Skill Level Definition:
Updated April 17, 2011
The following skill level set is intended to be used as a guide when either instructing a clinic, teaching friends to play or as a helpful mechanism in determining a player¡¦s level for entering Ladder play. It is not intended, for example, that all A Players have the skills listed, nor B, C or Novice. It is useful to know, however, what you should strive for at any given skill level. Each player¡¦s level of success will vary widely for each of the skills within each set. Some of the ¡§Open¡¨ players may be very successful at many of these skills while a lower level A player may have only limited success at many of these skills. The same holds true for the B, C and Novice player. The point is that you can use this list as a guide to improve your game.
A / 4.0 PLAYERS
„« Should know most of the rules of pickleball.
„« Are generally able to control and place both the serve and return of serve.
„« Are generally consistent in their play and understand the match strategy of the game and when to use specific shots.
„« Can move effectively with a partner and can generally switch court positions to cover their partner’s side when required.
„« Are comfortable playing at the non-volley line and work with their partner to control the non-volley line.
„« Can usually block strong volleys directed at them at the non-volley zone, or “kitchen” and are developing their skill to place their volleys.
„« Should be developing excellent footwork to move forward, backward and laterally with ease and quickness.
„« Can generally sustain “dinks” and at times “put away” their shots.
„« Can generally hit overheads and are striving to place them.
„« Are striving to be able to change from a soft shot strategy to a hard shot strategy during any given point play or vice versa.
„« Are working towards mastering the drop shot as a tool to effectively approach the non-volley line.
„« Should generally be able to initiate a “drop-shot” from mid-court and from the baseline.
„« Are very good at avoiding returned shots which may be going out of bounds or into the net
„« Can generally poach effectively.
„« Can generally recognize and exploit weaknesses in their opponent's game.
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