IMPORTANT NOTES ABOUT RATINGS
The purpose of having a rating, and rated events, is to ensure a consistent and competitive level of play for all players within that event as much as possible. This page is here is to help you sign up for a tournament at the correct skill rating to make for a fun tournament for all.
Ratings also help us to know what level we are at, and by looking at the definitions of the levels we have yet to achieve, we know what we need to specifically do to improve our pickleball play.
USAPA provides skill assessments that others can use to evaluate you which will tell you where you are. Click HERE for those assessments for skill levels 2.0, 2.5, 3.0, 3.5 and 4.0. It would be good to ask 1-3 players who you think is better than you to use the sheet you feel you are at and evaluate you. Then have them evaluate you for the next level higher so you can see where you need to improve - or discover that you're already at that skill level!
To get officially rated by USAPA and play in a sanctioned tournament, click HERE for more information. A USAPA Ambassador is another person officially recognized as a person who can give you a skill rating.
IFP Rating Descriptions located HERE. These are the official ratings guide.
You don't want to have someone assess your skill level? Then you may wish to try a self-rating assessment located HERE. And hey, this one is a good first step for any player before going onto further detailed assessments as listed above - which are excellent and also recommended.
SKILL LEVEL DEFINITIONS
The following skill level sets are a guide for evaluating your own level and determining which round-robins you should play in. They were developed utilizing both existing guidelines listed by the USAPA (usapa.org) and from input from other pickleball clubs. This is a work in progress and will modify these descriptions as needed.
One note: a person at age 20 3.5 skill level may look very different than an age 70 3.5 skill level. Both may have similar skills, but the speed, footwork and reflexes may not be as quick for the age 70 person. They would likely be more comfortable playing in an age bracket with a skill level noted for Tournament or skilled level play - or to play one skill level down when competing against others much younger. This is NOT a knock on senior players. There is a reason there is a senior pro division in pickleball and age brackets at major tournaments - it makes it fair for all of the players to have the most success.
2.5 Skill Level
3.0 Skill Level
3.5 Skill Level
4.0 Skill Level
4.0 skill level describes players who are capable of consistently executing at above a 3.5 skill level. The 4.0 player will distinguish themself from the 3.5 player by possessing increased skills and strategy, or by more speed, power and consistency.
4.5+ Skill Level