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.
OPEN / 5.0 and/or 4.5 PLAYERS
„« Knows the rules of pickleball.
„« Can control and place the ball effectively.
„« Are consistent in their play, understands the match strategy of the game and when to use specific shots.
„« Can move effectively with a partner and easily switch court positions to cover their partner’s side when required.
„« Plays effectively at the non-volley line to control the point.
„« Can block strong volleys directed at them at the non-volley zone, or “kitchen” and has the skill to place their volleys.
„« Can consistently execute a drop-shot from mid-court and from the baseline, to begin and sustain “dinks”.
„« Have effective “put away” shots.
„« Can consistently change from a hard shot strategy to a soft shot strategy during any given point play or vice versa.
„« Can consistently avoid returned shots which may be going out of bounds or into the net.
„« Can poach effectively.
„« Can recognize and exploit weaknesses in their opponent's game.
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