DUPR: Innovate the Game. Unify the Sport.

By:
Joe De Luna, Director of Tennis and Pickleball

The growth of pickleball at The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch has exploded over the last couple of years. We have more members playing now than ever before and it is great to see so many members of all levels participating in open play, tournaments, clinics, mixers and rating sessions. Because of this growth, we have announced our new official partnership with DUPR, the most accurate global rating system for pickleball and trusted by the world’s premier private clubs, professional tours and recreational players alike.

What is DUPR?

Dynamic Universal Pickleball Rating, as mentioned, is the most accurate rating system for pickleball. All players regardless of age, gender, location or skill are rated on the same scale between 2.00-8.00 based on their match results.

Who can have a DUPR rating?

DUPR is free and anyone can have a rating. One match result is all it takes to have a DUPR rating, and five to ten match results is all it takes to have an even more accurate rating. If you’ve ever played in a pickleball tournament, you most likely already have a DUPR.

How is the DUPR rating calculated?

DUPR is a modified Elo algorithm that uses a player’s last 30 (singles) or 60 (doubles) eligible matches. The algorithm considers three factors: 

1. Points Won: How many points did you win? 

2. Victory: Did you win or lose? 

3. Type of Result: Was this a self-posted rec play score, a league match, unsanctioned tournament or a sanctioned tournament result?

Why is DUPR better than other pickleball ratings?

In addition to being more accurate, DUPR is the only global rating system in pickleball that encompasses all of a player’s results and rates all players on the same universal scale regardless of age or gender. 

What will Cordillera Ranch use DUPR for?

It is important you get a DUPR because your rating will be used for entry into all Club programming — clinics, leagues and ladders and for skill assessment and improvement tracking with lessons.

Do points scored in a match affect rating?

Yes! Fight for every point and every game because they all count — not just wins and losses like traditional ranking systems.

What if I am unrated and I play against other unrated players?

That’s okay! Those scores will retroactively count once you or the other players play against someone who does have a DUPR. This is called “connectivity.”

Where do I begin?

STEP ONE: DUPR RATING SESSIONS

The Tennis and Pickleball Club at Cordillera Ranch is excited to offer opportunities for individuals to build their official rating through DUPR. To join our DUPR Match Sessions, you must first create a free DUPR account by simply downloading the app at www.MyDUPR.com. Then, sign up for a DUPR Rating Session based on either a self-rating or a current DUPR rating. An official rating is not required to play in these DUPR Rating Sessions.

During DUPR Rating Sessions, players are expected to record all matches on the designated clipboard, provided by the Tennis and Pickleball Club staff at the time of the session. After about 10 matches are logged on your profile, you will receive an official DUPR rating. You will then get entered into a restricted rating group that will allow you to register for our Official Rated Play.

STEP TWO: OFFICIAL RATED PLAY

Once you have logged about 10 matches through our Match Sessions, you are now ready to join our Official Rated Play! This is essentially an open play for players within your specific rating group, allowing for more quality-controlled play and for each of you to continue to build your DUPR scores. The Tennis and Pickleball Club staff check DUPR ratings and update the specified member groups weekly in the case that players move to another level bracket.

In the end, getting your DUPR rating is helpful for the Tennis and Pickleball Club staff to place you in the right groups of similar level for you to have the most fun and competitive matches as possible. You don’t have to have a DUPR rating to play pickleball but is a great way to track your improvement.  

Joe De Luna is the Director of Tennis and Pickleball at The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch. He can be reached at jdeluna@cordilleraranch.com and 210.363.9004.

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