Pickleball Player Rating

Ratings can be used for players who want to track their progress and skill development. Or, they can be used for categorizing players to achieve more evenly balanced player brackets for everyday court play or tournaments. Several methods of player rating include:

  • Self-Rating. Players declare their skill level based on understanding general rules of thumb.
  • DUPR Rating. DUPR is a free, easy-to-use app that collects information on enrolled players who enter the results of each game they play when facing other players who also use the app.
  • Peer Rating. Players rate each other anonymously based on their prior knowledge of having played with and/or against other players over time.

At this time, OPC has chosen to use self-rating and DUPR rating methods. Use of these methods is voluntary for everyday play, including open play. However, when the club wants to achieve a more balanced playing environment, such as during tournament play, one of these methods may be required. 

if this is the case, it means players will need to understand the proscribed method and use it to determine their rating score.

This page includes information on self-rating and DUPR rating. It also contains links to next steps for players wishing to begin using a player rating score.

DUPR: The Free, Easy to Use App that Manages Your Player Rating

DUPR is an acronym for “Dynamic Universal Pickleball Rating.”

This free, easy-to-use app is the only global rating system in pickleball that encompasses all of a player’s results. By global, we mean it can rate all players on the same universal scale from Los Angeles to Hong Kong.

The DUPR system is designed to be gender blind and analyze only a player’s performance, not their age or their wingspan.

How DUPR Works to Track Pickleball Player Ratings

DUPR takes into account multiple playing formats, such as rec and tournament, uses a 3-digit system, and rates player attributes on the same scale.

One match result is all it takes to have a DUPR rating, and 5-10 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 rating and can claim your account at mydupr.com or by downloading the iOS or Android app.

DUPR makes it easy for anyone to get rated. For example, it works even if four players who are all unrated play and post a score. 

If just one of those four players subsequently plays any rated player, all four players will become retroactively rated. This is what DUPR developers call “connectivity”. 

Your DUPR Calculation: Margin of Victory + Type of Result + Outcome. With DUPR, all players regardless of their age, gender, location, or skill are rated on the same scale.

DUPR is an algorithm that uses a player’s last 30 singles or 60 doubles eligible matches. It considers three factors: 

Points Won: How many points did you win? 

Victory: Did you win or lose? 

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

Here’s how it works: In each matchup, the algorithm assigns an “expected value” (EV) of points your team should win against your opponent. Suppose your opponents are rated higher than your team, your EV is 7 and you lose 8-11. Congratulations! You outperformed your EV, and your rating will still go up!

Get the DUPR app at the Apple app store and Android app store.

Understanding Player Self-Rating and How to Calculate Yours

Exactly how good a pickleball player are you? What if you had to assign a rating to your skill level? Hmmm.

Not always easy, but when you need a rating and don’t want to use the DUPR method, you’ll have to honestly assess your ability as a player. 

Fortunately, you can use a simple “yes or no” way to calculate your rating, and it should be sufficient for most purposes. Just answer some questions about yourself, and you’ll arrive at an approximate rating level you can use for tournament entry or other specified bracket play. 

Download or view the Player Self-Rating PDF here >>