APP SoCal Classic Results & Insights

Kevin Brown
January 8, 2024
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A few insights from our results...

...only 3 gold medalists played below their level and all of them were in 5.0 brackets

...26 Gold Medalists were over .40 above their bracket entered

...13 Silver Medalists were over .40 40 above their bracket entered

...6 Bronze Medalists were over .40 above their bracket entered

...big congrats to Craig Belinsky and Richard Robinson, our Gold medalists in 4.5 65+ with an average DUPR of 4.55. They have the lowest DUPR differential of just .05 for a Gold Medalist outside of the 5.0 brackets.


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June 12, 2024

The Rise of the ‘Cross-Court Consumer’: Will the Future Bring More Demand for Choice in Racquet Sports?

  • RacquetX conference in Miami revealed rise of the ‘cross-court consumer’
  • Venues are diversifying to meet demand for pickleball, padel and tennis
  • Although some are playing multiple racquet sports, others ‘stay in their lane’

It's no secret that pickleball has a somewhat fractious relationship with tennis as the sports battle for real estate in country clubs and public spaces across the US. But could that rivalry turn into companionship as the racquet sports family becomes ever more diverse? That was the main takeaway from the inaugural RacquetX festival at Miami Beach Convention Center in March, which brought pickleball, tennis, padel, POP tennis and other racquet/paddle swinging cousins together to learn from each other, network, and find common ground. '

A rising tide lifts all ships,' as the saying goes. Or, as one speaker at RacquetX cleverly put it, 'It's time to love all!' 

Research by RacquetX revealed the emergence of a 'cross-court consumer' with 43% of responders playing more than one racquet sport in the last year or intending to diversify their play. The research also noted tremendous growth potential in public courts and clubs opening up access for all market segments (pickleball, tennis, padel, etc.). Venues are already adapting to this more diverse consumer demand. Life Time Fitness has introduced pickleball at many of its 200+ locations across the US. Life Time Tempe in Phoenix, AZ, has converted three outdoor tennis courts into 12 pickleball courts and an additional three indoors, replacing a basketball court. They host the bi-annual Life Time Tempe Fall Classic, regional tournaments, events for two local universities and a junior program. 

Norma Sedillo, Tennis and Pickleball Coordinator at Life Time Tempe, said,

"Pickleball was not initially embraced by the tennis community here. It was seen as the ugly duckling. But things changed. I'd say 50% of my tennis players are now playing pickleball - but they are not abandoning tennis. They are playing both.” "They still have their strong ties within tennis but those communities are transitioning into pickleball. Once they start moving, they move in waves - the friendships remain but they are spending time together on both types of court." 

Life Time's venue in Westchester, NY, has pickleball, tennis, and squash courts over 2,000 sq ft, whereas Life Time Sky in Manhattan (with two pickleball courts) has to be more selective with its use of space. Sky's Lead Pickleball Pro, Andy Peeke, hasn't witnessed a huge amount of cross-pollination between racquet sports. 

"There's an incredible demand for pickleball so we have to follow that demand in deciding what to do with the space we have," he says. "If your four tennis courts aren't at capacity and there is demand for pickleball, clubs notice pretty quickly they can fit in 16 pickleball courts and not only quadruple their profits, but quadruple community satisfaction."
Andy Peeke and Emily Visnic at Life Time Sky

 He describes Life Time Sky as "possibly the most DUPR-heavy club in the country:

"Here, your DUPR rating is your passport. If you're a 4.49 you're not entering a 4.5, otherwise we'd end up with a public park type of system. We're getting super competitive, but most of all, people love being part of our community."

On the first weekend in May 2024, Life Time Penn 1 opened its new pickleball courts with exhibitions by Andre Agassi, Kim Clijsters, Tyson McGuffin and Life Time founder, chairman and CEO Bahram Akradi.Across the Atlantic, Imber Court Sports Club in southwest London (built on land formerly owned by King Henry VIII) has two pickleball courts, four padel courts and 15 tennis courts (four of those tennis courts will soon be converted into six padel and four pickleball courts). Clinton Lamprecht, founder of England Sports Group which coordinates all sports activities at the club, says he doesn't recognize the emergence of the so-called cross-court consumer. 

"We haven't seen cross-pollination," he states. "People here tend to find their tribe and stick with it. We've probably only got half a dozen members who will actively play pickleball and padel. I'm curious to see whether we'll see more of that over the years." 

