Skill Level Definition:
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.
NOVICE / 2.5 PLAYERS
„« Has taken the introductory lesson or has played with other pickleball players who have taught them the very basic rules of how to play the game.
„« Should be learning to move around the court in a balanced and safe manner as opposed to running at great speed, totally out of control, thereby becoming a danger to themselves and others.
„« Are learning how to get their serve in regularly.
„« Are learning where to stand on the court during serves, returns and point play.
„« Are using deeper and higher serves and/or returns to allow themselves time to move to the non-volley zone, or “kitchen” and should be allowed some freedom in staying back so they can improve their ground strokes.
„« Should know how to keep score and where to stand at the beginning of each point.
„« May not have learned how to effectively dink but should be attempting to do so.
„« Should place more emphasis on keeping the ball in play as opposed to trying to hit it low and hard or trying to place the ball better than the player’s skill allows.
„« Should be able to lob with a forehand when desired, although probably not well.
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