New to pickleball, learning scoring and rules. They can hit some of the slower balls with their forehand. They have a hard time playing games because they can’t sustain a rally.
These players are learning to judge where the ball is going and can sustain a short rally with players of equal ability. They have obvious weaknesses in their strokes and are working to improve these weaknesses.
2.0 Advanced Beginner
These players are able to keep quite a few balls going with their forehands, make most easier volleys and are beginning to make more backhands, but need to work more on developing their strokes. They are thinking more about coming up to the non-volley zone to hit volleys and are making an effort to be more aggressive. They are thinking more about the use of dinks and lobs.
These players are fairly consistent when hitting medium-paced shots, but are not comfortable with all strokes and lack control when trying for direction, depth, or power on their shots. They are using dinks and lobs on a regular basis as an important part of the game.
These players have achieved improved stroke dependability with directional control on most medium balls and some harder hit balls. They still need to develop more depth and variety with their shots, but are exhibiting more aggressive net play, are anticipating their opponents shots better, and are developing team-work in doubles. They use lobs and dinks on a regular basis with more success.
3.5 Advanced Intermediate
These players have dependable strokes, including directional control and depth on both forehand and backhand sides. They can use lobs, overheads, approach shots and volleys with success and occasionally force errors when serving. Rallies may be lost due to impatience. Teamwork in doubles is evident. Use dinks and lobs as a major part of their game.
These players have developed their use of power and spin, can successfully execute all shots, can control depth of their shots, and can handle pace. They have sound footwork and move well enough to get to the non-volley zone whenever required. They understand strategy and can adjust according to opponents strength and weaknesses and their position on court. They can hit serves with power and accuracy and can also vary the speed and spin of the serve if desired. Dinks and lobs are weapons in their game plan. They have played in and had success in tournaments.
4.5 Advanced Tournament Level