Windsor Pickleball Club

Windsor Pickleball Club

Windsor, Ontario

Guidelines for rating your level of play

The following guidelines are to be used to initially self assess your skill level.  The Board and/or its designate shall be the final arbitrator in determining skill level

Rating 2.5

  • Can sustain longer rallies but not a fast pace
  • Makes most easy shots including backhands, but still needs some work
  • Able to approach the non-volley zone and hit volleys.
  • Aware of dinks
  • Good understanding of the rules
  • Struggles to cover the entire court

Rating 3.0

  • Has a consistent serve and returns medium-paced balls reliably.
  • Able to make all basic strokes. Lacks control when trying to place the ball.
  • Attempts lobs and dinks with limited success.

Rating 3.5

  • Consistent control and placement of medium-paced shots. Able to return fast-paced shots with slightly less success.
  • Improved control and placement of the ball.
  • Needs more shot variety.
  • Can play aggressively at the non-volley zone.
  • Anticipates opponent’s shots.
  • Learning the strategy of doubles play.

Rating 4.0

  • Consistent both forehand and backhand strokes.
  • Can use spin with some success.
  • Can occasionally force errors when serving.
  • May lose rallies due to impatience.
  • Uses the dink and drop shot successfully.
  • Demonstrates 3rd shot strategies.
  • Aggressive net play in doubles.
  • Full understanding of the rules.

Rating 4.5

  • Beginning to master placement and spin.
  • Beginning to master 3rd shot choices.
  • Good footwork and positioning.
  • Adjusts game style to account for opponent’s strengths/weaknesses and court position.
  • Good shot selection. Does not force shots.
  • Serves consistently and can vary speed and spin.
  • Good court positioning. Anticipates opponent’s shot.