Rating Procedures

CTPA  Rating System




New CTPA Club Rating Plan  10/31/2019

Promotion Evaluation Q&A and Format

How will evaluations be conducted?

Regular sessions will be established to allow the prospect to undergo an evaluation process to determine if they satisfy the criteria for promotion in CTPA club rating.  During these sessions the prospect will participate in 3 Round Robin games with and against selected ‘controls’ from the level they are being evaluated for.  In addition to these 3 games, the prospect will participate in a ‘half court skinny singles’ game against one of the ‘controls’.  All games will be to 11 points, win by one point.  At the conclusion of these four games, the prospect will achieve promotion if they have scored a total of 30 points or more.  If they score fewer than 30 points the prospect will remain at their current CTPA club rating.

Will there be any cost involved with an evaluation?

Yes.  The first Promotion Evaluation attempt will cost $25, paid via Court Reserve. Each subsequent Promotion Evaluation attempt for the same level in a calendar year will be $35.

(New members can request a Promotion Evaluation within 30 days of joining at no charge.)

If I am evaluated and not successful when can I request to go through process again?

A member must wait at least 6 weeks before requesting another Promotion Evaluation, and may not request more than 4 in a calendar year.

Where will the evaluations be conducted?

This will depend on the season, but evaluation may be held at an outdoor or indoor court.

Will I have any input into the ‘controls’ at my Promotion Evaluation session?

No.  The controls have been carefully chosen to fairly represent the level you are being evaluated for.  They will be trained in how to conduct the PE session and, depending on their availability, they will be randomly selected to participate in your session.

I’m a female and am concerned that I will be paired with 3 male controls.

We have specifically addressed this concern by assuring 2 of the 3 controls will be of the same gender as the prospect.  In other words, a female prospect will have 2 female controls and 1 male control.  A male prospect will have 2 male controls and one female control.

I sometimes don’t play well with certain partners.  I’m concerned that this may happen to me during the PE.

This is one reason why we have included the ‘Half Court Skinny Singles’ portion of the evaluation.  Even if the prospect struggles with a certain partner, they have an opportunity to gain points during the ‘Half Court Skinny Singles’ portion of the evaluation.

If I do really well during my Promotion Evaluation am I able to increase my rating more than ½ point?

No, but, you may be able to schedule an evaluation for the next higher level without paying the $25 evaluation fee.  If your total score from Round Robin was the highest and also win the skinny singles, you will not only obtain an increase in your club rating, but will also qualify to do a Promotion Evaluation at the next higher level at no cost if so desired.

Who can I contact if I have additional questions related to the Promotion Evaluation program?

Address any questions to Gary Tipton  gtipton@zbzoom.net or 724-272-5048)

Format:

Round Robin (3 games)

  • Member would be evaluated by playing with three controls of the same level for which they are being evaluated for (3 round robin games to 11, win by 1, switch sides at 6 each game)
  • Female prospect – Controls will be 2 women and 1 man
  • Male prospect – Controls will be 2 men and 1 woman

Skinny Singles (1 game)

  • Prospect would play a skinny singles game to 11 (win by 1) against control of same gender who had the highest point total from round robin

Results (out of 44 possible points)

  • Passing score = 30 – placed into rating level being evaluated at
  • Failing score = 29 or less – placed in next lower rating level from one evaluated at

* Opportunity to test at next higher level when prospect has highest total score in round robin and also won the skinny singles game.




 In 2019 our Members  can obtain a rating also in one of the below and  can choose which one is recognized as their “Club Rating”. Below is the summary of our plan.
Club Rating - Member’s rating based on highest rating obtained through our 3 rating methods – C&C, IPTPA, USAPA.  Your Club Rating will fall into one of the following: 2.5, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5

       1. Clique & Club (C&C) – Rating system which uses an algorithm based on win/loss game results between other CTPA members to produce a 4 digit rating. C & C Info and FAQs

  • Club Rating is defined by C&C rating ranges below:
    • 2.5 level – C&C range – 2.250-2.749
    • 3.0 level – C&C range – 2.750-3.249
    • 3.5 level – C&C range – 3.250-3.749
    • 4.0 level – C&C range – 3.750-4.249
    • 4.5 level – C&C range – 4.250-4.749
  • The rating session uses a 3-part protocol, consisting of a skills test, modified pickleball game and match play. Each part of the rating session is weighted and objective measures are calculated to determine whether the participant has met the objectives for that particular skill rating. 

         3. USAPA rating:  We will accept a current USAPA rating.  Review USAPA Rating Procedures
  • USAPA ratings uses an algorithm similar to what C&C uses, but uses a little different range scale – shown below:
    • 2.5 level – C&C range – 2.999 and below
    • 3.0 level – C&C range – 3.000-3.499
    • 3.5 level – C&C range – 3.500-3.999
    • 4.0 level – C&C range – 4.000-4.499
    • 4.5 level – C&C range – 4.500-4.999
    • Further details can be found on USAPA.org

  • No Rating – Member can choose not to have a rating
    •   Choosing this option could limit play options available

  •  Our Goal – to give YOU the opportunity to obtain your club rating with any one, or all of the three different methods. Players derive the greatest enjoyment from games involving players of similar skill level.  It is one thing to have a member challenge themselves  by playing against others having somewhat greater skills, but a game involving players with too much of a skill disparity isn’t usually enjoyable for either player. Therefore, our goal is to offer types of play, competitions, and skills development sessions with intent of having fairly even competition.  This is why it is important for members to have accurate skill ratings, to assure YOU have quality play and development.  This doesn’t mean you’ll never play others from other levels; there will be many different multiple level play opportunities.
Questions regarding ratings please email: contact@CTPApickleball.com 
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