Premier Pickleball strives to create competition for all players that is fair and balanced. Players pay to play with players at a similar level for the best pickleball experience possible. During “open play” pickleball times, players are divided into play according to skill levels so that similarly skilled players are playing together. Players with inaccurate ratings causes uncomfortable game situations where a player is playing above their actual level creating an unbalanced game with their partner and opponents. Players who are playing below their skill level also creates an unbalanced game. This often creates disappointing games for all involved.
Pickleball ratings at Premier as with other venues are classified as “Beginner 2.5" "Novice 3.0” “Low Intermediate 3.25" "Intermediate 3.5" "High Intermediate 3.75" and “Advanced 4.0 and above”
All too often players who played a similar sport like tennis, paddle or squash tend to overrate themselves because they played a racket or paddle sport. Pickleball, while does have some similarities to other sports, in and of itself is a completely different game. Pickleball, at the higher levels, is played mostly at the kitchen line with high paced dinking versus the hard banging of other sports. It is the mistakes that are made at the kitchen line that creates the hard, banging, game in pickleball.
Generally speaking players tend to overrate themselves because they play amongst the same people on a regular basis. This creates a false sense of rating success because they learn their opponents shots and are prepared to react in response to those shots. Players tend to believe they are improving their play when in reality they just learned their opponent. It is best to review the below criteria and be honest with yourself then to be moved down by your evaluator based on opponents recommendations and an evaluators assessment. Those who observe and evaluate players are excited to move players up to the next level. It creates better play for all involved and provides a sense of accomplishment by the player who worked hard to move up! It is common for a player to take several years to move from 3.5 to 4.0, it takes drilling, clinics, and commitment but it is very rewarding when it finally happens!
If you have never played in a pickleball tournament you need a “benchmark” or self-rating so Premier can place and guide you to the best competition level for both you and your opponents. When adding or adjusting your self rating the following guideline provided by the USAPA will assist you in determining what level you belong at.
Should possess all 2.5 skills AND
Should also possess all 3.0 skills AND
Should also possess all 3.25 skills AND
Should also possess all 3.5 skills AND
Should also possess all 3.75 skills AND
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