ROBSON RANCH DENTON PICKLEBALL CLUB
OPERATING GUIDELINES AND PROCESS DEFINITION/PROCEDURE
The Ratings Committee: Jim Lafferty and Warren Williamson (Co-Chairman), Sherril Kerr and Jim Richardson. These four skilled and well respected members have taken on the task of designing and implementing a rating policy/process intended to be non-intimidating, clear, fair, understandable and manageable for a growing club within time constraints of the committee. The policy/process is stated below.
BOARD INSTRUCTIONS TO RATINGS COMMITTEE1. The Committee will create ratings generally in accordance with the IFP Rating/Guidelines with RRDPC Descriptions using alpha
“A,B,CC,C & D” rating classes
2. The composition of the committee must include at least three active players, three of whom must be “A” rated. The Chairman is appointed by the board. Additional members are chosen by the Ratings Committee Chairman and serve at his/her pleasure.
3. Current ratings will be retained until changed in accordance with this new policy/procedure
4. Anyone coming into the club with a USAPA tournament rating will be given that rating and assigned a corresponding club alpha rating.
6. The Ratings Committee can observe and move players based on skill level during club skill clinics, player development sessions or by
recommendations of the tournament chairman as a result of club tournament play. The Ratings Chairman must approve all
7. This is an honor system and players that continually abuse the system will be reprimanded.
PURPOSE OF RATINGSTo facilitate allocation of court time
To ensure that players of similar skill levels can play together
To facilitate court time for blended play within all skill levels
To assist in organization of ladder and/or league play
To assist in player assignment for club tournaments
All players will be assigned to one of the five designated groupings:
GROUP A - advanced
GROUP D - beginner
Player Rating Advancement System
Effective Sep 4, 2017
- Players seeking a ratings advance should review the IFP Rating/Guidelines with RRDPC Descriptions to determine if his/her skill levels are consistent with the skills required for the desired rating.
- A player seeking a ratings upgrade (Challenging Player) must complete the Application for upgrade and Skills self-assessment form below on this webpage for their
- The Ratings Committee
confirms the self-assessment and prints a Challenging Player’s
Rating Advancement ScoreCard (ScoreCard). See sample ScoreCard at bottom of this webpage. There may be a maximum of 2 Challenging Players at each Rating Level at any one time. The Ratings Committee will make the ScoreCard available as soon as a slot for advancement is confirmed and an email shall be sent verifying the ScoreCard is ready.
- The ScoreCard will be delivered to the bulletin board
in the Ramada for pickup by the Challenging Player. Pens will be
made available for the player’s use.
- The Challenging Player plays at the higher rating level over a 14-day
(maximum) period. The players may “play-up” on outdoor or indoor
courts during Club Play for the upgraded rating group times per the published schedule.
- The Challenging Player
records their game scores, in ink, on the ScoreCard with all games played
“in succession”. Each game score is recorded by the Challenging
Player and attested (with initials) by any of the 3 players in the foursome, which affirms the correct game score.
- After completing 20
successive games (or gaining 150 points, see below) over several different days of play, the Challenging
Player returns the ScoreCard to the Ramada bulletin board and notify Ratings Committee of your completion. If the ScoreCard is
not returned within 14 days, the Challenging Player is automatically
removed from the challenge list and automatically denied advancement.
If there are weather delays or other court schedule issues, the
Challenging Player should email the Ratings Committee.
- The Ratings Committee
reviews the ScoreCard and confirms the criteria for advancement (see below) was met.
Should the Challenging Player advance, their rating is updated in the
club’s database and a congratulatory email is sent. Should they
not advance, an email will be sent with encouragement to work on play
skills through the Player Development program, private lessons,
online resource review and practice time. Challenging Payer must wait 30 days before applying again.
Criteria for a rating advancement:
- Playing games “in
succession” is defined as each time the player plays a game (with 3
eligible players), the game score must
be entered on the ScoreCard and none skipped.
- The Challenging Player must
play all games with players of the higher rating level, and those
players must all be ‘veteran players’ at that rating level. A
‘veteran player’ is defined as having played at that rating level
for a minimum of 4 months for the A rating group and 2 months for the B/CC/C groups. The Ratings Committee will maintain and
publish a current list of ineligible players on a regular basis.
- A minimum of 7 players must
be represented on the ScoreCard, either as partners or as opponents.
- The Challenging Player may
play no more than 3 games with the same partner.
- Standard game scoring shall
be used, with games to 11, “win by 1” scoring. Ratings
Advancement is based solely on the Challenging Player winning a
minimum of 150 points. In the event that 150 points are earned, and all other criteria are satisfied, after playing less than 20 games then the full 20 games need not be played.
- Should a Challenging Player
not achieve the minimum number of points won for advancement, they
must refrain from entering the challenge process for a minimum of 30
- A Challenging Player may
turn in their ScoreCard as soon as they win the required number of
points, if they have played with a minimum of 7 players and they
partnered no more than 3 times with the same player.
- The ScoreCard includes a
statement that must be signed by the Challenging Player assuring an
honorable process was pursued (i.e. a “no-cheating” statement).
- The Challenging Player can
play either indoors or outdoors, in published Club sessions designated for the new rating. The
Challenging Player may not record games played in private play
groups. The scores for all games played during specified 14 days period in sessions designated for the new rating must be included on ScoreCard.
- The Challenging Player may
skip ratings levels should their self-assessment point them toward a
rating level that is more than one level higher than their current
- The Ratings Committee will
limit the number of ScoreCards issued to no more than 2 per rating level
at any one time.
- The Ratings Committee will
routinely publish the effective date of all players who have
advanced to a new rating level within the preceding months and the list will be posted on the
bulletin board in the Ramada. After 4 months for the A rated and 2 months for the B/CC/C rated, the players names
will no longer be published. This list shall be referenced by the
Challenging Player so they may be informed of all players ineligible
to participate in their rating advancement process.
- Due to the large number of players in the D-rating the Ratings Committee will
continue to provide advancement from D-rating to C-rating solely
based on skills observations . However, any D-rated player may participate
in the advancement process as described above. The Ratings
Committee may also advance player ratings based on skill level
displayed during club skills clinics, player development sessions or
by recommendations of the tournament director as a result of club
tournament play. The Ratings Chairman must approve all
recommendations for player ratings advancement.
- See sample ScoreCard at bottom of this webpage.
APPLICATION FOR RATING UPGRADE
On the application, you will be asked to acknowledge you have: 1) reviewed all reference links, 2) reviewed all advancement procedures, AND 3) understand the advancement process.
If you have any questions please contact Ratings Committee prior to continuing.
APPLICATION FOR UPGRADE AND SELF-ASSESSMENT FORM
When ready to apply for a rating upgrade please click the rating of which you are requesting:
GROUP D New members automatically in D Group unless previous experience warrants a higher rating.
In order to ensure that requests are treated fairly and expeditiously all requests must be submitted online using the above system. Requests in any other form will not be addressed.
Please address any questions regarding ratings to Rating Committee ([email protected]).
SAMPLE Challenging Player’s Rating Advancement ScoreCard (ScoreCard)
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