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DUPR is the company that Central Ohio Pickleball Leagues has built a relationship with in order to get league members an established, accurate, and maintained rating.

Excerpts from Mary Barsaleau Special to The Desert Sun Sept 2021   Full article here

DUPR, which rhymes with “super,” stands for Dynamic Universal Pickleball Rating and was developed in 2021 by Steve Kuhn, founder of Major League Pickleball (MLP).  DUPR aims to be the most accurate, global rating system in pickleball.

"Right now, the world of pickleball ratings is a bit like the Wild West. Not only are many players self-rating for tournaments well below their actual skill level, but also, some are being forced to stay in a lower level bracket, despite having drastically improved their skills after qualifying..."

Commonly pickleball events at tournaments, for example, are run within a 0.5 differential (3.0, 3.5, 4.0, etc).. This differential is way too high and creates completely unbalanced, non-level-based matches. After analyzing thousands of results, the DUPR team found that, on average, a medalist can be as high as 1 full point above their registered bracket (i.e. a 4.0 player winning a 3.0 bracket). Also, only 20% of matches actually go to three games. If the current rating systems worked, this number would be much higher because players would be similarly skilled. DUPR knows that the most competitive play occurs when each team’s rating is within a 0.250 differential. That’s called “DUPR neutral.

DUPR can help players get ratings based on the same scale

All players, regardless of their age, gender, location or skill are rated on the same scale between 2.000-8.000 based on their match results. 

Those accustomed to the typical bracketing system — with ratings ranging from 3.0 to about 5 — will find their DUPR rating fits within that scale, while at the top end, the professional ratings are expanded above 5.000 up to 8.000. 

Even if a player is down 10-2 in a match, he or she will still have the incentive to fight for every ball and every point. That’s a game-changer.

How is the DUPR rating calculated?

DUPR is a modified Elo algorithm that uses a player’s last rating to update their new rating. 

The algorithm considers three factors: 

1. Victory: Did you win or lose? If you win, your rating will go up and if you lose, your rating will go down.

2. Type of Result: Was this a self-posted rec play score, a club match, or a tournament result entered by DUPR? Rec play games will count less towards your rating change. 

3. Rating Difference of Opponent: If your opponent is higher than you and you win, you’ll increase more than if your opponent is lower rated and vice versa.

You may already have a DUPR rating

If you’ve ever played in a pickleball tournament, you most likely already have a DUPR rating and can claim your account at or by downloading the iOS or Android app

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