What are Ratings and how do I get one?

Please have at least a quick look at the IPTPA (International Pickleball Teaching Professional Association) website – www.iptpa.com – to gain a better understanding of the rating system and how it will help you with your game. Once you’ve decided that you would like to be rated, then just follow the steps below:

Choose a Rating Level

The first step is to decide what level (from 2.5 to 4.5) that you want to be assessed at. The IPTPA website has detailed descriptions on this page: http://iptpa.com/iptpa-rating-skills-assessment/  Choose the level you think you can be rated at and download the PDF file that lists the skills you should have and the skill tests that you will be required to complete. From this you should be able to decide whether or not you think you can qualify at this level. Download the PDF’s above and below your chosen level for additional references as necessary.

Complete the IPTPA Application

The next step is to complete the on-line ITPTA application on this webpage: http://iptpa.com/iptpa-rating-application/  Choose the appropriate level, and put “Michael Gauthier” in the line asking you to identify the Ratings Specialist that will be assessing you.

There is a $25 IPTPA Membership fee payable that is good for three years and as many certification sessions as you need in that three year period.


Schedule the Rating Session

Once your application is received by the IPTPA, you will be contacted by Pickleball Strokes to schedule your session. Sessions will ONLY be scheduled when there are three others at your level requesting a rating session, so please encourage applications from anyone you know who wants to be rated.

There is a $35 fee payable to Pickleball Strokes for the session, and you will be able to do this on the Pickleball Strokes website once your session is scheduled.

The session will take approximately 1.5 hours, and there will be time slots available both during the day and in the evening.

Attend The Session

The ratings assessment will consist of three parts – a set of skill tests, a round-robin set of three modified mini-games, and a round-robin set of three regular games. You should have prepared for the assessment by practising items listed in the Skill Assessment document you downloaded earlier.

The Rating Specialist will be assessing performance by awarding points, and at the end, the points will be tallied and entered into the IPTPA computer system. The computer will then report on the pass or failure of the player. The results will be reported immediately to the player and there will be an opportunity to review the results with the Rating Specialist.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Michael Gauthier – michael@pickleballstrokes.ca, or 613.293.3437