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Rating System

2022 PebbleCreek Pickleball Rating System


PebbleCreek Pickleball (PCPB) club ratings help group players by ability level, so everyone has fun and competes in club rated activities with other players of similar ability. No rating system will ever be perfect, but it should improve a player’s probability of having an equitable match. 


PCPB club ratings are optional; however, they are required to play in round robins and are used for drop-in play, placement in some club tournaments, and skills & drills training.


Players can request a rating if they don’t have one or request advancement in their rating if they feel they are one of the strongest players at the current skill level and confident they have the skills to compete at the higher rating. (For specific expectations on skills and game play for each rating level, see the PebbleCreek Pickleball Club Ratings Skills Guide).  The Club Raters may initiate a change to a player’s rating as well if they feel a player does not belong in their current level due to their demonstrated skills/competitiveness.  Self-ratings or other area club ratings are not used to determine PCPB Club ratings.


The Club Raters are a small group comprised of two men and two women who work together to provide a consistent approach to the rating process for all ratings above 2.5.  Every effort is made to ensure more than one Club Rater is involved in every rating interaction.


There are 5 basic ratings paths depending on the specific situation:

  1. New players entering at the Beginner Level (Rating of 2.5 & Below) 

  2. Skills/Competitiveness based rating advancement (Ratings of 3.0, 3.5,  4.0)

  3. Tournament/Competitiveness based rating advancement (Ratings of 4.5 & 5.0)

  4. Established tournament players with a current UTPR/IPTPA rating

  5. Initiated by Club Raters


Note: New club members who have pickleball experience may go through an abbreviated skills and competitiveness rating session to get an initial rating so that they can join club events that require a rating. Please complete the online form to have a rater contact you.


1. Beginner Level (Rating of 2.5 and Below)

The beginner levels are for club members who have not previously played pickleball and consist of levels of 2.5 and below.  The player attends beginner instruction to learn the game.  The instructor(s) evaluate skills, competitiveness and understanding of the game and provides an initial movement from 1.0 to 2.0 and then to a rating of 2.5. Advancement to 2.5 requires recommendation by the instructor(s). The player must demonstrate appropriate pickleball skills (See the PebbleCreek Pickleball Club Ratings Skills Guide).


Attendance at training session(s) is strongly encouraged for those new to pickleball.


2. Skills/Competitiveness Based Rating Advancement (Rating of 3.0 to 4.0) 

A player requesting a rating change must register for the event on Court Reserve. They should believe they are in the top 5 players at their current level before attempting to move up.  When registering they must confirm they have read the skills document for the desired level, confirm they demonstrate the skills required, and confirm they are competitive at the desired skill level.


Skills and competitiveness will be a two-step process, with both steps occurring back-to-back at the designated date/time of the event.  If there are a large number of players requesting a rating change on the same date, a qualifying event may be scheduled prior to the rating to determine the top players qualifying to move to the rating event.  The qualifying event could be ghost doubles, a round robin or another method determined by the Rating Team.

Demonstration of Skills will be observed while playing with individuals at the current level of the candidate.

Demonstration of Competitiveness will be observed while playing with individuals at the desired level of the candidate.

Following a rating evaluation, the Club Raters will provide the player with specific feedback on things they did well and things they should continue to focus on.

3. Tournament Competitiveness Based Rating Advancement (Rating of 4.5 & 5.0)

A player that desires to move to a rating of 4.5 or 5.0 must enter and demonstrate competitiveness in club tournament events by playing at the desired level.  Club tournament events occur a minimum of twice per year during prime season.  Players should let the Club Raters know of their desire by sending an email prior to the event.  On an exception basis, a rating session can be set up by the Club Raters if deemed necessary.

4. Established Tournament Players - UTPR/IPTPA Rating 

Any club member (current or new) with an established USA Pickleball sanctioned tournament gender rating (UTPR), can submit their four-digit UTPR ratings to the ratings committee for consideration.  If the UTPR does not include recent tournament activity, the Club Raters can require qualification at the level requested.  

UTPR rating can change four times a year, however the club will not automatically move a player up or down based on a UTPR change. Any club member has the opportunity to advance their club rating higher than their UTPR. 

For ratings of 3.5 and below, a Certified Rating Specialist (CRS) from the IPTPA (International Pickleball Teaching Professional Association) can be used and a fee will be charged to the individual to obtain a rating and it can be submitted in the same manner as the UTPR.  The Club Raters may still require qualification at the level requested to ensure standardization of club ratings.  More information regarding the IPTPA testing is on their website at

5. Club Rater Initiated

The Club Raters may initiate a rating change, without a formal rating session, for a player that is deemed to be dominating game play at their current level where the committee unanimously believes the correct skills are being displayed.  The committee may also utilize Club ladder play results by reviewing a minimum of 6 weeks of play that is considered beyond the player’s current rating.  Results from club events and tournaments may also be used by the Club Raters.



If you are wondering if you are at the correct rating, there are two things you can do:

1 – Participate in the club round robin PLUS at your current level.  The round robin is generally 6 games to 11, win by 1, allowing for a total of 66 points if all games are won.  Keep track of your scores and if you score between 42-60 points total, then you are likely in the correct round robin.  If you consistently score more that 60 points over multiple weeks of play you may want to submit a request to move up.

Any club member can submit a request to move down if they are no longer competitive at the current level.  A score of less than 42 cumulative points across multiple round robins is an indicator you should consider requesting a reduction in your rating.  Players who are consistently non-competitive in the round robins may be asked by the Club Raters to re-certify for that level or have the option to move down a level.

2 – Review the specific expectations on skills and game play for the desired rating level in the PebbleCreek Pickleball Club Ratings Skills Guide.  It outlines different skills and game play scenarios for you to self-evaluate your play. 

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