Skill Level Expectations

SKILL EXPECTATIONS FOR EACH LEVEL OF PLAY

2.0 Skill Level Beginners

Has taken the Beginner’s Point Class at VICTORIUM (or demonstrates equivalent knowledge)
Basic understanding of score-keeping, rules and where to stand on court
Gets some serves “in” but may not be consistent
Has some basic stroke skills
May lack experience with racquet sports or pickleball
Mobility may be limited

2.5 Skill Level Advanced Beginners

Able to serve “in” regularly
Knows the fundamental rules and how to keep score
Can keep the ball in play longer
Understands the value of different “third shot options” but may not be able to implement them
Attempts to dink occasionally
Working on form and technique of ground  strokes, accuracy may be inconsistent

3.0 Skill Level Intermediate

Good court awareness and positioning
Does not have frequent “foot faults” at the non-volley zone line
Consistently serves “in”, mid-court or deeper
Returns of Serves are consistently in and most often deep
Developing more power and/or softness in shots
Developing a variety of third shot options including drops and drives
Dinks mostly in opponents kitchen. May pop up the ball occasionally.
Able to sustain dinking in longer rallies
Moves forward through transition zone to non-volley zone when opportunity exists
Aware of partner’s position on the court and operates as a team
Consistently working at broadening their skill set, instead of relying on one or two shots

3.5 Skill Level Intermediate

Strong Court Awareness – rarely has “foot fault’ violations
Gets a high majority of serves in deep & returns serve deep
Consistently uses a wide variety of third shots including drops and drives
Consistently and effectively moves into the non-volley zone
Demonstrates different strategies during games
Solid communication with partners and understands effective court positioning
Specifically places shots rather than reactively hitting shots
Creates advantage by mixing hard and soft shots
Reduced amount of unforced errors
Demonstrates ability to intentionally play in offensive mode
Self-correcting after play is over
Demonstrates extended periods of multi-dimensional play

4.0 Skill Level Advanced

Primarily plays in offensive mode rather than reacting to opponents strategies
Controls and places serves and return of serves to best advantage
Applies advanced strategies, particularly in dinking
Consistently varies shots for competitive advantage, uses power shots selectively
Communicates and moves well with partner — easily “switches” court positions
Plays at the non-volley zone whenever possible
Works with partner to control the line, keeping opponents back and moving them off the line.
Can block hard volleys directed at them
Solid footwork, able to move laterally, backward and forward with ease
Hits overhead shots consistently, often as “putaways”
Ability to change a hard shot to a soft shot
Consistently executes effective drop shots that are not easily returned for advantage
Can effectively poach
Hits a low number of unforced errors per game
Regularly demonstrates “anticipation of play”
Self-correcting during play
Consistently is a multi-dimensional player and/or is exceptionally dominant when opponent has predictable shots and strategies

4.5+ Skill Level - Advanced

Can regularly convert a hard shot to a soft shot
Exhibits patience in play at a superior level
Shows noticeably increased skills, a higher level of strategy, quickness of hands and movement,
judicious use of power, Superior placement of shots, superb anticipation of play,
Sustained volleying skills, superior put-aways —all with consistency
Makes very few unforced errors
Has a UTPR Rating of 4.5 or above with USA Pickleball
Has played and won a variety of competitive tournaments

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