Self-Rating Assessment/Club Ratings

 Click on the link below to access the Current Club Ratings

 Click here to start the Self-Rating Assessment.

Self-Assessment Background Information

**You will also find a link to the survey at the bottom of the page.

We thank you for your patience as we tried to make certain our online assessment correlated with the USAPA algorithms.

Several points:

1. The official USAPA/ rating supercedes both and our online assessment and will be used for our local leagues/tournaments beginning Jan. 1, 2019.

2. If you don’t agree with your rating, please notify Bob Sester (360-808-7605; or Beverly Hoffman (360-681-2478;, or Doug Hastings (360-565-6555; We’ll have a comment period until Dec. 1 where members can discuss concerns about your individual rating. After Dec. 1, the posted ratings will be used for club play.

3. If you play in tournaments, the USAPA will be adjusting/revising your rating depending on your play. If your rating changes, please let us know so we can update our ratings.

4. The ten skills scored on the online assessment become a road map for how to improve an individual’s game: Do you communicate? Can you dink? What percentage of your third shots are successful? Perhaps some of us will begin to take informal statistics on ourselves to work toward a stronger game.

Bob Sester, Doug Hastings, and Beverly Hoffman



If you have not completed a Self-Assessment, start here to complete the online survey.

In an effort to streamline and parallel the USAPA rating system, the Sequim Pickleball Club has adopted the following rating structure to achieve these standards in a manageable format.  It will allow the placement of members at various levels in the 2.0 to 5.0 rating structure.  Members playing in local leagues or entering tournaments will be confident of their skill level and be competitive, thus eliminating “the Sandbagger effect.”

1.  Members fill out the Sequim Picklers’ Doubles’ Skill Rating Assessment listed on the website found in the Club Ratings & Skill Rating Procedure menu.  Additionally, he/she includes his/ her official USAPA rating.  (For beginning players, the Sequim Pickler instructor will notify the evaluation committee when he/she progresses to a novice and can be rated.)

2.  Answer the ten questions on the Self-Assessment Form and submit the completed form.  It will then be tallied and scored and your rating will be published.

3.  The evaluation committee will then review the results and determine if the individual has rated himself/ herself at their current skill level.  If a person rates himself/herself either too high or low, he/she can be scheduled for a court-rated performance to demonstrate skills through a series of 3 evaluation games and a doubles’ drill.  If a player develops a temporary or permanent illness, disability, or feels his/ her age has compromised play, he/she can ask the evaluation committee to lower the rating for league play.  (If a USAPA member, the appeal would go directly to the organization.)

4.  If desired, each member can have one field evaluation per calendar year and can contact the evaluation committee to set up a scheduled time.  If a person feels an additional evaluation is needed, his/her request will be considered.

5.  After tournaments, the USAPA can automatically change a rating when a person/team consistently wins or loses on a quarterly basis.  Should this happen, please let the evaluation committee know your new rating.

6.  If you have questions, call or email Bob Sester (360-808-7605/ or Beverly Hoffman (360-681-2478/

Vocabulary to better understand the questionnaire:

Dink Shot:  A soft shot that is intended to arc over the net and land within the kitchen (Non-Volley Zone.)

Drop Shot:  A shot that falls short of the opponent’s position on the opponent’s side of the court.

Groundstroke:  Hitting the ball firmly after it has bounced on the forehand or backhand side.

Rally:  Continuous play that occurs after the serve and before a fault/ error. 

Volley:  During a rally, hitting the ball while in the air before the ball bounces.

Lob:  Hitting the ball over the opponent’s head in a high arc.

Bob Sester, Doug Hastings, Beverly Hoffman


 Click here to start the Self-Rating Assessment.

Click here to view the Statistics For Field Evaluations sheet.

Click here for a printable copy of the Self-Rating Assessment.