IFP Rating Descriptions

The International Federation of Picklebal (IFP) has created a IFP Rating System to help describe differences in the various skill levels and the progression of each.  This information is a helpful tool for you to see what you need to work on, to get to that next level!

Below you will find the skill levels and a description of the skills in each.  
Information provided courtesy of IFP. 

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 IFP Rating Descriptions:

Information provided courtesy of IFP. 

»   New and have only minimal knowledge of the game and rules.

»  Limited to some rallies.
»  Learning how to serve.
»  Developing a forehand.
»  Fails to return easy balls frequently and occasionally misses the ball entirely.
»  Played a few games and is learning the court lines, scoring and some basic rules of the game.

»  Sustains a short rally with players of equal ability.
»  Demonstrating the basic shot strokes: forehand, backhand, volley, overhead and the serve, but has obvious weaknesses in most strokes.
»  Familiar with court positioning in doubles play.

»  Makes longer lasting slow-paced rallies.
»  Makes most easy volleys and uses some backhands but needs more work on developing shot strokes.
»  Beginning to approach the non-volley zone to hit volleys.
»  Aware of the “soft game”.
»  Knowledge of the rules has improved.
»  Court coverage is weak but improving.

»  More consistent on the serve and service return and when returning medium paced       balls.
»  Demonstrates improved skills with all the basic shot strokes and shot placement but lacks control when trying for direction, depth or power on their shots.
»  Beginning to attempt lobs and dinks with little success and doesn’t fully understand when and why they should be used.

»  Demonstrates improved stroke dependability with directional control on most medium paced balls and some faster paced balls.
»  Demonstrates improved control when trying for direction, depth and power on their shots.
»  Needs to develop variety with their shots.
»  Exhibits some aggressive net play.
»  Beginning to anticipate opponents shots.
»  Learning about the importance of strategy and teamwork in doubles.

»  Consistent and dependable strokes including directional control and depth on both forehand and backhand shots.
»  Reliable serves, lobs, overheads, approach shots and volleys and can use spin shots with some success.
»  Occasionally can force errors when serving.
»  Rallies may be lost due to impatience.
»  Uses the dink shot and drop shots to slow down or change the pace of the game.
»  Demonstrates third shot strategies: drop shots, lobs and fast paced ground strokes.
»  Aggressive net play and teamwork in doubles is evident.
»  Fully understands the rules of the game and can play by them.

»  Beginning to master the use of power and spin, can successfully execute all shots, can control the depth of their shots and can handle pace.
»   Beginning to master the dink shots and drop shots and their importance to the game.
»  Beginning to master third shot choices.
»  Displays sound footwork and moves well enough to get to the non-volley zone whenever required.
»  Understands strategy and can adjust style of play and game plan according to the opponents strengths, weaknesses and court position.
»  Serves with power and accuracy and can also vary the speed and spin of the serve.
»  Understands the importance of “keeping the ball in play” and the effect of making errors.
»  Making good choices in shot selection.
»  Anticipates the opponents shots resulting in good court positioning.

»  Mastered all the skills: all shot types, touch, spin, serves – with control and can use them as weapons.
»  Excellent shot anticipation, extremely accurate shot placement and regularly hit winning shots.
»  Forces opponents into making errors by “keeping the ball in play”.
»  Mastered the dink and drop shots.
»  Mastered the third shot choices and strategies.
»  Uses soft shots, dinks and lobs to set up offensive situations.
»  Mastered pickleball strategies and can vary strategies and styles of play in competitive or tournament matches.
»  Dependable in stressful situations as in tournament match play.
»  Athletic ability, quickness, agility and raw athleticism are also qualities that are sometimes what separates the top players from those near the top.

» This is a top caliber player.
» Performance and tournament wins speak for this players ability to consistently perform at a high level.