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Ratings come in many different forms, the type of rating you seek may be dependent on your pickleball goals. 

Below you will find the basic definitions of Pickleball Ratings and detailed explanations of the different categories of ratings.


2.0 - 2.5

A 2.0 Player is just starting to play Pickleball

A 2.5 player has knowledge about Pickleball Rules and Scoring. They often have limited Experience within the game, but can sustain short rallies


A 3.0 player understands the fundamentals of Pickleball and is learning proper court positioning. 

These players will hit long dinks or drop shots from the transition area, and are working on drop shots from the end line.

These players will get to the non-volley zone line and know the importance of dinking.


A 3.5 player is implementing proper court positioning and approaches the non-volley zone line when appropriate.


These individuals are consistent with 3rd shot drops and are getting into extended dinking rallies.


Often these players are beginning to look for opportunities to attack missed dinks and are taking advantage of opponents out of position


A 4.0 player is able to effectively slow or speed up the game. These individuals are able to create opportunities to attack, whether this is through offensive dinking, poaching or driving the ball. 


Players at this level vary speed, height and depth to place their opponents off balance. 


These individuals are able to identify opponents weakness and attempt to isolate these skills in gameplay. 


Typically any rating above a 4.0 will be achieved through competitive play, whether DUPR or Tournament. 

These individuals possess a high level of athletic ability. 


A 4.5+ player has a very high level of consistency in their shots and is able to adjust the gameplay to maximize their strengths and opponents weaknesses. These players will often force their opponents to make mistakes. 

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This type of rating can be used to attend Traditional Round Robins at our facility. 

A Club rating is usually given by a organization or Pickleball Club, and are usually valid within the local area of play. 

A Club rating session can be run very differently depending on the club organizing the session and the individual who is conducting the rating. Due to these factors, outside agencies may or may not honor the rating given. 

At CPC our Club ratings consist of a skill-based portion and a gameplay section. A maximum of 4 athletes can attend any given section. This will provide the ability for the individual rating to get a valid sense of each individuals skill level.

At the end of every rating session, whether successful or unsuccessful, individuals will be given feedback on areas to improve their game.

** Club ratings from outside agencies are only considered, if the rating Clinic meets the following Criteria**

-Rating Clinic is based off standards set by the IPTPA

-Attendee to Instructor Ratio does not exceed 8-1

-All Rating clinics must have a skill based portion and a gameplay analysis

-The organization running the rating clinic is a Pickleball Alberta affliated Organization


Players will require a DUPR rating to attend any DUPR events. 

Players without a DUPR rating can attend an Initial DUPR rating event. 


Once an individual has a DUPR rating they will be able to attend DUPR round Robins. 


For a DUPR rating to be accepted for the CLUB programs an individual must have 20 matches. 


Dynamic Universal Pickleball Rating is a global rating system in Pickleball. All players, regardless of their age, gender, location, or skill, are rated on the same scale between 2.0-8.0 based on their match results.

DUPR is a modified Elo algorithm that uses a players recorded games to continually update their ratings. The program takes into account the following.

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 league match, or a sanctioned tournament result? Rec play 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.



This rating is determined by your play in sanctioned tournaments.

Initially, individuals will self rate themselves as a given Pickleball Rating.


Once they begin to play in sanctioned tournaments their rating will increase or decrease by small increments based upon the outcome of the game.

Typically, these rating systems are based on an E.L.O system where your rating, your teammates rating and your opponents combined rating factors into any decrease or increase you are granted. 

As an example if two 4.8 players are competing against two 4.1 players, the 4.8 players are highly likely to win the match, and therefore if they succeed, do not increase their ratings to any substantial degree. However, if the 4.1 rated players beat the 4.8 rated players they may have a heavy increase to their ratings and the 4.8 players may decrease significantly.  

Players looking to play in sanctioned tournaments will typically have to enter tournaments to the higher teammates rating as players are usually not allowed to play in lower divisions.

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