Levels of Play
Note: This guide is expected to be followed to the best of a coordinator’s ability. A blatant variance from this guide will be reviewed by the Junior Recreation Committee.
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Ball Type by Division
- General Experience - Entering competition for the first time.
- Game Strategy - Just learning to play and primarily working on getting the ball into play.
- Movement & Footwork - Understands correct positioning when returning or serving. Lacks court recognition after point has started.
- Ball Control & Placement - Consistent hitting soft paced loopy balls. Does not have intended placement or direction.
- Strokes - Comfortable hitting forehands, backhands and serves.
- Net Play - Can make contact with the ball when at the net.
- Serve - Able to serve some balls into the correct box from the baseline.
- Consistency - Inconsistent but can sometimes sustain a slow-paced rally with someone of the same ability.
Challenger B (Lower Intermediate)
- General Experience - Prior match experience including JTT & some challenger tournaments.
- Game Strategy - Lacks shot anticipation on returns and therefore can only react.
- Movement & Footwork - Lacks ability to anticipate and therefore has difficulty covering the court. Limited footwork.
- Ball Control & Placement - Consistent when hitting medium paced shots but lacks execution when trying for directional control, depth or power.
- Strokes - Not comfortable with all strokes including volleys, lobs, overheads and approach shots.
- Net Play - Can volley slower paced balls on both forehand and backhand side.
- Serve - (5 out of 10 times). Limited double-faults.
- Consistency - Fairly consistent hitting medium paced shots within reach. Difficulty ending points.
Challenger A (Upper Intermediate)
- General Experience - Extensive match experience and some success with challenger tournaments.
- Game Strategy - Has an idea of what game strategy to use but lacks ability to fully execute game plan.
- Movement & Footwork - Can cover the court well but may make errors because of timing and footwork.
- Ball Control & Placement - Improved stroke dependability with directional control on moderate shots.
- Strokes - Comfortable with all strokes. Player needs to improve control of height, depth, direction and speed.
- Net Play - Can volley medium paced balls and return with directional intent.
- Serve - Player is developing more spin and power on the first serve and seldom double-faults.
(7 out of 10 times)
- Consistency - Consistent hitting medium paced shots but may error when opponent uses varying pace, depth and spins.
- General Experience - Playing championship level tournaments with some success.
- Game Strategy - Can attempt to vary game plan according to their opponents & can successfully execute strategy.
- Movement & Footwork - Can easily make adjustments to footwork and swing to execute a return.
- Ball Control & Placement - Dependable strokes including directional intent, depth, spin and pace.
- Strokes - Can control depth of shots, pace, and use various spins.
- Net Play - Aggressive net play.
- Serve - Can hit first serves with power and accuracy and place the second serve with accuracy.
- Consistency - Can consistently return a variety of spins and paces from various depths with control.
Ball Type by Division