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How Do I Get Started?

DUPR is free and anyone can have a rating. One match result is all it takes to have a DUPR rating, and with 10-20 match results you will have an even more accurate rating.

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Step 1

Download the free app and create an account

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Step 2

Play A Match and
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The Most Accurate Rating

Any time you log a match in DUPR, it contributes to your most accurate performance rating - allowing you to get matched for competition or casual play alike.

Measure Performance

Historical data and analytics allow you to see how far you’ve come as a player, and where you can go.

Connect With Players

Easily find players and events to play.  Follow your friends’ progress and coordinate open play, events, or training sessions.

What The Pros Are Saying

The DUPR rating system provides clubs and organizations with universal, real time ratings for it’s players. It is a rating based solely on the players results therefore making it extremely objective. Leagues, organized play, tournaments, and round robins can be easily run and monitored with DUPR.

Lee Whitwell

I enjoy teaching immensely, but it’s always difficult when people sign up for the wrong skill level clinic. They simply don’t know any better. I’m excited to have a way for your every day player to know where they stand so that they can learn and compete with people of their own skill level.

Zane Navratil

I love DUPR because it’s a transparent rating system available to everyone! It’s adaptable so it will keep updating to ensure accuracy. Tournament and rec players can easily get their 3 digit rating and find compatible partners for play!

Dekel Barr

Some people play their best games at tournaments and others play theirs in rec play. DUPR captures all that data to make sure your rating reflects what it should: Your game. This is a game changer for the sport of Pickleball.

Brandon Nsekpong

I'm so excited that there is finally a framework to accurately measure skill level. Not only is DUPR accurate, but you no longer have to be a tournament player to be rated, making ratings more attainable than ever.

Corinne Carr

The DUPR rating system does not lose out on any information or data. They incorporate everything into their algorithm, making it the most accurate and effective method for ratings.

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July 17, 2024

A Beginner's Guide to Pickleball

Pickleball has been gaining popularity rapidly in recent years, and for good reason. It's a fun, social, and accessible sport suitable for people of all ages and skill levels. If you're new to pickleball or considering giving it a try, this beginner's guide will walk you through everything you need to know to get started, including pickleball ratings. 

What Is Pickleball? 

Congressman Joel Pritchard, Barney McCallum, and Bill Bell invented the game of pickleball one summer afternoon in 1965 on Bainbridge Island, WA as a fun activity for the whole family. Fast-forward to 2020, when the game’s popularity exploded across the U.S. as pandemic lockdowns as people craved exercise and community. 

Pickleball is a paddle sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton, and ping pong. It's typically played on a badminton-sized court with a modified tennis net, using solid paddles and a perforated plastic ball. The game can be played as singles or doubles and is known for its friendly and inclusive community.

The objective of pickleball is simple: to score points by hitting the ball over the net and into the opponent's court without letting it bounce twice. The game begins with a serve, which must be made underhand and diagonally across the court. Once the ball is in play, players continue to volley until a point is scored or a fault is committed.

Basic Rules and Gameplay

Pickleball follows a set of straightforward rules to ensure fair play and enjoyable competition. Some key rules include:

  • The non-volley zone, also known as “the Kitchen”, restricts players from hitting the ball while standing inside it.
  • The serve must land within the opposite diagonal court and clear the non-volley zone.
  • The ball must bounce once on each side of the net before players can begin volleying.
  • Points can only be scored by the serving team.

Equipment and Attire

One of the appeals of pickleball is its minimal equipment requirements. All you need to get started are a paddle, a ball, and a pair of comfortable court shoes. Pickleball paddles come in a variety of materials and designs, so it's worth trying out different options to find one that suits your playing style. As for attire, breathable and moisture-wicking clothing is recommended, along with hats and sunglasses for outdoor play.

Tracking Your Skill Level and Player Rating

In pickleball, player ratings are used to assess skill levels and ensure balanced matches. The DUPR (Dynamic Universal Pickleball Rating) system is the most accurate and widely adopted pickleball rating system in the sport. Once you download the app and create an account (for free), DUPR takes into account your performance against opponents of varying skill levels, across recreational, club and league matches. With a personalized DUPR-score, you have a pickleball rating that reflects your abilities at any given moment.

