Effective May 26, 2020


Susan Michelsen (Chairman), Dee Tarver, Bob Elliott,Chris Mershon and Efrain Santiago. These five skilled and well respected members have taken on the task of designing and implementing a rating policy/process intended to be fair, consistent and manageable for a growing club within time constraints of the committee. The policy/process is stated below. 


  1. The Committee will create ratings generally in accordance with the IFP/USAPA Rating/Guidelines, but using  alpha “A, B, C & D” rating groups.
  2. The composition of the committee should include 3 - 5 active club members with at least 1 year in the RRDPB club.  The committee should be represented by group levels A through C. The Chairman is appointed by the Board. Additional members are chosen by the Ratings Committee Chairman to serve a minimum of one year. 
  3. Current ratings will be retained until changed in accordance with this policy/procedure.
  4. All New Club Members will be placed in Group D unless they have an USAPA MXD rating (UPTR) based on tournament history of at least 2 years with no less than 3 tournaments or documentation from a previous organized Pickleball Club’s Rating Committee/Certified Instructor stating their level of play. Upon production of the required documentation, the member will be assigned our club's corresponding alpha rating. All current Club members will not be moved up or down with the changing UPTR rating but must advance by the current RAC process .          
  5. The Ratings Committee shall develop a written ratings advancement policy for board approval. Approved policy shall be published below on the club website.
  6. All players that advance by the current RAC process must stay at that level for 1 month  before challenging up to the next level.
  7. If a member has a surgery/health concern and is recovering, they may play down for 30 days. The member must make a request to the ratings committee ( prior to playing down. After 30 days, the member must return to their rating group unless they would like to stay at the lower rating. Members may request to be moved down by emailing the Ratings Committee. Any player requesting to move down must remain at that level and can only advance using the RAC process.
  8. It is the Club Member’s responsibility to make sure their rating is correct.   The current rating list may be found here:  Membership System. Please address any questions regarding ratings to the Ratings Committee (



      To 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


Player Rating Advancement System

Effective July 20, 2020

  1. A player seeking a ratings advancement (Challenging Player) must complete the Application for Advancement Form below on this webpage for their desired rating. A Challenging Player may skip rating levels should their self-assessment point them toward a higher rating that is more than one level above their current rating.
  2. The Challenging Player plays at the higher rating level over a 14-day (maximum) period. The challenger may only “play” on outdoor courts during Skill Level Court Time per the published schedule. The challenger may not record games played in private play groups.
  3. The Challenging Player fill in game players’ names before beginning game and records their game scores, in ink, on the RAC 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.
  4. After completing 12 successive games (a minimum 106 points, see criteria below), the Challenging Player returns the RAC to the outside bulletin board on the porch and notifies the Ratings Committee of their completion. 
  5. The Ratings Committee reviews the RAC and confirms the criteria for advancement (see below) was met. Should the challenger not advance, they must wait 1 month before applying again.

Criteria for a Rating Advancement:

1.  All “Challenge” games must be entered on the RAC and none skipped.  No warm up games are allowed. Players’ names should be written on the RAC prior to starting the challenge game.   Standard game scoring shall be used with games to 11, “win by 1” .

2.  The “Challenge” games must include 3 "eligible players". Only players that have been at the level being challenged to for a minimum of one month shall be considered eligible. All ineligible games will be thrown out and cannot be replayed.

3.  The Challenging Player may play no more than 1 game with the same partner and may not play with or against any family member during the “Challenge” game. The Challenger should play with or against at least 18 different players for C & B challengers (16 different players for A challengers) and is encouraged to vary start times to ensure they include a variety of players .

4.  The Challenging Player must announce that they are playing a challenge match, they must not request a partner and they must not pass on any games while waiting to play. 

5. When the card is complete, the “Challenger” must sign the card attesting that they have followed the rules. A breach of the process may result in forfeiture of the challenge and the challenger must wait 90 days before challenging again.


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 the Ratings Committee prior to continuing.


When ready to apply for a rating advancement please click the rating of which you are requesting:

  GROUP A            Click to submit Application for Group A

  GROUP B            Click to submit Application for Group B

  GROUP C            Click to submit Application for Group C


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 (

Challenging Player’s Rating Advancement Card (RAC) Sample - Click Here