ROBSON RANCH DENTON PICKLEBALL CLUB

RATINGS COMMITTEE

OPERATING GUIDELINES AND PROCESS DEFINITION/PROCEDURE

Effective November 15, 2018

PLAYER RATINGS

The Ratings Committee:  Tom Michelsen (Chairman), Katie Brown, Sherril Kerr, Gene Mason, Dee Tarver and Jim Richardson. These six 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.


BOARD INSTRUCTIONS TO RATINGS COMMITTEE

  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 a minimum of three active club members with at least 1 year in the RRDPB club.  The committee should include 1 A, 1 B, and 1 C. 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 members will be placed in Group D unless they have a USAPA tournament rating or documentation from their previous pickleball club, then they will be assigned our club's corresponding alpha rating.                                                                                                                   

         a. The Club will only use the MXD UPTR rating for new Robson Ranch Club members for placement into our alpha rating system.  

         b. All current Club members will not be moved up or down with the changing UPTR ratings, 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 player advancement will use the current RAC process. 
  7. All players that advance by the current RAC process must stay at that level for 3 months before challenging up to the next level.

 PURPOSE OF RATINGS

      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

 

RATINGS GROUPS

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 (rrpb.ratings@gmail.com). 


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 bulletin board outside the gym for pickup by the Challenging Player. 

  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 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 bulletin board outside the gym, 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 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  "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.   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.


4a.  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


4b.  The Challenging Player must not request a partner in games.


4c.  The Challenging Player must not pass on games with players when they are scheduled to play.


4d.  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.


4e.  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.


APPLICATION FOR RATING ADVANCEMENT

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.


APPLICATION FOR ADVANCEMENT 

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 (rrpb.ratings@gmail.com).


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