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Tournament Ratings - Nov. 8, 2018.

Hello Everyone,

Our Royal Glenora Presents Edmonton Pickleball Club 2018 Winter Classic will be open for registration on November 12!  This is good news for EPC and for winter PB in Alberta!  Together with our partners at the Royal Glenora Club, we fully expect another successful tournament.

We hope you will register for the tournament as soon as it opens for registration on So don’t delay, folks. 

Ratings Matter… in Tournament Play

However, I would like to take a moment to discuss a rather serious matter related to tournament play.

When I talk about ratings, I often use the heading “Ratings Matter”.  And, my friends, ratings do matter.

There has been much discussion among players from the four Edmonton area PB clubs – Parkland Pickleheads, St Albert Pickleball Club, Strathcona Pickleball Club and EPC – about players competing at ratings levels lower than the levels at which they play in club events.

So, let’s be clear:  the EPC position is that players should compete at the same level at which they play in club events like Round Robins, Ladders, InterClub, other fun club events.

As an example, if you are playing at 3.5 in EPC RR, at 3.5 in Ladders, at 3.5 in InterClub, then you should enter tournaments at 3.5.  Ratings matter.

Also, please know that a tournament director has the responsibility to ensure that players are competing at their correct rating level in order to secure the integrity of the tournament. And she/he has the authority make changes in player registrations if necessary.

In our upcoming EPC tournament, that duty falls squarely on the desk of Doug Thomson, Tournament Operations Director. Where there is doubt, our TOD will review registrants’ ratings and playing histories and make an adjustment is deemed appropriate.

So, when you register for our tournament, please register for events at the same ratings level at which you play in club events.  It’s the right thing to do and it matters.

Ratings Matter…in Club Play

I have received feedback (aka complaints) from virtually every ratings level of our club that players are moving themselves up before their level of play consistently meets the requirements of the higher level.

As a club, we need to get a handle on this without sacrificing our current “self rating up to and including 3.5” practice and without turning ourselves into “Pickleball police” of sorts. 

We made a start in the fall by offering a feedback clinic for 3.5 players.  Once the outdoor courts open again, we will invite our remaining 3.5 players to similar feedback clinics where qualified, trained evaluators give feedback about each 3.5 player’s most appropriate level of play. 

And, it may be that next year’s schedule includes exclusive sessions for players whose qualified and trained feedback is that they are best suited to play at 3.5.

If this practice proves successful, we may apply the same model to other levels in our club.

We are open to your suggestions and thoughts. We have the luxury of time this winter to really think this through.  Any ideas?


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Edmonton Pickleball Club is a registered non-profit organization in Alberta.
Postal address: c/o 304 Caldwell Close NW, Edmonton AB, Canada T6M 2W9

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