Skills Ratings

2.0 Skill Level

  • 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 and demonstrates it most times 

  • Knows where to stand on the court during serve, receipt of serve and general play

  • 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

  • Ÿ Regularly gets serves “in” to mid-court or deeper

  • Ÿ Dinks mostly in opp. kitchen and is dinking lower over the net

  • Ÿ Able to sustain dinking in the game

  • Ÿ Using both forehand and backhand on returns and forehands on overhead returns

  • Ÿ Working at keeping the serve deep and return of serve deep

  • Ÿ Moves quickly towards the non-volley zone when opportunity is there

  • Ÿ Trying to make flatter returns (where appropriate)

  • Ÿ Aware of partner’s position on the court & moving as a team

  • Ÿ Developing more power and/or softness in their shots 

  • Ÿ 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 & 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

  • Selective mixing up soft shots with power shots to create an advantage

  • Hits fewer balls out of bounds or in the net

  • Has a moderate # 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 an offensive mode rather than reactively

  • Controls and places serves and return of serves to best advantage

  • Puts advanced playing strategy into the game, particularly in 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 putaways

  • 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 # of unforced errors per game

  • Regularly demonstrates “anticipation of play”

  • Self-correcting during play

  • Consistently is a mult-dimensional player and/or is exceptionally dominate in a limited playing

  • repertoire.

 4.5 – 5.0 Skill Level

  • Can regularly convert a hard shot to a soft shot

  • Exhibits patience in play at a superior level

  • Shows noticeably increased skills, a higher level of strategy, quickness of hands and movement, judicious use of power, superior placement of shots, superb anticipation of play, sustained volleying skills, superior put-aways —all with consistency 

  • Makes very few unforced errors

  • Differences between 4.5 and 5.0 are subjective – but, generally, each of the four points above is even more pronounced at the 5.0 level.