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What are ratings?

Pickleball ratings are a system designed to categorize players based on their skill level and proficiency in playing pickleball. Ratings range from 2.0 - 7.0. These ratings serve several purposes within the pickleball community:

Skill Assessment: Ratings provide an objective measure of a player's skill level, helping players and organizers better understand their abilities on the court.

Matchmaking: In tournaments and organized play, players with similar ratings are often matched against each other to ensure fair and competitive games. This enhances the overall experience for all participants.

Player Improvement: Ratings offer players a clear benchmark for improvement. As players progress in skill, their ratings can be adjusted to reflect their evolving abilities.

Event Eligibility: Certain tournaments and events may have entry requirements based on player ratings. This ensures that participants are evenly matched, contributing to a more competitive and enjoyable atmosphere.

Community Standardization: Ratings contribute to a standardized language within the pickleball community. Players and organizers across different regions can use ratings as a common reference point when discussing skill levels.

Overall, pickleball ratings serve as a valuable tool for players, organizers, and the community at large, promoting fair competition and helping players gauge their progress over time.



As Pickleball continues to establish itself, ratings as well are still finding their ground as a consistent metric. With that, there are several different ways of finding a rating that can describe an athlete's skill level. Here at Calgary Pickleball Center we use the following methods of attributing a rating to people who use our facility:

Professional Evaluation - Ratings based on evaluation in pickleball involve a systematic assessment of a player's skill, technique, and overall proficiency on the court. This evaluation aims to provide an objective measure of a player's abilities, often conducted by experienced players, coaches, or certified evaluators within the pickleball community.

The evaluation process typically includes:

Skill Assessment: Evaluators observe the player's skills in various aspects of the game, such as serving, dinking, volleys, groundstrokes, footwork, positioning, and court awareness.

Gameplay Analysis: The player might engage in practice matches or simulated game scenarios to showcase their gameplay under realistic conditions. This allows evaluators to assess strategy, decision-making, shot selection, and consistency during gameplay.

Scoring System: Evaluators use a scoring system or rubric to rate different aspects of the player's performance. Criteria may include technique, shot variety, court coverage, adaptability, and overall game awareness.

Feedback and Recommendations: After the evaluation, players receive feedback on their strengths and areas for improvement. Evaluators might offer recommendations, drills, or training strategies to help players enhance their skills and elevate their game.

Rating Assignment: Based on the evaluation outcomes, players are assigned a rating that reflects their demonstrated skill level. This rating can be used for tournament seeding, league placements, or to track player progression over time.

These evaluations aim to provide players with an accurate assessment of their skill level and offer guidance for improvement, contributing to their development and growth within the sport of pickleball.

** Club ratings from outside agencies are only considered, if the rating Clinic meets the following Criteria**

-Rating Clinic is based off standards set by the IPTPA

-Attendee to Instructor Ratio does not exceed 8-1

-All Rating clinics must have a skill based portion and a gameplay analysis

-The organization running the rating clinic is a Pickleball Alberta affiliated Organization

DUPR - "Dynamic Universal Pickleball Rating." A rating system used to evaluate and categorize players based on their skill level and performance in pickleball. The DUPR system is designed to provide a standardized measure of a player's abilities across various skill levels.

This rating system typically ranges from 2.0 (beginner) to 6.0+ (professional or highly skilled). It's used in tournaments, leagues, and organized play to ensure fair and balanced matchups by pairing players with similar skill levels against each other.

DUPR considers various aspects of a player's game but mostly overall performance on the court. Players' ratings are often adjusted based on their match outcomes against opponents with different ratings, allowing for a dynamic reflection of their skill progression over time.

Tournament RatingPlayers' tournament ratings are often determined through various means:

Self-Rating: Players initially self-rate based on their perceived skill level when entering tournaments. This helps organizers place them in appropriate brackets.

Organizer Assessment: Organizers might assess players' skills based on past performances or observed play to assign appropriate ratings.

Performance-Based Ratings: As players participate in tournaments and matches, their ratings might be adjusted based on their outcomes against opponents with different ratings. Wins against higher-rated opponents may lead to a rating increase, while losses to lower-rated opponents might result in a rating adjustment.

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