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The Road to Nationals 2025

Collegiate Tour Details

Winning Bids:

  • There are 32 total bids to be won by 32 different universities...

    • There are six D1 bids per state + two wildcards (32 total).

      • The top 6 universities who placed highest on average in all D1 events will win a bid.

      • Two wildcards will be awarded to the colleges with the best overall record compared to the colleges that did NOT receive a bid.

  • D2 is an open division for any university to compete. No bid rewarded.

  • University's can compete in as many state championships as they want.​

 

University Rankings / Individual Player Rankings:

  • Universities will be ranked against hundreds of colleges across the nation and these rankings are not affected by any tournaments outside of NCPA's collegiate tour.

    • The average NCPA ranking for a university's top two men and top two women will determine a university's overall ranking... 

  • Each player will be ranked against thousands of collegiate athletes nationwide using our ELO rating system.

 

Nationals Championship Payout

  • D1 - $25,000 total payout.

  • D2 - $5,000 total payout.

  • ($30,000 total)

State Championship Payout

  • $5,000 each state.

  • ($25,000 total)

Nationals Tournament Format

 

~ Our tournament format is a hybrid of team format and individual format. We have found this is a far more exciting format to not only play but to watch as well ~ 

OVERVIEW:

  • Universities compete with one team of four (2 men / 2 women) ​​​​

  • ​D1 and D2 Teams will compete in five total brackets each... 10 brackets total.

    • Men's Doubles, Women's Doubles, ​Men Singles, Women's Singles, and Mixed Doubles.​​​

  • The top eight colleges who place the highest in all five events on average, will qualify for the Elite Eight Championship... *scroll down for details*

  • D2 is open... All info below besides bracket format is strictly for D1. 

 

BRACKET DETAILS:

  • All brackets are pool play into single-elimination. (World Cup Style)

    • Pool Play​ - groups of 4 teams, games best 2/3 to 11 win by 1, three games total (teams play everyone in their pool). ALL TEAMS are seeded #1 through #4 into single elimination.

    • Single Elimination - all games best 2/3, to 11 win by 1.

    • Minimum of 5 games per bracket.​​ 

 

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NUMBER OF D1 PLAYERS PER UNIVERSITY PER BRACKET:

  • Men's Doubles - Two men.

  • Women's Doubles - Two women.

  • Mixed Doubles - Two men and two women.

  • Men's Singles - Two men.

  • Women's Singles - Two women.

    • For singles, there are two players representing their university instead of just one. ​Those players will compete together throughout the bracket and alternate games. Same thing with mixed... Instead of just the one man and woman, it's two men and two women competing together throughout the bracket. Emphasizes the team aspect.

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ELITE EIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP (Nationals Only):

  • There will be separate men’s and women’s championship matches with their own payouts and trophies awarded.

    • Four games total to 11 win by 1 + one potential tiebreaker game.

    • Two Doubles Games - (Men’s or Women’s based on division)

    • Two Singles Games - where both players each play one game (Men’s or Women’s based on division) 

    • Fifth Game (Tiebreaker) - The team with the least points conceded will decide whether the fifth and final game will be a doubles or singles game.

    • There will be NO MIXED DOUBLES championship as men and women are competing in separate championships.​

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Regional Championship Format

 

~ This is a modified Nationals format to fit all events in two days.~ 

 

OVERVIEW:

  • Universities send up to two teams per bracket that compete separately in D1 which is different from Nationals where they compete together. D2 is open with no limit.

  • ​D1 and D2 Teams will compete in five total brackets each... 10 brackets total.

    • Men's Doubles, Women's Doubles, ​Men Singles, Women's Singles, and Mixed Doubles.​​​

  • The top six colleges that place highest on average in all five events will win a bid to Nationals 2025.

BRACKET DETAILS:

  • All brackets are pool play into single-elimination. (World Cup Style)

    • Pool Play​ - groups of 4 teams, one game to 11 win by 1, (teams play everyone in their pool). ALL TEAMS are seeded #1 through #4 into single elimination.

    • Single Elimination - all games are one game to 11 win by 1.

    • Minimum of 4 games per bracket.​​ 

Eligibility Requirements 

  • Currently enrolled taking a minimum of six credit hours.​​

    • Must be 29 years of age and under.​

  • Have not signed professionally for any pro tour.

    • Players that have played in pro tournament draws are still eligible to compete.​

  • Created an NCPA player profile. (2024-2025 Collegiate Tour)

    • Access to Individual NCPA Ranking​, Overall University Ranking, Collegiate Awards, and more.

    • Player profiles you can access at the bottom of the home page...

Additional Information: If you qualified for Nationals in one of the regional championships over the fall but graduate before Nationals takes place in the spring, you are still allowed to compete as you were eligible when you qualified.

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