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.
B / 3.5 PLAYERS
„« Should be continuing to improve their knowledge of the rules of pickleball.
„« Should generally be able to get their serve in play and return most serves.
„« Should be regularly serving deep and returning a serve deep.
„« Should understand most match strategy and tactics that apply to skills that they either possess or are trying to learn.
„« Should be improving their skill to play with partners effectively.
„« Should possess all shots; such as forehand and backhand, lob, overhead smash and continued dink, and hit them with a high level of consistency.
„« Should be starting to regularly use a drop-shot from . court and from the baseline.
„« Are improving in knowing when to make specific shots.
„« Should be learning when to use soft shots versus power shots to their advantage.
„« Should be gaining the reflexes and judgment to avoid returned shots which may be going out of bounds.
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