Pickleball coach Gina Family is certified to rate players
Your pickleball skill rating doesn’t really matter… until you need it. At venues that have a lot of courts, open play may be divided up by skill rating. If you want to try to play in a tournament, it helps to know your rating so you enter the right division.
USA Pickleball has this guide to help figure out your rating.
International Pickleball Teaching Professional Association (IPTPA) has a lengthy guides to each rating level.
PickleHeads has this wonderful ratings quiz to help you determine your rating. The quiz is easy and quick.
As someone who runs tournaments, I am eager for everyone to know their rating so players land in the right divisions, which mean games will be more fun and competitive. Nobody likes losing 11-0 and even winning by the margin isn’t fun (most of the time.)
Local pickleball instructor Gina Family of Upstate New York Pickleball was recently certified by IPTPA to rate players up to the rating of 3.5, which is a high intermediate player.
Gina is running a couple of rating sessions on Oct. 27, 2023, at Hockey Hut in Clifton Park at 11:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. If you miss these session, you can follow Gina’s instructions below to register for another rating event.
Do You Know What Your Pickleball Rating, Skill Level, or Ranking Is?
If you are a tournament pickleball player, then you probably closely follow your rating (including your UTPR), skill level, and ranking. However, if you are a recreational pickleball player, then you may only have an idea of your self-rating or your general pickleball skill level.
For the recreational players, it may be a good idea to at least know your rating or skill level so when you are playing in leagues and tournaments to know which level to choose.
How do you get a rating?
Go to the International Pickleball Teaching Professional Association (IPTPA) Review the skill assessment and decide which level you would like to be tested for. Register for an official rating. The cost will be $15.00.
IPTPA will notify Gina Family and she will set up a rating evaluation. Each evaluation consists of testing specific skills: groundstrokes, drops, volley, overhead. Then you will play three games of skinny singles, rally scoring to 11 with a player of the skill level you are testing. The results from both the skill section and playing section will determine your overall score.