From July 2, 2018 Email
From Jack Thomas, USAPA President and Christine Barksdale, USAPA Managing Director of Competition
TO: All USAPA Members:
The USAPA Board of Directors, the USAPA Ratings Committee, the USAPA staff, and the staff from PickleballTournaments.com and PickleballRatings.com are pleased to announce that the much anticipated USAPA Tournament Player Ratings (UTPR) will be released Monday, July 9, 2018. This is a major step for our players, membership and the sport!
We understand you may have many questions about your new UTPR such as "How are ratings calculated?," "How will ratings be used for tournaments?," "My rating is much lower than it was under the previous system, why?" To best answer these questions, we have developed a UTPR FAQ that we encourage you to read carefully.
Click Here for Frequently Asked Questions:
Once you have read through the entire FAQ, if you still have questions send an email to: RatingChair@usapa.org.
This project has been a major commitment and top priority for everyone involved. As you can imagine, we have encountered many obstacles in our journey to provide an accurate and fair rating system for all tournament players. Unlike the old ratings program, the new USAPA Tournament Player Rating System is fully automated. In order to ensure a solid foundation, we are launching a Player History Review Phase. The player review phase is designed to have players actively help to ensure that we have player history as accurate as possible. Correct historical data is critical in order for the system to provide accurate ratings. During this time, we are asking all USAPA member tournament players to carefully review his/her tournament history for errors including: tournament results, listed partners, divisions played, and missing tournaments or events.
This is a key step in the process that will aid in the most accurate delivery of initial ratings possible. To view your personal tournament history being used to calculate your new ratings, click HERE. (Member login required).
If you identify a specific issue, such as the ones described above, please report the issue along with any details in an email to: MatchReview@PickleballTournaments.com. Please understand that we will not begin reviewing these errors until Tuesday, July 10. We appreciate your patience during the launch of the ratings. We will be carefully reviewing and responding to all reported errors and we anticipate it will take approximately 2 - 3 months to work through all of the reported issues.
During the Player History Review Phase, the ratings published on Monday, July 9, 2018 will be the new ratings used for all future tournament registrations including the 2018 USAPA National Tournament. Please keep in mind it is possible during this time that your rating may adjust slightly. This may occur even if none of your results change, but something with a partner or an opponent's history can impact your rating. During this time, whatever your rating is at the time you register for a tournament, that is the level you may play. Remember, you can still choose to play up in a higher skill level.
The USAPA Board of Directors wishes to say a special "Thank You" to PickleballTournaments.com,
PickleballRatings.com, and the USAPA Ratings Committee for their dedication to this project. We also wish to thank the USAPA membership for their continued support!