You'll often hear pickleball players describe themselves with a number. These numbers indicate a player's current skill level, and are based on the International Federation of Pickleball's (IFP) rating system. Ratings are on a scale of 1.0 to 5.0, with half point increments. If you plan on playing in tournaments, you will need to assess your rating so that you can enter the appropriate bracket.
Ratings are self-assigned, until you've played in enough tournaments then USAPA will start calculating your rating for you based on your wins and losses. You can start by asking other experienced players around you what they think your rating should be. Use the links below to learn about the rating system and determine which rating describes you best.
Occasionally you may have the opportunity to be professionally rated. A ratings clinic is where, for a fee, a ratings expert will run you through various games and drills in order to assess your skill level. Keep an eye out for rating clinics that may be happening locally at venues listed on our Places to Play page.