CourtReserve Transforms Pickleball Experience with Strategic DUPR Partnership

Kevin Brown
January 8, 2024

Leading club management platform CourtReserve is extending its offerings and elevating players’ pickleball experience thanks to a new strategic partnership with DUPR (Dynamic Universal Pickleball Rating) - pickleball’s most accurate global rating system that is trusted by pro leagues, clubs, and players around the world.




The partnership will see a seamless integration directly into CourtReserve’s advanced reservation system, allowing clubs and players to better match skills and experience.


From the end of September, club accounts on CourtReserve will be able to automatically sync all player ratings straight from DUPR. Clubs can manage players and events based on specific DUPR ranges, create leagues based on ratings, and foster stronger communities with players of the same ability.


Speaking on the partnership, Tim Owens, CourtReserve Co-Founder said: “Pairing Pickleball’s leading club management system with the number one rating system is an absolute no-brainer. Not only does it give all our clubs access to the most accurate, most comprehensive pickleball player ratings, it makes it easier than ever for the entire pickleball community to join in with matches and tournaments tailored to their skill level.”


Tito Machado, DUPR Head of Operations added: “We’re really excited to announce this strategic partnership between two of pickleball’s key players. It allows us to add even more value to the community and foster a more fun, more competitive player experience across the board.”


The partnership with DUPR is part of CourtReserve’s mission to drive innovation and elevate pickleball clubs worldwide. It’s another clear step in the organization’s efforts to deliver best-in-class technology and software that elevates the player experience. It will also support additional new features within CourtReserve’s platform - such as advanced League and Organized Play.


The DUPR integration will be available for clubs to activate within their existing CourtReserve account by the end of September.



About CourtReserve

CourtReserve is the leading all-in-one court reservation & club management platform that helps tennis and pickleball clubs run their business with ease and confidence. It provides a flexible, configurable set up for clubs to manage players, staff, events, court bookings, lessons and much more. With an online scheduler and customized member portal, players can easily see court availability and sign-up for events right from their computer or mobile device.


Learn more at https://courtreserve.com.



About DUPR

DUPR is the gold standard in Pickleball ratings and event management, and is the official ratings system for MLP and PPA. In November of 2022, DUPR successfully launched a collegiate Pickleball national championship in which 16 co-ed teams participated using the same unique team format used in MLP.


For more information on DUPR, visit theofficial website and follow DUPR onFacebook, Twitter,Instagram, andTikTok.

For further details, contact: CourtReserve, via: support@courtreserve.com



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January 25, 2024

DUPR Algo Updates 1/30: What You Need to Know

After months of research and gathering feedback from users, we are excited to announce that on January 30th, we will release key updates and improvements to the DUPR algorithm. We are confident these updates will create even more accuracy within our rating and a better experience for pickleball players everywhere.


Tomorrow, we're releasing a new blog post that provides a behind-the-scenes look at DUPR's research process and how it contributes to the continual advancement of the algorithm.


As of January 30th, DUPR takes into account:


  1. Points Matter. Was this a tight match or a blowout? DUPR now evaluates the closeness of the match, so a score of 11-0 will have a bigger impact on your rating than a close match of 11-9 against that same opponent
  2. Recency Matters. A match you played today will impact your rating more than a match you played six months ago.
  3. Total Match Count Matters. If you've played in a lot of matches, your rating will fluctuate less compared to a player with a lower match count.
  4. Every Match Matters (even against unrated players). Every match counts towards your rating, even if you are playing against someone who is unrated or new to DUPR.


FAQs


So what does the updated rating mean for you? We’ve tried to answer the most common questions from our community below.


Do these changes start now or will they be applied to all my past matches?

These updates will be applied across all your match results in our platform on January 30th, as well as to all future results you submit. Want to ensure your rating is accurate and up to date? Hit the court and share your results.


Why is DUPR updating the algorithm again? Is this going to happen frequently?

