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Biggest Collegiate Tournament in Pickleball History

by Luke Burton on

College pickleball is skyrocketing in popularity across America and next month is the biggest tournament for collegiate pickleball in the history of the sport.

The 2nd annual DUPR Collegiate Pickleball National Championships is taking place Nov 17 - 19 at Peachtree Corners, Georgia.

Sixty-four schools across the nation will compete. The event features the top 36 universities with over 350 participating players – all battling it out for a $32,000 prize pool.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are currently the reigning champions, led by Collin Shick who we know from the Major League Team Florida Smash.

Tournament Format

The tournament is MLP-style with teams made up of 4-6 players, a combination of 2-3 men and 2-3 women.

Matches will consist of women's doubles, men's doubles, two mixed and of course any ties broken by the crowd favorite: a dreambreaker.

Play will have 5 rounds of group play and qualifiers on Nov 17-18. The top two teams from each group will head into quarter finals on Nov 18, followed by semifinals and finals on Nov 19

Pool Breakdown:

DUPR National Collegiate Championship Groups A&B
DUPR National Collegiate Championship Groups C&D

Over the past year, DUPR has contributed $100,000 in scholarship money and another $100,000 in travel stipends for players. They report that that over 127 schools currently use the DUPR platform and expect even more to join next year.

This year alone, we've seen tons of colleges recognizing the popularity of the sport and installing courts on campus. We're predicting that 2024 is going to be a huge year for college pickleball and we can't contain our excitement.

Where to watch

Streaming details are still to be announced but we've been told you will be able to watch a recording of the full event on ESPNU on Sunday Nov 19.

Luke Burton

Luke Burton

Luke is the Chief Growth Officer at The Dink as well as the producer for the pickleball podcast Tennis Sucks. He picked up pickleball in 2020 and now plays competitively in the state.

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