What is a Rating?

Player ratings are used to group players by ability levels so that players can compete in organized play and participate in clinics with other players of similar ability. Keep in mind that this will never be a perfect system, but it should improve a player’s chances of having a more competitive and fun match.

For Cochrane Pickleball Club, a player rating is a numeric value from 2.0 through 5.0 that classifies a given player’s pickleball skills and abilities. 

To help you identify specific skill requirements for each rating level please click here.

How Do I Get A Rating?

Any “Beginner” new member is welcome to join Beginner Lessons on Monday evenings from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Upon completion of the lesson, they will be assigned a 2.0 Rating.

If a player with pickleball experience does not currently have a Cochrane Pickleball Club Rating, they may request an assessment by emailing cochranepickleballratings@gmail.com.

If a player has a current Club Rating given in Cochrane, it will be carried forward into the 2022 season. The player may request an assessment to achieve a higher rating by emailing cochranepickleballratings@gmail.com.

Other ratings, as described below, may be taken into consideration to form your rating:

  • Pickleball Brackets Rating: A Tournament Rating generated by a self-rating and adjusted bi-monthly dependant on Canadian Sanctioned tournament results.
  • Club Rating: A Rating given within a Club as defined by it’s Rating Committee. Clubs will use different methods of assessment to assign a Rating, which are only valid within each Club.
  • Self Rating: Any unrated player may Self Rate. A Self Rating has an “S” designation on the Pickleball Canada/USAPA/IFP Ratings Websites. These ratings are only used as a guide and are not a substitute for a Club Rating
  • International Pickleball Teaching Professional Association (IPTPA Rating): A rating by a Certified Rating Specialist following the International Pickleball Teaching Professional Association (IPTPA) rating protocol.
  • USAPA Tournament Player Rating (UTPR): This is a tournament rating assigned to the player by the USAPA based on performance in tournament play.  It is not a self rating or a club rating that a player has reported to the USAPA.
  • USAPA (USA Pickleball Association) Legacy Rating 

Where is my Rating Valid?

Your Club Rating is valid only with the Cochrane Pickleball Club, but can be used as a self-rating in order to enter a Tournament for the first time.

Why do I need a Rating?

If you wish to participate in organized play such as a Round Robin, or if you wish to participate in skill development clinics, a rating will be required to group you with players of a similar skill level.

What is a Rating Chairperson and what do they do?

The Rating Chair is appointed by the Board of Directors. The Rating Chair recommends rules for ratings, monitors rating processes, hears any rating appeals, and updates club records to reflect current rating information.

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