Our team of data scientists is dedicated to ensuring DUPR is the world’s best and most accurate global pickleball rating. As we get more players and results onto the platform, and have more data at our disposal, we are able to make improvements and updates to the system to ensure that DUPR is providing the most accurate assessment of level. We’re confident that each of these updates will improve the foundational accuracy of the rating. On 1/26/2024, we're releasing a blog post that provides a behind-the-scenes look at DUPR's research process and how it contributes to the continual advancement  of the algorithm. Will be linked here.


When do matches start to matter less? Is there a certain number of matches that count more (ie my most recent 5 matches)? When do matches start losing their value?

The weight of each match decays with each day that passes by. That means that any match played on the same day will have the same weight before considering the number of sets in the match. The match weight decays smoothly, so there is no cutoff for when a match is no longer counting.


What if all the players involved are not rated?

If all players are unrated, we do not know the level of the match, so we take a guess that the level is 3.5. The outcome of the match will push one team above 3.5 and the other below to properly reflect the levels displayed by the scores of the match. With each player’s next few matches, they will be able to move quickly toward their appropriate level, especially once they are playing rated players around their skill level.


Can my rating go down if I win?

No! You will be awarded a rating increase for each win, but the amount depends on many factors including your win probability, all players’ reliability, the score, the result type, and more.


Will my rating change if I haven’t logged in matches for a long period of time? I have 200 games entered but haven’t played in a year. How does that affect my rating?

A pause in playing will not directly affect your rating, but rather your reliability. In order to keep a reliable rating, we recommend that you continue to participate in DUPR logged or reported matches on a regular basis. If you jump back in after a break, you can expect some fluctuations in your rating in your first few matches back since your rating reached a low level of reliability. Once you record more matches, your rating will start to stabilize again and more accurately represent your current skill level.


Still have questions? Our support team is here to help. Fill out our new form: HERE

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January 24, 2024

ANDRE AGASSI, DAVID KASS AND RAINE VENTURES ACQUIRE CONTROLLING INTEREST IN DUPR, INVEST $8M

Seasoned Investors and Operators in Sports and Technology Join Effort to Unify Pickleball Through Technology and Universal Rating System

Austin, TX (January 24, 2024) – Today, DUPR (Dynamic Universal Pickleball Rating), pickleball’s most accurate international rating system, announced a new board, ownership and investors, as well as an influx of $8M in funding to further advance its mission to unify the fast-growing sport with innovative technology and a dynamic global rating.


David Kass, real estate developer and Major League Pickleball team owner, will operate as the new owner and chairman, alongside new board members and investors including legendary tennis star Andre Agassi; Raine Ventures, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Raine Group; Jay Farner, CEO of Ronin Capital Partners and former CEO of Rocket Companies; Brian Yeager, Chairman & CEO, The Champions Companies; and R. Blane Walter, founder of InChord Communications. Tito Machado will continue to lead the organization as its CEO.


“Pickleball is still in its infancy and the sport is only going to continue to gain traction in the US and worldwide. We are making a major financial investment in DUPR to grow the platform, its technology and the game for the long term,” said David Kass, DUPR Chairman of the Board. “In just a few years, DUPR has experienced incredible adoption, with over 35 API partners and half a million users, enabling players to know their level, connect with friends and players, join clubs, and unlock advanced analytics, training tools and opportunities for upskilling. Now operating as its own entity, DUPR can focus on cementing its position as the connective tissue of the entire pickleball ecosystem. I am excited to work with this talented team to take DUPR into its next chapter.”


With over half a million users and a 20% month over month growth rate since its founding in 2021, and a presence in over 140 countries, including China, Germany and the UK, DUPR has established itself as the global standard in pickleball ratings. DUPR provides players across all levels with an ageless, genderless rating based on their match results to equip the emerging sport with a simple language and standard to gauge player ability.


“As an active, passionate pickleball player I know how important it is to play against players  at your level for the ultimate enjoyment of the sport,” said Andre Agassi, former world #1 tennis player, eight-time Grand Slam champion and Olympic gold medalist. “DUPR is the most accurate system out there that gives all players a simple and easy way to know their skill level. With DUPR, you can also track progress, connect with others and maximize more opportunities to hit the courts. I believe in DUPR’s vision to benefit pickleball and players of every level. I am excited and proud to be a part of this team.”


