Why do ratings matter?
We want you to have fun and learn and grow in pickleball. Self-rating yourself too high, beyond your capability level, will not make pickleball fun for you or other members.
Playing pickleball with like-skilled players will allow everyone to be competitive and improve their play and enjoyment. When players’ skills are mismatched, it is frustrating for all players.
All EPC scheduled play is organized by player ratings so like-skilled players play with and against like-skilled players.
Player ratings at 2.0 and 2.5 are self-ratings. Learn to Play lessons are for beginners with little or no experience and only a rudimentary understanding of the game. Upon completion of Learn to Play, members will be helped to self-rate themselves as 2.0 or 2.5.
Players at 3.0, 3.5 and 4.0 must have a Club Rating or Tournament Rating to participate in club events at those levels.
Players at 4.5 and 5.0 must have a Tournament Rating.
Pickleball Canada website contains an excellent description of the skills you must master for each rating level.
Once your registration is accepted and your rating is confirmed, your rating will be changed on the Edmonton Pickleball Club Org database (this website), and in CourtReserve. You can check your skill rating in CourtReserve in My Profile.
How can I get a higher club rating?
EPC offers Ratings Clinics for members who want to challenge for a higher rating. The club will announce the dates and times for rating clinics as soon as they become available. These events are scheduled in CourtReserve. Registration is like other events except that it opens earlier than just 7 days ahead. Since registration for each event is limited to 8 members, they tend to fill within minutes, if not seconds.
There will be a nominal charge to the member for the player's initial Rating Clinic. The club partially subsidies the fee for a member's first Rating Clinic each year. Subsequent Ratings Clinics later in the same year are the choice and responsibility of the member.
Registrants and Waitlisted Members to a Rating Clinic
If you are either registered or waitlisted in CourtReserve for a rating clinic, or you simply want to prepare to eventually be rated, the following documents should help you understand the process.
- Rating Clinics - Info & Expectations
- IAP 2021 3.0 Rating Assessment Sheet
- IAP 2021 3.5 Rating Assessment Sheet
- IAP 2021 4.0 Rating Assessment Sheet