Rating System


The Paddle Tennis Rating System (PTRS) has been adopted by the USPTA as the official system for determining the levels of competition for all USPTA sanctioned paddle tennis tournaments. As a competitive, or at least serious, paddle tennis player, you should know where you fall on this rating scale. Why? It will help you find   playing partners who more closely match your play level and make for better, more interesting paddle tennis.

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The primary goal of the program is to help all paddle tennis players enjoy the game by providing a method of classifying skill levels for more compatible matches, group lessons, league play, tournaments and other programs.


The rating categories are generalizations about skill levels. You may find that you actually play above or below the category that best describes your skill level, depending on your competitive ability. The category you choose is not meant to be permanent, but may be adjusted as your skills change or as your match play demonstrates the need for reclassification. Ultimately your rating is based upon match results.

Players must rate themselves in accordance with the PTRS. When players are rating themselves and they question at which level they should play, they should place themselves in the higher level of play.

It is important that you are honest in evaluating your level of ability. Players who are good athletes and/or intend to spend a great deal of time taking lessons and practicing should be aware that their improvement may be significant enough to surpass their original self-rated level. All players are subject to disqualification from their current level if they are playing at too low an PTRS level and consequently win two tournaments in one year. Players should aspire to improve their skills by playing against opponents who have similar or better skills than they have and not focus on beating other, less skilled, players. In an effort to avoid disqualification, you should place yourself at the higher level of play.


A. Begin with 1.0.  Read all categories carefully and then decide which one best describes your present ability level. Be certain that you qualify on all points of all preceding levels as well as those in the level you choose.

B. When rating yourself assume you are playing against a player of the same gender and the same ability.

1 This player has no experience   and is just starting to play paddle tennis.
They are learning how to keep the ball in play.
2 This player has obvious stroke weaknesses but is familiar with the basic positions
for singles and doubles play from a limited amount of paddle tennis experience.
This player needs on-court experience to develop.
2.5 This player is learning to judge where the ball is going although court coverage is weak.
Can sustain a short rally of slow pace with other players of the same ability and
get their serve in consistently.
3 This player is fairly consistent when hitting medium paced shots, but is not comfortable
with all strokes and lacks execution when trying for directional control, depth, or power
but can hit overheads, volley and lobs.
3.5 This player has achieved improved stroke dependability with directional control on moderate shots, but still lacks depth and variety. This player exhibits more aggressive net play, has improved court coverage, and is developing teamwork in doubles. B
4 This player has dependable strokes, including directional control and depth on both forehand and   backhand sides on moderate shots, plus the ability to use lobs, overhead and volleys with some success. This player can get the serve in consistently and teamwork in doubles is evident.
Average tennis players usually fall into this category after playing paddle tennis a few times.
4.5 This player can handle pace, has sound footwork, can control depth of shots, and is beginning to vary game plan according to opponents. This player can hit serves with depth and spin to force weak returns. Aggressive net play is common in doubles.
Experienced 4.5 tennis players can start at this level.
5 This player has good shot anticipation and frequently has an outstanding shot or attribute around which a game may be structured. This player can regularly hit winners or force errors off of short balls and can put away volleys, can successfully execute lobs, drop shots, overhead smashes, and has learned to use the serve and returns as a weapon in singles or doubles. A
5.5 This person has previously played tennis at the highest levels or is a paddle tennis player previously ranked high in the A division and may have won an A division USPTA tournament in the past.
All high A level players should be playing at this OPEN level in 2012 due to the new PTRS format.
6 This person is a very experienced paddle tennis player who has competed
at the OPEN or Pro levels in the past.
7 This person is a world class player who has won OPEN level tournaments in the past. OPEN