Skill level definitions for Recreational Play are defined as follows:

Novice

■ Able to serve “in” most of the time
■ Knows the two bounce rule and demonstrates it most times
■ Knows where to stand on the court during serve, when receiving serve, and during general play
■ Working on form, accuracy is variable
■ Beginning to approach the non-volley zone to hit volleys
■ Court coverage is weak but improving
■ Knows fundamental rules and can keep score


intermediate

■ Working to keep the serve and serve return deep
■ Moves quickly towards the non-volley zone when opportunity is there
■ Aware of their partner’s position on the court and moving more as a team
■ Working to developing both power and soft game
■ Beginning to attempt a variety of shots but doesn’t fully understand when and why they should be used
■ Demonstrates improved skills with all the basic strokes and shot placement but lacks control when trying for direction, depth or power on shots


advanced
intermediate

■ Demonstrates a broad knowledge of the rules of the game
■ Able to serve and return serve deep
■ Hits to the weak side of opponent often
■ Beginning to demonstrates more strategies of play
■ Works better with partners in communicating, covering court, moving to net
■ With varying consistency executes: lobs, forehand/backhand groundstrokes, overheads, net volleys, and sustained dinking
■ Starting to use drop shots in order to get to the net
■ Working on mixing up soft shots with power shots to create an advantage
■ Hits fewer balls out of bounds or in the net
■ Dinks mostly in opponents' kitchen and lower over the net


advanced

■ Anticipates opponents shots resulting in good court position
■ Primarily plays offensively
■ Controls and places serves and return of serves to best advantage
■ Puts strategy into play in the game
■ Consistently varies shots to create a competitive advantage
■ Works and moves well with partner – easily switches court positions when required
■ Very comfortable playing at the non-volley zone. Works with partner to control the line, keeping opponents back and driving them off line
■ Can block volleys directed at them
■ Has good footwork and moves laterally, backward and forward with ease
■ Demonstrates 3rd shot strategies: drop shot, lobs and fast paced ground strokes
■ Hits a low number of unforced errors per game