Navigating The Dink MiLP 2024 National Championship Pathway: From Individual Points to Championship Glory

Dia Lusk
April 17, 2024
4 min

The 2024 National Pathway encourages players to participate in multiple The DInk Minor League events throughout the qualifying season (November 25, 2023 through October 14, 2024) to earn points to then qualify for the 2024 The Dink Minor Leagues National Championship taking place December 13-15, 2024 in Fenton, MO.

National Pathway and Leaderboard

Each DUPR Division has its own National Leaderboard. Each individual player’s points are accumulated based on their team’s performance at official The Dink Minor League Pickleball events.

How to Qualify and Get on the Leaderboard

There are two ways to qualify for The Dink MiLP National Championship:

  1. Local The Dink MiLP Events
  2. The Dink MiLP Regional Showdowns

National Pathway #1: Local The Dink MiLP Events

Local The Dink MiLP Events are hosted all across the USA.

The National Leaderboard keeps track of the points of every individual in each division. Top players from the leaderboard will receive an invitation to the National Championship.

  • Players play as a team but earn points towards Nationals as an individual.
  • For example, if a DUPR division has 8 teams, the 1st place team members will receive 8 points each, the 2nd place team members will receive 7 points each, the 3rd place team members will receive 6 points each and so on through last place. Members of the last place team will each receive 1 point each. 
    • At all The Dink MiLP local events, the 1st place team members will receive at least a minimum of 4 points each. The maximum will be based on the total number of teams. 
    • If you play multiple divisions within the 2024 season, your points stay within each division. 
  • Once a player qualifies for Nationals, the player is then tasked with forming a team. The team can be made up of teammates from the 2024 season or any players who have played in any official The Dink Minor League events from the qualifying season.
  • A player can participate in multiple teams throughout the season, but can only compete in one team at the National Championship.
  • The team will be placed into the appropriate DUPR division based on their total team aggregate at the time of registration. Once a team registers for Nationals, their ratings are “locked” and their DUPR increasing or decreasing will not impact the team’s aggregate or division placement.

National Pathway #2: The Dink MiLP Regional Showdowns

The Dink MiLP organizers will be hosting a total of 7 tournaments in different regions of the USA. 

These Regional Showdowns will include 12 to 16 teams per division. At each event, the 1st place teams from each division will receive a Dream Ticket to the National Championship.

  • All Regional Showdown players will earn points towards their respective DUPR Divisions on the National Leaderboard (including the 1st place team). 
  • A team that earns a Dream Ticket to the National Championship will compete in the division in which they qualified regardless of their DUPR aggregate at registration as long as the entire team is intact (all 4 players stay the same). If any players of the team are substituted, the team will be placed in the appropriate aggregate at the time of registration. 
  • If a team that received a Dream Ticket cannot attend the National Championship with all 4 of its original teammates, they can choose to replace up to 2 teammates with players who have competed in The Dink MiLP events during the 2024 qualifying season.
  • If a 1st place team cannot attend Nationals with at least 2 of its original Regionals’ teammates, the 2nd place team will be offered their Dream Ticket to Nationals.

Sign up now for a The Dink Minor League Pickleball event to get your name and points on the National Leaderboard and earn your spot at The Dink MiLP’s pinnacle event, The Dink Minor Leagues National Championship 2024. 

*Sign Up Now* 

To learn more about The Dink Minor Leagues, visit our website. To explore highlights from the 2023 MiLP National Championship, view our blog post

Stay up to date with all things The Dink MiLP by following us on Instagram and joining our Facebook Group

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April 15, 2024

Minor League Pickleball and The Dink Announce Joint Venture, Launch "The Dink Minor Leagues"

Minor League Pickleball (MiLP) and The Dink, pickleball’s leading media platform, today announced The Dink Minor Leagues, a new joint venture designed to grow local competitive opportunities for amateur players.

The Dink Minor Leagues will extend the reach of MiLP to create more events and opportunities for amateur players in the United States and worldwide. Since its inception in the fall of 2022, MiLP has hosted over 120 events involving over 8000 participants, gaining considerable traction and acceptance among competitive amateur players due to its exciting format, frequency of events, and electrifying atmosphere. With The Dink coming on board as a partner, The Dink Minor Leagues is aiming to host more than 200 events in the US this year alone, with plans to expand its footprint and format worldwide.

“Amateurs drive the sport; they're the reason we're all here. We've published thousands of pieces of content to help recreational players, from beginner to 5.0, improve their game. Through The Dink Minor Leagues, we're offering an environment to put those skills into practice, compete, and have an unforgettable experience. And oh yeah, they can also win some money,” said Thomas Shields, The Dink’s Founder & CEO. 

Minor League Pickleball, a subsidiary of DUPR (Dynamic Universal Pickleball Rating), is an innovative team competition where teams of four players (two women and two men) compete against each other in a novel and engaging format, with twists on traditional match-ups and scoring for games, matches, and tiebreakers. Under the joint venture, The Dink Minor Leagues will host over 200 events across the country, including seven new regional events and a national championship, to bring the country’s most competitive amateurs together in an unforgettable tournament weekend.

