SUNSHINE COAST PICKLEBALL
THE ASSOCIATION FOR FUN, FITNESS AND FRIENDSHIP
Last update March 15, 2018
We strive to provide accurate, objective and up-to-date ratings for all members. Ratings help us:
a. Organize courts by skill-level to facilitate competitive, level-play.
b. Categorize the skill levels of players who wish to participate in tournaments.
c. Assist members by identifying the skills necessary to advance to the next rating level.
SCPA recognizes that pickleball, a relatively new sport, continues to evolve with rapid advancements in coaching, shot-making, and game strategy. The principles that guide the Ratings Committee in assessing members are as follows:
a. The committee is cognizant of the fact that province-wide skill levels continue to advance at an accelerated rate.
b. The skill required for every defined rating level is at a higher standard than ever before. As such, a player’s rating that was made as recently as a year or two ago may be overstated. If this is the case, the committee will reduce the rating.
c. Tournament play and ladder play is a good performance measure because they represent a player at their competitive best.
d. Assessments are based on both pickleball skills and physical/athletic abilities. Physical/athletic abilities are particularly relevant to seniors who may possess all of the shots and the strategy, but who cannot match the mobility and agility of younger players.
e. Although there are exceptions, the standard for male ratings is higher than those of females.
Steps in the Ratings Process
Our goal is to assess every player based on their play in several competitive games. Given the size or the organization (180 members) and the time required to properly assess, we give priority to members who make a formal request for a rating or for reassessment.
a. The first step in the ratings process is for the member to complete a self-assessment form. The link can be found under ‘Description of Ratings Level’ right here on the website.
b. When the form is complete, it should be sent to a member of the committee as an attachment to your request for assessment/reassessment.
c. Time and place is organized by the committee. At least 2 of the 4 members of the committee must be present. Ultimately, all members must agree on a change in rating.
d. Once or twice a year, Brooke Siver, a certified coach of the International Pickleball Teaching Professional Association will be available to assess players who choose to dispute the committee’s rating. In these cases, Brooke’s rating will stand.
Ratings Committee Contact
John Bell (Chair) email
Karen Renfrew email
Lin Buckler email
Kirk Exner email
Description of Rating Levels
The following ratings descriptions serve as a guide. They are based on those used by the USA Pickleball Association (USAPA) and the International Federation of Pickleball (IFP).
1.0 New player with 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. Beginning to approach the non-volley zone to hit volleys and are making an effort to be more aggressive, including trying dinks and lobs.
Self-Assessment Sheet for 2.5.
3.0 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 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. Have sound footwork and move well enough to get to the non-volley zone whenever required. 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 5.0 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.