To know more about how DUPR’s free algorithm and app works, check out this explainer from our data team.

How To Improve Your Game

Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned player, there are always ways to improve your pickleball skills. Here are a few tips to help you level up your game:

  • Practice regularly: Like any sport, consistent practice is key to improvement. Set aside time to work on your serves, volleys, and footwork.
  • Take lessons: Consider taking lessons from a certified pickleball instructor to learn proper technique and strategy.
  • Watch and learn: Watching videos of professional pickleball matches can provide valuable insights into tactics and gameplay.
  • Play with better players: Playing against opponents who are more skilled than you can challenge you to elevate your game and adapt to different styles of play.
  • Have fun: Above all, remember that pickleball is meant to be enjoyable. Don't be too hard on yourself and focus on having fun and making new friends on the court.

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Pickleball is more than just a sport; it's a community that welcomes players of all ages and backgrounds. Whether you're looking for a new way to stay active or hoping to meet new people, pickleball offers something for everyone. With this beginner's guide, you'll be ready to grab a paddle, hit the court, and start enjoying all that pickleball has to offer. As the most accurate pickleball ratings system, DUPR is with you every step of the way along your pickleball journey. So what’re you waiting for? Create a free account now and hit the courts in no time!

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July 14, 2024

What Is A Pickleball Rating? A Guide to Understanding and Leveraging Pickleball Ratings

In pickleball, knowing your skill level is essential for fair matches and tracking progress. This article explores pickleball ratings, explaining what they are, how they work, and their importance in the community.

What Are Pickleball Ratings?

At its core, a pickleball rating is a numerical representation of a player's skill level and performance on the court. These ratings provide an objective measure of a player's ability, allowing for fair and competitive matchups regardless of age, gender, or experience level. Whether you're a seasoned veteran or a newcomer to the sport, understanding your pickleball rating is essential for navigating the competitive landscape. 

How Do Pickleball Ratings Work?

Pickleball ratings are typically determined using sophisticated algorithms and data-driven analysis. These algorithms take into account various factors, including match outcomes, player performance metrics, and opponent ratings, to calculate precise ratings for each player. Unlike traditional static rating systems, modern pickleball rating systems, such as the one offered by DUPR, employ dynamic algorithms that continuously adjust ratings based on recent match results. This dynamic approach ensures that ratings remain accurate and reflective of players' current skill levels over time.

Understanding the Pickleball Rating System

The pickleball rating system serves as a vital tool for assessing players' skill levels and ensuring equitable matchups during games and tournaments. Powered by sophisticated algorithms and data-driven analysis, this system assigns numerical ratings to players, providing a standardized measure of their proficiency in the sport.

A pickleball rating is a numerical representation of a player's skill level and performance on the court. It provides an objective measure of a player's ability, allowing for fair and competitive matchups.

DUPR's Dynamic Rating System

DUPR is a revolutionary rating system designed to provide accurate and dynamic player ratings. Unlike traditional static rating systems, DUPR's algorithm continuously adjusts ratings based on match results, ensuring that ratings reflect current skill levels.  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. 

Key Features of DUPR's Rating System

  • Accuracy: DUPR employs advanced algorithms to analyze match data and calculate precise ratings for players.
  • Dynamism: Ratings are updated in real-time, reflecting players' performance and skill progression.
  • Accessibility: Players can easily access their ratings and track their progress through the DUPR platform.

How DUPR's Rating System Works

  • Match Data Collection: DUPR collects data from pickleball matches, including match outcomes, player performance metrics, and opponent ratings.
  • Rating Adjustments: Player ratings are adjusted based on match results, with wins against higher-rated opponents leading to rating increases and losses resulting in decreases.
  • Continuous Feedback Loop: DUPR's dynamic system ensures that ratings remain accurate and reflective of players' current skill levels over time.

Benefits of DUPR's Rating System

Competitive Integrity: DUPR promotes fair and balanced gameplay by accurately assessing player skill levels.