Although Clinton believes tennis will suffer in the short term as pickleball and padel grow, he does believe in the 'rising tide lifts all ships' theory.

"The new sports are going to lower participation levels in tennis, there's no doubt about that. But it's also going to create opportunities for everyone in the racquet sports sector to increase participation overall between those three different racquet sports."

 While demand from individuals to play multiple racquet sports doesn't appear to be universal yet, clubs are recognizing the need to diversify their offering of court types and appeal to all sectors. In time, this may lead to the racquet sports co-existing more happily and appreciating the potential of learning and thriving together.

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May 28, 2024

Introducing the DUPR Reliability Score

Introducing Reliability Score! 

We are excited to release the DUPR Reliability Score, our newest metric to help you better understand your rating. Players will now have two numbers on their player profile: their DUPR Rating, which provides an assessment of your current pickleball skill level, and the Reliability Score, a percentage that indicates the level of confidence DUPR has in your rating based on the data in our system. 

What is the reliability score? How is it different from my DUPR rating? 

Your DUPR rating provides a real-time assessment of your pickleball skill level based on your match results. The reliability score measures how confident we are in your rating based on how many matches you’ve played and your connectivity to the rest of the pickleball population. 


A player’s reliability score is calculated as a percentage between 1 and 100 with 100% being fully reliable. A reliability score of at least 60% means you have a reliable rating. Both singles and doubles ratings have a corresponding reliability score. 

What does it measure? 

The reliability score measures how confident we are that a player's rating is an accurate representation of their current level based on match history and connectivity to the population. New players will have lower reliability scores, players that have more results and play frequently will have higher reliability scores. 

What is a good reliability score?
If a player has a reliability score of 60% or higher, it means the system is confident in the accuracy of a player’s rating. Reliability scores that are lower than 60% mean that more results need to be entered into the system. A rating of 100% is considered to be fully reliable, but anything above 60% is a good reliability score. 

How does the reliability score help players? 

A reliability score provides a measure of how confident DUPR is about your rating. Players who have more results in DUPR will have a more reliable rating because there are more match results to offer a more in-depth view of your ability. A player who is just starting out will have a lower reliability score because DUPR does not have as many results to analyze. As players play more and share their results with DUPR, their rating becomes more and more accurate, and their reliability score will go up. 

For example, a player who consistently plays and enters match scores will have a more reliable rating than a player who has played once or twice, or only plays against the same person. As you play more, enter your scores and play a broader range of people, your DUPR rating becomes more reliable. 

What will reliability score be used for? 

Players can use the reliability score to have more insight into their rating and a better understanding of their current rating. Clubs can use the reliability score to better evaluate players, and may even use it as a threshold for event eligibility to ensure players have a good, competitive experience. 

How can I make my rating more reliable? 

Play more matches! Your match count and the recency of those matches are a big component of your Reliability Score. But not all matches are equal in how much new information they provide to the accuracy of your rating. In order to make your rating more reliable, focus on playing matches that satisfy the following criteria: 

  • Play with various partners and opponents
  • Play against similarly rated opponents
  • Play Club/Tournament Matches
  • Play against highly reliable players

How should I expect my reliability score to move over time? 

Each match you play will increase your score, but the amount it goes up will depend on many factors that consider how much new information we are getting from the match. Since your Reliability Score is measuring our confidence that the rating is an accurate representation of your current skill level, your score will decrease over time if you are not recording matches. 

What are the steps I can take to get a passing Reliability Score? 

There are many ways to get a passing reliability score (60%). The key here is that there are many paths you can take to make your rating more reliable, but some paths might require more matches than others. The biggest takeaway is to play frequently and against a broad group of players, so that DUPR’s system has more information on your performance. 

Here are some paths you can take to get a good reliability score. Each match represents one game. Matches with more games will count more and get you to reliability faster because there will be more information input into the rating system. 

Doubles Paths:

  • Two CLUB matches per week for four weeks, with 60% reliability teammates/opponents. 
  • Six CLUB matches in one weekend, with 60% reliability teammates/opponents
  • One CLUB and one Rec match per week for four weeks, with 100% reliability teammates/opponents
  • One CLUB and one Rec match per week for six weeks, with 60% reliability teammates/opponents
  • Five REC matches per week for seven weeks, with 60% reliability teammates/opponents. 
  • Five REC matches per week for five weeks, with 100% reliability teammates/opponents.

