Our mission is to render accurate, objective, and timely pickleball player and team ratings from tournament and match results for as many pickleball players around the world as possible.
PickleballRatings.com was created in 2015 by Kevin Richards and Brian Hendrickson, both residents of the Portland, Oregon metropolitan region. They decided to tackle the pickleball ratings conundrum after Kevin interviewed, on camera, fellow Columbia River Pickleball Club member Paul Porch about his ideas on moving to a more dynamic and accurate ratings system. While editing that video in early September of 2015, it dawned on Kevin that his friend Brian had the programming expertise to possibly bring this vision to fruition. Over the course of the next five weeks, they went to work on trying to create the system as Paul and another CRPC member (not to mention pickleball legacy figure) Steve Paranto described it in their respective YouTube videos. They next reached out to Pickleball Tournaments LLC and an informal partnership was struck, which allowed for access to the historical data from past tournaments.
In the spring of 2016, they formed Grantstone Ventures LLC with the larger vision of creating multiple solutions that use cutting edge technology to improve the sporting experience. Around the same time, Grantstone rolled out the first version of the “Clique & Club” Ratings Tool for clubs and other sized groups and associations to upload match data to process player ratings for that group.
In April of 2018, Grantstone reached a two-year agreement with Pickleball Station Inc., which had recently acquired PickleballTournaments.com, to process player tournament ratings for the U.S. Pickleball Association.
In February of 2019, 15 clubs were selected to test an updated mobile-friendly version of the Clique & Club tool. The success of this test led to interest from the Pickleball Canada Organization (PCO) and a subsequent agreement for a special offer from Grantstone to all PCO affiliated clubs with an extended free trial concluding on June 30, 2019.