All About the Player Rating System at EPC
It seems almost everyone, everywhere, is talking about ratings.
So, let’s dive right in and talk about what EPC is going to do about ratings for our club.
Firstly, we are going to establish a Ratings Council with a Ratings Chair. To start, the Ratings Chair is Pat Martin. It is our intent to found a Ratings Council with several active EPC members to give ratings advice throughout the season.
Secondly, we have made an important change to Player Profiles in that we have added a field that identifies whether your rating is a self-rating, a club rating or a tournament rating. The Rating Chair will monitor and update these fields for you.
Thirdly, when outdoor play starts, only EPC members may participate in club events as per the court schedule.
Now, let’s look at ratings level by level. Here’s the plan:
Orientation to PB is for absolute beginners with no experience, only a rudimentary understanding of the game but a big heart and a desire to learn the game and be part of our pickleball community. Upon completion of Orientation to PB, members will be helped to self-rate themselves as 2.0 or 2.5.
Rating 2.0 is self-rated based on the rubric set out by Pickleball Canada for 2.0. Experienced EPC members with Train the Trainer expertise, or the like training and credentials, may be asked to assist in the self rating at this level.
Rating 2.5 is self-rated based on the rubric set out by Pickleball Canada for 2.5. Experienced EPC members with Train the Trainer expertise, or the like training and credentials, may be asked to assist in the self rating at this level.
Rating 3.0 now requires a formal 3.0 Club Rating based on the rubric set out by Pickleball Canada for 3.0.
If you are a 3.0 provisional self rated member and you would like a formal rating, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org your request.
Rating 3.5 requires a 3.5 Tournament Rating or a formal 3.5 Club Rating based on the rubric set out by Pickleball Canada for 3.5.
If you have successfully completed a 3.0, 3.5 or 4.0 rating session outside of the Edmonton region by an IPTPA professional, please contact the Ratings Chair email@example.com
Rating 4.0 requires a 4.0 Tournament Rating or a 4.0 Club Rating..
Rating 4.5 and 5.0 require a 4.5 or better UTPR rating in Mixed Doubles or in Doubles Play..
What Does it Matter?
If you are still with me at this point in this email, you may be asking yourself, “Why does this matter when I just to go out there with my new friends and bat the ball”?
Good question but it truly does matter -
A player’s rating is an assessment of the player’s place on a continuum of pickleball skills from beginner to expert. The scale is a number between 1 and 5 including increments with a 1.0 rating being an absolute beginner and a 5.0 being an expert.
EPC abides by Pickleball Canada which has implemented the International Federation of Pickleball rating system and this is the same rating system used in all of North America.
Rating a player serves two purposes. It assists players and clubs in determining where the player is on
the skill continuum and the skills she/he needs to work on to continue their pickleball progress.
Secondly, it helps players find other players of similar ability to play with in fun, competitive games.
So, ratings matter!