Are You Interested In A Certified Rating?

From Kathy Getto and Chris Mounier

An Interview with a Ratings Specialist

While the goal for everyone playing this game is to “improve” and be competitive, this often comes as a result of “playing with players of equal abilities”. Therefore, finding our ability or skill rating is important so we can compete and more importantly have fun..

While some players go to tournaments and learn through wins and losses that they are closer to this level than that level, there is a quicker way to find out what your skill level is. 

How? By booking a session with a rating specialist. 

Today we are interviewing a ratings guy who lives in the Treasure Valley… 

Can you tell us your name and a little about yourself? 

My name is Chris Mounier, and I’m a “Certified Rating Specialist” through IPTPA. 

What is IPTPA?  

International Pickleball Teaching Professional Association. They are the world leader in developing teaching standards in the sport of pickleball. 

Why should I consider getting a certified rating? 

By obtaining a certified rating through this program, players will achieve an internationally recognized rating for recreational skill level play at clubs and the confidence of knowing which skill level to enter at their first tournament. 

Players who have gone through an IPTPA rating session have a clear understanding of their strengths and weaknesses while having a better understanding of the path needed for individual improvement. 

Is the rating system you use accurate and effective? How does it work? 

The IPTPA rating system is the only 100% objective skill-based rating system in the world. 

Players will be tested on dinks, ground strokes, 3rd shop drops, volleys, overhead, offensive lobs, serves and return of serves. 

They will also participate in “ghost doubles”, where they will play other players at the level they are testing to achieve. 

I’m interested in learning more. How do I contact you? 

I am a member of BAPA, live in the Boise area and am also a  ” Certified Pickleball Trainer” by both Pickleball Coaching International and the International Pickleball Teaching Professional Association. I look forward to meeting and working with you. 

You can reach me at or by phone at 818-825-6678.