DUPR’s various organized competition models provide endless opportunities to participate in pickleball. From juniors (focused on shaping young talent that will define the future of the sport), to collegiate (DUPR is the home of collegiate pickleball), all the way to Major League Pickleball — DUPR connects the entire pickleball pathway, offering something for everyone. The company’s partners and supporters include LifeTime Pickleball, The Picklr, Ace and OOFOS.


“Our team has been working tirelessly for the last few years to build the best-in-class rating system and technology platform to unify pickleball. Now, with the support and guidance of David Kass, Andre Agassi, The Raine Group and our other incredible investors and board members, we’re well-positioned to accelerate our growth and adoption worldwide, while also releasing new features to the platform to enhance the experience for players and organizers,” said Tito Machado, DUPR CEO.


DUPR uses a modified Elo algorithm that rates players, regardless of their age, gender, location, or skill, across the same 2.0 to 8.0 scale to evaluate their ability. The algorithm considers three factors: wins or losses, type of match (recreational vs tournament) and the rating spread between players. DUPR is free and one match is all it takes to have a rating. As players play more, their rating becomes even more accurate. Players who use DUPR play more often, and love the ability to know their level and find more opportunities to play. Tournament directors and event organizers report that when their players have a DUPR they see more activity at their club and increased growth for their bottom line.


To learn more about DUPR, please visit www.mydupr.com.


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About DUPR 

DUPR (Dynamic Universal Pickleball Rating) is the premier global pickleball rating system and technology platform, trusted by the world’s leading clubs, tournaments, leagues and players. 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. Players and operators can visit  www.mydupr.com to sign up and learn more.  

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Erica Annon / DUPR / erica@mydupr.com 

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January 9, 2024

The 2024 DUPR Collegiate Pickleball Schedule Is Here! A Guide to Everything New This Upcoming Year!

After an amazing 2023, DUPR Collegiate Pickleball is excited to announce everything new we have to offer for 2024! In the post below, we describe changes we’re making to the bids, regionals, and rankings, as well as introducing campus regionals, DUPR duals, and regions! To get in contact with us, use our email at college@mydupr.com.

Bid System

Here are how bids will work for 2024:

  • 4 bids given out at each of the 8 Super Regionals
  • 1 bid given out at each of the 16 Campus Regionals

In total, there will be 48 bids given out to the 2024 Collegiate National Championship.

Super Regionals

Regionals run by DUPR have been upgraded into Super Regionals! These Super Regionals will have more bids, scholarship money, teams, and courts than our 2023 Regionals.

Spring Super Regionals

  • Illinois Super Regional - February 3rd-4th (Pickle Haüs in Chicago, IL)
  • Utah Super Regional - March 2nd-3rd (The Picklr in Kaysville, UT)
  • Virginia Super Regional - March 23rd-24th (Performance Pickleball in Richmond, VA)
  • Georgia Super Regional - April 6th-7th (Pickle & Social in Buford, GA)

Fall Super Regionals

  • Nevada Super Regional - October 5th-6th (Green Valley Life Time in Las Vegas, NV)
  • Arizona Super Regional - October 19th-20th (The Picklr in Gilbert, AZ)
  • Texas Super Regional - October 26th-27th (PALA Pickleball in Houston, TX)
  • 4th Fall Super Regional - TBD

Scholarship Money - $6000 total

Team Bracket

  • 1st Place - $2500
  • 2nd Place - $1250
  • Lost in the Semifinals - $500
  • Lost in the Quarterfinals - $250

Challenger Bracket

  • 1st Place - $250

1st-4th place teams will receive a bid to Nationals. If any of these teams already possess a bid, the opportunity for a bid will extend to the next highest-ranking team that does not have one. In some cases, schools may need to engage in an additional match to determine which team will receive the extended bid opportunity.

