You will often hear pickleball players referred to as a "# rated player". The numbers indicate a player's current skill level, and are based on the International Federation of Pickleball's (IFP) rating system. Ratings are on a scale of 1.0 to 5.0, with half point increments. If you plan on playing in tournaments, you will need to self-assess your rating so that you can enter the appropriate bracket. The USAPA advises players to seek self-ratings guidance from experienced USAPA tournament-rated players, USAPA tournament directors and USAPA ambassadors.
Once you have played in a tournament that used PickleballTournaments.com, the official sanctioned tournament software of the USAPA, your ratings will begin to adjust automatically based on tournament results. Your self rating will then become an official USAPA Tournament Player Rating (UTPR). Players will have separate USAPA Tournament Player Ratings for each event category played including: men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles.
For more information on how the USAPA Tournament Pickleball Rating is calculated click here.
For social, club and unsanctioned tournament play a good way to start is to ask other experienced players around you what they think your rating should be. Use this USAPA Skill Rating Definitions sheet to estimate your self-rating and better understand the skills you need to improve to raise your game to the next level.