Shootout Overview

Please watch the above video for an overview of how Pickleball Den Shootout works.

Our shootout play software is different than ladder leagues. Our software has a list of all players, and the software determines skill level as play moves along. You do not need to divide up your players into ladders.

Also, we’ve incorporated other Pickleball functions into our software. You can incorporate signup sheets for your players, and also email your players all from within the Pickleball Den software. Players can invite other players (if your club is marked as public), etc. So keep in mind that you’re getting several different ‘functions’ all within Pickleball Den.


With a large group of pickleball players, it’s difficult to have players of varied skill levels play together and see happy smiles across the courts (yep, it happens everywhere!). Players ranking their own skills to beginner, intermediate, and advanced very seldom work. A shootout helps alleviate these issues.

A shootout format accomplishes having similar skill levels play with each other, while also allowing players to progress to higher courts as their skills improve. It works, it’s a proven solution, and all it requires is little effort and cooperation.

The organizer as well can enjoy game play. Organizers aren’t required to sit on the sidelines managing it. Once you have it setup, a person from each court can fill out the shootout forms themselves. As an organizer myself, I’ve played in many shootouts that I was managing. I’ve had great cooperation from players, and they appreciated my time and effort. It can be the same at your place as well.

Okay, I’m sold, so how does it work?

There are three parts to the ranking method:

Play Sheets: These are used to track results of game play between a set of players. This is the “worksheet” that feeds information into the Pickleball Den ranking system.
Data Entry: Results of game play are entered into the ranking system which will determine each of the players ranking and future court assignment.
Ranking Sheet: At the end of a shootout day, and after data has been entered into our system, Pickleball Den will, at your discretion, distribute an Email report of results to all players so they know where they stand in the ranking.

That’s it! The software and other players do the majority of work. All you do is get it started and not be afraid to try it. You just walk in on the shootout day, fill out some sheets, hand them to players, they play, and return the sheets to you for you to enter the results into our software. And if you need help with the software (we’ve made this easy to use as well!), we’re here to answer your questions!

You may find more details in our shootout instructions page.

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