Pickleball Skill Levels

2.0 Skill Level

​*Has taken the Hingham Rec beginners clinic (or demonstrates equivalent knowledge)
​​*Moves around court in balanced, safe manner
​​*Gets some serves "in," perhaps not regularly
​​*Realizes aspects of score-keeping, rules and where to stand on court during serve, receipt of serve, and general play
​​*Has some basic stroke skills

​​2.5 Skill Level

​*Able to serve "in" more regularly
​​*Knows two-bounce rule an demonstrates it most times
​​*Is mastering keeping score
​​*Attempts to dink but not always effective at it
​​*Working on their form for ground strokes, accuracy is variable
​​*Can keep the ball in play longer
​​*Sometimes lobs with forehand with varying degrees of success

3.0 Skill Level

*Knows the fundamental rules and can keep score
​*Regularly serves "in" to mid-court or deeper
​*Dinks mostly in opp. kitchen and is dinking lower over the net
​*Able to sustain dinking in the game
​*Using both forehand and backhand on returns and forehands on overhead returns
​*Working at keeping the serve deep and return of serve deep
​*Moves quickly towards the non-volley zone
​*Trying to make flatter returns (where appropriate)
​*Aware of partner's position on the court and moving as a team
​*Developing more power and/or softness in their shots
​*Somewhat a uni-dimensional player working at broadening their playing repertoire

​3.5 Skill Level

​*Demonstrates a broad knowledge of the rules of the game
​*Gets a high majority of serves in deep and returns serve deep
​*Often hits to the weak side of opponent
​*Demonstrates strategies of playing during games
​*Actively works with partners in communicating, covering court, moving to net
​*With varying consistency executes: lobs, forehand/backhand ground strokes, overheads, net volleys, and sustained dinking
​*Some use of drop shots to get to the net
​*Specifically places shots rather than just hitting shots anywhere
​*Selectively mixing up soft shots with power shots to create an advantage
​*Hits fewer balls out of bounds or in the nets
​*Has a moderate number of unforced errors per game
​*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

​*Primarily plays in offensive mode rather than reactively
​*Controls and places serves and return of serves to best advantage
​*Puts advanced playing strategy into the game, particularly dinking
​*Consistently varies shots for competitive advantage, uses power shots selectively
​*Communicates and moves well with partner - easily "switches" court positions
​*Very comfortable playing at the non-volley zone. Works with partner to control the line, keeping opponents back and driving them off the line
​*Can block hard volleys directed at them
​*Has good footwork and moves laterally, backward and forward with ease
​*Hits overhead shots consistently, often as put aways
​*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 unenforced errors per game
​*Regularly demonstrates "anticipation of play"
​*Self-correcting during play
​*Consistently is a multi-dimensional player and/or is exceptionally dominate in a limited playing repertoire.