Rationale and Definition of Ratings
Pickleball ratings are defined by USAP (USA Pickleball) and are used to evaluate and designate the abilities of a pickleball player. These ratings can be used to help find players who play at a comparable level to make play enjoyable and as appropriate competitive. The Club's ratings rationale and process are not exactly the same, but are informed by elements from the USAP and IPTPA (International Pickleball Teaching Professional Association). The goal of the GVRPBC ratings system is to allow for the scheduling and management of the 36 court complex while building a culture accepting of achieving higher-level skills, not just the ability to win a game.
Experienced Player - In the event a new club member is an experienced player and has a rating above 2.5, the member shall send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org documenting their USAP, IPTPA rating or their current club rating from an organized club to the Ratings Committee for consideration. For the other club’s rating to be considered, the other organized club must have a formal rating process that can be reviewed by the GVRPBC. In addition, the other club’s goals and requirements must align with the goals of the GVRPBC in order to be considered. The other club’s documentation must be sent directly to the GVRPBC for review. Simply listing a rating without explanation of process is not sufficient. The Ratings Committee shall make a determination based upon the submitted documentation and their observations of the new club member’s play.
New Player - A member's initial or self rating cannot exceed 2.5 and is to be set at 2.0 or 2.5 once the member has completed Pickleball 101 or Developing Skills classes. Primary Instructors (designated by GVRPBC) may recommend assigning a level up to 2.5 at the request of the member. The Ratings Committee will review the recommendation,
make a determination and update the member's rating in the Club's tracking document and member database Pickleball.Plus.
Process to Obtain a Rating through GVRPBC
As a member benefit, GVRPBC provides ratings evaluations (free of charge) via the Ratings Committee from approximately October 15 through April 30 each year. During that time period:
If someone is brand new to pickleball and needs an initial skill assessment, the Club offers that in its free Developing Skills (DS) program as the coaches can recommend up to level 2.5. To advance to the next level 3.0 and beyond, the following process will be observed.
Step 1 Rules Test - Take the online USA Pickleball Player Rules Test. Upon completion of the test, the member will receive an email from USAP with the results. The member shall forward this email to email@example.com. Once this confirmation is received by the Club, the requestor will be added to a group of members eligible to register for available slots* (mid-October through April) for Skills Test. NOTE: You do not have to be a member of USA Pickleball to take the test. When registering for the test, simply leave the USAP field number blank. The Club does not require a passing score for the test as it is weighted toward tournament play and we realize that this will not be the reality for a majority of our players. The aim for this element is to ensure that club members know how to access the official rules of pickleball and have been exposed to interpretations of various play scenarios. Take the test and forward to the club the confirmation email received from USAP.
Step 1 Alternate (For those that have already submitted the Rules Test for a previous Ratings Testing with GVRPBC) – The member shall send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the request to be tested for the next rating. Once this request is received by the Club, the requestor will be added to a group of members eligible to register for available slots* (mid-October through April) for Skills Test.
*To manage the number of those wishing to test, the Club will batch requests monthly, e.g. Rules Test results received by the 3rd Monday in Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb, Mar will be added to a group eligible to proceed with testing for the following month. Available slots will be dictated by the number of those requesting to be tested and number of available volunteers. Those unable to test will be advanced to the next available month.
Step 2 Skills Test - Register (limited to those who have been placed in the eligible group) via Pickleball.Plus for Skills Test. Upon successful completion, member is eligible to and will be instructed on how to register for available slots (mid-October through April) for the Game Play Test. Sign-ups are available on the Events tab in Pickleball.Plus.
Step 3 Game Play Test - Register (limited to those who have been placed in the eligible group) via Pickleball.Plus for Game Play Test.
Candidates need to review the Game Play Test Requirements and complete the Self Evaluation portion ahead of their test and bring a completed copy the day of the test. This step is designed to ensure that candidates are familiar with evaluation categories and have awareness of how they perceive their proficiency with each. e.g. indicating a 1 signifies attempts are made but are unsuccessful, a 2 signifies there are inconsistent successful attempts, and a 3 indicates consistent successful attempts. This evaluation is not factored into the score for the test. It is for informational purposes for the candidate to see how their perception aligns with their performance the day of the test. Upon successful completion and required minimum score member will be advanced to their next skill level.
Skills & Game Play Test Requirements - The links below list the requirements for the Skills and Game Play tests. Candidates should be familiar with the requirements for each and have practiced before attempting the tests.
A four (4) week interval shall be observed between unsuccessful attempts.
Additional Methods for Obtaining a Rating
The following methods are suitable substitutes for obtaining a rating outside the Club. They require separate membership and financial payment to either: USAP sanctioned tournament(s) or certified IPTPA tester. If either rating is obtained, the member shall email to email@example.com notice of their new USAP or IPTPA rating to the Ratings Committee. The Ratings Committee will review the information, make a determination and update the member's rating in the Club's tracking document and member database Pickleball.Plus.
Skill and Game Play Testing via International Pickleball Players Teaching Association (IPTPA).
Participation in tournaments that have the appropriate sanctioning by USA Pickleball.
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