Effective April 3, 2019


Gene Mason(Chairman), Dee Tarver, Sherril Kerr, Bob Elliott, and Susan Michelsen. These five skilled and well respected members have taken on the task of designing and implementing a rating policy/process intended to be  fair, consistant and manageable for a growing club within time constraints of the committee. The policy/process is stated below. The current rating list may be found here: PLAYER RATING LIST.


  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  1 - 2 A's, 1 - 2 B's, and 1 C including the chairman. The Chairman is appointed  by the board, and 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 a letter/email from a Certified Instructor or their previous organized Pickleball Club’s Rating Committee stating their level of play. If the documentation can be produced stating their previous level of play, they will be assigned our club's corresponding alpha rating.                                                                    
    1. All New Club Members may also be placed in a group based on a USAPA rating (UPTR). The rating must be based on tournament history of at least 2 years with no less than 3 tournaments per year.  The Club will use the higher of MXD or DBL UPTR rating for placement into our alpha rating groups.  
    2. USAPA Self Rating, without history, will not be used for placement into our Club’s alpha rating groups.
    3. All New Club Members that do not have documentation from a Certified Instructor, previous club or a UPTR rating with the required tournament history may immediately request a RAC to challenge into a higher level.
    4. 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,
    5. All current Club members will not be moved up or down with the changing UPTR rating but must advance by the current RAC process.
    6. Former members who rejoin the club after missing a membership year will be placed in the D level unless they have a USAPA rating with the required tournament history (see 4a above).

  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. Members may request to be moved down by emailing the Ratings Committee at  Any player requesting to move down must remain at that level and can only advance using the RAC process.


      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



All players will be assigned to one of the four designated groupings:

      GROUP A     - advanced
      GROUP B       
      GROUP C    
      GROUP D    - beginner


It is YOUR responsibility to make sure your rating is correct.   The current rating list may be found here: PLAYER RATING LIST. 

Please address any questions regarding ratings to the Ratings Committee ( 

Player Rating Advancement System

Effective November 15, 2018

  1. Players seeking a ratings advancement should review the  IFP/USAPA Rating/Guidelines to determine if his/her skill levels are consistent with the skills required for the desired rating.

  2. A player seeking a ratings advancement (Challenging Player) must complete the Application for advancement form below on this webpage for their desired rating. Please read all information carefully before signing, or an extension of time could be denied by the Ratings Committee.

  3. The Ratings Committee reviews the request and prints the Challenging Player’s Rating Advancement Card (RAC) for each player seeking A, B or C ratings. See sample RAC at bottom of this webpage. There is a maximum of 2 Challenging Players at each Rating Level at any one time. The Ratings Committee will make the RAC available as soon as a slot for advancement is confirmed and an email shall be sent verifying the RAC is ready. 

  4. The RAC will be delivered to the outside bulletin board, on the porch, for pickup by the challenger.  

  5.  The Challenging Player plays at the higher rating level over a 14-day (maximum) period. The challenger may “play” on outdoor or indoor courts during Skill Level Court Time (Does Not Include “Open” time during Indoor play) per the published schedule.  The challenger may not record games played in private play groups.

  6. The Challenging Player 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.

  7. After completing 12 successive games (a minimum 106 points, see criteria below) over several different days of play, the Challenging Player returns the RAC to the outside bulletin board, on the porch, and notifies the Ratings Committee of their completion. If the RAC is not returned within 14 days, the Challenging Player is automatically removed from the challenge list and denied advancement. If there are weather delays or other court schedule issues, the Challenging Player must email the Ratings Committee prior to the expiration of their RAC.

  8. The Ratings Committee reviews the RAC 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 the challenger 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. The Challenging Player must wait 1 month  before applying again.

Criteria for a rating advancement:

1.   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 RAC and none skipped.  Standard game scoring shall be used, with games to 11, “win by 1” 

2.   The Challenging Player must play all games with players of the higher rating level and those players must all be  "eligible players" at that rating level. An "eligible player" is defined as having played at that rating level for a minimum of 1 month in the A , B, and C groups. The Ratings Committee will maintain and publish a current list of ineligible players on a regular basis and post on each bulletin board.

3.  Games played with ineligible players and recorded on a RAC will be thrown out and can not be replayed.


4.  The Challenging Player may play no more than 2 games with the same partner and play with a minimum of 9 players either as partners or as opponents.

5a.  The Challenging Player must present their RAC before EACH game, announcing that it is a challenge match.  A warm up game is allowed, but the challenger must notify all players prior to the start of the game

5b.  The Challenging Player must not request a partner in games.

5c.  The Challenging Player must not pass on games with players when they are scheduled to play.

5d.  The RAC includes a statement that must be signed by the Challenging Player assuring an honorable process was pursued (i.e. a “no-cheating” statement).  A breech of the process may result in immediate forfeiture of the challenge and a 90 day waiting period for a re-challenge.


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