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. Player rating classifications are taken from the Cochrane Pickleball Skill Level Guidelines (enhanced version of the IFP Rating system).

Other ratings may be taken into consideration to form your rating, such as a USAPA (USA Pickleball Association) Legacy Rating, a UTPR Tournament Rating, or an IPTPA 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. In the past, SLSFC has used these ratings in their Rated Play.

Why do I need a Rating?

If you wish to participate in organized play such as a Round Robin, Ladder, 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. Recreational-only players will have their own group to play with and some training may be offered to this group if requested.

What types of Ratings are there?


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. 

International Pickleball Teaching Professional Association (IPTPA Rating): A rating by a Certified Rating Specialist following the International Pickleball Teaching Professional Association (IPTPA) rating protocol.

Club Rating: A Rating given within a Club as defined by it’s Rating Committee. Clubs will use different methods of assessment in order 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 as applicable. These Ratings will only be used as a guide and are not a substitute for a Club Rating.

What is a Ratings Chairperson and what do they do?

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

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