February 7, 2010

Pickleball Skill Definitions by Claude Eatherly


Skill Definitions
This is a brief outline of the skill definitions copied from the AZ Grand Pickleball Club ladder league page. For the detailed definitions go to http://grandpickleball.org/skill_levels.html

A Player: This player is able to control and place both the serve and return of serve. This player is able to place their volleys and block strong volleys at them at the No Volley Zone, or "Kitchen". This player has strong overheads and can place them. This player has excellent footwork and can move forward, backward and laterally with ease and quickness. This player can both "dink" and put away their shots. This player is consistent in their play and fully understands the strategy of the game and when to use specific shots.

B Player: This player knows the rules of Pickleball, match strategy and tactics. B players possess all shots; such as fore and backhand, lob, overhead smash and dink, and hit them with a high level of consistency.

C Player: This player knows most of the rules and how to keep score after losing track. This player will move to the net behind the return of serve. This player will not fault on more than 1/4 of their serves, or fail to return more than half of backhands or overheads. The C Player has not yet developed skill or consistency in the overhead smash or the drop shots from well behind the No Volley Zone, or "Kitchen". This player can maintain a "dink" exchange at the net.

N Player (Novice): This player knows how to keep score and where to stand at the beginning of each point. This player is learning where to be on the court during a point. All of their strokes are works in progress. This player should move to the net behind return of serve, and should place emphasis on keeping the ball in play.

Beginner or Newby: This player has had a lesson and is learning how to keep score and where to stand at the beginning of each point. Whether they have a racquet sports background or not, they are at the beginning stages of learning the game of pickleball.