Round Robin and Ladder Play FAQ
RR Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Do I have to have a computer and an email address to participate?
A. Yes, you must provide an email address and have computer internet access since signup routines for the groups are done electronically.
Q. What happens if I show up late?
A. You may or may not be able to play. Captains retain the discretion to determine whether you can still play. Generally, you may be permitted to join if adding a player will eliminate a bye.
Q. Can I bring a guest to play?
A. Possibly. RR Captains may allow a guest to play in order to complete a team of four but may not exclude qualified PPA members from participating in order to accommodate a guest. A guest player must complete a City of Prescott Park’s Department Waiver beforehand.
Q. Can I become a member on the spot?
A. No. Go to Prescottickleball.org and sign up to become a member and then contact the Captain in order to participate. At this time, you should complete the on-line waiver form.
Q. Can I drop down a level if I don’t feel comfortable?
A. Yes, with approval from the lower-level captain. They will add you to their roster.
Q. Will we be keeping the scores and using them?
A. Yes. Each RR maintains player averages to determine eligibility for Championship week and to determine if a player may need to move up or down in RR level.
Q. I’m not a competitive player but I like social play, should I participate?
A. Generally, no. This is for competitive players, tournament style. However, the 2.5 RR is intended to allow players to determine whether they wish to participate in this level of competition.
Q. Can a lower-level player ever play up?
A. Yes, Captains retain the right to fill an allotted RR court with available players (same skill level or lower).
Q. I’m a 4.0+ but don’t have a USAPA rating. Can I play with my 4.0+ friends in the PPA RR?
A. No. You MUST have an IFP sanctioned tournament rating of 4.0 or HIGHER; a self-rating is not acceptable. This rating is determined by your HIGHEST rating in any particular category (MD, WD, MXD), by current 2 digit rating or UTPR.
Q. I have a 4.0+ skill level rating at another club. Can I play as a 4.0+ in PPA RR’s?
A. No. You MUST have an IFP sanctioned tournament rating of 4.0 or HIGHER; a self-rating is not acceptable. This rating is determined by your HIGHEST rating in any particular category (MD, WD, MXD), by current 2-digit rating or UTPR.
Q. I don’t have any rating but play competitively during the week. Can I start playing in PPA RR’s?
A. Yes. Based on skill, knowledge, and game experience, you may play at the 2.5 or 3.0 level. Your opportunity to move up will be based on: Actual RR match scores, RR Captain recommendations and/or input from PPA evaluator.
Q. I’m a PPA member and a 3.5 at another club and don’t have a USAPA rating. Can I play in the 3.5 PPA RR’s?
A. Possibly. You must give the 3.5 RR Captain contact information for your other club so that they can verify your rating as 3.5.
Q. I have a USAPA rating but play way above that rating. Can I play up to the next level?
A. Not immediately. You must play at your USAPA rating until the RR Captain recommends a move up/down.
Q. I have a USAPA rating that’s about to change (higher UTPR) to the next higher level. Can I sign up for the next level?
A. Yes, once your higher published skill level of play is posted by USAPA.
Q. I have a higher Men’s/Women’s/MXD Doubles rating. What skill level am I eligible to play?
A. You may play at your highest USAPA rating. Please notify the appropriate RR Captain of your highest rating.
Q. I noticed that there was an uneven number of players in one of the PPA RR’s. Can I play UP one level if they need me?
A. Possibly. The RR Captain for that skill level will make the decision whether to invite you to play on the day in question.
Q. I’m a VERY competitive player and often play up one level at USAPA tournaments. Can I play up one level at PPA’s RR events?
A. No. You must first play at your USAPA skill level. There are times where you MAY be able to play up, e.g., if there are an uneven number of players for the RR, the Captain may invite you to play on the day in question.
Q. I am USAPA rated and would like to play down one level with my friends. Can I elect to play down?
A. No, in general you must play in the RR that matches your USAPA rating. If there is a need for an additional player to even out match assignments, the RR Captain may invite you to play on the day in question.
Q. If I’ve already played at a PPA RR event, can I play at another PPA RR event the same week?
A. Possibly. The RR Captain may allow you to play at a PPA RR event to fill their RR allotted courts. For RR’s that are held twice a week, the Captain may not permit pre-registration of a player who has already participated earlier in the same week.
Q. What is the PPA review and evaluation process?
A. A Reviewer/evaluator appointed by the PPA Board of Directors will spend time with you and evaluate your skills as measured by an objective list of skills per rating level.