- For the fall we have added skill level ladders and a few skill level practice times to the club activity schedule. For those members who are interested in participating we are providing skill level definitions to help members determine which activities will be the best fit. This is not an exact science. In the future we hope to implement a player testing/rating program for those members who are interested in a detailed evaluation, of their skills, by a professional.
- Your rating and training committee compiled this list from multiple sources (USPA, IPTPA, IPA & neighboring clubs)
- We suggest you start by reviewing the 2.0 level and work your way up. When you get to a level where you can say “this sounds like me… I exhibit 80% of the skills on this list 80% – 90% of the time” that is likely your level. If you feel you do some of the skills but not consistently, then you are probably at the next level down.
- Please do an honest SELF assessment. Avoid the temptation to compare yourself to other players you know and just focus on your own skills. We have talked to lots of clubs and players over the summer. One thing comes through loud and clear… Everyone has more fun and enjoys the game more when they are playing with players at or around their own skill level.
- Keep in mind these intangibles that should improve, progressively, as a player moves up the skill levels:
- Instincts on the court (anticipation & reaction time)
- How early to you see the ball and know what your next shot should be
- Efficient movement & court coverage
- Consistency in all aspects of the game
- Reduction of unforced errors
We hope this helps. If you have any questions please reach out to one of your committee members listed below.
Kelly Lodato, Wayne Baxter, Mike Pesile, Kim Foley & Nancy Hougland