Pickleball Skill Levels

2.5 Skill level should • Knows the basic rules including two bounce rule, scoring and player position relative to scoring • Working on consistency while dinking down the line forehand & backhand • Working on consistency while dinking cross court forehand & backhand • Is developing 3rd shot drop by dinking from the transition area • Attempting to hit 3rd shot drop from baseline during match play • Moving forward to approach NVZ for dinks & volleys • Has good mobility and can move forward in a safe and balanced manner • Has good eye-hand coordination • Beginning to demonstrate control on forehand groundstrokes (direction, depth, height) • Uses a backhand groundstroke• Keeps ball in play during short rallies.

3.0 Skill level should also possess all 2.5 skills • Attempting to consistently dink while changing directions from cross court to down the line forehand & backhand • Punches volley to the back ½ of opponent court • Sustains a short volley exchange at the net • Can perform 3rd shot drop by dinking from the transition area • Attempting to hit 3rd shot drop from baseline during match play • Moving forward as a team to approach NVZ for dinks & volleys • Has good mobility & quickness • Demonstrates improved control on forehand groundstrokes (direction, depth, height) • Better control on backhand groundstrokes • Keeps ball in play during short rallies • Attempts offensive lobs during play • Demonstrates placement & depth on serves • Demonstrates placement & depth on return of serves • Attempting to adjust to different ball speeds (serves, groundstrokes, volleys)

​ 3.5 Skill level should also possess all 3.0 skills • Can consistently dink while changing directions from cross court to down the line forehand & backhand • Punches volley to the back ½ of opponent court, to keep opponents at the baseline • Sustains a controlled volley exchange at the net • Can perform 3rd shot drop from the baseline • Attempting to hit 3rd shot drop from baseline during match play with greater success • Moving forward as a team to approach NVZ for dinks & volleys • Developing directional control while performing an overhead • Demonstrates control on forehand groundstrokes (direction, speed, depth, height) • Demonstrates control on backhand groundstrokes (direction, depth, height • Keeps ball in play during rallies and is aware of minimizing errors • Able to communicate effectively with partner & utilize different strategies to expose opponent weaknesses • Using deeper and higher returns to approach the net quicker • Uses offensive lobs effectively • Demonstrates better placement and depth on serves • Demonstrates better placement and depth on return of serves • Improved control when adjusting to different ball speeds (serves, groundstrokes, volleys)