Top 100 Under 18

Kevin Brown
January 8, 2024

Let’s give some credit to the future stars of the sport! DUPR is proud to release Pickleball’s first Top 100 Players Under 18 Years Old. The list encompasses 29 Females with some serious girl power at the top with 15 year old Anna Leigh Waters taking the #1 spot. Share this link if you feel like next year’s top players in the sport are on this list right now!







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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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April 10, 2024

The Power of Sibling Partnerships in Pickleball

On April 3rd, at the Major League Pickleball Premier Level Draft, the New York Hustlers selected Jackie Kawamoto with the 16th pick of the 2024 draft.

Shortly after, the Los Angeles Mad Dogs used the 26th pick to select Jackie’s twin sister, Jade Kawamoto.

The final rosters for the MLP Premier teams are comprised of the 48 most in-demand players in professional pickleball. Six of those coveted spots went to three pairs of siblings: the Kawamoto sisters, Ben and Collin Johns, and Jorja and JW Johnson.

Whether as practice partners, doubles teammates, or competitors, sibling teams have a unique chemistry that is difficult to replicate. Their shared history, communication skills, trust, competitive edge, and motivation all contribute to their success on the court.

For Jackie and Jade, the sibling advantage has helped them rise rapidly through the ranks of professional pickleball.

“Just having that person to always practice with was definitely an advantage for us,” says Jackie. “I'm a righty and Jade is a lefty, and we move together very well. I think that's our biggest strength. I know where I need to be when she gets pulled wide, and vice versa. I know all of her shots. We just know each other's game so well.”


“We've practiced with each other our whole lives, so it comes naturally,” adds Jade.

Like many professional pickleball players, the Kawamoto sisters have a background in competitive tennis, playing throughout their childhood and into college. 

Their journey with pickleball began in 2019.

“At first it was just fun, something to do with the family,” says Jade. 


“It didn't take long for all of us to get hooked and pretty much play nonstop,” adds Jackie.

They started competing in 2021, and in less than 3 years, they’ve become top rated pros. The Dink recently rated Jackie and Jade the number five women’s doubles team in the world for 2024, and their 5.9+ DUPR ratings demonstrate how far they’ve progressed in their short time since finding the sport.

“Chemistry is such an important part of this game because of the nature of the game and how quickly it goes,” Jackie explains.

Jade adds that the emotional support is just as important as the training.

“When you grow up with each other, and you're the same age and have gone through similar experiences… I know it's a cliche or whatever, but it does help you on the court to have someone that knows your emotions and knows how to bring you up when you're down,” she says.


This season, that bond faces a new challenge. Where the Kawamoto sisters played together for the ATX Pickleballers in 2023, this year they’ll meet as rivals.

It’s fitting, perhaps, that their new teams represent the sister-cities of New York and Los Angeles, two American metropolises that share similarities and a healthy rivalry.

For Jade and Jackie, meeting head-to-head is an opportunity to keep improving their game.

“We were pretty competitive with each other when we were younger,” Jackie recalls. “It always pushed us to be a little bit better.”

“We still like to be competitive with each other,” Jade says, “but mostly in a fun-spirited way, not like ‘I have to be better than you at this’. It helps us get better if we're trying to have that competitive mindset, but also keeps it fun.”

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March 21, 2024

How the AI Boom Is Making Pickleball a Success

AI’s Pickleball Potential

Sports aren’t typically the first thing that comes to mind when you think about the Artificial Intelligence (AI) revolution. However, AI in sports is now synonymous with big business. Estimates value the sports AI market at more than $2 billion, and research suggests that it may reach more than $7 billion by 2027. Currently, AI is being used for everything from training NFL players to shaving time off their 40-yard dash to predicting and preventing injuries on the basketball court. And it’s poised to have a significant impact on the sport of pickleball.

Harnessing the Power of AI for Pickleball

AI systems use mathematical algorithms that generate highly accurate analysis in real time. For pickleball, data can be collected via wearable sensors and high-definition motion capture cameras to record players' footwork, paddle angles, and shot choices. This data can be transformed into a format processed by an algorithm and can be used to train the AI model, allowing it to learn patterns and relationships. The model is then integrated into an application or program and is the basis for making predictions on new data that is collected. The more data it acquires, the more the algorithm adapts and the better its ability to simulate human intelligent processes. Coaches can then reference the data and immediately adjust a player’s mechanics and techniques, repeat the drill or session, and compare results.

But AI isn’t just for pickleball pros. Recreational players are already enjoying the benefits of AI. Training tools like SwingVision and PB Vision bring the power of AI to local courts without the need for high-end equipment or professional-grade video. By uploading footage shot on a smartphone, these systems can analyze player movements, pinpoint problems in swing speed and follow through, and provide suggestions for improvement. In addition, AI is becoming an integral part of emerging pickleball virtual reality (VR) simulations that produce engaging immersive, customized training programs.

In addition, the recent partnership between leading global pickleball rating system DUPR and sport and AI analytics technology pioneers Playsight has opened up new possibilities. PlaySight’s AI automated highlights also allow players to relive their best moments in a match instantly. The collaboration promises to redefine how players experience and interact with the sport.

Preventing Injury and Speeding Recovery

Off the court, AI is showing great benefits in improving player health and conditioning. Systems can evaluate heart rate and joint stress and alert players to potential injury. Next-generation pulse oximeters incorporate AI into handheld devices that measure respiratory rate, temperature, and blood saturation levels. 

AI can also help accelerate recovery times from injuries. Trainers and physical therapists are increasingly relying on AI-generated results to create personalized rehab programs to get players back on the court faster and prevent re-injury.

In addition, manufacturers of pickleball equipment, especially paddle companies, are using AI-powered systems to determine material specifications and performance metrics for the design of their newest products. Because of its ability to perform analysis on a microscopic level, AI can identify the optimal materials for improved power, control, and durability and give manufacturers next-level customization options to develop paddles suited for a variety of playing styles. These advancements are poised to propel paddle sales, which are projected to reach $253.8 million by 2028 and are currently more than $125 million in the US alone.

It's an exciting time for pickleball and AI will continue to play an ever-expanding role in the sport’s future. As more players tap into AI’s ability to achieve better results on the court, it’s likely there’ll be a corresponding increase in their DUPR ratings.

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