The NSPA is committed to having all of it’s members accurately rated. We are making every effort to offer as many evaluation sessions as we can can with the resources we have available to us.


The fact is, you do not need a rating to be a member and participate in most of our activities. A percentage of our programming and activities require a specific rating. These would be programs that are in need of having like-skilled players in a more competitive environment.

Some of our programs such as: leagues, tournaments, drill sessions, challenge court, etc.; depend on having groups of players that are of like-skill and abilities. These programs are designed to challenge people of all levels and that is best served by having them grouped by rating.


The NSPA has two divisions to their rating system. The first division is separated by Novice, Intermediate, and Advanced. This system allows players to be assigned directly to a specific board member they can communicate with about skill specific programming and events.

The second system is separated by color. There are six ratings that members can receive: YELLOW, ORANGE, GREEN, BLUE, RED, BLACK. These are the specific ratings that all players will receive and must have to participate in programming. All members are issued a yellow rating as soon as they become members the first time. Ratings carry over as members renew their memberships.

NSPA recognizes the following ratings:


Intermediate: GREEN | BLUE

Advanced: RED | BLACK


Director of Novice Play – Anthony Verderame

Director of Intermediate Play – Jim Peden

Director of Advanced Play – Brent Waiwaiole


In order to be consistent with our programming, we need our own system of classifying each participants skill level. The standard rating system used by the USAPA (3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, 5.0) is based on a tournament performance rating and not all players have tournament experience; therefore, do not have a UTPR rating. Self-ratings are subjective and are frequently relative to the club, organization, or players they are associated with. The same rating in one club may not mean the same thing as the same rating in another club. We use colors to remove any confusion of other club ratings in a way that can be relative to our own programming needs.


If you are a member, you already have a rating. Once a member registers for the first time in our association they are given a YELLOW rating. If a member wishes to change their ratings, a member can do one of two things:

Submit a UTPR Rating

A player can submit their UTPR rating and the NSPA will convert it to the appropriate club rating. Please note that a UTPR rating is different than a USAPA rating. UPTR ratings are established by performance in tournaments that are rated through pickleballtournaments.com. Please note the following upon turning in UTPR ratings:

  1. Only MD and WD UTPR ratings will be accepted. Mixed ratings and singles ratings will not be used.
  2. A minimum of 5 games will be required to accept the full UPTR rating.
  3. If a player has 5 or less recorded games to determine their UPTR, the NSPA will assign the following:
    BLUE rating for any UTPR rating between 4.5 – 5.0.
    GREEN rating for any UTPR rating between 4.0-4.449
    ORANGE rating for any UTPR rating between 3.5 – 3.999
    YELLOW rating for any UTPR rating less than 3.5

Acquire a NSPA rating

Members can obtain a NSPA rating directly by completing one of the following:

  1. Attend a NSPA ratings evaluation clinic
  2. Play in a sanctioned NSPA tournament

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