The Team Bracket will consist of MLP teams from each school, where there are 2-3 men and 2-3 women players on each team. It will operate the same as our 2023 Regionals, where teams will play Women’s Doubles, Men’s Doubles, 2 Mixed Doubles, and potentially a Dreambreaker to determine a winner between teams. The Challenger Bracket will be an open doubles tournament, unless we have enough players sign up to split into Men’s Doubles/Mixed Doubles/Women’s Doubles. 

Schools may bring an unlimited number of teams and challenger players. Any school may attend any Super Regional.

Entry Requirements

  • Have a DUPR account with a doubles rating
  • Be taking at least 6 credit hours at the school you are representing
  • Be partnered with other players from your school (applies to both the team and challenger brackets)

Email college@mydupr.com to have a team bracket made for your school in the Regional you want to attend. Your team bracket players will register in that bracket we made for you, and all challenger bracket players will register in the bracket labeled “Challenger Bracket”

Campus Regionals

Campus Regionals are a way for DUPR Collegiate Pickleball to work with individual clubs running their own collegiate tournaments. If your club is running a collegiate tournament, and it meets certain requirements, the tournament can be a part of our Campus Regional series. Each Campus Regional will receive a Nationals bid to give out, as well as be featured on the DUPR Collegiate Pickleball website. Only 16 tournaments will be selected for the Campus Regional series in 2024. Here is the link for the application and more details.

2024 Collegiate Individual National Championships (CINC)

Date: June 1st-2nd

Location: The Pickle Lodge in Cincinnati, OH

Scholarship Money: $20,000 total

Individual Nationals is returning in 2024! This event will crown a champion for each of the Men’s & Women’s Doubles, Mixed Doubles, and Men’s & Women’s Singles brackets. Any college student taking at least 6 credit hours can compete!

2023 CINC Champions

  • Mixed Doubles: Collin Shick & Sarah Carpenter (UNC)
  • Men’s Singles: Collin Shick (UNC)
  • Women’s Singles: Dylan Ciampini (Utah Tech)
  • Men’s Doubles: Collin Shick & Hunter Boyd (UNC)
  • Women’s Doubles: Dyan Ciampini & Katelyn Nadauld (Utah Tech)

Entry Requirements

  • Be current students taking at least 6 credit hours at the college they are representing
  • Be partnered up with someone from their college (if playing in a doubles bracket)

Schedule

  • Saturday morning - Mixed Doubles
  • Saturday afternoon - Men’s & Women’s Singles
  • Sunday morning - Men’s & Women’s Doubles
  • Sunday afternoon - Semifinals and Finals for all events

2024 Collegiate National Championship (CNC)

For Nationals, 48 schools from across the country will compete to be the champion! Schools will be split into 8 groups of 6, and the top two teams from each group will advance to the single-elimination playoffs. There will also be a challenger bracket at the 2024 CNC, which will operate similar to the 2023 CNC challenger bracket. 

For the first time, we are allowing schools to bring multiple teams to Nationals! Schools with a bid can bring a 2nd team to compete against other 2nd teams. This 2nd team bracket is separate from the main 1st team championship bracket and will have scholarship money up for grabs. 

To participate in the team brackets at CNC, a school must:

  • Have obtained a bid
  • Participated in a Regional (either a Super Regional or a Campus Regional)
  • Have all of their players be current students at the college they are representing and taking at least 6 credit hours

To participate in the challenger bracket at CNC, players must:

  • Be partnered up with someone from their college
  • Be current students taking at least 6 credit hours at the college they are representing
  • A bid is NOT required to have players from your school compete in the challenger bracket

Nationals will be held on 11/22-11/24. The final location is still being determined.

Dual Matches

Ready to challenge your local rivals? Got a free weekend and craving some Collegiate Pickleball? We have just the solution - introducing DUPR Duals. This new initiative will allow teams to organize matches against each other that count towards their team record and ranking. All dual matches following this format will be featured on the DUPR Collegiate Pickleball website. Here is the link to our doc explaining how to conduct a dual match with another school. 

