Pickleball Ratings


Embarking on your pickleball journey with a fresh paddle and eager to play for the first time? If you’re rated as a 2.0, you might be entirely new to the game or still mastering most novice 2.5 skills. If you fall into this category, we advise against registering for a higher rated league to ensure an enjoyable experience for both you and your opponents.


Our 2.5 players are grasping the basics and fundamentals of pickleball. They can benefit from reviewing rules of the game and are acquiring essential skills such as proper serving, understanding the two-bounce rule, accurate scoring, and maintaining a rally for a few hits. Additionally, they are becoming familiar with the concept of a dink shot and actively working on honing this fundamental skill.


Advancing beyond beginner and novice stages, our intermediate players hold a 3.0 rating. These players understand everything outlined in the 2.0 and 2.5 categories and are progressing in the following areas:

  • Grasping basic rules with some awareness of higher-level play rules.
  • Positioning themselves appropriately on the court
  • Developing consistent serves and returns, though improvements in depth, power, and speed are still in progress.
  • Understanding the importance of shallow dinks and actively working on execution.
  • Rallying approximately four dinks in a row with an equal-skilled player.
  • Executing backhand shots consistently.
  • Adjusting the game’s intensity as needed.


If you find yourself deepening your understanding and strategy, you’re likely reaching the 3.5 rating. Advanced intermediate players comprehend everything from the previous levels and excel in the following areas:

  • A thorough understanding of rules, including net rules, kitchen lines/NVZ, and other specifics.
  • Adapting to various scenarios and positioning themselves strategically on the court.
  • Quick movements towards the net.
  • Sustaining rallies with strategic hits.
  • Consistently deep serves and returns.
  • Successful execution of third-shot drops.
  • Understanding the dynamics of a hard and soft game, varying shots appropriately.
  • Effective teamwork with a partner for point-winning strategies.


Achieving a 4.0 rating signifies a high level of proficiency in pickleball. These players not only understand the rules and strategies but can also:

  • Consistently execute forehand and backhand shots with varying speed and control.
  • Capitalize on openings to finish points.
  • Display moderate consistency with drop shots and dink shots.
  • Recognize attackable balls and those that require a reset.
  • Sustain lengthy rallies with ease.
  • Hold a strategic position at the non-volley line.
  • Handle lobs and reset position effectively.
  • Work as a cohesive team with a partner, covering most of the court.
  • Exercise patience, waiting for openings while strategically placing shots.


Ascending to the pinnacle of skill, a 4.5 to 5.0 player is considered an expert in pickleball, showcasing precision, consistency, and agility. Expert players understand everything from lower levels and exhibit the following:

  • High-level shot placement and consistency.
  • Extended rallies encompassing various shot types and speeds.
  • Ability to anticipate and convert hard shots to soft shots.
  • Mastery of overhead shots and successful execution of putaways.
  • Patient gameplay with minimal unforced errors.
  • Rarely making mistakes.
  • Adaptive playstyle based on opponents.
  • Mastery of dinks and third-shot drops.
  • Consistent participation and success in 4.5-level or higher tournaments.