Have you heard of Pickleball? This badminton/tennis/table tennis-like sport is the fastest growing sport in South Suburban. This fun and social game is perfect for all ages, easy to learn and provides a great physical workout. Want to join in? Read through the skill ratings to find out where you stand, and explore our offerings below.
1.0 to 2.0 Skill Rating:
This player is just starting to play pickleball and has no other sports background. Minimal understanding of rules of the game.
2.5 Skill Rating:
This player has limited experience. Can sustain a short rally with players of equal ability. Basic ability to keep score.
3.0 Skill Rating:
Ability to hit a medium paced shot. Lacks directional intent and consistency. Avoids using a backhand. Lacks directional intent and consistency. Not able to consistently sustain a dink rally. Not yet developed the ability to control a 3rd shot drop. Understands fundamentals. Is learning proper court positioning. Knows the fundamental rules and can keep score and could now play in tournaments.
3.5 Skill Rating:
Improved stroke development with moderate level of shot control of forehand and backhand. Consistently gets serve/return in play with limited ability to control depth. Developing the 3rd shot drop in a way to get to the net. Moves quickly towards the non-volley zone (NVZ) when opportunity is there. Acknowledges difference between hard game and soft game and is starting to vary own game during recreation and tournament play. Can sustain short rallies. Is learning proper court positioning.
4.0 Skill Level:
Consistently hits forehand and backhand with depth and control. Is still perfecting shot selection and timing. Aware of partner’s position on the court and is able to move as a team. Demonstrates ability to change direction in an offensive manner. Demonstrates a broad knowledge of the rules of the game. Has a moderate number of unforced errors per game. Solid understanding of stacking and when and how it could be used in match play. Beginning to identify opponents weaknesses and attempts to formulate game plan to attack weaknesses. Beginning to seek out more competitive play.