in Houston will feature six well-lit, regulation-size sand volleyball courts and ten pickleball courts. Bumpy Pickle will be a safe, clean, and friendly atmosphere in which to unwind with friends and co-workers, get some exercise, and enjoy some delicious food and drinks.

Ten pickleball courts 

Six sand volleyball courts

The experienced team behind Houston’s Sports Creek will bring their operational expertise to Bumpy Pickle, accommodating varying expertise and experience levels with organized leagues allowing teams to compete year-round and open play slots to encourage casual pickup games in a relaxed setting. Equipment rentals will be available to ensure that everybody has an opportunity to play, and on-site showers built into upcycled shipping containers allow patrons to keep the party going long after the game stops and enjoy the extensive food and drink offerings served in the outdoor bar & restaurant.

The founders noticed a dearth of places for people to play casual pickup sports in Houston. They believed that team sports could be hugely beneficial to a community and, with Sports Creek, proved that people wanted this option. Recognizing the popularity and relatively low skill threshold required to play recreational volleyball, Sports Creek was built so anyone could enjoy a professional-grade public sports facility featuring a regulation-sized blue turf soccer field, two sand volleyball courts, and drinks. Almost two years after opening, Sports Creek has been a raving success, regularly hosting events and classes in addition to everyday leagues and pickup games.

Responding to the ultra-rapid growth of the new sport pickleball and Houston’s increasing affinity for sand volleyball, the concept for Bumpy Pickle was created: an expansive facility where (in addition to the 16 playing courts) over 20 television screens will be dispersed around the facility to watch sports, including one giant main screen for local watch parties for the city’s beloved Rockets, Astros and Texans, or high-profile international competitions.

The bar will keep the good times flowing with signature cocktails (and beer of course) while people take in the entertainment — whether it be on the courts, on the screens, or the small stage which will host weekly live entertainment. The food will focus primarily on small plates and appetizers, easy to consume as a mid- or post-game snack, but will also include full meals such as Bumpy Pickle’s signature burgers and salads.

With a welcoming, inclusive, social atmosphere, Bumpy Pickle will be a modern take on a country club: Designed for the hip weekend warrior athlete of today, packed with entertainment, and located in one of Houston’s most exciting neighborhoods.

Business Model

In their experience with Sports Creek, the founders saw that volleyball had far more potential to capture casual fans and players in Houston than soccer, despite the sport’s global popularity. The number of adult outdoor volleyball leagues throughout the city has grown by 50% over the last two years. And Houstonia magazine declared in mid-2017 that volleyball was the city’s trendiest drinking game.

Pickleball — a badminton-tennis hybrid racquet sport — is one of the fastest growing games in the country, so pairing the two easy-playing activities together seemed like a great way to attract the primary audience Bumpy Pickle was after: casual athletes looking for a good time above all else in their exercise.

By offering leagues geared toward youth, men, women, and co-ed groups at different skill levels, Bumpy Pickle will ensure that competitors at all levels will find the challenge they’re looking for. Teams will be able to register for pickleball leagues for $160 per season, with multiple seasons running throughout the year. Similarly, sand volleyball teams will be able to register to join the contests for $360 per season. Each season will run eight games long with an additional two playoff matches.

In addition to leagues, courts will have open play times, meaning anybody can play some pickup sports without too much planning or investment. Reservations will also be available for corporate events, preseason and post-season team parties, camps, skill clinics, yoga, fundraising tournaments, and more. Bumpy Pickle will also generate revenue through affordable equipment rentals and merchandise sales.

For a growing number of young professionals and adults, public sports are a popular way to socialize with friends and co-workers; and for Houston’s growing population of transplants, Bumpy Pickle will be a great spot to make new friends. With a sociable sports bar, restaurant, and the bonding element of team sports built in to this public space, the environment is engineered to connect like-minded people in the community.

While the owners have a strong background in operating a sports complex, they will bring in outside experts to run the bar and restaurant components of the business. Experienced industry veterans will helm the food and beverage portions of Bumpy Pickle, and will add to the facility’s draw by crafting mouthwatering signature dishes and drinks.

Martinis and margaritas have been chosen as Bumpy Pickle’s staple cocktails for their novelty appeal and crowd-pleasing customizability, but a great selection of imported, domestic, and local beers will also be available for patrons. Special care will be taken over the creation of the appetizers and small plates as they’re the ideal size to share with teammates, consume as mid-game or post-game food, and complement the drinks.

However, those looking for a larger meal will also be able to find one at the restaurant, with a menu centered around Bumpy Pickle’s signature burgers and salads. Health-conscious with their grilled meat and vegetable components, they’re a fantastically tasty, guilt-free indulgence — and their strong margins make them an attractive option to serve as well as consume.

Whether people are looking for some exercise, food, or entertainment while they unwind with a cocktail, Bumpy Pickle will have something that appeals to everyone.

Location Analysis

After spending a year searching for the ideal location, Bumpy Pickle has found a home in Houston’s up and coming East End neighborhood. Bumpy Pickle will be located at 534 Lockwood Dr., Houston, TX 77011.

Having invested in East Downtown at roughly the same point in its renaissance when Sports Creek opened, the founders believe Bumpy Pickle’s home at the intersection of Navigation Boulevard and Lockwood Drive on what is currently a vacant lot has equal promise to become a community hub.

As the city of Houston grows eastward (over 40,000 houses are currently in development in the surrounding area), Bumpy Pickle is scheduled to open just as the neighborhood is forecasted to be at its peak development. In addition, city permitting for concert and events won’t be an issue, as there are no immediate surrounding residences.

The location is extremely accessible, just a five-minute drive from I-10 or Route 59. Ninfa’s and El Tiempo, two of the area’s drive-worthy destination restaurants are just down the street. Commuters frequently stop at Sports Creek in EaDo on their way home to avoid the rush hour traffic while they fit in a few games, and Bumpy Pickle will be just as convenient and comfortable a place to avoid the traffic.


March 2017
Sports Creek opened in East Downtown
February 2020
Anticipated opening of Bumpy Pickle

Meet the Team

Daniel Ampuero

Daniel has spent his most recent years as a business & technology analyst in the automobile, aerospace, and technology industries. He operates three successful businesses, which began with the opening of his first bar and sports complex in Houston’s East Downtown, Sports Creek in 2016. Daniel’s responsibilities include operations, event organization and business growth.