Ratings Process 2020-2021 Season

The process for doing ratings this year will be very similar to last year's.

First, in order to be considered for moving to a higher level, a member must be an active player. Active means that a member has played at least 10 times within the past 30 days. However, due to the smaller size of the 4.0 and up group, they need only play at least 7 times within 30 days.

Any member of SLPCC may submit an application (using the correct form found on the club website) that he/she wishes to be considered for moving up to a higher level. The order in which applicants are selected for a Level Up Trial (LUT) will not be based on the order that we receive applications, but rather on the input we receive from Ratings Input Coordinators (RICs).

A “LEVEL UP TRIAL” or “LUT” is the opportunity to see if a person is a good fit for the next higher level and has the skills to continually participate at that new level. “Rating Input Coordinators” or “RICs” are people who have volunteered to help LUTs adjust to the workings of the level that they are trying out for and to help the LUT understand what skill requirements are needed for that specific level.

The Role of the RICs

     A. To help the LUTs feel welcomed into the level that they are trying out for, get in to play with as many people as possible (even if that means moving their paddle around to make it happen), and to make them follow the simple guides that we have for them (i.e. name tags, not playing against or with other LUTs, keeping their log book, etc.).
     B. To make an effort to play with and against the LUTs whenever possible.
     C. RICs will observe the LUTs playing skills whenever possible.  We will be trying to accommodate 4 LUTs at a time instead of 3 this year.  We have shortened the trial period from 10 days of play to 5 days of play.

     D. RICs will complete a survey at the end of an LUT trial like all other players that have played with or against the LUT,  but their opinions will be rated heavier (if they have played with/against the LUT).
     E. We will be having a LEVELING PANEL that will make the final decision about the skills and abilities of the member. They will be responsible for deciding whether or not the applicant will move up to the next level. The RICs will not have
to make that decision.
     F. The RICs will have an opportunity to state objections about the decision to level up or not before a final decision is published.
     G. RICs will help identify players that should be moved down

A maximum of 4 players, per level,  may do a LUT at any one time.  The LUT must fit into the mid-range for skills at the new level, not near the bottom of the skill range, in order to be promoted. During the LUT, the LUT must wear a name tag during club play so that all players will be able to identify that they are there on a trial basis. An LUT candidate will be required to keep a playing log of the dates of play and who the LUT played with and against. LUTs should not be playing with or against other LUTs.

After an LUT has played 5 times within a 20-day period, they will hand in their log book to any member on the Leveling Committee or let someone on the Leveling Committee know that they have placed their log book into the court mailbox.
Based on information in the log book, an evaluation survey will be sent out to the players that played with/against the LUT. The RICs evaluation survey will carry more merit than a regular member evaluation. The information obtained from these surveys will be analyzed by the Leveling Committee and a decision regarding leveling up will be rendered. The LUT will be
notified. The Leveling Committee will consist of 2 club members and 1 board member. The role of this committee is to make a leveling decision, based on the evaluations received from club members and RICs. A RIC's evaluation will be weighted more heavily than other evaluations when it comes to making a decision about a LUT advancement (that is their role and in their job description).


An email notifying the player of his or her status will be sent to the player within approximately one week of completing the LUT. Members who are not qualified to move up after the LUT will be given a written summary of what skills need to
be improved and/or added and may be given an opportunity at a later time to try the LUT again when his or her skills have improved.


There is no longer a probationary period. Whenever it becomes apparent that a member does not have the skills for the level at which he or she is rated, that member will be required to move down, or may be given an opportunity to have a
skills assessment, at the discretion of the Board. This may happen at any time.


There is no appeal process.

By encouraging everyone to work together, we hope to develop a system that will allow us to continually evaluate players and allow active members to be part of the rating process.