CTPA Rating System
New CTPA Club Rating Plan April 2020
Promotion Evaluation Q&A and Format
Why does CTPA have ratings?
The objective of CTPA’s rating system is to facilitate play with and against players of similar skills. It is well known that players derive the most enjoyment from playing with others who have a similar skill set. Therefore, our goal is to design programs, competitions and skill development sessions with the players of a similar skill level without regard to gender or age. To satisfy this objective it is important that we have reasonably accurate skill ratings.
What are the various CTPA ratings?
CTPA uses ½ point rating similar to that used by other Pickleball associations (2.5, 3.0, 3.5, etc.).
How does CTPA establish member ratings?
If you had established a skill rating in the past we will use that as your current rating. If you are new to CTPA and do not have a previously established CTPA rating, you will be assigned a default rating of 2.5. You can establish a different rating by participating in a Promotion Evaluation (see below). The member who is undergoing the evaluation is referred to as a “Prospect”. The club members who play with/against the Prospect during a Promotion Evaluation are referred to as “Controls”. They have been chosen to fairly represent the skill level associated with their existing club rating.
What is a Promotion Evaluation (PE)?
A promotion evaluation is a controlled process to determine a prospect’s club rating. During these sessions the prospect will participate in 3 Round Robin games with and against selected ‘controls’ from the level for which they are being evaluated. 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 success 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 level.
How does CTPA select a member to participate as a ‘Control’?
Controls are club members who have an established club rating. They have volunteered to participate in Promotion Evaluations and are chosen to fairly represent their club ranking. We attempt to specifically exclude members who have been recently promoted in to their level, who have demonstrated skills that suggest that they may be ready for the next level, or members who have an unconventional style of play.
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 for which you are being evaluated. They are trained in how to conduct the PE session and will be selected based on availability .
I’m a female and am concerned that I will be paired with 3 male controls.
We have specifically addressed this concern by assuring that 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 my Promotion Evaluation.
This is 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
Will CTPA use any other methods to determine club ranking?
Beginning January 1, 2020, Promotion Evaluation (PE) will be the only method used to obtain a promotion in club rating or to establish a rating other than the 2.5 default for new members.
I have earned my CTPA club rating via IPTPA testing or USAPA rating. Will I have to re-evaluate?
No. Your club rating as of 12/31/2019, regardless of how earned (C&C, IPTPA, USAPA), will be utilized for 2020. As of January 1, 2020, the new Promotion Evaluation (PE) will be the only method used to obtain a promotion in club rating. You are fully eligible to participate in a Promotion Evaluation to change your club rating.
Are there different ratings based on gender or age?
Since the only objective is to categorize skill levels among CTPA members to facilitate enjoyable, competitive play, no provision is made to distinguish members based on gender or age.
Our club does, however, occasionally conduct events that are exclusive to a gender or age group.
Are Promotion Evaluations monitored and controlled?
Absolutely! The integrity of CTPA’s rating system is critical to our club’s success and to the confidence that our members have in it. As such, every measure is taken to assure that all Promotion Evaluations are conducted in a fair, consistent and unbiased manner. Each session will have a designated supervisor who takes responsibility for assuring the fairness of that session. These individuals have experience with, and have demonstrated a commitment to, the Promotion Evaluation process. They conduct a pre-evaluation briefing for the prospect and the controls to assure that all of the rules are followed and that there are no misunderstandings. In addition, they are present during the evaluation and are available if any questions or controversy arise. In order to conserve resources, it is not uncommon for the supervisor to also participate in the session as a control. At the conclusion of the event, the supervisor will assure accuracy of the scorecards and will communicate any successful results to the volunteers who manage CourtReserve so a ratings change can be made.
I’m new to CTPA. What is my rating?
By default, all new members to CTPA are assigned a rating of 2.5. If you have previous Pickleball or racquet experience, you can specify the level at which you think you can compete. If you make this choice, you will be temporarily assigned a rating ½ point lower until you are able to participate in a Promotion Evaluation.
- New member self-assesses at 4.0 and requests an evaluation
- Member’s temporary club rating would be 3.5 until evaluation occurs. This would enable them to participate in all 3.5 events and any 3.5/4.0 ‘blended’ events
- If member completes a successful evaluation, club rating becomes 4.0
- If member is unsuccessful, temporary club rating becomes 3.0 and member can now evaluate for 3.5
Am I required to participate in a Promotion Evaluation?
Participation in a Promotion Evaluation is strictly voluntary. You are not required to do anything to retain a club rating once it is established. However, if you are new to CTPA and are interested in participating in competitive play which is based on your rating, you must participate in a Promotion Evaluation to establish your club rating. Also, if you already have a club rating but feel that you have progressed to the next level, you can establish a new rating by successfully participating in a Promotion Evaluation.
Is there any cost associated with a Promotion Evaluation?
Generally, you will be charged $25 to participate in a Promotion Evaluation. However, if you are new to CTPA and you request a Promotion Evaluation within 30 days of joining, the fee is waived.
How does my CTPA club rating relate to USAPA and IPTPA ratings?
There is no correlation between your CTPA club rating and USAPA ratings or IPTPA ratings.
If you have a USAPA or IPTPA rating, it has no impact on your CTPA club rating. Also, your club rating has no impact on either your USAPA or IPTPA rating. Although, we use a similar numerical system (2.5, 3.0, 3.5, etc.), your club rating may vary significantly from your USAPA or IPTPA rating. This is because your CTPA rating is specific to our club only.
How do I signify that I want to participate in a Promotion Evaluation?
You may do so by contacting either of our Promotion Evaluation coordinators:
Your name will be added to the list of members requesting a Promotion Evaluation. You will be contacted when an evaluation can be scheduled.
When will my Promotion Evaluation be conducted?
Generally, Promotion Evaluations are conducted based on the order of request. As of now, a lengthy backlog exists but, as soon as we are able to play again we will resume regular weekly evaluations. Three courts have been reserved for each Saturday morning from 9 AM to noon. Evaluation may also be scheduled at other times when courts are available.
Where will the evaluations be conducted?
Weather permitting, evaluations are conducted at Graham Park. During winter months, we will use the courts at the Cranberry Township Municipal Building and Glade Run. Since the lighting is not ideal at Glade Run, you have the option to evaluate only at the municipal building. Please note that the wait time is longer for the municipal building.
What if circumstances (age, injury, recovery from operation, etc.) cause my skills to diminish?
Your established club rating will not be involuntarily changed. If your skills have diminished, you may request a reduction in you rating. This request may be temporary or permanent.
You may want to consider requesting a temporary or permanent reduction in rating if you are unable to fairly compete at your current level and you no longer enjoy your participation at that level.
How soon after successful completion of a Promotion Evaluation will my club rating change?
This typically occurs within a day or two.
What if I participate in a Promotion Evaluation and am not successful?
If you already had an established club rating, that rating will be retained. You will be permitted to re-evaluate no sooner than 6 weeks from the date of your unsuccessful attempt. If you are a new member who is attempting to establish a club rating, your temporary club rating will be reduced by ½ point and you will scheduled for a new Promotion Evaluation ½ point lower than you had attempted. For example, if you are a new club member with Pickleball experience, you might elect to evaluate at the 3.5 level. In this case, you would temporarily be assigned a club rating of 3.0 until your 3.5 evaluation. If you are unsuccessful, your temporary rating would become 2.5 and you would then need to successfully complete a 3.0 evaluation.
I still have unanswered questions. What can I do to get my questions answered?
You may contact either of the Promotion Evaluation coordinators: