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2.5 Skill level should also possess all 2.0 skills

• Knows the basic rules including two bounce rule, scoring and player position relative to scoring

• Demonstrates basic pendulum swing on the forehand & backhand side

• Working on consistency while dinking down the line forehand & backhand

• Working on consistency while dinking cross court forehand & backhand

• Demonstrates proper side step movement while staying balanced at NVZ line

• Demonstrates a punch volley

• Is developing 3rd shot drop by dinking from the transition area

• Attempting to hit 3rd shot drop from baseline during match play

• Moving forward to approach NVZ for dinks & volleys

• Demonstrates an overhead with the proper sideways turn, arm positioning and backward movement

• Has good mobility and can move forward in a safe and balanced manner

• Has good eye-hand coordination

• Beginning to demonstrate control on forehand groundstrokes (direction, depth, height)

• Uses a backhand ground stroke

• Keeps ball in play during short rallies

 

3.0 Skill level should also possess all 2.5 skills

• Attempting to consistently dink while changing directions from cross court to down the line forehand & backhand

• Punches volley to the back ½ of opponent court

• Sustains a short volley exchange at the net • Can perform 3rd shot drop by dinking from the transition area

• Attempting to hit 3rd shot drop from baseline during match play

• Moving forward as a team to approach NVZ for dinks & volleys

• Can perform an overhead with better control while maintaining proper position

• Has good mobility & quickness

• Demonstrates improved control on forehand groundstrokes (direction, depth, height)

• Better control on backhand groundstrokes

• Keeps ball in play during short rallies

• Attempts offensive lobs during play

• Demonstrates placement & depth on serves

• Demonstrates placement & depth on return of serves

• Attempting to adjust to different ball speeds (serves, groundstrokes, volleys)

 

3.5 Skill level should also possess all 3.0 skills

• Can consistently dink while changing directions from cross court to down the line forehand & backhand

• Punches volley to the back ½ of opponent court, to keep opponents at the baseline

• Sustains a controlled volley exchange at the net

• Can perform 3rd shot drop from the baseline

• Attempting to hit 3rd shot drop from baseline during match play with greater success

• Moving forward as a team to approach NVZ for dinks & volleys

• Developing directional control while performing an overhead

• Demonstrates control on forehand groundstrokes (direction, speed, depth, height)

• Demonstrates control on backhand groundstrokes (direction, depth, height

• Keeps ball in play during rallies and is aware of minimizing errors

• Able to communicate effectively with partner & utilize different strategies to expose opponent weaknesses

• Using deeper and higher returns to approach the net quicker

• Uses offensive lobs effectively

• Demonstrates better placement and depth on serves

• Demonstrates better placement and depth on return of serves

• Improved control when adjusting to different ball speeds (serves, groundstrokes, volleys)

 

4.0 Skill level should also possess all 3.5 skills

• Sustains a volley exchange at the net and beginning to use directional control

• Can demonstrate a block volley

• Able to hit winning volley when a ball is popped up

• Better consistency when performing 3rd shot drop from the baseline

• Can hit 3rd shot drop from baseline during match play with greater success

• Moves effectively with partner, easily switching sides, and communicates when required

• Controls play at the NVZ line, by keeping their opponent back if they’re at the baseline

• Initiates & maintains a dink exchange to elicit a put away shot

• Can demonstrate an effective poach, and understands when it’s appropriate

• Able to change a fast paced strategy to a slow one and vice versa

• Can consistently perform an overhead and beginning to place the shot for winners

• Demonstrates control on forehand groundstrokes (direction, depth, height, spin)

• Demonstrates control on backhand groundstrokes (direction, depth, height)

• Keeps ball in play during rallies, minimizing errors

• Able to adjust to differing ball speeds consistently

• Uses offensive lobs effectively

• Beginning to use spin effectively on a variety of shots

• Maintains greater patience in dinks & rallies

• Beginning to anticipate shots more frequently (watching opponents paddle face)