Basic Seeding

In preparing a draw, it is important to consider as much background information about the players as possible. Most events are seeded according to a set of criteria that incude a player’s results in the previous year’s event (it it is ongoing), any recent results, state and national ranking points and “common sense.”

Common sense includes – what to do when a player changes age brackets during the year; players who compete on the pro tour while maintaining their ameteur status; former pros; personal knowledge of the players (do they play lots of tournaments to earn points, but rarely win them?) – plus many other variales.

For example, the top ranked player in your area may not automatically retain the #1 seed position when you consider the last-minute entry of a four-time national champion from out of town. It’s all relative.

While tournament directors and seeding committees rarely manage to please all of the people all of the time, many use these widely-accepted, standard guidelines to establish a fair draw.

Example of a 16 draw tournament:

1 vs 16


Basic Ranking

Event Level & Description

Finish & Point Awards

1=Closed State Tournament 1st=20, 2nd=20, 3rd=15, 4th=10, 5-8=5
2=Open Tournament 1st=50, 2nd=30, 3rd=20, 4th=15, 5-8=10
3=State Championship 1st=150, 2nd=100, 3rd=75, 4th=50, 5-8=25
4=Regional Championship 1st=250, 2nd=150, 3rd=100, 4th=75, 5-8=50
5=National Invitation 1st=300, 2nd=200, 3rd=150, 4th=100, 5-8=75
6=National Championship 1st=600, 2nd=400, 3rd=300, 4th=200, 5-8=100*

*In draws of 48 or more at a national championship, the 9-16th place finishers receive 50 points.

Skill Divisions
In skill divisions A, B, C, D, Novice and Age/Skill (e.g. 35+ intermediate) a players eligibility will be determined by the number of points accumulated in the division. Individuals who accumulate either a maximum number of wins or a maximum number of points must be placed.

Skill Levels
A – Three level two wins or 175 pts* = must play Open
B – Two level two wins or 125 pts* = must play A
C – Two level two wins or 125 pts* = must play B
D – Two level two wins or 110 pts* = must play C
Novice – One level two win or 75 pts* = must play D
*Points Accumulated on a 12 month moving average.

Player’s Options
If an individual accumulates the maximum number of points in any given division through extensive tournament play (not wins) and feels neither qualified nor competitive in the higher division he or she may petition to have all points removed from the ranking and begin to accumulate again. This request must be in writing to the CRA and the applicant will be advised if he or she has been reclassified.

Finalists in level 3,4,5 & 6 tournaments must move out of that division in sanctioned play. Divisions that are run as Round Robins (This does not aply to State Championships) will not have ranking points submitted.


Basic Rating

Ratings reflect skill levels, and differ from rankings and seedings. The following, recognized player classifications have been developed by the certified instructors and clinicians of the American Racquetball Organization (AmPRO).

Level & Experience



… is the highest level player
May retain ametuer eligibility if all prize money is deposited with the USRA and applied against expenses Plays on the Pro Tour and in Pro/Am Tournaments … is allowed to play tournaments that offer prize money
is classified as the highest level of ametuer play
Rated higher than an A player … Probably coaches or gives lessons Plays in most tournaments, local, state and regional levels … has completed clinics, maybe an elite camp
is someone who plays regulary … a top player in the club
Trains regularly, backhand & forehand strokes are near equal … good depth of knowledge, with high percentage, no apparent weakness … has perfected the rollout and now re-kills opponent’s attempted offensive shots Can adn probably does compete in sanctioned tournaments … may seek to participate in an USRA Elite Camp and eithr has a coach or is seeking a coach
is someone who plays regularly and finds time to practice on their own to perfect shots
Has good knowledge of court strategy & positioning in offense and defense situations … is able to select the proper shot most of the time … but still inconsistent but improving … is developing patience and is able to accept tips from better players Shows interest in private racquetball lessons and instructional camps … participates in most club events, like club tournaments, leagues, and round robins
is someone who has player over six months … plays frequently, and is developing strengths in the basics listed for a D player
level of knowledgeis rising and can execute most shots with some precision …can safely attempt ceiling, pinches, pass shots, and an occasional rollout has taken a lesson and/or attended a racquetball clinic … has begun entering small tournaments and has an extra racquet
is someone who is just beginning to receive instruction, but lacks playing experience
is in the process of learning safety, rules, forehand & backhand strokes … experiments with Z serves, backwall shots, angles and passing shots is ready to start participating in club leagues and friendly competition