If you are a fan of Major League Pickleball (MLP) like I am, you will be excited to hear this news. iPickle Nation will hosting the very first Minor League Pickleball (MiLP) event in Wichita on October 8, 2023 at Crestview Country Club.
MiLP is patterned after MLP but targeted toward amateurs (5.0 and below). It 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.
A match consists of four games, starting with one women’s doubles game, followed by one men’s doubles game, and then two mixed doubles games. If two teams are tied after these four games, an innovative tiebreaker known as the “DreamBreaker™” (to 21) is played, with a rotational system involving all four players. Teams first play each other in group or round robin play, and then the top teams square off in a single elimination format.
The first MiLP in Wichita will offer four different skill divisions:
- DUPR 20 (The team’s aggregate DUPR must not exceed 20.30)
- DUPR 18 (The team’s aggregate DUPR must not exceed 18.30)
- DUPR 16 (The team’s aggregate DUPR must not exceed 16.30)
- DUPR 14 (The team’s aggregate DUPR must not exceed 14.30)
This is hands down my favorite tournament format. Get your squad together and sign up here: https://officialminorleaguepb.com/event/minor-league-pickleball-crestview-country-club/