Pickleball Skill Ratings Meanings

Pickleball Skill Ratings Meanings

Have you ever wondered what each rating means in Pickleball? Whether it be a 3.0 or 4.0, I go into detail on what type of skill is/should be required at each number.

Here is the link for the document I was referencing:
https://usapickleball.org/tournaments/usapa-tournament-player-ratings/player-skill-rating-definitions/

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10 Comments

  1. James Cowling on May 29, 2021 at 2:38 am

    Great Perspective!



  2. maurylong36 on May 29, 2021 at 2:42 am

    Appreciate the info!



  3. Ken Harrington on May 29, 2021 at 2:43 am

    Wow! Appreciated your insight on this info!



  4. Christopher Fulton on May 29, 2021 at 2:49 am

    Nice video Tyler. Could you do one on how to progress from 4.0 to 4.5 and from 4.5 to 5.0. Which specific drills, skills or frills can a person work on to make that happen?



  5. StellaRL on May 29, 2021 at 3:03 am

    It helps to get a pro’s perspective regarding this ranking system. Thanks Tyler.



  6. kento1957 on May 29, 2021 at 3:08 am


  7. Kilogram Fickel on May 29, 2021 at 3:13 am

    neet



  8. John Burns on May 29, 2021 at 3:16 am

    Hi Tyler, Thanks for your perspective about the ratings. 

    My comments may be somewhat off-topic, but perhaps they will be grist for another video. It seems to me that one of the other factors in the discussion of ratings is the innate (or groomed) athleticism of the player, as well as their competitive background in sports. I have found that the better players have better eye/hand coordination, foot speed and quicker reaction time. We’ve seen how players like Simone Jardim and Matt Wright could quickly jump to the top of the pickleball heap because they are outstanding athletes, and they were very successful in other sports (tennis, for example). They also know how to drill, to how to develop the specific skills and shots for pickleball, and they know how to win. Conversely, I’ve seen low level players who have very limited athletic skills and experience, who, with whatever amount of instruction, will never be higher than the 3.0 level.



  9. Jorge Ferreiro on May 29, 2021 at 3:24 am

    Very nice video



  10. John Burns on May 29, 2021 at 3:25 am

    Hi Tyler, 

    A pickleball friend suggested that a person’s rating is only as solid as their ability to succeed at that level in tournament play (not just meeting the criteria mentioned in the official ratings you quoted). What is your take on that? 

    And speaking of tournament play, what do you think of sandbaggers who manage their level to play down, just so they can win?