Frequently Asked Questions

This Juniors-Only tournament is open to players aged 8-18 of all skill levels and will have singles, doubles and 4-player team events.

Each event will be round robin pool play with medal round playoffs. The top three finishers in each division will receive a medal.

All events are Co-Ed, meaning boys and girls compete together. Doubles and 4-Players teams can be the same gender or mixed gender of any combination (example a team can have 3 boys and 1 girl OR 4 girls OR 2 boys 2 girls, or any other combination).

Gold Medalists of each Advanced Division (12U, 14U, 18U) in Singles or Doubles will receive complimentary entry fees to the NJP Championships at the end of the year.

Thursday Evening: Pro Cilinic & Evaluation Session
Friday: Singles Competition (start times vary)
Saturday: Doubles Competition (start times vary)
Sunday: Team Competition (start times vary)

Exact times vary depending on location.

Please visit the tournament registration page for site specific details.

Registration Fee includes entry into ALL events- evaluations/social, singles, doubles and 4 player team event.

All players will also receive an event t-shirt, swag bag, and LOTS of pickleball play!

NJP events are designed to allow players to meet and get to know each other before committing to a partnership or team.

Players can sign up for the tournament with or without a doubles partner or team.

Players needing partners will have opportunities to meet and play with others onsite and notify the tournament director once a mutual partnership/team has been formed.

Partnerships must be formed by 7pm the day prior to the event. In the event you don’t select a partner or team, NJP will select one for you.

After you are registered, click “Registration” then “edit” on the right hand side under “My Registration”. You can withdraw, change Division (older/higher only) and choose a partner or team.

You may contact a “player needing partner” through our website by clicking “View Teams” on your Doubles Division, then “Contact.” Your message will be sent to the player via email and your email address provided for them to respond.

Simply… YES! Whether you’re a regular, high-level tournament player or a novice who has never played competitively, we’ll have an appropriate bracket for you!

Instructors will evaluate players onsite and create pool-play brackets based on age & skill to ensure a positive, competitive, experience for all.

All players should select the skill level based on the descriptions below.

However, each player will be evaluated during the Eval session prior to the start of the tournament to ensure correct placement (no sandbagging!).

Please choose the level that best describes your experience.


Novice – Familiar with the rules of pickleball and of side out scoring.

Has played recreationally with friends and family. Can reliably hit the ball over the net and into the court.

Intermediate – Experience in local league and/or event play.

Has the ability to hit basic shots (dink, drop, drive, serve, overhead) on a daily consistent basis.

Advanced – Extensive competitive tournament experience.

Can execute all skills with consistency and has advanced strategy knowledge.

During registration select “withdraw” from the event you wish to abstain from.

You will NOT be included in that event and entry at a later date if you change your mind is NOT guaranteed.

We highly recommend participating in every event for the full experience.

The Evaluation session is an integral part of the success of NJP. This session helps us verify the skill level of each player and that you should be playing in the skill level you have selected at registration, as you relate to the other players in that same level.

Please make every effort to attend. This is especially crucial if you don’t have a partner or team.

It’s also a great opportunity to socialize with the players you’ll be spending the next few days with!

DUPR has partnered to make this event better than ever and get all registrants a FREE DUPR rating.

As such, make sure you have created an account for your child/children at mydupr.com or download the app.

We will leave it up to you to decide how to manage the email account associated with your child’s profile! DUPR staff will be onsite to answer any questions you may have.

Creating your player account before the event will help ensure a smooth check-in experience and allow the tournament to start on time!

A team will consist of 4 youth players, regardless of gender. Teams will be placed into age/skill pools depending on final registration count.

Each team will play four games per round (ex AB vs WX, CD vs YZ, AC vs WY, BD vs XZ). Each player will play TWO games with two different partners on their team each round.

Games will be to 21 win by 2, rally scoring. If the teams are tied 2-2 then a “Singles Showdown” tie-breaker will decide the winner (1 singles game to 21 win by 2, rally scoring, players switch every 4 points).

Don’t worry- we’ll do an explainer session and Q&A before hand, plus Court Monitors will be help guide you through the game!

This tournament is for Juniors ONLY aged 8-18.

Players may participate after they turn 8 and until they turn 19.

Example: If you turn 19 on December 31, you can play the whole year prior.

If you turn 8 on December 31, you need to wait until the following year to play.

Players will play in the age division of their age on the FIRST DAY (Thursday) of the tournament.

Example: If you turn 13 on June 1, you will play 12U Jan-May and 14U Jun-Dec

Doubles and 4 player teams will be assigned to the Division of the player of the oldest/highest skill level.

Teams will be assigned a pool of similarly competitive teams. Exact divisions and pools will be determined prior to team competition.

Divisions may be combined or divided by age or skill once registration closes to optimize bracket sizes.

👀 Did your DUPR rise or fall?? DUPR matches from NJP Southwest Regional are up! Thanks to @duprpb for helping Juniors find their place in skill based play!
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👀 Did your DUPR rise or fall?? DUPR matches from NJP Southwest Regional are up! Thanks to @duprpb for helping Juniors find their place in skill based play!

#pickleballratings #kidscanplay #dupr #onerating
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Pickleball 🤝 Baseball. Baxter from the Dbacks stopped by @nationaljuniorpickleball to dink around and show us the sweet @volairpickleball paddle made especially for @dbacks fans. 🤗
Join the D-backs for Pickleball Night on Friday, May 17 vs. the Detroit Tigers! Don’t miss the opportunity to combine your love of pickleball and baseball in one day and receive the first-ever D-backs-branded pickleball paddle! Visit Dbacks.com/pickleball to purchase special ticket package.
#juniorpickleball #njp #baseballfan #mascot #pickleball #morethanagame

Pickleball 🤝 Baseball. Baxter from the Dbacks stopped by @nationaljuniorpickleball to dink around and show us the sweet @volairpickleball paddle made especially for @dbacks fans. 🤗

Join the D-backs for Pickleball Night on Friday, May 17 vs. the Detroit Tigers! Don’t miss the opportunity to combine your love of pickleball and baseball in one day and receive the first-ever D-backs-branded pickleball paddle! Visit Dbacks.com/pickleball to purchase special ticket package.

#juniorpickleball #njp #baseballfan #mascot #pickleball #morethanagame
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‼️ Registration Now Open ‼️ NJP Central Regional will be held in Missouri at @mopickleballclub May 30-June 2, so let’s see what all of those “middle state” Juniors are made of!
Spots are limited to the first 120 Juniors, so register now to grab that early bird registration fee ($85 all inclusive)!
🔗 Registration link in bio
#juniorpickleball #missouripickleball #stlpickleball #pickleball #njp

‼️ Registration Now Open ‼️ NJP Central Regional will be held in Missouri at @mopickleballclub May 30-June 2, so let’s see what all of those “middle state” Juniors are made of!

Spots are limited to the first 120 Juniors, so register now to grab that early bird registration fee ($85 all inclusive)!

🔗 Registration link in bio

#juniorpickleball #missouripickleball #stlpickleball #pickleball #njp
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👀 NJP tournaments making noise! 👀 Check out @thedinkpickleball to read the full article. Link in bio.
NJP is about inclusivity and opportunity
One of the struggles nationwide for junior pickleball players is finding competition their age, especially in tournaments where adults dominate registration. Besides competing, Courtney and her crew of volunteers helping her run the tournaments help these kids find camaraderie and build a community among themselves. 
Competing for the first time as a junior can be intimidating, so the goal is to take as much pressure off these kids as possible. Each tournament or clinic is very kid and parent friendly, focused on creating a great atmosphere rather than just on the competition.
#pickleball #juniorpickleball #youthathletes #thedink #growthegame #njp

👀 NJP tournaments making noise! 👀 Check out @thedinkpickleball to read the full article. Link in bio.

NJP is about inclusivity and opportunity

One of the struggles nationwide for junior pickleball players is finding competition their age, especially in tournaments where adults dominate registration. Besides competing, Courtney and her crew of volunteers helping her run the tournaments help these kids find camaraderie and build a community among themselves.

Competing for the first time as a junior can be intimidating, so the goal is to take as much pressure off these kids as possible. Each tournament or clinic is very kid and parent friendly, focused on creating a great atmosphere rather than just on the competition.

#pickleball #juniorpickleball #youthathletes #thedink #growthegame #njp
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🙌 The Selkirk Sportsmanship Award 🙌 goes tooooo….
At every 2024 NJP event, one Junior who shows kindness and integrity during NJP will receive a @selkirksport prize pack with a gear bag, paddle, hat, balls and more! 
“Selkirk Sport is committed to growing the sport of pickleball, particularly among the younger generations. Sportsmanship is one of the key tenets important to Selkirk Sport and our lineup of professional athletes. We’re proud to be fostering both the growth of pickleball and athletes with good sportsmanship.” 
❤️ Thank you Selkirk! ❤️
#juniorpickleball #sportsmanship #njp #selkirk #morethanagame #pickleball

🙌 The Selkirk Sportsmanship Award 🙌 goes tooooo….
At every 2024 NJP event, one Junior who shows kindness and integrity during NJP will receive a @selkirksport prize pack with a gear bag, paddle, hat, balls and more!

“Selkirk Sport is committed to growing the sport of pickleball, particularly among the younger generations. Sportsmanship is one of the key tenets important to Selkirk Sport and our lineup of professional athletes. We’re proud to be fostering both the growth of pickleball and athletes with good sportsmanship.”

❤️ Thank you Selkirk! ❤️

#juniorpickleball #sportsmanship #njp #selkirk #morethanagame #pickleball
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