  • Skill Development: Players can track their progress and identify areas for improvement through their DUPR ratings.
  • Community Engagement: DUPR fosters a vibrant pickleball community by providing a platform for players to connect, compete, and grow together.

Pickleball player ratings lie at the heart of the sport, shaping the competitive landscape, guiding player progression, and fostering a sense of community among enthusiasts. 

With DUPR's dynamic rating system leading the charge, players can trust in the accuracy and responsiveness of their ratings, empowering them to elevate their game and enjoy the thrill of pickleball to the fullest.

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July 10, 2024

Can Pickleball Earn Its Place in the Olympics?

As anticipation builds for the upcoming Summer Olympics, pickleball enthusiasts find themselves asking a familiar question: why hasn't pickleball earned its place in the Olympic Games? 

The answer lies in the intricate process of gaining recognition from the International Olympic Committee (IOC), a journey fraught with challenges and complexities.

At the heart of pickleball's Olympic aspirations lies the need for recognition from the IOC, which meticulously evaluates several key factors before considering a sport for inclusion in the Olympics. These factors include popularity and participation, international federation recognition, global reach, and alignment with Olympic values.

Ryan Maher, Vice President of Commercial Operations at DUPR, acknowledges the hurdles facing pickleball's Olympic journey. 

Despite the sport's surging popularity, Maher emphasizes that the path to Olympic recognition is far from straightforward. "There's a lot more politics and money that goes into it," Maher explains, dispelling the common misconception that popularity alone guarantees Olympic inclusion.

One significant obstacle hindering pickleball's Olympic aspirations is the absence of a unified international governing body. 

On May 15, 2024, United Pickleball Association (UPA), which owns Major League Pickleball (MLP) and the Professional Pickleball Association (PPA), announced the launch of United Pickleball Association of America (UPA-A) as the new National Governing Body (NGB) of the sport. 

Although USA Pickleball (USAP) has historically been the self-appointed NGB since 1984, the emergence of UPA-A challenges this status, particularly because pickleball is not yet recognized as an Olympic sport. The United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC) would designate an official NGB if pickleball became Olympic-recognized, providing funding and legislative support while establishing a monopoly over the sport's management.

Both UPA-A and USAP aim to become the definitive authority, offering various solutions and improvements. However, this rivalry might lead to issues such as differing rating systems, paddle approval lists, and rule sets, which could create chaos and hinder the sport's unified development. 

Maher elaborates, "A sport is not going to make it into the Olympics when you have so much political tension within the sport around who is the governing body internationally."

“The reality of it is that we're so early in the sport’s growth - not early in the sport, it's been around for a while - but so early on in this massive boom. We're not done seeing people coming in and trying to kind of take hold of the space. And it's just going to take a while for that all to tease out.”

DUPR, while not directly involved in federation politics, plays a pivotal role in standardizing player ratings globally, a critical aspect for Olympic consideration. Maher elucidates, "What DUPR is creating is a pathway from the amateur side all the way up to the pro side, which leads into the Olympic side." 

“If a country is sending their delegation of users to the Olympics, how do they know who those people are? Those players play in local events, earn their way to regional or national events, and that is all facilitated by the programming around a rating. With DUPR being aligned with the PPA and MLP, the two largest pro organizations in the sport. That's just where the rating side of the sport is going. That is a big piece of countries around the world, all filtering into these pathways for the sport to be entered in the Olympics as well.”

Financial considerations also loom large in pickleball's quest for Olympic recognition. Maher draws parallels with squash, another sport that faced a prolonged journey to Olympic inclusion. He notes, "It wasn't until the billionaires got involved that squash made its way." 

Another significant challenge highlighted by Maher is the standardization of equipment regulations, particularly paddle standards. As paddle technology advances, ensuring uniform standards becomes imperative to maintain fairness and integrity in the sport. 

“We need to standardize internationally. If we don't have someone who's governing standards internationally, that could be an issue," Maher says.

Despite the obstacles, Maher remains cautiously optimistic about pickleball's Olympic prospects. He suggests a realistic timeline, indicating that Olympic inclusion might not occur before 2036 but says, "There's no doubt in my mind that it will be someday."

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