Introduction to Club Grades/Ratings
Why grade members?
Most clubs divide play between grades of players to ensure that participants are matched with players of a similar standard, offering a better chance that the individuals will have a competitive and fun match. Determination of this grade can often be difficult.
The Committee is currently (March 2023) reviewing the grading process with the objective of improving its accuracy. Details will be notified when available.
Here is the process which has previously been used by NBPA:
NBPA Skill Level Guidelines
When you have ticked the skills which you believe you have mastered, please enter your name and click the SUBMIT button. Your answers will be reviewed by the Grading Committee.
Please note: If a person cannot move quickly enough due to physical restrictions, then a rating will be reduced according to the physical limitations as related to playing the game.
Read this blog post first if you are unsure of some of the pickleball terminology.
What is a dink? (4-5 minute video)
What is a 3rd shot drop? (4-5 minute video)
When to use a 3rd shot drive instead of a 3rd shot drop? (4-5 minute video)
How do you refigure (keep track of) the score? (PDF)
4.5 and 5.0 Skill Level
The 4.5 player is distinguished from the 4.0 player by increased skills, a higher level of strategy, quickness of hands, judicious use of power, superior placement of shots and consistently fewer unforced errors. The 5.0 player is even more consistent in all skills than the 4.5 player with very few, if any, unforced errors.