Ratings

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The purpose of the Rating Committee:
  1. To establish ratings for all PPC members to play in organized programs, Clinics, ladders, round robins, and  Club Tournaments with other players of similar abilities.
  2.  To use USAPA/IFP or PCO Skills and Ratings Descriptions (and PBC Ratings that may be developed & improved in the future). 
  3. To keep records of all PPC member ratings
  4. To agree to a set of standards and training for PPC members.
  5. To set up a syntax for rating players  as follows:
  • Level 1.0-2.5 - self-ratings (S) note : captains may forward a request to the rating committee to evaluate a self-rating
  • Level 2.5-3.0 - self-ratings (S) note :  captains may forward a request to the rating committee to evaluate a self-rating
  • Level 3.5 Club rating (C) * Evaluation phased in during 2018 season. 
  • Level  4.0 Club rating (C) * Evaluation phased in during 2017 season.  List of PPC 4.0 players June 2, 2017
  • Level 4.5  USAPA/PCO Tournament rating required (T)

Notes: 
  1. If a player has a USA/PCO/PBC Tournament Rating based on Tournament play, this will serve as their official PPC Club Rating.
  2. Self Ratings represent a member's critical self-evaluation of his or her skills. 
  3. The PPC reserves the right to determine the final Rating of a member involved in PPC Program play.
  4. To establish a mechanism for Rating Changes. Any player may request a change in level.  Changes may be completed in two ways.
  • First, confirmed USAPA/PCO/PBC Tournament Play Ratings will be accepted for change purposes.
  • Second involves the player making an application to the Rating Committee for a change. Upon receipt of this request, the Rating Committee will assign a Rater(s) to complete an Assessment Form.  An Evaluation Session will be conducted (ie. during Round Robin play, or in a separate arranged rating session) and results will be forward to the Ratings Committee for review.
For self-rating purposes the rating descriptions below serve as a guide. 

These descriptions were derived from the rating descriptions used by the USA Pickleball Association (USAPA) and the International Federation of Pickleball (IFP).

Rating
Player Level Descriptions/Characteristics
1.0
New and have only minimal knowledge of the game and the rules.  Need to work most on developing their hand/eye coordination. Frequently miss the ball entirely, but can hit some of the slower balls with their forehand. They have a hard time playing games because they can't keep a rally going. 
1.5
Keep some short rallies going with their forehand, but still fail to return easy balls frequently and occasionally miss the ball entirely. They have played a few games and know the basic rules of the game, including scoring.
2.0
Learning to judge where the ball is going, and can sustain a short rally with players of equal ability. They have obvious weaknesses in most of their strokes.  Familiar with court positioning in doubles play.
2.5
Able to keep quite a few balls going with their forehands, make most easy volleys, and are beginning to make some backhands but need to work more on developing their strokes. They are beginning to approach the non-volley zone to hit volleys and are making an effort to be more aggressive, including trying dinks and lobs.  Familiar with the rules.   Self Assessment Sheet for 2.5.
More consistent on the serve and service return, and when hitting medium-paced shots, but are not comfortable with all strokes and lack control when trying for direction, depth, or power on their shots. They are using lobs and dinks with limited success but don't fully understand when and why they should use them and don't have a lot of success with them. Self-assessment sheet for 3.0.
3.5
Have achieved improved stroke dependability with directional control on most medium-paced balls and some harder hit balls.  They still need to develop more depth and variety with their shots, but are exhibiting more aggressive net play, are anticipating their opponent's shots better, use lobs and dinks on a regular basis with more success, and are developing teamwork in doubles.  Need to develop variety with their shots. Self-assessment sheet for 3.5.  
4.0
Have consistent and dependable strokes, including directional control and depth on both forehand and backhand sides. They can reliably serve, use lobs, overheads, approach shots and volleys, and can use spin shots with some success. Occasionally can force errors when serving. Rallies may be lost due to impatience. Teamwork in doubles is evident. Dinks and lobs are used as a major part of their game. They know the rules of the game and play by them.  Self-assessment sheet for 4.0.
4.5
Beginning to master the use of power and spin, can successfully execute all shots, can control the depth of their shots, and can handle pace. They have sound footwork and they move well enough to get to the non-volley zone whenever required. They understand strategy and can adjust their style of play according to their opponent’s strengths and weaknesses and their position on the court. They can hit serves with power and accuracy and can also vary the speed and spin of the serve if desired.  Dinks and lobs are weapons, and they have had success in tournaments.
5.0
Have mastered all the skills - all the shot types, touch, and spin.  Serves are used as weapons.
  • Excellent shot anticipation, extremely accurate shot placement and regularly hit winning shots
  • Force opponents into making errors by “keeping the ball in play”
  • Mastered the dink and drop shots
  • Mastered the shot choices and strategies for drop shots, lobs, and fast-paced ground strokes
  • Use soft shots, dinks and lobs to set up offensive situations
  • Mastered Pickleball strategies and can vary strategies and styles of play in competitive or tournament matches
  • Dependable in stressful situations such as tournament match play
  • Have athletic ability, quickness, agility and raw athleticism that separate top players from those near the top
  • Keep unforced errors to a minimum
  • Take advantage of opponents errors
  • Have had successful experience with State, Regional, or National 5.0 competition


Chairperson:  Mark Tamblyn
Committee:  Roberta Meakin, Kim Coleman