Pickledilly News

The USAPA is excited to announce the new official tournament rating system powered by PickleballTournaments.com. The new joint venture will greatly enhance the tournament structure for all pickleball events enabling tournament directors to create fair and balanced player brackets while participants will now know their standings from the newly-created rating system.

“We are extremely excited to bring a fully-automated, results-based ratings and ranking system to our sport,” said USAPA Executive Director Justin Maloof. “We believe this system will be a huge benefit to tournament directors and serve as yet another value-add feature to our members.”

The new USAPA Pickleball Tournament Rating System will be similar to those currently being used in tennis, badminton, squash, table tennis, and other sports. Ratings will be extremely accurate, objective and universal. They will be calculated by computer using strategically-created algorithms and will be based on tournament results from the past two years and adopting weighting factors such as tournament format (sanctioned vs. non-sanctioned), recency of play and strength of the player’s opponent. PickleballTournaments.com worked closely with data specialists from Pickleball Ratings to develop the new ratings system.

“The agreement with the USAPA to provide tournament ratings fulfills a desire we’ve had at PickleballTournaments.com to utilize the large collection of tournament results we’ve collected over the years to improve tournament play experience for players and Tournament Directors,” said PickleballTournaments.com President Melissa McCurley. “These tournament ratings will only grow in the benefits provided to USAPA members as well as USAPA-sanctioned tournaments.”

Unlike the 2-digit skill rating (ex. 3.5) that has been used for many years by players, clubs and tournaments, the USAPA Tournament Ratings will be a 4-digit rating (ex. 3.786) and will prove to be more precise. Based on accumulated statistical data, the 4-digit rating will map to a player’s updated or new 2-digit skill level. Examples, a player rating of 3.994 maps to a 3.5 skill level and a 4.014 rating maps to a 4.0 skill level. The USAPA Tournament Ratings will be calculated for five competitive divisions -- Men’s Singles, Women’s Singles, Men’s Doubles, Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles. USAPA member players will be able to check their ratings on their USAPA.org member profile and by July of this year, players will also be able to view their ratings on their PickleballTournaments.com member profile. Additional features will include the ability to access other USAPA member player’s rating, and a list of the “Top 100” rated players in the five divisions.

Improvements to the USAPA Tournament Ratings system will be overseen by an advisory board established by the USAPA. They will include representatives of PickleballTournaments.com, major event tournament directors, 5.0 tournament players, statisticians, and computer scientists.

While we wait for the completion and launch of the new rating system, USAPA will no longer be accepting rating recommendations from tournament directors or raters. Players wishing to appeal his/her rating for an event prior to the release may continue to do so by emailing ratingschair@usapa.org. Players without a rating may self-rate following the guidelines on the USAPA website.

Once the new ratings are in place, players will register for tournaments using the new USAPA Tournament Rating. All registrations prior to the release of the new system will not be affected. An FAQ document is currently being drafted and will be available soon. USAPA and Pickleballtournaments.comwill not be fielding individual questions until the FAQ document is released.

 

By Mike Beckner

Our Pickledilly Donate Day last week was an unqualified success thanks wholly to your great generosity and unfailing enthusiasm.  Yesterday morning I accompanied our leaders Nancy and Jim to transfer your donations to ACTS.  Ms. Karen Perry, Operations Manager for ACTS, was very gracious in expressing her gratitude for your efforts on their behalf.  The four heaping grocery carts (photos below) will go a long way in feeding local families who desperately need the support. 

Thank you all again for your kindness, both on and off the court.  You guys are the greatest!  Hopefully this is just the beginning of a long tradition of the Pickledillys giving back to our community!

Paddles up!

Mike 

 

We are sorry to hear of the passing of one of our players, Charles "Gil" Mullins. An obituary can be found in the April 15 edition of the Aiken Standard. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

 

Registration is now open for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Tournament.  For more details, see the flyer below.

 

With added court availability at the end of morning play beginning in March, we have added some new 1-hour slots called "Drilling and Singles". This slot will give players the opportunity alone or with others to work on specific areas of their games. Instructors will NOT be attending these sessions; this is for players to work on skills independently or in groups. Players will also be allowed to use a court for playing singles during this time.  

 

The City of Aiken is beginning construction at Eustis Park and wants to make sure all of the pickleball players are aware of this. The site demolition and construction is currently underway. Users of Eustis Park must park in designated parking spaces on Edgefield Avenue. Please be cautious of construction work zones along the perimeter of the park.

 

Just a reminder that we list upcoming tournaments on the "Tournaments" page of this site, which is accessible via the main menu.  If you know of an upcoming tournament, let us know and we will be glad to list it.

 

The first ever Land of the Sky pickleball tournament will be held in Fletcher, NC (near Asheville) July 6-8 2018.  Registration is now open.  For more information, see the flyer below or go to Pickleballtournaments.com.

 

 

We welcome all winter visitors.  If you have been rated in another state or locale, and you plan to be in Aiken for only a few months, please contact one of the player representatives for that level.  (Contact information for the representatives cn be found on the "Contacft us" page of this website.)  A representative will play a few games with you to determine if your rating is in line with our local levels. 

 

 

Congratulations to Bill, Al, Bobbi, Dick, and Ray, our honored guests at Friday night's social.  These five players are all 80+ years old.  We are so proud of them and hope that we are all playing pickleball at 80.  We wish you many more happy, healthy years.

 

 

 

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