Sun City Shadow Hills Pickleball Club Ratings

Email:  scshratings@yahoo.com

 

Goal:  

To offer a clear and unbiased system to group Sun City Shadow Hills pickleball club players by ability.

What is a rating and why are they used?

Player rating is a numerical system used to group players by ability levels so that they can play and compete in clubs, tournaments or leagues 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.

I just want to have fun.  Why can’t I self rate?

As a club grows, it becomes awkward and difficult to run programs, lessons, tournaments, league play and social play in a fair and unbiased way without a system in place.  A rating system by an impartial person is key to ensuring people are accurately placed into groups allowing for the best play experience for everyone.

How do I get better if I can’t play with people stronger than me?

Everyone is still welcome and encouraged to mix and play with people in lower ratings groups should they get asked and wish to accept an invitation to do so.  This ensures High Intermediate players have the opportunity to play with Advanced players and that Low Intermediate players have the opportunity to play with High Intermediate players, while still having a dedicated court for those who want to play in their own Advanced or High Intermediate group.

Aren’t there different governing bodies such as the IPTPA and the USAPA?

Yes.  It is our objective to take the ratings from both these governing bodies and use this information to group players by ability into the correct rating group and correct court (currently Court #1 Advanced, Court #2 High Intermediate, Court #3 Low Intermediate and Court 4 Beginner) in the SCSH Pickleball Club.

How do I get rated?

At this time, Marcin Rozpedski at The Lakes Country Club will be doing ratings for our players.  Make your intention known by contacting the SCSH Pickleball Club executive so you can be added to the list of people scheduled for the next ratings sessions.  Sessions will be organized and information regarding dates will be published.  We are actively searching for someone who will come to us to provide ratings sessions at a reasonable price.

I am already rated but think I have improved enough to move up.  What should I do?

You are welcome at any time to be rerated if you believe you are ready to move up!

 

 

How will it all work?

Beginners - Court #4:

You are invited to play on Court #4 if you are new to the game or playing at a Beginner level.  You will not be required to be independently rated to play at the SCSH Pickleball Club.

From the IFP ratings guide:

1.0

  • new and have only minimal knowledge of the game and the rules.

 

Low Intermediate – Court #3:

You are invited to play on Court #3 if you are new and developing your game.  You will not be required to be independently rated to play at the SCSH Pickleball Club.

From the IFP ratings guide:

1.5

  • limited to some rallies.
  • learning how to serve.
  • developing a forehand.
  • fails to return easy balls frequently and occasionally misses the ball entirely.
  • played a few games and is learning the court lines, scoring, and some basic rules of the game.

2.0

  • sustains a short rally with players of equal ability.
  • demonstrating the basic shot strokes – forehand, backhand, volley, overhead and the serve, but has obvious weaknesses in most stroke.
  • familiar with court positioning in doubles play.

2.5

  • makes longer lasting slow-paced rallies.
  • makes most easy volleys and uses some backhands, but needs more work on developing shot strokes.
  • beginning to approach the non-volley zone to hit volleys.
  • aware of the “soft game.”
  • knowledge of the rules has improved.
  • court coverage is weak but improving.

 

 

 

High Intermediate – Court #2:

You are invited to play on Court #2 if you have been rated to play or meet any of the following criteria:

1.      You have an IPTPA tournament rating of 3.0

2.      You have an IPTPA club rating of 3.5

3.      You have played in a USAPA sanctioned tournament at a 3.0 level and not won.

4.      Any other rating you may have, please contact the SCSH Pickleball Club executive.

 

From the IFP ratings guide:

3.0

  • more consistent on the serve and service return and when returning medium-paced balls.
  • demonstrates improved skills with all the basic shot strokes and shot placement but lacks control when trying for direction, depth, or power on their shots.
  • beginning to attempt lobs and dinks with little success and doesn’t fully understand when and why they should be used.

 

Advanced – Court #1:

You are invited to play on Court #1 if you have been rated to play at this level or higher or meet the following criteria:

1.     You have an IPTPA tournament rating of 3.5 or higher

2.     You have an IPTPA club rating of 4.0 or higher

3.     You have played in a USAPA sanctioned tournament at a 3.5 level or higher

4.     Any other rating you may have, please contact the SCSH Pickleball Club executive.

From the IFP ratings guide:

3.5

  • demonstrates improved stroke dependability with directional control on most medium-paced balls and some faster-paced balls.
  • demonstrates improved control when trying for direction, depth and power on their shots.
  • needs to develop variety with their shots.
  • exhibits some aggressive net play.
  • beginning to anticipate opponent’s shots.
  • learning about the importance of strategy and teamwork in doubles.

4.0

  • consistent and dependable strokes, including directional control and depth on both forehand and backhand shots.
  • reliable serves, lobs, overheads, approach shots and volleys and can use spin shots with some success.
  • occasionally can force errors when serving.
  • rallies may be lost due to impatience.
  • uses the dink shot and drop shots to slow down or change the pace of the game.
  • demonstrates 3rd shot strategies – drop shots, lobs, and fast-paced ground strokes.
  • aggressive net play and teamwork in doubles is evident.
  • fully understands the rules of the game and can play by them.

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.
  • beginning to master the dink shots and drop shots and their importance to the game.
  • beginning to master 3rd shot choices.
  • displays sound footwork and moves well enough to get to the non-volley zone whenever required.
  • understands strategy and can adjust style of play and game plan according to the opponent’s strengths and weaknesses and court position.
  • serves with power and accuracy and can also vary the speed and spin of the serve.
  • understands the importance of “keeping the ball in play” and the effect of making errors.
  • making good choices in shot selection.
  • anticipates the opponent’s shots resulting in good court positioning.

5.0

  • mastered all the skills – all shot types, touch, spin, serves, with control and can use them as weapons.
  • excellent shot anticipation, extremely accurate shot placement and regularly hit winning shots.
  • forces opponents into making errors by “keeping the ball in play.”
  • mastered the dink and drop shots.
  • mastered the 3rd shot choices and strategies.
  • uses soft shots, dinks and lobs to set up offensive situations.
  • pickleball strategies and can vary strategies and styles of play in competitive or tournament matches.
  • dependable in stressful situations as in tournament match play.
  • athletic ability, quickness, agility, and raw athleticism are also qualities that are sometimes what separates the top players from those near the top.

 

SCSH PICKLEBALL CLUB RATINGS FORM:

 

NAME: (please print)_________________________________________________

Phone:  ___________________________  Email: ___________________________

Simply √ any of the following that applies to you:

 

I AM A BEGINNER AND THE RATINGS DO NOT APPLY TO ME:__________________

I AM A LOW INTERMEDIATE PLAYER AND THE RATINGS DO NOT APPLY TO ME:________

I HAVE AN IPTPA TOURNAMENT RATING OF:  3.0 _____   3.5 _____ 4.0 or higher_______

I HAVE AN IPTPA CLUB RATING OF:  3.0 _____ 3.5 _____ 4.0 or higher________________

I HAVE PLAYED IN A USAPA (Example:  Palm Desert Senior Games) OR OTHER SANCTIONED TOURNAMENT AT A RATING OF:  3.0_____ 3.5_____ 4.0 or higher ______

I HAVE NO RATING _____________________________________________________

PUT ME ON THE LIST TO BE RATED AT OUR CLUB_____________________________

(once we find a person qualified and willing to do ratings sessions at our facility)