Club Rating Types
1. Self-Rating: A new member may self-rate based on the player’s own assessment of his or her skills up to the 2.5 skill level. See these two links for the skills needed: Skill Level 2.0 and Skill Level 2.5.
2. Club Rating: Club rating is given by a local club pro/teacher based on visual observation and evaluation, up to a 3.0 skill level.
3. CORE: In September 2021, Central Oregon Pickleball Clubs adopted the Central Oregon Rating Evaluation (CORE) system to provide players an avenue to advance their rating level and have their rating be recognized among the participating clubs. The clubs accepting a CORE rating include the Bend Pickleball Club, Pickleball Zone Bend, Widgi Creek Pickleball, and those in La Pine, Sunriver, and Prineville.
The CORE system is based on competitive round robin play. A CORE club will rate 2.5, 3.0, and 3.5 players to get them to the next levels so they can play in organized events. Eligibility to participate in a CORE session includes any level lower than the level being evaluated. Members at the 4.0 skill level who want to get a 4.5 rating are advised to establish their rating through tournament play or IPTPA certified testing.
4. UTPR: USAPA Tournament Player Rating is assigned to the player by the USA Pickleball Association based on performance in tournament play. Unless a member applies for and receives a higher IPTPA or CORE rating, a UTPR will be the basis of a Club member’s skill rating.
5. IPTPA: This rating is determined by a Certified Rating Specialist following the rating protocol of the International Pickleball Teaching Professional Association. It is transferable nationwide to other pickleball clubs using this rating system.
To obtain an IPTPA rating, go to the IPTPA Players Steps to get an IPTPA Rating page. This page will guide you through the process and provide a link to the IPTPA membership application. Complete an application for membership including paying the fee to join. Since the Bend Pickleball Club is a member club of the IPTPA, Club members receive a $10 membership discount, so the fee is only $15.
Once you are a member of the IPTPA, go to the IPTPA Certified Rating Specialist page and select a rater. They are listed by State. Contact the selected rater at the listed email address to schedule a rating session. When verification of your application and fee completion is received by the rater, you be will be able to schedule a rating session. Certified Rating Specialist’s charge a fee to conduct the skill rating assessment.
6. DUPR: The Dynamic Universal Pickleball Rating is a free global rating system earned through tournament play results. The rating can also be calculated by a player tracking his/her last 30 (singles) or 60 (doubles) eligible matches and by playing at least one DUPR player in those matches (a “connectivity” advantage).
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