Skill Levels

Players are rated based on their abilities in Pickleball. So what is your rating?

2.0 Skill level

  • Moves in a balanced and safe manner.
  • Getting at least 50% of serves in the service court and returning 50% of serves.
  • Are learning where to stand on court during serves, returns and point play but are still not comfortable with some positions.
  • Knows the 2 bounce rule and applies it during games. Can keep score comfortably.
  • Will have basic ground strokes with a very limited use of backhand, overhead, and volley. • Capable of keeping ball in play for a couple of shots.

2.5 Skill level – possesses all 2.0 skills plus:

  • 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 – possesses all 2.5 skills plus:

  • 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 – possesses all 3.0 skills plus:

  • 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 – possesses all 3.5 skills plus:

  • 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).

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