This is THE DINK Minor League Pickleball

Join us for The Dink Minor League Pickleball’s 2024 season as players contend for a team spot through the Minor League National Pathway by competing in local events. 

Wyatt Stone

The Future of Pickleball 

The future of pickleball is NOW: The Dink Minor League Pickleball is sweeping the nation with its innovative, fun and social amateur MLPlay™ Team Event.

Minor League Pickleball is an innovative team competition where teams of four players (2 women and 2 men). compete against each other in a novel and engaging format, with twists on traditional match-ups and scoring for games, matches, and tiebreakers.

Format

Minor League PIckleball is an innovative team competition where teams of 4 players (2 women and 2 men) compete against each other in an engaging format, with twists on traditional match-ups and scoring for games, matches, and tiebreakers. Teams compete against each other in Matches using the MLPlay™ format:

MLPlay™ is an ingenious gameplay format that brings men and women together on a level playing court. In the MLPlay™ format team matches are composed of four 21-point games, one women’s doubles, a men’s doubles, and the final two games consisting of mixed doubles.

If both teams are tied at 2-2 after the 4 games are played, they’ll go to a Dreambreaker™! In a Dreambreaker™ one person from each team plays singles against the other team’s player, switching players every four rallies until someone gets to 21 and wins by two points.

Teams play in a round robin pool, with guaranteed matches. Top teams square off in a bracket playoff. 

To sign up for any The Dink Minor League event, a DUPR account is required at the time of registration.

 

Divisions

DUPR 20 (The team’s aggregate DUPR must not exceed 20.999).

DUPR 18 (The team’s aggregate DUPR must not exceed 18.300)

DUPR 16 (The team’s aggregate DUPR must not exceed 16.300)

DUPR 14 (The team’s aggregate DUPR must not exceed 14.300)
**Maximum individual player DUPR cannot exceed 4.100 to play in DUPR 14

DUPR 12 (The team’s aggregate DUPR must not exceed 12.30)
**Maximum individual player DUPR cannot exceed 3.60 to play in DUPR 12

*DUPR 12 and 22 is available in specific markets and special events. 

Once a team registers for a Minor League Pickleball event, their ratings are “locked” and their DUPR increasing or decreasing will not impact the team’s aggregate or division placement. 

National Pathway

The 2024 National Pathway for the National Championship has been announced!  

A point system has been implemented where top-performing teams and top-performing players will qualify for Nationals. To read all about the National Pathway, CLICK HERE.

Regional Showdowns

At each of the 7 Regional Showdowns, each team that wins their division will earn a Dream Ticket to play at the National Championship. Regional Dates and Registration CLICK HERE. 

National Point System for the National Leaderboard

Players play in teams, but accumulate points individually. At each The Dink Minor League Pickleball event a player will earn points based on their team outcome. For example, if a division has 8 teams, then the first place team earns 8 points, the 2nd place team earns 7 points, the 3rd place team earns 6 points and so on. The minimum number for a first place team is 4 points. Additional information is coming soon.  

 

2024 rules guide

How to Watch 2023 National CHAMPIONSHIP

Streaming 

Did you miss the 2023 Minor League Pickleball National Championship on December 16th and 17th, 2023? Watch DUPR Divisions 16, 18, 20 & 22 battling it out on Championship Court via the replay on Caffeine.tv 

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