Pickleball

Sullivan Arena – Arena Floor - 1600 Gambell St. Anchorage, AK 99501

Pickleball Rules Sheet

 

PIckleball
Date Time Age Group
Friday, June 7th 9:00 AM 85-89, 90+
  2:00 PM 70-74
  5:00 PM 75-79
Sunday, June 9th 9:00 AM 60-64
  1:00 PM 65-69
  4:00 PM 80-84
Monday, June 10th 9:00 AM 55-59

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PICKLEBALL SKILL LEVELS

2.0 Beginner Skill Level:

  • Knows some of the basic rules, “two bounce rule” and scoring
  • Demonstrates a forehand groundstroke
  • Demonstrates a backhand groundstroke
  • Demonstrates a volley
  • Demonstrates an overhead smash
  • Gets some serves into the correct service square
  • Knows where to stand as the serve team and the return team
  • Has good mobility, moving in a safe and balanced manner *
  • Has good quickness *
  • Has good hand – eye coordination *

 

2.5 Skill Level

  • Knows some of the basic rules including the “two bounce rule”,
  • scoring
  • Demonstrates control on forehand groundstrokes (direction,
  • depth, height)
  • Uses backhand groundstrokes
  • Placing serves in correct service court
  • Knows correct court positioning as the serve and return team
  • Approaches the non-volley line to hit volleys
  • Keeps the ball in play on short rallies
  • Uses the forehand lob
  • Dinking the ball at the net
  • Attempting to hit a slower paced ball landing in the non-volley
  • zone (3rd shot)
  • Has good mobility, moving in a safe and balanced manner *
  • Has good quickness *
  • Has good hand-eye coordination

 

3.0 Skills-Level

  • Demonstrates control forehand groundstrokes (placement, direction, depth)
  • Demonstrates control backhand groundstrokes (placement, direction, depth)
  • Placing serves deep into the court
  • Demonstrates placement of serves
  • Uses deeper and higher returns of serve to allow time to approach the net
  • Approaches the non-volley line quickly rather than staying back
  • Sustains a short volley session at the net
  • Exhibits correct court positioning for doubles and how to “move as a team”
  • Uses the forehand lob with some success
  • Serve team attempts to approach the net with a slow paced ball (3rd shot)
  • Sustains a dink exchange at the net
  • Adjusts to differing ball speeds (serves, volleys, groundstrokes)
  • Returns the ball lower over the net
  • Has good mobility *
  • Has good quickness *
  • Has good hand-eye coordination*

 

3.5 Skills-Level

  • Knows all the main rules including how to correct the score and correct server
  • Demonstrates control/consistency on forehand groundstrokes (direction, depth, and pace)
  • Demonstrates control/consistency on backhand groundstrokes (direction, depth, and pace)
  • Placing serves deep into the court
  • Uses deeper and higher returns of serve to approach the net quicker
  • Quickly approaches the non-volley line
  • Able to play with partners effectively using court strategies like partner communication,
  • and changing a losing game
  • Avoids hitting out balls
  • Consistently returning lower balls over the net
  • Demonstrates a wide variety of shots with some consistency
  • Uses slower paced shots vs faster paced shots to their advantage
  • Able to create coverage gaps and then hit to these gaps
  • Sustains a short volley session at the net with some placement and control
  • Initiates and maintains a sustained dink exchange at the net
  • Utilizes a slow paced ball (soft shot) to approach the net (3rd shot)
  • Able to adjust to differing ball speeds consistently
  • Hits overheads with control
  • Uses a forehand and backhand lob when appropriate
  • Developing patience during rallies
  • Has good mobility *
  • Has good quickness *
  • Has good hand-eye coordination *

 

4.0 Skills-Level

  • Controls and places serves and return of serves
  • Consistent and dependable forehand and backhand groundstrokes (directional control,
  • depth, placement, and pace)
  • Consistent and dependable volleys (directional control, depth, placement, and pace)
  • Consistent and dependable overheads (directional control, depth, placement, and pace)
  • Accuracy in placing lobs
  • Consistently executes successful slow paced (3rd shot) from the baseline to approach net
  • Initiates and maintains a sustained dink exchange at the net to elicit a “put away” shot
  • Able to change a slow paced strategy to a fast paced strategy, vice versa
  • Can block and return fast, hard volleys
  • Can handle speed on shots without over-hitting or hitting out-of-bounds
  • Moves effectively with partner, easily switching sides, and communicates when required
  • Controls play at the non-volley line, keeping their opponents back, driving them off the
  • line and controlling the speed or placement of the ball
  • Consistently creates coverage gaps and hits to these gaps
  • Recognizes and exploits weaknesses in their opponent’s game
  • Poaches effectively
  • Developing their use of spin on a variety of shots
  • Maintains patience in rallies
  • Has good mobility *
  • Has good quickness *
  • Has good hand-eye coordination *

 

 

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