Coach Mark is an IPTPA Certified Rating Specialist (CRS-5). This designation means Coach Mark is authorized to administer the IPTPA Rating System for players up to the 4.5 skill level. Mark is also a Level 2 Certified Teaching Professional and 4.5 skill-rated player through IPTPA, the International Pickleball Teaching Professional Association.
The IPTPA Skill Level Rating System is used worldwide by IPTPA Certified Teaching Professionals and Rating Specialists to objectively test and develop the skills and performance of players. An IPTPA skill-level rating is a straightforward, reliable, and bias free measure of skill that is different from, but supportive of other ranking systems like DUPR and UTPR.
Coach Mark utilizes the IPTPA Rating System as a performance-based measure of skill improvement. He incorporates this objective rating protocol into his training plans for players aiming to get rated at the 3.0 – 4.5 levels. As with any performance-based test, you won’t be surprised by the expectations needed to move up in level.
And, your IPTPA rating is yours and yours alone. It’s not dependent on the performance of gameplay partners or questionable bracket decisions made in tournament or ladder competitions.