Rating Criteria

Davisville Tennis Club Rating Guidelines

The following ratings are based off professional tennis being played at a 6.0 – 7.0 rating. The criteria below are deemed as “skills on demand” meaning a DTC member must be able to demonstrate these skills during an entire New Member Rating or Re Rating. The rating criteria consist of tactical, technical, physical and psychological abilities.

 

All Davisville Members must obtain a rating from our club pro by the end of the 2017 season to be eligible for return membership status in 2018.

 

2.0 Level

This player is new to the game and is starting to learn about all areas of tennis. Players who join the club with little experience are encouraged to attend a New Member Rating session or, are able to opt for a 2.0 rating without attending a New Member Rating.

 

2.5 Level

This player has some experience with tennis. A 2.5 level player can use each stroke (Forehand, Backhand, Volleys, Overhead, and Serve) to send the ball into play.

 

3.0 Level

Forehand Reception Skills

This player can receive the ball between shoulder and waist height, can impact ball in front of their body, this player shows good control of the horizontal and vertical angles of the racquet at impact.

Backhand Reception Skills

This player can receiving the ball between shoulder and waist height and displays impact points in front of their body, good control of the horizontal and vertical angles of the racquet at impact.

Ground strokes Projection Skills

This player can send a ball through the second and third windows over the net. This player can creates safe forehands and backhands by hitting with height and can create depth of shot by either hitting higher over the net or by using the path of the racquet.

Net Skills

This player can centre volleys on their racquet and is able to move to the ball while at the net. This player is successful at receiving overheads; they can hit on the front foot and impact the ball with an extended arm.

Serve and Return

The player has developed a consistent serve and can display a full motion. This player has learned to hit a first serve with direction and consistently sends second serves into play. This player can return most serves at their level.

Tactically

At this level the player understands that their best chance for success comes for being consistent and playing within their abilities.

 

3.5 Level

Forehand Reception Skills

This player uses correct impact points in offensive, neutral and defensive situations. This player can hit with an open or closed stance, can impact the ball with a higher impact point while in an offensive situations and uses full swings.

Backhand Reception Skills

This player uses proper contact points on offensive and neutral balls. This player can hit with a closed stance and can move back in the court to avoid hitting backhands out of their zone. This player uses full swings.

Ground strokes Projection Skills

This player can send a ball through the first, second and third windows over the net and can creates safe forehands and backhands by hitting with height. This player can create depth of shot and direction off both forehand and backhand wings.

Net Skills

This player can receive most volleys above the height of the net while given the opportunity. This player steps in with the proper foot to receive the ball and has eliminated any swing from their volley (except in the case of a swinging volley). This player can now receive a short to medium depth overhead  with a high impact point with good sideways posture or trophy position, this player is starting to finish points at the net.

Serve and Return

This player can hit with a full motion and can use their first serve offensively, has a consistent second serve that is hit with direction, has developed the use of spins.

Tactically

A 3.5 player has now identified a style of play, serve volley, retriever etc. The player is starting to use their strengths to their opponents weaknesses, can hit to a players weaker side can come to net given the opportunity, this player can identify offensive, neutral and defensive situations.

 

4.0 Level

Forehand Reception Skills

This player uses proper impact points in offensive and neutral situations; this player can hit with an open stance, closed stance or on the run. This player can hit with a higher impact point and correct footwork while in an offensive situations,

Backhand Reception Skills

This player uses proper impact points in offensive and neutral situations; this player can hit with a closed stance, can hit on the run and can use a slice backhand when needed.

Ground Strokes Projection Skills

This player can adjust heights over the net given the situation, creates topspin off both wings and can hit a slice both offensively and defensively, can create depth of shot and direction off both sides. This player uses full, long swings.

Net Skills

This player can receive volleys below the net and above the height of the net with comfort, steps in with the proper foot to receive the ball and has eliminated any swing from their volley (except in the case of a swinging volley). This player can now receive most overheads with limited difficulty and can hit with a high impact point and good sideways posture. This player is successful at finishing points at the net.

Serve and Return

This player can hit with a full motion and uses their first serve offensively, has a consistent second serve that can be directed and that keeps an opponent in a neutral situation. This player has developed the use of a slice serve and some use of a topspin serve. This player can take returns earlier or can adjust positioning depending on the serve being received.

Tactically

A 4.0 player has now identified a style of play, serve volley, retriever etc. The player can use their strengths to their opponent’s weaknesses, they can hit to a players weaker side and can take time away by taking the ball early or by coming to net, this player can identify offensive, neutral and defensive situations and can make the right tactical decision in these scenarios.

 

4.5 Level

Forehand Reception Skills

This player can receive the ball well in any situation, with any stance or body position required to be successful. This player can take the ball on the rise or at the height of the bounce.

Backhand Reception Skills

This player can receive the ball well in any situation, with any stance or body position required to be successful. This player can take the ball on the rise or at the height of the bounce.

Ground Strokes Projection Skills

This player can adjust heights over the net given the situation and can create topspin off both wings. This player can hit a slice both offensively and defensively, can flatten out their shot when attacking and can give themselves time when on defense. This player can create depth of shot or direction on both sides.

Net Skills

This player can make good decisions when receiving low volleys, can attack high volleys and can pressure opponents while at net. This player shows a great use of their legs to be successful at the net; this player can now put away most balls that are left sitting and most overheads.

Serve and Return

This player uses their first serve offensively, has a consistent second serve that can be directed with spin and pace. This player has mastered the use of a slice serve and has developed a reliable topspin or kick serve. This player can take returns inside the baseline to take time away from opponents and has the ability to neutralise tough serves. This player can send a return deep or short purposely depending on the situation.

Tactically

A 4.5 player has mastered a style of play, serve volley, retriever etc. This player can use their strengths to their opponents weaknesses. This player can take time away from their opponent and can give themselves time when needed. This player can execute in offensive, neutral and defensive situations and makes the right choices while in these situations. A 4.5 level player can vary their style of play to be successful against different styles of players.

 

5.0 Level

Forehand Reception Skills

This player has an outstanding ability to receive the ball in any situation.

Backhand Reception Skills

This player has an outstanding ability to receive the ball in any situation.

Ground Strokes Projection Skills

This player has the consistent ability to dictate points using their ground strokes. This player has an outstanding ability to send the correct ball while in offensive, defensive and neutral situations.

Net Skills

This player has outstanding skills at the net and can be successful in every situation.

Serve and Return

This player uses their first serve to take control of points or win free points. This player has a consistent second serve that can be directed with spin, pace and keep an opponent in a defensive or neutral situation. This player is successful at using a flat, slice, topspin or kick serve. This player can take returns inside the baseline, they can send a return deep or short purposely depending on the situation, can attack second serves or counterattack first serves.

Tactically

This player can execute in offensive, neutral and defensive situations. This player can breakdown an opponent’s game and is an excellent problem solver.