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Dynamic Universal Pickleball Rating (DUPR)

Your Club has adopted the Dynamic Universal Pickleball Rating (DUPR) framework to enable members to establish or improve their Club Rating.

What is DUPR?

DUPR is a skill level rating system. All players, regardless of their age, gender, location, or skill, are rated on the same scale, based on their game results.

DUPR is free to register, and anyone can have a rating. Individuals, clubs, leagues and tournaments can use DUPR.

For individual use, you simply play a game, record the score and the names of the players, and DUPR starts calculating the skill levels of all participants. (All players must have a DUPR profile (account), and all players must verify the score when asked by DUPR.)  

The more games you record in DUPR, the more accurate and more consistent your skill level rating.

DUPR's rating algorithm considers several factors to calculate a skill level. Factors include how many points your team scored in a game, the ratings of your partner and opponents, whether you won or lost, and whether it was a recreational game score or a more competitive club, league or tournament score.  

We have also found that, as with other similar rating systems,  one's DUPR rating can be skewed down if you consistently play DUPR games with players who are more skilled than you, or can be skewed up if you consistently play with others who are less skilled than you. There are two lessons from this:

  1. The most accurate rating results from playing and recording games with a variety of players within your skill level.
  2. Don't be dismayed if your DUPR rating is occasionally below your "real" skill level or club skill level. (In SAPC, you will NOT lose your club rating!)

    Why is SAPC using DUPR?

    SAPC has adopted the DUPR system to use as an internal club rating system rather than holding rating clinics.  SAPC will help club members to achieve club ratings by regularly hosting DUPR play sessions.  The aim is to allow all members to enjoy playing pickleball with partners and other players who have similar skills and experience. Registering with DUPR and recording game scores on a periodic basis will allow members to have a fair and reasonably accurate skill level rating.  

    How do I sign up for a DUPR play session?

    • Press the Register button in a club email inviting you to a session, OR
    • Find a session in the Ratings Session calendar, open it and register.

    If a session is full, add your name to the waitlist as there may be cancellations.

    See Reserved Play for reservation and cancelation tips.

    For club DUPR rating sessions and DUPR play sessions, the club will enter the game scores for all participants.  

    Will all club play sessions be DUPR sessions?

    No, most club sessions are not DUPR sessions, but the Club does schedule DUPR Rating sessions for members to establish their club ratings.  

    We also schedule DUPR Play sessions for players with designated club ratings. Most players in these sessions are just there for the fun of play, but these are also attended by those seeking to raise their DUPR rating, and they tend to be a bit more competitive than regular club play. 

    See SAPC DUPR Play FAQ for more.

    DUPR Reliability

    DUPR has a Reliability indicator that specifies, in percentage terms, the confidence that DUPR has in the accuracy of the cited rating for a player. 

    In the following snippet of a player's DUPR performance page, you can see this person currently has a Doubles DUPR rating of 5.015 and a Reliability indicator of 74 out of 100. So DUPR has 74% confidence in the 5.015 rating.

    As of July 4, 2024, SAPC requires a member's DUPR rating to have a Reliability of at least 60, if the member wishes to use that DUPR rating as a basis for:

    • establishing a club rating of 3.0 or higher, or
    • modifying your club rating.
    To boost your DUPR Reliability, do one or more of the following:
    • play in DUPR games organized by SAPC or another venue or club, as such club entered games will raise your DUPR reliability much faster than player-entered games,
    • enter more games into DUPR -- recency of games also counts;
    • play with many players, not just a few; and
    • play with others who already have a high DUPR Reliability.

    For more on DUPR reliability, see this DUPR blog article.

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