Singles Paths: 

  • One CLUB match per week for three weeks, with 60% reliability teammates/opponents. 
  • Two REC matches per week for five weeks, with 60% reliability teammates/opponents. 

How do I maintain a good Reliability Score?

Keep playing and play with a broad group of competitors. Your reliability score will decrease over time if you do not record new matches. To maintain your reliability score, we encourage you to log matches on a consistent basis. 

For example, a fully reliable rating could decay to the 60% passing threshold over the course of 6 or so months without play. A 60% passing score can drop to 30% score over the course of 3 months without play. A 30% score can drop to just under 10% over the course of 6 months. 

This is because DUPR’s rating places more emphasis on more recent matches as that provides a more accurate assessment of your current skill level. Older matches do not have as much impact on your rating. 

Is reliability or my rating more important? 

Your DUPR rating is the most accurate assessment of your skill level. The reliability score is a supporting measure that showcases how you can get your rating to be even more accurate. 

As players begin to play and enter scores into DUPR, ratings can fluctuate early on in their DUPR journey as they play different players. As players continue to play and enter more scores, the confidence in their assessment increases. 

How often will my Reliability Score update?

Your Reliability Score will update weekly on Tuesdays. 

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May 16, 2024

Dinking on Deck: The Cruise Industry is Riding The Pickleball Wave

Pickleball player demographics, tight court dimensions and easy accessibility is making it a popular addition to cruise liners and riverboats.

Pickleball's unique blend of fun, friendship, fitness and accessibility has attracted millions of older people to the court in the last few years. These players can now combine their new favorite hobby with another activity beloved by retirees - cruises.

As well as hitting the demographics bullseye, pickleball is an attractive proposition for the cruise industry because of the low price of installing courts and their compact 20mx44ft dimensions, far easier to accommodate compared to those of tennis, squash or padel.

 

Many cruise ships already contain pickleball courts either indoor or on deck, but Pickleball International is taking its offering several stages further. The company was founded by former professional basketball player Eric Dailey Sr, who is now applying his 15 years' experience in basketball training, competitions and tours to the sport he fell in love with almost as soon as he picked up a paddle.

 

His sports travel enterprise included a partnership with cruise industry giants Caribbean International, which he is now expanding. Pickleball International offer cruises which include pickleball tuition from top pros, competitions and off-court physical preparation including yoga, spin classes, strength and agility training in top-of-the-range gyms and aqua training in the ship's swimming pools - in addition to all the usual cruise attractions: dinners, parties, casino nights and much more. 

 

AmaWaterWays Co-Founder

Eric says: "The training is an important part of the offer for this demographic of pickleball players. We can't play like we're 17 any more! We have a world-class yoga instructor and facilities to prepare our players' muscles for four hours of fun on court each day."

 

Caribbean International's ship, The Odyssey of the Seas, has three indoor pickleball courts. Five-day cruises set sail from the UK, Greece and the USA (Fort Lauderdale, Florida) to the Caribbean, Australia, Hong Kong and Alaska. A maximum of 24 players go on a single trip and all standards are catered for by Pickleball International's roster of highly qualified pro coaches ('Z' Orano, Pedro Penteado, Jay Jaudon and Fiona Edwards).

 

"These cruises are for guys who want to improve," says Eric. "If you're a DUPR 3.0, that's fine, go have fun and learn. If you're a 5.0, there will be plenty of competitions to get your teeth into. It's a great opportunity for anyone who loves pickleball and loves to travel."

 

UK-based Amadeus River Cruises have pickleball courts on their Amadeus Cara and Amadeus Silver III and offer pickleball-themed cruises on which you can take on locals at clubs along the way.

 

Janine and Damian on board

AmaWaterways, headquartered in Calabasas, California, has also spotted pickleball's potential. Last year, they added a full-size pickleball court on the 21m-wide deck of the AmaMagna riverboat which cruises along the Danube through Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany, Hungary, Serbia, Romania, Slovakia and Turkey.

 

Pickleball activity led by on-board coach Damian fuses perfectly with the ship's large gym and Zen Wellness Studio (offering circuit training, resistance bands and core training, yoga and Pilates). “More people want to stay active when they’re on holiday. Pickleball is really easy to pick up and you can quickly start playing a game,” says Damian.

 

As more cruise companies capitalize on pickleball's popularity, we are sure to see the trend for dinking on deck spread across the globe.

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