What is a Rating? (taken from IFP website - IFP Rating System)
Player ratings are used to group players by ability levels so that players can compete in tournaments or leagues with other players of similar ability. Keep in mind that this will never be a perfect system, but it should improve a player’s chances of having a more competitive and fun match.
What is a Rated Event?
A rated event is defined as any event that you enter based on your ability relative to other players. Examples of some rated events that are currently sanctioned are Men’s 4.0 Doubles, Mixed 3.5 Doubles, and Senior 4.5 Men’s Doubles.
Who Needs an IFP Rating?
- IFP ratings are not currently required to enter USAPA or PCO sanctioned tournaments.
- IFP rated players are required to enter events that are rated no lower than their current rating, although they may enter higher-rated events if they choose.
- Tournament directors have the final decision on what rating level unrated players will play.
- Rated players must be allowed to play at their rating level although they may always choose to play in a higher rating group. Exceptions may occur when rated events have to be combined because of lack of entries.
IFP Rating Descriptions
Revised November 1, 2012 - International Federation of Pickleball
The IFP Rating System has been created to help describe differences in the various skill levels.
Ratings - An Understanding