“We are excited to partner with The Dink, the premier media and news source in pickleball, to grow Minor League Pickleball into the largest amateur pickleball league worldwide by providing more and better playing opportunities and a unique ‘play like the pros’ experience,” said Tito Machado, DUPR CEO. “Combining the power of The Dink’s media platform with MiLP’s exciting format and engaged community offers new ways to spotlight the game, the players and the venues, and further develop the most exciting amateur league the world has seen.”  

The Dink Minor Leagues Key Events 

Northeast Regional – July 20th

Bounce Pickleball – Malvern, PA 

Hosted by All State Pickleball League, Stephen Conger

Midsouth Regional – July 27th - 28th

Pickleball Kingdom Plano, TX 

Hosted by OPC, Caroline Luelf 

Midwest Regional – August 10th

PickleCon (Kansas City Convention Center) – Kansas City, MO 

Hosted by iPickle Nation, Rick Fortuna 

West Coast Regional – August 31st

Willow Pass Community Park – Concord, CA 

Hosted by Carmen Sanz Pickleball Club, Carmen Sanz

Northwest Regional – September 7th - 8th 

Cavelero Courts – Lake Stevens, WA

Hosted by ZZ2 Pickleball, Pablo Granados 

Southwest Regional – October 5th - 6th

Picklemall – Tempe, AZ

Hosted by iPickle Nation, Rick Fortuna

Southeast Regional – November 9th -10th 

Lone Palm Country Club – Lakeland, FL

Hosted by All Florida Pickleball, David Tabb 

National Championship – December 13th - 15th 

Missouri Pickleball Club – Fenton, MO 

Hosted by DUPR 

The Dink Minor League Format: Teams compete against each other in Matches using the MLPlay™ format, featuring team matches that are composed of four 21-point games, one women’s doubles, one men’s doubles, and the final two games consisting of mixed doubles. Teams play in a round robin pool, with guaranteed matches and a playoff bracket to determine the winning team. All participating players must have a DUPR (Dynamic Universal Pickleball Rating) account, and teams are formed by combining the DUPR ratings of all four players.

For a full list of events and to sign up to participate as a player or host, please visit dupr.com/minorleague.

For further information on partnership and sponsor inquiries, reach out to thedinkteam@heydink.com.

About Minor League Pickleball

Minor League Pickleball offers an innovative team competition format, bringing together teams consisting of four players (two women and two men). Spanning multiple days, our events feature a unique and engaging format with exciting variations on traditional match-ups and scoring systems for games, matches, and tiebreakers. With events hosted in 25 states across the nation, including 108 confirmed events and 7 Regionals, Minor League Pickleball has attracted over 8000 players since its inception in 2022, providing a dynamic and competitive platform for pickleball players of all skill levels For more information visit www.dupr.com/minorleague.

About DUPR

DUPR (Dynamic Universal Pickleball Rating) is the premier global pickleball rating system and technology platform, trusted by the world's leading clubs, tournaments, leagues and players. DUPR's dynamic rating system unifies pickleball across age, gender and location by analyzing match results to accurately evaluate all players across a 2.000 - 8.000 scale. Players and operators can visit www.dupr.com to sign up and learn more.

About The Dink

The Dink is pickleball’s #1 media and news source, offering a range of content via its newsletters, website, podcast network and social media channels. The Dink publishes daily to over 1 million pickleball players of all levels, covering news, stories, tips & strategy, product reviews, pro analysis and basic information about the sport. The Dink is also the creator of The Pickleball Box, a pickleball subscription box, and hosts a number of pro, amateur and celebrity events throughout the year. Visit thedinkpickleball.com to learn more.

Minor League
April 2, 2024

Cliff Drysdale Tennis and Peter Burwash International Have Joined Forces with Minor League Pickleball!

Cliff Drysdale Tennis and Peter Burwash International have joined forces with Minor League Pickleball to bring a new and exciting experience to racquet sports enthusiasts across the nation. This strategic partnership will see a series of innovative events and competitions hosted at various CDT and PBI managed properties starting this 2024!

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. Teams compete against each other in Matches using the MLPlay™ format, featuring team matches that are composed of four 21-point games, one women’s doubles, one men’s doubles, and the final two games consisting of mixed doubles. Teams play in a round robin pool, with guaranteed matches and a playoff bracket to determine the winning team. All participating players must have a DUPR (Dynamic Universal Pickleball Rating) account, and teams are formed by combining the DUPR ratings of all four players.

“We are thrilled to partner with Minor League Pickleball, a fantastic event concept that highlights many of sport’s most appealing qualities,” said Scott McCulloch, President and COO for Cliff Drysdale Tennis and Peter Burwash International. “Providing our members, guests and loyal community of pickleball players with engaging play options and competitive offerings is one of our top priorities, and Minor League Pickleball events will help strengthen our programs across the nation.”


“Minor League Pickleball is focused on providing amateur players with the most dynamic and exciting opportunities to compete. By partnering with Cliff Drysdale Tennis and Peter Burwash International, we’re able to reach even more players and host MiLP events at some of the most renowned racquet sports facilities in the world. We’re excited to work together to bring more people into this exciting game and create more engaging opportunities to play,” said Caroline Luelf, Director of Minor League Pickleball. 

Caroline Luelf, Director of Minor League Pickleball, expressed her excitement about working with CDT and PBI to expand the reach of the sport and create more opportunities for players to enjoy the game. The events will be held at select locations across the U.S., including private clubs, public facilities, and resorts, with a special travel experience planned for July at Omni Amelia Island Resort.

All players who compete in MiLP events will accumulate points to earn an opportunity to compete in the Minor League Pickleball National Championship, scheduled for December 13-15 and featuring a $50,000 prize purse.

Upcoming Minor League Pickleball events at CDT and PBI managed facilities:

April 13-14: JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort and Spa (Palm Desert, CA)
April 20-21: Esplanade Naples Golf and Country Club (Naples, FL)
May 4-5: Weston Racquet Club (Weston, FL)
May 18-19: Tyler Athletic and Swim Club (Tyler, TX)
June 22-23: John Newcombe Country Club  (New Braunfels, TX)
July 19-21: Omni Amelia Island Resort, Travel Package  (Amelia Island, FL)

To register for events and learn more about Minor League Pickleball, visit: www.dupr.com/minorleague

To learn more about Cliff Drysdale Tennis, visit: www.cliffdrysdale.com 

To learn more about Peter Burwash International, visit: www.pbitennis.com

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March 11, 2024

Navigating The Dink MiLP 2024 National Championship Pathway: From Individual Points to Championship Glory

The 2024 National Pathway encourages players to participate in multiple The DInk Minor League events throughout the qualifying season (November 25, 2023 through October 14, 2024) to earn points to then qualify for the 2024 The Dink Minor Leagues National Championship taking place December 13-15, 2024 in Fenton, MO.

National Pathway and Leaderboard

Each DUPR Division has its own National Leaderboard. Each individual player’s points are accumulated based on their team’s performance at official The Dink Minor League Pickleball events.

How to Qualify and Get on the Leaderboard

There are two ways to qualify for The Dink MiLP National Championship:

  1. Local The Dink MiLP Events
  2. The Dink MiLP Regional Showdowns

National Pathway #1: Local The Dink MiLP Events

Local The Dink MiLP Events are hosted all across the USA.

The National Leaderboard keeps track of the points of every individual in each division. Top players from the leaderboard will receive an invitation to the National Championship.

  • Players play as a team but earn points towards Nationals as an individual.
  • For example, if a DUPR division has 8 teams, the 1st place team members will receive 8 points each, the 2nd place team members will receive 7 points each, the 3rd place team members will receive 6 points each and so on through last place. Members of the last place team will each receive 1 point each. 
    • At all The Dink MiLP local events, the 1st place team members will receive at least a minimum of 4 points each. The maximum will be based on the total number of teams. 
    • If you play multiple divisions within the 2024 season, your points stay within each division. 
  • Once a player qualifies for Nationals, the player is then tasked with forming a team. The team can be made up of teammates from the 2024 season or any players who have played in any official The Dink Minor League events from the qualifying season.
  • A player can participate in multiple teams throughout the season, but can only compete in one team at the National Championship.
  • The team will be placed into the appropriate DUPR division based on their total team aggregate at the time of registration. Once a team registers for Nationals, their ratings are “locked” and their DUPR increasing or decreasing will not impact the team’s aggregate or division placement.

National Pathway #2: The Dink MiLP Regional Showdowns

The Dink MiLP organizers will be hosting a total of 7 tournaments in different regions of the USA. 

These Regional Showdowns will include 12 to 16 teams per division. At each event, the 1st place teams from each division will receive a Dream Ticket to the National Championship.

  • All Regional Showdown players will earn points towards their respective DUPR Divisions on the National Leaderboard (including the 1st place team). 
  • A team that earns a Dream Ticket to the National Championship will compete in the division in which they qualified regardless of their DUPR aggregate at registration as long as the entire team is intact (all 4 players stay the same). If any players of the team are substituted, the team will be placed in the appropriate aggregate at the time of registration. 
  • If a team that received a Dream Ticket cannot attend the National Championship with all 4 of its original teammates, they can choose to replace up to 2 teammates with players who have competed in The Dink MiLP events during the 2024 qualifying season.
  • If a 1st place team cannot attend Nationals with at least 2 of its original Regionals’ teammates, the 2nd place team will be offered their Dream Ticket to Nationals.

Sign up now for a The Dink Minor League Pickleball event to get your name and points on the National Leaderboard and earn your spot at The Dink MiLP’s pinnacle event, The Dink Minor Leagues National Championship 2024. 

*Sign Up Now* 

To learn more about The Dink Minor Leagues, visit our website. To explore highlights from the 2023 MiLP National Championship, view our blog post

Stay up to date with all things The Dink MiLP by following us on Instagram and joining our Facebook Group

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