DUPR Collegiate Council

DUPR is the home of collegiate pickleball, and we want to make sure that we continue to foster open communication and collaboration with our player base. In 2024, we will organize a DUPR Collegiate Council that will be made up of leaders and players from each region of collegiate pickleball. The DUPR Collegiate Council and DUPR’s Collegiate Team will meet regularly to discuss feedback on previous events, the steps that DUPR is taking to grow the sport, and your input on what we can do to increase each player’s experience. Participation in the DUPR Collegiate Council will be by invitation only. If you are interested in lending your experience to help us grow collegiate pickleball, you may apply here.

Rankings Change

In 2024 we are changing the way teams are ranked. This new ranking system will reflect a team’s performance, instead of just their combined DUPR. The old system from 2023 will be renamed “Team Ratings” and will still be updated monthly and posted on our website. The new system will be called “Team Rankings”, and will be updated weekly with results from dual matches, campus regionals, and super regionals. We intend to use this ranking to seed teams for the 2024 Collegiate National Championship. 

Here is the formula:

  • Percentile of your Match W/L % (x4) - If your school is 6-2 against other schools, your match W/L % is 75%.
  • Percentile of your Strength of Schedule (x3) - Strength of Schedule formula: Number of wins of every team you’ve played divided by number of losses of every team you’ve played.
  • Percentile of your Game Differential (x2) - Your game differential will go up +4, +3, +2, or +1 if you win 4-0, 3-0, 3-1, or 3-2 respectively. Vice versa if you lose.
  • Percentile of your best Super Regional finish (x1) - If you finished 3rd and 6th at your two Super Regional appearances, we will only look at the 3rd place finish, since that is your best. 

Percentile - Range from 1 to 0, based on the results from every other school. The worst result is a 0, and the best is a 1. Max score is a 10.00 (4.00+3.00+2.00+1.00), lowest is a 0.00. Only matches played by a school’s 1st and 2nd teams will count towards their school’s ranking. 

DUPR Regions

Introducing DUPR Regions - Teams are split up into different regions based on geographic location. These regions were decided based on a variety of factors, and with the ever-growing collegiate pickleball landscape, we shall review regional splits on an annual basis. DUPR Regions will allow players to be eligible for regional awards, experience heightened rivalries, and access more competitive opportunities.

Please note - Due to the current distribution of Collegiate Pickleball teams, not all regions will have the same amount of Super/Campus Regionals for 2024. Teams can compete in any regional tournament they wish, regardless of their assigned region.

See below to see what region your team belongs to - 

DUPR Awards

Starting in 2024, DUPR shall implement the inaugural DUPR Collegiate Pickleball Awards! This initiative aims to reward players, coaches, and programs for their contributions to the success of DUPR Collegiate Pickleball on and off the court. These awards will be decided by the DUPR Collegiate Council and will be given out at the 2024 Collegiate National Championship during the awards banquet. 

DUPR All-American 

  • Honors the top 4 male and top 4 female players based on multiple performance criteria as judged by the DUPR Collegiate Council.

DUPR Scholar-Athlete

  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.7
  • Be a full-time student
  • Competed in a DUPR Super Regional 

DUPR Rookie of the Year

  • Honors a first-year student who made significant contributions to his/her team in the areas of leadership, sportsmanship, and performance.

DUPR Senior Player of the Year

  • Honors the senior student who had the best year among all players in his/her class in areas of leadership, sportsmanship, and performance.

DUPR Coach of the Year

  • Honors a coach who has exhibited outstanding leadership in ways that contribute to on and off-court team performance.

DUPR Community Service Award (Team)

  • Honors a team that gives back to their campus and their community through pickleball and non-pickleball pathways.

DUPR Ambassador of the Year

  • DUPR will recognize two students (1 male, 1 female) who advance the mission of DUPR by devoting consistent time and effort to promotional activities, and by supporting and bringing awareness to their school program and collegiate pickleball in general.
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