BPC Skill Level Ratings

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What is a rating?
Why do I need a rating?
Bend Pickleball Club Rating Types
Rating Changes
How may I obtain or change a rating?
Ratings Appeals
Ratings Committee
Raters
Rater Qualifications
Rating Sessions

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 Bend 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.  BPC player rating classifications are taken from the IFP rating system.  (See Skill Level Definitions.)  Although BPC may use a player’s USAPA rating for club purposes, BPC ratings are for club use only and are not reported to the USAPA. Return to Index

Why Do I Need a Rating?

If you wish to participate in organized play such as Round Robin Play or Coed MXR, 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. Return to Index

Bend Pickleball Club Rating Types

USAPA Rating:  This is a tournament rating assigned to the player by the USAPA.  It is not a self rating or a club rating that a player has reported to the USAPA.  Unless a member applies for and receives a higher Bend Pickleball Club rating, a USAPA tournament rating will be a BPC members club rating, regardless of self-assessment or other factors.

Tournament/Self rating:  A tournament/self rating is a verifiable rating that a player has claimed for purposes of competing in two or more USAPA sanctioned tournaments in the preceding 12 months.  A player may not change this rating simply by registering for a future tournament in a rating classification. Note that if a player has established play in two USAPA tournaments the BPC may also review their performance in those two tournaments to insure they were able to play competitively at that level.

Self-Rating:  This is a new member’s critical self-evaluation based on the players own assessment of his or her skills compared to the Skill  Level Definitions promulgated by the USAPA and modified for club use.  Self-ratings over 3.0 will require evaluation and confirmation in a rating evaluation session.

BPC: This is a club rating established by the club based on either an evaluation of the player relative to USAPA rating standards in a rating evaluation session or by player performance in round robin play. There are no BPC ratings higher than 4.0. A member whose club rating is higher than their USAPA rating must compete in Bend Pickleball Club sponsored tournaments and activities at the higher rating. Return to Index

Rating Changes

USAPA player rating is changed by the USAPA based on player performance in sanctioned tournament.

Rating Evaluation Session: Either a formal session conducted for the specific purpose of evaluating a player or an informal session where an approved rater or raters have observed a player extensively and concur with the rating change.

Round Robin play:  (Effective 11/1/16 BPC is no longer using Round Robin scoring as part of rating assessment.)  92% or higher in round robin play after a minimum of 25 games, or a 92% or higher average over the most recent 25 games and the player may request to be evaluated in a rating session. If the player qualifies for such a rating session, the club will pay the entire $20 rating fee once per season. Return to Index

How may I obtain or change a rating?

  • Establish a USAPA Rating through competition in USAPA Sanctioned tournaments. Notification from the USAPA to the player is sufficient to change a player rating.
  • (Effective 11/1/16 BPC is no longer using Round Robin scoring as part of rating assessment.) Achieve a cumulative average score of 92% or higher in round robin play after a minimum of 25 games, or a 92% or higher average over the most recent 25 games and the player may request to be evaluated in a rating session. If the player qualifies for such a rating session, the club will pay the entire $20 rating fee once per season.
  • Establish competitive play in at least two USAPA sanctioned skills based (not age based bracket) tournaments in the preceding 12 months at a specific rating. Members who have met this requirement may request a rating change through the Ratings Committee.  Proof of tournament participation will be required. If a player has established play in two USAPA tournaments the BPC may also review their performance in those two tournaments to insure they were able to play competitively at that level.
  • Request an evaluation in a regularly scheduled club rating session. The appropriate Skill Assessment form will be completed and forwarded to the Ratings Committee.
  • A new member may conduct a self-assessment for initial rating purposes using the Bend Pickleball Club Skill Level Definitions. There will be no self-rating over 3.0.  New or unrated players may also get an initial rating, training and advice at Assisted Play sessions.  Assisted Play mentors are authorized to move players from 2.0 to 2.5.  The appropriate Skill Assessment form will be completed and forwarded to the Ratings Committee.
  • New members who do not meet the above criteria but have a compelling reason for an initial rating higher than 3.0 (i.e. other club rating, established play in a higher rating, etc.) may appeal to the Ratings Committee for an adjustment. Return to Index

Ratings Appeals

Appeals regarding a rating should be directed via email to the Rating Chair at ratings@bendpickleballclub.com.  Appeals emails should include sufficient detail and contact information for the Chair to make a quick investigation into the matter. Return to Index

Ratings Committee

The Ratings Committee is a Courts Use responsibility, under Courts Utilization Director (the Director).

The Ratings Committee (the Committee) members are appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the Director.  The Committee sets rules for ratings, standards for raters, selects raters, monitors ratings processes, hears any ratings appeals, and updates club records to reflect current rating information.

The Ratings Chair is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the Court Utilization Director. The Ratings Chair makes decisions on ratings appeals, coordinates committee activities, sets meetings and meeting agendas, assigns work to committee members, updates or directs updates to Member Database, maintains or directs maintenance of committee records and ratings records, maintains or directs maintenance of all rating procedures and documents. Return to Index

Raters

Raters are club members who have established play at a level of 3.5 or higher and have been selected by the Ratings Committee to serve as raters. Raters are trained to assess and document player skills and to identify player strengths and weaknesses as they relate to specific skill levels Raters may work alone, but more often they will work with a group of other raters.  Raters will use specific guidelines and their own personal knowledge of the game to perform skill level assessments.  Skill Level Assessments may be performed during games played specifically for assessment purposes, or during random games where a player who has requested evaluation is playing.  Return to Index

Rater Qualifications

  • Current 3.5 or higher skill level rating or prior rating experience.
  • Knowledge of minimum skills necessary for each level of play.
  • Thorough knowledge of pickleball rules and strategies.
  • Ability to objectively evaluate skills of others, and to identify strengths and/or weaknesses relative to a specific rating category.
  • Desire to help to develop other players.
  • Willingness to commit time to evaluating other players.
  • Ability to work with others to reach a consensus.
  • Ability to tactfully communicate orally and in writing regarding skill evaluations. Return to Index

Ratings Evaluation Sessions

The Committee will schedule regular Ratings Evaluation sessions.  Players wishing to be evaluated for a higher rating will sign up for a session under their current rating.  (i.e. a current 2.5 player wishing to be evaluated for 3.0 rating will sign up on the 2.5 sign up.)

  • A rating session will consist of a Rater observing the player in 3 or more games and comparing the player performance to established rating criteria using a Skill Assessment form for the rating the player is seeking.
  • Ideally there will be one rater for each candidate.
  • Games may be abbreviated for the purpose of expediting the process but each game should last approximately 10 minutes.
  • The player should have previously read the Skill-Level-Definitions criteria and should be thoroughly familiar with the performance expectations.
  • It is up to the player to demonstrate the various skills.  Raters will not coach the players or ask to see specific shots, movement, tactics, etc.
  • A player who has attended a rating session, whether or not the player has been moved up, may not sign up for a subsequent rating session for 60 days from the date of the first rating session. A player who has a compelling reason for an exception to this rule may make an appeal to the Ratings Chair (see Ratings Appeals above.)

Members who wish to be rated in a rating session may sign up UNDER THEIR CURRENT SKILL LEVEL at the Bend Pickleball Club sign up pages.                     Return to Index