Effective May 20, 2018


The Ratings Committee:  Tom Michelsen (Chairman), Katie Brown, Sherril Kerr, Jackie Kuykendall, and Jim Richardson. These five 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. 

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 using  alpha “A, B, 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 or documentation from another pickleball club will be given that rating and assigned a corresponding club alpha rating.
  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. The Ratings Committee will observe and move players from D to C during C/D shootouts and/or any other clubtime. All other player advancement will use the current RAC process. The Ratings Chairman must approve all recommendations.
  7. This is an honor system and players that continually abuse the system will be reprimanded.
  8. All players that advance by the current RAC process must stay at that level for 3 months before challenging up to the next level.


      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 five 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 Rating Committee ([email protected]). 

Player Rating Advancement System

Effective May 20, 2018

  1. Players seeking a ratings advance 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 upgrade (Challenging Player) must complete the Application for upgrade and Skills self-assessment form below on this webpage for their desired rating. Please read all information carefully before signing, or an extension could be denied by the Ratings Committee.

  3. The Ratings Committee confirms the self-assessment and prints a Challenging Player’s Rating Advancement Card (RAC) only for each player seeking B or A ratings. See sample RAC 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 RAC available as soon as a slot for advancement is confirmed and an email shall be sent verifying the RAC is ready. Players seeking advancement to C rating will be notified of times available for observation by committee members.

  4. The RAC 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.

  5.  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.

  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 20 successive games (a minimum 176 points, see criteria below) over several different days of play, the Challenging Player returns the RAC to the Ramada bulletin board and notify Ratings Committee of your 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.

  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 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 Player must wait 30 days 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 ‘veteran players’ at that rating level. A ‘veteran player’ is defined as having played at that rating level for a minimum of 2 months for A and B groups. The Ratings Committee will maintain and publish a current list of ineligible players on a regular basis.

  3. The Challenging Player may play no more than 3 games with the same partner, and a minimum of 7 players either as partners or as opponents.

  4. 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 days.

Additional Comments

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

  • The Challenging Player must not request a partner in games, but the other 3 participants should balance the teams fairly.

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

  • 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 will result in immediate forfeiture of the challenge and a 90 day waiting period for a re-challenge.

  • 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.T he scores for all games played during specified 14 days period in sessions designated for the new rating must be included on RAC.

  • 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 rating.

  • The Ratings Committee will limit the number of RAC issued to no more than 2 per rating level at any one time.

  • 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 based on skills observations only.  Any D-rated player may request observation at any time by submission of the Application for advancement to C form online.  We suggest that each D player review the USAPA guidelines for skills needed for D and C ratings prior to Ratings Committee observations.


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.


When ready to apply for a rating upgrade 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

  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 Card (RAC)

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