DUPR rating is similar to a handicap for golfers.
For golfers, it’s helpful to have a handicap (golf rating) when playing golf. It allows for comparing players of different abilities and makes the game more competitive. Plus, it gives you that extra motivation to improve your handicap!
The same is true for pickleball players! It helps to have a rating (DUPR or UTPR) when playing pickleball that can be used to compare players of different levels. And also, it helps you get matched up with players of similar ratings, so you can have more competitive matches.
So let’s explain the two best and most important Pickleball ratings below…
What is DUPR?
The Dynamic Universal Pickleball Rating, commonly referred to as DUPR, is an evolving system designed to rate pickleball players based on their actual performance in match play.
It’s a highly accurate and globally recognized rating system for Pickleball. It rates all players, regardless of age, gender, location, or skill level, on a scale from 2.0 to 8.0, using match results as the basis.
According to the site, most Pros will have a DUPR over 6+ and Ben Johns (#1 Men’s Professional Player) has the highest rating of 7.10.DUPR Website
How to Get My DUPR Pickleball Rating?
It’s a FREE rating system for Pickleball players. Get your rating with just one match result, and improve accuracy with 5-10 match results.
Start your account at mydupr.com or through the iOS/Android app.
How to Calculate DUPR?
DUPR is a modified Elo algorithm that updates a player’s rating based on their last rating. It considers three factors:
- Win or Lose? AND, how many points were scored?
- Self-Posted Recreational Play, League Match, or Sanctioned Tournament?
- Lastly, your Opponent’s rating.
Why DUPR Matters?
The emergence of dynamic rating systems like DUPR is a testament to the evolving sophistication of pickleball as a competitive sport. As more players join the ranks and the sport witnesses increased professionalization, there’s a need for accurate, real-time player assessments.
Moreover, for players, DUPR offers a more transparent and motivating framework. Seeing one’s rating shift in real-time can be both a motivator and a clear indicator of areas that need improvement. It encourages players to consistently bring their best game to the court and continuously strive for growth.
And again similar to a golfer’s handicap, a pickleball rating serves to level the playing field, ensuring that players of varying skill levels can compete with each other in a balanced and fair manner. These systems are designed to provide a measure of a player’s ability and to enable adjustments that make competition equitable.
What is UTPR?
USA Pickleball developed the USA Pickleball Tournament Player Ratings (UTPR). They are the governing body for Pickleball in the United States. The UTPR provides ratings for players based on their performance in sanctioned tournaments, ensuring competitive and balanced play.
Key Points of UTPR
- Dynamic Ratings: UTPR is dynamic and updates after each sanctioned tournament based on your performance. Your rating can shift based on wins, losses, and the ratings of the players you compete against.
- Range: The ratings typically range from 1.0 (beginner) to 6.0+ (professional level). Intermediate values, such as 3.5, 4.0, and 4.5, signify increasing skill levels.
- Formats: UTPR encompasses ratings for both singles and doubles play. Each player will have separate ratings for singles and doubles, reflecting their skill level and performance in those formats.
How to Obtain a UTPR
- Membership: First, you’ll need to become a member of USA Pickleball. This membership will allow you to participate in sanctioned events and will give you access to the rating system.
- Self-Rating: If you’re new to competitive pickleball and have never participated in a sanctioned event, you will typically start with a self-rating. USA Pickleball provides guidelines to help you assess your skill level.
- Participate in Sanctioned Tournaments: To get an official UTPR, participate in tournaments that are sanctioned by USA Pickleball. As you compete against other rated players, your results will affect your rating.
- Check the USA Pickleball Website: After playing in sanctioned events, you can check your UTPR by logging into your player profile on the USA Pickleball website.
- Play Consistently: The more you play in sanctioned tournaments, the more refined and accurate your UTPR will become. Over time, it will be a better reflection of your current skill level.
- Understand the Factors: Your UTPR adjusts based on your wins and losses and the ratings of your opponents. If you defeat higher-rated players, your rating will see a more significant increase than if you defeat lower-rated players.
UTPR Rating Levels
Numeric Scale: Ratings typically range from 1.0 (beginner) to 6.0 (professional). Each level represents a distinct set of skills and competencies in the game. For instance:
- 1.0: Complete beginner, still learning the basics of the game.
- 2.0: Knows some basic rules, can sustain a short rally.
- 3.0: More consistent in serving and returning, starting to understand strategy.
- 4.0: Consistent play, stronger strategy, can vary shots.
- 5.0: Advanced play, strong strategy, and excellent shot selection.
- 6.0: Professional level, mastery of all aspects of the game.
DUPR vs UTPR
- Used for ALL players whether recreational to every PPA professional player on tour
- More accessible with an APP to track progress
- More accurate and real-time assessment of a player’s skill level
- Ranges from 2.0 (Lowest) to 8.0 (Highest)
- Not only counts win or loss, but how many points scored in match
- Must be USAPA Member
- Only for players and results from sanctioned tournaments
- Highly accurate for beginners and pros participating in tournaments.
- Ranges from 1.0 (beginner) to 6.0+ (professional)
- Only the win or the loss factors in